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Re: Spare key for '76 2002 (archive)

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Posted by m.kotwick on September 09, 1999 at 08:16:20:

In Reply to: Spare key for '76 2002 posted by Cyrus on September 08, 1999 at 23:39:47:

Jeremy,

Along with the other suggestions, know that your local dealership might be able to come through with replacements. About three monthes ago I approached my local BMW dealership with the key codes appropriate to my '74 '02. Check the archives to determine how one might research the key code decals and stampings to be found near or upon the ignition and trunk lock cylinders respectively. After about a week the parts department secured replacements that were better than I had hoped. With the codes provided it seems that they had been cut at a central parts depot, and better, utilized O.E. blanks identical in style to the sole O.E. key in my possession. The ignition key was appropriately distended at its base, while the trunk key had a more traditional shape. On one side each key had a stamped grainy field with a BMW roundel, while the other called out the O.E. supplier, namely Huf. Better still, the keys were not of generic brass construction. Rather than a brass blank treated to a non-durable plating fated to wear through, the material used seems largely indistiguishable from the color of the key proper. At the dealership I visited I did encounter some hassles in that whoever was cutting the keys was unfamiliar with '02 key patterns with respect to which blank was appropriate to the ignition and door cylinders, and which to the trunk cylinder. Assuming that such replacement keys are still available and that your key code decal on the ignition tumbler assembly can be read, this route might still be your best. Good luck.

M. Kotwick
'74 '02 Malaga (Now with a trunk that can be locked!).



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