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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 03-17-2010, 01:47 PM
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Is there a way to turn off the alarm chirp when I lock my doors?

I hate the loud conspicuous sound my car alarm makes every time I lock and unlock the door. It's like I'm making a presentation to the entire parking lot: "Here I am and my car is now armed. Look at me! Look at me! Here I am. I'm unlocking my car!!"

It's embarrassing and unnecessary. Is there a way to turn off the door locks chirping without disabling the alarm?
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Old 03-17-2010, 01:49 PM
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I think that's a dealer-do.
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:23 PM
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Try to find a independent BMW repair shop in your area that has a GT1 or Autologic diagnostic tool. They should be able to do it as well as the dealer.


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Old 03-17-2010, 07:48 PM
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Disabling the unlock chirp when arming the alarm system.
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:09 PM
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the chirp shows your driving a classy luxury car. kind of like a lexus. why would you want to get rid of that?! and i believed it would be ... "Here I am and my BMW is now armed. Look at me! Look at me! Here I am. I'm unlocking my BMW!!"
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Old 03-18-2010, 05:01 PM
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I hate the loud conspicuous sound my car alarm makes every time I lock and unlock the door. It's like I'm making a presentation to the entire parking lot: "Here I am and my car is now armed. Look at me! Look at me! Here I am. I'm unlocking my car!!"

It's embarrassing and unnecessary. Is there a way to turn off the door locks chirping without disabling the alarm?
My '97 528 had the same annoying chirp. I paid the dealer about $100 to reprogram the alarm system and turn off the chirp. My '03 530 doesn't chirp...all you hear is the locks locking. But as the second owner, I don't know if this car was also reprogramed or never chirped in the first place.
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The chirp helps me find the thing instead of hitting the panic switch.
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Old 03-18-2010, 06:11 PM
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It's a dealer-programmable option. You can have the turnlights blink, the audible chirp or both or neither. These options can be set for both arming and disarming.

Here's a list of the car and key programmable options:

http://www.e38.org/B090398_Att2_CKMSet.PDF

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Going to the dealer doesn't sound right. It's an easy switch using the E36 key fob, don't know why BMW would remove a feature when moving up the line. Although no telling why they do things.

I'll check out the instructions on how I do it for the M3. IIRC it's as simple as holding the button down a few seconds.
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