From digest.v6.n625 Mon May 5 19:45:40 1997
From: John Bolhuis <bolhuijo_at_vfi.com>
Date: Mon, 5 May 1997 18:38:28 -0400
Subject: <E30> new keys for your bimmer
<Introduction> Some may recall my earlier struggles figuring out they
keys and the double-locking on my 325. Short recap: There are thick keys
and thin keys - thick keys are for the valet - they don't fit the trunk or
glovebox. There are master and non-master keys - master keys will
double-lock, non master keys won't. My primary key was a thin non-master,
so it turned all locks, but wouldn't double-lock. I wanted a real master
key that I could use to double-lock, i.e. a copy of my spare stubby-headed
little master key.
<SF Bay area alert> About a month ago, Allison's key machine was busted,
but they expected it back online in a week. So Saturday I drove down
there to have them make me a new key, 'cuz the guy at OSH (a big
hardware store chain) couldn't make one that worked for me. When I got
there, machine still offline. They were helpful as usual and said that
Steven's Creek could do me, or Claridge's too. At Claridge's: no key
machine, but I could send away for new keys to NewJersey if they had my
VIN, my title, my license, my blood sample, and my underwear. Reason
those keys are so hard to make: "It's a _steel_ key." At this point, my
brain is trying to escape out of my ears from the torture. But serviceguy
is nice enough to call around. Steven's Creek? nope/busted not sure.
Peter Pan? machine is busted. Ah, but the local locksmithy can help, so
he points me at a place in Fremont that is closed on the weekends.
Thanks. Back home across the bay, getting a sunburn on my forehead now
because the top's down and it's a really nice day. I decided to stop in
at A&A lock in Menlo Park. They turn out to be the friendliest, funniest,
fastest, most competent key makers I've ever seen. Problem solved for
<Moral of this now tediously long story> If you need a key for your E30,
see a locksmith. Don't bother your dealer.
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