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Old 09-20-2009, 02:18 PM   #1
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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..

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Old 09-20-2009, 02:21 PM   #2
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Old 09-20-2009, 02:22 PM   #3
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how hard is it to break a window?
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Old 09-20-2009, 02:57 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 09-20-2009, 03:15 PM   #5
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Edit your name, bro. Pretty lame.
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Old 09-20-2009, 04:04 PM   #6
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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?
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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
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Old 09-20-2009, 04:09 PM   #8
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Old 09-20-2009, 04:49 PM   #9
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Old 09-20-2009, 05:49 PM   #10
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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.

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Old 09-20-2009, 06:31 PM   #11
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Why are they gonna cut the top when they can just stab your tires
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Old 09-20-2009, 06:49 PM   #12
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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.
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Old 09-20-2009, 06:49 PM   #13
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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.
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Old 09-20-2009, 07:31 PM   #14
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ur answer- yes its fabric, Duh
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Old 09-22-2009, 03:49 PM   #15
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Get a hardtop vert or add on HT. Sell more coke and you can afford whatever you want?
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Old 03-05-2010, 11:49 AM   #16
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get a hard top and solve all ur problems
i would't worry about it unless u live in mexico city!!
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Old 03-05-2010, 12:53 PM   #17
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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.
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Old 03-05-2010, 01:01 PM   #18
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dude its a convertible ragtop....a large sharp knife would do the trick...duh
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Old 03-05-2010, 01:03 PM   #19
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Yes it's very easy to cut, it has happened twice already to someone I know with a z4
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Huh, and all along I thought the tops were bullet proof....I mean, it is fabric. And Black.
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