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Ive seen push enginge start buttons but was interested in a remote engine starter instead. Does anyone have it installed? Which one do you recommend?
 

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BMW reccomends strating your car and driving it right away so i guess remote start isnt the greatest idea..
 

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I saw in the Pasts and accessories guide that BMW offers one for the 3-series, but when I asked about it at the dealership they told me that its not available in North america. I do know a guy that installed one on an e46 though, (an aftermarket one) and he had a really tough time getting it to work.
 

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it's simple as long as you have an automatic. a universal transponder module will be required to interface the starter to you facory theft system & requires the use of an additional key (valet typically due to cost) remote startes are not due it your self type items. I've done hundreds of them myself personally & even the easiest cars still take about an hour, & that includes the pin switch & running a tach wire as well. They all vary of course, a BMW won't be any different from any other car w/ transponder based keys, such as GM, Ford, Honda, Toyota etc, etc...
 

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i asked the dealer when i bought my car and he said because of the alarm system you can't get the remote starter.

Also really bmw recommends you drive the car immediately even when it is 15 degrees like it was this AM and i sat there for 5 min in my car with my balls almost freezing to the leather?
 

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I have a Clifford remote start/alarm in my 2002 and it works like a charm. Like it was stated above it is not a do it yourself job, it is pretty complicated. I belive BMW wants you to drive the car right away for emisssion standards, the car is much cleaner when it's warm.
 

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i asked the dealer when i bought my car and he said because of the alarm system you can't get the remote starter.

Also really bmw recommends you drive the car immediately even when it is 15 degrees like it was this AM and i sat there for 5 min in my car with my balls almost freezing to the leather?
Use the heated seat man.
 

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ha ha, the dealer is wrong. you can put a remote starter in anything, he's just retarded. every car has a 12v power source, accessory, starter & ignition wires, those are all the basics you need. as far as the security system goes, there are bypasses for it to integrate the start unit. The ignorance if some people:banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
every dealer will tell you that, but, only because they don't know any better.....
 

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Cold weather starts

Hrmm... I just start the car up, keep it in neutral until the computer drops the RPMs from 1000 to about 750 (about 20-30 seconds or therabout) and then start driving, making sure to shift between 1,500 and 2,100 RPM until I see the engine temp starting to rise.

Seems to work quite well. Balls do not freeze to leather in my case since I have this unhealthy tendency to drive dressed. :tongue:
 

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The reason why he said no was becuase of the alarm system, he said it would compromise the security of the car and that bmw would not do it or do any warranty work on the alarm system and that kind of stuff. OH well. I am surprised that remote starts aren't standard on cars like this.
 

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I have a Clifford remote start/alarm in my 2002 and it works like a charm. Like it was stated above it is not a do it yourself job, it is pretty complicated. I belive BMW wants you to drive the car right away for emisssion standards, the car is much cleaner when it's warm.

I have the same setup, I have the Clifford Solaris Alarm with remote start. My remote start works excellent and chicks love it. :D
 

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again, doesn't know what he's talking about. it DOES NOT in any way compromise the OEM security in any way. the module is powered up ONLY when the remote start is activated through a neg. output from the remote start it's self. I do these every day, & have been doing remote start installations since 1992. it just makes me laugh because these people are losing a lot of business by telling people they are not compatible. I do work for ford, chevy, chrysler, nissan, volvo, honda, etc brand new vehicles from the dealer & they charge a premium over what I charge them. If you take it to them & ask THEM to put it in I bet you get a different answer. Car dealer's don't turn down money very often.
 

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Keep in mind, as someone has already pointed out, your car has to be an automatic... If you have a stick, forget about it...
 

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No need for a remote starter anyways. In Ottawa, it was around -20 this morning. I hopped in the car, turned the key, and left. Steering was stiff as hell at first, but these cars warm up so damn quick I don't see any need for a remote. Plus, if you let it run for a few minutes before driving, it doesn't seem to make any difference.

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WEll, I have a alarm pager/ remote start. Let me tell you it was a pain in the ass to install, and i am not a professional, but the guys who installed it were. They even had a specialist from out of town drive in to work on it and it still was never done right. The remote start works great, but the keyless entry is totally jacked up, gotta use the stock key to do it... ****ed up my world... guess i kinda stayed of topic, oh well
 

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benji sprry to hear that, but it doesn't sound like they were much of a specialist. here is your info......
your wires are located behind your glove compartment in a white box which is called a "general module"
lock is located at pin #20 it's white w/ a black tracer
unlock is located at pin #22 it's blue w/ a red tracer & requires a double unlock pulse to properly shut down the alarm & open the doors.
These wire are a neg. trip so keyless should be a breeze. most aftermarket alarm's as well as remote starts have neg. outputs for keyless, so............hell you wouldn't even need relays. tell those guys you have a car w/ reversing polarity door locks and see what they tell you;)
but seriously, it's that easy:thumbup:
 

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Keep in mind, as someone has already pointed out, your car has to be an automatic... If you have a stick, forget about it...
It IS possible to install a remote start system on a manual car. Now, some people do it the wrong way and just bypass the clutch safety switch(so car will start without clutch in) and rely on themselves to remember to leave it in neutral, which leads to runaway cars and such.

The correct/safe way is to install a mechanical switch that will detect if the stick is in neutral and will only start if it is. This involves some relays and such, but it CAN be done on most manual cars (havent tried the BMW yet, but I will be attempting this on my car and might even write up a DIY for it, since a lot of people might want to know how to do it.

Anyway, just wanted to clarify that is is possible, just takes a few more steps.
 

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there are companies which make specific stick models, such as astro start, which I have used in the past w/ perfect results. they are, however, not an inexpensive item....
 

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my friend had a remote starter on his manual integra. It was in the body shop because someone rear-ended him. The [email protected] at the shop parked the car really close to two other cars. When they went to onlock the car using keyless entry, they instead pressed the remote start button and the car rolled and hit another car.
 

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You can have remote start on a manual car, you just have to leave it in neutral and pull the e-brake. My friend has it on his Saleen, and like BMWti said his friend has it on a manual integra, so it can be done.
 
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