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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 01-14-2009, 08:53 AM
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Hey guys,

As we drive off, the car automatically locks the doors when you reach/exceed 5mph (I think). Then it would unlock when you put the care in P and opened the door latch. Well, for some reason it was working fine until recently. I don't know what I did to turn that feature Off. It's not working anymore. Can I turn it back ON ?

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Old 01-14-2009, 10:31 AM
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The manual says this feature can only be enabled and disabled by a key reprogram through a dealer. There might be "secret" sequence of key positions, pedal taps, and switch presses to enable this without a reprogram and you might've accidentally triggered this. Some of the other "dealer only" features can be enabled this way.
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:34 AM
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Hey guys,

As we drive off, the car automatically locks the doors when you reach/exceed 5mph (I think). Then it would unlock when you put the care in P and opened the door latch. Well, for some reason it was working fine until recently. I don't know what I did to turn that feature Off. It's not working anymore. Can I turn it back ON ?

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I'm confuzzled? What you describe is not how the BMW auto-lock @ 5MPH works. There is no UNLOCK when you put the car in P (pehaps you're confusing it with an American made car you once owned).

So, if the car still auto-locks @ 5 MPH... then the system is working as designed. The only way to UNLOCK your BMW is to press the central unlock button on the center dash or pull twice on the door handle.
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:37 AM
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:56 AM
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When did this auto-lock feature came into play with BMW?

Does this feature exist on 97 BMW 528i, because I wanna enable it!
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:01 PM
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When did this auto-lock feature came into play with BMW?

Does this feature exist on 97 BMW 528i, because I wanna enable it!
It's been available since the beginning of the e39 production. To see the entire list of programmable "car/key" memory features...click and download this file: http://www.e38.org/E38-Options.pdf

There is no driveway "trick" to turn these features on. You either need to take it to the dealer or find someone who has the Carsoft software and the ability to connect to the 20 pin dataport connector under the hood.
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I'm confuzzled? So, if the car still auto-locks @ 5 MPH... then the system is working as designed. The only way to UNLOCK your BMW is to press the central unlock button on the center dash or pull twice on the door handle.
You're HALF right. (1) I have experienced this what you just mentioned. It locks at around 5mph, then pull the handle Twice to un-lock it. (2) But I have also experienced in the past, it locks at around 5mph, and unlocks with the "Single" pull of the handle (not twice). That way, I know when it locks, but I don't feel the need to do anything "extra" to un-lock it. Just pull once and it unlocks.

However, right now I'm not experiencing ANY of these. Right now the car just Will NOT lock at 5mph, or any speed.

Sometimes I use the duplicate key for the car. Well, they are both original BMW Keys, but I use one mostly, sometimes the other one. I wonder if changing of keys has anything to do with it, or it's program?
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You still have no car model & year info in a signature or in your car info that appears in the upper right of your posts...so I can't tell what type key you have or if your car was built after 9/99.

If you click on the link in post #6...download the PDF file that has all of the car/key memory features listed. It also gives the model year in which the "KEY" can also be programmed with "select" features as well. It could be the difference in the two keys (if you have the new style keys used from 9/99-up).

Another thing it could be is...an issue with the GM (general module). The car/key memory features are coded into the GM...if something has failed on the GM's circuit board, perhaps that is what's causing the issue. Since you know you had the auto-lock @ 5 MPH feeature enabled...and its not functioning now...the first place I'd look would be the GM.

Sorry I can't be more helpful...but good luck.
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I dont like the auto locks. just because they dont auto unlock. Its not worth the hassle.

So what I want to do is go to the dealer and have them program it to turn off my DRLs and auto lock.
Wouldnt they do that for free?
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Dude, you have been sniffing too much of that Plasti-Dip!!!!
Im going to get a summer job with them this year. You think they would do it then?
Get some buddies to do it for me? I HOPE SO!

How much do you think it would be otherwise?
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If you get that job with them, you can do it yourself. I don't know what the charge would be but there are threads on here that folks have posted what they were charged. I thinkone was charged $100.00.

I would like to have the alarm chirp disabled but no way will I pay for it to be done. I can think of better things to do with the cash. Our locks used to lock when going 5MPH and now they don't. We push the button and it works just fine.
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If you get that job with them, you can do it yourself. I don't know what the charge would be but there are threads on here that folks have posted what they were charged. I thinkone was charged $100.00.

I would like to have the alarm chirp disabled but no way will I pay for it to be done. I can think of better things to do with the cash. Our locks used to lock when going 5MPH and now they don't. We push the button and it works just fine.
$100 is too much. You're right. As if it is any trouble to them to stick it into their machine and click 2 buttons. Too hard?

Yeah I'm gonna see if I can get a summer job there.
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This whole thing is rediculous about paying a dealer to turn ON/OFF the alarm chirp, or having the car lock at 5mph. These type of features should be controlled by the car's OWNER. I mean one would spend $50,000 to buy this luxury car, and then have NO control on how/when they can use these features that the come comes with ??????? They epxect you to go to a dealer for something like that? My Chevy has similar features, and I GET TO Control them. I simply go to one of the Menus and toggle through different choices, and PICK what I LIKE !!

P.S: That's my 2001 530i vs 1999 Chevy.
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It's been available since the beginning of the e39 production. To see the entire list of programmable "car/key" memory features...click and download this file: http://www.e38.org/E38-Options.pdf

There is no driveway "trick" to turn these features on. You either need to take it to the dealer or find someone who has the Carsoft software and the ability to connect to the 20 pin dataport connector under the hood.
THIS IS GREAT INFO !!! THANKS.. But I don't understand what those numbers mean - 7, 3, 5, 8, etc? Does this mean I have to push a "certain" button that many times? ... kinda confused
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7=7 series. 5=5 series, 3=3 series and so on...
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THIS IS GREAT INFO !!! THANKS.. But I don't understand what those numbers mean - 7, 3, 5, 8, etc? Does this mean I have to push a "certain" button that many times? ... kinda confused
Are you serious?

Like posted above me... 3 series, 5 series, 7 series, 8 series, X5

That link is a little confusing, I'll agree.
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...But I don't understand what those numbers mean - 7, 3, 5, 8, etc? Does this mean I have to push a "certain" button that many times? ... kinda confused
Did you read (see) the FIRST 3 sentences (at the top of the 1st page)? The "key" at the top of the page explains what all the "symbols" mean.

The numbers in dark circles represent the 3/5/7/Z8/X5 (e46/e39/e38/e52/e53) and the availability of the feature from 1999-up.

The numbers in open circles represent the 5/7 (e39/e38) series built prior to 9/98 (which means the e38/e39 built before the 1999 model year).

The "=" symbol represents the default setting from the factory.
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I don't know what the charge would be but there are threads on here that folks have posted what they were charged. I thinkone was charged $100.00. I would like to have the alarm chirp disabled but no way will I pay for it to be done.
I agree with all three statements.
1. Most people says "reprogramming" at the BMW dealership is about $100
2. I want to turn off the 4-door lock at 5mph
3. I want to turn off the unlock chirp
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4. I want to switch to a single press (instead of two) to unlock all 4 doors.

Nobody can get it to work but this package below intimates it can reset the door locks.

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The "do not unlock when you put the car into park" is one of the most annoying features of this damn car. Period.
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The "do not unlock when you put the car into park" is one of the most annoying features of this damn car. Period.
+100000000000000000000000

Why would they do that? Its like they rushed the car out.
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I agree with all three statements.
1. Most people says "reprogramming" at the BMW dealership is about $100
2. I want to turn off the 4-door lock at 5mph
3. I want to turn off the unlock chirp
And ...
4. I want to switch to a single press (instead of two) to unlock all 4 doors.

To that end, I just plonked down $50 (includes shipping) for Carsoft and cables and another $100 for a used PC to run it on with a serial port cable.

Remind me to let you know how it works but any time I can pay for equipment instead of paying the dealer is a good time because of how evil the dealership is (fraud and deceit).

Have you used this?
I would like to use that
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Have you used this?
I'm not sure what "selective locking" is ...

What is selective locking anyway?
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I bought a laptop and the carsoft software and the cables but none have arrived in the mail yet.

I'm not sure what "selective locking" is ... are you?
it's either one press to unlock all the doors or one press to unlock driver and second press to unlock all the doors. selective locking..
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it's either one press to unlock all the doors or one press to unlock driver and second press to unlock all the doors. selective locking..
Is this the "key" or the "car"? I presume the car.

Here's how my key works:
- One press of the front key button opens just the driver door
- Two presses of the front key button opens the other three doors

Here's how my car works:
- One press of the center console button opens all four doors

I guess with selective locking, I can selectively choose to just unlock the driver's side door.

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