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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 01-25-2013, 06:39 AM
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Question New Owner- Woke this morning, all windows down and sunroof open- no missing keys

Posted this in intro section also, but really need an answer. Just purchased a 2000 540i with 116000 miles. Beautiful car garage stored and same owner over 10 years, local with local BMW mechanic. Been Driving for a week no issues except it needs a cam position sensor. Car was in driveway overnight and I have both original BMW keys in house. This morning all the doors wer unlocked, all the windows were down and the sunroof was open. Nothing was disturbed or moved in the car- even a gift card sitting between the seats. Can this happen without a key? Or did someone get access to a key in my home. I'm concerned either way.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:53 AM
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When you press and hold to unlock the car it opens everything. May someone played with the keys.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:01 AM
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or key got crushed in you pocket

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When you press and hold to unlock the car it opens everything. May someone played with the keys.
that is all it takes
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:15 AM
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Smile Thank You

Thats a better answer than I had! I won't take the time to debate the usefullness of this feature, but I feel much better.I Checked to see that the doors were locked from inside by hitting the lock on key. Probably held it down too long and didn't notice. Love the car already!
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:08 AM
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This happens all the time.

Most often, the keys were in your pocket, and the button was accidentally depressed.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:33 AM
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Had the same problem, a couple of times. The lat time it happened the rear window regulator failed leaving my windows stuck down. Luckily i have a garage to store it in while i replaced that.

Back on the "subject", I often find my car unlocked or trunk released, as I keep the key in my pocket and the car is in range. I think over time the unlock button has become too soft and can easily be pressed by pocket pressure. I just ordered a new case (~$6) for the key in the hope that will reduce the frequency of this issue.

Personally I think the button positioning in the key is a poor design, having the unlock button in positions that are easily exposed to accidental presses while having the lock button deep in the key. Resulting in a "self" unlocking car.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:37 PM
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:10 PM
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At least we can rule out that the car isn't haunted.
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:06 PM
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- Why are all four windows rolled down when I go outside to my BMW (1) (2) (3)
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