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      07-20-2012, 01:29 AM   #23
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Someone posted on pistonheads that BMW installed a software upgrade two weeks ago to prevent his car getting stolen

Well was in fact his mates M1 car, anyone else heard anything about a BMW software upgrade?
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      07-20-2012, 02:58 AM   #24
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Agreed - they're not going to bother their arses to nick a 3 year-old 320d. If I had an Exx M car I'd be worried.
Sorry to rain on the parade but my friends 320D 55 plate got taken like this last year. Vanished from driveway in north london over night. With no sign of breakin or alarm. He lives of a main road as well. I believe few others on here as well been hit and then dont drive Ms

Fact is they see a BMW which are easy and even a 320D has a high value for spares. Fact is its not worht taking chances
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Like the conversation I had with my neighbour, if they really want it then they'll take but relocating the OBD (like I have done) puts them at greater risk of being caught.

As I understand it, there is a small area in the car tha the alarm sensors fail to cover, the theives know this and exploit it, obviously this area is around the OBD port. By relocationg your OBD port to another area that is covered by the sensors the alarms will most definitely sound and therefore raise alert. Should everyone ignore your alarm or shout "SHUT THE F UP" out of their window rather than raise concern you then have the theif scratching his head and wondering where to look for it...does he (she?) really have 30mins to uproot an interior to find it...bit risky for them if you ask me.

P.S. I didn't tell my neighbour where I relocated it, in case he was a baddie .

Truth be told, if your BMW has been stolen then it's probably being driven by a Bosnian now.
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Totally agree JamJay these guys go for quick quiet getaway, same reason you fit a house alarm unless you in sticks a thief will go after a house with no bell boxes generally than one with since they can take their time and not be caught. Something that proved itself in my area few yeas back. Only houses that got done over and there where few where ones with no bell boxes on the wall
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I went with a steering lock on mine. I know its not a fool proof solution and wouldn't hold off a determined theif for long, but I'd imagine most people making off with these cars are after the 15-30 second getaway. I'd imagine having to deal with a steering lock, which would mean getting in the door as well, will put any opportunists off.

Its also a 6 year old car, can't imagine its huge on the desire list!!
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Someone posted on pistonheads that BMW installed a software upgrade two weeks ago to prevent his car getting stolen

Well was in fact his mates M1 car, anyone else heard anything about a BMW software upgrade?
I've heard this rumour too. Might ask my local stealer about it.. although I'm not entirely sure they'd have a clue.
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could be possible i know since getting a new ECU as part of the performance pack one of my OBD2 readers no longer can read the ECU.

I wouldnt be suprised bit like in old days of the quite recalls that they are working on something
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