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Old 10-10-2009, 04:27 PM   #21
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i wish it where a simple zip tie fix for my car i have the same issue..... tried this but found out my cable was completly snapped
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:27 AM   #22
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my buddy and I tried this fix yesterday. HOW the heck did you guys get the zip tie on?? we put the cable back on the carrier, but couldnt find a way to put the zip tie directly in place to clamp it down.
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Old 03-21-2011, 03:19 PM   #23
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Definitely up. I finally got this fixed this past weekend but then ran into another problem. The door opened and closed multiple times but then I closed the door, went to the grocery store and my passenger couldn't open the door from the inside or out. Door still has tention but now just won't open. If you pull the inside handle while locked the door lock pops up as normal but nothing. Can't open the door. Any way to get the door open?
I have the exact same problem, I have fixed the handle problem with the zip tie, the door opened and closed multiple times without any problem, but on the next day I couldn't open it from the inside or out. Can smeone advice me what can I do to open the door? In my case it is a driver's door
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Old 10-07-2011, 03:52 PM   #24
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I have the exact same problem, I have fixed the handle problem with the zip tie, the door opened and closed multiple times without any problem, but on the next day I couldn't open it from the inside or out. Can smeone advice me what can I do to open the door? In my case it is a driver's door
BUMP for a response to this... i cant open my passenger door from inside or out!!! unlock button goes up and down and so does window, but nothing from the handle... any ideas guys???
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Old 10-07-2011, 04:56 PM   #25
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it seems like only coupes have this problem?? my buddy's m3 coupe has this problem (E36) and ive been blessed with the task of repairing it!
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Old 10-07-2011, 07:13 PM   #26
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it seems like only coupes have this problem?? my buddy's m3 coupe has this problem (E36) and ive been blessed with the task of repairing it!
Do u have any idea on how to open the door if handles dont work???
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Old 10-07-2011, 07:38 PM   #27
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can you put the zip tie on to tight which would cause the door to not open period from in or out? jw..
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Old 10-08-2011, 08:54 AM   #28
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can you put the zip tie on to tight which would cause the door to not open period from in or out? jw..
could this be my issue?? I def put the zip tie on tight... but i tested the door handles after i put it on and worked perfectly... i am STILL looking for a response/answer to my issue...

Does ANYONE know how to get the door open??
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Old 01-17-2012, 12:36 PM   #29
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I just want to thank the posters on this thread and this website for all the information provided here. I had my driverís side door handle malfunction this weekend. I must admit I had to stand on my head to fix it but the information given here was invaluable. What a pain in the ass to fix, but after repeated studying of the information here and continuous tries I succeeded, WOW! I'm tempted to pull the inside of the passenger side door and put a zip tie on that before I have the problem on that side.
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Old 01-18-2012, 03:10 PM   #30
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I have a coup as well and i have the same problem of the door not opening from both in and out. anyone figure a way in ? i need to open this door
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Old 01-18-2012, 05:20 PM   #31
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I have seen some posts of people having this problem also. If you can get the inner door panel off you should be able to pull the one of the cables to get it open. I did see someone was able to get the door panel off will the door closed. Run a search of "Door Handle" Hope it helps.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:05 AM   #32
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This my current "nightmare" having seen the video on how to adjust the hex bolt and make my 323ci door open easier, I managed to make both doors not open from the outside. So, I'll be doing the above fix tonight. I'm such the fool!
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:22 PM   #33
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:29 PM   #34
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I found out something that my car 99/00 323ci don't have the cable for the outside door handle.

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Old 05-24-2014, 05:12 PM   #35
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Just did this repair. I took out the window, only two bolts, the rear one you have to remove, it goes thru the glass, the front one just loosen. You drop the window 3 inches (80mm), then disconnect the battery. They are reverse thread, clockwise to loosen. Also have to remove the inner weatherstripping, which is attached to the rubber flap at the end of the door.
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Old 05-24-2014, 07:14 PM   #36
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This just saved me from buying a new door handle. Thanks a lot OP!
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