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Old 04-25-2002, 07:35 PM   #1
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Facotry (OEM) alarm worth it?

Is the alarm worth buying? I think they go for $300 ...if im right?


Not that alarms really do anything noadays noise dont mean jack.

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Old 04-25-2002, 07:43 PM   #2
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I'm getting bmw alarm kit here - http://www.pacificbmw.com/catalog/ac...ion=&model=E46

For me it was either BMW alarm or LoJack. I used to have LoJack before and it didn't prevent someone from stealing my stereo.
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Old 04-25-2002, 07:52 PM   #3
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Personally I love the BMW alarm, simple to install, and it does what I need. I got mine for $225 at www.circlebmw.com
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Old 04-25-2002, 07:58 PM   #4
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I like the cool noise it makes when I lock my car.
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Old 04-25-2002, 08:02 PM   #5
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re: alarm

Be careful if you order it ... it needs to be activated by a dealer.
Some dealers absolutely refuse to touch it if you didn't purchase
it from them (and/or have them install it).

Pacific BMW (in LA) seems to be one of the exceptions
though, and is very good to deal with.
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Old 04-25-2002, 08:40 PM   #6
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Love it!

I just installed mine last weekend. Love the beep. Siren is crazy loud too. Also circlebmw, for $225. Dealer charged me $50 to activate it.
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Old 04-25-2002, 08:53 PM   #7
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I'll definitely be getting one - I'm waiting on Imola Ed to install his to decide whether to install my own, or have the dealer install it.

Whenever possible (assuming a good product to start with), I would always choose a OEM alarm - even if only because I wouldn't want to trust my $50k auto to some minimum-wage electronics jockey at the local Best Buy. :tongue:
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Old 04-25-2002, 10:31 PM   #8
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I love the beeping, sounds nice and elegant.
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Old 04-25-2002, 11:04 PM   #9
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Old 04-26-2002, 12:46 AM   #10
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I'll definitely be getting one - I'm waiting on Imola Ed to install his to decide whether to install my own, or have the dealer install it.

Whenever possible (assuming a good product to start with), I would always choose a OEM alarm - even if only because I wouldn't want to trust my $50k auto to some minimum-wage electronics jockey at the local Best Buy. :tongue:
Let me tell you up front, don't wait for him. Its MAD easy! I mean I did my first oil change EVER 2 weeks ago and I installed mine. I don't even have a screwdriver. I had to borrow a friends. That's how mechically declined I am. If I can do it...ANYONE can do it!!!
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Old 04-26-2002, 12:49 AM   #11
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I'll definitely be getting one - I'm waiting on Imola Ed to install his to decide whether to install my own, or have the dealer install it.

Whenever possible (assuming a good product to start with), I would always choose a OEM alarm - even if only because I wouldn't want to trust my $50k auto to some minimum-wage electronics jockey at the local Best Buy. :tongue:
How about that! I was just about to ping you. I just came from the garage. I put in my SilverVision bulbs (man, what a difference), and I just put in 2 pieces of the OEM alarm (still have to do the horn). It's really easy. I mean really easy.


Don't waste your money on the dealer. It ain't worth it at all in this case. I already checked with the service dept. where I got my car and they said they'd activate it for about 50 smackolas. Wicked.


I just hope I don't have to wait some insane time to get an appt.
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what all features does it have?
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Old 04-26-2002, 02:05 AM   #13
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what all features does it have?
This convenient system includes:

- BMW Security and Alarm System sensor
- High-Powered siren
- Ultrosonic interior motion detector (except convertible)
- Trunk and hook protection
- Tilt detector to prevent unauthorized towing
- Flashing "armed" status LED (clown nose)
- Door lock/double lock ("arm") and unlock ("disarm")

Don't think I had that on the top of my head, it's in the accessories guide. :smile:
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Old 04-26-2002, 02:18 AM   #14
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dont our cars come with alarms??? since ive gotten my car i hav never checked the alarm. . .hmmz. . .
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This convenient system includes:

- BMW Security and Alarm System sensor
- High-Powered siren
- Ultrosonic interior motion detector (except convertible)
- Trunk and hook protection
- Tilt detector to prevent unauthorized towing
- Flashing "armed" status LED (clown nose)
- Door lock/double lock ("arm") and unlock ("disarm")

Don't think I had that on the top of my head, it's in the accessories guide. :smile:
shock sensor? I wish it had an audio mic too. I think I might go after market...I've been trying to keep my installers out of my car since I got it, but now I think I'm ready....ha
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Old 04-26-2002, 08:25 AM   #16
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Not having a shock sensor is the only downside. I'm trying to see how to add one, but can't seem to get any feedback. Clem recommeded contacting streeteffectz, just waiting for them to get back to me. I'll let you all know when I find out.

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Old 04-26-2002, 08:42 AM   #17
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dont our cars come with alarms??? since ive gotten my car i hav never checked the alarm. . .hmmz. . .
Doesn't come standard, no. Most dealers charge WAY too much for them anyway. My dealer quoted me $500 for the alarm and $200 for installation. HA! Got it for $225 and installed it myself. My service advisor didn't charge anything for activation either. YAY!
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