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Old 01-09-2005, 02:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi to all

This is my first post on the forum but i have been looking around and am impressed with your knowledge so i wish to seek your help.

I have just got a 02 320 coupe, and I am having probs with the alarm. I got the car on Friday and the alarm has went off 3 times to my knowledge, twice in the middle of the night. I know we have high winds and rain just now but I am not convinced this is the problem, I even tried closing all the vents to try and cut out air getting into the car. It`s a pain cause I love this car and will hopefully be the first of many BMWs but this alarm id really annoying me just now.

Also whilst I was reading other posts I see I can have my key/alarm programmed to making chirpping noises by the dealer, do they usual charge for this?

All help would be great

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I had another look at the manual and found I can turn off the motion censors, which will hopefully help. But I don`t like the idea of dissabling a part of the system.
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I had another look at the manual and found I can turn off the motion censors, which will hopefully help. But I don`t like the idea of dissabling a part of the system.
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In US alarm systems, I believe, when the doors are locked, the alarm is activated. When you press lock again, the body roll sensor is disabled, so that when your in a parking garage that vibrates from the other vehicles that move in it, that sensor will not trigger the alarm yet the interior motion sensor is still armed. I guess in your situation, with a high wind area, that would be useful as well. Then again, I'm comming from the first E46 models that came out, which had a slightly different system than what was available now. Hope some of this helps out.

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Cheers mate

Since I`ve started doing this the alarm hasn`t gone off so I am not annoying the neighbours anymore.
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Is there any visible sign to the alarm being on? There is no blinking red light in my car, and I am sort of missing that visual deterrent. (I have a US version 325i, 2001)
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Is there any visible sign to the alarm being on? There is no blinking red light in my car, and I am sort of missing that visual deterrent. (I have a US version 325i, 2001)
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Yes there should be a blinking LED. Remember that alarms were not factory equipment on e46, so if you didnt install one then you dont have 1. Also if you installed it yourself then it would have to be encoded at the dealership before it would work.
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Is there any visible sign to the alarm being on? There is no blinking red light in my car, and I am sort of missing that visual deterrent. (I have a US version 325i, 2001)
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Yes there should be a blinking LED. Remember that alarms were not factory equipment on e46, so if you didnt install one then you dont have 1. Also if you installed it yourself then it would have to be encoded at the dealership before it would work.
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Which depending on your dealer, could cost as much as $100 to "activate".

I purchased my factory alarm from the dealer so it cost ~$450 installed.

Check to see if you have the alarm...
open your windows and lock 'er up with the remote.
wait a min or two, then wave you hands inside the cabin
if nothing happens, you know what that means....

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In my car the red LED blinks when I lock it. Does that mean it has the alarm? I tugged on the car door handles when the car was locked, but there was no alarm ringing. A silent alarm makes no sense right?? Lol....
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