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Old 10-09-2012, 06:39 AM   #1
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Door lock

I have a 2003 325 xi and my door does not lock or unlock with the key. All it does is turn 90 degrees to the left and right. What should i do???
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:44 AM   #2
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I have a 2003 325 xi and my door does not lock or unlock with the key. All it does is turn 90 degrees to the left and right. What should i do???
You live in Manhattan...
Do you have access to tools and a garage to work on car?
Are you the handy type of person?
Are you adventurous, want to learn and don't mind to experiment with your car?
Are you on a budget?

If you answer no to any of the above, take it to the dealer.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:52 AM   #3
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I believe it is a very easy job to do, I do not think you even need to remove the door pane? I think there is a single screw in the door jam to remove the lock button?
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:43 PM   #4
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Lock cylinder is broken. You can buy a new one from the dealer if you don't want to wait for the repair key and get your hands covered on grease. Pictures and instructions for removal and installation can be found here www.bmwgm5.com/lock_cylinder.htm
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:11 PM   #5
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Scott,

Great write up on the door lock cylinder replacement. I will try to direct people to that DIY in the future.

How common is the door lock cylinder linkage broken from what you have seen?
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:37 PM   #6
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How common is the door lock cylinder linkage broken from what you have seen?


I typically talk to people that have door lock problems already and have started using the key in the driver's keyhole on a daily basis. Among that group of people the failure rate is 10-20%. I suspect if your remote door locks work properly then failures are going to be very very low.

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Old 10-12-2012, 10:23 PM   #7
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Scott that sounds logical. Most never use their key in the door, they use their keyfob, so the door lock linkage is not likely to fail.
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