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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 08-29-2015, 09:02 PM
Ogerized1 Ogerized1 is offline
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Location: cali
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Mein Auto: 330ci
Driver Door requires extra effort to "pop up" and unlock

Hello -

I have a 330 CI.

The problem -
Recently the driver side door lock doesn't come up or unlock with the remote any more, and when using the key, I have to give it a bit more force to open. What I mean is if you insert the key (so the top of the key is at 12 o'clock position) I turn it to the left to the 10 oclock position and I hear it unlock, but the lock doesn't pop up, if I do it again the passenger lock pops up. In order to unlock the driver door, I have to turn the key to the 9 oclock position, however, from the 10 to 9 oclock position, I feel more resistance.

A few weeks after this problem started, the tumbler broke (the locks did not responds to the key at all), I recently replaced the broken part and the tumbler is back to normal (except for what I mentioned above).

Any ideas?

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Old 08-30-2015, 07:57 AM
scarfaceee scarfaceee is offline
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Location: Cambodia
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Mein Auto: 2001 325i
Mine has the same problem as well. 2001 325i. At times just one turn to unlock perfectly, but there were times when i have to double unlock it which unlocks the passengers as well. The driver side will just pop halfway.

Any remedies before i get locked out?
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