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#1 (permalink) Old 11-19-2004, 03:58 PM
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I recently purchased a 2004 325 CI and had the dealer install the security system for a handsome amount of $489. I immediately noticed that the system does not consistenly chirp when locking the vehicle whereas it always chirps when unlocking the vehicle.

I have taken it to the dealer twice and the problem is still unsolved. I am told it is suppose to chirp (when locking and unlocking) and on both visits the dealer is claiming they have checked it (wiring etc...) and it is working fine.

Any ideas on this problem? For those owners with a factory alarm system, does it consistently chirp when locking and unlocking?
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I installed the BMW alarm system myself but had to have the car programmed at the dealer. The first time, the single chirp was not working. It was fixed by going back on the computer and reprogramming.

The system has not had a fault in "chirping" since then. The parts cost them less than $200 and since they were installed by BMW, if they don't want to reprogram that one, tell them you want a new siren. The other two parts are a interior sensor and a tilt sensor in the trunk. It takes all of about 20 minutes to change the siren.

If they change the siren and it still does not consistently chirp once on locking, they obviously programmed it wrong.
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They should reprogram the module making sure to choose the options 1) without steady signal and 2) remote control or door lock

Also they should check the car and key memory settings to make sure all of the options are set correctly for alarm "acknowledge" and also look at the "lids closed " settings. They should know this though. Just be persistent that you want it fixed. If they are having troubles ask them if the shop foreman has been involved and if not ask to speak to the foreman and let him and them know that you want him involved in the problem. Ask them if they have contacted the BMW technical support dept for assistance. keep on nthem and im sure eit will get handled.
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Take it to the dealer....and tell them that you want to hear it chirp once to lock the vehicle and 2 chirps to unlock the vehicle....

They have to program the vehicle to make this all possible. The vehicles come factory with no chirps on the e46 3-Series.
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