Posted by Jay K on February 15, 1999 at 11:57:33:
In Reply to: Alarm Installation posted by Nick S. on February 15, 1999 at 11:34:58:
: How difficult is the BMW alarm installation?
It's pretty easy. Took me about an hour. Make sure you have the right tools to begin with (really only need a driver with the right-size socket and torx bit). Once it's in, you just need to find a dealer willing to program it for free. They need to hook it up to their computer and run through a short sequence. I stood there and watched my guy do it - he'd never done it before and it still took less than 10 minutes. Don't let and service people tell you it takes longer - it doesn't.
Then he spent a while trying to figure out where to put the sticker that the machine prints out when it's done. The sticker has a code that contains configuration information about the car. Up until this year, the sticker went in the car someplace so the next dealer could get this info without plugging in the computer. As of this year, however, BMW has decided to stop putting the sticker in, apparently to make it more difficult for non-BMW mechanics/etc. to get to this info (my guy finally figured this out by reading the help files in the computer system - you've got to wonder how much of your $85/hour service fees are paying for someone browsing through the help files on the computer). Kinda slimy if you ask me, but when you've got dealers charging $600 and up for things like an alarm (which actually costs them less than half that, including install time), I guess it's to be expected.
PS: You can also buy these from Henrick BMW (800-476-8322, talked to Bruce) for about the same as Quality Imports. Good thing about Henrick was they had 'em in stock and shipped UPS Blue.