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Old 04-12-2014, 12:27 PM
Snowxpert Snowxpert is offline
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Ignition switch problem

Last night I went to start my 97 M3 and the key just spins in the ignition, I spent two hours trying to get it to catch but had no luck, had to have it towed. My question is if I have the ignition changed will I have to get a new key or can they code my new ignition to my original key?


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Old 06-27-2014, 10:16 AM
tmswell tmswell is offline
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Not sure if this has been answered for you yet but this is fairly common.
(Mine did the same thing a week ago = Dramatic story).

There's a handful of Youtube videos out there to break it down too.

There are two components you'll need to check on and see if that's where you're having the issue.

1) Ignition Switch (Part Number: 61328360925) Run about $65-170.
2) Lock Cylinder (Part Number: 32321093265) $100-300.
I got mine working temporarily by spraying some lithium grease in the key lock and switch-- its by no means a 'fix' but temp till you can narrow it town to the IS or LC.

Hope that helps.

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Old 06-27-2014, 10:14 PM
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Last night I went to start my 97 M3 and the key just spins in the ignition, I spent two hours trying to get it to catch but had no luck, had to have it towed. My question is if I have the ignition changed will I have to get a new key or can they code my new ignition to my original key?


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By no means trying to curse your experience, but the EWS (module/ignition and the "chip" inside the key have to match and or programmed to each other.

I have all for sale for a reasonable price IF you are unable to make your system work.
It was taken out of my car which is push-button now and a track car.

you can contact me at: havasusteve@charter.net if necessary.

good luck regardless

Steve
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Old 07-02-2014, 12:40 PM
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Common problem.. lots of fixes.
Just search a little bit.

I hope you get it sorted..
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