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      03-31-2012, 02:43 PM   #45
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BMW assist? Not sure. I did think there was an inbuilt SIM card but not too sure.

Does anyone in the UK know if its recovered, does it go down as a stolen recovered? Maybe an obvious question but is it categorised?

I thought it would be CAT as stolen recovered if it wasn't returned to the owner. If I do get it back and it is a stolen recovered Category, then I will try my hardest to get BMW to pay for the loss of value.
In the US with BMW Assist, it can be used to assist in stolen vehicle recovery. They can ping the car for a location, similar to what they would do if it was in an accident. That would be the second call I would make after calling the police.
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      03-31-2012, 02:48 PM   #46
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Think that's what I'd be doing too to see if they can locate the car,

Good luck in finding the car
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      03-31-2012, 07:42 PM   #47
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In the US with BMW Assist, it can be used to assist in stolen vehicle recovery. They can ping the car for a location, similar to what they would do if it was in an accident. That would be the second call I would make after calling the police.
In the US that could be your first call actually, BMW Assist will call the police for you.
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The Police have got to have some leads by now. I mean, come on... 400 stolen vehicles in one region alone? I hope they're trying to figure out where all the BMW keys are coming from. If the gang is stupid enough they'd be buying them in bulk from wrecking yards within UK.

OP, sorry to hear. When will you know from your insurance company if they will give you a pay out?
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      04-01-2012, 03:02 AM   #50
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I found an interesting tracking solution here in Sweden. Used a lot for boats and boat engines. (get stolen a lot over here) Its a small box that have both GPRS and GPS.
http://www.axtech.se/en/

Any suggestions on where to mount it so the GPS signal would work but still hiding the device? It don't penetrate metal. The box is very small (76*62*28 mm).
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      04-01-2012, 03:45 AM   #51
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The Police have got to have some leads by now. I mean, come on... 400 stolen vehicles in one region alone? I hope they're trying to figure out where all the BMW keys are coming from. If the gang is stupid enough they'd be buying them in bulk from wrecking yards within UK.

OP, sorry to hear. When will you know from your insurance company if they will give you a pay out?
They didn't seem to have an idea. They were expecting it to be entry via the passenger window but this was through the drivers side, they hadn't seen that before.

As for the insurance company, there's no reason why they wont pay out. Im guessing the usual 4-6 weeks before they do. Luckily I had GAP insurance so I get the full value back. I want them caught but don't want the car back after they've been driving it. My guess is its in storage locally to see if there's a tracker, and after a couple of days they'll move it abroad.
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      04-01-2012, 09:27 AM   #52
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Where are they getting the key fobs from? Is a dealer involved in this? You have to produce ownership and identification to purchase one of these.
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      04-01-2012, 02:43 PM   #54
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Highly visible - this strong visual deterrent alerts a potential thief that your car is protected - time and effort are a thief's enemies. New and improved, solid steel hooks for even greater security.
High visual deterrence
Unauthorized Use deterrence
The next generation CLUB, available in translucent red, blue and clear.
Chrome plated lock housing.
Cro-moly steel construction resists sawing, prying, hammering and freon attacks
Patented self-locking mechanism for quick and easy installation
New and improved, solid steel hooks for greater security
Universal fit - works on cars, vans and SUV's
3 Laser encrypted keys
Guaranteed up to $1000 against the owner's comprehensive insurance deductible (Not valid in New York State, Hawaii, Texas or Wisconsin where it is prohibited by insurance law)
Max opening (inside of hooks) 415mm/ 16.3 inches
I grew up in South Africa.... they'll get a steering or gear lock off in seconds with liquid nitrogen and a hammer. I had a MK1 Gti stolen with one of these fitted.
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      04-01-2012, 03:09 PM   #56
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holy crap bmw need to fix this
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      04-01-2012, 03:20 PM   #57
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Sorry for your loss OP.
It truly sucks to have a limited edition car such as the 1M, stolen.

If they do retrieve it, I'd get it fixed and love it all over again.
I'm sure we all differ on that point, but these are rare vehicles.
Just because it was stolen doesn't mean it can't be or won't be wonderful again.
Whatever is/was broken will get fixed and she'll be good as rain all over again.

Have you called BMW assist? That may have worked that night. But, by this time they may disabled that system, or reprogrammed it's function.
Thieves are arseholes, but they can be some smart and crafty arseholes.

BTW, those of you who want to blame BMW, come on, really?
NO manufacturer can or should be held responsible for the theft of a car they built.
It's not possible for every car made to be made 100% theft proof.
When you build a better lock, someone will figure out a better way to break it. That's the nature of thievery, they want it, they'll figure out how.
I don't see any court in the US or UK that would hold the manufacturer liable for theft.

Also, being a limited production car it's very unlikely that these 1M's will be chopped or used for parts. There isn't a big market for 1M used parts. It's likely going to some country where there is a demand for them.
On the other hand, there are plenty of 135i's in the world, and many parts from the 1M will fit, including the special M bits.
Sucks, no matter what.
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This device should be fitted to all BMW's with an extra trip switch on the OBD cover.
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      04-01-2012, 04:11 PM   #59
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This device should be fitted to all BMW's with an extra trip switch on the OBD cover.
Uhm, imagine for a second that this toaster goes off by mistake when your significant other is on the brink of entering your car...

"Our condolences, Sir. Sorry for the software glitch.".
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I grew up in South Africa.... they'll get a steering or gear lock off in seconds with liquid nitrogen and a hammer. I had a MK1 Gti stolen with one of these fitted.
Not without setting the alarm of they won't which is kind of the issue here, right?
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Crap, sorry this happening. I had a car stolen once, just walked outside and it was gone.
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Sorry for the loss OP. Did you install the MyBMW Remote app? If you did, you can track your car's location.
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Sorry for the loss OP. Did you install the MyBMW Remote app? If you did, you can track your car's location.
Would only work if car is within 10 miles or thereabouts for security reasons...

Really sorry to hear about this theft, hope you get insurance money and premiums don't become prohibitive 1MSept11.

BMW really need to work on a software recall if this is becoming as easy as this.
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BMW really need to work on a software recall if this is becoming as easy as this.
They spent $$$ trying to find a way for dealers to deduce if you've had a tune or not, but they still let their cars get stolen with a simple 300pound tool. Niiiiice.
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      04-02-2012, 08:29 AM   #65
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Time to go with an aftermarket alarm.
I agree. I'll be looking at this soon...

Although, ya know...tint would have a slight deterrent factor as well (I would imagine). It definitely makes things messy when trying to break through glass. Car's get broken into around here all the time, but I've noticed...it's hardly ever a car with tint.
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