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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 Mon, Apr-17-2017, 02:41:13 PM   #11
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Default Re: Reality check... ver: Motorsport door handles

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Parts with locks are ordered based off the VIN you provide, in these cases, you show the salesperson your car's papers
In that case, it makes more sense if they do the locks custom to your VIN.

My hope is to never have to remove a door card, so that combined with a $400 cost and PITA install means it is something that will probably never become a reality.
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That's how it works, you show the papers so you proof you are owner of the VIN.

Otherwise check your neighbour's E36 VIN, order new key, take neighbours car.

Removing doorcards should be no problem, although I never removed mine neither as I want to do it once and once only.
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I ordered two sets of these door handles for my sedan from my local dealer, Pacific BMW.
These handles were not stock on my car and Pacific was able to get them within about two weeks anyway.
The first set came keyed incorrectly and my car key would not unlock them. Then second set was then ordered to correct the incorrect keying on the first set. I ended up with four door handles. When the second set arrived the key worked and they were installed in my front door without issue, though it is a time consuming job the requires some patience. The first set that was keyed wrong was then an extra set. I went ahead and drilled out the long pin that holds the handle to the bracket and removed just the plastic part that reads "BMW Motorsports." I then did the same thing to the REAR door handles on my sedan and installed the "BMW Motorsports" handles into the bracket for the rear doors with a long bolt and locking nut from the Home Depot. They've worked fine for a couple of years now.
The lock tumbler is actually really easy to swap. When my sedan was totalled a couple years ago I wanted to installed them on my convertible. I took them to a local locksmith and they didn't want to touch them so I did it myself. To swap the tumbler I simply removed the pin on the inboard side of the tumbler, put the key in it. turned the key and the tumbler pulled right out. Be careful, there a lot of little pieces attached to it, I just wrapped tape around it to keep the pieces together. Luckily, the tumbler from my convertible came out together and reinstalled in the handle from my sedan quite easily.
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I think I misunderstood the guy I spoke with lol...

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I ordered two sets of these door handles for my sedan from my local dealer, Pacific BMW.
These handles were not stock on my car and Pacific was able to get them within about two weeks anyway.
Don't suppose you remember the price they gave you and how long ago that was...? It's about $325 shipped from Schmiedmann.
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I don't think so. It's common for NA dealers not to sell these specialty parts to anyone other than the cars that came with them. BMW NA was cancelling people's orders for Motorsport belts for that reason I believe.
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Default Re: Reality check... ver: Motorsport door handles

The parts department at my "local dealership" BMW of Santa Monica are real jerkoffs, their prices are insane. And yea they won't order you anything from a different car. Because Santa Monica. But the guy in Germany I think was just a case of being lost in translation. I just ordered a set of the door handles from Schmeidmann, let's see how that goes. Their prices are good on some other parts I need as well, I always forget about them for some reason.
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