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Old 06-11-2019, 07:05 PM   #91
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Yes you should be able to pull the key from the drivers door in deadbolt position. The mechanism is a bit complicated though. You may have one of the parts in the wrong orientation.
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:48 PM   #92
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I guess my best bet is to order the ignition lock based on the VIN and the cheapest key.
Either It won't match and I'll just use the new key to start (installed remote entry anyways) or I'll be lucky and it matches and I can use the master key to start.
Screw trying to rebuild it, too much hassle.

Thanks for your help guys.

Btw: Holding the new driver side lock (pic top left) in my hand, I can deadlock it, but I can't pull the key out in the deadlock position (90). Is this normal? Not that I really need it, was just trying it out because the previous lock was broken and I never used it so I have no idea how that one worked.
Like I said above, the vin coded ignition tumbler has been NLA for a year now. Also after I ordered new illuminated keys by vin which work in all of the locks besides the ignition.
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Old 06-13-2019, 09:27 AM   #93
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I just ordered a VIN Coded ignition cylinder in March 2019 from Blunttech.
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Didn't know blunttech did that! Awesome.
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Old 06-14-2019, 11:52 AM   #95
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Didn't know blunttech did that! Awesome.
I didn't either but figure I would ask after my local dealer, who I assumed was the only place I could order coded keys and cylinders from, was not very thrilled or helpful ordering stuff for a 30 year old car.

I would ask, I dont think the e30 locks, keys or ignition are specific to the e30 and were in a ton of cars from the time period and are more likely to still be available.
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I dont think the e30 locks, keys or ignition are specific to the e30 and were in a ton of cars from the time period and are more likely to still be available.
spot on
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Old 06-16-2019, 05:28 PM   #97
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Searching around it seems that the lowest coded ign. cyl. are NLA, the others seems to be available, so it depends which code you have and you may be lucky.
As far as I can tell, the 4 digit codes are cars without deadlock in the driver's door. All of them are compatible with E30, E28, E24.

32321153046 Code 1.001-2.900 (NLA)
32329069307 Code 3.001 ->
32329069308 Code 10.001 ->
32329069309 Code 40.001 ->

Also, I took out my old passenger door lock today and swapped in the new one. The old one was missing one of the wafers (same situation on driver's side), so someone definitely tried rebuilding them in the past and didn't have the correct wafers. My hope is that they bought a used set of locks and rebuilt based on the key and the key fit the ignition, that way all locks would be the same as the VIN coded ignition. Should find out this week.
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Old 06-16-2019, 05:56 PM   #98
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Order your coded key first. Dealer should be able to confirm your code. Then you can order the correct coded ignition cylinder if needed
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So the dealer doesn't see the code, but I got some new info today. They were a little confused, probably because they don't have to order locks very often.
First the guy thought the "CODE" for the part numbers was an immobiliser code, so I explained that it's the code used for cutting new keys. Then he told me that when he enters my VIN into whatever software they use to order parts, only the ignition lock with CODE 44000-> is not greyed out, so he can order that or the "generic" part with the key (random code).

Now, the locksmith told me I have either ISN773 code HB18xxx or ISN774 code HB44xxx (he gave me the whole numbers).
So it seems that BMW uses ISN774. And I now have high hopes that the ignition lock could match my current keys, unless someone swapped in a set of locks with the same 44000 range.
Should arrive within a week.
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