BMW Repair Questions? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
Hello there Steve,
My apologies for not replying sooner, we had given up since we did not receive your reply on Sunday at all! Ah well, thank you now.
I have gotten to the stage where I can now start the car normally, but the key is immediately 'spat out' of the ignition barrel. It seems unable to hold it now for some reason...
So long as I push it back into the barrel immediately after I press the start button to stop the engine, I seem to be OK.
My impression is that it is the barrel area, not the key that is at fault and shall follow this up with BMW as soon as I can.
it is common for the key slot/receiver to fail on this model. you likely need to have yours replaced.
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