In Reply to: Re: Alarm Sensitivity posted by T. Hart on January 25, 2000 at 13:41:10:
: I have the opposite situation. I washed my car a couple weeks ago with the alarm engaged (didn't realize it at the time) and it never made a sound. Considering I was bumping and jiggling the car pretty vigorously, especially cleaning the wheels, under the wipers, etc., I expected it would have gone off or sounded a warning. Is this normal or is the sensitivity set too low? Comments?
Jiggling the car will not set off the alarm - the only "exterior" movement sensor is the tilt sensor and it will trigger if one end of the car is raised (like it is being towed or jacked to remove wheels).
If the alarm is going off when it should not you will want to talk to the dealer - the early E39's (97's) apparently had this problem and anyone experiencing it should have had the interior "motion sensor" changed for a different type.
I have the early version but have not had this problem.