94-01 BMW 3 Series (E36) Programming

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NOTE: These instructions also work for BMW 3 series Compact/Hatchback (E36) 1994-2001

Program key or remote when batteries completely discharged, key batteries not replaced within 50 seconds. Key added or replaced, but DO NOT press key buttons during battery replacement.

  • Unlock vehicle using key UNLOCK button
  • Enter vehicle. Close driver’s door
  • Switch ignition ON and OFF
  • Programming mode activatedNOTE: Point key at infrared receiver located in rear mirror. Distance from receiver: Less than 15cm
  • Proceed as follows:
    • Press and hold UNLOCK button [2]
    • Press key LOCK button [1] 3 times within 10 seconds keeping key UNLOCK button [2] depressed
    • Release key UNLOCK button
  • LED flashes slowly for 10 seconds
  • System should lock and unlock vehicle to indicated programming has been successful
  • Repeat above procedure if LED does not flash or central locking system does not work
  • Repeat above procedure to program remaining key
  • Note: A maximum of 4 keys can be programmed. Carry out programming procedure for each key within 30 seconds

If above does not work follow these instructions
NOTE: If vehicle was not unlocked using key UNLOCK button, programming procedure will bo blocked for 14 minutes

  • Enter vehicle. Close driver’s door
  • Switch ignition ON and OFF
  • Programming mode activated
  • Proceed as follows:
    • Press and hold UNLOCK button
    • Press key LOCK button 3 times within 10 seconds keeping key UNLOCK button depressed
    • Release key UNLOCK button
  • Some models: LED flashes slowly for 10 seconds
  • System should lock and unlock vehicle to indicate programming has been successful
  • Repeat above procedure if LED does not flash or central locking system does not work
  • Repeat above procedure to program remaining keysNOTE: A maximum of 4 keys can be programmed. Carry out programming procedures for each key within 30 seconds.