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Old 09-05-2011, 03:41 PM
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Hardwiring Radar Detector & Warranty

Does anyone know if hardwiring a radar detector will void the BMW warranty?
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Old 09-05-2011, 04:07 PM
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Under glove box had 12v outlet, go from there.
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Old 09-05-2011, 04:39 PM
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Does anyone know if hardwiring a radar detector will void the BMW warranty?

Only if you do something stupid and fry something.
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Old 09-05-2011, 05:17 PM
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Thanks guys. I have done this before on a Vette without issues. But the newer cars have such complicated electronics that I was paranoid RE the warranty. Thanks again.
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Old 09-05-2011, 05:39 PM
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I have the passport 9500. And bought the direct wire and had my dealer install straight yo fuse box. No warranty issue
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:09 PM
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Warranties cannot be "voided", but BMW is not obligated to repair damage under warranty that can be attributed to an aftermarket modification.

So, if you tap into Homelink and later the car won't start, it's not the detector's fault....
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:23 AM
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From my experience, a good install place will warranty their work and will fix anything their installation may have messed up. I used a local Car Toys to install my 9500ci and the cost of the installation is definitely worth my peace of mind. As always, YMMV.
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:51 AM
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For clarity, when I say "attributed", the burden of proof is on BMW, not the owner. BMW just can't say a failure is due to modification, it has to show why. This is in a legal situation (courtroom, arbitration, etc), but there's nothing preventing an unscrupulous service department from making a claim of modification-induced failure just so that you'll pay. Generally, this won't happen too often because the dealer gets paid either way, but if BMW is being picky about certain failures/claims, this might be an issue.
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