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Central Locking not working

I have a 2004 BMW E46 320i individual. Non of my doors want to open with remote(mainly in the morning). i have to manually turn the key in drivers side door! this only opens my door! Doors are double locked and wont open from the inside! while im driving im always pressing the unlock button on center console! this sometimes works and the remote sometimes works!

What is the cause of this??? Its really embarrassing to pull up at a place and my passengers have to climb out of the drivers door!

the key seems to make the lights in the car go on but the doors stay locked...
please help..

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  • Anonymous Jan 20, 2009

    I have same problem as Craig in my 320 D E46. unlockign works sometimes may be once in 10 attempts. Anyone has any solution? Halford checked the battery and they measured it at 55% and non repairable. I am gonna try new battery, and will post my comments here after changing the battery.


  • nickoo17 Jan 20, 2009

    Hi Craig,
    I have same problem with my 2001 320D and I think the battery is weak so will get tio changed and post my comments after that.


  • Ishmael Makgetla
    Ishmael Makgetla Feb 28, 2009

    I have the same problem and to add to mine, the key opens the driver's door and the windows only, the doors - nothing! they do not even open from inside. please help

  • 2012antony Mar 04, 2009

    i have had the same problem also but as i have a spare key i started to use this and works fine, from this i would have thought that the battery in the remote that gets charged every time u place key in egnition has stopped charging correctly. just a thought as new key is fine, for now.

  • patobrien100 May 10, 2009

    Exact same problem as Craig704. Central locking in my BMW 320D will not work in the morning but for some reason, it will work later in the day. Also, operating the key manually will usually only open the drivers door.

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    All door works with remote luck key but driver door does not work. how to repair it?

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    drivers door & back doors wont unlock


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Hi Craig,
I'm running a E34 Tds Touring with a similar problem, my rear doors and tailgate have dropped of the central locking circuit.
I have been told it is the Central locking Module a large black box under the dash that is faulty, apparently a common problem.
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Hi Craig,
The most common fault is the drivers door striker plate.
I have had this problem on all the BMWs i have owned and replacing the plate cures it.

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Have the general module checked up it contorls the central loking system and alarm

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