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Old 01-08-2013, 06:05 PM   #1
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Key Replacement PLEASE HELP

Hi my name is Nino, i just bought a 2001 330XI a few months ago and I've had nothing but trouble since but that's not why i'm here. Some asshole tried breaking into my car. They put a screwdriver into the door hub and cranked it with something and broke the entire piece, so now my key just spins and spins in the door and it will not unlock. Basically, when i bought the car i was only given one day, and it was a master key. I order a new key from BMW for $260 because now i have to keep a door unlocked to get into the car, which isn't really safe. They called me today, i went and picked the key up, came home and decided i'd try and program it (they said they wouldn't program it). I've tried about a couple ways to program the damn thing, and have been unsuccessful in every way. Here are the ways I've tried programming..

Close all doors (also tried with open doors without success)
Hold unlock
Insert key turn key to ignition 1 (I've also tried 2 without success)
Take key out
Press unlock 3 times
(Did this all within 10 seconds)

Close all doors (also tried with open doors without success)
Insert key
Turn key to ignition 1 and back off five times (also tried turning to ignition 2 without success)
Take key out
Press and hold lock key
Press unlock 3 times
Release both buttons


If anyone can help me, I would really appreciate it. I love the car, but this thing is pissing me off.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:08 PM   #2
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When I had ordered a key from a dealership, they programmed it for me
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:10 PM   #3
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- Sit in the car with all the doors shut and windows up with your key fobs (all your fobs need to be done at the same time)
- With one of your keys turn the ignition on then off and remove the key
- Press and hold the unlock button and then press the lock button 3 times.
- Release all buttons and the locks will bounce up and down.
- Repeat this with the other key(press and hold unlock and press lock 3 times, locks will bounce)

IMPORTANT:Only switch your ignition on once, doing so again while programming will reset the process and you will have to start again.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:14 PM   #4
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Jquick, I've already tried that. No luck man. Nothing happens at all.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:21 PM   #5
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Jquick, I've already tried that. No luck man. Nothing happens at all.
You described that you hit the unlock button three times. It is the lock button that must be pressed while holding down the unlock button if I remember correctly.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:32 PM   #6
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Yeah, I'm sorry that is what I meant to say. I hit the lock, not the unlock. Sorry for the mixup.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:35 PM   #7
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Try this:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showpos...40&postcount=4

It's the same thing JQuick is telling you, just explained a bit differently. Let us know if it works.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:16 PM   #8
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Still no luck. I honestly can't seem to figure out what the problem might be.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:19 PM   #9
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Take it back to the dealer. Tell them that, for $260, you expect a key that works.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:20 PM   #10
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Also, if your door lock is still broken, there may be a computer code that is preventing you from syncronizing new keys.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:22 PM   #11
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take it back to the dealer. Tell them that, for $260, you expect a key that works.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:25 PM   #12
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- Sit in the car with all the doors shut and windows up with your key fobs (all your fobs need to be done at the same time)
- With one of your keys turn the ignition on then off and remove the key
- Press and hold the unlock button and then press the lock button 3 times.
- Release all buttons and the locks will bounce up and down.
- Repeat this with the other key(press and hold unlock and press lock 3 times, locks will bounce)

IMPORTANT:Only switch your ignition on once, doing so again while programming will reset the process and you will have to start again.
Do you have a key that has a working remote? If you do, use that key when doing the step that's in bold above. Your locks should cycle through lock and unlock. If they don't, then I would suspect the damaged lock cylinder.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:14 PM   #13
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Take it back to the dealer. Tell them that, for $260, you expect a key that works.
If you can't get it, bring it back to dealer and do that.

Might be able to get them to program for you so that way you leave them alone lol
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