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    Anyone successfully turned off "transport mode?"

    Hey guys,
    I believe my wife's '03 X5 somehow got stuck in transport mode. We've lost central locking, key fob functionality, interior lights (except for trunk lights) and alarm. From what I've read on here it could be the GM3 module, or the car could have gone into "transport/shipping" mode.
    Has anyone experienced this and successfully been able to reset the GM? I know a dealer can do it, but I'm hoping to be able to fix it at home.
    I do have the Bavarian Technic software/dongle program, and I'm going to look into that if I can't get it figured out another way.
    Thanks!!

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    Try searching the forums or google 'bmw transport mode' , there have been several threads about this if I recall correctly - the scan tool you have may work to disable it, others have used the GT-1. Best of luck!
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    Go to,the dealer and have them check or replace the ignition switch the electrical part

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    Well, tried a couple easy fixes which didn't work. Disconnected battery and joined the two leads for thirty minutes and replaced the hazard/central locking switch. Tried my Bavtech software setup to no avail, I don't believe it will talk to the GM3.
    I also called a local independent dealer, they were not very familiar with "transport/shipping" mode, and they said they'd just start with 1.5hrs of diag at $110/hr, which will get expensive fast!
    Tomorrow I'm going to pull the GM3 module and send it to Scott at BMWGM5 and let him take a look at it. From what I've read ours has the classic symptoms of that module going bad.
    I'll post back when we get the GM3 back with results.

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    Hey guys,
    Well I pulled the GM3 and sent it to Scott at BMWGM5.com. Got it back, plugged it all in and everything works! Central locking, key fobs and interior lights are all good again! What a relief!
    Can't say enough good about Scott Johnson and the service he provides BMW owners!
    Hoping the X5 will stay fixed for awhile this time!

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    Glad you got it sorted out.

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