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Old 10-16-2004, 05:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Please Help! I just bought my first BMW yesterday and drove it home. Everything was working fine in my 2000 323i with the keyless entry system. I went outside to get in my car and now it won't unlock! The remote will lock the doors, pop the trunk, and even roll down the windows if I hold down the unlock button. I can't even get the doors to unlock if I press the unlock button inside the car. My problem is is that now my gas door wont even unlock, so i can't get gas ghead . Any hints?
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Old 10-16-2004, 11:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to bmw-forums. I dont know of any way to fix your problem but hopefully someone in the e46 forum will.


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Old 10-16-2004, 11:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i dont have your particular model, but i have heard the problem before and i believe it is called "Double-Locking", just check your manual im sure its in there
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you try stickin the key in the door and unlocking yet?
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Old 10-17-2004, 12:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah, I tired unlocking the doors with the key, but only the drivers side will unlock. I went back outside to play with the car to see if I could get it to work, and all of the sudden it started working. So I thought I was in the clear but I went out to dinner tonight and it started doing the same thing and my friend had to crawl in the car through the drivers side!
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I think for the gas cap go inside the boot (trunk) and there should be a green tab inside on the right (i think in the UK), if you pull that the gas cap will unlock and open

Get it checked out by BMW dealer
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Well it could be several different things some of which might include a faulty drivers door latch, corrosion in any of the door pillar connectors, faulty module etc etc. I think if I were you I would take it back to where I bought it and tell them that this is a safety issue and that you are afraid you or a family member may either be locked outside of or even worse INSIDE of the vehicle. Ask them to fix it or have it fixed for you. If the bought the vehicle private party then you may be stuck taking it to a BMW dealer and paying for the repairs, or trying to get the seller to participate in the payment. Regardless, it sounds as it is going to be necessary to have a qualified repair shop diagnose and repair the problem.
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Did anyone ever get an answer to this one? This just started happening to my 2002 325CI.

The remotes will lock the doors, roll the windows down and even unlock the passenger side door, but not the drivers door.
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I had the same thing happen one morning. Used the key to open the door, drove for a few minutes, got out and it worked fine after that. Perhaps a bad battery in the key chain?
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Yep I noticed the same thing happens to me once and a while. I notice it happens if I don't drive the car for a while (~week) but once I drive the car and get it warmed up the doors function perfectly.
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