View Full Version : My E30 project HELP!!!

07-15-2009, 02:08 PM
Hi everyone i just bought a 1989 bmw 325i 2 door as a project car. im starting off with small things that are wrong with the car

so i have 2 questions first can i replace the hood latch with one from a 4 door e30 or does it have to be a 2 door and is their a difference in the years of the model for the hood latch...

also my driver side door lock seams to be stuck and i cant lock the door so i took it alpart and for some reason now i can lock the door but only when the door hinge is in the closed position. now is this a safety measure so that you dont lock your keys in the car or could it be the fault of the aftermarket power door locks that are in the car?

I would love to get this car runing and plated by bimmercruise but i dont think its gona happen so any help from you seasoned E30 mcgivers would be appreciated *th-up*

07-15-2009, 02:22 PM
any hood latch from e30 will work.

You'll have to be more specific and clarify what the problem is. Door lock as in latch or door lock as in key tumbler or door lock as in actuator? I suspect from what you are saying is that your door lock actuator is bad and isn't allowing the door to lock. I had this problem when I changed one door on my car. The actuator was toast and I needed to change it.
Once that was done, the door worked fine.

07-15-2009, 02:30 PM
thanks Ceeker about the lock, the key tumbler did nothing. before i took the door apart the key wouldint even turn but now the key turns and it locks the door from the outside but only when the door is closed. if the door is open the key goes in turns and the lock dosent close

07-15-2009, 02:43 PM
Why would lock the door when its open i have never tried to lock the door when it wan't closed but will check to see if it does

07-15-2009, 03:19 PM
You can't lock the door when it's open on an E30.

07-15-2009, 03:25 PM
that's right..the door won't lock when it is open so that you DON'T lock yourself out.
It's a safety feature. The only time this would or could happen if the actuator got screwed up or something went buggy with the control unit. This has happened...

07-16-2009, 12:56 AM
yea i got the door locking its the key tumbler because the key turns but the door dosent lock so ihave to depend on the power locks

07-16-2009, 08:03 AM
Check the connecting rod inside the door panel. From what it sounds like the mechanism that connects from the back of the tumbler is not connected to the rod which pushes up/down the door push rod. You'll have to get inside and feel around - make sure all your wire connection plugs are firmly in place. If the lock locks without manual application and doesn't when you try the key. I would say then something dislodged.

07-16-2009, 02:14 PM
yea thats a good point il have to check that out today thanks guys