Enhance Standard Fob Range?

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Cjdzombie

Specialist
Feb 27, 2017
72
I have a E92 with a standard fob (non CA). My range is horrible. Maybe 5 feet. I was wondering if anyone has had the same issue and found a solution? I debated on soldering in s new rechargeable battery.
 

klooney

Specialist
Nov 7, 2016
55
Albuquerque
I know on MKIV VWs guys would extend the "antenna" inside the car to increase range wonder if this is a possibility for these cars.
 

Cheezy

Lieutenant
Nov 7, 2016
591
Toledo Ohio
Haha one of my fobs will unlock my car from basically as far away as I want to press the button and the other is about 5-7 feet. I've always been told to do the chin thing but I'm not going to.
 
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doublespaces

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Oct 18, 2016
7,447
AZ
Haha one of my fobs will unlock my car from basically as far away as I want to press the button and the other is about 5-7 feet. I've always been told to do the chin thing but I'm not going to.
Then yes, it would seem apparent that there is something wrong with it. Usually, range is a power issue, let us know how it goes considering I don't think those batteries are user replaceable. My x5 key(my only key) stopped working, so I have to manually twist the key in the cylinder. Sometimes the alarm goes off when I unlock it and I have to lock and unlock it a couple times for it to stop. So I might dive into a key project myself.
 

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Nov 14, 2016
655
North Wilkesboro
Then yes, it would seem apparent that there is something wrong with it. Usually, range is a power issue, let us know how it goes considering I don't think those batteries are user replaceable. My x5 key(my only key) stopped working, so I have to manually twist the key in the cylinder. Sometimes the alarm goes off when I unlock it and I have to lock and unlock it a couple times for it to stop. So I might dive into a key project myself.
QUICK, Someone make a kit and sell it for the entire e9x platform and make millions.
 
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Cjdzombie

Specialist
Feb 27, 2017
72
I know the replacement batteries can be found on Ebay. There are threads out there that explain the process. I'm just hesitant about the soldering portion.
 
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