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Re: help no manual
Most of this bmw's come with factory antitheft but like i said tray to jump start the car and add the original question because i'm answering to too many people and can't remember the original question
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This could very possibly be the antitheft system failing. Gm has had issues with this system since the 80's. When the system fails, the car will crank but not start. Might run for a second or more and then die. If these symptoms sound similar to yours, the antitheft might be the issue. Also look for a light on the dash that says SECURITY or ANTITHEFT. This is a telltale sign of an antitheft failure. This link explains the problem and solutions to fix this yourself.
This sounds like a broken or failing antitheft security system. Gm vehicles are known for this problem. Look for a light on the dash when this happens. It will say SECURITY, ANTITHEFT, or look like a car with a padlock thru it. When this system fails, the car will run for 5 seconds or less and then shut off, thinking that it is being stolen. This link explains this problem.
I reconmend to go to www.hayes.com and ask them if they have your book for the 99.
If the book says 96-99. that would tell me no, but if the book says 97-2002 then I would say yes you would be able to change, but I believe there will be some minor differences which the book or your mechanic could tell you
I bought the Haynes Repair Manual for the Buick/Olds/Pontiac Full Size (FWD) and it has the diagrams you are looking for in the back of the book. If you have access to an Auto Zone, they have it or try on-line. I hope this helps, good luck
According to the owner's manual, the vehicle came with a "key number tag." If you have the tag, or the number off the tag, you should be able to purchase a replacement key from a dealer or locksmith.
Before you go replacing the ignition (and the previous poster didn't mention it, but what about the door locks?) I would check your owner's manual. The original owner may have written the key code in the book!
Also, look around the car. Maybe the tag is stuck in the glovebox!
Do you have any of the papers you received when you bough tthe car (even if used)? Maybe the code is written on something?
does the car cranks aND wont start or does not crank at all?
if it does not crank at all se if there is any aftermarket alarm system, if it is you will see a little red light flashing somewhere
also try to lock the car with the key and unlock it from outside soemtimes this will disable the antitheft system