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Old 01-12-2009, 11:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Keyless Entry Advise

I just became the new owner of an 89' 535i which runs and drives great. One of the few things that did not come with the car was it's original keyless entry remote. It only has the key which has the push button light.
I'm seeking advice on it's replacement. What would be more practical? An aftermarket system or OEM replacement.
I don't need remote starting, or fancy anti-theft bells and whistles...just something to remotely unlock her doors.
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I would go aftermarket as I think you will find OEM more expensive than you think.
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Thanks for the reply. OEM price is a big concern, I sold my Porsche 944S to get the 535 so I can imagine any OEM replacement cost. Is a typical aftermarket installation an easy DIY for a BMW or should I also factor in installation cost against the OEM?
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Well it really depends on how you are with your hands and logic and the kit you get, I fitted a remote start in mine it was'nt that bad just take your time and read the instructions carefully,

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I have never to deal with remote keyless entry replacement so forgive my lack of knowledge here. It looks like you have an option just to buy the aftermarket remote and have it programmed to the car or a new system all together. Same question...which is more practical?
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If the car is fitted with remote locks, I would think all you need is a new remote switch/controller programmed to the car.
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for your e34 you can get a keyless entry system with 2 flip key remotes. since your bmw does not have a transponder, these keys when cut will start the engine and lock/unlock doors and trunk, using the key or remote. high security key cutting service is available. you can visit this link:
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89 is REALLY simple. Definitely go aftermarket as you can probably get one installed for around 100 bucks or so. You'll usually get 2 remotes, FAR better range than anything OEM can offer. Stick with a name brand (Viper, DEI, Alpine, Autopage, etc.) You wont be sorry that way, plus you'll get an honest warranty, and probably better service out of the shop that sells these. Head to a reputable car audio shop and shop around. Hope that helps...

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