1997 BMW Z3 1.9 Spinning Ignition Switch / Key Problem, All E36
I have a 97 Z3 1.9 w/Auto and it has the, I understand, typical free spinning ignition switch problem. Has the ever been a repair article written that a do-it-yourselfer can follow. Dealers tell me the repair can range from $550 to $2100. Quite a large range for a somewhat common problem I thought. Do you have any recommendation?
Yes, the spinning ignition key is a not uncommon problem. Typically, the repair is a new lock cylinder assembly. In order to replace the assembly with a new one that uses the same key, you must order it through the BMW dealer.
Here’s a link to a DIY video on a similar vintage 3-series: