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Old 05-04-2004, 06:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 1998 528i and when I arm the car it makes a sound like a bird or something, well someone with a 98 528i told me they changed their settings to instead of chirping it just beeps like other bmw models and like lexuses and stuff. He said he cant remember how to do it, can anyone help me?
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Best bet it to call a dealer or talk to a mechanic.
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On 3 series cars, there is a switch on the alarm "brain" which is situated behind the glove box. This toggles the sound between the alarm siren and the car's horn. Think it's the same for your 5 series.
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No, unforunately it's not the same. This has been inquired about before several times both on this board and others, and apparently the only answer is to replace the alarm module with the one from 1999+; then it will simply beep rather than sound like a bird.
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I just bought a repair manual and started looking into this. Conclusion, there is no mention of sound adjustment or how to turn the siren off while having your lights work every time you activate/disactivate the unit.

All settings are perform by the dealer...

If this is an aftermarket unit, it might be a different story...
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Wrong post!!!
Sorry guys, the above applies to another question on alarm settings/sensitivity issues.. once again, sorry!


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You MAY be able to change the chirp to a beep or visa versa. My '95 525i has an alarm system part # 82 11 1 467 028 - and there's a switch on it to flip flop between sounds. Here's what the manual says about a couple of the DIP switches (which are located on the underside of the alarm system):

DIP#2 - Accoustical confirmation Switch: (ON/OFF): If the switch is set to "ON", the horn/siren will emit one"chirp" when locking, two "chirps" when arming alarm and double locking all doors, three "chirps" when the alarm is disarmed and all doors are unlocked, or four "chirps" if the alarm has been triggered. In the "OFF" position, there will be no "chirps" the the arn/disarm status of the alarm will be indicated only by the dash mounted LED. The switch is set at "ON" position at the factory.

DIP#3 - Acoustical Selection Switch: (SIREN/HORN): It is necessary to adjust the chirp's duration due to the difference in sound characteristic of the horn and siren. The switch is initially set at "horn" position for shorter "chirp". If your system uses a siren, set it to "siren" position for longer "chirp".

Hope that helps. B)
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I was just thinking, even though the alarm systems are different from a '95 to newer models the same may apply.

I guess to be sure on our models '97+ the siren needs to be inspected (which is under the wheel weld (baterry side) and tire needs to be remove.

Any volunteers???? Drew...?
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