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Old 10-30-2009, 07:46 PM
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New X3 Owner Here!!

Just bought a 2009 X3...okay, well actually it's for the wife. Anyways, we were originally looking at used 07's and 08's, but with the 0.9% financing, the new one was a no-brainer. I live in Ogden, UT, but we actually bought it in Tucson, AZ. I was TDY there with the Air Force and ended up getting a new car in the process. There aren't a whole lot of Bimmers in Utah and the dealership in Salt Lake is pretty high priced and none of the used ones were CPO'd. Anyways, it is a pretty base model...nothing fancy. Black exterior with beige interior. The only thing that it is missing that we would like is seat warmers. Not many BMWs in Tucson had them...obviously!

A couple quick questions. It doesn't have the alarm. How many of you have the alarm and how many of you would recommend it. I see it was about $380, but I assume with installation it will run $500. If I do get an alarm...do I get the BMW one or got to an aftermarket? Anything else I should/shouldn't do as a new X3 owner? We got the dealer to throw in the carpeted floormats after some begging and also bought the all-weather rubber ones. How about the 3M clearbra also? I hate dings and chips and I think it may be very useful here in Utah.

Anyways, thanks for any advice in advance!
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Old 10-30-2009, 08:13 PM
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Welcome to the family! You're going to love the new car! I'm a fairly new member myself... I've had a number of BMW's over the years, but this is my first X3. Mine is an '06 with I think every option you could get on the car for that year. Although, it did not have the alarm, I retrofitted mine myself. I bought it here http://bmw.dealerfit.com/store/bmw-x...1389_13859.php Please be guided accordingly, if you are handly at all, it took me an hour to install it in my garage one night. Also, do a little more homework, I think I read somewhere online that the '09 are not prewired for it, which if, in fact they did, thats kind of ridiculous.
Anyway, good luck with and enjoy the new ride!
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Old 10-30-2009, 08:43 PM
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Rick, thanks for the advice! I assume you are in Chicago. I am from Green Bay.....but I hold no ill feelings toward Chicago. In fact, the wife and I went to college in Madison and we visited Chicago at least once a month...great city. We actually got engaged there at Geja's Fondue Restaurant.
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Old 10-31-2009, 10:31 AM
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Re: Alarm. When was the last time you did something when you heard a car alarm (not your own) go off? Personally I think they are a waste of money, but you do get a small break on the insurance for having one.
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Old 10-31-2009, 11:10 AM
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All BMWs have the chip in the key that talks to the ignition, which means the casual thief probably looks elsewhere. I passed on the alarm...
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Old 10-31-2009, 01:10 PM
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Re: Alarm. When was the last time you did something when you heard a car alarm (not your own) go off? Personally I think they are a waste of money, but you do get a small break on the insurance for having one.
That is a good point. I think it still would act as a deterent...assuming someone was stupid enough to try to break in. I think the alarm should come standard on a $40K automobile.
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Old 10-31-2009, 07:45 PM
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That is a good point. I think it still would act as a deterent...assuming someone was stupid enough to try to break in. I think the alarm should come standard on a $40K automobile.

Several months ago 9 cars in our neighborhood, including my wife's care were broken into. It was simple smash and grab. Mine has the clown nose blinking away and has not been touched.

Also, with some minor modifications I mounted 4 piezo ($20 each) tweeters in the cab. They are adjusted to 108 db (this is above the threshold for human pain). At that level you cannot keep your eyes open. You can't steal what you can't see. And believe me even the service guys are cautious around my vehicle.

So is an alarm worth it. Yup. And I don't have to shoot them to stop them.
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Old 10-31-2009, 08:06 PM
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Good points all but isn't 108db about the sound level in the Mosh Pits? Most of the perps that do this sort of thing seem to have diminished aural capacity among their other problems.
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Old 11-01-2009, 12:20 PM
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Ironic story...went to a Halloween party last night. Decided not to take the X3....who knows if you have to give an intoxicated friend a ride home...don't want throw-up in the new Bimmer. Anyways, at about 10:30, my friends car got broken into...think they used a coat hanger. There was no alarm on the car. They took the GPS, but left an Ipod and two purses and a wallet. Don't understand the reasoning behind that. If i had to guess, even if the X3 was there, I bet they would have passed it up....assumed it had an alarm. Better safe than sorry though...will be looking into the alarm. Anybody know how much installed?
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:37 PM
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Hey man, welcome to the 'fest. The alarms run around $300 IIRC on ebay (Dealer Stores) and yo can install it your self and just take it in to be programmed. My advice is, just get the clown nose programmed to blink when the car is locked, how would somebody know there's no alarm?
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Old 11-01-2009, 09:15 PM
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Good points all but isn't 108db about the sound level in the Mosh Pits? Most of the perps that do this sort of thing seem to have diminished aural capacity among their other problems.

To be my normal geek self---102db. I used to use a SPL meter at sound checks as local township ordinance required it to be below 105 at ground zero.

That's about the equivalent of holding that glock next to someone's ear and firing it.

Watch someone on the firing range sometime that isn't wearing ear protection. They will flinch for a split second. Now imagine that same level of sound at a sustained burst. Pretty nasty, hehehe

Btw I looked into dc voltage. Apparently it is illegal as someone already did it and the perp sued and won. Pretty crappy.
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Old 11-02-2009, 08:35 AM
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Hey man, welcome to the 'fest. The alarms run around $300 IIRC on ebay (Dealer Stores) and yo can install it your self and just take it in to be programmed. My advice is, just get the clown nose programmed to blink when the car is locked, how would somebody know there's no alarm?

Thanks for the welcome! Looks like a great forum so far. When you say "clown nose", I assume you mean the red thing on the rearview mirror? This can be programmed to blink? That is a good idea...I know I need to bring it in to get the doors to lock at a certain mph also.
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Old 11-02-2009, 08:46 AM
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Anybody know how much installed?
Keep the comment by Rick in mind - if your model is not pre-wired, the BMW alarm is going to cost a lot for installation.
For an aftermarket one, doesn't make too much difference I suppose.

Your clown nose may already be set up - there is a delay of quite a few minutes before it starts blinking.
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Old 11-02-2009, 09:10 AM
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Thanks for the welcome! Looks like a great forum so far. When you say "clown nose", I assume you mean the red thing on the rearview mirror? This can be programmed to blink? That is a good idea...I know I need to bring it in to get the doors to lock at a certain mph also.
Exactly, they can program it at the same time. I had it programmed along with the turn lights to blink when I lock, so there's an "acknowledgement". The only thing, you can't have is the beep signal, you need the actual alarm for that.

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Old 11-02-2009, 11:07 AM
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Does anyone have a list of things that can be customized through this personalization program....door locks, flashing lights, etc?
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Old 11-02-2009, 12:11 PM
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It has been posted here many times, You will find it here:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...8&postcount=12

They should have given you this sheet when you bought the car, if they didn't then they are at fault. Remember that first programing of options is free, and its chargeable later on.
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Old 11-02-2009, 12:17 PM
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In case you decide to do the alarm installation yourself, here are the instructions. BTW, according to this document 100% of X3s in USA are pre-wired for alarm.
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Old 11-02-2009, 01:18 PM
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Thanks for all the replies....very helpful information!
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Old 11-04-2009, 10:16 AM
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Check your driver's side door jamb for the build date. If it is later than Feb 2009 you like do not have prewiring and it will be IMPOSSIBLE to add the BMW alarm OR to program the clown nose to blink. Mine is June 2009 build. I am still wrangling with my dealer about this issue since my purchase order had the alarm install in writing and was informed 2 weeks after delivery that this was impossible. More to come but if anyone has a different experience on post Feb 2009 production models please help!
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