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Old 11-29-2008, 08:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Remote Key question

Hi all,

I have a 2000 323i and the key remote will unlock the car but will not lock it. I'm kinda confused about this and don't know were to start looking. I did try to reprogram the key but it still will not lock the vehicle

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Do you have a second key? I suspect the key more than anything else in this case, since w can tell that the transmitter is working. I imagine you can lock the doors from inside using the locking button.

According to the owner's manual, the battery in the key may be discharged:

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If it is no longer possible to lock the vehicle via the remote control, the battery is discharged. Use this key while driving for an extended period in order to recharge the battery.
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I only have one working key, the other one seems to have a bad battery for it's been used for a while and it won't work. The key that will work will unlock the door, trunk and when the proper button is held down it will roll down the windows. The key just won't lock the doors... Kinda a bummer..
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Do you go on a lot of short drives? Try what the owner's manual suggests and take a fun drive for about at least an hour or so with the faulty key. That should recharge it. But - who knows -- if it is an original key, maybe after 8/9 years it is time to get a replacement
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Is the battery an item that the owner can change? Will it retain previous programming or require a re-program by a dealer?
I have 2 dead remotes and would like to get at least one working. I drive all the time with them in the ignition and it hasn't helped.
Thanks for any words of wisdom. (I'm a first time BMW owner with a 2002 330i sport)
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Is the battery an item that the owner can change? Will it retain previous programming or require a re-program by a dealer?
I have 2 dead remotes and would like to get at least one working. I drive all the time with them in the ignition and it hasn't helped.
Thanks for any words of wisdom. (I'm a first time BMW owner with a 2002 330i sport)
Here is a DYI but it's going to take some work and Patience.

replacing battery in key fob.... - Page 5 - E46Fanatics
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Thanks for pointing me to E46 fanatics.
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