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02-20-2007, 06:06 PM
Does anyone know how much it costs to install the X3 alarm system? My dealer quoted nearly $900 for parts and labor... is that reasonable?
02-20-2007, 06:15 PM
I hear it's an easy install you can do yourself and then have the alarm activated by the dealer. Use the search function on the forums to search for more information.
:thumbdwn: Does anyone know how much it costs to install the X3 alarm system? My dealer quoted nearly $900 for parts and labor... is that reasonable?
Here are the approximate prices of the parts and labor:
Parts (one kit with everything) -- List approx. $250; discount from Circle or others at less than $200.
Instalation: 1.0 to 1.5 hours. You can do it yourself, but it is bit of a pain (see below).
Coding: 0.5 hours. (Some dealers do it for free as part of a regular service. You can NOT do it yourself.)
My installation notes are at:
The "official" instructions are at:
If you buy the kit from your local parts counter, be nice to the parts staff and ask them to print out a copy of the latest instructions for you.
I usually don't work on anyone's vehicles except my own, but for $900 I'd consider doing your installation (and I'm in California)! :D
02-20-2007, 08:02 PM
One thing to be aware of - the '07 X3 alarm uses a new siren which has an integrated tilt sensor. As a result, there are only two components to install, the ultrasonic sensor and the new version of the siren. Makes the install a little easier.
Prices and times in my post above are for the MY 2004-2006 system, assuming pre-wiring as in the PP. The instructions in the link are for those years also.
02-21-2007, 12:00 PM
Thanks everyone. I guess I'll just try to install it myself instead of paying nearly $600 installation fee.
02-21-2007, 08:34 PM
Dude, your dealer is ripping you off. Paid mine a little over 200 and 150 for labor, although I'm not sure how pre-wired my 07 was before it was done. And yes, it has a tilt sensor and motion sensor on the interior, so I think it would be best to leave the installation to the pros.
02-21-2007, 08:49 PM
$900 is a ripoff. I'd say $500 tops for parts + installation.
02-22-2007, 11:44 AM
If I remember right, mine was around $400 back in 04 for my 05 X3.
One should remember that it is usually only good for locating your vehicle in a garage if you forget where you parked by hitting the panic button. :tsk:
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