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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 03-31-2013, 05:50 PM
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Exclamation April fools day

Hi guys! I'm new to the forum and I have a question. I have a 5 series that I want to stop from starting, but then be able to start it again, as an April fools day trick. Any help?
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:51 PM
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:00 PM
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Playing an April Fools joke on someone's car is a quick and easy way to get killed, shot and or maimed.
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Use the code option in the computer to lock the ignition, but dont forget the combination !!!
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:40 AM
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Remove the fuse to the fuel pump?
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:17 AM
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:11 AM
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Hi guys! I'm new to the forum and I have a question. I have a 5 series that I want to stop from starting, but then be able to start it again, as an April fools day trick. Any help?
This is NOT FUNNY (if it were my car)! But since it is YOUR car, +1 on removing the fuel pump fuse. It may actually start the first time but will die immediately.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:05 AM
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Hmmm...
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:05 AM
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It won't affect the car badly by removing the fuse, will it?
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:32 AM
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I will ditto what was said in post #5. If you have a key to the car...there's no need to pull fuses or any other thing that could cause damage etc. Just turn the ignition to position 1...then enter a code (up to 4 digits) using the CODE feature of the OBC. Turn the ignition off, remove the key and walk away.

The next person that tries to start the car won't be able to ... and if they keep trying to start the car, upon the 3rd attempt...they will get a light & sound show (exterior lights will flash & alarm will sound off).

The only way you can get the car started again is if you enter the SAME code numbers you entered originally.

Below are the instructions from the owners manual that explains how to use the CODE feature if you have the MID. The same applies to BMWs with Nav monitors. Everything works the same (key MUST be in position 1 only to enter a code)...then use the nav monitor to enter the code numbers instead of the MID:

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Old 04-01-2013, 10:25 AM
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Thanks will do that
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:42 AM
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Old 04-02-2013, 04:00 AM
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Be carefull when doing things like this--what might seem funny one one, might not be percived the same by others--good example--I had my Mother in law call the local Funeral Home and ask for Myra Mains--my Father in Law thought it was the best trick ever pulled and I made real points with him for the first time ever--but my wife and my Mother in law haven't talked to me in some time now--maybe I'm taking that wrong also after a quick retrospect!!!!
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