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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 06-27-2007, 12:03 AM
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Quick Security - disabling the engine?

i'm driving down to italy on vacation next week and am paranoid about my 328i (97). my neighbor tells me italians love bmws, especially ones with swiss plates. haha really funny. actually i have had a car (non-bmw) broken into while in italy so it's not that crazy.

is there a quick and easy way to disable the engine when i park in the city? i'm thinking to pull a fuse or something like that under the hood, but i don't want to pull the wrong thing and reset the computer or some other odd crap like that.

what's the quick and easy solution?
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Old 06-27-2007, 12:54 AM
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I believe the Code function allows you to set a 4 digit code to be entered or the car will not start and set off the alarm if someone tries to start it. I have no idea if this will help with hot-wiring or not, though. You could, of course, pull the fuse for your ECU, but that would lose any stored codes or settings or stuff.

Check your manual on the MID/OBD section, it explains the Code function, and I don't have mine handy, sorry. Also, check which fuse is your ECU (may be called DME in the fuse box, don't know for sure) and try that one if you don't feel comfortable with the Code function.
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Old 06-27-2007, 12:40 PM
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you may just want to put a battery quick disconnect on your neg. cable of your battery and then its just a turn of the knob and it's done. Good luck and enjoy your holiday
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Old 06-27-2007, 01:51 PM
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You could remove the fuel pump fuse....
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Old 06-27-2007, 02:01 PM
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yeah removing the fuel lpump fuse works a treat ..i left mine out the other day when i was checking all the fuses cus ive only just bought it and it took me ages to figure out what id done
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Old 06-27-2007, 04:19 PM
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You could remove the fuel pump fuse....
Good in theroy, but I have locked up car thieves that carry fuse packs and ignition leads (for those who take the lead off the plug).

All I can suggest is a good quality steering wheel lock, or a brake pedal to sterring wheel lock, or a bloody big snake in the back seat.....(have seen that before and scared the sh1t out of me, I hate snakes)..!!
What you have to remember, if a crook wants your car, then he will take it. Even if it means putting it on a truck.

All of the security measures we do / have on our cars will only stop the 'honest' crooks.
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I am going to fit a hidden 'End of the World' switch to mine

Lets see the f*ckers steal my car with no power MUHAHAHAHA

Kinda like this, but hidden somewhere - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Kill-Switch-To...QQcmdZViewItem
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I've got a mate who leaves a copy of "Guns and weapons of law enforcement" (magazine) on the passenger seat, and a few spent 12 gauge cartridges scattered on the dash.
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Old 06-27-2007, 10:56 PM
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I've got a mate who leaves a copy of "Guns and weapons of law enforcement" (magazine) on the passenger seat, and a few spent 12 gauge cartridges scattered on the dash.



Shotgun shells......HEHHEHHEE
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Old 06-27-2007, 11:53 PM
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Old 06-28-2007, 09:48 AM
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one of the most expensive alarm systems in the world, they can track your car to under seven feet of concrete... also with most alarms you have to call your service to tell them your car has been stolen and for them to track it. with this one they will call you to tell you your car is being stolen if its not you forgetting to undo the alarm before using the keys to get in then they call the cops for you and if you payed for the option you can have your car deactivated. good stuff, but i guess this thread is about cheap ways to protect your car so i guess its pointless
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I am going to fit a hidden 'End of the World' switch to mine

Lets see the f*ckers steal my car with no power MUHAHAHAHA

Kinda like this, but hidden somewhere - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Kill-Switch-To...QQcmdZViewItem
Hey pirate. not to knock on your parade with the switch. but if you put a red guarded switch with a red led light in it, it would defeat the purpose of it. Why have a light on it?

And also...I may be able to get you one of those without the LED light in it for a small sum of postage. Ill give it to you if i can find it. You just need to pay postage on something like tat. not sure how much it is though.
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Old 06-28-2007, 10:08 AM
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I didn't want one with a light buddy, is the only one i could find hehehehe

PM and let me know how much
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Old 06-29-2007, 06:40 AM
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thanks people!

i guess i'll pull the fuel pump fuse - anyone got a pic of the fusebox and a pointer to which one it is?
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Old 06-29-2007, 11:13 AM
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my fusebox is in german. anyone know what fuel pump is in german?
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Old 06-30-2007, 01:15 AM
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Possibly kraftstoffpumpe or treibstoffpumpe.
Not with my baby today, so I can't tell you what fuse number it is.
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Old 07-01-2007, 07:07 AM
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Got her back.
Check fuse #18. In my system, that's the fuel pump.
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Old 07-01-2007, 07:16 AM
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put a sticker on the back window that says something like

I HUNT! I VOTE
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GUNCLUB OF SO AND SO

And in conjuction keep the spare rounds on the dash and in the back seat
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