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Hello, I purched an x5, drove it back the 120 miles my house,

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Hello, I purched an x5, drove it back the 120 miles my house, spent yesterday today stopping/starting it fine. The previous owner said the factory default satnav was sporadic, so I checked the fuses, all ok. Now it won't start. All the lights come on when I turn the key and there's a "click" assuming it's trying to fire, but the car doesn't start.

Could I have somehow immobilised it ? All fuses still ok. I've tried locking it and leaving it 20 minutes, tried looking for any dashboard message. It's a 2000 e54 on an X registration (UK owner)

Thanks in advance for your thoughts

Where does the click come from? The engine area?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
The click is from just behind the dashboard. Yes the engine area.
is it a single click or multiple? do the dash lights dim or flash?
hello? is it a single click or multiple? do the dash lights dim or flash?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
It's a single click, at first the lights didn't dim, but now it's starting yo slighly dim

a single click tends to point to a failed starter motor.


it is possible that you simply have a flat battery so you should try a jump start if you have not


if you still only get a single click when you try to start, that points to the starter as having failed, which will unfortunately require it be replaced.


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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
I will call out the AA tomorrow and will update you on their verdict.

Thanks for the help
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Replaced battery (AA did it) now it runs fine