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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 12-12-2014, 03:34 PM
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Keyless Entry Question

So I have been reading up on the factory keyless entry, but most posts are about ppl with issues or whatnot. I do not have keyless entry, nor the blinky light above the shifter. How difficult would it be to install the system, would aftermarket make more sense? If there is post that you know of about this already that I may have missed? Going to treat my car to a few minor things for Christmas. Thanks guys!
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Old 12-12-2014, 05:20 PM
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I believe cars were prewired for the alarm systems. See if you have a pressure sensitive switch that your hood touches right by the windshield washer container. It's a black box with a silver metal tang.

If so, my understanding is that you would just need the brain, siren, electrical harness, light(part of the harness) and a key fob. The brain is secured behind the glovebox and the harness plugs in there. The light on the lower dash runs from the harness and then inside the lower dash.

I just sold all such parts to someone else that was looking to retrofit.
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Old 12-12-2014, 05:33 PM
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Very good information sir! I will start pricing things out and post as I go
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Old 12-12-2014, 08:49 PM
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Not all cars were prewired for the security system. If your car was there will be a button stuck to the trunk carpeting on the driver's side that will state so. If you have the prewiring, check out the systems from United Auto Security. They specialize in systems for BMWs. I installed their system in my car and it worked great. Installation took about 30 minutes.
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Old 12-12-2014, 08:51 PM
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I have no trunk carpeting D:
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Old 12-12-2014, 08:57 PM
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Then you'll need to look to see if you have the security system connector.
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Old 12-12-2014, 09:00 PM
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Thanks for the info DC, where is that diagram in relation to the car?
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Old 12-12-2014, 09:14 PM
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Behind the glove box. You have to remove it to see that area. If you Haven't replaced your cabin air filter you can do that and check for the security system connector at the same time.
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Old 12-12-2014, 09:18 PM
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Right on man!! I was wondering about the cabin filter the other day, thats awesome. Two birds. Cheers mate and have an awesome night.
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This E36 community is amazing!
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This link should cover any questions you have

www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?1792200-The-ULTIMATE-US-OEM-Keyless-Alarm-Thread
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