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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 04-30-2016, 10:37 AM
severecaraddict severecaraddict is offline
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Mein Auto: 2004 530i SMG
New Key issue

I bought a 'project' '05 545i from an insurance auction with no key. Its an intact theft-recovery with no visible reason why it shouldn't run. I ordered a new key from BMW, but when I insert the key to turn it on, the dash illuminates a picture of the key, but nothing else on the dash comes on (miles come up if I push the tripometer button. If I get inside and close the door, the picture of the key illuminates with a line going through it. IF I open the door, just the key (no line). EVERY time, without fail I can make the key in the dash switch from line to no line with the driver's door.

I feel like the alarm somehow has me shut out?
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Old 04-30-2016, 11:35 AM
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I believe your feeling is correct. You need to surf and find out how to make it work.
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