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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 10-20-2009, 08:25 AM
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How to disable the automatic door locks

So every time after I start the car and go, all the doors automatically lock. I don't want that and actually hate that because it's a safety problem if you are ever in an accident and the doors are locked.

Any ideas how to turn this feature off? Hope I don't have to go to the dealer, but I would guess I might have to.
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Old 10-20-2009, 02:38 PM
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Dealer has to program it. My never used to but I had them change it. Don't worry, if you're in an accident the window can be broken out if it's not already to unlock the door if you're unconcious.
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Old 10-20-2009, 05:10 PM
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If anyone can get Carsoft (or anything else to do it), I'm game!

The auto-door-locking the most frustrating feature of my E39 ... but I'm too cheap to hand the dealer 100 bucks just to flip a few switches that they should have made available to me.

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Old 10-20-2009, 05:56 PM
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don't the doors automatically unlock if you've been in an accident?
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Old 10-20-2009, 06:27 PM
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don't the doors automatically unlock if you've been in an accident?
Yes that is correct. That is actually a great safety feature so not sure why you wouldn't want it. Details are in your owners manual.
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Old 10-20-2009, 06:29 PM
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Don't worry, if you're in an accident the window can be broken out if it's not already to unlock the door if you're unconcious.
Huh?
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Old 10-20-2009, 06:46 PM
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My doors don't automatically lock.. I kinda wish I had it.
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Old 10-20-2009, 11:10 PM
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i have a 1997 528i and a 1998 528i, neither of my doors automatically Lock when iam driving off.
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Old 10-21-2009, 01:09 AM
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Automatic lock feature is great for me!
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Old 10-21-2009, 02:44 AM
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Yes that is correct. That is actually a great safety feature so not sure why you wouldn't want it. Details are in your owners manual.
Yes, if you are in an accident that is severe enough to trigger the airbags, the following happens...

1. The positive battery terminal is physically 'blown' off the battery with an explosive charge.
2. All the doors are unlocked (unless you have physically pushed on the lock tab for that door)
3. The interior lights are switched on
4. The hazard warning lights are switched on
5. (depending on whether it is fitted) The BMW SOS system will place a call to BMW to inform them that you have had an accident and to send medical assistance to that location.
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Old 10-21-2009, 05:22 AM
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I would still rather drive with my doors unlocked. Just to be safe. What if I was in an accident that didn't trigger the airbags and I needed to escape the doors were locked?

Another related point is that when I turn off the car and go to open my door I have to pull the door handle twice? Can't that be changed? That's also annoying.
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:21 AM
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if you are in an accident that is severe enough to trigger the airbags, the following happens...

1. The positive battery terminal is physically 'blown' off the battery with an explosive charge.
Is that a joke? Or for real? (Time to hit the search button if it's true)...

- I found this obscure reference to a "battery disconnect thing" associated with the airbags going off ...
- Here's another bare glimpse of the battery disconnect upon accidents ...
- This one calls it a BST (battery safety terminal) intimating a "cable comes out of a socket" ...
- This alludes to the battery disconnect feature of the BMWs in a crash ...
- And this one shows a picture of a battery disconnect but from the factory ...
- Another obscure reference to a battery disconnect feature ...
- This discusses obscurely the battery safety device ...
- Again, an obscure reference to an explosive battery disconnect device ...

Is there a thread (that I missed) that discusses how this thing works and what it looks like and where it lies?
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:49 AM
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I suspect this feather is actually programmed into each individual key. I have one key autolock the doors, the other key doesn't.
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Old 10-21-2009, 12:01 PM
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I would still rather drive with my doors unlocked. Just to be safe. What if I was in an accident that didn't trigger the airbags and I needed to escape the doors were locked?

Another related point is that when I turn off the car and go to open my door I have to pull the door handle twice? Can't that be changed? That's also annoying.
Your car can be programed, by the dealer, to lock or not lock the doors when you start out, and also to unlock or to not unlock when you shut it down. It can also be programed for the remote to unlock all doors or just the driver's on the first push of the remote. Many don't want the doors unlocked automatically for safety reasons. And yes each key can have different settings. I guess it depends on the neighborhood you live and drive in, and your level of fear.

BTW: How to "escape" a locked BMW---Pull the inside door handle twice, open door and get out. Note: if you are in the back, with the child-guard locks on, you're screwed, but if you happen to be in the trunk, you have an escape handle.
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Old 10-21-2009, 01:36 PM
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I have auto locks and I cant stand them because when you stop the car and put it in park they still are locked. If they automatically unlocked then I would like them
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Old 10-21-2009, 05:46 PM
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Soledoc, I called Dryer & Reinhold there on the north side close to you, and they quoted me a half hour of labor to make the changes so basically $60 for the work. I also want to get rid of the auto lock, and the day time running lamps on my new wagon. They can change quite a few things with the computer. I haven't found a decent independent shop in Indy yet that is any more affordable than Dryer. If anyone knows of a decent Indy shop please pass it along.
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:27 PM
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Stopping Auto Lock

I just have to say something here.

1. First of all, when you are in a wreck, Your BMW will automatically UNLOCK the doors for you, when you come to rest.

2. If you can't stand pulling your handle twice, (first, to unlock, second time to open the door), why don't you just get used to it? It takes less than a 1/2 second to do, I always instinctively do it. And I always think about the safety factor- why is this put in our cars?

When driving my wife's car, not a BMW, I do it again. It's automatic. It still opens my wife's car...LOL, and I always think about that when I open her car...

3. Have you ever read the manual?

Maybe you have only had your BMW for a few weeks, or maybe you're 17...
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If you are going to take your car in to change this, it would pay you to research all the programmable features. I have even seen a form that allows you to check off all your preferences. The cost of doing the reprogramming is the same if it is one change or many, so get everything the way you want it.
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Old 10-21-2009, 10:58 PM
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I don't live in a particularly bad neighbourhood, but I know that my locks are loud and when I'm driving through a neighbourhood that's not so nice (which is most of Hamilton) and come to a stoplight, it's irritating if I've forgotten to lock my doors-it draws attention to the skinny kid in the BMW, or so I imagine.

It doesn't hurt to have the doors automatically lock, and you can program it to unlock them when you turn off the key, I believe. Get the list (I have it in an un-postable format but will transfer it and post after school) and look it over before you spend the money on programming.
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BTW: How to "escape" a locked BMW---Pull the inside door handle twice, open door and get out. Note: if you are in the back, with the child-guard locks on, you're screwed, but if you happen to be in the trunk, you have an escape handle.
This is exactly why I, as a safety conscious parent, put my children in the trunk.
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Soledoc, I called Dryer & Reinhold there on the north side close to you, and they quoted me a half hour of labor to make the changes so basically $60 for the work. I also want to get rid of the auto lock, and the day time running lamps on my new wagon. They can change quite a few things with the computer. I haven't found a decent independent shop in Indy yet that is any more affordable than Dryer. If anyone knows of a decent Indy shop please pass it along.
Hey thanks for doing that. I'll have that done next time I'm in.
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Old 10-22-2009, 09:39 AM
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I just have to say something here.

1. First of all, when you are in a wreck, Your BMW will automatically UNLOCK the doors for you, when you come to rest.

2. If you can't stand pulling your handle twice, (first, to unlock, second time to open the door), why don't you just get used to it? It takes less than a 1/2 second to do, I always instinctively do it. And I always think about the safety factor- why is this put in our cars?

When driving my wife's car, not a BMW, I do it again. It's automatic. It still opens my wife's car...LOL, and I always think about that when I open her car...

3. Have you ever read the manual?

Maybe you have only had your BMW for a few weeks, or maybe you're 17...
OK..I'll just live with pulling it twice. Not a big deal, but I thought it could be changed. I have read the manual but not cover to cover. Will do so.

yes, I've had the car for 2.5 weeks, and no I'm not 17. I'm older than that.
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I just have to say something here.

2. If you can't stand pulling your handle twice, (first, to unlock, second time to open the door), why don't you just get used to it? It takes less than a 1/2 second to do, I always instinctively do it. And I always think about the safety factor- why is this put in our cars?
its not just getting out. Its what if you get out and have to open a door they are all locked. Its just a hassle.
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its not just getting out. Its what if you get out and have to open a door they are all locked. Its just a hassle.
Well, that happens anyways when you lock the doors—when you return unless you blip the remote twice, all the doors are still locked .
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