Is there any point in owning a nice 10yr old BMW (steering lock = no start)

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    The reason i ask is that before i had a 25 yr old Nissan 300zx..Nice car..but.. had to get rid because i couldn't handle the constant repairs, maintenance , lying on concrete in the winter and all the other issue from such an old car. So we get a nice 2008 BMW, well if you have followed my posts, you'll see i've had nother but problem after bloody problem with it and this one is the last straw..
    Get in the car tonight and i'm presented with a steering wheel icon in the front screen and the idrive telling me to wiggle the wheel and the icing on the cake is it wont start. No amount of wiggles, thumps, bashes , kicks, swearing will allow it to start. Apparently it needs to go to a stealer for a new steering column. So that takes the biscuit, not only will i have to pay for the fix but also a bleeding car transporter as well.

    i'm just drained, so i'm going to bed to have a good cry.

    F**king Bee emms.....
     
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    Ahhhh...The steering lock light problem.:( I sold my e91 2007 325d m sport to an independent dealer in the next village in 2012. I know him well. He had it on the forecourt for a month before a guy came along and drove it and agreed the price. When the guy came and collected it the steering lock light came on. :LOL:
    As you say it cannot be driven in that state. The local dealer had to go to a main dealer and get a new steering column and fix it before it could be driven away. :whistle:
    I considered myself lucky that it did not happen whilst it was in my possession.
     
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    I had the steering wheel lock light come on my E91. However it was because the lock wouldn't disengage as I'd parked the car with the steering wheel turned full lock and the motor couldn't overcome the force of the wheel against it.
    Putting the key in while pulling the steering wheel the other way allowed the lock to disengage and I never had a problem since.

    From then on I always made sure to turn off the ignition with no tension on the steering wheel.
     
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    What bishbosh said, remember the old keys where our had to take the tension of the steering lock to turn the key, same thing happens so rule that out first if you haven’t already.
    Never seen them say to move the steering with the usual steering lock failures so hopefully it’s not that.
     
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    This is a common fault on the Mini range. It happened just after my daughter bought her Mini Cooper, but it was still possible to drive the car. She contacted a couple of dealers for a quote. One told her in no circumstances drive the car, and the other told her that it wouldn't be a problem to drive. The thought of driving up the motorway, and the steering suddenly locking made her get it fixed ASAP. :eek:

    On the Mini, it's only necessary to replace the steering lock mechanism, not the whole column.
     
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    Cheers Guys, did a bit of research ranging from replace column (£1000) to resetting a counter (£30), someone even suggested undoing the battery for 30 mins to reset the on board stuff. So whilst trying to think i went out to car and tried, the steering wheel came on but when i wiggled it like suggested, BANG!! lock disengages and she starts...5-6 times no prob. So here i am stuck in the middle... do i take it to Gatwick Airport next week for my hols or use my other car which has its own problems...
     
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    I'd take the BMW - better the devil you know and all that. Besides which, you may never encounter that problem again.
     
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    WL, well that is the ultimate decision..If it doesn't do it again next week, maybe i will, One issue that has been bugging me is that 2 weeks ago i replaced the battery , i went to a garage to get it coded/registered, we thought we did it but i was unsure, could a non coded...etc battery cause this??

    Rich
     
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    I very much doubt it, but maybe someone who knows for sure can confirm or otherwise?
     
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    A non coded battery wouldn't cause a steering lock malfunction.
     
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    So it banged off? If so then it was definitely just tension on the steering wheel and not a fault. Go to your car and hold the steering as hard as you can against the steering lock then put in your key, see if you get the same warnings. Also when you had the fault did you notice it clicking from the steering lock as it tried to release the steering lock?
     
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    Cheers, one thing, i'm starting a thread shortly on fixes, one being installing an emulator, have you heard of these and got any opinions on them.

    Rich
     
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    I've heard of them yes, think there's quite a few for sale on ebay. Never used one so can't comment but I think they're quite common on the forums
     

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