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03-04-2003, 10:26 PM
My M3 should be here in a few weeks and I've been trying to persuade the dealership to "throw in" an alarm for me. They are giving me the run around and do not want to give it to me for nothing. They say that there is really no need for it because no one can steal the car anyways without a key. True, but what do you guys think?

Even if I end up paying the few hundred dollars for it, is it worth it?? More peace of mind?? Does the red light under the rear view mirror only blink when you have the alarm installed???
Will this help deter thieves anyway?

Thanks for your help!!

03-04-2003, 10:28 PM
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03-04-2003, 10:54 PM
Richardson, Texas
2002 M3 Alpine White/Black Leather/SMG

think of it. Eagle M3
03-04-2003, 11:11 PM
The dealer is right the car can't be stolen easily, but it's easy to break into or jack up and steal the wheels off. The alarm keeps the amateurs away.

03-04-2003, 11:34 PM

03-04-2003, 11:36 PM
from various dealers, like Circle BMW, for about $225, install it yourself in an hour or so, and pay the dealer $50 or so to activate. Definitely don't pay more than $500.

03-04-2003, 11:48 PM
One could go off in our parking lot at work for 15 minutes and no one will even look at it.<br>

Agent7 Austin,Texas
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03-05-2003, 12:04 AM

03-05-2003, 02:09 AM
I had my dealer activate the clown nose on locking the car. It flashes just like there is an alarm. The key lock will also activate the flashers when locking the doors. I like that feature. A pro thief will crow bar the hood and disable the alarm then flatbed it out of there. An amateur will see the red clown nose flashing and get out of there. Either way, you only need to have the appearance of security in order to protect your car as best as possible. And the price? Nothing :) - takes dealer 2 minutes to do it - guaranteed they'll throw that in for free.

03-05-2003, 10:31 AM
The factory alarm is cheap (especially if you buy the kit from Circle BMW and install yourself) and you get an insurance discount. The cost of the alarm paid for itself in the first year. Plus the factory alarm is convenient since I don't have an extra key fob to mess with. And the key-memory features still work.

03-05-2003, 11:35 AM
Cannot really understand why an M3 in Canada costs less, and has much more equipment as standard (not that I am complaining).

You would think that given the larger size market in the US (about 10 times larger), it should be the other way around.

Cannot remember all items we get as standard, but the options list in Canada is this (All else is standard).

Ski Bag
19" Wheels
High Gloss Shadowline
Rain Sensor
CD Changer
Telephone prewire

Heated seats, Alarm, HK Sound system etc... are all standard.


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