In Reply to: Re: FYI BMW alarm for $220 posted by dwa on March 04, 1999 at 22:21:48:
: As I was closing my 323, I asked about cost to program the alarm after I purchased and installed it myself. I got a big line about being likely to tap into the coded key wiring and messing it up, then saying there would be no warranty on it, almost implying I would void the car warranty. But this was the busines manager, not anyone in service/parts. Anyone else hassled about buying/installing alarm?
Another a-hole BMW Center rep. God I wish BMW would just do the Saturn thing and get rid of all these worthless people. Or better still just sell direct. (salesman \Sales"man\, n.; a-hole who will always give a definite answer even if they have no idea what the hell they're talking about.) There's no way installing the alarm will affect your warranty. Once you install the alarm, it does absolutely nothing until the car is hooked up to the computer at the dealer and programmed. Now I'm sure the monkey-boy service tech could screw things up plenty good at that point, but most seem to get it right (although my climate control system freaked out the first 2-3 times I started the car after this had been done.) The programming takes less than 10 minutes. If they tell you longer, they're lying - I stood there and watched. People typically pay from $0 to $40 or so (1/2 hour @ $85/hr). I would think the dealer you bought the car from would do it for free, but your guy sounds like a dick, so maybe not.