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Used BMW Ignition Switchs

All used BMW Ignition Switchs listed on are tested, original (OEM) manufacturer parts and come with a 14 day money back guarantee. list cheap new OES or aftermarket car parts at discounted prices and used OEM car parts up to 80% cheaper than main dealer prices for BMW from premium breaker yards from across the UK.

About Ignition Switchs

The BMW ignition switch is situated inside the vehicle, usually on the steering column or dashboard. It can be key-activated with a barrel lock mechanism, but some vehicles use a keyless ignition system that is operated by pressing a button on a key fob. 

The BMW ignition switch activates all of the main electrical systems in the vehicle including the radio, lights and windows. It ignites the fuel and air combination of the combustion engine and allows the starter motor to operate. The battery is also engaged once the ignition switch is turned. 

If the BMW ignition switch is not working, you will not be able to start the vehicle without bypassing the ignition switch, as it locks when not in use. To bypass the ignition switch, the wiring will have to be disconnected and manipulated directly, behind a panel in the steering column - otherwise known as hotwiring.

It is also possible that the switch will operate, but will not turn when the key is inserted. This could be caused by a worn key or the steering column binding. In the case of the latter, this is sometimes solved by wiggling the steering wheel back and forth.

BMW trivia

  • That distinctive BMW car engine sound that new owners fall in love with might not be real. The BMW M5 has such a quiet engine that they had to install fake engine noises to keep drivers happy!
  • The famous German pilot, the Red Baron, called BMW engines the 'greatest in the world' and ‘the best engine in the war’.
  • The BMW company was founded way back in 1916 and originally manufactured engines for planes. High demand for plane engines during WWI was good news for BMW, but they carried on making plane engines right up until 1945.
  • One of the reasons older BMWs keep their value is because it's easy to get spare parts for even the oldest models. That's because BMW has carried on making car parts, even for cars that were built in WWII.
  • The BMW M1 has a classic look, so it's no surprise that its designer also came up with some other amazing car designs. Giorgetto Giugiaro is also responsible for the DeLorean, the Beretta U22 Neos handgun, and the Nikon D4 camera! Although, he also designed the Yugo, commonly called the worst car that's ever been made.