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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 01-18-2013, 06:08 AM
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How do you program a new key for a 318iE46

I have just paid for a new key which arrived however it is

not working.

How do you program/tune the new key to the car.

Help needed as I live in the middle of nowhere.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:40 AM
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How do you program/tune the new key to the car.
I think the E46 uses the same diamond key as the E39, so, if it does, the red bold link below may help:

- How to replace the old-style BMW E39 square key battery (1) (2) (3) & how to replace the rubber key pads in the old style square keys (1) (2) & opening, charging, recoding, & battery replacement (1) of the new-style diamond key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & how to recharge off your BMW and how long a BMW key will last in the drawer before it needs that off-the-car recharging (1) & converting the old-style square key to the newer diamond shaped key (1) & the details on swapping the BMW diamond key transponder (1) & proper diamond key initializing (1) (2) & what to do if your key is locked inside your bimmer (1) & a description of the various types of BMW Remote, Illuminated, Spare/Wallet, & Valet/Service keys (1) (2) & a list of diamond key EWS, FZV, & DWA functions (1) (2) & all about the 10-key limit to programming your own keys at home (1) & a description of the ignition key ISN (individual serial number) ten-second rule (1) & what to do if you lost your only diamond key (1) or what to do if your BMW key was stolen (1)
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See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:48 AM
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Thanks bluebee.
Late here I'll give it a go in the morning and let you know how it goes.
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:22 PM
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Thanks bluebee.
Late here I'll give it a go in the morning and let you know how it goes.
How did it work out?

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Old 02-25-2013, 06:14 PM
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How do you program/tune the new key to the car.
Instructions for getting a new key to work with your car are in the cars owners manual. In my manual it's on page 145-146.
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