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randyandy 02-17-2005 08:06 PM

Door won't open
 
Can someone help me out on this one. My passenger door won't open from the outside. I took out the interior door trim and found that the cable that attaches the handle to the locking mechanism is either stretched out or displaced. I think that I have to replace it but I can't even reach it. Do I have to take the whole door off and if so how? I've heard of this problem from a few people but they didn't fix it themselves. Dealership says it cost $300 and I'm not about to pay them anymore money.

SHICKS 02-21-2005 07:53 AM

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Originally Posted by randyandy
Can someone help me out on this one. My passenger door won't open from the outside. I took out the interior door trim and found that the cable that attaches the handle to the locking mechanism is either stretched out or displaced. I think that I have to replace it but I can't even reach it. Do I have to take the whole door off and if so how? I've heard of this problem from a few people but they didn't fix it themselves. Dealership says it cost $300 and I'm not about to pay them anymore money.


I have this problem only in cold weather. Here is what the dealer says. There is a cable with a plastic sheath, condesation builds up in the sheath and freezes. This does not allow the cable to move freely. The dealer said they replaced the door lock to see if that helped, no good.

I can usally get the door open on the first try, but then the door wont latch when I close it. At this point if I can get it closed then I can't get it open with either handle. So I have been locked in the car a bunch of times, real safe!

So I called the dealer and they will look at it again, but claim there is not much they can do if it is not mother nature. I have contacted BMW NA to start a log of the events with them so I can get this resolved.

This is very frustrating, when the temp is below freezing, the car is useless.


Steve

CynicalWry 02-21-2005 08:25 AM

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Originally Posted by randyandy
Can someone help me out on this one. My passenger door won't open from the outside. I took out the interior door trim and found that the cable that attaches the handle to the locking mechanism is either stretched out or displaced. I think that I have to replace it but I can't even reach it. Do I have to take the whole door off and if so how? I've heard of this problem from a few people but they didn't fix it themselves. Dealership says it cost $300 and I'm not about to pay them anymore money.

No warranty? Park it in a garage to see if your problem is related to the cable being frozen.

This DIY will tell you how to take your door apart
http://www.e46fanatics.com/howto/how...php?howto_id=6

randyandy 02-21-2005 01:18 PM

Thanks guys but cold weather isn't the problem...I live in houston, It's always hot as balls down here. Thanks for the DIY also, I already knew how to remove the inner panel but I still can't see or reach the ends of the cable in order to remove it.

CynicalWry 02-21-2005 06:24 PM

but it will open just fine from the outside?

My door has a thing where the door handle won't always go back all the way after pulling the door open.

BMW330xi01 02-21-2005 06:29 PM

i got the same problem on my driver door the handle has ALOT of extra play some times it wont open and some times it will

SHICKS 02-21-2005 06:33 PM

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Originally Posted by BMW330xi01
i got the same problem on my driver door the handle has ALOT of extra play some times it wont open and some times it will


For me, it's only when it is cold. I can usually open the door in the morning, but can't shut it, it just slams against the door frame, and won't latch. If I get it latched, then it won't open.

I'm going to the dealer in the morning, I hope I am stuck in the car when I pull up.

Steve

randyandy 02-24-2005 12:45 AM

Actually it won't open from the outside only from the inside. I'm gonna take it apart again one last time. Them mothers at BMW are geniuses, making little things fall apart.

rkreimer10 01-02-2013 02:26 PM

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Originally Posted by SHICKS (Post 2438083)
For me, it's only when it is cold. I can usually open the door in the morning, but can't shut it, it just slams against the door frame, and won't latch. If I get it latched, then it won't open.

I'm going to the dealer in the morning, I hope I am stuck in the car when I pull up.

Steve

I am having this exact problem. Did anyone figure out what needed to be replaced?

SHICKS 01-02-2013 02:37 PM

I'd have to check my service history to find out exactly what was replaced, but I believe there is a cable in the door that is pulled when the handle is pulled. Imagine a bike shifter or brake cable with a plastic housing. Water was entering the housing and freezing, causing the cable to become stuck until it thawed.

This part was replaced under warranty about 8 years ago and has been fine since.

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Originally Posted by rkreimer10 (Post 15025078)
I am having this exact problem. Did anyone figure out what needed to be replaced?



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