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Old 12-15-2004, 03:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When I went in to Autozone to buy a replacement for my kelyess entry they told me I needed to find out my FCC Number for them. I was told this will be on a black box the size of a paper back book. Anyone know where this is at in my 325is?? Thanks!
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Old 12-15-2004, 04:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not there anyone else have any ideas? What I am looking for is the reciever box for the keyless system.
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Old 12-16-2004, 11:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Is it the factory keyless entry/alarm system? If so - Ebay is the best way to get the remote. Just make sure it has 2 oval buttons (and not 3 square ones) and is for BMW E36. You'll pay 15$ for it, reprogram it and voila!
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Time out! Some e36's use the three button remote, some use the two. What year is your car?

The "black box" is located behind the glove box, kind of a pain to get to.

Since you said you need to buy a replacement for your keyless entry, which keyless fob did you used to have? That will probably be a clue on which one you need to replace it with.

And yeah, I'd buy one off of e-bay rather than spend a fortune at the dealer (doubt autozone has a replacement for you).
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Time out! Some e36's use the three button remote, some use the two. What year is your car?

The "black box" is located behind the glove box, kind of a pain to get to.

Since you said you need to buy a replacement for your keyless entry, which keyless fob did you used to have? That will probably be a clue on which one you need to replace it with.

And yeah, I'd buy one off of e-bay rather than spend a fortune at the dealer (doubt autozone has a replacement for you).
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It was the three button remote (three button lined up horizontally on the remote) but I lost it the just after I purchached the car. Do I simply buy an iddentical one on ebay then ask the stealer to to program it for me?
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Yeah, 3 button remotes used to be before BMW factory keyless/alarm system shipped (1995). These are Alpine units and cost more.

One Ebay auction is here:
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When i bought my car from the 2nd owner she said it did not have keyless entry. I was running RCAs for my audio and found the stock keyless entry box under the glove box. Mine was real easy to get to except i popped one of the heater vents out and it was a pain to get back in. I just took mine out since I did not have a remote. I heard you have to have the remote programmed at BMW and it is 80$. If anyone knows different let me know because I am about to buy an aftermarket alarm and sell the BMW one on E Bay. My roomate works with Directed products all day and can get everything dirt cheap, so I will probably go with one of their alarms unless someone knows which remote to get and how to program it..
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