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    Without arming the enemy, does anyone know the weaknesses of these cars, and any tricks to deter theft. My car stands out in my area. I bought it for that reason, but I want to protect it. At this point I don't care what amount my insurance would give me in the event of theft, all I would want is my car.
    It's parked outside my bedroom window in the driveway when at home, and in the parking lot camera 'sweet-spot' at work.
    When I leave it, I lock it with the remote and visually check the doors to be sure the locks are down.
    I don't think I have the towing alarm thing, how would I know if I do? what do I look for? I am concerned about vandalism, and more concerned about it being outright stolen. I am pretty confident in my current practices and the cars anti-theft systems, but I am always looking for input.
    six forward speeds

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    hmm, towing alarm...

    Care to indulge?

    1995 BMW 530ia/3.15lsd/M Parallels/Eibach/Bilstien/Magnaflow

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    Look at your owner's manual. I don't know the details of it but it is described in there. I know only because I looked after trying unsuccessfully to have the remote key reset itself.
    '01 540it, 6/01
    '03 325i 5 speed, 9/02
    '10 535ix. 9/09
    '10 mini 6 speed
    '15 mini countryman 6 speed

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    I think he might be referrring to a movement sensor, dont know if we have one of those

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    The 95 has it.
    '01 540it, 6/01
    '03 325i 5 speed, 9/02
    '10 535ix. 9/09
    '10 mini 6 speed
    '15 mini countryman 6 speed

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    I always wanted to put a kill switch on my cars, but never got around to it. I think they're great because they work weather or not you already have an alarm, and they're very simple to put in.

    Only problem with them is operator error when you forget you put it in after coming back from a week vacation.
    93 525i / 01 330Ci / 98 Camry / 91 Volvo 240 / 99 Jeep GC

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    If you concerned about the driveaway type thief then a fuel shut off switch is your best investment. Connect a switch, either hidden or assign one of the existing ones a new purpose, to the fuel pump relay. No gas, no go.
    "The gas pedal wouldn't go to the floor if it weren't meant to be there"

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    Factory alarm is already fuel cut off... not starter cut off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanDombrowski
    I always wanted to put a kill switch on my cars,
    I saw your signature with the speed indication and could not resist uploading a picture I took of the 5 door 1.8L 5 speed Astra we rented in Spain this past January. With 5 adult passengers and full luggage, we pushed it to the limit. But 195 km/h was as fast as it will go.

    '01 540it, 6/01
    '03 325i 5 speed, 9/02
    '10 535ix. 9/09
    '10 mini 6 speed
    '15 mini countryman 6 speed

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    Seth Effrican idea struck me as good,gas jets under the sills wired to alarm or button,voila,roasted thief! Remember anything the factory puts on will have a fix so put your own idea on and tell nobody.I will only say mine has a pay-as-you-go camera phone and a pressurized can of hydrogen sulphide, work it out for yourself but never had a problem,did use up two cans in USSR tho.

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