From digest.v7.n438 Tue Oct 14 18:44:47 1997
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 1997 18:20:39 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re:E36 Factory Alarm Installation
In response to a post by "kdross", I'd like to add my thoughts on installing
the factory keyless/entry alarm system, which I just did on my '97 M3. First
of all, the alarm comes as a kit, with mostly decent instructions from BMW.
Anyone with some hand tools, and electric drill, and a little patients ought
to be able to install the unit with relative ease. The hardest part for me
was prying loose the passenger side footwell trim panel (directly under the
glovebox. This really isn't too difficult, once the glovebox has been
removed, as it is quite flexible. There is a footwell illumination light in
this panel--I unhooked the wire so that I could remove it from the car to
work with it.
One hint not in the instructions involves removing the on-board computer and
storage nook from the center dash to install the little blinking light. At
least on my car, the procedure was easy. Place the fingers of your hand
inside the storage nook pointing toward the computer. Feel for a long
rectangular groove. Press UP HARD while pulling out. This release a locking
tab. The OBC re-installs easily. The second hint involves finding the
factory wiring harness connector to plug in the alarm control module. It is
taped to a bunch of other wires roughly in the area where the alarm module
mounts (that location is diagramed very well in BMW's directions). However,
the only way I found it was to stick my head in the passenger footwell and
look up (butt on seat, legs flailing, etc.)
I had two small problems. When I reinstalled the trim panels, one of the
metal clips into which a screw is supposed to go shifted position. That
screw is now in the glove box, waiting for the next time that panel has to
come off. Now that I realize they move, I could have been more careful.
Also, the little plastic trim covers for two of the screws that hold in the
glove box didn't want to reinstall. I tacked 'em into place with a little
silicone, which seems to be holding and is invisible.
Last thoughts. Keep the screws for the glovebox sorted--they are NOT all
exactly identical (washer size differs based on location). I purchased my
alarm from Nathan Tucker at Hendrick Imports (1-704-535-0885)--$279.00, no
shipping, fast service--I was very satisfied. (Usual disclaimers--don't know
'em, not sure where North Carolina is, just liked their service).
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