3-Series (E46, E90)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.
It is difficult to steal because the keys have an electronic chip that is coded, which the car must communicate with each and every time before starting. Hence, without the key, they cannot take your car. I am sure there must be some way around this, but it must be more work than is worth the trouble for a simple car thief.
As we'd found damage to our house front door lock, the police returned and told us:
a) they reckon they first tried to break in and nick the keys
b) they second broke the window as they were gonna try to roll it off the drive (which implies they have a truck and trailer).
Luckily for me my beemer has Stepronic, which of course in "park" locks the wheels.
Apparantly going for the keys and a "drivaway" is getting quite common, so for all you londoners, don't leave the keys visible or close to the front door, and if you can double lock the door (as this is what foiled our guys).
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