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My 2000 528i will not crank intermittenly

Car will not crank starter changed. its getting fuel.

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Possible faulty ignition switch. common problem on ALL bmw's.

You need to check you are getting power at the crank wire when you try to crank the engine. Also check that the crank signal (12v) is also getting to the starter (could be dodgy wire between ignition and starter).

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