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Old 02-13-2011, 01:59 PM   #1
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HELP - Lost Keys, No Ownership

hi guys
i have a problem and looking for advice to best approach in resolving the issue help is greatly appriciated.

Recently i lost keys to my "track" project car (a 95 325i) and i dont have a spare, problems begin where:

Problems:

1. My drivers licence is currently suspended and i do not physicly have the ID card in my name.

2. the ownership is in some random name from where i bought it because i cannot transfer ownership to my name due to susp/ not-valid licence.

3. The security system wont open the doors regardless if i
- pull the knobs up or
-pull the door handles from the inside
the doors wont open no matter what i do.
(my trunk lock is busted so i climbed in through the rear armrest/ ski bag hole only to find out i cant open the car from teh inside ether mo matter what doorhandle or knob i pull)

I ABSOLUTELY have no idea how to open doors otherwise.

Solutions
i have in mind but need help to do this most efficently.

Is the any place that will make a replacement key by vin other then the dealer if i only provide a valid Ownership/Cert/Etest to the vehicle with a bill of sale adressed to my name?
BMW only accepts the Owner on Ownership and a ID to that name to make you a spare key
1. How in the hell do i get the doors to unlock?

i had a 93 325 before i locked my only keys on the seat and all i had to do is a normal method stick a wirehanger to pull the knob up n it opened. This feature my car has is really uncommmon in its sense to me

what do i do?

2. Given if i gain access to the interior by opening doors somehow:

- a. Change the entire steering column vs. just the ignition cylinder ( because u need a key to physically turn it to release which i dont have)
- b. change just the cylinder leave the entire column in place?

i dont know whats easyer, but ive read that getting the lock cylinder out is a pain in the ass to release even with a key, ill probably going to have to drill out the entire thing out

3. if i get a replacement driver DOOR from same car/key as the cylinder or steering column will it be compatible with my current "security" feature that the doors must be opened by key inorder to release the acess to all other 3 doors
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Old 02-13-2011, 04:55 PM   #2
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You said its a track car no? Just smash the window to get in. And who cares about the key

Just wire in a switch for the ignition.
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Old 02-13-2011, 04:56 PM   #3
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I dont really want to post this online, but its not hard (read: very easy) to break into e36's)

I'd make up a phoney bill of sale, put it in your wife/girlfriend's name, and then send them to bmw.
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:23 PM   #4
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its not really a "Track" car, more like a project

just i havent registered it yet as i was still working on it didint bother to transfer the ownership

Will a Bill of sale and Ownership in previous owner name work to get me a replcement key from bmw?

i eventually intend to use the car on streets,
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:38 PM   #5
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You said its a track car no? Just smash the window to get in. And who cares about the key

Just wire in a switch for the ignition.
i can get into the car through trunk,

but doors wont open regardless if i pull any doorhandles or the release knobs even from interrior,

smashing a window would still mean id have to hop in/out the car through a window
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:37 PM   #6
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In Ontario you can still register a vehicle on a suspended license just can't plate it!! Problem solved
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Old 02-13-2011, 09:40 PM   #7
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i can get into the car through trunk,

but doors wont open regardless if i pull any doorhandles or the release knobs even from interrior,

smashing a window would still mean id have to hop in/out the car through a window
just like the good ol' boys.lol
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:04 PM   #8
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In Ontario you can still register a vehicle on a suspended license just can't plate it!! Problem solved
true dat, you can insure it but cant register it, as in plate it as mentioned above......then again I'm in the other North Pole Alberta
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:23 PM   #9
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you can sign over car into your name but it will read - unplated. take that to the dealership however, you will still need your DL. they photo stat that and the ownership in order to order a new key. I know, cause I worked in bmw parts and that is how we did it.
now unless you know someone REEEEALLY well and probably give them head, you might actually get the key without paperwork LOL. however, when the key comes in they need to match the key to the paperwork left. which would be the photocopy of your info.

that was a while back, I don't know if things changed since.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:56 AM   #10
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I'm sure they would understand if you brought other photoID and explain your situation...
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