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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 07-29-2015, 01:31 PM
aaronm aaronm is offline
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Mein Auto: 1997 328i
Drivers door won't open.

Please help...I'm pretty talented mechanically but I cannot figure this out.

My 328i's drivers side door won't open when I pull the inside or outside handle. I am able to lock all of the doors using the key in the drivers side lock but cannot unlock the doors using the key. The doors can be locked and unlocked from the passenger side - however, the drivers side lock button does not pup up. If I pull up on the lock button, it just pops back down. My car is not equiped with a key fob...just the key. If I pull the drivers side inside door release handle, nothing happens. Pulling the inside passenger handle, the doors unlock - except for the drivers door. Any suggestions would be appreciated!!
Thanks in advance!!

Edit.......So, I will take the lack of replies on there not being an actual solution other than partially destroying the inner door panel to access the inner workings of the door.

Any tips on how to remove the inner door panel with the seat and dash in the way?

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Old Yesterday, 09:13 PM
Daggerty Daggerty is offline
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You'll have to take the panel off to figure out what the problem is assuming the push button for the lock came off, and taking the door panel off if it's your first time expect to break some clips.
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