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  1. 1997 E36 328i BMW Factory alarm- no fob- swiched off? 
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    Evenin' all.. i have a factory fitted alarm on my e36 328iMsport.

    When i got the car, it only came with one key, and that said key unfortunately had the bloody button missing from the fob

    Now, the central locking works when i unlock the drivers door using the key.

    I have found the alarm box wotsit thing in the engine bay. I have also noticed that this box is switched to 'OFF'.

    It appears you need a 'special key' to switch it to on, which i dont have??!!

    When i get to the Stealership next week, to order a new key, with button in-tact, i will obviously ask them about this said box switched to the off position.

    Now i expect a fee to have to pay for the key, but will the alarm box thingy need to be programmed AGAIN? And what charge should i expect to pay??

    I know they (BMW) charge a packet for the smallest things, and wasnt sure weather to just get a key WITHOUT a button, and get a aftermarket alarm fitted

    Thoughts welcome!!
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    i phoned and they wanted £120 for a key with fob :o and only £39 for a key that would have no remote central locking but would unlock the car and start it.....hopefully will get you an idea of what may be best
     
     

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    The missing button on your key is quite possibly only for a little torch bulb. Not really worth paying out just to get a rather pathetic little light unless you're desperately in need of a spare key.

    Remote locking will probably be on a separate fob, which can more than likely be purchased on Ebay for about a tenner (any remote of the correct type will do, new or used) and coded yourself for in a few minutes.

    This thread is well worth a look, as it'll help you identify which alarm you have and how to code a remote to it -

    http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...3g-ews-t39173/

    Turning the actual siren on is another thing entirely, but any mobile locksmith should be able to sort you out for a lot less than BMW will charge, or you could do like I did and just get creative with a hacksaw. The result isn't quite as pretty, but it does work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxy328 View Post
    The missing button on your key is quite possibly only for a little torch bulb. Not really worth paying out just to get a rather pathetic little light unless you're desperately in need of a spare key.

    Remote locking will probably be on a separate fob, which can more than likely be purchased on Ebay for about a tenner (any remote of the correct type will do, new or used) and coded yourself for in a few minutes.

    This thread is well worth a look, as it'll help you identify which alarm you have and how to code a remote to it -

    http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...3g-ews-t39173/

    Turning the actual siren on is another thing entirely, but any mobile locksmith should be able to sort you out for a lot less than BMW will charge, or you could do like I did and just get creative with a hacksaw. The result isn't quite as pretty, but it does work.
    First of all, a big THANK YOU I am in desperate need tbh, as this is the only key i have.

    After looking down the key, yes youre right, i have a little bulb there

    Im not familier with soldering tbh :( and not confident where electrics are concerned...

    il have a look for the module tomorrow, to see what i have.

    Thanks again.
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