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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 03-17-2005, 06:34 AM
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What is the red blinking light?

2005 330Ci with perf & premium package. No Alarm.

Twice I have seen the red light under the rear view mirror blinking as I approach the car. What does it mean? The manual says it is for the alarm, but I don't have an alarm....

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Old 03-17-2005, 07:17 AM
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referred to as the clown nose

Its something that I believe all 3-series have, and its called a clown nose, unofficially at least. Its akin to putting up an ADT warning sign in front of one's house even though they dont really have an alarm.

Make sense?

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Old 03-17-2005, 07:49 AM
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Its something that I believe all 3-series have, and its called a clown nose, unofficially at least. Its akin to putting up an ADT warning sign in front of one's house even though they dont really have an alarm.

Make sense?

Yes, but like he said, it normally doesn't blink if you don't have the alarm. Some people have reported that the dealer can enable the blinking even without the alarm, so maybe yours is activated.
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Old 03-17-2005, 08:13 AM
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Correct. It normally does not blink (I've had the car for one month only), but on ocassions, I have seen it blinking as I am walking up to the car. Perhaps there is a pattern in the way I lock the doors that enables the blinking? Maybe leave the lock button pressed for more than a sec or something like that.... I'll investigate and post results.

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Old 03-17-2005, 08:27 AM
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I don't have an alarm and mine blinks

Mine is activated and I don't have an alarm either. While deviating from the norm, I wish that they had de-activated my DRL's

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Correct. It normally does not blink (I've had the car for one month only), but on ocassions, I have seen it blinking as I am walking up to the car. Perhaps there is a pattern in the way I lock the doors that enables the blinking? Maybe leave the lock button pressed for more than a sec or something like that.... I'll investigate and post results.

Thanks for the tips and info

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Old 03-17-2005, 05:43 PM
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The dealer basically tells the car that an alarm is present, though it's not. That causes the nose to blink.
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Mine blinks all the time. As far as I've heard, all 2005's have the clown nose set to permanent blinking, regardless of whether or not you have an alarm. I don't. And I don't really think I need to get an alarm now that mine blinks- that's one of the largest theft-deterrent features it has.

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Old 03-18-2005, 10:09 PM
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Same Here

My new '05 325i also has the blinking red light - I too do not have an alarm....
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Old 03-19-2005, 07:41 AM
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The scoop...

Ok, here is the scoop.
The alarm light light begins to blinks about 5-10 minutes after the doors have been locked with the remote. I have not tried locking the doors with the actual key. So if I go to the market to pick up something quickly I usually don't see it blinking, but if I stay for longer (such as work) then it blinks. Also it is very hard to notice it during daylight and I've only left work in the dark a couple of times this month.... At home, the car sits in the garage unlocked so no light there.

Thank you to all who responded and gave input

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