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Old 06-11-2014, 08:14 PM
debaccos debaccos is offline
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Just Purchased 1997 M3 having a few problems

Hello everyone, I am new to the site and new to BMW's I just bought a 97 M3 for $500 I
had it towed to my house because of a dead battery, Well I just replaced the battery and the car starts and runs GREAT clutch it perfect and tires are brand new breaks are great but I am having a few issues maybe someone here can help, First, the door locks don't work, the front doors open but the back wont unlock, I can pull up on the know but still cant open door. Also the radio does't work, it says waiting for code, also on the computer read out down by shifter it says check owners manual brake problem I don't have an owners manual, can anyone here help me? Thanks in advance, Don
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:16 PM
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I don't know how to fix those problems but you got a hell of a deal!
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:45 PM
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Thanks I know the car is a good car I just need an owners manual so I can do things like program the radio and look for a few other quirky things
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:51 PM
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You need the factory 4 digit code to activate the stereo. I think you can get this from BMW.
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:24 AM
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You may need the Radio's serial number. Which, unfortunately, is located on the back of the radio itself.
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Old 06-24-2014, 08:47 PM
TechnoVioletBMW TechnoVioletBMW is offline
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You and I are on the same boat! I need to get an owners manual too. I just bought 98 M3 for 4k. My radio also needs the code, and my interior needs some work. Nice but for 500 bucks.
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Old 07-02-2014, 10:58 AM
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Congrats on the purchase..

Radio code seems like the least of your problems.. it is easy to acquire however.

You need to check, inspect, and replace (if necessary)..
EVERY FUSE and RELAY on the vehicle.

Then run the codes off the DME, crpss check the codes and see if anything pops up.
Find out if the car was submarined... or has any water damage.

The OBC "check owners manual" display next to shifter is informing you of the issue that needs to be checked.. brake lights etc..

The owners manual for your car is readily available online in PDF form.. just search for it.

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