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Old 06-18-2013, 03:39 PM
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Try driving down a bumpy road then looking again.
One of the dealer resources said "find a opened lot, floor the car in reverse and then slam on the breaks. That will clear out anything in the vents under the seat." If not, it might just be fun to do!!
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:43 PM
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Did you try to over extend down the front seats?
It might be in the deep gap where top and button breaks.


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Yeah, someone else mention a hammock where the top and bottom of the seats meet. the 2007 sport seats that I have do not have this hammock. The top and bottom is separate; I can slide my fingers all the way through.
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:44 PM
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Sitting comfortably in the hammock created by the leather flap that covers the crack between the seat bottom and back.

I find my sunglasses there often. They won't hit the floor. Just reach in between the seat back and bottom and feet around.


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Tthe 2007 sport seats that I have do not have this hammock. The top and bottom is separate; I can slide my fingers all the way through.
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:27 PM
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I came home from a club late one night and my fob slipped out of my fingers bounced on the floor and seemingly disappeared. My GF and i looked for 20 minutes and couldn't find it. We went inside and went to sleep. Next morning hunted for another 25 minutes. I looked in those same vent holes on the floor several times. Finally, basically standing on my head looked up from rear foot well into cavity up under driver's seat. It had lodged up in the structure of the driver's seat. i had specifically felt up in that same spot the night before. I finally saw it with my eyes. It was lodged between a wirng harnass and the fabric enclosing the steel structure of the seat's lower structure. i saw it looking forward from rear foot well.

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Old 06-19-2013, 07:58 AM
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Unbelieveable, key-fob lost inside of the car!!

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Tthe 2007 sport seats that I have do not have this hammock. The top and bottom is separate; I can slide my fingers all the way through.
Maybe the convertible is different but I have a 2007 w/ sport seats... The flap of leather extends down from the seat back and connects under the seat bottom.


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Old 06-19-2013, 02:23 PM
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I came home from a club late one night and my fob slipped out of my fingers bounced on the floor and seemingly disappeared. My GF and i looked for 20 minutes and couldn't find it. We went inside and went to sleep. Next morning hunted for another 25 minutes. I looked in those same vent holes on the floor several times. Finally, basically standing on my head looked up from rear foot well into cavity up under driver's seat. It had lodged up in the structure of the driver's seat. i had specifically felt up in that same spot the night before. I finally saw it with my eyes. It was lodged between a wirng harnass and the fabric enclosing the steel structure of the seat's lower structure. i saw it looking forward from rear foot well.

Good luck with locating it.
As I am reading this entire thread I was thinking I would have at least taken both front seats out of the car and looked under them before paying the dealer for a new key. Not sure about our seats but in general car seats are not very difficult to remove and put back. I have done it on several cars. Seems very likely they are somehow attached to the drivers seat.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:33 PM
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One of the dealer resources said "find a opened lot, floor the car in reverse and then slam on the breaks. That will clear out anything in the vents under the seat." If not, it might just be fun to do!!
I did this in my 335i soon after I bought it.

I found a pair of sunglasses, a piece of gum, 27 cents, and the fuel filter for my weed eater that I had lost.

No joke. It works.

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Old 06-20-2013, 03:48 PM
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As I am reading this entire thread I was thinking I would have at least taken both front seats out of the car and looked under them before paying the dealer for a new key. Not sure about our seats but in general car seats are not very difficult to remove and put back. I have done it on several cars. Seems very likely they are somehow attached to the drivers seat.
Forgot to say, yes i have the sport seats too. I have pulled the front seats out of a few cars as well. Engine computer was under the drivers seat in older honda that got leaked into from Hurricane Ike. Cleaned the ECU with alcohol and it worked fine. Pulled seats out of GF's mustang as i needed to remove the carpeting. We had the carpet and seats steam cleaned while it was all out. Cost $60

When i lost my fob i specifically saw it bounce and go under the seat. The OP just says his is missing. Wish it was like a lost cell phone where you can just call it.
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:04 PM
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@OP, what did you end up doing?
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:37 PM
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@OP, what did you end up doing?
I chose option 2: Disable the missing key-fob and reprogram the backup key-fob I received when I purchased the car. Cost me $136. If I ever find the other key-fob, I will have it reprogrammed.

Now, every time I sit in the car I can't help to wonder where that dam key-fob is hiding!
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:45 PM
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There should be an Android app for locating BMW key fobs!
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Old 06-30-2013, 02:42 PM
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Key-fob found!!!

How does the old saying go, you can't see the forest for the trees. Like most things you search for and can't find; they turn out to be right in front of your face!!

So, it turns out I did not place the key-fob on the seat or toss it in the car with my other items as I initially thought. I also didn't place it in the trunk. So where was it you may ask??? I with my brilliant mind placed it in the groove that runs along the side of the trunk. This also turns out to be the only place where it would not prevent the trunk from closing, but was close enough to allow the car to be started wirelessly. I have no idea what possessed me to place it there. And, out of all the people who searched for this key-fob, NO ONE saw it in the grove. It is not a place in your line of sight when looking in the trunk, unless you are standing on the side of the car (see attached photo).

I found it, just like I lost it; when packing up after a 33 mile bike ride while standing to the left side of the trunk. I looked down and there it was; I could swear it winked at me !

This now disabled key-fob will be stored for safe keeping until the time comes that I need to pay to get it reprogrammed!

Oh, and if you are wondering what those holes are in my bumper, see this thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...189&highlight=
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Old 06-30-2013, 03:05 PM
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Unbelieveable, key-fob lost inside of the car!!

Maybe that's why BMW increased the key size for the F series cars.


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Thats funny, I misplaced my key when I was cleaning my car today. After 20 minutes or so I was thinking about this thread and going , not me too! I found it in my truck under the carpet where the spare tire would go if we had a spare. Cant even remember putting it in the compartment. Anyway glad you found it!
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I've been following this thread just to see if you ever found it, and where! Nice!
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:59 PM
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Glad that's solved! This was better than an Agatha Christie mystery.
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Here is one for the books! My BMW key-fob is lost INSIDE OF MY VEHICLE!! Me and two other friends search the interior for a total of 4 hours on Father's Day trying to locate it. I placed it in the car myself on the seat or possibly I dropped it on the seat along with some other items and it could have bounced somewhere. I didn't realize the key-fob was missing until I got to a gas station and tried to lock the car.

The next day after much aggravation, I took the car to the dealer and the dealer employees also searched for quite some time (several of them). NO ONE can find the key-fob; everyone is baffled! Places searched:
- Around and under the seats and all of the seat tracks
- The vent slots under the seats
- Under the carpet mats
- Door pockets, trays, glove compartment, console and other obvious places
- Trunk and all of it's crevices
- Steering column and windshield crevices

One thing for sure, that key-fob is DEFINITELY in the cabin of the car because it won't allow the doors to be locked from the outside and because the car will start for anyone, if the Start button is pushed. Additionally, we know the key-fob is not in the trunk because the trunk will lock; according to the dealer the trunk won't lock if the key-fob is inside of it.

Anyway after several hours; at the dealer, here are the two options they presented:
1. Dismantle the interior and manually search every possible crevice.
2. Disable the missing key-fob and reprogram the backup key-fob I received when I purchased the car. I am currentlly waiting for them to finish up.

I swear this stuff only happens to me! In life I try hard to maintain a sense of humor; otherwise, I would lose it FOR REAL!

Have any of you ever heard of such a thing??
Check the 2 vents under both seats it's small but stuff gets in there i.e. coins and they rattle and roll and most have no clue about this..Check it with a flashlight
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I've been following this thread just to see if you ever found it, and where! Nice!
Screw this thread just give me those 225's!!! Looks great dude
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:51 PM
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Thanks! Those babies clinched it for me when I found this car!
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Check the 2 vents under both seats it's small but stuff gets in there i.e. coins and they rattle and roll and most have no clue about this..Check it with a flashlight
KEy-fob is found, see post #38. I think I'll update the original posting so any future viewers will know the fob was found.
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That made me grin. Good job on the hunt.
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Unhappy Lost our Fob in the car too

We have lost our fob as well and so came across Dargar's email. We think it's in the car because when it is locked and we take the remaining fob far away, we can open the right passenger door! We can't start the car though. It's an X5 and we think it's somewhere in the back but hours of searching (like Dargar) and nothing.

Does the fact we can lock the car (except you can open the rear passenger door) mean that the fob is NOT in the car?
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:28 AM
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It's too bad these fobs don't have a locator on them that makes them beep when they're lost!
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