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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 07-22-2013, 01:36 PM   #1
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Key Fob Battery - NEW BMW OWNER

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The battery is broken on my 2002 325xi. What is a cheap reliable option?

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Old 07-22-2013, 05:56 PM   #2
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:12 PM   #3
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I'd let Scott do it, $50 is cheaper than $285 for a new one. You will be without a key for a few days though. He did my GMV module.
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:46 AM   #4
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Re: Key Fob Battery - NEW BMW OWNER

I have no idea where these outrageous key prices are coming from.

LIST price of an E46 diamond keyfob with sales tax in most locations is usually around $180.

Discounted keyfob price is $125.
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:54 PM   #5
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My car only came with one key, the remote, which didnít work. I purchased a second non remote key from the dealer, then sent mine off to a repair service in the UK,
Link here >>Key Fob Repair

There is a guy in CA that does the same thing see here >>Click Here

At the time of writing this, his price was $49.00 or best offer. When I was looking his price was $79.00 or best offer. (So he came down dammit! I could have saved some money and not wait for international shipping if his price was $49.00 when I was looking).However, I wanted to save some bucks so I shipped mine off to London, but for fifty bucks this is a great deal and you might even be able to talk him down some.

Or if your feeling adventurous, you can try to do it yourself like the above video. If you go this route, here is a recommendation for you. Unless you are really good at soldiering, donít attempt to de solider the old battery then re-soldier in a new one, chances are you will screw it up totally trashing your remote. Instead cut the clips holding the battery up high then use the flat metal that once held in the old battery to solider your new one to. I can go into more detail on this if you are interested. Just post and I will do so with pictures.

I could have done the repair myself, but I am real busy with work, and when Im not working, I didnt want to deal with this key repair, Just wanted to let someone else do it.
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Old 08-02-2013, 07:11 AM   #6
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I'd let Scott do it, $50 is cheaper than $285 for a new one. You will be without a key for a few days though. He did my GMV module.
http://bmwgm5.com/
I emailed with Scott, he seems legitimate. Just don't know how I feel about sending payment without knowing if the fob will work. He fixed yours? Good work?
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Old 08-25-2013, 01:47 PM   #7
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I have no idea where these outrageous key prices are coming from.

LIST price of an E46 diamond keyfob with sales tax in most locations is usually around $180.

Discounted keyfob price is $125.
I'll tell you one place where the outrageous key quotes come from: BMW of Nashville ($285 with tax for E46 diamond key replacement). Nearby Bowling Green, KY BMW quotes about $160. I'm looking for an excuse to make the drive!
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:57 PM   #8
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I emailed with Scott, he seems legitimate. Just don't know how I feel about sending payment without knowing if the fob will work. He fixed yours? Good work?
He's legit. Bought batteries from him. Answered my question, etc...


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Old 09-03-2013, 08:40 PM   #9
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I emailed with Scott, he seems legitimate. Just don't know how I feel about sending payment without knowing if the fob will work. He fixed yours? Good work?
He did my GMV module and It's been working flawlessly. The locks work perfectly.
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