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|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.|
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unscrew the lock and put down the window. take off the plastic bezel around the door handle and if you have a crank window take that off. the door handle has to come off too, there are three screws, two are visible on the underside, the third is at the very top under the mirror switch (drivers side) or the plastic cap (passenger side). after all the screws are out, start at a corner and begin carefully popping off the plastic clips. make sure not to break them. thats basically it.
its pretty much like that on all cars. make sure all the screws are out and any trim pieces and controls (windows/locks) then start at a corner and pop it off.
concerning the lock bolt, they tend to go after 60k miles, especially on the drivers side. happened in my first E30, but i never got it fixed and just used the trunk or passenger side to lock it. i believe there is a cylinder repair kit available from BMW.
I've never removed the door handle to do this...you only have to remove the door handle bezel...lock knob, then pull out the power window switch..undo the screw in there and the two underneath the arm rest...then start un clipping the panel from the bottom and lift up
BMW E30 DIY (Do It Yourself) has a good read on the door locks, I did mine last year and ended up replacing (from salvage) the central controller and drivers side servo), then I replaced the tumblers in the drivers side door lock cylinder (kit from BMW and then re-key). i had almost the same issue you have and now all is working correctly.
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