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      03-20-2008, 03:01 PM   #1
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Angry UK E92 OEM alarm.......anybody help?

As all the UK buyers will know, this car comes with the alarm fitted as standard but i have an issue.

When I lock the car, the red clown nose blinks, no problem.

When having a look for the interior sensors, they are visible in the center roof console and after removing it can confirm it is connected.

But no matter what i do. The alarm doesn't seem to work.

When I lock the car the indicators blink and so does the clown nose but i dont get any audible noise (which i think is normal)

But even after locking the car, I can put my whole body through an open window and the alarm doesn't trigger or I can lock the car with me inside and still nothing happens.

Am I missing something or does my alarm not work?....also holding down the boot release button (panic alarm) does nothing other than opening the boot.

Can someone please advise.

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Oh, and before it starts...i've read the manual..
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Arm the car wait 60 seconds and put your arm through the window then. There is some sort of a lag between the time you arm the car and when the sensor kicks in. The clown nose will blink right after you arm...... you are pretty much having all normal symptoms.
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As all the UK buyers will know, this car comes with the alarm fitted as standard but i have an issue.

When I lock the car, the red clown nose blinks, no problem.

When having a look for the interior sensors, they are visible in the center roof console and after removing it can confirm it is connected.

But no matter what i do. The alarm doesn't seem to work.

When I lock the car the indicators blink and so does the clown nose but i dont get any audible noise (which i think is normal)

But even after locking the car, I can put my whole body through an open window and the alarm doesn't trigger or I can lock the car with me inside and still nothing happens.

Am I missing something or does my alarm not work?....also holding down the boot release button (panic alarm) does nothing other than opening the boot.

Can someone please advise.

Many Thanks!
I'm not in UK but the alarm takes a few seconds (I think its 30 sec) to arm the motion sensor in the E92 as far as I understand (my E93 does not come with motion sensors). You should still also get a chirp with the alarm. Maybe you just have a connection loose to the siren or the software is not properly installed. I would take it to the dealer.
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I'm not in UK but the alarm takes a few seconds (I think its 30 sec) to arm the motion sensor in the E92 as far as I understand (my E93 does not come with motion sensors). You should still also get a chirp with the alarm. Maybe you just have a connection loose to the siren or the software is not properly installed. I would take it to the dealer.
Mine dosen't 'chirp' either. Me being a trusting sort of guy I just assumed it worked - never tried to test it though
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UK market cars don't get the chirp. Once almost bought an imported Merc E Class which did have it as the car, albeit "UK' spec, was from Europe so had some 'hangover' features. The feature could be disabled, however. Sounds like a job for the dealer.

Clown nose is one I haven't heard before. I call mine the wine gum. The red light on my interior mirror that is.....
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I wouldnt have thought of calling it a clown nose in all honesty. It's just what it seems to be called on here. I'd just call it the red led on the mirror!

I'm going to go try the "waiting 30-60 seconds" advice, i'll let you know if it works.
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Nope, doesnt work....onto the dealer!
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yes the others are correct, you have to wait 30-60 seconds for the ultrasonics to settle then put you arm/body in. Also be careful that your not pressing the lock button twice on your key as that de-activates interior protection, handy when you want to lock a kid in your car for a couple of minutes for when you want to go get the paper down the shop etc.
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I have an alarm question? PLEASE HELP ME. Does my car have an alarm?

would it go off if some one keyed it?


would it go off if some one broke in?
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Does my car have an alarm and how does it work

I would like to know!

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My vert defo has some sort of interior sensing, as if I lean into the car when it is locked with the roof down, the alarm will sound.

Dont get an audible arm/disarm - only indicators flashing to confirm lock/unlock and the led in the clows nose.

If you press the lock button twice I think it dis-arms the interior sensors?
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I have an alarm question? PLEASE HELP ME. Does my car have an alarm?

would it go off if some one keyed it?


would it go off if some one broke in?
1) Yes - it does (have you still not yet ???)

2) Very much doubt it!

3) Yes, it should do!!
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Carlos, take off the left rear wheel. Then take off the felt lining. Up in the top of the wheelwell there should be a black plate held on with two grey bolts. If you see this your car has an alarm. If not, you'll see two threaded bolts sticking out horizontally and a wire with a cap on it taped to a cable.

Has anyone (UK) with iDrive looked into setting the audible on the alarm? I just had my alarm activated the first part of the month and when I inquired whether it chirped or not I was told it wouldn't. I then went into the iDrive menu and activated the chirp. Seems the software is there. I'd rather have it chirp twice on arming and once on disarming like all the other car alarm systems I've had.

I actually set my alarm off this evening and I think someone talking in a loud whisper next door would drown it out.
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The alarm does take a little time to actually arm once locked. To confirm I sat my sister in the car, locked it and after a minute or so got her to move. The alarm went off then. If she moved immediately after the car was locked it did not go off.

I'd also agree with Floyd that it isn't likely to burst any ear drums.
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would it go off if some one keyed it?
Probably not, but I CAN say 100% that it goes off if you use a Porter Cable polisher on the boot when the car is locked.

Motion sensors must be quite sensitive I guess.
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Are they not also fitted with tilt sensors?
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Are they not also fitted with tilt sensors?
Think you're right Gordon. Isn't it if someone tries to 'lift' the car onto a low loader etc?
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Are they not also fitted with tilt sensors?
The BMW OEM Thatcham Cat 1 alarm certainly does have a tilt sensor built into the siren housing, apparently. It's used as a deterrent, via the alarm, against 'lifting' & wheel & tyre theft.

Tracker certainly makes use of it as part of it's security.

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Just an update, my alarm does work.....it was me being an idiot.

Does anyone know if its possible to set a 'chirp' when you lock the car if you don't have idrive?

As far as i know it can be activated through idrive but ca it be done without?

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I know on the E60 the 'chirp' option is greyed out in the idrive menu. I don't know if its any different on the E9x
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I wasn't able to set it to chirp on mine. I think that the software changes around March '07 may have taken this away.
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