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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 03-22-2010, 12:40 PM
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E60 Remote Key (fob) Battery Replacement

The owner's manual illustrates the remote-key batteries being easily replaced, however I do not see how (easily) the backing snaps off (2006 E60).

I had read that, while the key is in the ignition lock, it does recharge the battery.

My question is; can the remote-key (fob) batteries be replaced anywhere, or is this something that can only be done by a dealer?
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Old 03-22-2010, 12:46 PM
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it is a do it yourself project, but only for comfort access, otherwise it is a rechargeable that is not replaceable. if it is comfort access, look closely at the fob, and you'll see where to put the pry bar (small screw driver) to pop off the cover. Mine was going right after I bought it (used, no CPO) and it was three minute job - two minutes to read the manual and one minute to do the deed...and obviously to buy the battery, very common type.

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Old 03-22-2010, 12:47 PM
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If you have Comfort Access, the key/fob battery is replaceable since it does not recharge. If you do not have comfort access, the key/fob battery recharges in the ignition and is not replaceable, at least not without 'cracking/prying' open the fob.

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Old 03-22-2010, 01:04 PM
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Comfort access is with the door handle sensors -correct? (I don't have this option) -Same, used 530i no CPO.

Seems my remote-keys only operate when i'm 12" from the car ... two-to-three feet and beyond, no signal to lock/unlock the doors (figured weak batteries).
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Old 03-22-2010, 01:07 PM
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I have comfort access but when my remote batteries get low the idrive tells me. That may be the case with the rechargeable version as well but I am not certain.
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Old 03-22-2010, 01:08 PM
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It sounds like the dealer did not keep using the key. If the key is not used for a period of time and the battery dies the key is no good and you need a new one. If this happened right after you bought the car go back to the dealer and tell them you want a new key
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Old 03-22-2010, 01:16 PM
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All good info... thanks everyone!
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Old 03-22-2010, 06:01 PM
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It sounds like the dealer did not keep using the key. If the key is not used for a period of time and the battery dies the key is no good and you need a new one. If this happened right after you bought the car go back to the dealer and tell them you want a new key
I have 3 master keys, so should I use them all once in a while?!
I've been using only 1 of them...

I don't want to make the other 2 go bad.

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Old 03-22-2010, 06:28 PM
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I have 3 master keys, so should I use them all once in a while?!
I've been using only 1 of them...

I don't want to make the other 2 go bad.

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If they are the rechargeable type yes. I take out the spare and use it maybe twice a year.

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Old 03-23-2010, 05:09 AM
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I have 3 master keys, so should I use them all once in a while?!
I've been using only 1 of them...

I don't want to make the other 2 go bad.

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Yes try to use each key at least once every six months. That what my sale rep told me when i bought the car
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Old 07-03-2010, 11:12 AM
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Alright, so I realized that my onboard computer told me my battery was low. Got it. I replaced my battery, tried again to unlock the doors, and it didn't work. It works for the passenger side but not the drivers side. So I guess I'm going to have to go to the dealer. *sigh* All because I'm too lazy to use the remote. Go figure.

By the way, changing the batter was extremely easy. A kid could do it.

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Old 07-26-2010, 09:04 AM
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Comfort access is with the door handle sensors -correct? (I don't have this option) -Same, used 530i no CPO.

Seems my remote-keys only operate when i'm 12" from the car ... two-to-three feet and beyond, no signal to lock/unlock the doors (figured weak batteries).
I get the same with my FOBs ...Sometimes i have to be right up on the car. From a distance -forget it. No comfort access for me.
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same here on my 06' i need to be like within 5 feet or it wont open or close... kinda dumb my old truck i could open it from across the street and down the block. my car used to chime if i left my lights on. now no chime. weird
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Old 10-04-2010, 07:20 PM
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If they are the rechargeable type yes. I take out the spare and use it maybe twice a year.

Agreed. However, I did this the other day and forgot what a pain it was considering my memory seats, radio settings, etc. were all linked to my primary fob. I was too lazy to program things for the secondary fob. oh well...
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Old 10-05-2010, 06:47 AM
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What does it cost to get a new key? I'm assuming this is a dealer only item. The car I'm considering buying (08 550i with comfort access) only has one key.
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Old 10-05-2010, 07:26 AM
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What does it cost to get a new key? I'm assuming this is a dealer only item. The car I'm considering buying (08 550i with comfort access) only has one key.
Check with dealer. I was quoted $400 plus abt. $100 for the spare which goes with the holder in glove box.
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:07 AM
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Check with dealer. I was quoted $400 plus abt. $100 for the spare which goes with the holder in glove box.
Thanks, sounds about right.
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Old 10-05-2010, 12:07 PM
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Thanks, sounds about right.
After I was quoted $500 to replace the missing keys, I went back to the seller (not a BMW dealer) and complaint like crazy. In the end I got both through the seller for $190. He said that that is cost for the fob and he gave me the spare for nothing. Both were programmed to my VIN and worked perfectly. Expect to wait about a week for the keys.
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Old 10-05-2010, 01:22 PM
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After I was quoted $500 to replace the missing keys, I went back to the seller (not a BMW dealer) and complaint like crazy. In the end I got both through the seller for $190. He said that that is cost for the fob and he gave me the spare for nothing. Both were programmed to my VIN and worked perfectly. Expect to wait about a week for the keys.
The seller of this car (a dealer, but not a BMW dealer) told me that he couldn't do this, the only way was for the registered owner to take it to BMW and have it done. I'm planning to use this ($500) as a negotiating tool, use it to reduce the price.

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Old 10-05-2010, 01:51 PM
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The seller of this car (a dealer, but not a BMW dealer) told me that he couldn't do this, the only way was for the registered owner to take it to BMW and have it done. I'm planning to use this ($500) as a negotiating tool, use it to reduce the price.

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If your dealer is not the registered owner, I would not buy the car from him.
If you have the VIN you may call any local BMW dealer and ask their service dept. for the car's service record.
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:18 PM
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If your dealer is not the registered owner, I would not buy the car from him.
If you have the VIN you may call any local BMW dealer and ask their service dept. for the car's service record.
Have already done so, and everything is clean. The dealership owns the car.
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:28 PM
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FWIW -
I have a 2008 528xi, and the remote works the furthest of any car I've ever had.
There were times when I would open it from a distance and by the time I got to the car it relocked.

If you have to get really close there is a problem. possibly more than battery.
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:26 PM
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Remote key replacement

I have lost my remote key once and I've replaced just the electronic part since the physical key that clips out was still attached to my keychain. I was told by the dealer that it's the physical key that's expensive. If I wanted the whole thing replaced, I think it was around $400. but the electronic key was only about $85 from what I remember.
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Old 10-07-2010, 01:00 PM
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Just looked into the prices again... apparently, the prices differ from dealer to dealer. I was just quoted $198 plus tax for the electronic key and $48 for the metal key @ Pacific BMW in Glendale. At Beverly Hills BMW it's $166 for the electronic and $50 for the metal key. It's a surprise to me since it was like the other way around about 2 years ago.
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Old 10-07-2010, 02:38 PM
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Does this require re-programming of the existing key?
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