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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 04-13-2012, 09:19 AM
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EWS Woes

Hey everyone, happy Friday. Does anyone have any information regarding permanently disabling the EWSII system? I'd like to completely bypass my broken ignition lock cylinder with a push-to-start system rather than paying for another one to be cut. The only problem is the EWS, as I'd like to not have to have any type of key in the ignition for the system to function.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:12 AM
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I was in a situation similar to you a while ago. I researched it and I concluded that it is WAY easier to find a used EWS/Key/DME ECU combination off eBay or off a parted out OBDII EWSII car than try and delete the EWSII system.

I remember a while back I bought my combo stuff for $150 or so off eBay, took an hour or two to install and I was done! Cheaper than dealer prices, easier than dealing with EWSII
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:26 AM
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So you want to be able to start your car with no key in the ignition? How would you turn on the car's systems? What would prevent people from stealing your car?
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Old 04-13-2012, 03:50 PM
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I was in a situation similar to you a while ago. I researched it and I concluded that it is WAY easier to find a used EWS/Key/DME ECU combination off eBay or off a parted out OBDII EWSII car than try and delete the EWSII system.

I remember a while back I bought my combo stuff for $150 or so off eBay, took an hour or two to install and I was done! Cheaper than dealer prices, easier than dealing with EWSII
Thanks for the info, I'll look into that as an alternative.
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Old 04-13-2012, 03:58 PM
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So you want to be able to start your car with no key in the ignition? How would you turn on the car's systems? What would prevent people from stealing your car?
I should have been more clear on this. I'd like to still have a key/remote to unlock and lock the doors and glovebox, but not have to physically have one in the ignition in order to start the car. The turning on of the systems would be accomplished by switches in addition to the actual push-to-start button. As a theft deterrent, I would obviously keep the doors locked at all times that I am not in the car, and have an alarm system as well.
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Old 04-13-2012, 04:18 PM
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This is a similar system I had going for a long time. I'd advise against it as it is very easy to break into the car and disable the alarm pretty easily.

If you do that, however, I'd recommend adding a fuel pump kill switch at the least. Think of wherever it'd be smart to put a kill switch and don't put it there

edit: Now that I think about it, to "disable" my EWSII system, I just taped the key next to the antenna ring and hid it inside the dash...
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:08 PM
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This is a similar system I had going for a long time. I'd advise against it as it is very easy to break into the car and disable the alarm pretty easily.

If you do that, however, I'd recommend adding a fuel pump kill switch at the least. Think of wherever it'd be smart to put a kill switch and don't put it there

edit: Now that I think about it, to "disable" my EWSII system, I just taped the key next to the antenna ring and hid it inside the dash...
Thanks, a kill switch is a good idea. And that's a great way to get around the EWS. I appreciate the info.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:34 PM
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i dont know if the make it or not, as i havent looked into doing this. but some newer cars with the push start button have to have the key in the car for it to work. something with the chip in the key or sensor. i wouldnt recommend this even with alarm/lojack or fuel killswitch. this is just setting yourself up for failure. problems such as bad wire hook-up. ie catch car on fire, or just easier to steal or even hotwire for that matter. you can elimate the steering wheel lock easily with no hard mods. but i would stay clear of PTS.
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