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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 planetscott on 07-12-2007, 10:36 AM
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I installed the alarm last night (took about an hour) and had one qucik question. I got the blinking light but it does the 20 blinks at first then goes to the normal blink every 3 seconds.
Does this occur for every one who hasnt got it programmed yet, but is still installed.?
That's normal.
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By Mikey335i on 07-12-2007, 01:29 PM
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That's normal.
thanks
Just wanted to make sure
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By Mikey335i on 07-13-2007, 11:46 AM
I am getting a little frustrated,
the SA @ my dealership is wanting $250 for labor

"Hi Mike,

I just spoke to my shop foreman, what we have to do is remove alarm, update software on vehicle, re-install alarm, and then retrofit alarm to vehicle. The labor to do this is 2.0hrs $257.60.
Let me know when you want to set the appt.
Thanks"

I just dont get, everyone is spending $50 -120 on activation

let me know guys what you think
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By FrankoQ on 07-13-2007, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Mikey335i View Post
I am getting a little frustrated,
the SA @ my dealership is wanting $250 for labor

"Hi Mike,

I just spoke to my shop foreman, what we have to do is remove alarm, update software on vehicle, re-install alarm, and then retrofit alarm to vehicle. The labor to do this is 2.0hrs $257.60.
Let me know when you want to set the appt.
Thanks"

I just dont get, everyone is spending $50 -120 on activation

let me know guys what you think
Other than the 20 blinks at the beginning, what other problems are you having? does it go off if you open the doors?
not working at all?
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By Mikey335i on 07-13-2007, 12:59 PM
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Other than the 20 blinks at the beginning, what other problems are you having? does it go off if you open the doors?
not working at all?

i dont have any other problems, i just want it to beep when i lock/unlock my doors mainly......plus the hood switch is a bonus.
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By 01stang on 07-14-2007, 12:53 AM
mine's not activated (no beep yet) but mines do blink 20 times or so before just the reg onces every 5-10 secs.. works fine for me now... might get activated like later after i get my mods tho
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By FrankoQ on 07-14-2007, 07:50 AM
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i dont have any other problems, i just want it to beep when i lock/unlock my doors mainly......plus the hood switch is a bonus.
Well then, the dealer seems to be trying to take your $$$.
They don't need to re-install what you just did.
All you need is a software update which should not be more than 1 hour
of their time (mine took 30 minutes).
maybe go to another dealer?
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By Mikey335i on 07-15-2007, 06:59 PM
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Well then, the dealer seems to be trying to take your $$$.
They don't need to re-install what you just did.
All you need is a software update which should not be more than 1 hour
of their time (mine took 30 minutes).
maybe go to another dealer?


I got it done saturday! love the beep/alarm
worth the money IMO

spent $110 for activation/buff out scratch
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By Mikey335i on 07-16-2007, 05:20 PM
HE is the video of what the alarm sounds like in case anybody wants to know!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxUwCkf1G7Q
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  #207  
By defender on 08-15-2007, 07:52 AM
2007 328Xi alarm install- just did this - your pics and instructions helped

Notes: BMW has made it easier to install the hood switch. The wires and connector are now right next to where the switch is installed- no need to pop the cover off the brake reservoir and no more fishing for the hood switch wires as they are right where they should be now.

Remember: the cap with the 3 blue dots needs to be removed and there is an identical cap (also needs to be removed) for the wires to connect to the siren in the left wheel well.

I popped the rear light dome for the motion sensor off from the front (instead of the rear per instructions). Much easier-I used a plastic putty knife.

Before starting, I disconnected the negative battery terminal (per instructions), but I don't really see why you would need to. When I re-connected the battery, the DTC light on the instrument panel went haywire and displayed the yellow triangle with the exclamation point inside it, indicating that the DTC was not activated. It cleared itself and went back to normal just by driving down the road a little ways.

Very easy install. Clown nose starts blinking immediately.

Paid $235 from Circle BMW for the alarm and printed instructions.

BMW of Stratham (near Exeter, NH) offered to program the alarm at no cost to me (they charged BMW $98 under the warranty for the software upgrade).

So total cost was $235 plus shipping- a bargain compared to what some are being quoted (My dealer originally wanted $506 for the alarm, installation and programming). BMW of Stratham charges $459.50 for everything- alarm, installation and (free) programming).

I would estimate it took 1 hour for the install because I took my time. I think I could do another one in 45 minutes.

I highly recommend getting it programmed as that adds all the features.
Last edited by defender; 08-17-2007 at 05:40 AM. Reason: forgot 1 item
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  #208  
By sesegal99 on 08-15-2007, 08:22 AM
BMW was trying to charge me $265 to activate mine. I installed it and installed it correctly. I exploded on my SA and called the Mgr this morning. I'll let you know. They can't charge for Progman update b/c the pass seat sensor is also being fixed and the latest update of Progman should be installed as part of that fix covered under warrantee. I may have to make a phone call to BMW NA after the shananagans going on with this visit.
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  #209  
By JBizzle on 09-07-2007, 07:50 PM
What does the alarm protect against? Does it activate if the glass is broken?
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  #210  
By sesegal99 on 09-08-2007, 11:16 AM
alls well. they ate the cost and charged me nothing. i went directly to the head service manager.
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By wagonmaster on 09-13-2007, 08:45 AM
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Other than the fact that they can charge $300+, anyone know why everyone's prices on the alarm have gone up? Anyone know who has the best price?

Many thanks!
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By wrh3 on 09-13-2007, 08:49 AM
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  #213  
By wagonmaster on 09-13-2007, 02:37 PM
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Thanks man!
Unfortunately, they tack on an extra $60 for wagons. Odd.....
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By MOTO69JOE on 09-16-2007, 05:53 AM
Do july production and on cars still have to be activated by the dealership?
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By aus on 09-23-2007, 12:49 AM
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Good question.

Any recent updates we can use to get the dealer to charge BMW for the activation?
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By lx4life on 09-23-2007, 02:56 AM
I would try to take the car in for program update under warranty and see if they will charge you.
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  #217  
By SpeedElement on 09-29-2007, 12:55 PM
I just got my installed. And it seems like the alarm work just fine. I don't think i need to go to the dealer and have them activate it.
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By FrankoQ on 09-29-2007, 04:41 PM
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I just got my installed. And it seems like the alarm work just fine. I don't think i need to go to the dealer and have them activate it.
Really?
All functions working? like...
Panic button works
Audible and visual alerts go off when arming/disarming
motion sensor
And I forgot the other few that needed software update to work properly.
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By 777ER on 09-30-2007, 07:05 AM
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Really?
All functions working? like...
Panic button works
Audible and visual alerts go off when arming/disarming
motion sensor
And I forgot the other few that needed software update to work properly.
And the horn beep option on lock/unlock selectable?
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