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Old 10-31-2011, 02:45 PM   #1
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Factory Alarm or Aftermarket?

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I need and alarm and would appreciate some input on pros and cons factory vs aftermarket...

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Old 10-31-2011, 02:51 PM   #2
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Cheap DIY solution. $10 siren + $30 programming hardware/software

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Old 10-31-2011, 03:13 PM   #3
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the factory alarm is really quiet. thats all I will say. but since you have the clicker in your hand already......
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Old 10-31-2011, 03:20 PM   #4
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^ looked through that thread, although it's cheap, i don't think it functions correctly. all you have is the lock/unlock and the panic button. it doesn't have the interior sensor nor tilt/shock to even trigger the alarm. makes it useless as an alarm. it's a good option if you only want to hear the sound when locking/unlocking
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Old 10-31-2011, 03:21 PM   #5
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Who cares about a factory alarm, everything is the same except the price, get aftermarket!
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Old 10-31-2011, 03:21 PM   #6
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the factory alarm is really quiet. thats all I will say. but since you have the clicker in your hand already......
really? i thought mines was loud. enough to hear it from the other side of my neighborhood lol
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Old 10-31-2011, 03:33 PM   #7
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^ looked through that thread, although it's cheap, i don't think it functions correctly. all you have is the lock/unlock and the panic button. it doesn't have the interior sensor nor tilt/shock to even trigger the alarm. makes it useless as an alarm. it's a good option if you only want to hear the sound when locking/unlocking
Way to rain on my parade!

If the doors/hood/trunk are opened, my alarm will be triggered. That's all I wanted.
The tilt and motion sensors are a simple plug & play if I ever decide to buy them off ebay or from the junkyard.
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Way to rain on my parade!

If the doors/hood/trunk are opened, my alarm will be triggered. That's all I wanted.
The tilt and motion sensors are a simple plug & play if I ever decide to buy them off ebay or from the junkyard.
yea but if you do that, then you would have basically completed the OEM alarm in the first place lol it's like 3 items + programming.
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I dunno. mine is super quiet. I added a second siren and its still super quiet (the chirps - not the alarm- I should have clarified...)
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yea but if you do that, then you would have basically completed the OEM alarm in the first place lol it's like 3 items + programming.
Then the point here could be that an OEM alarm can be had for much less if you DIY, scavenge the parts yourself, and program with a few clicks. I've read that a brand new alarm can be as low as $350 in the US (not sure if programming is included in this charge), but all the dealerships here want $700-800. Not happening.

If the thieves want my entire car, they'll have to tow it. At that point, I applaud their efforts and await my insurance cheque.
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Then the point here could be that an OEM alarm can be had for much less if you DIY, scavenge the parts yourself, and program with a few clicks. I've read that a brand new alarm can be as low as $350 in the US (not sure if programming is included in this charge), but all the dealerships here want $700-800. Not happening.

If the thieves want my entire car, they'll have to tow it. At that point, I applaud their efforts and await my insurance cheque.
buy the parts from tischer, it's like 290 or something like that. diy yourself takes like 10-15 mins tops (unless you are really taking your time lol). then you just need to reprogram.
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OEM + the shock sensor. DIY for the sensor is in this forum.
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source a used oem one....diy install then gotta get prgramming.....
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Old 11-01-2011, 08:23 AM   #15
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Lots of pulled out factory units are available. Easy DIY using online guides. Shop around for the programming.
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Lol, noob question here. how can I check if my car even has an alarm?
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Old 11-01-2011, 03:14 PM   #19
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anyone try the Viper Smart Start or is it possible to install that without Dealer being needed?

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nm searched google and found lots of down sides to it but it does work for others that are curious

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Lol, noob question here. how can I check if my car even has an alarm?
Hold the BMW or trunk release button down for a few seconds. If things get loud, you have an alarm.
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