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Old 06-19-2016, 08:52 AM   #1
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glovebox not locking

Guys,

I have an issue with my '04 vert. I bought this car from a used car dealer a little more than a year ago. During the test drive with the sales guy the glove box flopped open several times and would not stay closed. When we returned to the dealer lot the mechanic swapped the glovebox with one from another e46. Apparently the replacement was not taken from a vert. When the top is down and I lock the car with the fob, the doors, trunk, glovebox are locked and the interior trunk release button is inoperative as intended. Everything works fine except for the glovebox, it will not lock and of course I can't use my key because they did not swap the lock cylinder. Yes, I wasn't thinking at the time. Too excited about taking the car home.

The local boneyard wants $100 for a glovebox from a vert. Can anyone tell me if I can fix my glovebox without replacing it entirely?
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Old 06-19-2016, 09:17 AM   #2
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I can't help but I have the opposite problem - I can only open the Glove Box with a key, regardless of whether it is locked or not. It still denies the Trunk Release Button function when locked though.

I don't think the Cabriolet is specific so this question should be in the general E46 section.

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Old 06-20-2016, 07:02 AM   #3
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Convertible glove box lock is VERY different than non convertible.

The convertible glove box is actually electrically lockable.

The lock parts are not cheap from the dealer either, close to $100 not including the lock cylinder.

If you want it to work properly, pony up and buy new parts from the dealer.
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Old 06-20-2016, 10:08 AM   #4
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Convertible glove box lock is VERY different than non convertible.

The convertible glove box is actually electrically lockable.

The lock parts are not cheap from the dealer either, close to $100 not including the lock cylinder.

If you want it to work properly, pony up and buy new parts from the dealer.

OK, that is nuts but I never mind being wrong as it means I learned something. Thanks.
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Old 06-21-2016, 05:38 AM   #5
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The convertible glove box lock has 3 key positions.

These are the key positions as I recall, but I may have this wrong.

One position is Valet mode, it actually puts the trunk and glove box in Valet mode and you cannot open the trunk with the button in the cabin, the latch on the rear of the trunk and the glove box will not unlock with the central locking system.

One position is the Unlocked mode as I recall?? This allows the glove box to be unlocked when the car is unlocked, however, when the car is locked with the central locking system, the glove box is electrically locked.

One position as I recall is a manual unlock position??

I am sure you can refer to the owners manual for a more complete description of the lock operation. I may be slightly off as I do not mess with my glove box lock much.

So the convertible glove box lock has a micro switch that controls the Valet mode and a solenoid or motor that will electrically lock and unlock the glove box.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/tech...tment_Lock.htm
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Old 07-20-2016, 01:42 PM   #6
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I can't help but I have the opposite problem - I can only open the Glove Box with a key, regardless of whether it is locked or not.
So I read somewhere here or on another forum that the glove box will sometimes behave as mine and the fix is to tighten the two screws.

Well I'll be damned - that worked!
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Old 07-29-2016, 10:35 AM   #7
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I'm still stuck with a glove compartment that will only unlock with the key. I've tightened screws, removed and replaced the lock (same lock, not new) and experimented with various locked vehicle and top position combinations. A few weeks ago when I started trying to figure this out the compartment would open with out the key at one point...but I don't remember the combination and haven't been able to replicate it. The manual is of no help regarding this...to me anyway.

Any more ideas? Thanks!
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