E90Post
 


N54Tuning.com
 
BMW 3-Series (E90 E92) Forum > E90 / E92 / E93 3-series Technical Forums > DIY Guides > DIY: Installing the Factory E90 Alarm



Comment
 
Tutorial Tools Search this Tutorial
CC 330i's Avatar DIY: Installing the Factory E90 Alarm
CC 330i
06-20-2005
I went forward with my E90 alarm install, and took some pics along the way. I would say that it is an easy install, as long as you have some mechanical confidence and experience. The "hardest" part is removing the left rear wheel to install the siren. Since our cars do not come with a...
  #220  
By SE3P_to_E90 on 10-02-2007, 09:44 AM
i got the unit installed and programmed for $170... 1.5hours.
is that a good deal?

nonetheless, the beeping turns heads... it sounds soo attractive!
Reply With Quote
  #221  
By doobie on 10-02-2007, 11:11 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by SE3P_to_E90 View Post
i got the unit installed and programmed for $170... 1.5hours.
is that a good deal?

nonetheless, the beeping turns heads... it sounds soo attractive!
hell yeah it is. i paid 350 euros about $470 for everything.
Reply With Quote
  #222  
By SE3P_to_E90 on 10-02-2007, 12:55 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by doobie View Post
hell yeah it is. i paid 350 euros about $470 for everything.
oh yea, i also paid $200 for the unit from a member here... so the total for install and programming was just under $370
Reply With Quote
  #223  
By MOTO69JOE on 10-03-2007, 11:18 AM
bump.......
so july production and on dont need dealer programing?
Reply With Quote
  #224  
By MOTO69JOE on 10-13-2007, 09:59 AM
ok just installed on my july 07 production e90. The only thing that works is when you reach in and open the door when its locked, the alarm goes off. The motion sensor and hood sensor do not work and the arm/disarm beeps do not work. The clown nose does blink though.
Reply With Quote
  #225  
By FrankoQ on 10-13-2007, 11:26 AM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
20%20%20%
1
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
20%20%20%
1
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
20%20%20%
1
Average 20%
Quote:
Originally Posted by MOTO69JOE View Post
ok just installed on my july 07 production e90. The only thing that works is when you reach in and open the door when its locked, the alarm goes off. The motion sensor and hood sensor do not work and the arm/disarm beeps do not work. The clown nose does blink though.
Well, I guess that confirms that newer cars are still not pre-programed for the alarm. You still need to take it in for full activation.
Reply With Quote
  #226  
By MOTO69JOE on 11-03-2007, 11:02 AM
ok my July production 328i needed dealer programming. I just picked it up this morning after a 400 minute computer reprogram and it works perfect. Cost me 124 euros (ouch)
Reply With Quote
  #227  
By 777ER on 11-03-2007, 12:06 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by MOTO69JOE View Post
ok my July production 328i needed dealer programming. I just picked it up this morning after a 400 minute computer reprogram and it works perfect. Cost me 124 euros (ouch)
What I don't understand why does the computer reprogram takes so long on the BMW's...400 mins...I've heard of them taking a whole day and once in a while someone's computer module gets fried in the process...which they find out when the engine wouldn't start or won't fire up...
Reply With Quote
  #228  
By MOTO69JOE on 11-03-2007, 02:45 PM
I know mine took all day, they got started around 11 am (3 hours after my apt.) and called me about 530pm after they closed to let me know the reprogram was a success. I can't believe a sophisticated car like a BMW cant have certain things reprogrammed and turned on/off etc... while hooked up without having to be completely reprogrammed. The reprogram erases all user settings etc.... and clears the computer out it seems.
Reply With Quote
  #229  
By doba_s on 11-04-2007, 02:55 AM
did anybody installed it on e93 yet ? my friend wants to get one and i told him that i'll help with installation ...
Reply With Quote
  #230  
By pgastar on 11-04-2007, 10:27 PM
Does anyone know if the price for the alarm is cheaper for the convertible since there is no ultrasonic module to install? If I'm wrong about the ultrasonic module, where would it be install since there is no overhead ceiling light? Also has anyone had the alarm installed by the dealer or themselves?
Reply With Quote
  #231  
By Moggie on 11-04-2007, 11:37 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by doba_s View Post
did anybody installed it on e93 yet ? my friend wants to get one and i told him that i'll help with installation ...
Yes... exactly the same as the DIY posted for the e90. Paid something like $150 for the parts. Fitting two about an hour. My local SA performed the activation for free (was having a fuel pump replaced).
Reply With Quote
  #232  
By Moggie on 11-04-2007, 11:39 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by pgastar View Post
Does anyone know if the price for the alarm is cheaper for the convertible since there is no ultrasonic module to install? If I'm wrong about the ultrasonic module, where would it be install since there is no overhead ceiling light? Also has anyone had the alarm installed by the dealer or themselves?
There is no ultrasonic detector on the retrofit. The sensors, normally in the doors, are absent.
Reply With Quote
  #233  
By ronpal on 11-05-2007, 09:09 AM
Installed this weekend

Thanks of the instructions they really helped. I have a July07 e90 and the installation was easy. I have not had it reprogrammed but most things appear to work.

Clown nose blinks, fast for 20 sec then slow
Ultrasonic sensor works, pass hand thought open window sets off alarm
Hood switch works

Does not beep when armed which is OK since I would turn off that annoying sound anyways. The door locks are loud enough to know that the doors are locked.

Question, am I missing any other functionality (besides arming chirp) by not having it reprogrammed? I did not test the tilt sensor so I do not know if that works. I might just wait until it gets a warrantied software update, even if it's at least a year. Any down side to that?
Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #234  
By SE3P_to_E90 on 11-05-2007, 09:20 AM
when is the ultrasonic sensor supposed to work?
i had my gf sit in the car for about a minute and move around, and that didn't work..?
Reply With Quote
  #235  
By TTG on 11-05-2007, 10:29 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ronpal View Post
Question, am I missing any other functionality (besides arming chirp) by not having it reprogrammed? I did not test the tilt sensor so I do not know if that works. I might just wait until it gets a warrantied software update, even if it's at least a year. Any down side to that?
Thanks
Are you sure that your hood sensor works....it shouldn't. Besides the arm /disarm "chirp" sounds you are not misssing anything......

Quote:
Originally Posted by SE3P_to_E90 View Post
when is the ultrasonic sensor supposed to work?
i had my gf sit in the car for about a minute and move around, and that didn't work..?
I think there is like a 30 sec gap by the time the sensor gets activated..... Have her sit still in the car for about 30 secs adn then start moving.... the alarm will go off
Reply With Quote
  #236  
By ronpal on 11-06-2007, 06:17 AM
2 min wait for sensor

The official BMW installation instructions say it can take up to 2 minutes for the ultrasonic sensor to "recognize the interior parameters". BMW recommends testing the sensor by opening the windows, activate the alarm, wait 2 minutes then reach in threw the open window to test the sensor.
Good luck
Reply With Quote
  #237  
By SE3P_to_E90 on 11-06-2007, 09:26 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ronpal View Post
The official BMW installation instructions say it can take up to 2 minutes for the ultrasonic sensor to "recognize the interior parameters". BMW recommends testing the sensor by opening the windows, activate the alarm, wait 2 minutes then reach in threw the open window to test the sensor.
Good luck
yea, i waited about a minute... and nothing.
thanks for the info though - i know what to test out in the near future now.

As for the "PANIC" button... some claim that holding the open trunk button will activate the panic siren... i tried holding it for 10 seconds or so, and no panic siren... any advice on this?
Reply With Quote
  #238  
By doba_s on 11-06-2007, 11:03 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by SE3P_to_E90 View Post
yea, i waited about a minute... and nothing.
thanks for the info though - i know what to test out in the near future now.

As for the "PANIC" button... some claim that holding the open trunk button will activate the panic siren... i tried holding it for 10 seconds or so, and no panic siren... any advice on this?
check connections
Reply With Quote
  #239  
By doba_s on 11-06-2007, 11:04 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Moggie View Post
Yes... exactly the same as the DIY posted for the e90. Paid something like $150 for the parts. Fitting two about an hour. My local SA performed the activation for free (was having a fuel pump replaced).
so it will be the same but ou don't have to put ultrasonic sensor ? is that right ?
Reply With Quote
  #240  
By Mikey335i on 11-08-2007, 04:55 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by SE3P_to_E90 View Post
yea, i waited about a minute... and nothing.
thanks for the info though - i know what to test out in the near future now.

As for the "PANIC" button... some claim that holding the open trunk button will activate the panic siren... i tried holding it for 10 seconds or so, and no panic siren... any advice on this?
wont work until you get it activated
Reply With Quote
  #241  
By Rhooki on 11-16-2007, 09:04 PM
Here is my report on an installation on my E90 2008 328xi:

1) Did not disconnect the batteries.

2) I did the installation backwards starting with the horn on the wheels. Did not remove the wheel since there was enough space to work with. I did use my homemade ramp to raise the rear wheel to get better workspace underneath. The hardest part for me is removing the wheel cover since I did not remove the wheel. Also, I initially thought that the horn and car's wiring harness did not match. There is a plastic adapter on the car's wiring of sort that I just snap out and exposed the perfectly fitted plug for the siren/horn. Whew! I thought I have to call Tischer's (bought the Alarm from them) and complain about compatibility.

3) The alarm module inside the car was a breeze to install. Just open the overhead cover and plug it in.

4) The hood switch was also a breeze. The newer E90s engine compartment alarm wiring is already laid out, all you need to do is install the hood switch bracket and actual switch then just plug the connector (also comes with the plastic adapter that I snapped out). No need to remove the reservoir.

Tests:
-Clown nose blinks right away on arming.
-Interior motion sensor also worked - this set the alarm off
-I haven't tested the hood yet.
No chirp yet - (this is the feature I wanted the most for audible lock confirmation!)

I called my dealer for a programming and quoted me around $80! They won't commit to actual cost since they are saying that programming might take longer. Duh? I don't have iDrive, no nav, no premium package and non of the other options - I wanted the car for its performance. I'm bringing it to them in the next few days for the activation. I'll post the result after once it is activated.

BTW, I love this DIY post. I wouldn’t have attempted the installation without this post. Hopefully everything works out fine after the activation.

Reply With Quote
Comment

Bookmarks

Tutorial Tools Search this Tutorial
Search this Tutorial:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:18 PM.




e90post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST