In Reply to: do it yourself posted by YS on March 04, 1999 at 11:20:28:
Where in the Bay Area did you have yours done? I installed mine last weekend and need to have it activated. I'm in the Palo Alto area.
: : My dealer quoted a price of $399 for the E46 alarm installed on a new 323i
: : I know the alarm is available for $240 but is $399 fair considering it would be there when I pick up the car and not have to mess with the installation?
: : dan
: The installation is not complicated, and you can do it yourself. Depending on your experience, it will take anywhere from 1/2 to 2 hours. All you have to be able to do is use a screwdriver. You will need a Torx 30 scredriver, which is available at any auto stre and costs about $5 (you probably can even return it after you're done)
: Everything is pre-wired, so all you have to do is find a wire and plug it in. Sometimes when installing a motion sensor (inside the car) the wise is not visible and you have to look for it under the interior roof panel - this is what happened to me - and it took more time than I thought.
: Dealer quoted me 1/2 labor ($107/hour rate) but chared only $32. I had to shop around though, because some dealer had no clue on what is that I wanted them to do. This is San Francisco Bay Area.
: Good luck!