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Old 01-31-2020, 07:57 AM   #1
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A Testament to German Engineering

This morning, I left my apartment to leave something in my car on the way to the subway.

As I was getting into the elevator, my diamond key slipped out of my hand & fell directly down the elevator shaft - 22 floors up. My heart sunk, and I just thought to myself "Cool $170 down the shaft..."

To my absolute luck, they're doing maintenance on the elevators in my building, and there happened to be an elevator repair man loading gear in. He agreed to go look quick for it in the shaft.

2 minutes later, he emerged with a slightly bent diamond key, with no other damage. No splitting into 100000 pieces or anything.

Went out to the car, all functions still work, car stars and all. Bent the key back straight (which took some force and patience to also not split the plastic), and the key is all good.

Thank you BMW for your overengineering.

And thank you elevator repair man for your timing. My luck has run out for the week.
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Old 01-31-2020, 08:17 AM   #2
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Ha! Great story. I thought for sure this was going to be another "I crashed but I walked away due to the E46's engineering" thread. Glad to hear your key is still alive and well!
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Old 01-31-2020, 08:50 AM   #3
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For future reference, most buildings elevators have the control room in the basement (or at the 1st floor if there is no basement). You don't need the elevator repair guy to get in there. Just the building super or maintainence guy who can unlock the door to the elevator control room. That being said, if you're going to drop your keys down the elevator shaft, doing it while someone who can help you is on site is damn good timing.
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Great story, and kudos to you for the determination. Mamba mentality.
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Old 01-31-2020, 11:38 AM   #5
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If only the same engineers who did the keys would have been the ones to do the DISA valve, CCV system, and fuel pump.......
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I've put the diamond key through the wash and survived. Same with the keyfob for my wife's MB C300. But we have the key's maker to thank for that.
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Old 02-02-2020, 01:57 AM   #7
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Heh, Ive always been scared of the metal key breaking off from the plastic body. Happened twice on our spare honda! Key snapped in half from all the torque of turning the key to crank the engine.
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