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      05-05-2015, 11:48 AM   #1
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Viper alarm system

Anyone here with Viper alarm system fitted? Need some info pls
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I thought about doing this after the obd thing went public, thanks watchdog!
I've enquired about getting an aftermarket alarm fitted but have been advised against it because the 'factory alarm is too difficult to work with'.

This was a few years ago now though so it could now be much easier, hopefully someone on here will come and give more insight.
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      05-05-2015, 12:22 PM   #3
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Viper and Clifford are two top aftermarket alarm brands. I don't know what would be difficult in the fact that they are pretty autonomous. The only feature that typically gives problems is autostart feature. I would talk to a quality installation shop, ask how many BMW's they've done alarms on, and get one.
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      05-05-2015, 12:38 PM   #4
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I thought about doing this after the obd thing went public, thanks watchdog!
I've enquired about getting an aftermarket alarm fitted but have been advised against it because the 'factory alarm is too difficult to work with'.

This was a few years ago now though so it could now be much easier, hopefully someone on here will come and give more insight.
its not difficult to install m8 and I can recommend it. It is worth investment for peace of mind as the OBD thing is still pretty mych on. Plus you get money back from your insurance..
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      05-05-2015, 12:41 PM   #5
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is here someone who has got the alarm fitted so can shed some light about its use, particularly the obd?
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      05-05-2015, 05:03 PM   #6
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Yes, ive got the SmartStart with GPS tracking, remote start, etc.

What do you want to know?

It works perfectly well with the standard alarm system - in fact, mine's set to arm both systems off either the standard BMW fob, or the Viper one.

(my mate is European Technical Director for them....just btw!)

The system makes the square root of fuck all difference to most car insurances, as BMW standard system is supposed to be Thatcham Cat 1 - trouble is, all enthusiasts know that's horseshit.
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      05-05-2015, 05:07 PM   #7
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Yes, ive got the SmartStart with GPS tracking, remote start, etc.

What do you want to know?

(my mate is European Technical Director for them....just btw!)
PM sent
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      05-05-2015, 05:12 PM   #8
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Would it not be best to discuss this on here, so the information is available for others who might have the same questions?
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      05-05-2015, 05:16 PM   #9
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I never got the chance to test it as I havent got a cable or software. I bought the obd wifi adaptor and tried to connect to my iphone, but no luck.
Not sure now if the installation is faulty or the adaptor itself is not compatible. I tried the adaptor on my m8s A5 and it worked..
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      05-05-2015, 05:21 PM   #10
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(For people reading: the OBD port is not working.)

Have you had anyone use the OBD port for anything since you've had the car?

It's not a dummy one that the previous owner fitted by any chance? The real one being hidden away somewhere?
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      05-05-2015, 05:28 PM   #11
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It was always working. I had a CIC retrofit done by Sam, so...

Since the alarm installation the OBD wasnt used/tested until now, when I tried the OBD wifi. I cant get any wifi network out of the adaptor :
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Where abouts do you live? I have a both a bluetooth obd and the Rheingold laptop/cable diagnostic - so if you're nearby, your welcome to pop round and we can check it out.
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      05-05-2015, 05:32 PM   #13
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Thanks. Im in North London m8
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I've had a quick chat with the guy that installed mine (from CarAudioSecurity) - I'll drop you a PM, as it's probably best I don't post detailed installation info.

Basically he says it's highly unlikely to be attributed to the alarm system, but depends on what they've done as part of the install.

I'll send you a PM.
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You know what's quite funny. What I tell you in the PM is what he said the company that installed yours normally do (and I hadn't even told him who you had used!!)
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As A recommend, i had a SmartStart Viper Alarm fitted by 'SecureMyCar' to my E46 M3 and loved it.
Brilliant Alarm system, but as one posters has already said, made not a tosh on my insurance premium!!

The remote start was a novelty, and after shocking a few people by remote starting the car as they stood next to the car, the novelty wore off and can't remember ever using it again!

Only used the GPS tracking once to check where my missus took the car when she borrowed it once! That worked well and i found out what shops she parked next too!

I had to play with the sensitivity of both the tilt alarm and the proximity alarm as at first any rain storm used to set off the alarm and when a lorry whooshed by, off it would go again. Easy to adjust though!

Overall I would defo go Viper again! Class alarm, expensive, but when you look at what you get not so!!!!

I have no issue recommending them!
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got mine installed more than a month ago guys..really glad I did so after all !
I just cant get my OBD working with the wifi adaptor, even if in valet mode. I guess its the incompatible wifi adaptor though ( hope so )
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got mine installed more than a month ago guys..really glad I did so after all !
I just cant get my OBD working with the wifi adaptor, even if in valet mode. I guess its the incompatible wifi adaptor though ( hope so )
Who/where did you get your system installed by? I also had it installed a few weeks ago and am also having problems with the Wifi OBD reader which was working before the alarm and still works on other cars...
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got mine installed more than a month ago guys..really glad I did so after all !
I just cant get my OBD working with the wifi adaptor, even if in valet mode. I guess its the incompatible wifi adaptor though ( hope so )
Who/where did you get your system installed by? I also had it installed a few weeks ago and am also having problems with the Wifi OBD reader which was working before the alarm and still works on other cars...
got it installed by secure my car by a guy called Antony.
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Have you spoken to him yet regarding the info I sent you last night? What did he say?
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      05-06-2015, 06:45 PM   #22
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No, I didnt yet. I dont want to blame him until Im sure of the cause. I need someone to use a cable and connect to my OBD while the car will be in valet mode. If it will work then its the wifi adaptor. If not, he will get a call straight away.
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