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Old 03-08-2004, 06:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok..one day I went for groceries, locked my car, did my business. When I returned about an hour later...I couldn't unlock my car. Ok..fine..it's probably dead..used manual entry..and drove home thinking that the key needed some juice. Got home..no dice. So I called up the local BMW dealership..told them my problem..said come in and get the system diagnosed. If all else fails, you need a new key. So I scheduled an appointment, told my problem, service man says.."did you get the key initialized?".........Huh?? He said I could do it myself, but it was a little hard to explain over the phone. Would any of you guys happen to know what this means?? Thanks.
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Old 03-09-2004, 05:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, I went to the dealer to get it checked out. For those of you that have the same problem I did, here's how to diagnose it...

1) Enter vehicle and shut door, make sure all doors are unlocked
2) Stick key in ignition, turn it to the last position before "start"
3) Count to three
4) Pull key out
5) Hold "unlock" for 3 seconds
6) Press "lock" three times, gently
7) You will hear doors locking
8) Get out, wait a few seconds, and lock vehicle.


Took me about a half-hour to get this mastered. Just to be safe, double check with your local BMW dealer before you do it yourself.
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Old 03-19-2004, 10:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Here is BMW's instructions on initializing your remote keys just like it was stated above. Dont worry about the picture being its good for the diamond looking key as well.
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Old 03-19-2004, 10:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Sorry for the size of the pic.
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Good info...so that button next to "open trunk" is an arrow???

wow...i thought it was a house.
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LOL...Yes the arrow key is the unlock button.
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Wow!! Thanks Habb!! Puts my explanation to shame, lol. That sucker is going in my glovebox! Thank you!
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Old 03-21-2004, 07:02 PM   #8 (permalink)
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OMGZ an arrow...?! I have an 03' Range Rover, and I've always thought that it was an house, even though it didnt make much sense...
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hey Habberstad, Im guessing youre on long island and have something to do with the dealership......me too (medford) ...any intrest in heading up to the Bav auto show and shine. oct 3.
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