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Yesterday when I was leaving to come back to campus, I turned the key and it turned but nothing happened. Tried again and it paused a second and the started fine. Started it 4 times after that yesterday and it was fine. This morning getting ready to head out for class I start it, fine, I back up and start to turn and my wheel is locked.... So I turn it off and try to restart it and see if it unlocks, but now the key will not turn but a fraction of an inch and then it stops, so my car is sitting half way out of the spot and nothing I did helped....Help me guys.
I have no clue what it is at this point. Maybe the switch is bad, maybe it isn't recognizing the key...I don't know. But in any case, I pulled the piece around the shifter off and pulled the release to get it into neutral so it could get up on the tow truck, so it is at the shop and will be looked at tomorrow. $55 for under a mile transport from my dorm to the shop... ridiculous. Hopefully this bill wont end up being one that gets stared at for an hour trying to figure out how it is possibly that high.
Ok guys, the tumblers were worn, so they called a BMW dealership close by and they said they would not order the part until they received a copy of my license and registration....to ensure the shop is not trying to steal my car.... the shop is bonded up to $1,000,000 dollars, and it is illegal to even request personal information as far as I know. So the deal is they want my information to send me stuff and try to get me over there and paying them. This is stupid. My dad has to send a copy of his license, since his name is on the registration, and the registration has to be hand delivered because it has some oily stuff on it and it cannot be faxed. The guy is calling another BMW place and seeing if they try the same bull crap. I hate dealerships with a passion, I just want my car fixed. I have to walk 1/4 a mile to and from classes, eating, meetings, and everything else because of this, and I cannot go home for my grandmother's 90th birthday all because they have to play their retarded little games. They want independent shops out of the picture completely. I am disgusted at the moment.
This is standard procedure and every dealership will ask for teh same thing. It is the same with keys. I am actually glad they do it. Your dad should be able to just take a digital picture of the registration and then print/fax.
Well turns out I was correct. They did more "looking into it" and none of my personal information is needed whatsoever, of course this is a revelation that came after I had a little discussion with the parts department at the dealership. It is being made in New Jersey and should be here tomorrow, so hopefully it will be fixed by noon Friday, that is my hope at least.
I'm hoping it is too. Maybe the part will be here tomorrow like they said. I think that one day to make and ship a part from NJ to NC is wishful thinking, but if they can pull it off then more power to them.
I had a similar problem last year during xmas. When I tried turning my car on one morning the key would not go past position one. I took the whole assembly out until I was left with the steering column. I found broken pieces inside the housing, so I ordered a new housing and a tumbler since I already had my hands dirty.
The stealership in California ONLY asked for the registration, the guy said they mainly ask for it so they can get the VIN# and reference their paper work when making the new part. The part is a made to order part and its not returnable, so I had no problem with them double checking, besides if there was a screw up I would have to wait longer.
Well I am glad you got it all sorted out. I have a post in bimmerforums with pictures of when I took everything out.
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