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Old 04-16-2008, 09:19 AM   #1
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How easy is it to steal a Bimmer?

Ok, let me first acknowledge that any vehicle can be stolen at any given time, etc.

A friend of mine had bought an X3 about a month ago and just found out that it got stolen. My question is don't the beemers have a competent anti-theft device?

Just a question.
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Old 04-16-2008, 09:25 AM   #2
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Newbie coming on to maxbimmer asking such a question... may not be a good starting point. I not going even comment on what bmw have or don't have.
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Old 04-16-2008, 09:37 AM   #3
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not sure what the problem is with my question..I figure why not ask in a beemer forum?
fyi, i have a 325i but never even questioned the security system. Since it's happened to my friend, it made me wonder how safe are these cars?

Again, what's the problem with my question?????
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Old 04-16-2008, 09:37 AM   #4
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If a professional wants to steal a car, he'll find a way to steal it.

Alarms don't work as effectively as they used to.


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Newbie coming on to maxbimmer asking such a question... may not be a good starting point. I not going even comment on what bmw have or don't have.
LOL its listed in your profile.
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Old 04-16-2008, 10:03 AM   #5
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Let the old post pimps complain. Nothing wrong with your question. But it would have been nicer if you introduced yourself first.
Anyway. There is no car that is safe when it comes to stealing. Alarms are there just to warn you and most antitheft systems simply delay the thief to increase the possibility he gets caught. These guys know their stuff and know what they can get away with. My best advice is to try and make their job as hard as possible and try and avoid putting yourself or car in a potition that it asks to be stolen. e.g: dont park your car in dark secluded areas, dont leave stuff in clear view, fit the best alarm you can afford and so on.
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Old 04-16-2008, 10:33 AM   #7
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If a professional wants to steal a car, he'll find a way to steal it.

Alarms don't work as effectively as they used to.




LOL its listed in your profile.
I meant in terms of security devices not the car man...

but your right if a pro wants to steal it will be stolen.... can't do nothing about that

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Old 04-22-2008, 06:09 PM   #8
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New cars have various versions of EWS security which is basically a RFID chip utilizing SSL encryption to send a "signal" to your car when the chip (which is located in the key) is near the ignition.

I dont know anything about the X3 specifically, but if you're diligent (meaning, you know/want to spend 150 hours reading, and 3-4K ordering tools from russia) you can steal any bmw you want.

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Having said that, if i see you stealing my car, it'll rain bullets.
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Old 04-23-2008, 01:43 AM   #9
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If someone wants a car, they will get it! Even if they have to do it a gunpoint!

Towtruck is another easy way...takes seconds to hook, and then they have all the time they need to go arround the EWS etc...
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Old 04-23-2008, 07:33 AM   #10
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My old man couldnt start my 7 with the key, I dont know how it would get stolen without it. But if someone wants it, its possible.
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If someone wants a car, they will get it! Even if they have to do it a gunpoint!

Towtruck is another easy way...takes seconds to hook, and then they have all the time they need to go arround the EWS etc...
Ya I doubt people really look twice when soemone is hitching up a car and taking it out of a parking lot.

I had the city move my truck before on me when they were re paving a road, set my alarm off and everything...
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Old 04-23-2008, 01:52 PM   #13
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i have a 80 pound german guard dog in my back seat most of the time, you might get into the car but you wont get out again.
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