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      09-24-2005, 05:55 AM   #1
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Did you order an alarm?

I think it's ridiculous that the alarm isn't standard on the E90. I ordered CA to be able to get in and out easily. I assume if you don't order an alarm or CA you will have to pull your key out every time you lock and unlock your doors. I'm just curious. How many of you purchased the alarm option and how many did not?
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I got the alarm installed in my E90, and probably will in the E91 also. I'm not sure I understand your point about taking the key out. That reallly has only to do with the comfort access option and not the alarm. Also, I often disable the motion sensor if I leave my windows down 1" (in case a big bug gets in), which you would still have to do with the key even with CA.

Comfort Access would be cool. But it's not $500 cool, for me anyway.
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I think it's ridiculous that the alarm isn't standard on the E90. I ordered CA to be able to get in and out easily. I assume if you don't order an alarm or CA you will have to pull your key out every time you lock and unlock your doors. I'm just curious. How many of you purchased the alarm option and how many did not?
no, it has remote entry. it has several auto-theft devices that are sufficient. the alarm is simply an audible tone that notifies if your car has been touched, but the features that come with the car standard without the alarm are the things that prevent the car from being stolen. the alarm is just a pointless beeping.
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      09-24-2005, 02:14 PM   #4
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Hey, what's the matter with pointless beeping?

Hey Nikki, you're following me again.
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Hey, what's the matter with pointless beeping?

Hey Nikki, you're following me again.
lol, pointless beeping because car alarms go off so frequently that no one would even notice and by the time it went off, and you got to it, the person would have already stolen whatever it is that they wanted.
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      09-24-2005, 04:56 PM   #6
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lol, pointless beeping because car alarms go off so frequently that no one would even notice and by the time it went off, and you got to it, the person would have already stolen whatever it is that they wanted.
I agree with Nikki. The car has already all it needs to prevent to be stolen.
The alarm is not necessary. If you go in the DIY area you can see
how easy is to install it (if you really want it) and you can
see the part list ...

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I really don't entirely disagree. I opted for the alarm because it will still deter the amature and joy ride seeker. A pro is going to get your car if he wants it. Is someone is looking for a quick steal or break-in, they're less likely to bother the car with the flashing alarm light if there are other targets around.

But all in all, your points are valid. Really, they should be standard anyway which would make this a moot question.
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Re flashing clown-nose: hopefully the new software update enables this, just as it was on the e46 without an alarm.
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      09-24-2005, 06:36 PM   #9
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Agree with all the points. Got one also.

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I really don't entirely disagree. I opted for the alarm because it will still deter the amature and joy ride seeker. A pro is going to get your car if he wants it. Is someone is looking for a quick steal or break-in, they're less likely to bother the car with the flashing alarm light if there are other targets around.

But all in all, your points are valid. Really, they should be standard anyway which would make this a moot question.
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I did not order it. But will be looking into enabling the clown nose once the updates are available.
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I did not order it. But will be looking into enabling the clown nose once the updates are available.
Updates are available & I bet it doesn't enable clown nose.
More than likely this is feature of having alarm installed only?

Love way everyone thinks alarm is useless yet it gives me...
$100.00 discount off my car insurance. Every Year!

2 BMW's sitting next to each other & someone wants whats in car.
One has blinking light other does'nt, guess who's car gets ripped off
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Updates are available & I bet it doesn't enable clown nose.
More than likely this is feature of having alarm installed only?

Love way everyone thinks alarm is useless yet it gives me...
$100.00 discount off my car insurance. Every Year!

2 BMW's sitting next to each other & someone wants whats in car.
One has clown nose blinking other does'nt, guess who's car gets ripped off
my insurance company gives the same amount of discount either way, as long as it has some sort of anti-theft device, then they just take off the same price for. i have progressive insurance.

you say the car may be targeted because it doesn't have an alarm, but it is unlikely that anyone is going to try and steal it, and if they do, a car with an alarm is not any better protected. really the only type of theft that will occur with the 3 series is if you leave something visible in your car and they break the window to steal it, but it is very unlikely that they will try and steal the car. and, as i said, if someone is simply going to break your window and snatch something, by the time you hear the alarm, (if you hear it, or if you bother to run outside) the thief will already be gone.
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      09-24-2005, 11:27 PM   #13
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Quick q - do cars without premium package have the clown nose on the rear view mirror? I know premium pack has the special rear view mirrow w/ compass, clown nose, and 3 radio signal buttons...but I wasn't sure what the normal rear view mirror had.
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you say the car may be targeted because it doesn't have an alarm, but it is unlikely that anyone is going to try and steal it, and if they do, a car with an alarm is not any better protected. really the only type of theft that will occur with the 3 series is if you leave something visible in your car and they break the window to steal it, but it is very unlikely that they will try and steal the car.
My point exactly. Not saying alarm does anything for stealing car.
I feel most thieves will not take chance of car going off & getting caught.
When right next to that car sits one without alarm & no distraction 4 them?
Hey I rather have it then not! Very small price to pay for piece of mind.
31 years driving & only time my cars got broken into was cars without alarms.
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yeah, i felt that way when i ordered the car i said i wanted the alarm and they said it was like $600, but a few days later i realized it was not worth it and called them up and cancelled the alarm.
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I think I'll get the OEM alarm eventually when I feel like taking the car in again, you know just to "feel" safer. :rocks:
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I have oem alarm on my ordered 330i. It also serves as a deterrent to thieves and vandals. Ordered it without hesitation.
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Quick q - do cars without premium package have the clown nose on the rear view mirror? I know premium pack has the special rear view mirrow w/ compass, clown nose, and 3 radio signal buttons...but I wasn't sure what the normal rear view mirror had.
Yes. I think all 3's have the clown nose. It just doesn't do anything until you get the alarm.
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As discussed in another thread a while back, is there a way to have the dealer program the clown nose to flash even if no alarm is installed?

I believe this is possible...
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I used to joke with a guy I worked with about my anti-theft system. I would park my almost identical maxima se next to his, but I used a club type steering wheel lock. Sure enough, his was stolen while parked right next to mine. (and never recovered)


2 BMW's sitting next to each other & someone wants whats in car.
One has blinking light other does'nt, guess who's car gets ripped off [/quote]
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Though I haven't gotten my E90 yet, when it comes in you can be sure I WILL order an alarm.

Last night whilst I was sleeping, someone tried to steal my E46... AGAIN! :mad: (Not the same place as the first time though). However, I have an alarm in the E46 so I can only assume that once it went off they ran away. Nothing inside was even disturbed, so I guess I'm lucky. I never keep the valet and emergency key inside the car either. Minor damage around the driver's side door lock though (which is now destroyed).
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