ELV fault symptoms

This BMW ELV electronic steering lock fault is a very common fault with later BMW’s.

Have you got the red or yellow warning light with steering wheel and padlock? It is common on BMWs and MINIs between 2004 and 2008. If your car equipped with idrive system you will have got the corresponding error message on the idrive screen too.
The problem with ELV is known in the BMW E70, E71, E72, E81, E82, E83, E84, E87, E88, E90, E91, E92, E93, E60, E61, E63, E64 models
and also Mini R55, R56 (1,3,5,6,X1,X3,X5 series).

Possible error messages: