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Certaintly sounds as though the starter solenoid jams.Does it eventually start if you try it a number of times?If you can locate the starter try tapping the solenoid with a hammer and that should free it off momentarily,although you will need to replace the starter motor eventually(solenoid is part of starter and cannot be bought separately).
Give us the details of your engine(petrol/diesel etc)and I'm sure someone will know where it is(usually the most inaccessable place the manufacturer can find!!)
I'd rather push my Alfa than drive a BMW....
Currently in Lagdti's garage:
2004 Saab 9-5 HOT Aero and a 2001 Audi A3 1.8 Turbo