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Old 02-18-2008, 08:11 PM   #1
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Remote won't unlock passenger door

When i press unlock on the remote the driver door unlocks but the second press does not unlock the passenger door. At first it was intermittent but now it almost never works. The button in the center console always works.

Anyone know what might be wrong?

its a 2002 330CI
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Old 02-19-2008, 09:46 PM   #2
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I've had the same problem with my 325 for about 2 years now. It only happens once every 10 times or so but the center console wont unlock the passenger door either unless the car is completely locked and then unlocked again. The BMW dealership told me it might be due to "solar flares that add radiation to the atmosphere interfering with radio transmissions..." Bullshit. Never been able to reproduce the problem for them so they won't even check it out.
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Old 02-19-2008, 09:48 PM   #3
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mine just started doing the same crap. it wasnt opening anything at all, doors or trunk. i had to manualy put it in the key lock to do all that, then I took it to the dealer and they couldnt find a problem. Tried telling me it might bet the tint cause they couldnt get it to do what I said it was doing. It worked for a couple days after that and now the thing is acting stupid again!!!

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Old 02-19-2008, 10:01 PM   #4
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i think its u guys door actuator..mine is completely gone on my drivers side lol..i gave up on it..300 bucks to install a door actuator HELL NO rather spend that money on mods so i do it manually now i got used to it haha

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Old 02-19-2008, 10:22 PM   #5
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yeah Ive had the problem on and off, luckily nothing recently though. Here's a thread I stumbled upon a few months ago when looking into this problem. Dates back 5 years ago already....

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Old 11-03-2008, 02:02 PM   #6
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Did you resolve the problem?
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:19 PM   #7
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Happened a few timed before to me. Happening again on my 2001. Key fob unlocks driver door and trunk but no passenger doors on second tap. BCenter console button wont unlock doors until car is started. I thought it was due to low battery last time, but I have new battery now and recently put like 200 miles on my car.
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Old 09-08-2012, 01:34 PM   #8
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This just Started happening to me. It only did this for about a week, then it started working again.
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Old 09-08-2012, 03:44 PM   #9
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Door lock problems that mysteriously come and go are usually due to a bad general module.
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Old 12-31-2013, 02:26 AM   #10
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Anyone has a fix for the doors not locking or unlocking with the remote key? My car locked me out and I had to go into the truck to unlock the door and someone called the cops on me because it looked as if I was trying to steal my own car. Now my key will not work to manually lock or unlock my door it just turns. Can anyone help?
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Remote won't unlock passenger door

The lock cylinder in the driver's door is broken. That's why it just turns. You need to get that fixed or replaced. Here are instructions on how to get it out

It sounds like your remote is not working either. Get the key tested and if it's bad buy a new one or get it fixed.

There are two ways to unlock the doors from the outside. You should never rely on just one. If one way breaks FIX IT. If both break then you are just screwed.

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