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Old 11-14-2012, 09:47 AM
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2003 E46 M3 Starter Disable?

It looks like I may be relocating to an area known for auto theft, and I'm looking for options to deter the local thieves.
Does this car have a factory feature that allows owners to disable the starter? I'm thinking maybe the dealer can program my keys to shut down the starter or fuel pump?
Otherwise, what about an aftermarket unit? I'd prefer something discreet, not easily located or defeated by crooks. Anyone recommend a "Club" like unit? Maybe that visual would keep crooks from cutting the convertible top or otherwise trashing my car, just to find out they can't steal it. Any help or ideas will be appreciated.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:41 AM
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No, they will cut your top anyway just to do it. And to defeat the club, they just cut the steering wheel.

BMW immobilizer system is pretty good already. Not much else you can do that would help that much.

Locked or attended garage is probably your best bet.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:14 PM
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You're probably right about trashing the car. Thanks!
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