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Old 02-04-2010, 01:22 PM   #1
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diy needed: convertible/vert alarm install

So i searched.. and searched. Didn't seem to find any diys out there for convertible alarm installs.

I've found plenty of coupe ones, but I need one for verts. here's what I found so far:
http://m3.madrussian.net/diy_alarm.shtml
http://www.e46fanatics.com/faq/alarminstall/index.html
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Old 02-04-2010, 06:19 PM   #2
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:36 PM   #3
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Looks pretty straightforward if you have a pre-2004 'vert. I'm going to install mine this weekend and there are only 2 components (siren under the hood & tilt sensor in trunk).

If you have the full kit, i've read that you have to do something with the center console.
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Old 02-04-2010, 09:01 PM   #4
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So i searched.. and searched. Didn't seem to find any diys out there for convertible alarm installs.

I've found plenty of coupe ones, but I need one for verts. here's what I found so far:
http://m3.madrussian.net/diy_alarm.shtml
http://www.e46fanatics.com/faq/alarminstall/index.html
Either one of these will work. I installed it in my 2001 and it is just the piece above the battery and the siren in the trunk. There is an additional sensor you can put in the car itself, but I didn't install it.

Both of these DIY threads you have listed will work for a vert. It is pretty easy, although you will have to have it programed by a dealer for it to actually function.
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Old 02-04-2010, 10:45 PM   #5
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The newer Vert alarm 3/04 is a bit more expensive as there are actually 2 interior motion detectors. Additionally you need to cut the rear part of the console (behind the rear ash tray) and install a $16 console extension for the rear most motion detector that needs to be ordered to match the interior color.

No need to really write up a DIY as you should be able to get any BMW parts department to print out the instructions for the alarm install. This is a requirement for the parts department when the alarm kit is sold. There is large yellow sticker on the outside of the box that instructs the parts department to print the info from the BMW ASAP system. This is because they offer the instructions in about 10 languages and it is easier to pack one alarm kit and have the local parts department to provide the language specific instructions.

Console dis-assembly is toughest part (although not too difficult), and it is really the only difference from the coupe or sedan. The under hood siren install and the trunk mounted tilt sensor are the same for all versions of the car.

I still need to do the console work on my '06 Vert, just waiting for the weather to break a bit and to have time.

If you want instructions for a 3/04 or newer Vert, PM me and I should be able to e-mail you a PDF of the install instructions.

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Old 03-05-2011, 07:14 AM   #6
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Instructions for OEM alarm install for newer E46 Convertible. Note that only US/North America spec cars come prewired from my understanding. I believe you can retrofit a non US/North America spec car with this kit, however, it is a LOT of effort and requires quit a bit of wiring, vehicle disassemby and special order connectors. Unsure how much effort is required to program an non US/North America spec the car, but I believe this has been done.
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Old 05-09-2011, 05:34 PM   #7
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jfoj, I recently bought an 06 vert m3. How can I tell if the car is prewired for the alarm? The dealer quoted me two different prices on installs and he said it depended on whether or not the car was prewired.
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:43 PM   #8
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This is what I did. Then added DEI shock and tilt sensors to it, and instead of just one buzzer I used 2, one on each side of the car. Sounds/works great...

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=761104
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:19 PM   #9
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I don't see the thing in the trunk that shows that mine is pre-wired for the alarm. Anyone know how difficult that is, and how much that would cost? John

EDIT: Decided to do some searches and apparently the US E46s are already prewired... I'm guessing just my "pre-wired" labels are missing.
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:04 PM   #10
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Took the trunk apart and found the wiring for the alarm but I didn't have the sticker. Order the full alarm from Tischer and have installed most of it except I can't find the plug for the interior motion sensor.
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