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bmwluvher
08-10-2007, 11:12 PM
Does anyone know where lo-jack normally installs their units? All the cars at my dealer have them installed as a dealer option. They use them because too many cars were being stolen off the lot. when you buy you have the choice of activating or disable. I disabled. I want the box out of my car. I dont know where it is and the dealer wont tell me.

Adumbration
08-11-2007, 12:34 AM
Hmm. This potentially conflicts with what my dealer told me, so I'd be interested to hear what others know about this.

My dealer told me that BMW installs a lo-jack like device into all of its vehicles (or at least all 5s), and that if my vehicle is ever stolen, I can contact them to find it. They even gave me a form that needs to be filled out and returned to them with a police report.

I specifically asked if it was Lo-jack, and they said 'no'. I asked how it worked, and they said it was connected to the built-in satellite phone, and when access by a certain signal will report back the GPS location. No idea if they were making this up, but it sounded plausible to me.


If this approach is effective, then it doesn't make sense to install both this and a lo-jack.


As to your question, my understanding is that Lo-jack installers will not tell you where it is located due to obvious security concerns. They typically find a few nice hiding spots in each model, and keep that knowledge to themselves. They do not want other people knowing where these hiding spots are since then thieves will know exactly where to look and be able to disable their product, and thus, greatly reduce its effectiveness.

phong
08-11-2007, 12:52 AM
The whole deal with lojack is to be hidden so you (and thieves) wouldn't know where to find it This is probably why they refuse to tell you so this information does not get compromised.

Adumbration, you're dealer is talking about BMW Assist. Gives you the same functionality as lojack. However, some users disagree its effectiveness compared to lojack.

Adumbration
08-11-2007, 01:53 AM
Adumbration, you're dealer is talking about BMW Assist. Gives you the same functionality as lojack. However, some users disagree its effectiveness compared to lojack.Ah, thanks!


By the way, two things:


How are these cars being stolen? Inside job? Flatbed tow truck? I thought it was extremely difficult to start a car these days without the key, to the point that when an insurance company hears your car was stolen, they immediate start thinking inside job or start asking you to produce any issued keys to prove that you weren't negligent by leaving your keys in the car.


Also, if your car is stolen, would you really want it back?

Not sure I'd want lo-jack either. I'll take a new car, please.

bmwluvher
08-15-2007, 09:12 AM
Ha! Found it! they hid it inside the trunk. It was causing the electrical issue i was having too! this unit even has a backup battery. Hope lo-jack doesnt try to find it because they'll be looking at the city dump.

merklebob
08-15-2007, 12:57 PM
bmw esp with the nav system have gps built into the car. the car location is part of the information the car send to the central contol system. when a car is stolden they can tramsmit a code to the car and it send back the location. its my guess that car capably of have the bmw assist must have gps's as well. when i had to use teh assist they knew exactly where on i90 i was.

bmwluvher
08-15-2007, 02:01 PM
Again, lo-jack is not the same as BMW assist. Bmw Assist has recovery/gps features. Lo-jack uses RF and is not apart of the BMW car.

JSpira
08-15-2007, 03:08 PM
I specifically asked if it was Lo-jack, and they said 'no'. I asked how it worked, and they said it was connected to the built-in satellite phone, and when access by a certain signal will report back the GPS location. No idea if they were making this up, but it sounded plausible to me.


I don't know what hallucinogenic your dealer is on but neither BMW nor Lojack has a satellite phone, built-in or otherwise.

bmwluvher
08-15-2007, 03:26 PM
I don't know what hallucinogenic your dealer is on but neither BMW nor Lojack has a satellite phone, built-in or otherwise.

:rofl::rofl::rofl:

Adumbration
08-15-2007, 08:23 PM
I don't know what hallucinogenic your dealer is on but neither BMW nor Lojack has a satellite phone, built-in or otherwise.You're right.

From bmwusa.com:

The BMW Assist system includes its own phone that has up to 5 times the power of your cell phone’s maximum 0.6 watt output. It is connected to an external antenna to offer improved reception and transmission capability. BMW provides advanced digital and analog cellular service throughout the USA and Canada for communication between your BMW and our BMW Assist Response Center. At the touch of a button, your system transmits your location and other vehicle information; you can then speak hands-free to a trained response specialist who coordinates the dispatch of appropriate services. The BMW Assist system is designed to initiate a call automatically after an airbag deploys or a severe impact occurs.