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      10-04-2011, 11:24 PM   #45
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I think I know exactly what the OP's problem was because I ran into the same issue. The problem is the f&king Genie remote! I spent like 2 hrs trying to program the homelink, then I took another remote (I had two) and it work on the first try.

First step is a breeze if you replace a battery in the remote and hold it very close to the mirror between the glass and rear-view mirror. Second step is the following:
- click learn button on the overhead unit (it flashes slowly)
- hold just programmed homelink button until it turns from rapid flashing to steady, approximately 2 seconds. If it flashes slowly, you have to go back to the VERY begining
- Go check the light on the overhead unit. It must be steady
- GO back to the car and press the homelink button once again, light should do the same changing from rapid to steady. approximately 2 sec.
- GO check the overhead unit light, it should be off. You are done!

If you tried everything 100 times like I did and the stupid overhead unit light keep flashing rapidly, you have no other choice, but to use a different remote!

I hope I helped someone to avoid a ton of frustration.
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Since the OP never followed up, I figured I would since I had exactly the same issue on my E90:

Everything *appeared* to be working, but then the head unit LED would start flashing quickly halfway through its programming indicating a problem.

As was suggested earlier in the thread, this is a REMOTE problem. Homelink picked up the remote's signal, but apparently something was corrupt and therefore the head unit wouldn't play along. I started over using one of the alternate buttons on the remote (even though the button didn't actually operate the door), and it worked the first time through.

TL;DR: Try a different button on the remote.
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Genie keyfob remote -- only small buttons work to program Homelink

Ghengis -- you solved my problem. Thank you!

I struggled with programming Homelink in my e92 M3 for hours until I found your post. As you correctly state, the BIG round button on the small keyfob size Genie opener you picture below will NOT work to program your BMW Homelink.

The other two small buttons (to the left of the big button) WILL program the Homelink. Just pair one of the other two buttons -- either the small oblong shaped one or the small circular one -- to your garage door by pressing the learn button on your door motor mechanism and pushing the desired small remote button three times until the door activates, then follow the BMW/Homelink instructions using that same small button on your Genie keyfob remote you just programmed to your door to "teach" one of the three buttons on the mirror in your BMW.

Then, do the "learn" button routine -- press the learn button on the motor mechanism and within 30 seconds press the button on your mirror that you just paired with the Genie keyfob remote three times (hold the button on the mirror for at least 2 seconds on each of the three pushes) and it should work for you, too.

Thanks, again, Gengis. Your tip ended my long frustration!


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I was having the same exact problem as the OP. Here's what I learned which might help:

If you are trying to program your HomeLink using the small, three-button keyfob style Genie remote, it will not work.

This one does NOT work:


However, if you program it with one of the big, single button remotes, it will work perfect.

This one works:


If you only have the keyfob style remote, I have heard that you might be able to get it to work by programing one of the small buttons on the remote, then using that button to program your car's HomeLink. The big main button on the keyfob remote does NOT work though. I didn't try it with the small buttons because I had a large single button remote laying around, so I can't confirm. However, the big, single button remote will work for sure.

I hope this helps. Maybe you are just having the same problem as I was.
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