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|3-Series (E46, E90) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.|
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With your year of car the key has a coded chip that commnicates with the ingnition switch. Without this chip it is virtualy impossible to start the vehicle. The only thing they are going to be able to do is break into the vehicle and steal what ever is inside.
The only way to get this chip is through the dealer with proof of ownership and cannot be duplicated. However the fob buttons can be duplicated to enter the vehicle but not start it.
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