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Stolen M3, Curious... (archive)

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Posted by Thomas H. Ptacek on May 10, 1999 at 19:04:30:

Well, like I said in a few posts, I just this week had my
98 M3 convertable stolen. In broad daylight, on a busy
city street in downtown San Francisco (parked in front of
Fedex on Spear), during business hours.

I parked in what turned out to be a tow zone (trucks only
during business hours, didn't see the sign, ouch!), but the
police here are very confident that it wasn't stolen (lots
checked, no sign, and the car was never called in as towed).

So I bought another one. But i digress...

I am curious as to whether other people have had an M3
stolen. I don't really know how the coded keys work and
the degree to which it is hard to bypass (ie, can a thief
targetting an M3 just carry around an M3 ECU to swap the
old one out with?)... I assume my car was simply towed
and stripped for parts.

Thoughts? How hard do you think these cars are to steal?

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