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I have a 1998 BMW Z3. The key cylinder spins when I try to…

Hi Chris, I have...

Hi Chris, I have a 1998 BMW Z3. The key cylinder spins when I try to crank it. Sometime it starts, but other time, as now it will not start. Anything short of taking it to the money pit dealership is my goal. Any advice?

Mechanic's Assistant: Have you checked the battery, particularly the terminal connections? Are they corroded?

No it has a brand new battery.

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Z3 yourself? What have you tried so far?

No, I am an old guy, and cant do my own work any more.

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

No thanks

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you will need to replace the key cylinder.
this will need to be purchased from a dealer as they will need to order it for you based on vin. (unfortunately the only option - sorry - please don't shoot the messenger)
if you don't want to pay their labor rate, you can have it installed elsewhere. If you need a good non dealer option, check out www.bimmershops.com or www.bimrs.org for options.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
ok, just the cylinder?
you need to replace just the cylinder. Please do not forget to click on a positive rating
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