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Old 10-08-2002, 08:35 PM
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'92 325is doors won't open from the outside

I own an E36 1992 325is. Over a month ago, the door latches on the outside of both my doors started to struggle when I opened either door. Now, both latches won't open from the outside. I have to keep my window cracked almost half-way down to let myself into my car.

I have my interrior door panel off the passenger side door, but I can't see which part isn't opening. Does anyone know what I need to fix?
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Old 10-08-2002, 08:51 PM
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all i can tell you is ...i'd love to know as well .... my 1993 325is is getting harder and harder to open ,but from the inside...hmmmm?
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Old 10-08-2002, 09:03 PM
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my driver's door is doing it from the inside.....



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Old 10-08-2002, 09:44 PM
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mine also have trouble when opening from the inside.

this sounds like a common problem...does anyone have a solution?
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Old 10-08-2002, 10:07 PM
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Take it to your favorite mechanic and have him grease the latches. If you just wanna open your door, put your thumb above the handle and lift straight up... they usually pop open that way

E36 door latches and interior trim panels...
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Old 10-09-2002, 12:11 AM
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I had this exact same problem fixed by BMW when i took it in for her oil change. I tried to many ways to fix it, all i really needed was the part. Its quite easy to fix after i watched them do it.

When the door "hooks" onto the main frame of the body there is a small plastic peice that rotates. That plastic peice over the years is worn down and or falls off in some cases. I had them check it over and all they did was take a razor and cut the old plastic peice off. They then added a new larger plastic peice onto where the door clamps down on. This did not fix the problem in full but it did help in opening it. They then realligned the place where the door latches on to-it took a while to find the exact spot but it worked. Where it latches onto there are two star bit sized screws going into the frame. They unscrwed those and realligned it, after trial and error it finnally worked. If you have any questions jsut private message me. Ill try and get some pics up later on if my digital camera cooperates =/

Hope this helps as though it was a vague description but should help nevertheless.
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