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    Hi all

    As the subject says, does my car have an imobiliser?
    It's a 1997 E36 328 convertible & I was just looking through the paperwork, but I have a book for imobilser, alarm & remote central locking.

    My car has no alarm & just one key, which only apears to have a torch on it, so definately no alarm & no remote central locking.

    If it does not have an imobiliser, can I get a key cut at any locksmiths?
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    Hi Stu, your car is equipped with EWSII. Electronic Watchdog System which is an anti theft device which means that a number of checkes are carried out by the vehicle to ensure that the correct person is attempting to start the vehicle.

    If their is any discrepencies within the system when the checks are being performed then the car will remain immobilised

    One of the pieces to the jigsaw is held within the ignition key itself in the form of a tiny chip. You can separate the key and see it for yourself
     
     

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    you should have a factory immobiliser, there will be a chip in the key. take a look around the ignition barrel, you will see a plastic part in black this is the reciever for the chip.
    you will not be able to get a key cut, bmw dealer will sort one out for you.
     
     

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    Cool, thanks guys

    Any ideas on how much & how long to get a new key from dealers?
    I'll be needing one for the remote start on my alarm kit, so will most likely get two, if possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_nurburgring View Post
    you should have a factory immobiliser, there will be a chip in the key. take a look around the ignition barrel, you will see a plastic part in black this is the reciever for the chip.
    you will not be able to get a key cut, bmw dealer will sort one out for you.
    This is the transponder ring that Steve is explaining, started being used around 1994'ish

     
     

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