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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 01-17-2010, 12:46 PM
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Where is keyless receiver location.

I wanted to re-program my remote, but I wanted to find out the location of the receiver. If it is located in the rear view mirror, I'm out of luck. Car is a 1999 540i. Thanks.
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Old 01-17-2010, 06:05 PM
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You don't need to locate the "receiver" unless you have an IR (infrared) remote...and those weren't used in the USA.

Just follow the instructions for programming the regular 3 button RF (radio frequency) remote...MAKE sure you follow EVERY STEP...and if you have more than ONE key...only stick the 1st key into the ignition...and start programming the 2nd on the step that instructs to start pressing the buttons.


But if for some reason you still need to "locate" the receiver for the RF keyless entry system...the amp is located in the right C-pillar (#1 in the diagram below):

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Or...#3 in this diagram below: (old style & new style key have the same set-up)


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Old 01-17-2010, 07:24 PM
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You don't need to locate the "receiver" unless you have an IR (infrared) remote...and those weren't used in the USA.

Just follow the instructions for programming the regular 3 button RF (radio frequency) remote...MAKE sure you follow EVERY STEP...and if you have more than ONE key...only stick the 1st key into the ignition...and start programming the 2nd on the step that instructs to start pressing the buttons.


But if for some reason you still need to "locate" the receiver for the RF keyless entry system...the amp is located in the right C-pillar (#1 in the diagram below):

**************************************************
**************************************************

Or...#3 in this diagram below: (old style & new style key have the same set-up)


Thank you very much. I read your previous posts on re-initializing the remote so I will try that. The only reason I was inquiring about the location is that I read a post mentioning the receiver being located in the rear view mirror, which was missing from my car when I got it. The fuel door actuator is not locking the fuel door so I will need to check fuse #53.
Unfortunately since this was a stunt car, that cover with the numbering is missing, so I will have to do some searching I think.
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Pulled fuse #53, it was bad. I'll replace that, and if it blows again I guess I should disconnect the actuator until I can replace it, so I can use the remote?
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Old 01-17-2010, 08:21 PM
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I replaced #53, locked door with key, checked fuel door, it is now locking. I followed the re-initializing instructions to the T. The remote L.E.D on remote would flash for 10 seconds, and nothing would happen. I have tried this 4 or 5 times, each time I would get the L.E.D. flashing, but nothing after. It seems I had multiple issues, any suggestions are appreciated.
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Old 01-18-2010, 12:08 PM
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Don't know what else to say...other than...make sure the driver's door is closed and you're turning the key to POSITION 1 (position 2 or 3 will = fail) for less than 5 seconds, then remove key & press buttons as stated in instructions. Also, check the right (passenger side) C-pillar to see if the amp/receiver is there and everything is plugged into it correctly.
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Old 01-18-2010, 12:37 PM
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ok, since the rear interior is completely removed, it's probably safe to say, that's the problem.
Thanks.
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Old 01-18-2010, 12:52 PM
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Found amplifier, and something else looking very similar to the amplifier loose in the trunk. I'm not sure what the other unit is.
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