BMW E46 Alarm & Red Indicator Light (Clown Nose) Inoperative
car year: 2000
car model: 323i
I have a red light on the bottom of my rear view mirror which I understand is for the factory alarm. I cannot seem to activate my alarm & the red light is never illuminated. I checked the fuses but they’re all fine.
The red indicator lamp (on the bottom of the rear-view mirror …. lovingly known as the “clown nose”) should flash continuously when the system is armed (whenever the doors are locked). If this is not happening, there is some kind of a fault in the system. A BMW dealer will have to plug into the system’s self-diagnostics in order to determine where the fault lies. You may have a fault in the control unit or you may simply have a faulty status light.