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#1 (permalink) Old 10-26-2004, 12:38 AM
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Hello, I have recently bought a 94' 325is. I am very happy with it, but it has a few bugs.

One thing is the locks. I cant seem to figure out how to lock it. I have two different keys. One for ignition and one for my door lock. if I turn the key to lock it, both doorlocks go down then pop up. If i hold the key to the locked position, the driver side doorlock wont pop back up, but the passenger side does. So what i do is hold the key to lock the driver side, then walk all the way around to the passenger side to manually push the lock down. Its only when I push the driver side down that it pops them back up. Also, neither of my keys work for the passenger side door. I dont know if it will help to tell you that i have a Viper brand alarm system.

Another thing is that i cannot figure out how to lock my trunk. I have tried both keys turning both ways. I have also tried to push the button in and turn the key. I am thinking i dont have the key for it, but then again i have never had a Bimmer before so i dont know how the lock works.

Another problem is my spedometer. It doesnt work properly It was just recently that it stopped working. i have an aftermarket white panel thingy... anyway, the spedo pulses up rather than go up smoothly. Also it seems to get stuck on some speeds. If im going 25-40 it is stuck on 23 if i get to 50 it jumps up and sticks untill i get to 65. The speed is accurate on the check panel under the sterio though. I am thinking its electrical, what do you think?

Lastly, i am missing a few clips for my door panel. you know the little white clips that holds the panel on. Where would i go to get a few more of those?

Thanks for the help...

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Oh and one more thing, The window on the passanger side goes down a little when i open the door, and then goes back up after i close the door. Well, the driver side doesnt do that. It rolls up and down fine, But it wont roll up that last little centimeter. When i open the door it doesnt move at all. At least it is in the down position so that i can still open my door without ripping the window out. It has a space, so it whistles and leaks when it rains. Im not liking that with the leather interior.

please help....

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i think you have something wrong with the locking system. there shouldnt be so much complication, i dont think its the keys.

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There is a DIY for "resetting" the power windows. I don't know if it will help the up and down associated with opening/closing the door but search around for the procedure. I know its in my Bentley but I don't have it here at work...maybe someone has it handy......

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I'd have your actuators checked.

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The little white door panel clips can be found at www.bavauto.com. I ordered some through them and they work perfectly, they're not cheap however. I think I paid 0.95 a piece... or somewhewre around that area.
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Many of these cars, as they age, have an issue with the bracket that supports the door lock solenoid. I would remove the inner door panel on drivers door and take a look at the support bracket. I would not be surprised if you find the support bracket cracked or broken in two. If that is the case, welding or riveting it back together may solve your problem
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With your speedometer issue - What could be happening is the adhesive behind your aftermarket white panel thingy is failing, causing it to lift up, and causing resistance to the movement of the needle.

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