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Old 02-27-2010, 08:04 AM
jcamp123 jcamp123 is offline
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Z3 - Key Remote Programming (has anyone tried this?)

Hi - I just purchased my first Z3 (3.0i 2001)... I have one transponder key, but want a duplicate just in case... Anyhow - after researching a bunch, going to Lockworld, and contacting a few locksmiths in SF (who all said they couldn't do it), I thought I was at a deadend and ultimately would have to go to the BMW dealership to get a dupe... but then I came across this BMW Z3 Transponder Remote Programming Guide, and was wondering if anyone has had success in programming their transponders using these steps... Please let me know. Any advice appreciated. FWIW - I am not car-savvy technical. Thanks! Julie
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:46 AM
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I have an '02 with the dealer installed BMW system which is actually made by Alpine. I used the instructions in this thread to program a new one. http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...198&highlight=

Step #10 is if you have multiple transponders to program.
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Old 02-28-2010, 09:39 AM
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The transponder chip is attached to the key. So you need another key from the dealer. Reprogramming will not help. Costs about $75 in San Jose.
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Old 02-28-2010, 09:43 AM
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GB5416 was explaining how to program the key fob to work with the BMW alarm. That has nothing to do with getting a second back up key.
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Old 02-28-2010, 01:51 PM
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You can clone an existing key who's transponder is already programed to your car....... or Dealer only for a spare.
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Old 03-30-2010, 05:38 AM
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Thumbs up Key Coding for Z3

Reference key coding. Once you have been able to obtain a key from a dealer by supplying your VIN (I bought mine in Germany) for your Z3 then coding is simple as follows:

1. Unlock car and hop into car and close driver's door
2. Switch ignition on and off
3. Remove key from ignition switch
4. Press and hold unlock button on remote
5. Press lock on remote briefly 3 times within 10 seconds
6. Release unlock
7. Car gives signal that key is now working (LED flashes or door locks unlock)

This is also the procedure you must use when changing the battery on your remote so that you dont have to have the dealer do it. It works as I have personally changed batteries on my 2 remotes and configured the additional remote I bought in Germany.

John from Australia
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:12 AM
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Remote programming

I just purchased another key from my dealer and they taught me how to program them. The previous post about putting the key in and pressing the buttons is correct. I will add, however, that if you have a second key to program, do not put it into the ignition but do the button pushing as described. If you put the second key into the ignition, it changes the code and the first key won't work.
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Old 05-10-2010, 07:59 PM
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Hi All I just purchased a new key from the dealer as the old remote was a bit worn and did not work. So I order a new one for 229 bucks and the dealer could not program it. I tried and can get it to unlock the doors but not lock... Any suggestions as to what the problem could be... Thanks Lisa

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Old 04-13-2015, 10:48 AM
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These steps worked for me

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Originally Posted by Zed3Aussie View Post
Reference key coding. Once you have been able to obtain a key from a dealer by supplying your VIN (I bought mine in Germany) for your Z3 then coding is simple as follows:

1. Unlock car and hop into car and close driver's door
2. Switch ignition on and off
3. Remove key from ignition switch
4. Press and hold unlock button on remote
5. Press lock on remote briefly 3 times within 10 seconds
6. Release unlock
7. Car gives signal that key is now working (LED flashes or door locks unlock)

This is also the procedure you must use when changing the battery on your remote so that you dont have to have the dealer do it. It works as I have personally changed batteries on my 2 remotes and configured the additional remote I bought in Germany.

John from Australia
I tried the above steps and it worked first try with a factory purchased key that the dealership couldn't figure out how to program.

2001 z3
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Old 04-13-2015, 05:36 PM
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During the short run of the Z3 in its various iterations, there were at least 2, maybe 3, different dealer installed "OEM" security/keyless entry systems that were put in. I believe the most common was the one with a separate 2-button fob that looks exactly like fobs that were also used in some Subarus and Saabs of the era, although the Subaru and Saab fobs will not work on a BMW. These systems, all of them, and at least the oblong 2 button fobs are no longer in production. Ebay sellers are charging a fortune for used fobs and modules that will likely work as badly as the ones you got with your car, or will shortly do so.

My 2000 Z3M Coupe came with one fob that worked when it wanted to work (e.g. occasionally), however the central locking system itself worked fine. I considered buying a used fob on ebay, but the reality of a wonky obsolete system with used fobs that themselves are falling apart, gave me pause.

A much better solution, in my opinion, is to buy a complete new aftermarket system (I bought a United Auto Security system but there are others) with 3 fobs, that interfaced perfectly with the BMW alarm/keyless port behind the glove box, and which works fine. Other than removing and reinstalling the glove box, the installation was a breeze. And these fobs don't need to be reprogrammed every time you change the battery, plus, they just work.

$200 for a new alarm system (or $150 for just a remote entry system) with 3 fobs beats the hell out of buying a used fob for $60 or much more on ebay. And why anyone would bother putting 15+ year old, obsolete technology used modules in their car after the original one fails is beyond me.

Make your choice and deal with the consequences, no matter what you decide to do!

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Old 04-25-2015, 03:26 PM
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just got a new 3 button key from dealer ($$$$) and programmed it following the simple instructions above. Second key is programmed without being installed in ignition as suggested by the Aussie.
Thanks so much for this information. PS my keys have always locked and unlocked just fine with the original BMW system. 2001 Z3 2.5
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Old 04-25-2015, 10:22 PM
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just got a new 3 button key from dealer ($$$$) and programmed it following the simple instructions above. Second key is programmed without being installed in ignition as suggested by the Aussie.
Thanks so much for this information. PS my keys have always locked and unlocked just fine with the original BMW system. 2001 Z3 2.5
My car had the 2 button alpine system, which is the one I was writing about, with no continuing availability of new transmitters and only old used ones on ebay for $60 and more each. If you have that system my advice would be to replace it, with an aftermarket system, from personal experience (money and time wasted and still in the end needed to replace the system)
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