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   Need a keys made for a 2002 left in garage for 25 years owner passed and no luck finding the keys,any ideas.

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Haven't run into this problem on such an old car; but you might try contacting a dealer with the VIN number to see if they can cross reference the info.  Or contact the BMW archives in Germany.  Otherwise, a local locksmith is probably your only path.

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Look on the back side of the ignition switch; if you're lucky there's a little paper sticker with a letter and numbers still affixed there.  That's the key code, and a BMW dealer should be able to order you a new key from the code. 

 

Failing that, remove the door handle from either the driver's or passenger's door; they also have stickers, and are easier to get out than the ignition switch.  With handle in hand, visit a locksmith.  He can make a new key for you.  You'll need to also take him the trunk lock, as that key is different from the ignition/door key.

 

mike

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3 hours ago, mike said:

there's a little paper sticker

 

If you are lucky!  The 40 year old glue has dropped many of these little stickers into the nether regions.  You are looking for something like the pic below starting with a "W".  The door lock mechanism should also have a number starting with "W".  You might try getting just the door key made first and test it in the ignition switch,  You'll probably get lucky.

Key Codes (3).jpg

Key Codes (4).jpg

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Thank you very much I will begin the number search and keep my fingers crossed.

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Are any of the car’s original handbooks and service brochures still with the car? It was not un-common for dealers to write the key codes somewhere on the manuals. It’s not as sure-fire as looking at the locks themselves, but, hey, it’s worth a look, and it’s easy! 😉

 

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Steve

 

 

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