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#1 (permalink) Old 11-29-2004, 12:01 PM
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Hi guys! I've been browsing the forums for about a week now and they continue to make me more excited about my car. I had an accident several weeks ago near the 101 and Indian Bend -- I totalled my car, a silver 1997 Lexus ES300. After much searching, I found a "Sahara Beige" (what a funny color) 2001 330i in Vegas that I really liked, so I went up there and got it. It's a fantastic vehicle... I feel like I'm steering on rails. The acceleration from 60mph to 100mph is INSANE. I love the xenons, I love the climate control, I love the low-end power and throaty exhaust growl. I do miss heated seats -- that'll be annoying when I go back to Indiana for winter break.

I don't know if I have the 'sport' package or not - I don't think so. I've got xenons, leather, stock CD (with the HK system, I believe), dual chrome exhaust (may be rice, but looks nice ).

I'm home with family for Thanksgiving, but when I get back to Tempe, I'll post pics of the car!

I'm a little concerned about theft/vandalism. Tempe isn't the greatest place in the world and while I've never felt uncomfortable, I do feel a little more exposed with the 330i. I'm renting a house a few blocks away from the ASU campus with five other friends. The neighborhood I'm in isn't horrible, most of the residents are families with few renters. There are a few new Accords and Altimas. I never had a problem with my ES, aside from dumbass roomates hitting it with their bicycles.

Unfortunately, we don't have a garage, only a carport. I plan on using a sunshade, obviously, when the hot weather returns, but also plan on using a car cover to protect it from the elements and minimize attention to it. Other than that, I don't really know of anything else I could do to preserve/protect my car. A Phoenix police officer suggested getting a Club, but everything I've read has said that thieves will either cut the steering wheel and slide it right off, or feel 'challenged' by it and be MORE inclined to try to break into the car. Any thoughts on that? I never leave CDs or anything else valuable in my car, so hopefully it wouldn't be too attractive to passing thieves. And the head unit is just the stock Business CD radio unit.

How difficult are the xenon headlights to remove? I've been feeling kind of nervous about those, too... are they just a smash-and-grab job, or does it require more time? The advantage of having so many roommates is that we all come and go at various times of the day. There's really no time during the day that no one will not be home, and we continue that pace up to 11pm or 12am... and then start over around 6am and 7am.

Also, this is kind of weird, but... does my car have an alarm? It doesn't beep or chirp when I lock the doors. I guess I should get one! (and a tilt sensor?)The cop I spoke to also recommended getting a 'kill switch,' but I have to wonder - there aren't too many undetectable places, within reach of the driver, that one could hide a kill switch, are there?

Would LoJack be a wise investment? Tempe/Phoenix is only like 2-3 hours away from the border - the main reason why so many cars are stolen. But I've heard that if your car IS stolen, you might as well hope they never recover it, because it'll be in crappy condition - either gutted or trashed.

Sorry for the huge post! I look forward to hanging out here!
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first off congrats on the new car.
second your car probably doesn't have an alarm if it doesn't beep, my roomates 2001 328i beeps but doesn't even have an alarm, its weird.
third, i am from paradise valley, had many friends that lived in tempe and was down there regularly and never had a problem with theft or anything involving my car actually. Since tempe is so close to the border cheaper cars actually tend to get stolen and taken across more. This is for one reason, cops always would wonder why some one would be driving a brand new bmw across the border, and so they check that out. (had this happen to me when taking a trip to rocky point, actually got questioned because of driving a bmw into mexico). If you are still paranoid like me look into the compustar alarm system (compustar.org) it is a two way alarm that pages you up to a mile and a quarter with anything that is going on with your car, that thing is pretty good, i actually caught a person keying my car thanks to that thing. lojack also isn't too bad of an idea, but that only helps you if you know your car is gone, doesn't help you much if you are away...but then again neither does any car alarm if you are out of its range. good luck if you have any questions about phoenix area or anything pm me i can tell you all sorts of stuff.

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Sean, cool stuff. Do you go to any of the Phoenix-area meets? I'm trying to find somewhere I can open up the throttle... still haven't found it yet. I feel like I'm chomping at the bit!
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There are some pics Let me know what you think!

The tint is not quite dark enough for my taste. How much extra would a tint shop charge to remove old tint before installing new tint? On my ES, I paid $140 for a great tint job... I figure if it's $10 or $20 more, I'll just back to the same place.

You'll notice that I found a couple flaws with my car... I don't think they're major problems, but they do irk me a little bit. I am taking it to a mechanic tomorrow (Sun Valley or Tempe Imports, haven't decided yet) and will have it checked out just so I can have some more peace of mind.

There is a weird sound when I turn the wheel at slow speeds... it isn't 'squeaking' or 'groaning,' it's a deeper sound than squeaking, and not as loud or noticeable as groaning. I don't think it's the power steering, it sounds like something in the steering column isn't rubbing correctly. I haven't noticed yet if it occurs at higher speeds. It could just be because the weather is cold out (40~degrees).

Also, my CD player doesn't eject the CDs very forcefully. It just sort of spits a quarter of a inch of the CD out, and I have to pull it the rest of the way. That's slightly irritating.

And finally, where is the power steering fluid located? I just wanted to take a look at it, but I couldn't find it in the engine compartment anywhere. Thanks!
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an e46 is a pretty hard car to steal

you can tell you didn't buy it from the dealer - you never got the speil about the keys did you?

you should have four keys - if you dont, next time you're at the dealer for a service, have them deactivate the ones you dont have

each key has a two part, passive, rf-id chip (same kinda deal as the proximity cards used in office buildings). First part of the rf-id identifies your car - so even if you manage to 're-cut' a key from another car, you'll never be able to make your car work with it. The second part of the id identifies the key and key type (ie, your key, with your seat presets, your wife's key, your valet key, your emergency key)

You need to order new keys from bmw, they are pruduced with and id thats valid for your car, and then need to be activated (usually by the dealer) when its delivered.

If the key isn't activated, or has the wring rf-id, even though its cut right, the computer wont start... you cant 'hot-wire' it either - you can probably get nasty and make the starter moter turn, but the computer will never sgnal the spark plugs to fire if the rf scanner cant see a valid key in the ignition. The id is scanned, not transmitted, and can only be scanned from 1 inch proximity, so eavesdroppers cant just 'record' it (like some cheap alarm remotes)

so, in short, if the theif can get passed that, they can bypass anything you throw at them, including tracking systems

your bigger issues are vandalism, stolen badges, wheels, and petty theft of anything you leave on the seat (smashing a window is easy as ever). a good alarm might help you there - something with microwave motion sensors is a good idea (IR doesn't work when it gets too hot, ultrasonics can be inerfered with fairly easily)
personally, i've always wanted a system that electrifies the badges, door handles, wheels and wipers when the doors are locked (electric fences can run off 12volts... thats enough of a jolt, especially for the parking cop when he tries to put that ticket on the windscreen)
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Originally posted by APS@Dec 3 2004, 11:31 PM
you should have four keys - if you dont, next time you're at the dealer for a service, have them deactivate the ones you dont have
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4? What? used I think it is.....2 keys and a valet.

Newer keys....cost around $180.
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Originally posted by BMWLotAttendant+Dec 8 2004, 04:43 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(BMWLotAttendant @ Dec 8 2004, 04:43 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-APS@Dec 3 2004, 11:31 PM
you should have four keys - if you dont, next time you're at the dealer for a service, have them deactivate the ones you dont have
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4? What? used I think it is.....2 keys and a valet.

Newer keys....cost around $180.
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2 masters, a valet and an emergency key
emergency one is ALL plastic and the head of it is only about 1/2" diamond-ish shaped - a 'single use only' kinda effort... very breakable

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