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Old 11-13-2004, 12:57 PM
SlowRide SlowRide is offline
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Key Question?

Hi to all.

I'm new here and to BMW. I am not new to talk forums. I recognize their value.

I purchased a used '01, 330i from my local Chevy dealer. One key was brand new. The remote lock and unlock buttons work fine on the new key. The buttons on the two older keys do not work. The keys will manually open the locks and start the car. I stopped by the BMW dealership. After the key was tested I was told to re-initialize the keys by:

1) Turn a key to pos. #2 and back.
2) Remove key from ignition.
3) While holding the lock button on key from step two, press the unlock button thrice.
4) Repeat step three with the other keys.

I tried this with no results.

Does anyone have any advice for me? I would sure like to figure this out.
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Old 11-13-2004, 01:41 PM
Prov431 Prov431 is offline
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My bet is that the key batteries are dead. The keys are only recharged while actually in the ignition with the car running. So, you should utilize these two keys a few times while out driving and then see if you have different results with the remote features.
You should switch keys with your spare from time to time to keep them charged as referenced in the owners manual.
Good luck!
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Old 11-13-2004, 01:54 PM
SlowRide SlowRide is offline
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Thanks for responding Prov431.

One of the keys in question is transmitting.

The BMW dealership ruled out the one key I had on me. Little red lights on a box the guy
had in his drawer lit up when he pushed the buttons.

It's true though that I need to drive more!

I only look at the internet from the office.

I'm here now but leaving soon. I just washed the car and put air in the tires.
I'll be back during the workweek.

Thanks again.
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Old 11-15-2004, 09:43 AM
SlowRide SlowRide is offline
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Moderator.

Maybe this thread should be moved to DIY. I didn't see that forum until after I posted this.

I'm guessing the Chevy dealer couldn't figure out the key situation or assumed the batteries were dead. Hence the new key that works.
 

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