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Old 03-21-2009, 01:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

I was just wondering about something as it relates to our cars. Given that they do not have an actual ignition w/the push button start, how that makes it more or less difficult for thieves to attempt to steal the car. I'd assume the car could still be hot-wired....Forgive me for my questions, I'm a new BMW owner and am trying to get up to speed on these cars.
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With your year of car the key has a coded chip that commnicates with the ingnition switch. Without this chip it is virtualy impossible to start the vehicle. The only thing they are going to be able to do is break into the vehicle and steal what ever is inside.

The only way to get this chip is through the dealer with proof of ownership and cannot be duplicated. However the fob buttons can be duplicated to enter the vehicle but not start it.
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With your year of car the key has a coded chip that commnicates with the ingnition switch. Without this chip it is virtualy impossible to start the vehicle. The only thing they are going to be able to do is break into the vehicle and steal what ever is inside.

The only way to get this chip is through the dealer with proof of ownership and cannot be duplicated. However the fob buttons can be duplicated to enter the vehicle but not start it.
Pretty spiffy technology, thanks for responding.
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