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Replacement Key plus programming


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#1 platty

platty
  • LocationCambridge
  • Occupation:Design Engineer
  • Current Car:'03 530d Sport Manual

Posted 15 August 2011 - 03:49 PM

Hello guys,

I have 1 x remote locking key for the E39 but nothing else. The previous owner said that there was another "simple" key with which you could unlock the door (w/o central locking) and start the car. Although after 6 months he has now told me that he doesnt have it the *expletive* man.

I have spoken to BMW and they can provide a new "simple" key for between £20-£40 and then reprogram the immobiliser to recognise only my current key and the new key for £50 (probably 10 mins work!?).

The question is, do I need to be shafted by BMW or is there a cheaper/DIY method to do this?

Kind regards

Chris
18" Rondell 058s | Ecotune Decat | EGR bypass | Powerflex

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#2 Dan.

Dan.
  • LocationPershore, Worcs

Posted 15 August 2011 - 05:00 PM

Shafted afaik

2000 523i E39 Touring in Aspen Silver, manual
Facelift Angel Eyes with 7K LEDs, HIDs, facelift rears

1999 523i E39 Saloon in Titan Silver, auto - Project thread
Facelift Angel Eyes with 7K LEDs, facelift rears, LPG & BMC Panel filter
1994 E34 525i SE in Calypso - sold
1996 E34 525TDS SE Touring - sold

 


#3 Machinehead

Machinehead
  • LocationWiltshire
  • Occupation:Pensions SSAS Technical Specialist
  • Current Car:E39 528iA Touring

Posted 15 August 2011 - 05:31 PM

dealer, sorry. normally E39 keys are £100!
Because life's too short not to............

Silver '99 E39 528i SE Auto Touring
previously Diamond Black '93 E34 525i Auto Saloon
and Honda Fireblade for some fun!

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#4 danny_boy

danny_boy

Posted 15 August 2011 - 05:44 PM

I got my simple key from the dealer. It opens the car via the lock and starts it fine.

Think it was about £40 and does not require any coding.

Dan

#5 Machinehead

Machinehead
  • LocationWiltshire
  • Occupation:Pensions SSAS Technical Specialist
  • Current Car:E39 528iA Touring

Posted 15 August 2011 - 05:49 PM

I dont think they need coding as the chip in the key matches the ECU (whihc is why they can only come from the Dealer) but the remote locking part, a seperate function of the key, needs to be sync'd with the car - correct me if I'm wrong.
Because life's too short not to............

Silver '99 E39 528i SE Auto Touring
previously Diamond Black '93 E34 525i Auto Saloon
and Honda Fireblade for some fun!

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#6 danny_boy

danny_boy

Posted 15 August 2011 - 06:18 PM

I'm pretty certain you are correct.

For remote operation, the key needs to be added onto the car

#7 Clavurion

Clavurion
  • LocationFinland

Posted 15 August 2011 - 07:47 PM

I'm pretty certain you are correct.

For remote operation, the key needs to be added onto the car

There are total of 10 keys preprogrammed for EWS. So ordered new (programmed at factory) key is one of them and works instantly. Old missing keys can be denied from the list of accepted keys.
E39 530dA M-Sport

#8 platty

platty
  • LocationCambridge
  • Occupation:Design Engineer
  • Current Car:'03 530d Sport Manual

Posted 17 August 2011 - 12:48 PM

Thanks for the replies guys. I had assumed that the new key would come pre-programmed for the car, my main concern was that the key which is unaccounted for can still open and drive the car (wherever it is?).

I didn't know if I could deny access to this key by another method other than BMW charging me 50 notes. I haven't got any diagnostic equipment for this car yet but this kind of job may be well out of its capabilities anyway?

Thanks
18" Rondell 058s | Ecotune Decat | EGR bypass | Powerflex

Saloon rear subframe bush removal tool available to hire. PM for rates


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#9 john_ate

john_ate
  • LocationKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Current Car:E39 530i Sport Aegean Blue Edition

Posted 17 August 2011 - 02:25 PM

PA Soft BMW Scanner 1.4 have the capability to de-register old keys.




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