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Driveline, Engine & DME Tuning
Talk about driveline improvements, NA tuning and DME tuning your E46 BMW here. This includes diffs, intakes, exhausts, chips, software and OBD tuning.

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Old 07-17-2012, 11:38 PM   #1
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help with e46 325i key problem please bmw canada/germany sucks

So heres my story.. i recently decided to.go back to.a 2001 e46 325i bmw.. i looked around came across a bmw that had been impounded fdue to citybilaws and unpayed tickets. So after carfully looking.over the car and i was informed that there was.no key that came.with this.car. i called.bmw. now knowing that once the car is.in.my name i could order.a.key from bmw if needed.. I purchased the car.. so the car is in my name and i return to bmw to order a kay for the vehicle. they tell me that i cant order a key because bmw germany wont cut one.. they proceed to tell me that there has been 10 keys cut for this.car. there saying i have to replace the security module. which ia 800 + another 280 for them to program the key and this is just there cost of lauour.. + the actully coat of.the key.

now if this wasnt a 10 yrs old car and i was worried about loosing lots of money i could see there consirn. but this is what insurance is for. but honestly for a 10 yr old car that you can purchase for anywhere from 4 - 6k with lower k then what mine aparently has i sont see why there being stuborn about this key...

ive contacted.all owners that were on the registration paper and no one had a key cut for this.car. so im assuming bmw.is just trying to pull aome kind of a money grab thing.

ive looked.around.and.i can purchase a blank key with a virgin chip..

and find someone.to do the lazer key cut with the key code from bmw.will the car start.. and or.can i program the key fob myself?


aorry guys for all the ...............'s im using my android phone.and my fingers are fat lol

thanks for.any help in advance.

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Old 07-18-2012, 04:41 PM   #2
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you need a title to motor vehicle with VIN listed as well as an ID that matches name and address.

key should cost about $250 and will be cut, coded and overnighted to your local main dealer. coding keyless is easy once you get it, but the chip inside will be coded to your DME aready.
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:27 PM   #3
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Yeah i knew that. the car is already in my name. when i went to bmw they told.me i cant order anymore keys for the car.. the security module has to be replaced before they will even give me one. there claiming 10 keys have already been cut for this car...
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:30 PM   #4
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entirely possible, I had to have that done on my old Mercedes ML.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:32 PM   #5
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There has to be a way around it..
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:49 AM   #6
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I'm sure you have figured this out by now, but if not you could get an entire replacement set and reset the 10 key max here;

http://www.rmsonlinestore.com/This-i...ey-Set-E46.htm

It is $175 to reset the 10 key limit.
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