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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 12-01-2019, 02:51 PM
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2003 M5
FZV remote.
Buttons will not work on remote.
Key will start car, unlock doors and trunk manually.
Central locking button on center console works.
Tried to reprogram dozens of times, nothing happens and yes I did the procedure correctly.
I did replace the drivers door lock actuator and latch assembly. But the problem has been like this since I got the car back in September.
Checked all the fuses including the trunk and they are all ok.

I've read a lot of threads. I did see that several of them mentioned the fuel door actuator, and how it works with the central locking. Well not surprisingly, mine doesn't work. The fuel door stays unlocked at all times whether I lock the car by key or the center console button.

I've ordered a fuel door actuator. But I'm still on the fence if it'll make any difference. The key looks fairly new so I doubt the battery in it is that dead. I only have the one key and I can't get a new one yet. I have still not gotten my registration for the car. Both local dealers said it has to be that in order for me to get a new key. So until whenever I do get it in, a new key will have to wait. And no, I'm not buying a cheap ebay one.

If replacing the fuel door actuator doesn't work. Where should I go next? The logical guess would be the GM module. I also saw on some threads that someone sorted out their programming issue by replacing both the C-pillar amplifiers? Any other ideas welcomed. I prefer not to go to the dealer unitl I've exhausted all other options. I'll only do it as a last chance hail mary attempt.

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Old 12-01-2019, 03:15 PM
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Hmm interesting. I disconnected the fuel door actuator plug. Tried the reprograming again and fuse 53 blew. Went to put another fuse in, and it blew the second it touched in.

I hate electrical crap...

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Old 12-01-2019, 03:32 PM
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Change the actuator and then see.....you can disconnect the fuel flap actuator in the meantime.
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Old 12-01-2019, 03:40 PM
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I did unplug the actuator. And the fuse still blows as I try to put it in. Going to check the trunk wiring harnes now.

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Old 12-01-2019, 03:57 PM
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There are a few damaged wires. Going to repair those and replace the actuator. And if that doesn't work well crap.

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Old 12-01-2019, 04:59 PM
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When you only have one key for the car, borrow a similar key from a friend to program to check if it is your key or something in the car.

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Old 12-01-2019, 05:01 PM
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Where are the "few damaged wires?" In the trunk gaiter?

Also, have you verified that the key is transmitting the signal? A good locksmith will have a tester that will check for the signal.

The rechargeable cell may have given up the ghost.
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Old 12-01-2019, 05:58 PM
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When you only have one key for the car, borrow a similar key from a friend to program to check if it is your key or something in the car.

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I don't know of anyone else who has a key I could borrow. I do have one of the keys to my old 540i. But it hasn'y been used since I last had the car over 4 years ago so I'm sure the battery is shot in that

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Where are the "few damaged wires?" In the trunk gaiter?

Also, have you verified that the key is transmitting the signal? A good locksmith will have a tester that will check for the signal.

The rechargeable cell may have given up the ghost.
Yep. It's a crappy pic but you can see the grey wire is split in 2 areas. And there is also a red/black wire that is starting to fray along with a brown wire too.

I work at a car dealer and our parts departmemt has a tester that works on all makes of remotes including BMW so I'll try them tomorrow.

One weird note. After removing blown fuse 53. The center console lock switch stopped working. Yet when I put it back in, the switch works? I'm so confused lol.


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Old 12-01-2019, 06:00 PM
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