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      01-03-2016, 06:16 AM   #133
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Ask them to update your car modules to avoid any theft.

There is a lot of confusion around what is security update and how it works?

I will try to explain.

There are two modules which should be updated for the security purpose;

1- CAS: Vital: With updated software, you cannot clone a new key, till you insert you ket into the slot.

2- FRM: Important but not mandatory: With the updated software, it avoids the dropping of the window with the key/ other methods.

A good dealer should update both of these, but in common practice, I have seen some of them updating just CAS.

HTH.
Apologies for a bit of a thread resurrection here, but have a deposit down on my first BMW, an E92 M3, and having moved from 11 years of Subaru Impreza ownership it's alarmed me to see quite how bad standard security setup seems to be on these vehicles - the last thing I want to do is spend the most I've ever done on a car and have it nicked!

The one I've purchased is a 2012 model with E89X-11-09-503 "integration level" according to the dealer.
Whilst from what I can tell this addresses most of the earlier issues with gearbox, iDrive and so on, but the fact that the car's OBD2 port may still be vulnerable frightens me, and I've seen posts which say the BMW OBD2 fix only stops the windows rolling down and still doesn't prevent a key being cloned.

Can anyone confirm for certain for me whether this is or isn't true?
Securemycar have told me all cars remain vulnerable, but this contradicts that - obviously I'd prefer to have the cheaper and less hassle option of a software update on the car rather than punting 600 odd on an alarm system I might not need!
I can see it looks like it's possible to have chirps, flashes, siren volume and so on re-coded on the standard system anyway.

All help appreciated, be gentle I'm still learning all about these as they're a far more complex animal than the average Impreza .
Bmw says that car from 2012 onward cannot be stolen.
Actually they can but the device which helps you to clone the key is 10 times expensive than cloning kit for 07-2011 cars.

So being a 2012 decreases the chances of it being nicked 'technically' however being M3 and 2012 puts it to 'highly desirable cars' category.

My recommendations:
1- Dislock
2- Viper alarm for the peace of mind

If you do not have instant funds to go for number two then relocate the obd which is MUST on e-series.

Good luck.
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Bmw says that car from 2012 onward cannot be stolen.
Actually they can but the device which helps you to clone the key is 10 times expensive than cloning kit for 07-2011 cars.

So being a 2012 decreases the chances of it being nicked 'technically' however being M3 and 2012 puts it to 'highly desirable cars' category.

My recommendations:
1- Dislock
2- Viper alarm for the peace of mind

If you do not have instant funds to go for number two then relocate the obd which is MUST on e-series.

Good luck.
Brilliant, thanks for the explanation - quite why BMW customer service won't acknowledge it is beyond me (legal reasons and leaving themselves open for a huge lawsuit I'm guessing...).

I may go for the Viper anyway; the Disklok I may pick up later (gutted I missed the 30% off deal in November last year ) but the chances are it'll be the one time I don't bother fitting it that the car would get pinched.
Already ordered another OBD2 port to put in place of the standard one, just need to order the extension for the original

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      05-08-2016, 06:58 AM   #135
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Glad I read this thread, we'll sort of anyway! Now also slightly paranoid!

were there particular models that were getting nicked? I remember seeing all the videos doing the rounds at the time.

At Least I know to check if the software update has been done. If there is a way of checking?

You can do everything but I guess ultimately they'll just break into your house and take your keys.

I think I'd rather them just take the car and not go into my house for the keys.
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      05-08-2016, 10:48 AM   #136
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I have had some of these fitted in the entrance to our driveway that are pulled up each night and secured. As well as automated driveway lighting, good house security, cctv and a dog.
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