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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 12-25-2008, 08:23 PM
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Exclamation Did You Know...? (Alarm System)

That most of our BMW's don't come with an alarm system. They are pre-wired for an alarm system?

I was at the BMW Dealership to have some features turned on and off, and found out that the reason why my lights don't flash and car doesn't make an sound when locked is bc there's no alarm.

With all the features my car has, I would think it has a freakin alarm system! It even has that red light underneath the rear view mirror.
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Old 12-25-2008, 08:26 PM
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ahaha yea i have that stupid little light too i discovered that i had no alarm system pretty annoying but you can have it installed at bmw
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Old 12-25-2008, 08:29 PM
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ahaha yea i have that stupid little light too i discovered that i had no alarm system pretty annoying but you can have it installed at bmw
Yeah but what car comes with no alarm these days?? My 2000 Altima, 2001 Eclipse, and "The Wife's" 2000 Lotus have alarms!

Something isn't right!!!
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Old 12-25-2008, 08:31 PM
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yea my sl 500 came with an alarm but it was to effn sensitive lean on the car and it went off lol haha yea idk why my 3 series doesnt have one
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Old 12-25-2008, 08:33 PM
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yea my sl 500 came with an alarm but it was to effn sensitive lean on the car and it went off lol haha yea idk why my 3 series doesnt have one
This is crazyness!! I will be getting one installed tomorrow! A.S.A.P. I can just imagine getting in my car to find my stuff gone!
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Old 12-25-2008, 08:39 PM
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Yes, pretty much all of us know that. And most of us feel having an alarm isn't really necessary. It's actually quite difficult to steal a bimmer and not many get stolen. Of course, getting broken into is a possibility.

The dealer can program your car so that when you lock it the lights flash and the clown nose (that little light under the mirror) blinks. The flashing clown nose is all the deterrent most folks need.

If you decide you really need an alarm and you're just a little bit handy you can buy it online from Tischer and do the install yourself. It's quite easy.
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yea the little light is a pretty good deterrent
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Well I don't think anyone is going to break into it, I guess I am just shocked to find that this feature is not a... "basic". Will ck that site out!!
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This is crazyness!! I will be getting one installed tomorrow! A.S.A.P. I can just imagine getting in my car to find my stuff gone!
After 30 years of "noisemaker alarms", no one even pays attention to them any more. The important thing is the ignition lock-out feature built into the key. Have the dealer program the clown nose to blink and you`ll be good to go. A-Hole "Smash and Grab" thieves will break your window for a pair of sunglasses (whether you have an alarm or not), so use a little common sense and don`t leave ANYTHING in the car that would catch a thief`s eye.
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After 30 years of "noisemaker alarms", no one even pays attention to them any more. The important thing is the ignition lock-out feature built into the key. Have the dealer program the clown nose to blink and you`ll be good to go. A-Hole "Smash and Grab" thieves will break your window for a pair of sunglasses (whether you have an alarm or not), so use a little common sense and don`t leave ANYTHING in the car that would catch a thief`s eye.
Of course I don't leave anything that would make a thief want to break in.
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Anyone have more info regarding the specific cost of the BMW alarm, and the difficulty of install?

I would guess install is a snap, since it's all pre-wired, but I wouldn't put it past BMW to have the unit itself cost $500 or something crazy. For that much, I would just buy an aftermarket unit with remote start...
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ShaneChilds, can I suggest you go through the wiki again?

http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index...=BMW_E46#Alarm
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Anyone have more info regarding the specific cost of the BMW alarm, and the difficulty of install?

I would guess install is a snap, since it's all pre-wired, but I wouldn't put it past BMW to have the unit itself cost $500 or something crazy. For that much, I would just buy an aftermarket unit with remote start...
http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index...=BMW_E46#Alarm
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Factory alarms are fine for the basics.......and BMW has a pretty good system from factory. But if your gonna add an alarm, cause it doesn't have one, I would go aftermarket. But not a cheap Best Buy alarm system off the shelf, they have too many false alarms and are touchy to even the lightest winds especially if your using the shock sensor. If your wanting the force field kind......stick with only the high end name brands like CLIFFORD. If someone even comes 6 inches near your paint the alarm will go off..... and you can adjust the distance in and out of your car that the field extends to. Had one on a Porsche I owned once.......worked like a charm. Factory alarms can be defeated too easily..... I have family in the RCMP up here, and european/exotic cars with factory alarms get driven off into the night all the time.

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Anyone have more info regarding the specific cost of the BMW alarm, and the difficulty of install?

I would guess install is a snap, since it's all pre-wired, but I wouldn't put it past BMW to have the unit itself cost $500 or something crazy. For that much, I would just buy an aftermarket unit with remote start...
$230 - http://www.trademotion.com/partlocat...egoryID=103121
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I've been planning on getting the oem one but haven't gotten around to it. I need to get lock lug bolts too.
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ShaneChilds, can I suggest you go through the wiki again?

http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index...=BMW_E46#Alarm
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I know my 1999 didn't have one, I assumed my 2004 didn't have one.... I unlocked the door w/ the key once and the alarm went off. People thought i was crazy cause I stood there for 2 straight minutes while it went off like "what the hell is this noise, this car doesn't hav an alarm??? "
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I know my 1999 didn't have one, I assumed my 2004 didn't have one.... I unlocked the door w/ the key once and the alarm went off. People thought i was crazy cause I stood there for 2 straight minutes while it went off like "what the hell is this noise, this car doesn't hav an alarm??? "
Don't feel bad!! I was probably the opposite. I was the one standing there trying to make the red light beep/flash!
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So... According to the WIKI:

"All US E46 cars are pre-wired for the BMW alarm, but no US cars come with the alarm standard"

What does that mean? Whoever bought my car new ordered it pre-installed or someone had it installed at the dealer?
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So... According to the WIKI:

"All US E46 cars are pre-wired for the BMW alarm, but no US cars come with the alarm standard"

What does that mean? Whoever bought my car new ordered it pre-installed or someone had it installed at the dealer?
More than likely. Lucky you!
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