In Reply to: Factory alarm & new remotes posted by Tim Collins on April 05, 1999 at 12:49:54:
Well, that price seems very high. Supposedly all it needs is the proper chip installed in the remote, probably matches with the cars
vin number or something. As far as worth 250 or 300 dollars...hmmm i have a '92 535i, the remote is big, clunky, i've had to take it
apart several times, the screws broke and have taped it like crazy to keep it together(or else it won't work). All it does is lock the
doors and activate the alarm, who knows how good the alarm is. It does make a cool honking sound, once for locking twice for
unlocking, but everyone looks at you because of the honk. Newer alarms make the beeping sounds which are nicer, probably
protect the car better, and the remotes are much smaller and easier on the pockets. The car also has a function to close the
windows and roof if you hold your key in the double lock position for five seconds, if you guys didn't know that, in case you leave
roof open, very common, or back windows. Therefore, i've heard aftermarket alarms can have a button to close windows and
roof, along with door locks and alarm. Just my .02 cents.
: I know for a fact that my '90 535i has a factory alarm, located in the steering column. I went to the local dealership, and they said it would cost me about $250 to get another remote, $300+ if it didn't catch the code on the first try, or something... is this my only option for a remote??? I could get a decent, brand new aftermarket system installed for less than that! Any ideas?
: Tim Collins
: '90 535i 5-speed