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Does anyone here have a remote starter on their E46? I found one for a manual transmission by DesignTech, but some say "not reccommended for bmw 1998+" Does BMW make one?
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Well of course its not a good idea to have a remote starter on a manual transmission car for obvious reasons. BMW does not make any remote start products for auto or manual trans cars. aftermarket is the only way to go. The problem you are going to run into is that BMW E46 has the EWS (driveaway protection) system fitted and this system will have to be bypassed so that you can have remote start. For this you will basically need a spare key and another EWS ring aerial which would be wired into the system and hidden behind the steering column covers (I htink some companys now even make a workaround kit). This basically takes away the safety of having the theft-proofing system and really makes your car even more vulnerable to theft than if u had no EWS at all. I dont recommend it personally but do whatever makes you happy. You may however have trouble finding an installer to do the install for you on a manual trans car.
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Crap. Well, I guess that won't work. I want to get my boyfriend something really cool (electronic) for his bmw, any suggestion?
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Actually remote starts for a manual is really cool. A couple of us have them on this forum. Mine is made by compustar. The car has to be left in neutral and the e-brake set when you take the key out of the ignition and the car will stay running until you close the door then the car shuts off and the alarm arms.

Yes you have to hide the spare key in the dash under the steering column, but you EWS system is still active. Because the keys RFID tag only actives when the alarm powers up that seperate module. You have to put the key in the ignition once it is remote starts to get the wheels to turn and if you push the brake pedal before you put the key in, the engine will shut off.

It is an awesome system, not to mention that their top of the line model the FM model that is has an extreme range of something like a mile and a half. It was by far the best piece of electronics I have put in.

Hope that helps. You might also think about a radar detector, or something along that line.

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Yes you have to hide the spare key in the dash under the steering column, but you EWS system is still active.
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Explain to me how the EWS system is still active???????

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you bypass the EWS with a ASPASSIII module made by audiovox or a similar product. its what we use for all current vehicles to bypass their various electronic ignition systems that are out today.

the module is relay switched and only activates upon alarm deactivation(remote start de-activates alarm, then activates the bypass and the alarm itself acts as a ignition kill if the key isnt inserted prior to trying to use the vehicle)


i still dont recommend installing it on a manual car though, not without a neutral safety switch(which isnt that hard to install)

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Even if the ews can be by passed but i still don't understand how. how does it start without anyone in the vehicle. i'm not sure about anyone else but on all the e46 i have driven, the clutch has to be pushed in to start it. maybe i'm thinkin of something in the wrong sense but please explain.
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nowadays mostly all luxury or high stealable cars come with an anti theft device

wich disables the starter and fuel delivery ,some just fuel delivery ,every car

maker has his own name for the anti theft device ,and all of them can be

bypassed by mimic or copying the signals sent to the anti theft module , the anti

theft device in the case of the bmw is the ews ,it works with infrared signals , the

ignition key has a unique radio frequency id ,when you start the engine the anti

theft device looks for a positive match built in the computer ,if it matches with

your key it will send an "ok" signal to fire the motor and deliver fuel ,if it doesnt

match ,it wont start.

but with 40 dlls we can break this protection using the 555b from directed electronics.

that will disable the anti theft just when we need to remote start the car and the ews


is fully functional when not remote starting. actually remote starters are a must

have if you live in a very cold or hot place , i live in california in a place of 120 f

very very hot ,so imagine getting in your car with leather seats !!! ,thats where the

remote starter kicks in, so you leave the a/c on start it 5 mins before from inside

your house or work and its cold as ice when your get in . nice uhh?


they are very good brands of alarms/remote starters ,these are the ones i install



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