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Q: Key broke in ignition, 1998 BMW 328is

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It went out to the garage this morning to start my car. I got in my car, put the key in the ignition and started to turn my key and it broke! Part of my key is stuck in the ignition! Is there a way I can somehow bypass starting the car without the key?

The short answer is - no. The easiest and least expensive way to repair your car is to replace the ignition cylinder and key. Your best bet will be to get in touch with the dealer in order to have a new ignition cylinder and key cut out for you.

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