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#1 stringy93

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 12:36 PM

Thought this might come in handy as a DIY for someone as some companys charge to do this!

- Sit in the car with all the doors shut and windows up with your key fobs (all your fobs need to be done at the same time)
- With one of your keys turn the ignition on then off and remove the key
- Press and hold the unlock botton and then press the lock button 3 times.
- Release all buttons and the locks will bounce up and down.
- Repeat this with the other key/keys (press and hold unlock and press lock 3 times, locks will bounce)

Note: Only switch your ignition on once, doing so again while programming will reset the process and you will have to start again.

Hope this helps :rolleyes:

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 04:39 PM

Good write up mate :rolleyes:

Does that work on all types of remotes?

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 05:25 PM

Cheers mate. Im not 100% sure about all types of fob but it definatly works for the 3 button fob (lock, unlock and unlock boot)

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 06:13 PM

Press and hold the Unlock Button............how long for? do you wait for a reaction from the car at all?


Good write up mate well done buddy.

Am trying to get more info in these forums and this is idea stuff.

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 06:19 PM

Nice one!


One of my keys doesnt respond at all so will try this tonight i have the older key though???

Will let you know how i get on

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 06:22 PM

Nice one!
One of my keys doesnt respond at all so will try this tonight i have the older key though???

Will let you know how i get on



Before you do, a word of warning that rings a bell..............

If you Fcuk up one key, then you fcuk em all up, you render them all useless....is that true?
Worth finding out........or is it if you program a key and c**k it up, then its useless?

Am sure I read something like this somewhere before.??
Dont mean to scare anyone but I seem to recall something like that.



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Posted 27 August 2008 - 06:38 PM

Cheers, i wish id done a DIY when i fitted my m-bumpers :rolleyes:

Theres no set time steve, just make sure you press the unlock button first and keep it held down while you press the lock button 3 times. The only reaction from the car is when you release the buttons and the locks bounce up and down to confirm the key is coded.

Lets us know how you get on jamie, will be interesting to see if it works with other key types. Just make sure you do all your fobs at the same time, even the working ones.

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 06:49 PM

Before you do, a word of warning that rings a bell..............

If you Fcuk up one key, then you fcuk em all up, you render them all useless....is that true?
Worth finding out........or is it if you program a key and c**k it up, then its useless?

Am sure I read something like this somewhere before.??
Dont mean to scare anyone but I seem to recall something like that.


I messed it up first time because i switched the ignition on for every key - canceling the previous key fob. Basically i could get only one key to work at a time. I went backwards and forwards programming each key and canceling the other one out. I must have programmed them both 5 or more times until i consulted a 'man on the inside' and eventually got it right - both work fine now. The key will always send out the signal, its just pairing it with the car so they work together.

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 08:28 PM

Gutted doesnt work on the old keys!

Thanks anyway mate another top tip !

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Posted 02 September 2008 - 11:23 AM

Stringy what key do you mean the diamond looking key (below)?

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And what key do you mean Jayjay?

Good for the DIY section Ste..
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Posted 02 September 2008 - 11:50 AM

Jamie is still locked in his car and is actually emailing you from his phone lol! :blink:

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 08:29 PM

hi people haveing just bought my car today 1 of the keys fobs dont work is it this that i need to do or do it just need to be recharged from being used
(am gussing it the spare and not been used in a while ) car is a 318 04 touring and ther key is similar to the 1 above
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Posted 22 September 2008 - 07:28 AM

well after the week end i coud'nt wait any longer lmao
and as post 1 states it sorted now thanks guys
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Posted 28 September 2008 - 12:12 AM

Sorry, i am new to this.

is this DIY aimed to re-programme the keys to remotely open and lock your car once they have stopped doing so?

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 12:16 AM

Sorry, i am new to this.

is this DIY aimed to re-programme the keys to remotely open and lock your car once they have stopped doing so?

yes m8ty if your key dont work try this as per instructions
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Posted 28 September 2008 - 12:23 AM

Thanks very much. I just did not know whether this was something I HAD to do. Sorry, new to BMW...

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 11:37 AM

Sorry not checked this post for a while.... :)

Matt - Thats the key type, boot unlock, door lock and door unlock.

Jamie - Glad you got out in time for pod :(

Lazy1uk - Glad it worked for you

Psyxologos - Yes it can be used to re-program old keys if they have stopped working or to program new keys to work with your car

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 12:22 PM

Lazy1uk - Glad it worked for you

so i am asi t now lets me spend a few quid (bloody expensive these posh car's)
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Posted 19 February 2009 - 11:25 PM

Great thread! I've bought a spare key from ebay for re-programming and a new blank key fob casing that i need to have cut. I've taken the electronics out of the old one and put it in the new casing...so far so good... I hope the frequency is right on the new spare (i think its 433....mhz) i didnt open the original to check what it was to avoid damaging it! ...I don't know if it is has any charge on it to do the re-programme. Guess i'll found out soon enough!

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 11:43 PM

Thought I'd share the state of my current collection! First ket is the new casing waiting to be cut, 2nd the original, 3rd the donor key fob... Sad I know... but I've just bought my first E46 and I'm really loving the car and all that comes with it... Come to think of it I should introduce myself to the zone...

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