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Old 02-12-2003, 01:45 PM   #1
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Question BMW 330ci E46 Alarm

Hi i was just wondering if anyone has installed the alarm themselfs and if they can give me some tips. I am installing the original OEM alarm on my 330ci 2002 model and wanted to know if i should just get it done by the dealer or if its a quick plug-in and your done type of installation in order to be a cheap ass and not pay the dealer for the installation.


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Old 02-12-2003, 01:49 PM   #2
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DIY

Its real easy...

Took me about 15min.

You do have to have the dealer activate it.

http://www.bmw330ci.com/DIY_Alarm.htm
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Old 02-12-2003, 01:57 PM   #3
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Old 02-12-2003, 02:32 PM   #4
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piece of cake with DIY...don't be afraid, you really can't hurt anything if you don't start ripping stuff out or apply 200 ft/lbs of TQ....
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Old 02-12-2003, 04:15 PM   #5
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Ok cool , thanks guys i am going to buy it tonight and install it.
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Old 02-12-2003, 04:16 PM   #6
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You do have to have the dealer activate it.

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Old 02-12-2003, 04:16 PM   #7
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And Cybertek, thanks for that link very very helpful.
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Old 02-12-2003, 04:18 PM   #8
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is there anyway i can activate it myself ??
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Old 02-12-2003, 04:34 PM   #9
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is there anyway i can activate it myself ??
nope....
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Old 02-12-2003, 04:48 PM   #10
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Because the original alarms are computer-controlled and the computer activation stuff - well, that's only at the dealer's. There is a whole discussion going on right now about the manufacturers not releasing that sort of stuff to third-party shops and hobbyists.
The automotive idustry claims it is to help with the theft problem - as in 'If we release this information, thieves will have an easier time stealing the cars we make'. Opponents say 'Wrong, you lying scum! You're just trying to horde the profits by making people go to the dealers!'.

So, for now, you're stuck with having to go to the dealer.
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Anyone here notice their alarm doesn't always beep in cold weather?

It still arms and locks just no beep. Then I unlock and disarm, it beeps, then I lock and arm again and it finally beeps.

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15 minutes!?
impossible!
It took me like an hour

it is not too easy to remove the filter bits under the hood.
but is definitely a DIY
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15 minutes!?
impossible!
It took me like an hour

it is not too easy to remove the filter bits under the hood.
but is definitely a DIY
dont waste money
Well maybe a half hour... I wasnt hard at all.
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Anyone here notice their alarm doesn't always beep in cold weather?

It still arms and locks just no beep. Then I unlock and disarm, it beeps, then I lock and arm again and it finally beeps.

???

Yeh mine only beeps sometimes, even in warm weather.

I havent been able to figure it out yet.
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Old 02-13-2003, 09:02 AM   #15
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What type of sensors does the stock alarm come with , by this i mean like does it come with impact sensor, outside motion sensor ???.... etc

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Old 02-13-2003, 09:02 AM   #16
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if you have a coupe, it comes iwth a shock and motion sensor.
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Old 02-13-2003, 09:10 AM   #17
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Oh ok cool, yes i do have the coupe, but they only have one alarm for the car so i hope mine has the shock sensor. Sorry to sound stupid but is the sock sensor like an impact sensor on the outside of the car, so if someone hits it the alarm with go off right??

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the shock sensor is the sensor that detects impacts on the car, sao yes it is a impact sensor. the tilt sensor measures ur car's tilt. to prevent some one lifting the car on one end etc. towing the car or stealing ur wheels will tilt the car thus setting the alarm off.
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Old 02-13-2003, 09:56 AM   #20
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