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Old 08-08-2009, 08:25 AM
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Alarm/Panic Button

(335i 09 Vert) I didn't order a car alarm, but I have the red light below the interior rear view mirror. Do all the new cars come this way, which I assume is a "pre-wire" package?

If it is prewired, what would it entail to have it activated?

Also, I was wondering if there is a way to remotely activate the car horn as a panic button. A lot of cars have this feature. Is there another secret I haven't discovered yet?

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Old 08-08-2009, 08:29 AM
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There's a DIY to activate the Clown Nose. I think it's over at e90Post
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Old 08-08-2009, 08:30 AM
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BMW ripped off 3 series owners with no alarm.
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Old 08-08-2009, 09:49 AM
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We all have the clown nose that doesn't work, unfortunately, unless you purchase the alarm. A lot of the cars come pre-wired for one, but you have to purchase the alarm yourself and have it installed. I have a 2009 and my car is pre-wired for an alarm No panic button unless you have the alarm installed!!
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Old 08-08-2009, 12:16 PM
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Q: Why do BMW keyfobs not have a panic button?

A: BMW drivers never panic.
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Old 08-08-2009, 12:22 PM
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Q: Why do BMW keyfobs not have a panic button?

A: BMW drivers never panic.
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Old 08-08-2009, 12:38 PM
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q: Why do bmw keyfobs not have a panic button?

A: Bmw drivers never panic.
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Old 08-08-2009, 03:53 PM
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The panic function is activated by holding down the trunk/roundel button for an extended period of time considering you have the alarm option installed.
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Old 08-08-2009, 08:52 PM
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How does one find out that the car is pre-wired for alarm?
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Old 08-09-2009, 03:14 AM
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How does one find out that the car is pre-wired for alarm?
When was your car manufactured? The mid '09 production changes came sometime towards the end of March '09. They no longer pre-wired the car for an alarm and made it a factory option. Also, the ashtray and lighter with a flip cover was replaced by a storage bin.
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Old 08-09-2009, 05:59 AM
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I believe this practice is called decontenting. Mercedes did it with the E Class just after I purchased mine when they dropped the puddle lamps that lit the ground below the side mirrors and did away with the cooling feature in the center console. Sometimes older is better.
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Old 08-09-2009, 07:04 AM
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Thank again for the replies. My car came without the ashtray/lighter so it probably isn't prewired for alarm either. It was a March build. Good one about "BMW owners don't panic"..In my case, I'm "not alarmed" either.
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Old 08-09-2009, 08:36 AM
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The DIY is a self-powered flasher circuit that will light up the clown-nose LED. It gives the appearance that you paid several hundred dollars for the optional OEM alarm, when in fact you only spent a few bucks for the parts. Here is the DIY from e90post:
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...ght=clown+nose

I considered doing this, but ended up spending the $500 for the alarm and activation. I have an E93, so I figured that having an alarm that actually worked wouldn't hurt. But it was expensive, and this is the only car I've owned in the past 10 years or so that didn't come with the alarm as standard equipment. It's also the most expensive car I've ever bought. Go figure.
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Old 08-09-2009, 08:45 AM
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Sleep Mode versus Battery Disconnect

I've got the alarm kit to retrofit into my E93 and accessing the battery is a supreme pain. Can I put the car into sleep mode instead of disconnecting the negative cable when I install the siren/tilt sensor unit?
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Old 08-09-2009, 09:06 AM
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I feel your pain... the E93 is built around the battery, and although I persisted (when I installed my M3 wheel w/DCT paddles), it was a supreme PITA. The sleep mode can be accessed by leaving the doors open for about 20 minutes. From what I've read, it should remain in sleep mode until the doors are closed again, but I'm not 100% sure. I would test with a voltmeter from a known hot 12vdc source to be absolutely sure the power is off.
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