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Cocaine M3 09-20-2009 02:18 PM

Question!:Can Soft-tops (Convertible tops) on E46 be cut into or broken into by thief
 
Wassup All You E46 Heads!

I always wondered can car jackers cut into a soft top when its on (Parked) and steal the car radio and interior parts??

And if they can how easy is it for them if you have an idea?

Also did it unfortunetly happen to any of you E46 owners out there???

Please let me know (PM`s) what you guys think because I sometimes consider buying a convertible..

Thanks - Cocaine M3

ejamin73 09-20-2009 02:21 PM

Nice sig name :tsk:

rabbitw00t 09-20-2009 02:22 PM

how hard is it to break a window?

nightdagger 09-20-2009 02:57 PM

Well it's fabric so if someone wanted to, they could cut it open pretty easily. But then again, they could also break the window or pick the lock so the verts probably aren't a whole lot more vulnerable than the coupes.

Titan 3 09-20-2009 03:15 PM

Edit your name, bro. Pretty lame. :dunno:

bulldozer 09-20-2009 04:04 PM

The only reason to cut the top is to unlock the doors. Realistically they are not going to be entering through the top or working from the top of the car to remove a radio. Breaking a window would be an easier way to gain entry. The cut needs to be big enough to stick something inside the car to reach the unlock button (on center console) or to reach in to access the unlock button.

I am curious about how common it is for them to be broken into as I'm not sure there is a lot in there that thieves target. I own an s2000 so this is of particular concern to me. It is very common for s2000 owners to have their tops cut for thieves to gain access. This is because the demand for s2000 seats, steering wheels, and instrument clusters is pretty high. The civic ricers want them. It is not unheard of for an s2000 to be "totaled" by an insurance company after just those items are stolen.

I suspect without such demand for e46 parts having your top cut may be less concern on the convertible models?

DGBMW11 09-20-2009 04:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cocaine M3 (Post 10643576)
Wassup All You E46 Heads!

I always wondered can car jackers cut into a soft top when its on (Parked) and steal the car radio and interior parts??

And if they can how easy is it for them if you have an idea?

Also did it unfortunetly happen to any of you E46 owners out there???

Please let me know (PM`s) what you guys think because I sometimes consider buying a convertible..

Thanks - Cocaine M3

Dude you suck :rolleyes:

carlos916 09-20-2009 04:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DGBMW11 (Post 10643855)
Dude you suck :rolleyes:

LMAO...
:rofl:

bishop1977 09-20-2009 04:49 PM

damn troll!

RE AND CHERYL 09-20-2009 05:49 PM

The fabric top is obviously easier to get into (you knew that before you posted this), but anyone with a brick can break a window and gain entry to a coupe even easier. If you want a vert, get a vert. If you keep thinking about what could happen to something once you get it, you'll never own anything.

buy it, enjoy it, if something happens call your insurance agent.

Re'

blackhawkimpact 09-20-2009 06:31 PM

Why are they gonna cut the top when they can just stab your tires:P

GoingNuts 09-20-2009 06:49 PM

I don't understand why people would bother with your radio. They'd get more money to take your front and rear bumpers and the side skirts. If they wanted extra money, they could just take your wheels and leave your rotors on bricks.

iansanderson 09-20-2009 06:49 PM

it's actually pretty difficult to slice the convertible top material. Once you do that, you have another layer of sound insulation, then interior covering to get through. Windows are a much easier route and its unlikely anybody in the US has the basic security system that will go off.. let alone the euro interior motion sensors.

Bimmer^Hue 09-20-2009 07:31 PM

ur answer- yes its fabric, Duh

wetzie 09-22-2009 03:49 PM

Get a hardtop vert or add on HT. Sell more coke and you can afford whatever you want?:facepalm:

330msport 03-05-2010 11:49 AM

get a hard top and solve all ur problems
i would't worry about it unless u live in mexico city!!

Sicily1918 03-05-2010 12:53 PM

Yes, they could... consider the following, though:

The interior components (Radio, Climate/HVAC, cluster, etc.) don't work automatically once installed. They can be pulled out/put in super easily, but the only way to get them to work on another car -- another E46, specifically -- is to install them in the new car and then code the car with the new component. Given how much the OBD machines (I forget their names -- Mobic and Logic-something?) cost, it's extremely impractical for thieves to really bother.

330xiBoarder 03-05-2010 01:01 PM

dude its a convertible ragtop....a large sharp knife would do the trick...duh

ferrarix99 03-05-2010 01:03 PM

Yes it's very easy to cut, it has happened twice already to someone I know with a z4

TKC 03-05-2010 01:12 PM

Huh, and all along I thought the tops were bullet proof....I mean, it is fabric. And Black.


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