BMW 3-Series Key Fob Battery Remote Replacement E36, E46, E90, F30, F31, F34 (1990 – 2019)

The 3-series is one of BMW’s oldest sedans. It has has nearly every major key fob that BMW has produced. The past major internal name models have been the E36, E46, E90, F30. For other models, see the all BMW Key Fob Batteries page.

ModelTrimsYearsKey Fob TypeSubTypeRechargeable? Ease of changeBatteryBuy
E36 3 Series316i, 318i, 318is, 320i, 323i, 325i, 328i, M3, 318tds, 325td, 325tds1990-1997U Shaped KeyNo.CR2016
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E46 3 Series316i, 316ci, 318i, 318ci, 320i, 320ci, 323i, 323ci, 325i, 325ci, 328i, 328ci, 330i, 330ci, M3, 318d, 320d, 320Cd, 330d, 330Cd1998-2005Diamond Shaped KeyYes, Requires solder, soldering gun, and rechargeable battery with legs to replaceVL 2020 3v
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E90 3 Series316i, 318i, 320i, 320si, 323i, 325i, 328i, 330i, 335i, 335is, M3, M3 GTS, 316d, 318d, 320d, 320d ED, 325d, 330d, 335d2006-2012Rectangular Shaped KeyComfort AccessNo. Easy to change batteryCR2032
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E90 3 Series316i, 318i, 320i, 320si, 323i, 325i, 328i, 330i, 335i, 335is, M3, M3 GTS, 316d, 318d, 320d, 320d ED, 325d, 330d, 335d2006-2012Rectangular Shaped KeyNon Comfort AccessYes, Requires solder, soldering gun, and rechargeable battery with legs to replaceVL 2020 3v
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F30 3 Series316i, 318i, 320i, 320i ED, 328i, 330i, 335i, 340i, ActiveHybrid 3, 330e, 316d, 318d, 320d ED, 325d, 328d, 330d, 335d 2013-presentTrapezoid Shaped KeyNo. Easy to change batteryCR2450
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F31 3 Series328i, 320d, 330d, 320i, 316d, 318d2013-presentTrapezoid Shaped KeyNo. Easy to change batteryCR2450
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F34 3 Series Gran Turismo320i, 328i, 335i, 318d, 320d, 325d2013-presentTrapezoid Shaped KeyNo. Easy to change batteryCR2450
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How to replace the F30 3-Series (2013-2019) key fob battery

This model uses the easy to change BMW Trapezoid Shaped Key. This takes a simple CR2450 coin battery type. You don’t even need any special tools to change this one. Here’s a video showing how to change or replace the battery:

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This key is also used in the F31 3 Series 328i, 320d, 330d, 320i, 316d, 318d (2013-present)
and the F34 3 Series Gran Turismo 320i, 328i, 335i, 318d, 320d, 325d (2013-present)

How to replace the E90 3-Series (2006-2012) comfort access key fob battery

Battery: CR2032

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How to replace the E90 3-Series (2006-2012) non comfort access rectangular key fob battery

The rectangular remote has a rechargeable VL2020 battery inside that is recharged when the key is in the ignition. It may die eventually though and need to be replaced. To change this battery, pry apart the key and de-solder the two points that connect the battery to the circuit board inside:

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How to replace the E46 3-Series (1998-2005) key fob battery

This requires a solder iron, and a VL2020 rechargeable battery to replace this key fob. Also a box cutter or utility knife is handy to cut open the key fob. Watch my video on how to replace the E46 key fob battery:

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How to replace the E36 3-Series (1990-1997) key fob battery