E39ers - explain the following...
Car: 2002 530i automatic with 102k miles.
Driving on a pretty rainy day, the stereo cut out a coupla times then i noticed the interior lights flickering/dimming then the xenons, and then i felt the car turn off for a split second then come back to life -- as i was still driving doing around 60-70km/h then the "trifecta" of lights came on (ABS/brakes/DSC triangle) .. i didn't feel like i lost control over the car though, as braking and steering still felt more or less normal.
The above scenario repeated itself all the way home (a good 10 minute drive).
The weird part: when I pulled up in front of my house, I put it in park and revved it a few times. The flickering was still there so I turned it off and noticed that the gearshift selector light turned off too, meaning that it had no more juice. Then it wouldn't start or even lock the doors via keyfob so I had to lock them manually. This was about 3 hours ago, I came down now to check it out and the second I pressed unlock on my keyfob, the alarm went off!
Back story: i was at the mall before this trip home, and i turned the DSC off and let her ass loose around the underground lot (highly polished cement surface so basically almost no friction).
What do these symptoms sound like? I experienced the same thing after a dealer visit back in december for a full checkup. But I also read somewhere that it's normal (?) after such a visit, especially if the car is put on a dyno-like device as it may throw off the DSC unit programming.
Sorry for the long post but i'm super puzzled. I don't think it's my battery as I haven't had any sort of drain otherwise.
Last edited by E36White; 01-13-2012 at 05:22 PM.