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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 03-09-2008, 06:58 PM
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How to make the door lock automatically

I asked my dealership if they could program my door locks to lock when I am driving. They said they would for fifty bucks. i like the idea of them locking auto. but not for fifty bucks I can do it manually myself. Does anyone know how to program them to lock or is it something the dealership will have to do? If not i will live with locking them myself. I have small children and they ride with me sometime and i am not used to locking them just for myself but when they are in the car I do. Thanks
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Old 03-09-2008, 07:06 PM
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I asked my dealership if they could program my door locks to lock when I am driving. They said they would for fifty bucks. i like the idea of them locking auto. but not for fifty bucks I can do it manually myself. Does anyone know how to program them to lock or is it something the dealership will have to do? If not i will live with locking them myself. I have small children and they ride with me sometime and i am not used to locking them just for myself but when they are in the car I do. Thanks
My indy mech. reprogrammed mine for free during a service session. Tell the dealership to pound sand and find you a good indy.

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Old 03-09-2008, 07:08 PM
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Yep - this can only be done by someone with the right computer (carsoft, GT1, Modic3, Autologic).
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Old 03-09-2008, 07:13 PM
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My indy mech. reprogrammed mine for free during a service session. Tell the dealership to pound sand and find you a good indy.
Before you do this make sure you really want to. I've had rental cars that do that and it can be a pain having to go through the unlocking process every time you you're picking up a passenger.

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Old 03-09-2008, 07:17 PM
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Before you do this make sure you really want to. I've had rental cars that do that and it can be a pain having to go through the unlocking process every time you you're picking up a passenger.
My 530 came like that and I wanted the 328 to do the same. Good point though.
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Old 03-09-2008, 07:38 PM
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you would think that it is still under warranty the dealership would provide this for you with out having to charge for it. it couldn't be that big of a deal could it?
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Old 03-09-2008, 08:31 PM
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$50 is pretty good deal..

My mechanic charged me $150.. for those GT1 work..
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Old 03-10-2008, 10:01 PM
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I charge $45 to hook up to peoples cars with my carsoft stuff. But I change as many things as they want changed and I also diagnose anything wrong with it while Im at it plus if they have friends I do all the cars at once for the same price.

The reason I charged at first was to recoupe what I payed for it, now I charge to keep from being anoyed 24/7

I was doing it for free after I recouped the cost and people kept coming back anytime they thought their car wasnt perfect. Were talking no check engine light or anything, they were saying "It just doesnt seem to be running as smooth". Over and over. So I went back to charging.
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Old 03-11-2008, 01:25 PM
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$50 is pretty good deal..

My mechanic charged me $150.. for those GT1 work..
BMW charges $49.95 + tax ....
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Old 03-11-2008, 11:30 PM
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Depends on what bmw where TenzoR. Its $100 in some places in Alabama.
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Old 03-12-2008, 06:58 AM
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Depends on what bmw where TenzoR. Its $100 in some places in Alabama.
Sorry, I meant BMW Dealer, Parkview BMW to be exact. I asked while having my emissions done a couple month ago. I still said screw it, since I can just press the button to lock it
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Old 03-12-2008, 07:25 AM
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It's annoying as hell to always have to unlock the car just to let someone in or out after going five miles an hour.

I didn't know this could be changed!

How much is this carsoft tool?

I'll call a local dealership and see how much they charge by way of comparison.
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Old 03-12-2008, 11:12 AM
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I paid around $300 for mine but I bought it used from a member with the carsoft, cables and a notebook computer.
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Old 03-13-2008, 02:45 PM
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I quite like that the doors lock automatically. It is a security and safety feature, however it should have been made to be switched easily by the end user. How hard would it be to have it as a menu item in the electronics cluster.
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Old 03-13-2008, 03:29 PM
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I quite like that the doors lock automatically. It is a security and safety feature
I don't consider it primarily a "security/safety" feature because all doors can easily be locked by the push of a button so the auto-lock can only be considered a "convenience" feature (e.g., when you forget to lock the doors because you weren't feeling unsafe at the time you started driving).

I did research the carsoft tool, but, I am currently confused as there were many suppliers at a huge variety of prices, and I couldn't tell if the "free download" of software was bogus or not, etc.

Is there a reliable supplier (link perhaps?) for the carsoft tool or do we all need to shop around to find a reliable distributor?

For example, is this the right supplier?
http://www.mavericktechnology.co.uk/carsoft_bmw.htm
Or this?
http://www.carsoftinternational.com/bmwupdate.htm
Or this?
http://www.carsoftsales.com/bmw/index.htm

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Old 03-13-2008, 06:15 PM
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No clue on where to buy it new. I jumped on it when someone was selling it on the site. No regrets though. It can do about anything you need it to. Even diagnoses problems. If a code comes up it will tell you what to do to fix it. Nice tool.
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Old 03-17-2008, 04:40 PM
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Sorry if this is a silly question, but do you need to hook up anything other than the system? Is there a screen on it and a menu and all that?
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Old 03-17-2008, 05:46 PM
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I know of several aftermarket car alarm/keyless entry systems that do this by default.
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Old 03-17-2008, 06:35 PM
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Forget locking, can it be set to auto unlock when the car is turned off? I'd gladly pay $50 for that. One of these days I'm going to rip the door handle off as I pull it and hit the still locked door with my shoulder. Drives me crazy.
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Old 03-18-2008, 03:53 AM
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Sorry if this is a silly question, but do you need to hook up anything other than the system? Is there a screen on it and a menu and all that?
The carsoft stuff is a program you run on a notebook computer so you see all the stuff on the notebook computers screen and yes it has menu's.
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crowz, any idea if there's an auto UNlock setting?
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Old 03-18-2008, 08:22 AM
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Yeah, I want my car to auto lock when I'm driving, and auto unlock when I park too.

This is one of the feature I love about my winter car (toyota corolla). As soon as I put on drive, all doors are locked, and when I put into park, all doors unlock. It's freaking GREAT!!!

You'd think a simple feature like this shouldn't be a big deal for BMWs
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You'd think that pulling the door handle twice quickly wouldn't be a big deal for BMW owners .
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Old 03-18-2008, 11:07 AM
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You'd think that pulling the door handle twice quickly wouldn't be a big deal for BMW owners .
Talk about teaching an old dog new tricks. Even if they didn't unlock automatically, but opened on the first pull it would be fine. I only drive the car on weekends, so I'll never adjust to this double pull thing. I better stock up on spare handles.
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Old 03-18-2008, 05:36 PM
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You'd think that pulling the door handle twice quickly wouldn't be a big deal
Understood.

But, this doesn't help when you're letting a passenger into the bimmer when all the passenger doors are still locked.

Plus, passengers don't know about the yank-twice feature for getting out of the bimmer, so they "think" they're locked in all the time unless I let 'em out by the secret button by the shift lever.
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