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Old 03-18-2005, 05:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got a new 325i and am in need of advice.
My question this time (and I think there may be many to come) is the functions on the key. I did go to the dealer and got them to install the factory alarm system. He explained some stuff but after I got home I re-read the manual again and I find that the key is this mysterious piece of BMW technology that seems to require a visit to the dealer each and every time one wishes to "program",call up or, change a function.
As this key programming is for seat and mirror postition , head lights (on, off, sensitivity), air conditioning pre sets, etc, etc, is there a way for me to do this myself or do I really need to go to the dealer when (or every time) I gain weight and need to move the seat position (LOL). The key seems to be a very important piece of equipment but I find that being tied to the dealer is a bit strange.
I am also a bit confused as to what the "follow me home" function is. I can have this deactivated by my dealer (woo hoo) but as of now I do not know what it is doing. Maybe I have to get the dealer to "activate" it first?
Please help a new guy.

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I just got a new 325i and am in need of advice.
My question this time (and I think there may be many to come) is the functions on the key. I did go to the dealer and got them to install the factory alarm system. He explained some stuff but after I got home I re-read the manual again and I find that the key is this mysterious piece of BMW technology that seems to require a visit to the dealer each and every time one wishes to "program",call up or, change a function.
As this key programming is for seat and mirror postition , head lights (on, off, sensitivity), air conditioning pre sets, etc, etc, is there a way for me to do this myself or do I really need to go to the dealer when (or every time) I gain weight and need to move the seat position (LOL). The key seems to be a very important piece of equipment but I find that being tied to the dealer is a bit strange.
I am also a bit confused as to what the "follow me home" function is. I can have this deactivated by my dealer (woo hoo) but as of now I do not know what it is doing. Maybe I have to get the dealer to "activate" it first?
Please help a new guy.

Thanks

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You can ask dealer to program to the vehicle memory instead of key memory.
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the folloew me home function leaves the parking lights on for up to i think 120 seconds and as little as 30 seconds after you get out of the car. supposedly it is there to help people see in the dark for them to get to thier door or something.
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yes you are stuck visiting the dealer to change car/key memory options. Most people however choose the options they want and stick with them. As far as you getting fatter and needing to change the key settings I can relate, however your key should be for example 1 or 2. Say you are key #1. Every time u unlock or open the door (depending on setting) the seat will adjust for key # 1 which is seat memory position 1. You can change the seat position for slot 1 without having to make any changes in car/key memory. You just need to adjust the slot 1 seat memory. Not sure if that makes sense but if it doesnt try the OWNERS MANUAL :-)

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Thanks folks. I did read thge owners manual and there are many places that invite you to the dealers to program the key. That is what propmted the questions.
jeremer, I do not understand about setting the "vehicle" memeory. Is there a way for me to do that?
As far as getting larger...well...um...it was purely a hypothetical situation you see and..um ...well, forget I asked (LOL).

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Thanks folks. I did read thge owners manual and there are many places that invite you to the dealers to program the key. That is what propmted the questions.
jeremer, I do not understand about setting the "vehicle" memeory. Is there a way for me to do that?
As far as getting larger...well...um...it was purely a hypothetical situation you see and..um ...well, forget I asked (LOL).

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Hey Pete, congrats on the new car!

Although I would advocate against gaining weight :P ........Changing the seat memory is easy. You use key #1 I will assume:

Open the car with your key. Press the #1 button on the side of your seat. Move the seat to where you want it using the controls on the side of the seat. When the seat is where YOU want it, press the RED button. The seat will now move to this exact position everytime you use the same key to unlock the car. The same can be done using the #2 key and the #2 button on the seat.

Also, this will work for the side mirrors/the climate control and the stereo presets (as well as some other settings). There is a very fine topic thread on this site that discusses things just like this. Go here: http://www.bmw-forums.com/forum/inde...showtopic=2957

I hope this helps!

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