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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 phattbam on 12-01-2008, 05:47 PM
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I hope mine doesn't keep my car there. that would not go too well with me for a simple activation.
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By usc335 on 12-04-2008, 10:32 PM
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I just had my alarm activated by Long Beach BMW for $138. The good news is that the alarm works. The bad news is that I think they updated my formerly pre-29.2 software and I now have "turbo lag." I told them not to update the software and they said they wouldn't and didn't, but my car drives (and sounds) different. So, be careful if your car is pre-29.2...
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By phattbam on 12-04-2008, 11:16 PM
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yeah that's my concern right now. I have a pre 29.2 with V3.1... should I get my alarm activated??
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By mikeokimster on 12-05-2008, 04:47 PM
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WTF mates, Century bmw of huntsville wanted $717 for the whole assembly installed. They told me that the older 3 series took 1.5 hrs to install, but the newer ones take 3.5 hrs. They Bs'd me a special rate for this install 105/hr. Gayest BMW experience ever.
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By phattbam on 12-05-2008, 07:14 PM
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if it's a full retrofit of it, possibly, alarm sells for like $325 or something. labor 3-4 hours. about right, but if it's already pre-wired as most if not all of them are.. they are trying to get you for extra $
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By mikeokimster on 12-06-2008, 09:46 AM
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if it's a full retrofit of it, possibly, alarm sells for like $325 or something. labor 3-4 hours. about right, but if it's already pre-wired as most if not all of them are.. they are trying to get you for extra $
I think they were trying to scam me. I have an 08 and I am pretty sure it is prewired. The service associate even confirmed that it was prewired. Pretty rediculous for an alarm.
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By phattbam on 12-06-2008, 11:10 AM
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I think they were trying to scam me. I have an 08 and I am pretty sure it is prewired. The service associate even confirmed that it was prewired. Pretty rediculous for an alarm.
take it to another BMW. That's pretty outrageous to charge for just activation.
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By cormeister616 on 03-03-2009, 12:15 AM
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The question was asked already, but no one responded to it. There are actually 2 different alarm systems available (2 different part numbers). Does anyone know the difference between the 2?

65 12 0 403 658 - Found at:

http://accessories.bmwusa.com/ItemVi...3&productId=62

65 73 9 416 520 - Found at :

http://accessories.bmwusa.com/ItemVi...&productId=107

I ordered 65 12 0 403 658 not knowing there was 2 available. Seems like the 65 73 9 416 520 is maybe better, but they are the same price. Anyone have any info on the differences between the 2 systems? I have a 2007 335i sedan if it matters
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By carrabassett786 on 03-03-2009, 12:17 AM
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One (cheaper) is for the vert because it doesn't bother with the motion sensor IIRC...
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By cormeister616 on 03-03-2009, 08:10 AM
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One (cheaper) is for the vert because it doesn't bother with the motion sensor IIRC...
They are both the same price.

I found one source that claims the 65 12 0 403 658 is for e90 and 65 73 9 416 520 is for e46. Don't know if that's true or not.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-O...3A1|240%3A1318
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By phattbam on 03-05-2009, 01:08 AM
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I did the DIY but my unlocking/locking chirp sounds muffled.
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By SARBlade on 03-15-2009, 04:22 PM
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Newbie here, I just installed a new mirror with the Homelink, compass and clown nose into my 2006 325i sedan (production year 03/05 from VIN). Got me to wondering why the alarm was not working. Its not installed, Doh! Anyway, read this wonderful thread and have decided to go buy one. Problem is which kit number. I have found two numbers:65 12 0 403 688 and 65 12 0 403 658. Which one. I think the 658 but unclear. Also, from what I have read, the best thing to do when I have the car serviced is to get software updated prior to install, install, then back to dealer for activation, correct?

BTW, the cashback option looks like a good thing, is that option after one commits to the "Buy now" option?

Thanks again for the thread!!
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By phattbam on 03-15-2009, 07:16 PM
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^^ I would buy it install it then have the dealership update software as they might charge you if you get it updated just to activate your alarm functions.
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By SARBlade on 03-16-2009, 12:21 AM
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^^ I would buy it install it then have the dealership update software as they might charge you if you get it updated just to activate your alarm functions.
I agree but the instructions refer to having the updates first then the activation. Would BMW just be looking for money here? The other thing is if done as you suggest like others have done, a problem arises from the dealer having to uninstall then update and re-install (as some have suggested).
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that's what I did with my alarm installation. I didn't want to get charged for updating the software just to activate the alarm.
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Check, thanks, then that's what I'll do. BTW I wonder if anyone knows how to find software version and what its supposed to be current to. I do not have iDrive.
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Can anyone confirm that they were able to get alarm aprogramed after installing?

Great thread: I am about to purchase the alarm system- can anyone who has done thei installation them self please confirm that they were able to hve their dealer program/activate it?
and if so- what did they charge to do this?
Thanks,
Bud
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Great thread: I am about to purchase the alarm system- can anyone who has done thei installation them self please confirm that they were able to hve their dealer program/activate it?
and if so- what did they charge to do this?
Thanks,
Bud
What the dealership charges varies from one to another. some charge as little as $50 to do a full software reflash. some will charge 150+
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Contacted BMW Victoria today and they advised against me installing without first having updated to current software version. Don't know why. I thought all software updates are warranty covered. BTW, they wanted $420 CDN plus $330-390 for installation. Yeah right! My ride:

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By jdmass on 03-26-2009, 04:33 PM
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Got my alarm from Tischer. The install was extremely easy. On my 09 sedan, I found that it was much easier to pull the light cover from the front end rather than pry from the rear as indicated by the OP. Also hood switch did not require removing brake fluid cover.

I had to bring my car into the dealer to replace a non-functioning ipod usb port and they ended up activating the alarm at no charge! Works great!!
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E90 Clown Nose Blink WITHOUT Installed Alarm?

I own a 2002 E46 325i and a 2003 E85 Z4 Roadster. Neither have alarm systems and both have their Clown Nose LED's enabled to Blink after locking.

My brother has a 2006 E90 325xi.

Can the E90's personal perferences be set to enable the clown nose to blink without an alarm installed?

When the E90 was first introduced in 2005 there was a flurry of posts that this was NOT possible.

Since there have been subsequent software upgrades has anything changed such that the Clown Nose LED can be enabled in E90's without alarms?

Thanks for any new info...
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By samwoo2go on 04-09-2009, 10:17 PM
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Hey guys, can I just get a quick answer from some1.

Where is the cheapest to buy the alarm and whats the actual part number for 08 E92 335?
I've been reading about this 2 part number business.

o and just to clarify, if I have CA, the alarm will arm and disarm with my normal locking/unlocking with the door handle action right?

Thanks
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