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Old 02-24-2005, 05:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently recieved a 1988 528e for free in really decent condition. The problem is that the computer (OBC) fuse was out and the battery was dead. I replaced the fuse and now I get no spark when I try to start it. The car runs and goes with out the fuse in. When I do put it in, CODE appears on the OBC screen and it won't start anymore. I read somwere that there is a code of sorts that may need to be programmed in to make it run, but the one set of instructions I got online doesn't seem to work. If anyone has a service manual or owners manual that tells how to program the code or keep it from needing one could you please let me know. I am really new to BMWs and am feeling a little frustrated at the whole thing. Any answers are greatly appriciated.
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Old 02-24-2005, 06:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the code is set by the previous owner.it keeps you from running the car unless you have entered the code. a bmw dealership might be able to fix it for you.
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You might find disconnecting all power from the OBC will reset the code, but will loose all the onther setting (date/time/mpg/av.speed/etc...).

I bought a 2nd hand OBC and no code was in it. you set your own by pressing the bott. right CODE button, set a new code using the 1000,100,10,1 keys. You can change this code any or every time that you want to secure the car in this way (the manual explains all)

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