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      04-29-2008, 06:47 AM   #1
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IS anyone getting the Alarm system?

I havent really noticed anyone talking about it. Is it worth it...at least for insurance purposes? Is this BMW alarm system a perimeter/microwave etc?
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      04-29-2008, 07:13 AM   #2
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I'm not getting it. Didn't think it was worth $900. I will get an after market alarm if I need one latter.

There's a thread here somewhere where someone has installed the BMW alarm. It doesn't appear to be difficult however, the dealer will need to program it which will end up being expensive.
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      04-29-2008, 09:29 AM   #3
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I think it is not worth it, spend the money on the comfort access system which is better. You save $46 a year with insurance at Allianz.

Plus u need the key to start the car, harder for them to steal because it is just a start button. Really need pros to steal it. The alarm just gives you sensors, just don;t leave bags or valuables lying around to temp the thieves
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      04-29-2008, 09:32 AM   #4
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I got the alarm, with a diy install it will be just under $300 for the system and the dealer program.

FYI I bought the system from a vendor on this forum.
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      04-29-2008, 06:34 PM   #5
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Waste of money i think... didn't go for it either.. People these days hear a car alarm going off, look at it and walk off. Whats the point? Unless it notifys the policy/insurance company that its going off I think its a waste.
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      04-29-2008, 08:58 PM   #6
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I'm with Kris on this one...
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      04-29-2008, 09:33 PM   #7
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Ditto.

Rather spend the $900 on some carbon fibre!
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Ditto.

Rather spend the $900 on some carbon fibre!
Let me know if you need any CF :thumbup:

Alarms are useless with cars that have EWS modules because no one is going to steal the car without the key. Your key is coded by VIN, and that's the only thing starting the car.

On top of that, Kris is right about people walking off when they hear an alarm. To play guilty, I never run and call the police when I hear a car alarm going off :iono:
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      04-29-2008, 09:54 PM   #9
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Dan, I'm eager for CF. Any news on the rotor shipping prices??? Im eager to order..

PS, if anyone wants to order front rotors, nows your chance. So far it appears to be about $150 USD for FEDEX shipping of the rotors...
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      04-29-2008, 10:03 PM   #10
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The only "alarm" I would consider is one with a tracking device fitted, otherwise i agree with Kris.
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      04-29-2008, 10:04 PM   #11
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Cheers for the replies guys they are much appreciated.
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Dan, I'm eager for CF. Any news on the rotor shipping prices??? Im eager to order..

PS, if anyone wants to order front rotors, nows your chance. So far it appears to be about $150 USD for FEDEX shipping of the rotors...
I'll be running a CF special very soon. Better price than anywhere! If you can shoot me a PM or e-mail I'll get back to you on it :biggrin:
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      04-29-2008, 10:52 PM   #13
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Let me know too Dan please
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      04-29-2008, 11:04 PM   #14
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its just noise
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      04-30-2008, 07:23 AM   #16
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[quote=Dan@UnitedBMW;126092]Let me know if you need any CF :thumbup:

"Alarms are useless with cars that have EWS modules because no one is going to steal the car without the key. Your key is coded by VIN, and that's the only thing starting the car."

You know that. I know that. Most of the people on this forum know that. But does the crackhead wandering the street looking for an easy score know that? Or is he going to smash your window anyway - and try to steal the car. Remember - this is not a normal human being thinking logically. This is a crackhead loser with half his brain dissolved by chemicals.

I paid for a BMW alarm (installed by dealer for warranty and service issues) and I use the 'Club LX' on the steering wheel. I like the visual effect - blinking light on the rear view mirror - club on the steering wheel. Move it along, crackhead car thief loser! So for every window that doesn't get smashed - I save the hassle of having my car in the shop for a couple of days, and the $300 deductible on my insurance coverage. Plus I sleep just a little better at night!

By the way, the Police in Vancouver recetly issued a public warning. It seems they captured a known crackhead serial car thief (with a criminal a record as long as his arm) with about 2 dozen valet keys in his possession. The police checked the valet keys in his posession and most of them matched up to recently stolen cars. He was driving a stolen brand new Acura at the time.

It seems that a lot of new Acuras (and other cars) are being delivered to owners with the valet key in a pocket in the users manual. The users manual gets placed in the glove box by the new owner, with the valet key still in it. Serial car thief knows this, and targets new Acuras. Breaks the window, and looks for valet key in the glove box! Even if only 10% of owners are uninformed enough to leave said valet key in the glove box, all he has to do is break into 10 a day to have a new car!

The same thing for wheel locks. My BMW dealer supplied my car with wheel locks, a nice touch. When the Service consultant was going over the car with me - he showed me the tool kit in the trunk - and showed me where they placed the wheel lock keys in the tool kit. So - do I leave them in the trunk? No way - if someone wants to steal my 261M Sport wheels, all they'd have to do is smash the window, pop the trunk - grab the keys - 10 minutes later my car would be sitting on the ground sans wheels. Where are my wheel lock keys now you ask? In my safe at home where they belong!:thumbup:
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I will sleep well with my 1 tucked safely into the garage. No need for the alarm... Well just take the girlfriends late model Volvo if the car will be out overnight somewhere.
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      04-30-2008, 10:10 AM   #18
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The problem with not getting the $500 alarm is insurance rates, not how well it works. Without an alarm my insurance rates are much higher. More then the cost of the alarm after 2 years of ins. coverage. I will have BMW install the $500 alarm. I will do nothing to the car. I will let BMW do everything, this way they can't say anything. I will have everything ON RECORD from BMW.
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      04-30-2008, 10:26 AM   #19
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Well actually, you can have the "clown nose" blink and your signals blink without having an alarm. This is something the dealer can turn on for you. The dealership can also turn on auto-locks and day-time running lights.
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