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Hi All,

Its been a while since of posted on here so apologies in advance if ive got anything wrong...

Ive got an E36 323i Convertible that ive had for 18 months. When i originally brought it all i got was 2 keys and no fob with (i assumed the car didnt have a fob). Il post the pic of the keys below.

Since ive had the car ive been locking/unlocking it with the keys on the central locking no problems until yesterday............

I was with Seb (6891_seb) and i parked my car up as usual but when i locked it with the key i noticed all my indicators flash which i have never seen do when locking in 18 months. I thought nout of it but when i returned to my car put my key in the door, unlocked it, opened the door and the alarm started going off (something ive also never seen since ive had it). After a while it stopped but i have been unable to start the car since. Ive had to disconnect the battery (to stop the alarm going crazy every few minutes).

Should i have an alarm fob for my car?

If not is anyone able to shed any light on this? Any feedback etc is much appreciated :)

Phill

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What year is your BMW? Do you have like "small speakers" on both A-pillars? My key is like yours. There is a battery in the key. What happens when you press the BMW logo on the key?
 

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Its a 97' R Reg mate. Yeap ive got the small speakers on the A-pillars. When i press the logo i get the key light thats comes on. Ive tried pressing the buttons on both keys when the alarms going off but nothing....Any help?
 

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Those speaker things are actually sensors for the alarm. E36 alarms are known to be faulty. One of the previous owners of my E36 disconnected the alarm, probably because it was giving him problems too. Could the batteries in the key be flat? Maybe the previous owner of your car tried to disconnect the alarm, but failed at doing it?
 

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im guessing that could be a possible. Do these keys activate and deactivate the alarm then? are they supposed to do anything when you press the bmw button?
 

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Phil, those key things are just lights mate. Check the siren and see if it has a key switch in it, they sometimes do and you may be able to break it and turn it off. The best bet coz you have no fob is to get an auto sparky to cut the alarm out and remove it....:frown
 

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Thanks for the info on that Steve. I will check for the key switch on the siren in the morning. In terms of having no fob, can they be purchased & programmed etc, or is it not an option on my model?
 

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if you buy the correct fob it will be reprogramable (dunno which type tho as there are a few) i really would totaly disconect it and get a clifford concept 500 as i had 1 in and escort convertible and there great, so iam getting 1 if there still avail (not checked) for my 328 cab.
iam sure a pro alarm fitter will know and disconect it for you then fit a new aftermarket alarm.

but if you just want a fob and find the correct 1 i think i remember some guide on youtube to do this reprogram on an e36.

best wishes
 

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Phill seeing as your not going to be keeping the car for much longer. Your best bet (and cheapest!) is to rip out the alarm. Obviously this is going to affect the selling price but IMO no point shelling out on a new alarm system for 3 months. You and me could prob rip out the alarm, but as we both dont really know what we're doing we could cause more harm than good! :frown

Gotta be worth ringing around trying to get some prices. :thumbsup

Ps. Get your own fcukin breakdown cover :hihi
 

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haha yeah i sorted out my breakdown cover with the AA last night. Im going to ring around and get some prices for getting it removed today. hopefully it shouldn't sting me too much!
 

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UPDATE

It seems i have managed to fix the problem. I decided to have abit more of a play around this morning to see if it was intermittent but with no luck. Then when looking around the footwell etc i noticed a small joystick switch at the back of the glove box. I have never even noticed it before so being curious as to what it does i flicked the switch and bam, everything was back up and i am able to use my car again without problem. Im guessing this switch enables/disables the immobiliser. I must have caught it the other day when i cleared my glove box out.

Does anyone else know about these switches in the glove box or is this an aftermarket thing? i took a pic of it below.

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