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2009 BMW M3: Keyless Entry That's Truly Keyless

June 22, 2009

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I spent most of the weekend thinking BMW had screwed up. Much like our Dodge Challenger, it seemed as though our M3 had one of those "keyless entry" systems that still required use of the keyfob. I looked at the door handle and saw no visible means of unlocking the door, and even after pulling the handle nothing happened.

So every time I went to get in, I pulled out the fob, clicked the button and then stuck it back in my pocket since the "start/stop" button works fine without it. Senseless I thought, could it really be that screwed up?

To make sure I wasn't going to make an ass out of myself I went back down to the garage and tried the handle again. Sure enough, a second pull of the handle unlocks the doors, who knew? And before you say RTFM, I'll have you know that I considered that option, that is, until I couldn't find it. Turns out all the manuals are stored in the trunk. You tell me what's more ridiculous.

Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor, Inside Line @ 4,879 miles

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