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Old 05-07-2002, 02:59 PM   #1
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Suggestions on Alarms?

Anyone have suggestions for alarms for a 2002 330i? The only ones I've seen that work with the prewiring are the factory alarm and the Stellar alarm.

Anyone get the alarm and find it a waste of money?

Suggestions are much appreciated, thanks!
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Old 05-07-2002, 03:07 PM   #2
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have u tried clifford? They are the best.. that's what i had in my honda.. :smile:
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Old 05-07-2002, 03:24 PM   #3
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hmm... if u decide to get an aftermarket alarm... be warned, you will have to lug around the remote on your keychain. however, if u get the oem alarm, it will be integrated with your bmw key. i'd prefer oem.
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Old 05-07-2002, 03:40 PM   #4
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I would just stick to the stock OEM alarm. I'd rather not carry any more keychains, and I don't think an alarm does that much in the sense of security... If somebody wants your car, they will take your car.
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Old 05-07-2002, 04:14 PM   #5
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trust me...the OEM alarm does what its suppose to do...plus having it tied in with the motion sensors of the car is cool too! If you ask me...to many mod's have to go in when getting an afta market one.

You might also want to consider that if you decide to get an afta mkt one, you're really going to have to trust the tech's because they need to pull and remove panels and wires...and they never go back in the same. Chances are also that you wont be able to use the OEM motion sensors that are pre-wired for the OEM alarm too.

dude...just get the OEM alarm...its worth the $$$...and you won't have to lug a remote.
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Old 05-07-2002, 04:16 PM   #6
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Sold!

Thanks for all the quick replies. I think I'll go with the oem alarm.

Is the install pretty easy? I'd rather not pay for the dealer to do it.
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Old 05-07-2002, 04:21 PM   #7
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I had mine installed at the dealership. I am real good friends with their shop foreman and he gave me a discount on the alarm and the installation. Regardless if you do it yourself, you still need to take it to the dealer to program.

Here's the Do It yourself installation guide.

http://www.bmw330ci.com/DIY_Alarm.htm
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Old 05-07-2002, 04:53 PM   #8
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OEM. The light flases too. That is a plus but still love the motion sensor/
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Re: Sold!

You can install it yourself, but you will still need to go to the dealership and have them "activate it" which they MAY charge you for. (aprox 50 bucks)



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Thanks for all the quick replies. I think I'll go with the oem alarm.

Is the install pretty easy? I'd rather not pay for the dealer to do it.
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Old 05-07-2002, 07:02 PM   #10
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Installation is simple
Just a matter of taking out some paneling and turning some screws
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