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Old 02-05-2009, 02:02 AM
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Setting Up Garage Door Opener On 2007 X3

Anybody have experience setting up the garage door opener on their X3. I have a Lift-Master Security + opener and I think it has so much security that it doesn't work with the cars system.

I have followed the manuals instructions severall times with no luck.

Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.

I feel like a total idiot on this one.
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Old 02-05-2009, 05:40 AM
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Old 02-05-2009, 06:17 AM
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Anybody have experience setting up the garage door opener on their X3. I have a Lift-Master Security + opener and I think it has so much security that it doesn't work with the cars system.

I have followed the manuals instructions severall times with no luck.

Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.

I feel like a total idiot on this one.

It's complicated with a rolling code opener.. Be very careful, or you can fry your opener. Ask me how I know..

I did it with no problem with our previous E46, but this one drove me nuts.. After I replaced the opener ($400 later), I got it done on about the 5th try...

If your local dealer has a delivery specialist who goes over the car with you.. pay them $50 to come out and do it for you... It works with virtually all systems, so it's doubtful yours is a problem with the opener itself..

Good luck,
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Old 02-05-2009, 09:27 AM
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One suggestion that worked for me and has helped others (but possibly with different systems)...

Press and hold the buttons on the mirror for a longer time than specified in the instructions. Each step eventually gave the correct confirmation, but often after a longer period that listed in the instructions.
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:09 AM
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Here is what worked for me:

1: Turn ignition to position 2

2: Hold down buttons 1 & 3 on the X3 until they begin to flash. This clears any previous codes

3: Hold down button 1 on the X3, then continuously press/release the button on your hand held remote, till button #1 flashes. (Time the press/release repeat cycle at about 1 second)

4: Press the learn button on the opener, then within 30 seconds, press button #1 on the X3.

5: Done
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Old 02-05-2009, 02:20 PM
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Our rolling code garage door opener has a little button up on the motor/mechanism (that pulls the door up) under the cover for the lightbulbs. We needed to push that button (someone up on a ladder) and the one in the X3. It takes two people to do. I would download the instructions from your garage door opener off the web and see what they say. It is a pain...
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Old 02-06-2009, 06:12 AM
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Here is what worked for me:

1: Turn ignition to position 2

2: Hold down buttons 1 & 3 on the X3 until they begin to flash. This clears any previous codes

3: Hold down button 1 on the X3, then continuously press/release the button on your hand held remote, till button #1 flashes. (Time the press/release repeat cycle at about 1 second)

4: Press the learn button on the opener, then within 30 seconds, press button #1 on the X3.

5: Done
Coffeeman's instructions should work. You may have to hold your current garage remote close to the mirror to allow it to take the coding. I did it by just pressing, not press and release.

Once mirror is programmed, press button on garage door opener motor then press your mirror button again. Garage lights should flash on/off. Then the X3's button should work!
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Old 02-06-2009, 06:27 AM
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Those are the correct instructions.. Doesn't mean it will work the first time, however..

Part of the problem... is that a lot of the steps don't give you any confirmation that they've been completed correctly.. So... if it doesn't work, you aren't sure where the problem lies...

I'll reiterate.. You CAN fry the electronics in your garage door opener.

One other small bitch..lol: On our 3-series, you just had to tap the button to get the door to open. On the X3, you have to hold it in for a full-second before the door moves, even though with the normal remote... it's just a tap.

Before this turns into a rant.... We love our X3!
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Old 02-06-2009, 06:42 AM
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Those are the correct instructions.. Doesn't mean it will work the first time, however..

Part of the problem... is that a lot of the steps don't give you any confirmation that they've been completed correctly.. So... if it doesn't work, you aren't sure where the problem lies...

I'll reiterate.. You CAN fry the electronics in your garage door opener.

One other small bitch..lol: On our 3-series, you just had to tap the button to get the door to open. On the X3, you have to hold it in for a full-second before the door moves, even though with the normal remote... it's just a tap.

Before this turns into a rant.... We love our X3!
I don't mean to disagree with you, but how can this fry your garage door opener? If the code does not take, the garage will not open. If it does, it will open. It sounds like there may have been some other issue with your opener? Fauly board, possibly?

The only confirmations you get is that the codes are cleared on your X3's buttons, that the button is programmed, and the flashing of your garage lights. Those should let you know you're moving in the right direction.

I love my X3 too!
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Old 02-06-2009, 07:11 AM
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One last thing...

The instructions say to hold the original opener 8 inches away from the BMW opener. That didn't work for me. When I held it about 1 inch away, then it worked.
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Old 02-06-2009, 07:18 AM
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The instructions say to hold the original opener 8 inches away from the BMW opener. That didn't work for me. When I held it about 1 inch away, then it worked.
My owners book said 1 - 2 inches away. For the 2007 model year.
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Old 02-06-2009, 07:23 AM
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I don't mean to disagree with you, but how can this fry your garage door opener? If the code does not take, the garage will not open. If it does, it will open. It sounds like there may have been some other issue with your opener? Fauly board, possibly?

The only confirmations you get is that the codes are cleared on your X3's buttons, that the button is programmed, and the flashing of your garage lights. Those should let you know you're moving in the right direction.

I love my X3 too!
When you are pushing the button to set it up, you are also pushing your remote button... This is sending a constant signal to the main unit (from your own remote) That's what can fry the unit....

Granted, my unit is (was) ten year's old.. I'm sure a brand-new garage door unit can withstand a lot more...

Which on another note... I love the new belt drive unit!
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When you are pushing the button to set it up, you are also pushing your remote button... This is sending a constant signal to the main unit (from your own remote) That's what can fry the unit....

Granted, my unit is (was) ten year's old.. I'm sure a brand-new garage door unit can withstand a lot more...

Which on another note... I love the new belt drive unit!
Forgot to mention that during the programming process, I unplugged my door opener, to avoid frying it.
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Old 02-06-2009, 03:27 PM
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All good ideas - but no luck yet. I'l keep trying.
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Here is what worked for me:

1: Turn ignition to position 2

2: Hold down buttons 1 & 3 on the X3 until they begin to flash. This clears any previous codes

3: Hold down button 1 on the X3, then continuously press/release the button on your hand held remote, till button #1 flashes. (Time the press/release repeat cycle at about 1 second)

4: Press the learn button on the opener, then within 30 seconds, press button #1 on the X3.

5: Done
I searched the manual and the homelink web site and nothing worked. These instructions were perfect and on the money. Followed each step exactly and bingo. This is my 6th BMW and the first I have actually gotten to work.

Thanks for the post.

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I tried this recently, and no luck! I have a sears craftsman garage door opener. What am I doing wrong? On the last step #4 above, do I need to hold down the button on the X3. Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-04-2011, 12:03 AM
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#4 After pressing the button on the opener hold the button on the X3 mirror until the light flashes on the opener.
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#4 After pressing the button on the opener hold the button on the X3 mirror until the light flashes on the opener.
Instructions do work. Make sure you clear existing codes in X3, then hold remote that works 2 inches from X3 buttons to program. Then link to opener - get confirmation of lights on opener blinking on/off.
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Here is what worked for me:

1: Turn ignition to position 2

2: Hold down buttons 1 & 3 on the X3 until they begin to flash. This clears any previous codes

3: Hold down button 1 on the X3, then continuously press/release the button on your hand held remote, till button #1 flashes. (Time the press/release repeat cycle at about 1 second)

4: Press the learn button on the opener, then within 30 seconds, press button #1 on the X3.

5: Done
What is the learn button-on the car or remote?
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What is the learn button-on the car or remote?
Should be on the opener unit itself.
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Also have a liftmaster and the trick I had to use was to press the remote opener for 5 seconds, then release for 5 seconds and I kept repeating until it worked. I then had to have the girlfriend press the Homelink button, while I pressed the learn button on the back of the opener. This worked on both openers. I also had to experiment on the direction to hold the remote and the location. Backwards, up and to the left of the mirror about 2" 4" away.

Good luck, it was a source of get frustration :-O

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Here is what worked for me:

1: Turn ignition to position 2

2: Hold down buttons 1 & 3 on the X3 until they begin to flash. This clears any previous codes

3: Hold down button 1 on the X3, then continuously press/release the button on your hand held remote, till button #1 flashes. (Time the press/release repeat cycle at about 1 second)

4: Press the learn button on the opener, then within 30 seconds, press button #1 on the X3.

5: Done
This is exactly what worked for me... Looked it up, followed the instructions and voila, it worked!!! Been trying for a week now and did it in 5 minutes after I read this post. Thanks much for he info.
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I had the same issue. The way to resolve it is to make your cars reciever learn to clone what one of your existing working remotes is doing.
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Here is what worked for me:

1: Turn ignition to position 2

2: Hold down buttons 1 & 3 on the X3 until they begin to flash. This clears any previous codes

3: Hold down button 1 on the X3, then continuously press/release the button on your hand held remote, till button #1 flashes. (Time the press/release repeat cycle at about 1 second)

4: Press the learn button on the opener, then within 30 seconds, press button #1 on the X3.

5: Done
This worked for me too, and it worked very quickly. I actually did the method in the manual and then tried the step 4. which didn't work the difference was pressing my remote once a second. And also doing step 4.
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Thanks for all the help on this thread/forum! Got mine to work! Step 4 was my key as I found the "Learn" button on my Liftmaster on the ceiling opener unit....thx again :Roundel:
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