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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 04-28-2011, 04:14 PM
Honolulu1 Honolulu1 is offline
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Mein Auto: 90 E30 73 E9 85 K100RS
Keys question, 90 325i

First: great car, 5 speed, cross-spoke aluminum rims notwithstanding (they're hard to clean). Have sunroof, clean new interior from 318i by PO, non-sport seats by PO (they were too narrow for either of us), light blue is a good color says the wife. About 160,000 miles, 20-22 mpg.

Now the issue: I have two pairs of keys. On each pair, one key works the ignition (only) and the other key works the trunk and doors. Both keys have black plastic 'BMW" fobs; one fob is larger than the other. Both keys have a "S" stamped on them and both appear to be OE. The keys I have are cut quite differently from each other, so it is not possible to file and extra notch and have one key do it all.

The Owner's Manual suggests I should have a master key, and another key for doors and ignition which does not unlock the CLS, trunk or glove box.

I have no way to know which key(s) came with the car, but expect the doors key is original but ignition key may not be, though both are BMW keys.

I'd like a single key (master key) to do it all, how would this be possible? Theoretically, I need the doors key to work the ignition. I know about removing lock cylinders and file trimming the wafers, has anyone had a successful go at this?

What are my options? Thanks to all, this forum provides a lot of useful info.
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Old 04-28-2011, 06:18 PM
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Mein Auto: 325e,Jeep,240z,528i
STEP ONE
go to the BMW dealership
STEP TWO
bring plenty of lube
STEP THREE
get them to order you a new ignition tumbler that is keyed for your car
STEP FOUR
bend over and take it
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:39 PM
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i would add an extra step between step 2 and 3: nowadays you also need to bring protection.
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Old 04-29-2011, 12:25 AM
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ummm yeah

thanks, y'all are so encouraging.

I spose we are guessing that the ignition cylinder was changed and the door/trunk locks weren't, thus a new cylinder and key matched to the VIN and verified by certificate of ownership will do.

I will report back if things go otherwise.
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