I have bought as per subject line and after searching through the
owners manual and following instructions, I can not get the anti-theft alarm
system to work.. After getting iit home I am now wondering if I actually
have the alarm system as an option. Hate to sound like a real lamer but how
would I go about finding if I do or if I do not have an alarm system in this
vehicle? Is there something I can physically look for such as a relay, box,
speaker etc?... My thoughts are that the previous owner disconnected it via
fuse panel or such.... thoughts? Thanks.. Jim
Not entirely sure about the Z4, but the alarm system is a dealer-installed
option on all 3-series, possibly on 5-series. It's not a standard item,
the car is pre-wired.
FYI, installation of after-market systems have been problematical and
often have caused problems due to the complex electronics in these cars.
If you have an alarm system of BMW design you should have an electric
siren attached behind the front bumper and easily visible with the
hood raised. You can also ask a BMW dealer to run a "build sheet" on
your car by providing a VIN number. If the alarm system was factory
installed it will show on the build sheet.
Get a Bentley manual for your Z4 as it can answer most questions about
the car and its sub-components.
By the way,
The alarm system is EASY to install. You can find them on eBay. I strongly
urge you to consider NOTHING BUT the OEM system. Aftermarket systems have
proven to be problematic.
I found a BMW alarm for my daughter's '00 323i a few years ago for $150-ish.
My daughter was able to put it in.
My 2002 M3 has the alarm with movement sensors, I don't know if the Z4
is the same, but you can test the alarm in the M3 by locking the car
with the windows down and putting your hand through the open window,
there's about a 10sec delay and the alarm goes off.
I think arming the alarm is dealer programmable when the car is locked
either from the key, the remote or both, mine certainly arms when the
car is locked with the remote, which is all I use.
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