In Reply to: Stolen M3, Curious... posted by Thomas H. Ptacek on May 10, 1999 at 19:04:30:
For a rogue tow operator with a flat-bed, it would only take about 5 minutes to take your car. Here in Philly the police had to start cracking down on these guys. Caught a bunch of them red-handed as they moved cars to yards where they were psuedo-"junked". But I think they mostly wanted older, all-metal cars.
The M3 is a very desireable car, and from a recent experience I found that in this area someone was targeting the M3 convertibles to steal the registration and other paperwork. Maybe my paperwork will be used to make your car "legal" when it hits the road again...?
Also, BMW magazine had a blurb several months ago about how in Europe there is an explosion of cases where stolen BMW's are being sold to unsuspecting buyers at bargain prices...
Bummer about your loss- but at least you got a new car out of it. I ended up with a ruined door-handle and the feeling that my car had been raped...
98 M3 Conv
: 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?