3-Series (E21, E30)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.
On my BMW in order to lock the Driver Side Door I have to turn the key to the right and lift up the door handle in order for the Door Pin to go down and lock the door. Then to unlock the door I turn the key to the left and the Pin goes up and the door opens.
My BMW has an automatic locking system but it doesn't work-Older car syndrome!!
I had someone look at the problem and they said I needed a brand new Latch. Does the Latching System come with a new Lock?
It seems to me all I need in a new Lock instead of a new Latch, BUT I don't know that much about what is in behind the lock and how it all works inside the door. Something connected to the Lock has broken that is attched to the mechanism that pulls the Pin Down and locks the door. I THINK.
Can someone please explain to me how the Latch system works on my BMW. A new Latch costs over $ 200 and another $ 200 for labor. OUCH!!
How hard is to get a used Latch and a used Lock and put them in (I would have to have the new Lock Re-keyed to my key of course.
To be honest, there is a rod connected to the key tumbler, this lifts the pin AND should be connected to an actuator inside the door... Get the door-card off and have a look for misfits! The door-card should be a pop-on pop-off type but there will be a screw to hold the door lever-trim in place... Also be aware of any wiring behind the door-card.
Hope this helps.
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