how to check if Keyless Entry was installed - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
3-Series (E36) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1992-1999. Autodoodad Specific models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318iS/ti, BMW 320, BMW 323, BMW 320, BMW 324, BMW 325, BMW 328.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
#1 (permalink) Old 06-10-2004, 07:03 AM
n00b
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
blankdisc is an unknown quantity at this point
(Thread Starter)
I just bought a 98 328i sedan yesterday :lol: :lol:
the previous owner told me this car doesn't have keyless entry system installed, but when i looked into a whole bunch of manuals, i found a manual for the keyless entry system. now i am starting to wonder if it was actually installed by the first owner, he just doesn't know. or i am just totally paranoid.
So i am asking if anyone knows how to check if keyless entry system has been installed.
Thanks!
P.S. is it good or unnecessary to keep Traction Control activate all the time?
blankdisc is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 (permalink) Old 06-10-2004, 10:31 AM
Super Moderator
 
dutchbmw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: SW Minnesota
Posts: 5,370
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via AIM to dutchbmw
Congrats with your new car!

You can look for infrared sensors or remove the glovebox. Behind that the keyless entry system is installed (in combination with an alarm). Can anyone agree with that because I'm not sure?

Keep Traction Control activate all the time, sett it off only when you want to make some donuts in a parking lot! :lol:

BMW '96 M3 (SOLD)
June 2005 Car Of The Month!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Torque
I was just dropped off here by aliens one day. They got bored with me.
dutchbmw is offline  
#3 (permalink) Old 06-10-2004, 10:48 AM
You Can Has A Custom Title!!
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Eugene Oregon
Posts: 2,718
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
007ben is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to 007ben Send a message via Yahoo to 007ben
Most keyless are RF here in the US... Not sure about other countrys.

but checking behind the glovebox will be yer best bet.

2008 128i Jetblack
007ben is offline  
#4 (permalink) Old 06-10-2004, 11:44 AM
2nd Gear Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: California
Posts: 448
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
frank3 is an unknown quantity at this point
Here's a link to one of the FAQs on how to remove glovebox:

Glovebox removal link

Also try :

Another glovebox removal link

<span style='color:green'>1994 325i </span>- - - 75,000 mi.
No mods - - - very happy as is!
<span style='color:green'>1995 525i </span>- - - 154,000 mi.
No squeaks or rattles... unreal!
frank3 is offline  
#5 (permalink) Old 06-10-2004, 12:17 PM
You Can Has A Custom Title!!
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Eugene Oregon
Posts: 2,718
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
007ben is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to 007ben Send a message via Yahoo to 007ben
Good idea frank....

2008 128i Jetblack
007ben is offline  
#6 (permalink) Old 06-10-2004, 12:22 PM
Super Moderator
 
dutchbmw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: SW Minnesota
Posts: 5,370
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via AIM to dutchbmw
I forgot to say look at the FAQ forum for removing the glovebox............

BMW '96 M3 (SOLD)
June 2005 Car Of The Month!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Torque
I was just dropped off here by aliens one day. They got bored with me.
dutchbmw is offline  
#7 (permalink) Old 06-10-2004, 12:34 PM
You Can Has A Custom Title!!
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Eugene Oregon
Posts: 2,718
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
007ben is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to 007ben Send a message via Yahoo to 007ben
good idea dutch.

2008 128i Jetblack
007ben is offline  
#8 (permalink) Old 06-10-2004, 02:39 PM
n00b
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
blankdisc is an unknown quantity at this point
(Thread Starter)
you guys are great. Thank you all for the info.
i dont have much experience with car yet, and it's a BMW. so i think i will leave the glovebox alone for a while. :lol:
if anyone think of a way to check it without remove any parts (sounds impossible), please let me know
blankdisc is offline  
#9 (permalink) Old 06-10-2004, 03:56 PM
2nd Gear Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: California
Posts: 448
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
frank3 is an unknown quantity at this point
I had the same challenge w/my 94 325. Owner didn't know if alarm installed...but I had an alarm manual w/my car. First hint at there being an alarm installed was that there's a little red led right above the gear shift (which wouldn't be there if there were no alarm).

Not sure where they put it on the '98s though (if dash is the same, then it should be in the same place, which is in one of the plastic blanks right above gearshift that are used for heat warmer switches, etc.)

<span style='color:green'>1994 325i </span>- - - 75,000 mi.
No mods - - - very happy as is!
<span style='color:green'>1995 525i </span>- - - 154,000 mi.
No squeaks or rattles... unreal!
frank3 is offline  
#10 (permalink) Old 06-10-2004, 03:59 PM
You Can Has A Custom Title!!
 
CiscoKid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: South Jersey, USA
Posts: 2,195
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
CiscoKid is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to CiscoKid
you could probablly go to the dealer, and they will tell you by the vin#

CiscoKid is offline  
#11 (permalink) Old 06-10-2004, 04:14 PM
n00b
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
blankdisc is an unknown quantity at this point
(Thread Starter)
yeah, i saw a red flash light also, and there are also stickers on the side windows which says "BMW security system".
blankdisc is offline  
#12 (permalink) Old 06-10-2004, 04:38 PM
Super Moderator
 
dutchbmw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: SW Minnesota
Posts: 5,370
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via AIM to dutchbmw
Then yes, there is an alarm installed!

BMW '96 M3 (SOLD)
June 2005 Car Of The Month!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Torque
I was just dropped off here by aliens one day. They got bored with me.
dutchbmw is offline  
#13 (permalink) Old 06-10-2004, 04:58 PM
3rd Gear Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 628
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
wulley1 is an unknown quantity at this point
my car has the stickers that say "alarm installed". But I didn't get anything to arm or disarm an alarm when I bought the car. The car also didn't come with any manual. Do I have to take the glove box out to check? Where would the infared sensor be?
wulley1 is offline  
#14 (permalink) Old 06-10-2004, 05:06 PM
Super Moderator
 
dutchbmw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: SW Minnesota
Posts: 5,370
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via AIM to dutchbmw
You can also manually double lock the door. turn the key slowly to the right until the moment that the doors will be locked. Then turn the key further to the right until you can't get further. Now you hear a 2nd locking noise. This means the alarm is put 'on' now.

BMW '96 M3 (SOLD)
June 2005 Car Of The Month!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Torque
I was just dropped off here by aliens one day. They got bored with me.
dutchbmw is offline  
#15 (permalink) Old 06-10-2004, 05:14 PM
2nd Gear Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: California
Posts: 448
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
frank3 is an unknown quantity at this point
No IR sensors in US cars (i'm pretty sure) just uses rf (like a garage door opener).

Make sure the red flashing light you see isn't the one that's on the radio...that's a different red flashing light.

Here's what my light looks like:

<span style='color:green'>1994 325i </span>- - - 75,000 mi.
No mods - - - very happy as is!
<span style='color:green'>1995 525i </span>- - - 154,000 mi.
No squeaks or rattles... unreal!
frank3 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 3-Series (E36)


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Inspection I iantosca 3-Series (E36) 5 09-18-2004 01:18 AM
Warning! Cashier's Check Fraud L337E46 Classifieds Sell & Buy 2 03-06-2004 04:04 PM
service questions thamindzzeye 3-Series (E36) 4 04-30-2003 03:40 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome