definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,655 miles

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2003 BMW M3 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 BMW M3 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 302015


  • 81,310 miles


Windows were closed. There had been a light rain. Temperature was about 90 degrees F. doors were unlocked. Upon shutting the ignition key off in a parking lot, both doors locked automatically and immediately. Lock button on console was not pushed. Both doors would not open, by use of the buttons on the keys or by the console button. Two different keys were tried. The door handles moved, but would not open the doors. I don't believe the outside door handles would have opened the doors either because the doors were "locked". the inside temperature of the car began to rise rapidly so the engine was started to provide air conditioning. Restarting the engine several times did not change the condition of the locked doors. After 10 to 12 minutes I decided to lower the driver's side window and use the key in the door lock on the exterior of the car. This finally unlocked both doors. This could have been deadly if there was an engine fire and I had pull over the car and shut the key off. The doors may lock. A disabled or weak person may not have the strength to break the glass or climb out the window if they panic. I am very scared to use the car at this point...even to drive it to get repaired.

- Newfoundland, NJ, USA

problem #1

Nov 052004


  • miles
BMW M3 E46 (2001-2005) do not respond to any standard obdii commands from various tool manufacturers. These vehicles do not seem to be obdii compliant.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

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