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Old 03-26-2011, 09:10 PM   #1
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Remote key fob

I just bought an e 46 and the seller told me he lost the remote key fob so all i have is a normal key just for locking and unlocking but can the alarm only be activated by the remote key fob or should it be armed by using the key ??
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:24 PM   #2
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IF the car has an alarm it can be armed and disarmed via the fob or the key in the driver's door.
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Old 03-27-2011, 03:02 PM   #3
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it has the red light on the iterior mirror so how do i arm it using the key as i was wondering if i buy a new remote
fob and it doesnt work i have probably waisted 150
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Old 03-27-2011, 03:12 PM   #4
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You have to make sure that it has an factory alarm in the first place. All E46's have the red light under the rear view mirror even if they have an alarm or not.
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Old 03-27-2011, 03:33 PM   #5
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Remove the box on your headliner near the rear of the car and check and see if there's anything in there.
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Old 03-27-2011, 03:37 PM   #6
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amd if theres nothing in it then take it theres not a factory fitted alarm system
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Old 03-27-2011, 06:45 PM   #7
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Correct. No interior sensor then no alarm! You can also look for the siren under the hood (hard to stop because it's under the HVAC intake filter) or the tilt sensor behind the trunk carpeting on the right side above the batter.

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Old 03-28-2011, 01:53 PM   #8
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i pulled down the interior sensor and the seems what looks like sensors to front and rear attached by a wire
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Old 03-28-2011, 04:04 PM   #9
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You seem to have the interior sensor. The alarm can be activated via the key in the door turned to lock or via the key fob. If the clown nose light doesn't blink and the alarm siren doesn't chirp then the car may not be programmed for alarm. The previous owner might have installed the components himself and not gone to get it programmed.
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Old 03-28-2011, 04:08 PM   #10
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My e46 has no clown nose. :/

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Old 03-28-2011, 04:21 PM   #11
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No red dome on the bottom of your inside rear view mirror, commonly refered to as the clown nose? That's weird. I thought all E46's came with that regardless of the alarm.
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Old 03-28-2011, 04:24 PM   #12
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No red dome on the bottom of your inside rear view mirror, commonly refered to as the clown nose? That's weird. I thought all E46's came with that regardless of the alarm.
Weird I know. My mirror just has a traditional flip switch to adjust for high beam control. At least that flip switch is red.
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