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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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nalaleah53 nalaleah53 is online now
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Mein Auto: 1998 528i
ignition lock cylinder spinning

My 1998 528i ignition key cylinder has started spinning and then re locking and then works "normally".
I have read numerous bad things that could happen "soon" if it isn't replaced
Since I have had the general module replaced and have not payed to re-code it to the VIN, I would not really care if I had to use an additional key to start the car.
Can I "just buy a generic lock cylinder" to fix the sometimes spinning ignition cylinder?
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Mein Auto: 2001 525i 5 spd
I think the ignition is a two piece unit. One is just the lock/tumble the other end houses the switches and elceetronics. But I'm just guessing
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