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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 06-02-2011, 05:22 AM
Al_Smyth Al_Smyth is offline
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2001 323Ci Car Memory options

Hi, new to the forum, and BMW. Thrilled to have a convertible for the summer, and now have so much to learn with the new-to-me marque.

First off, trying t o see what is 'programmed' on the second hand car compared to what the options are in the manual is difficult. Seems the manual comments here and there, but not a full listing. One option I read about was the ability to put down the top with a turn of the key, or holding the unlock button on the remote/key - neither of these worked

SO, for my first question (of many) - has anyone collected a definitive listing of all the options? I would hate to go to a dealer and try and decide what is available and which options I want set while they run up the service bill...

Second question - does anyone have a good source for replacement keys, or is this a dealer only item?
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Old 06-02-2011, 06:23 AM
jcourcoul jcourcoul is offline
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You want a full-featured (remote control) key that works? Only the dealer can satisfy you. However, while he's at it, the car/key memory features can be customized to your liking as part of the cost of setting the new key up. And what are these options? The E46 Wiki, linked at the top of the page, is your friend (section 2.3.5).

You can also purchase valet (gray) and wallet (black) keys that do not have remote controls. These are small plastic versions of the full keys: the black opens everything manually while the gray only the passenger door. Both can start the engine.
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Old 06-02-2011, 06:42 AM
Al_Smyth Al_Smyth is offline
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Thank you for the fast answer Jcourcoul. Still trying to figure out the keywords to do better searches before posting.

Thanks for your patience too!
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