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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 07-08-2015, 03:29 PM
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Door handle

My door handle from the outside won't open, it is struggling to get it to work, but the key lock still works it's just the handle. However from the inside it does open my car
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Old 07-08-2015, 04:37 PM
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The actuator arm on the outside handle is broken. No really reliable way to fix it. You'll have to replace it. The key tumbler can be transferred from your current handle to the replacement. The handle replacement is a PITA job. Pelican Parts has a pretty good DIY on it.
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Old 07-09-2015, 06:07 PM
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The tumblers changed somewhere around '94 so they are not a direct swap (assuming you get a used one). You would have to do a little extra work exchanging from one to the other. If you purchase new, just make sure you get it for your model year.
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Old 07-09-2015, 10:18 PM
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The tumblers changed somewhere around '94 so they are not a direct swap (assuming you get a used one). You would have to do a little extra work exchanging from one to the other. If you purchase new, just make sure you get it for your model year.
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I found it out the hard way, my car is a 4/94 model and i swapped with a 7/94 model, door handles all the same, but tumbler was not interchangeable.... so I had to build my own one....
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Old 07-10-2015, 08:50 PM
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I found it out the hard way, my car is a 4/94 model and i swapped with a 7/94 model, door handles all the same, but tumbler was not interchangeable.... so I had to build my own one....
There is a way to swap the little metal prongs (don't know their actual name) so the key will work in the other tumbler. It takes a little extra work, but it works.
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Old 07-10-2015, 10:54 PM
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By prongs do u mean the pins inside the lock?
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Old 07-11-2015, 01:43 AM
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There is a way to swap the little metal prongs (don't know their actual name) so the key will work in the other tumbler. It takes a little extra work, but it works.
I attempted that, however, it did not work.
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Old 07-11-2015, 01:52 AM
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A lock smith would do it for a reasonable price even if u don't know what order the pins were in
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Old 07-11-2015, 08:57 PM
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Yea, I meant pins. I did it on my coupe. The lock smith will work too, although around here they want registration documents on BOTH cars in your name. I would hope this is not the case everywhere. After two calls telling me the same thing, I gave up and tried the swap myself. Again, it worked for me.
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Old 07-22-2015, 04:55 PM
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I have replace several of them it easy to do does take some time key is take off the door panel, and the our side cover is removed by inside the door look for the rubber cover and see this will release the door handle cover.
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