key in ignition warning - BMW M5 Forum and M6 Forums
E34 M5 Discussion 1988-1995 Sedan and Touring

LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
post #1 of 2 Old 23rd July 2011, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
Addicted Member (>300 posts)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: desert
Posts: 383
Thanks: 30
Thanked 26 Times in 25 Posts
key in ignition warning

I noticed that about 5% of the times when i turn the car off and take the key out of the ignition i get the "key in ignition" warning on the dash.

When I put the key back in, after this warning, and try to start the car i have had trouble turning it to start the car. After sam jiggling and moving the key different ways, it seems that only brute force pops the key through and it turns the car on.

Like i said, this happens only once every couple of weeks or once a month and i have not yet figured out what seems to cause this problem. Has anyone had a similar experience and if so, what was the cause of this warning message and what is preventing the key from turning?
stija is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 2 Old 23rd July 2011, 12:53 AM
Blitzkrieg Bob
Member, P500 Sport, DSC On (>700)
Blitzkrieg Bob's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: In or under an E34 in Honolulu
Posts: 763
Thanks: 10
Thanked 87 Times in 77 Posts
I had a similar problem

Ignition Switch or Lock

1990 525 Alpine Weiss, Miller MAF conversion, Eibach springs, and Dinan cigarette lighter.

1991 M5 Sterling Silber with TMS chip, SLS delete, UUC SSK & DSSR, M Tech EVO II Wheel, Eibach springs, RD Bilstein struts and Stebro exhaust.

1991 M5 Alpine Wiess slowly coming together with a rebuilt MAF, M pars and a B&B exhaust
Blitzkrieg Bob is offline  


Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the BMW M5 Forum and M6 Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Linear Mode Linear Mode
Rate This Thread:

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
BavAuto High Performance Ignition Coils VS OKD Plasma Direct Ignition Coils (Ignition Solutions plasma coils) RUFM5 E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion 3 19th November 2010 09:41 PM
Could Use a New Ignition Key Fourced4cyl E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion 12 11th November 2010 10:04 PM
S38B36: Warning for ignition wiring-loom. raymondw E34 M5 Discussion 2 2nd July 2008 11:55 PM
E21 B6 ignition help djmink | BMW Alpina Discussion 8 13th March 2008 11:18 PM
Can't get ignition key out brutus E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion 5 12th March 2001 03:04 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome