Labor? They're lug nuts. Installing them yourself will take 5 minutes, and that's if you take a break in the middle to drink a beer and ponder your work.alanra said:I'll be receiving my new 330i sometime in April/May, and I find as the time gets closer that I'm getting more and more paranoid about keeping my baby safe and in one piece :eeps:.
I'm definitely springing for the alarm (hopefully it'll stop some fractional number of would-be thieves from roughing up the car), but now I'm pondering wheel locks.
I'm getting the stock, non-sports-package rims... styling 73 I think. It doesn't seem like people are panting after these rims, but who knows what a thief will go after.
What I'm trying to figure out is whether wheel locks will actually stop the people who would go to the effort to steal rims in the first place. Any thoughts? They're cheap (~$30 for all 4, plus labor), but are they worth it?
Thanks in advance.
Wheel locks will not stop a determined, well-equipped thief. Wheel locks can be drilled out rather quickly, or the theif could simply pull your trunk lock and grab the chuck key for the locks from your trunk.
OTOH, they will deter casual or less-well-equipped theives. As you say, they cost almost nothing (and they take barely any time to install). Even if the marginal benefit is small, it seems to me that the costs are even smaller.
I've had wheel locks on both my BMWs, and would get them on every one in the future. I don't see a downside.