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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 02-01-2013, 08:45 AM
ambrose24 ambrose24 is offline
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E46 engine immobilized - key fob not recognized

I have a 2006 325 xiT. For no apparent reason, when the remote key fob is inserted, the car's software-module seems to not recognize the key as the vehicle's key and immobilizes the car. Same result with the 2nd key; not a dead battery in key fob problem. Both key fobs do open and lock the car. Symptoms: Steering column does not unlock (4 wheels remain locked); no interior lights; radio works ONLY if key fob is inserted. Battery is fully charged. Three weeks ago, the fuse controlling the cigarette lighter/auxiliary outlets had to be replaced. (Perhaps not related to instant problem??? mere coincidence?) Is there some immobilizer module or software responsible for this? Has anyone else experienced problem? Is this a known problem? Thanks very much. Ambrose24
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