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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...
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By dre_2ooo on 10-22-2010, 09:55 PM
OK just installed this....super easy if you are even slightly mechanically inclined!

Working:
Clown nose blinks fast then slowly when locking.
Door opening sets off (loud!) alarm when locked.
Motion sensor sets off alarm when locked.

Not working:
Chirping on lock/unlock.
panic alarm.
tilt sensor alarm.

Getting it activated next week!
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By Mike Clark on 10-23-2010, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by zivyn View Post
Does this seem strange to anyone else?

Took the alarm to my dealer after having it sit around for a few months (always too busy to do the install). The SA calls me up later to say that the box is missing the siren and that I have to pay $230 to get a replacement. I talk to the shop manager who "gets to the bottom of it" and says the siren is in fact there, but that it doesn't work on my car (2008 e90 328xi). He says that they need to order the newer "power siren" because there's a service bulletin that basically says the old siren can't be programmed to my car. Of course the new siren can't be exchanged for the old one despite the fact that I bought the retrofit kit from an authorized dealer and it must be purchased for basically the same price as the kit.

Has anyone heard of this or seen a service bulletin stating as such?
I had the same thing happen to me when I took the car to my dealer for activation.
They said the computer would not activate the retrofit alarm.
They indicated I had the wrong siren and that I need part number 6579189818.
Of course they offerred to sell me the new siren for as much as I paid for the entire original kit.

Anybody had this problem and get it resolved?
Last edited by Mike Clark; 10-23-2010 at 04:41 PM. Reason: Add Quote
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By dre_2ooo on 10-27-2010, 04:59 PM
Just got it activated and everything works! Cost was 1hr labor. I do have the options now to have it chirp and flash lights when locking or unlocking, chirp only, lights only, or nothing.
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By george3761 on 01-24-2011, 12:14 AM
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Is it true that with the OEM alarm that you don't have to insert the key fob to start the car? It just needs to be in your pocket?
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By srcstc on 01-24-2011, 08:55 AM
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Is it true that with the OEM alarm that you don't have to insert the key fob to start the car? It just needs to be in your pocket?
no you're thinking of the "Comfort Access" option.
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By hookah66 on 01-24-2011, 10:29 AM
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comfort access & alarm..

Comfort access is an option you have to get at extra cost. In convertibles it also will partial open the hardtop so you can get access to the tiny trunk in addition of starting/open the doors by just being in the proximity of the vehicle. This system is temperamental, and it never works when you are trying to show it off, or in rain or when you carrying packages...I am confused w/ the alarm feature though, for in my e93, production date of Sept 09, unless you order it from the factory you don't have the oem wiring as it is in the case of other models. I tried to get alarm kit, but the dealer could not find the wiring harness that was supposed to be there. So I cannot have the alarm system even if I wanted...(PS: there is an DIY that someone posted where he actually went to the trouble to run alarm harness by re-wiring it by himself!)
Last edited by hookah66; 01-24-2011 at 10:35 AM.
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By stanger on 01-28-2011, 09:25 AM
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Great write up. I plan on doing this upgrade 1st thing. Looks reletively easy, especially with this write up. Again thanks for the info!!
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By AlphaBeta on 01-29-2011, 07:47 PM
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...(PS: there is an DIY that someone posted where he actually went to the trouble to run alarm harness by re-wiring it by himself!)
Is this the one you're talking about?
http://www.m3post.com/forums/showpos...1&postcount=22

Also, just out of curiosity, how do you make a post without the tutorial ratings?
<=== I find the low rating kind of pointless.
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By siracer27 on 01-29-2011, 10:56 PM
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has anybody done this on an e93 and used the optional interior protection parts? see attached instructions.

there appear to be some additional parts to add the interior protection motion sensors which are part number 65 75 6 950 525 and says that 4 of these are needed as well as four screws. if 4 are needed, this is quite expensive as each one is $69 on mileone.com
I install alarm and 4 dwa interior sensor on my E93 and I have dealer program. Alarm cost $150, 4 dwa sensor $80 (retail 160 each, man I love eBay), and program $133. Great deal!!! It work great but the volume is to low. Anybody have low volume on their alarm?
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By srcstc on 01-30-2011, 08:33 AM
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Is this the one you're talking about?
http://www.m3post.com/forums/showpos...1&postcount=22


Link is broken
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By AlphaBeta on 01-30-2011, 02:51 PM
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Link is broken
Sorry, let's try this again:
http://www.m3post.com/forums/showpos...1&postcount=22
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By sandog on 03-02-2011, 12:56 AM
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Dealer Activation

Does anyone had a dealer in SoCal activated the alarm at reasonable rate. I have asked several dealers in SoCal but they all wanted too much, the range from 200+ to 400. Thanks for the information guys, great forum. I instaled the alrm myself using te information in this forum.
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By MrSkinny on 03-06-2011, 08:35 AM
alarm can be activated with coding?
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By 3lusive on 03-07-2011, 05:35 PM
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Does anyone had a dealer in SoCal activated the alarm at reasonable rate. I have asked several dealers in SoCal but they all wanted too much, the range from 200+ to 400. Thanks for the information guys, great forum. I instaled the alrm myself using te information in this forum.
My dealer only charged me 30 minutes labor for coding...in reality all they do is enter code and wait for the changes, it's not like they're actively working the whole time.
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By 3lusive on 03-07-2011, 05:36 PM
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alarm can be activated with coding?
Alarm has be coded in to fully work. If not activated, only some functions work
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By zed512 on 03-14-2011, 10:37 PM
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Nobody has clarified what kit is correct out of the two kit numbers listed on this thread.

What kit number or individual part numbers are required for 08 E92?
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By sandog on 03-14-2011, 10:49 PM
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My dealer only charged me 30 minutes labor for coding...in reality all they do is enter code and wait for the changes, it's not like they're actively working the whole time.
SO where did you take your care in for activation?? Can I get the dealer name.

Thanks,
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By 3lusive on 03-19-2011, 09:42 AM
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SO where did you take your care in for activation?? Can I get the dealer name.

Thanks,
Well....it's out here in Wisconsin so not particularly relevant at all if you live in LA.
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By Showsol2211 on 03-20-2011, 10:56 PM
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I retrofitted my OEM alarm and it was a breeze! It took me about 25mins to install the hardware parts of it and it took me about 20mins to code the car myself. I am very pleased with the alarm and it's always nice to have the BMW chirp!
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By The_DDub on 03-23-2011, 01:03 PM
For low volume issues, coding needs to be redone to change a couple of values to the correct ones. Coders should also be able to activate it after it's installed. You can also ask for other features at the time you get your alarm coded!
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By stanger on 04-13-2011, 09:08 PM
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Next project, to be done next month, thanks for writing this all the great comments!
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By Jesse335i on 04-18-2011, 08:22 PM
i called the dealer ship to find out installed it about 600 smth with taxes
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