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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 09-01-2007, 02:15 PM
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Locked out...

So i just purchased a 95 325IS about 5 days ago, the passenger door does not open from the outside because of something broken in the door, but does open from the inside. also for some reason the key does not turn in the drivers side door but does on the passenger side. Now the problem is, last night at work when i went to unlock the car only the passenger door and trunk is unlocking with the keyless remote, i tried unlocking it from the passenger door and the same thing..i also tried from the trunk but nothing... so i really dont know what to do now because popalock is unable to open it and bmw is closed for the long weekend..i really need my car for work becasue i deliver pizza...any suggestions?
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Old 09-01-2007, 02:57 PM
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Hey man, sorry to hear, that sucks!

Well, the locking system on these cars is pretty complicated, but for now, here's the best I can recommend:
-A towing co or AAA or the like should be able to come out with a slim jim and open it up for you.
-From there, I'd just recommend not locking it until you can get a new lock cylinder for the drivers side. You can pull the fuse for the ignition system overnight, and just keep the car free of valuables. If you unscrew the little caps, people who aren't experts won't know from looking at it that its unlocked. I'd hate hearing that if I were you, but its the best I can think of.
-Also, if you want, after you get the pass door open, you can remove the interior door panel (easy, just held on by 2 screws behind the door pull, and a bunch of plastic clips) and check the linkage to see if you can reconnect the exterior door handle. If you can get it reconnected, you could then lock your doors, and to get in just reach across from the passenger side and open your door.

Sorry man, best of luck getting it fixed, and welcome to the 'Fest!
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Old 09-01-2007, 03:14 PM
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NOOOOO!!!! dont leave it unlocked.

If you do remove a wheel at the very least. It wont stop vandals but it will stop it being stolen.
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Old 09-01-2007, 03:41 PM
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Ok.. With the pas door.. Try this a few times.. Kinda push in on the door handle and door.. Than pull quickly and kinda hard upward.. Just mess around with that a few mins.. Cause I have the same prob w/ my pass door.. But that will 75% of the time get it open.
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Old 09-02-2007, 12:26 PM
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Hey man, sorry to hear, that sucks!

Well, the locking system on these cars is pretty complicated, but for now, here's the best I can recommend:
-A towing co or AAA or the like should be able to come out with a slim jim and open it up for you.
-From there, I'd just recommend not locking it until you can get a new lock cylinder for the drivers side. You can pull the fuse for the ignition system overnight, and just keep the car free of valuables. If you unscrew the little caps, people who aren't experts won't know from looking at it that its unlocked. I'd hate hearing that if I were you, but its the best I can think of.
i do have AAA but wasnt sure if they would be able to unlock it with a slim jim, does anyone know for sure if it is possible?
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Old 09-02-2007, 02:42 PM
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yer it is!
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Old 09-02-2007, 03:57 PM
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You could try disconnecting the battery in the trunk for a few minutes. I know its crazy but I've re-set all kinds of stuff in my E36 that way. And check fuses too...
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Old 09-03-2007, 02:48 PM
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So i had AAA come try opening my car yesterday, the guy tried for about 30 mins and still nothing. He said I would need to tow it to the dealer so they could open it and fix it. I will try the battery thing though..
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Old 09-03-2007, 04:47 PM
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If you need to know how to go about getting a new key from the dealership I'd be happy to help you out. Just PM me. It's a pretty lengthy process compared to other auto makers. Anyway, the only advice I can give you besides that is -

Stop delivering pizzas with your Bimmer!
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