In Reply to: They don't want the car posted by kwillmorth on April 20, 2000 at 11:55:42:
2) Window roller, door locker, light flasher/neato gizmo.
: From what I've read on current auto theft trends, is they don't want cars like the coupe, not enough demand for its parts right now. They want what's inside, radio/CD, typical petty stuff that costs 5% the damage they cause. I had a Jag XJS a while ago. Some dweebs got into it. They kicked in the grill to silence the alarm, then busted out a window, hammered out the dash and center console, to steal a $375 stereo, and $200 phone. They also ripped out the alarm system controller. Jerks. Cost nearly $3000 to repair the damage for less than $600 (probably closer to $100 stolen market value) in crap.
: The cars getting stolen now are Honda Accords, Toyota Camries and SUV's, stuff like that, good for parts. They rip off the car, deliver it to a body shop for $200. Within a few hours the car is chopped to bits.
: Used to be the Corvette was the tops for stolen cars, back when joy riding was the fun. Today, it's the parts business. The E36 is pretty high on the list for the same reason. But, more Hondas get stolen every year, than BMW makes in total 3 series production. More E36 cars get stolen as a percentage of cars produced, however.
: Anyway, alarms in the LA area are a waste of money. Nobady pays attention to them anymore. As a matter of fact, you're just as likely to get the cops called on you when the thing goes off in your driveway, with you present, for causing a neusance, as anyone calling because a crime is being committed.
: I'm not sure their is any good defense. Park in the light at night, park where the car isn't too obvious, but is still in a well lighted area, etc.. Hard to do, the coupe really stands out in the crowd. I just drive it and figure insurance is for protection/repairs when some moron does something stupid to it. God knows we pay enough for that!
: Maybe the Lojak system is the best bet. But that's only worth something if they actually take the whole car... which isn't likely without a truck with the BMW systems.
: Aoh yeah... always set the parking brake when you leave the car. Makes it harder to get onto a flatbed, might deter some moron as well.
: : just wanted to let everyone know those door locks on your coupes saved my car from being stolen today...too bad they tried prying open the sunroof and fucked up my roof, oh well,
: : anyone have any interesting suggestions for alarms or anti theft devices...
: : so pissed off, anyone know if these keys can be duplicated, dealer said no, but im worried about them coming back with molded key from my lock cylinder