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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 txusa03 on 08-31-2006, 09:41 AM
they rip you off with the alarm, and they are still not satisfied and want to rip you off again with the activation
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By Sho on 08-31-2006, 09:58 AM
Is the dome light grill must have those holes? Mine has the grill shape, but no holes.
I thought the infrared motion detacter would work behind the plastic shield.
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By txusa03 on 08-31-2006, 10:23 AM
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Is the dome light grill must have those holes? Mine has the grill shape, but no holes.
I thought the infrared motion detacter would work behind the plastic shield.
It is not that high tech yet to penetrate the plastic, you will need to get the dome light cover with the open horizontal slot. Look on realoem.com for the part#
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By Sho on 08-31-2006, 03:35 PM
Thanks, and that is sucks.
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  #92  
By Sho on 08-31-2006, 05:25 PM
Part ordered. Part#61-31-6-945-200. From Crown BMW. $62.92
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By mpc325 on 08-31-2006, 07:44 PM
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You Shouldn't Have to Pay for Dome Light

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Originally Posted by Sho
Part ordered. Part#61-31-6-945-200. From Crown BMW. $62.92
My dealer tried to charge me for the dome light too but they reversed course when I pointed out the TSB.

Thanks to FrankoQ for the Pic.
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By Boondoggler on 08-31-2006, 09:15 PM
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There is a switch for the trunk (boot).
The DIY above shows instructions on how to install that.
FrankoQ, I think you misunderstood him. There is no switch for the trunk (boot) in the alarm kit, there is a switch for the hood (engine compartment).
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By FrankoQ on 08-31-2006, 10:05 PM
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FrankoQ, I think you misunderstood him. There is no switch for the trunk (boot) in the alarm kit, there is a switch for the hood (engine compartment).
Doh!
you are right. my bad.
rewind.......
NO switch for the trunk.
Yes switch for the hood.
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By Sho on 09-01-2006, 12:05 AM
If I printed the TSB, then go to a dealer. Would they give me the part for free?
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By mpc325 on 09-01-2006, 06:40 AM
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Dealer Charging For Interior Dome Light

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If I printed the TSB, then go to a dealer. Would they give me the part for free?
I did it over the phone when they called and gave me the price for my installation - they added in the price of the dome light to pick up my car. I disputed it, the SA researched it and called back and said "no charge".

Please note, the part number that you have (same as mine) is not the same one listed in the TSB. I don't know why that is, but they did give me the same part for no charge.
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By Sho on 09-01-2006, 08:51 PM
I email my SA today, with the TSB link. And he said everything will be taken care of when I bring my car in. :-)
Also they are fixing the clicking sound on the B-pillars :-)
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By Boondoggler on 09-06-2006, 02:40 PM
Here's an interesting turn of events. I purchased my alarm through Morristown BMW and installed it about 2 weeks ago. My car has an 06/06 build date. The clown light blinks and everything seems fine, so I call Princeton BMW and ask for a quote to get it activated, they quote me $52.

I take it in today and my SA comes out and says there is a problem, the computer can't see the alarm, so they can't activate. He asks me (for the 3rd time) whether it's the oem BMW alarm, I confirm it is, and he asks me to speak to the the tech working on my car. The tech asks me to talk him through how I did my install, and after describing my work, he says that it sounds like I did everything correctly. I agree to allow them to check my work, and if I did something wrong, to cover they're extra labor. If the alarm is faulty, they will replace it under the part warranty.

After a couple hours the SA calls me, and tells me that while I have the current version of software on my car, and a current version of the alarm, there is an incompatibililty with the siren model and my software, and that's why the alarm can't be recognized. To confirm this what BMW told them, they say they pulled an alarm off their own parts shelf and installed it on my car to confirm the incompatibility. They say the second alarm they installed did the same thing.

They offer to allow me to wait a couple months for a software update to come out, or they can order me an different version siren module, and install it and activate it. He also states, while the siren module costs $187, they aren't going to charge me as it's not my fault. They do ask for an extra 1/2 hour labor to install the new siren module.

Sounds pretty fishy to me as nobody else has experienced something similar.
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By paul325740 on 09-07-2006, 01:49 AM
That Make Me Have To Think Again.

WOW. THAT MAKE ME HAVE TO THINK AGAIN.

I will pick-up my 330i next month at performance delivery center. I just got a qoute for alarm installed for "Alarm system $246 + 105 labor" which is I think is a good deal. but I'm not sure now it will happen same thing like you or not..
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By Boondoggler on 09-07-2006, 05:46 PM
Well, my SA called me to say that the siren module they ordered for me is on major backorder, at least two weeks until they receive it. It would appear I'm not the only one who needed this part to make it work.
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By Boondoggler on 09-28-2006, 06:17 PM
Well, my alarm saga is finally over, and it has a happy ending.

To recap:

1) I buy the alarm online from MorristownBMW and install it.
2) I get quoted $52 by PrincetonBMW to activate it.
3) When they attempt to activate it, they find the siren is not compatible with the most current software update. They offer to order a compatible version, they initially want $187 for it, but after I argue they agree to do it for free.
4) They get the replacement siren (a couple weeks later due to backorder) and install it, do a software update, and activate it. My service invoice says it was a 3.5 hour process, though is is most likely inflated to get more warrenty reimbursement from BMWNA.
5) Since it wasn't my fault the siren was incompatible, and I've been inconvenienced, they don't charge me a cent for the replacement siren, the installation or the activation process.

All in all, pretty damn good service if you ask me. Except for the backorder situation, which isn't the dealer's fault.
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By DJHakim on 09-30-2006, 09:05 PM
Sirens of doom

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Well, my alarm saga is finally over, and it has a happy ending.

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I had problems, too. I actually bought the system and it was supposed to be installed by the Perf. Ctr. in August. When I got there for the grand delivery, they broke it to me that BMWNA put a national freeze on alarm installs.

Evidentally, it was the siren as you discovered; it's legit. I have since learned that a software update (PROGMAN 23 available as of last week) will remedy the issue. I bet that's what you got. Hopefully I can get an alarm installed now!

FYI, here is the bulletin on the freeze (Aug 27, 2006)
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  #104  
By Sho on 10-01-2006, 10:47 AM
I had the same issue, and just got a call from my SA last Friday that the new software is in. He said it doesn't matter to the alarm system, it was the software.
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By neuronpetkowski on 10-01-2006, 01:07 PM
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they rip you off with the alarm, and they are still not satisfied and want to rip you off again with the activation
amen brother, amen.
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  #106  
By Mystic330 on 10-05-2006, 07:24 PM
Just installed my alarm tonight!! (Thanks for the info guys!)

One thing you should add to the DIY - After mounting the siren bracket, be sure to anchor the siren wire to the bracket. There is an extra hole on the left side of the bracket - just push the plastic wire anchor (already attached to the siren wire) into the hole and your done.

Now just need activation!
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  #107  
By TTG on 10-09-2006, 02:25 PM
Any word on E92's yet? Is it the same alarm system? Any body tried to get an alarm installed on a E92 yet? Thanks in advance.
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  #108  
By magamaga on 10-26-2006, 09:39 PM
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Sho, did you get the alarm working with Progman 23.? I went to my BMW dealer and the tech didn't know. I showed him the forum and he said 23.1 is the latest.

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I had the same issue, and just got a call from my SA last Friday that the new software is in. He said it doesn't matter to the alarm system, it was the software.
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By anolin on 11-28-2006, 01:24 PM
Thanks!

Many thanks to all the previous posters (especially CC 330i and FrankoQ).

I got the alarm from Chris at Circle BMW for $250 shipped and was able to do the install (without even jacking the car up or removing the wheel!) in under an hour.

Murray Motors in Denver completed the alarm activation and software de-activation of a lost key in half an hour, but the computer re-boot took over 3 additional hours!!! They only charged me $75 for the initial work, so I lost some time, but saved lots of $$$. The only other hiccup was a non-working moonroof switch, following the reboot that was easily fixed without having to return to the shop.

Thanks again, for helping me through the fist mod!
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