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Vehicle Can’t Read Remote Key

This bulletin applies to 2010 BMW 335i xDrive vehicles. The check control message “Remote key not in vehicle” may be output even though the remote key is inside the passenger compartment. Technical limitations may mean that the vehicle fails to identify the ID transmitter (remote key) under certain conditions.

Reasons may include:

  • Coverage of the ID transmitter by metallic objects.
  • Frequency interference due to smartphones, mobile phones, MP3 playback devices (where these devices may be stored together with the remote key)
  • Charger in vehicle electrical system power socket
  • Storing the ID transmitter in front of the instrument cluster or the display (switching frequency of the display illumination may interfere with the transmission frequency of the ID transmitter).
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