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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 08-22-2011, 11:57 AM
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98 factory keyless

Were all 98s pre-wired for the factory keyless? I have the build sheet for my car and whoever bought this originally checked off every option except for keyless entry.
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:01 PM
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All E36s were pre-wired for alarm and keyless. That doesn't mean they have the control units, though. Only time you would have the actual control unit would be if that option was selected.
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:10 PM
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All U.S. E36s were pre-wired for a dealer-installed, Alpine alarm system.

The U.S. BMW/Alpine alarm system is different from the factory-installed systems which BMW NA didn't order on their cars. On a '98 the factory alarm was part of the ZKE.

A car that received or could have received a factory-installed system will not have the pre-wiring because the factory didn't need it.

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Old 08-22-2011, 12:20 PM
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My US E36 is a '98, claims to be pre-wired (as indicated in the trunk), and has the OEM factory installed alarm system/keyless entry. Doesn't this contradict your last sentence, John?
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:35 PM
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Are you sure the alarm was installed at the factory? If I remember correctly it would have been option 302.

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Old 08-22-2011, 12:47 PM
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I guess it could have been dealer installed, but I always assumed it was from the factory.
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:03 PM
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It was dealer installed if the car has the 12 pin alarm connector, X13025, behind the glove box. That connector and wiring would have been a superfluous and interfered with the remote control wiring.

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Old 08-22-2011, 01:07 PM
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It has the connector which I believe you're referring to, and the alarm brain behind the glove box. You can see it resting on the floorboard in this photo I took when I replaced my cabin microfilter.

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Old 08-22-2011, 02:03 PM
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From what I can see, that looks like the dealer installed alarm.

Wow. Was all that in your microfilter?!
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:09 PM
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That was about 35% of what I vacuumed out of the microfilter housing. Needless to say, my car could barely defog the windows before I changed the filter.
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Mine does not have the sticker in the trunk that says pre-wired for alarm. I guess it could have fallen off or something.
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:30 PM
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I got under the glove box today. I have the plug in module but no remotes. Where might I buy the remote that will work without paying an arm, leg, and my future firstborn? I did not see any on ebay.
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Old 08-25-2011, 10:21 AM
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