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E46General discussion and technical help for 1999-2004 3 series cars.
So I bought my 2001 330I a few months ago and didn't get a second key, big deal I'll just go to the dealer and get a new one ordered...WRONG! Well I went and the BMW dealer ordered me a new key with the cars VIN, and it doesn't fit! They're trying to tell me that the previous owner changed the ignition cylinder and in order to get new keys I would have to get a new one... Obviously I'm not retarded, you can just get new keys for the new cylinder right ? Are they trying to fuck me over, whats going on? I really need help and advice, perhaps even from a BMW tech. PLEASE !
first, does your key fit into your doors(and trunk?) if it does, then they are wrong, i doubt the previous owner changed all the lock cylinders. now, in the dealer's defense, all they do is send the order out to germany and they ship em a key. with my brother, one time he ordered a key and it didnt even work. for me, i ordered a key and it wasnt EWS programmed so they had to get me another one, but they were pretty good about it. i also ordered a lock cylinder from them b/c mine was broken, but i obviously ordered one that already fit my keys
Originally Posted by c1apton
I keep forgetting that - I have a great memory but it doesn't last long
Thanks I appreciate all the advice ! I love my BMW but I was starting to get pissed off with all the maintenance, which is to expect with any luxury car...
They're having a field rep, BMW engineer, look at my car tomorrow, see what they can figure out..ill keep u posted !
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The 2001 has the laser cut key doesnt it... See at least with the older bmws there is like a lock cylinder kit that you can use to fix it (bmw dealers are the only ones supposed to have it). That's weird that you have to have a field engineer look at it though. I guess they're going to just try and match a key to the new lock.