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Old 02-09-2005, 01:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to get a keyless entry system for my 93 325I Convertible. Should I buy the BMW one, or get an aftermarket one? Are their any advantages/disadvantages to either? Thanks!
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I want to get a keyless entry system for my 93 325I Convertible.* Should I buy the BMW one, or get an aftermarket one?* Are their any advantages/disadvantages to either?* Thanks!
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Get Aftermarket....BMW may give you and outdated 1993 alarm for your car and charge you 3 times as much for a way better aftermarket....also car theives pretty much familarize them selves with the factory alarms and pretty much know how to by pass them....if you put an aftermarket in no one but you will know what brand it is and how to bypass it....also DO NOT put the stup Alrm sticker decal on your glass windows advertising the alarm brand and website or theieve will simply look it up and learn how to steal your car....


I got a Prestige alarm and its pretty good! $100 fir the alarm (50% off) and $150 to install it with life time warranty!
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Old 02-09-2005, 10:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yea, the factory is going to be way overpriced. You can goto a major aftermarket place(circuit city or best buy) they usually have lifetime labor guarantee. Viper and Code make very good alarms. If your car is automatic you might want to check into a remote start, it is great to get you car to a nice temp, before you get into it. if you have ne questions let me kno, i have been doing aftermarket alarms for a couple years now.
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Old 02-09-2005, 10:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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ive got a viper alarm w/keyless enrty and remote start for 450 installed...

well worth it!
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ive got a viper alarm w/keyless enrty and remote start for 450 installed...

well worth it!
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how much is a viper w/o remote start??

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Old 02-09-2005, 11:41 AM   #6 (permalink)
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My Gfs car came with a viper remote with all the bells and whistles inlcluding remote start and what not... it's badass.
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You can't get remote start for all E36s, can you? I know they won't do it on a standard, but what I mean is that you need the key's rfID presence for the ignition to fire (in some vehicles, post 1195 I believe... not sure), right?
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You can't get remote start for all E36s, can you? I know they won't do it on a standard, but what I mean is that you need the key's rfID presence for the ignition to fire (in some vehicles, post 1195 I believe... not sure), right?
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Recently I purchased a 1994 325is commuter car, on deliever I immeediatly began my search for a alarm/keyless alarm system. My car and I suspect like many others are prewired. Being cheap and wanting to utilize the factory port. I was able to locate a couple options. The first one was Stellar Alarms which is manufactured by Autoloc that offers a plug-in alarm with a lifetime warrenty. Their website is at http://www.stellaralarms.com/ or call Jack at:

800-873-4038 EXT.305
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jack@thehoffmangroup.com

Another option I stumpled on to through ebay was another after market plug-in solution by BMWSECURITYSYSTEMS.COM. They offer both keyless and alarms made for your BMW. They are located in New York are very helpful. I purchased the basic $120 plug-in keyless option.

The last thing I wanted was some kid at bestbuy or Circuit City hacking into my BMW's wireing to install cheap alarm. All these options can be done by yourself in 30 to 45 minutes without harming your car.

One interesting option I researched was a alarm system which came with two contravosal flip keys. After serveral calls I found to have the alarm installed would be $120 at Best Buy and $25 to 50 dollors to cut the key through a AAA afiliated locksmith. Here's the address:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAP...&category=40016
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go viper with remote start.
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Old 02-10-2005, 06:41 AM   #10 (permalink)
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You can get remote start for manual. Someone at my school has it, he said it bypasses the clutch somehow, but you have to be in neutral... or it would stall.
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Don't you put your car in neutral when parking anyway?
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Don't you put your car in neutral when parking anyway?
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1st gear & parking brake. I don't need it rolling somewhere while I'm away.
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Couldn't you just put in in neutral and parking brake?
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Yeah you could do either. With my old car I only put it in first if it was parked on a steep hill or something.
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hey all, i've been searching for car alarms on ebay hoping to find an affordable one that will use the prewired harnesses. I've found a couple made by Nitro and i don't know much about car alarms so i just wanted you guys to tell me what you think. I can't afford something really expensive, just want a little protection for my ride when i go off to college. here are the links for the two i found.......

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....both appear to be pretty good, the second appears to be the best of course, but i wouldn't require having a lcd display remote. a regular remote would not bother me with 4 buttons, ya know? but anyways, just let me know what you all think. thanks in advanced.
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