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Old 01-17-2004, 08:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just bought our first BMW, a 2004 325xi

The manual indicates a number of functions that can be programmed by the dealer, such as Daytime Running Light, auto lock doors after 8MPH.

Are these options programmable by us, or do we need to go to the dealer for these changes? I'm fairly good technically, so I'm up to the challenge if someone knows how to do this.

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I believe you have to go to a dealer. They will charge you .5 hour shop charge... about $30 or so...
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I don't believe this is something you can do yourself - I've heard the dealer uses a specific computer with specific software to re-program your settings.

When I bought my '01 325i in 6/03, the daytime running lights were programmed on. The 2 closest dealers to me charged $47.50 & $48.00, respectively, to turn off the daytime running lights. When/if you take it in, they should ask you about a # of different settings (seat functions, power doorlocks unlocking all doors or just the drivers door, etc.) that you can have changed all at the same time/price.
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Sheesh, I'm working for the wrong dealer. We do that for free. I hate doing crap for free, time is money. We usually let our hourly twits do that stuff......hehehehe. :P
The dealer needs to do it. They have a sheet with all the options. Check off what you want activated or deactivated. You can customize the setting for each key if you wish.
It only takes a few minutes.
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My dealer will give a two changes without charge to the programable functions of the car.

FWIW, I kinda like the DRL'S on.
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You got a new car so the dealer shouldn't charge anything for the initial settings.
You need them to do it. I use the drl's for safety, and the auto door locks, because I like the reaction I get from passengers when they hear the doors "click"
at about 5mph. The side view mirror drop down in reverse can also be custom set, but mine has a short in it so dealer has new one on order.
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got a 2000 reg e46 316ise has this got any of these functions dealer was not helpful and if so what ones will it have also does anybody no if i can change the centre difuser on the aerostyling packs rear bumper for something a bit more well diffrent.thanks appreciate the help
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