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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Sun, Sep-25-2005, 11:44:03 PM   #1
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I am going to borrow a slim jim to try to get into my car. Anything out of the ordinary I should know about?
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Good luck slim jiming a BMW, as they are very difficult to do. (Tried many times when I worked for BMW).

Also, if the car is double locked, you won't be able to slim jim the door as the door won't unlock.
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Dont u have another pair of keys??
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I am also curious, but how exacty did you manage to lock the keys in your car?

When I worked for BMW I learned that the only real way to lock a key in a BMW is via the trunk. (This was for the more recent models E46+). As you have to lock the doors with the remote while the trunk is open, then put the keys in the trunk and close the trunk which then arms the alarm.

The E36 is a bit different however, as you either have to arm the alarm with the remote (if you have one), which requires the doors to be closed, ALL of them including the trunk. Or manually lock the car with the key (trunk can be open). I guess the only way I could see this happening is if you locked the car (via the door lock) and then were messing around in the trunk and droped the keys in there and closed it.

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I locked the car, then went out with some freinds and got drunk and lost the keys. (have not lost a set of keys in over 10 years) My spare set is IN the car( I am in the process of moving so the car is packed full)


If I can reach the lock button will the doors unlock?
If I can pull the lever will the door open?
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Ahhh. Makes sense.

If the car is double locked then you cannot open the locks or door with the button or lever.

(I am not sure if the car only double locks with the alarm system installed or if it always does that).
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w/ my factory alarm, you had to arm the system twice, the first was regular locking, then the second button double locked it...

if you locked the car w/ the key: you will not be able to get in w/o the key
if you locked the car w/ remote: the door pull will still work same w/ lock pin

your best bet would be just go to the dealership and order a new key... they are like $35 and it only takes a day or two to get it...i recently ordered two keys because i lost mine at work. just remeber to bring proof of ownership (title)
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I have always just manually pushed down the door lock pull as i stepped out of the car to lock it....anyone else do that?
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Forget about slim-jimming your car, it 'll only do damage.

Do what car thieves do, its effective and simple. (Actually, I hope I do not get into trouble for writing this)

1. Get a blood pressure manometer with a hand pump (like the ones that wraps around your arm used by nurses for taking your blood pressure).

2. Insert the inflatable bag (bladder) under the upper corner of the window. Be careful not to use sharp tools as you can cut the door seal.

3. Inflate the bladder. This will pull the window away from the rubber seal. Inflate the bag just enough so that you don't damage the window and you make enough space for a coat hander to slide in.

4. Use a properly bent coat hanger, mentioned in 3., to "hook" the door handle. Once hooked pull to open.

Its easy and it shouldn't take more than 5 minutes.
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I have always just manually pushed down the door lock pull as i stepped out of the car to lock it....anyone else do that?
you cant do this, the lock physically wont let you do it if the door is open... not on the M3
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