To the original poster:
Sounds like there's a short that's triggered when you hit the alarm button the first time after re-connecting the battery. Trace the wires behind the glove box, you may have pinched them when you originally put your alarm in.
Also, why not give Clifford a call? I'm sure they can point you in the right direction.
<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!