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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 03-19-2013, 04:50 PM
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Emergency plastic key?

Is it hidden somewhere in the car?
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:02 PM
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its in your key fob
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:04 PM
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its in your key fob

So if I have a dead battery in the fob, I am fuccked?

non-comfort access...
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:22 PM
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Haha no Rock,

The idea behind the plastic key is just for this type of situation:

The key serves as a non-electrical backup for a dead battery on the fob.

If you search the owners hub on the BMWUSA website, you`ll get alot of pertinent information in video form.

The dead non-comfort access battery is a Li-on battery thats rechargeable. So all you need to do, is remove the plastic key from the fob, open your door, put the fob in the slot near the start button, and let it recharge. If no go, then either the fob is shot, or the slot isnt providing a recharge.
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:33 PM
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:18 PM
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If no go, then either the fob is shot, or the slot isnt providing a recharge.
And if the fob is shot?
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:18 PM
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Are you talking about the older plastic keys with fake fob or the metal key in your FOB which you can remove to unlock your car manually
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:40 AM
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Is it hidden somewhere in the car?
It doesn't exist anymore. You have metal insert to open the door, and the fob will allow to start the car when inserted in slot, even with a dead battery.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:39 PM
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Battery is not rechargeable but easily replaceable without having to reprogram key as on older keys (2001)
The mechanical key is pulled out after pressing the button and with it u can unlock and lock, open all windows and close them etc. read the manual.

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Old 03-20-2013, 07:54 PM
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Battery is not rechargeable but easily replaceable

Comfort access keys are different than noncomfort access keys.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:15 PM
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Is it hidden somewhere in the car?
When I took delivery, it was inside the hollow plastic key fob, which was tucked in a holster inside the glove box.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:58 PM
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there we go. That is what I was talking about
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:11 AM
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Did not know a plastic key was anywhere in the car... thought it was just the two remote keys with the metal mechanical key tucked inside. I will have a look in the glove box for mine... unless Comfort Access cars do not have them.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:13 AM
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When I took delivery, it was inside the hollow plastic key fob, which was tucked in a holster inside the glove box.

Damn it, I bought my car used and I am missing the magic third key.

I see the empty holster though.
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:37 PM
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Damn it, I bought my car used and I am missing the magic third key.

I see the empty holster though.
No, in 2008, there is no plastic key. There is that holster pocket though.
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:05 PM
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No, in 2008, there is no plastic key. There is that holster pocket though.

Why would there be a special holster, but no plastic key?
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:26 PM
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Why would there be a special holster, but no plastic key?
Because BMW didn't redesign the glove box?
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:41 PM
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Only the first year of e70 had the magic third key?
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:19 AM
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So if I have a dead battery in the fob, I am fuccked?

non-comfort access...
You are only fu*ked if you can't figure out how to walk into a Staples, CVS or similar store and buy a battery. It's not rocket science.

The primary difference between CA and non-CA keys is that the non-CA key recharges when you plug it into the dash, and the CA key does not. But you can buy a DL2032 battery pretty much anywhere.

FWIW my 2007 had the slot and the plastic key. My 2008 had the slot but no key. My 2011 hast neither.





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Old 03-24-2013, 10:35 AM
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This is news to me. I thought you couldn't replace noncomfort access batteries without soldering shiit together.

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Old 03-24-2013, 03:42 PM
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This is news to me. I thought you couldn't replace noncomfort access batteries without soldering shiit together.

Certain models yes. Luckily not ours!
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:52 PM
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When I took delivery, it was inside the hollow plastic key fob, which was tucked in a holster inside the glove box.
I've got one of those plastic fob with key inside and thought it was from this 2012 but it may have simply been a left over from my '06 750Li as I only recall turning in the 2 "regular" fobs with the metal keys inside for that one.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:34 AM
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Well, I found the plastic key pouch and the remote shaped holder inside... but, no plastic key... weird that would be missing...
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:33 AM
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Ok to summarize what I understand in this thread:

1. The first year e70s had a magic third key in the glove box.

2. You CAN change batteries in noncomfort access keys, even though my 2008 manual clearly gives instructions ONLY for comfort access keys.

"For comfort access, the remote control contains a replaceable battery, refer to page 38."

"The remote control for comfort access contains a battery which must be replaced if necessary."
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