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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 01-20-2005, 08:25 PM
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Convertible break in experience NY/NJ/CT?

Am I crazy to have a convertible in this area? Do they damage the top to get in or just pop the lock (break the window if you have a Bimmian lock cover) like on the sedan and coupe? Is the convertible more of a target because of the top?

Please share thoughts and experiences.

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Old 01-20-2005, 09:05 PM
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Am I crazy to have a convertible in this area? Do they damage the top to get in or just pop the lock (break the window if you have a Bimmian lock cover) like on the sedan and coupe? Is the convertible more of a target because of the top?

Please share thoughts and experiences.

Thanks.
Every car I ever had in NYC was broken into with one of them finally getting stolen.

A girl I work with has a convt. Her top has been slashed twice. Another girl I work with has a vert Mustang. Top also slashed.

Not sure what to tell you other than not to park it on the street in the City.
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Old 01-20-2005, 11:52 PM
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I was an Alfa guy for 25 years, until 97 when I purchased my M3. I never locked my Alfas just for that reason. Dont keep anything inside it, and leave the door unlocked, otherwise it's a simple slash to get inside. That's why I wouldn't own a cab now as my daily driver, you can never lock them.

[QUOTE=tmjb]Am I crazy to have a convertible in this area? Do they damage the top to get in or just pop the lock (break the window if you have a Bimmian lock cover) like on the sedan and coupe? Is the convertible more of a target because of the top?QUOTE]
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Old 01-23-2005, 09:35 AM
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Thanks: Alarm question

Thanks for the feedback and advice.

Here's a related question: If you have your alarm programmed so that it is only deactivated by the remote a) Can you set it without locking the doors and if so b) Would it then be activated by someone opening the door?

If answers to these questions are yes this would seem to be a reasonable way of securing the car without risk to the top.

Another question about the leaving the car open and protecting the top: Is it enough just to leave the car unlocked or do you think its necessary to post a note on the doors stating such?

I would appreciate any opinions about these issue. Thanks.
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Thanks for the feedback and advice.

Here's a related question: If you have your alarm programmed so that it is only deactivated by the remote a) Can you set it without locking the doors and if so b) Would it then be activated by someone opening the door?

If answers to these questions are yes this would seem to be a reasonable way of securing the car without risk to the top.

Another question about the leaving the car open and protecting the top: Is it enough just to leave the car unlocked or do you think its necessary to post a note on the doors stating such?

I would appreciate any opinions about these issue. Thanks.
You need an alarm with an ingnition kill. I had an alarm on my Toyota Corlloa GT and the Club. It was taken from the corner of 3rd and 85th. If you are really concerned, I would probably get Lojack installed.

But with a vert, I don't think there is much you are going to do. If they want the car, they are going to take it.
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They could also just slash your roof for the hell of it.

Circle BMW has a full cabrio alarm that includes the interior motion sensors. (There are two) You should look into it. It won't stop anyone, but it can at least let you know something happened.
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