2002 E46 325ci Remote Key Fob Range Frustration.

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  1. 2002 E46 325ci Remote Key Fob Range Frustration. 
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    Hello all,

    I hope this is in the correct forum.

    I am pulling my hair out with my remote key fob.

    It is a brand new remote key fob with a new battery which has been charged on a week of long drives (2 hours at a time)

    I coded they key fine using the standard instructions, all doors, boot and fuel flap open using the buttons, which all click and work fine.

    However despite all this, my remote only works if I am right next to (0.5 meters) my car pointing it at the drivers side rear pillar.

    ANYWHERE ELSE round the car and the remote simply does not work, let alone from any distance. Even standing at the drivers door the remote will not work.

    Any help / tips / suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    Stephen.
     
     

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    i had two of my remotes repaired/new batteries fitted.
    the guy who did the fixes told me the e46 shape is known for having faulty central locking/alarm systems and it's the box under the dash that goes faulty and not so much the keys.
    they either need repairing or replacing as keys are not coded to the car anyhow.
     
     

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    Just to make sure first, are you having the same issue with another key?

    If yes, very likely too, your antenna amplifier in the C pillar on the left side of the car (passenger side).
    Plenty of eBay for sale.
    Make sure the frequency matches (3xx Mhz or 4xx Mhz).
     
     

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    Hello,

    Thanks for your replies. Yes it is the same for both master keys...both with brand new batteries!

    I guess the antenna amplifier is the next thing to check.

    Do you have to replace the whole unit?

    Thanks.
     
     

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    Also, When you say the box under the dash, what part do you mean?

    Thanks for your help!
     
     

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    Sounds daft but as a quick fix, press fob to your head, the metal in your fillings, if you have them, act as signal boosters. Weird but true
     
     

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