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      12-30-2006, 11:28 AM   #1
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Alarm Owners: Have you Tested Panic Feature?

I just had my alarm activated. In an effort to test the alarm, I triggered the alarm by waving my hands through the open window. I cannot, however, activate the panic alarm.

I have referred to ksfrogman's excellent thread here: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=40848. In the instructions it states, "Panic mode is initiated by pressing the trunk lid button on the remote control. The button must be pressed for longer than 2 sec irrespective of whether the anti-theft alarm system is armed or not".

By the way, I do have the audible feedback via the emergency current siren when locking, and unlocking the doors.

Has anyone experienced this same inability to trigger the panic alarm? Did you rectify the issue?

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Mine works. Set it off at the dealership by accident when taking delivery trying to open the trunk. Woke everyone up at the dealership..
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yup, mine works as well, push hold trunk button. But the int motion sensor does not work. Had mine activated from the dealer as well.
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Well, I'm baffled then...I'll have to call the dealer and see what they suggest.

Does anyone else find it strange that you have to open your trunk when you're in distress in order to use the panic button? I mean you've just opened the trunk for the assailant.
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yeah not well thought out. its only a split second more to set off the panic, so its annoying that sometimes you activate panis accidentally...looking like a fool in the parking lot
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Well it does not work for me either ... I have just gone and tried!

I remember reading this when I got the car but forgot to check it.

Pressing and holding the trunk button on mine does nothing but open the trunk no matter how long you press it...

I have tried it with the car locked or unlocked.. still no alarm... I wonder if it is country specific or something....
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Well it does not work for me either ... I have just gone and tried!

I remember reading this when I got the car but forgot to check it.

Pressing and holding the trunk button on mine does nothing but open the trunk no matter how long you press it...

I have tried it with the car locked or unlocked.. still no alarm... I wonder if it is country specific or something....
I assume you mean you've tried it with the alarm off, Dave- it works fine on mine (built Sept 05)?

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ill be intrested to see if this works as well, ill let you know.
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I assume you mean you've tried it with the alarm off, Dave- it works fine on mine (built Sept 05)?

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Aha! Viv, you forget one thing... yours is an import car as oposed to a UK dealer car... there may be a difference there... On the other hand it could be yet another fault to add to the list I already have for the dealer and it's CIP upgrade!!

Oh and yes... I tried it alarm on and alarm off. I have not noticed any setting or options in the idrive... so I cannot see why it should not work..
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I have an appointment with the dealer on Fri., Jan. 5 to address the lack of panic feature. When making the appointment, my SA said it may be a programming issue.

Since I just paid $115.00 for 1hr of programming for the alarm, I want to have this addressed even if it is a PIA for me.

I'll update this thread once the dealer has a look.
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$115??? damn, should only get half hour and the dealers know this.
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Just tested mine and panic feature won't work.
Tested with alarm on and off.
UK dealer car as well.
Is this feature documented in the UK manual? I can't check it right now.
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$115??? damn, should only get half hour and the dealers know this.
I agree, $115.00 is too much, but I didn't feel the savings was great enough for me to shop around because my time is worth something too.
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Mine works. Hold the trunk button and the siren goes off along with flashing amber corner lights. BTW, the trunk does not open when using the panic feature.
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Well, I'm baffled then...I'll have to call the dealer and see what they suggest.

Does anyone else find it strange that you have to open your trunk when you're in distress in order to use the panic button? I mean you've just opened the trunk for the assailant.
What do you Expect?
(They DO need somewhere to throw your body)
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Aha! Viv, you forget one thing... yours is an import car as oposed to a UK dealer car... there may be a difference there... On the other hand it could be yet another fault to add to the list I already have for the dealer and it's CIP upgrade!!

Oh and yes... I tried it alarm on and alarm off. I have not noticed any setting or options in the idrive... so I cannot see why it should not work..
Dave,

In my handbook, the 'panic' mode is described on p29- below is a pic of this from the US manual (Sept05).
This 'facility' is asterisked- so it's an optional extra / dependent on geographical market.

Although my car was imported from Germany, it is a UK-spec car
ie there is no difference between it & any other UK-dealer acquired car

So, I think the dealerships must be screwing around with the UK e90s before passing them on to their customers- I have nothing but praise for the German dealership that didn't play around with my car & its intended functionality!

All the best.

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So today I went back to my dealer,the UK dealer I bought the car from. They said that This is not a feature for UK cars......

Viv, I know your car was UK spec'd but that is not the same as UK built. I was told this by a large UK importer... when it is built to UK spec... they add all the available add on's to make it as close to UK as possible.. but that does not mean it is UK build.

I am willing to bet that all UK dealer cars.... the feature does not work... (Please let me be wrong..)

My UK handbook also shows the same as your attachment.... that dreaded get out clause asterisk.

This, of course drives me mad! :mad: I cannot understand why BMW think this feature is not suitable for the UK. Other manufacturers seem to thnk it is OK. This also happened with the DVD lock. It should be a standard feature, otherwise every thug knows that you just need smash the passenger window, hit the button and there... $200 for Sat Nav Disk on ebay easy !

So DVD lock should be standard to discourage theft.. Instead BMW make the feature free for corporate Customers who can afford the DVD's but us poor consumers.... well we have to buy it as an aftermarket extra.

Be assured I will be pushing for it at my Progman upgrade in 2 weeks.

End of Rant ... Now , I am not sure this explains 335I_JB's car??
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So today I went back to my dealer,the UK dealer I bought the car from. They said that This is not a feature for UK cars......

Viv, I know your car was UK spec'd but that is not the same as UK built. I was told this by a large UK importer... when it is built to UK spec... they add all the available add on's to make it as close to UK as possible.. but that does not mean it is UK build.

I am willing to bet that all UK dealer cars.... the feature does not work... (Please let me be wrong..)

My UK handbook also shows the same as your attachment.... that dreaded get out clause asterisk.

This, of course drives me mad! :mad: I cannot understand why BMW think this feature is not suitable for the UK. Other manufacturers seem to thnk it is OK. This also happened with the DVD lock. It should be a standard feature, otherwise every thug knows that you just need smash the passenger window, hit the button and there... $200 for Sat Nav Disk on ebay easy !

So DVD lock should be standard to discourage theft.. Instead BMW make the feature free for corporate Customers who can afford the DVD's but us poor consumers.... well we have to buy it as an aftermarket extra.

Be assured I will be pushing for it at my Progman upgrade in 2 weeks.

End of Rant ... Now , I am not sure this explains 335I_JB's car??
Dave,

It seems strange, since previous UK BMW models have the panic alarm as standard- perhaps it's a noise pollution 'thing'?!

Anyway, I'm happy to have the panic alarm & be the noisy 'odd one out'!

All the best.

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The dealer reprogrammed my alarm today, and now the panic feature works.



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Mine works. Hold the trunk button and the siren goes off along with flashing amber corner lights. BTW, the trunk does not open when using the panic feature.
You're right! The trunk doesn't open when using the panic feature.
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The dealer reprogrammed my alarm today, and now the panic feature works.





You're right! The trunk doesn't open when using the panic feature.
Did they say why it didn't work originally... i.e.was it that canadian cars in general do not have this feature. AND if so, did they charge you for the privilidge?

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Did they say why it didn't work originally... i.e.was it that canadian cars in general do not have this feature. AND if so, did they charge you for the privilidge?

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The SA said it was a programming issue. Although, I don't believe he knows much about it anyways. In my opnion, it would seem it was only a programming issue.

Canadian and US cars use the same alarm as far as I know, and they do have the panic feature. Not sure about the UK though.

Anyways, I'm happy the panic feature works now and that it doesn't open the trunk when activated.
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