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      10-17-2012, 05:59 AM   #375
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I'll be routing my Meth line and pump wiring through the car into the boot soon, so guess what will be going along with them
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      10-17-2012, 09:45 AM   #376
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Originally Posted by doughboy View Post
AFAIK on all models you could always do global window open/close with the key in the door, just like holdling the lock or unlock button on the fob.

Interesting on the M3 film above though, whatever he does it doesn't switch the alarm off (no indicator flash) but he opens the door, so the deadlocks are released, and gets straight in, so the alarm must be off at that stage??

Then he just programs a fob to the car presumably at his leisure?

Maybe this was one of these fob-jammer robberies where the car wasn't locked properly in the first place?
At around 3 mins into video there appears to be a light come on, passenger side of car, maybe a torch or the glove box light, whatever it is, what is he doing on that side of the car ???

Fuse Box ???

Maybe a clue to how it was done, any theories ????

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      10-17-2012, 10:58 AM   #377
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Originally Posted by doughboy View Post
At no point have BMW mentioned 'window smashing' as an issue, and why would they? No car manufacturer can stop someone smashing a window with software upgrades!
What I was referring to was the narrowing of the beam when the window is down, but i see the error in my comment because when this issue first arose we were all testing the capability of the interior alarm by dropping the windows and sticking our hands towards the OBD port. If the beam was narrow at this point then of course the alarm wouldnt go off.
My point is that their response doesnt explain how when the windows are up but smashed in the corner; how the beam (which should at this point be wider) doesnt pick up on a hand sticking through the window.

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      10-30-2012, 12:21 PM   #378
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From PH today:

"I posted back in April on this subject. My car (M3 Saloon), had been broken into by smashing the driverís window and all they had done was access the diagnostic port.

I was aware of the issue with BMWs so as a deterrent I bought a disklok. This morning I woke up to find my car gone and the disklok at the side of the road looking like it had been opened with a can opener!
I guess I am lucky as 4 hours later it was recovered by the police. The Met police are aware of the problem and are seeing a lot of cars stolen.

Despite what BMW say the Met tell me this is not an issue with other manufacturers. If you are considering buying a BMW I would recommend you think again unless you have very secure overnight parking. BMW don't care about this they fobbed me off back in April and they will just do the same again.

Fortunately my car was recovered so quickly it will not even go down as a claim (so I am told by my insurer). Anyway, be warned. As for me that's it the car is going at the earliest opportunity so if anyone fancies a 58 reg BMW M3 with 25k miles you can have it (at the right price of course! ;-)"

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      11-02-2012, 05:48 PM   #379
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So I complained to BMW UK about feedback other owners had been providing on forums noting that pre 2007 cars were being stolen in the same manner.... given the feedback they gave me, reporting that pre 2007 models were unaffected. Today I received a phone call from BMW regarding my recent communications. ... I'd been pretty much been sending every link of people reporting their pre 2007 suspected as being stolen using this method... they wanted my details so that my dealer can contact my to arrange the "fix" once available... funny how they can now supply a fix ey?
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      11-06-2012, 08:00 AM   #380
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I emailed BMW yesterday saying that it has been 8 weeks since I was told that an update will be made available "within 8 weeks", and I still have not heard anything.

Anyway, got a reply back saying that they are "finalising all the information" and sending it to their dealerships, and that I should hear something from my dealer within the next 7 days to get it booked in.

Not to sure if that same timescale applies to E90/91/92/93 though.
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      11-09-2012, 04:22 AM   #381
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Just rang BMW to ask about security up date as its been over 8 weeks now since I rang them was told it can in 2 days ago and there in the process of contacting owners to book in to have it done. It takes half a day to do so mine is booked in for 4 Dec as its going in for brake fluid change.
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      11-09-2012, 08:17 AM   #382
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I just got a call about mine, booked in next week.
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      11-09-2012, 08:22 AM   #383
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Who is going to ask Watchdog to do a follow-up on this and a re-test?
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      11-09-2012, 10:00 AM   #384
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I called my local to work dealer today and they said they were only just testing the update on a car today and they will call in 2 weeks to book me in.
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called my local dealer and have book for next week, they said it about 4-5 hours to do.

let see if it helps
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Thread gone dead. Did the "fix" work or are all the cars sold now? No issues sincw 2012?
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      01-27-2014, 07:35 PM   #387
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Originally Posted by safe d15344335
Thread gone dead. Did the "fix" work or are all the cars sold now? No issues sincw 2012?
The Internet hype has past now.

A lot of the E9x drivers I know (including myself) have all seen good reductions in their insurance premium over the last couple of years. That's experienced drivers with maximum NCB that you wouldn't expect to see big drops.

The fact the insurance companies aren't in the slightest concerned highlights how small a problem the thefts are.

I find BMWs one of the cheapest performance cars to insure.

A few high profile cases made this into a far bigger deal than it was in my opinion.

A lot of people are of the opinion that the update did little or nothing.
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