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BMW 3litre touring 2000 centre door locking will not unlock

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BMW 3litre touring 2000 centre door locking will not unlock any doors except tailgate and tail window. spare key(charged by presence in steering lock) does the same. only access by drivers door using manual key or tailgate which opens?

does the same thing happen when you use the locking button inside the car as well as the remote key?


what happens when you turn the key mechanically in the door? what doors unlock?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

just the drivers door. if interior buttons depressed all doors lock and cannot be re-opened even if interior levers are pulled twice

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if no fuses are blown then this points to a failed general module, which is the module which controls central locking


the general module (aka gm) will need to be replaced or sent out for repair


it is not possible for 3 doors to all fail at the same time, which is why the module is the likely cause.


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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Steve, periodically, the remote key unlocks everything correctly. when relocked with key refuses to unlock again. one day later it may function O.K.again. Any other ideas? Could I fit used control module, or is it tailored to the one car only? As an OAP I can't afford BMW prices. Thank you, RON.