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Old 03-05-2010, 01:52 PM   #21
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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.
I can code and align modules in my garage with a $40 cable.
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Old 03-05-2010, 03:19 PM   #22
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I can code and align modules in my garage with a $40 cable.
A $40 cable? Other than the car, what's it connected to?
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Old 03-05-2010, 03:35 PM   #23
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my laptop.
so with a 40 dollar cable and hundred dollar laptop.
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Old 03-05-2010, 03:54 PM   #24
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my laptop.
so with a 40 dollar cable and hundred dollar laptop.
Interesting... what program(s) does it run... and what kinda cable?

My mechanic does the same (cable/laptop) but there's a fairly pricey yellow box in that chain (one of the two programming modules or whatever they're called).
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Is it a cable like this?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...m=370198847027

I'm considering getting one of these. There are several different software programs that can be found by searching for "obd" over on demonoid.

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Interesting... what program(s) does it run... and what kinda cable?

My mechanic does the same (cable/laptop) but there's a fairly pricey yellow box in that chain (one of the two programming modules or whatever they're called).

Maybe the yellow box is the interface? I have seen cheaper cables on ebay that connect to rs232 serial and require an additional interface to communitcate with a PC.
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Old 03-05-2010, 05:26 PM   #26
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That cable might work. The software I am running is the same software they use at the dealership, DIS for diagnostics and SSS\Progman for coding\programming.
You can see me guides over at BFC, I guess I should mirror them here as well:
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I am using a Carsoft interface as well as a VAGCOM KKL interface. Either works. I have also ordered another cable from China that I am hoping will allow auto-detect to work (that is the only thing that doesn't work, you have to know what kind of car you are diagnosing (E36, E46, etc..), not really a big problem)
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Yes. They will also steal your garage door opener and steal everything in your garage by getting your address from registration slips in the visor. If you have an attached garage, there is obviously even more to steal.
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This actually happened to me! My car was at a custom fabric shop getting the bolster fixed on the driver side seat. It was parked in back with a bunch of other cars and two other verts overnight and someone broke in and all 3 verts got broken into by slicing open the convertible top. Funny though...the other two verts had aftermarket radios and they were both ripped out and a lot of damage done to the inside of their cars. My stock radio wasn't touched and the only damage to mine was the sliced top. I guess our stock radios aren't such a hot item on the black market........
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Revival of a stupid thread.

By the way E46 vert tops are made of Kevlar, so don't worry about anyone breaking in. Leave all your valuables in plain sight.
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Revival of a stupid thread.

By the way E46 vert tops are made of Kevlar, so don't worry about anyone breaking in. Leave all your valuables in plain sight.
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On my old E36, once the car was locked from the outside, none of the interior lock controls were operable. So even if you cut the top and were able to reach in, the only way to actually get in would be to climb through the roof, or just break the window.

I don't know anyone who has a convertible that ever got cut.
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