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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old May 9th, 2013, 2:02 pm Thread Starter
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K1200GT power up issue

My K occasionally exhibits a powering on problem. The dealership tell me it's a faulty ignition switch, and that it's not covered under the extended warranty.

I'm 99.9999999% sure they're wrong as it always powers up perfectly when I use it daily, however at some undeterminded period in excess of say a week of being parked in the garage it will fail to power on when the ignition switch is turned on.

I've tried disarming the alarm via the remote first and that doesn't seem to make any difference.

The battery is in excellent condition being an Odyssey that's on a BMW maintenance charger.

Once it's in "sulk" mode it sits there totally unresponsive to turning the key, no lights no powering up sequence nothing, zilch.

Then if you leave it .... again for an undermined time but lets say 20 minutes it springs to life on the next application of the key as if nothing happened......

This is why I side more with it being a canbus/computer/alarm/ews issue rather than a simple failed or failing switch as I reason a failing switch would not discriminate with being used daily or infrequently.

Anyone have any experience of such an issue?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old May 9th, 2013, 7:43 pm
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It doesn't seem like a switch problem but then again you can be surprised sometimes, I had a problem with the kill switch that I just swore couldn't be the switch due to the symptoms, but in the end replacing the switch cured the problem.

Why isn't the ignition switch covered under the extended warranty?
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Yeah ditto the why not covered question?

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 17th, 2014, 1:08 pm
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Need HELP!!

Hi there! I've got a similar issue:

My k1200gt (2007) does not react to the key. When I turn the key nothing happens. When I connect the battery the dash-board lights up for a few seconds and then the light goes off.

What kind of problem can it be? I need to sort it out myself, as there are no BMW service centers anywhere around.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 17th, 2014, 9:23 pm
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Have you "jumped" with a known good battery? Electronics don't like low voltages .
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 20th, 2014, 11:17 pm
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I had a similar problem on my 08 GT and it was two lose wires in the ignition switch. With the key turned on try moving the wire to see if you get power worked for me.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 3rd, 2015, 7:05 am Thread Starter
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In the end I replaced the switch and it's now all working, so looks like the dealers where right

Oh and no switches are covered under the extended warranty, only control modules such as the ABS computer etc
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