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    Quote Originally Posted by paulrobo View Post
    Found out today its a Serpistar alarm module.

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    And no-one, including BMW has the diagnostic equipment to sort it. It wasn't factory fitted, it was an extra at the main dealers.
    If you had bothered to read my guide properly it would have told you that!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulrobo View Post
    There is no-one in my area (including BMW) who have the diagnostic equipment to look at the alarm system
    As per my guide you will need to find someone (either a dealer, an alarm specialist or a BMW independant) with a Sigma alarm programmer to reset the auto-arm.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by billywhizz1984 View Post
    If you had bothered to read my guide properly it would have told you that!
    I read it many times, obviously i missed that bit.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulrobo View Post
    I read it many times, obviously i missed that bit.
    "What Alarm System Do I Have? - If you don’t have a fob the easy way to identify your alarm is to find the siren or the alarm module. All BMW E36 & E34 alarms were made by Sigma (part of the Gemel group) and were dealer retrofit. Because of this the module and siren location can vary from car to car."
     
     

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    Okay, end of thread.

    I took it to Parkside BMW and they cannot reset the module. They have the diagnostic equipment but it will not read. I'll just have to live with it. In conclusion, what i have learnt is.

    1. If you leave your car a while, and the battery go's flat, this can discharge the internal battery in the siren, and the alarm module MIGHT reset to the default settings. This means the alarm will auto-arm after 30 seconds. It can also screw up the siren.
    2. Geting someone with the right diagnostic tools is hard. BMW main dealers may, or may not have them. If you live in Yorkshire/ Nottinghamshire Parkside BMW in Worksop are as good as anywhere. The guy was great today, even reset my airbag light and never charged me a penny.
    3. If you have a siren with an internal battery, dont bother trying to change it, even for a DIY change. The internals of the siren are all glued in, its impossible.
    4. If you leave the car in a garage for extended periods (months), or SORN it, take steps to make sure the battery doesn't die.

    Thanks for the help.
     
     

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