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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Sat, Dec-14-2019, 10:46:22 PM   #521
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Default Re: My $8.8K 176K mile Craigslist E36M3 Journey Begins

After driving home in stolen mode.... (ignition terminal tapped together in "RUN" position".... and steering lock drilled out.

I looked on line.... youtube shows how to use a bobby pin to release the tumbler.
Easy enough.

Free wheeling I learned is either due to my tumbler breaking.... requiring order a new one from BMW mothership..... 2 weeks after proof of ownership.....

OR change out all locks, new key, new key module.... PITA.

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lucky for me it was the actual shaft that goes through the ignition mechanism from the key tumbler to the elec contact switch. it is cheap potted metal..... it snapped in half.

Perhaps weakened over the 191k miles from eager drivers trying to force the key when the steering lock needs a nudge.

New parts on order:

1. Genuine BMW Ignition Switch - 61321383365 - E36,E36 M3
Would not have needed this IF I did not hot wire it to get home.

2. Genuine BMW Ignition Lock Housing - E36 Part#: 32321093266

3. Genuine BMW Steering Column Rebuild Kit - E36 Part#: 32311092949KT
Might just rebuild the entire st column IF it needs to come out for this r/r.
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Old Tue, Dec-24-2019, 08:41:19 PM   #522
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12/24/19 update

Rebuilding my steering column w new bearings.
Easy job once you figure out how to whack this shear bolts off w hammer and chisel.

Took this time to rewire my alpine bimmer alarm and tidy up under dash wiring and install add’l sec measures.
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5th business trip to/from San Antonio - Houston.

This time turning up the wick.... avg 82mph.... 22mpg.

Nary a hick-up. Super reliable build.

Since I'm staying in hotels...... some theft deterrents....... hidden kill switch...... owl-cam..... and some locking stud bolts for the wheels.

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If you replace the lock, can you key it to your keys or does the new lock require new keys?
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You can replace the ignition tumbler and key from a wreck... but then your other locks won’t match

I just needed a new ignition switch assy. Reused my ignition tumbler and key.
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