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Old 21st September 2012, 10:32   #1
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Default Theft risk to BMWs made before September 2011

Read the morning mailonline (UK daily) and was shocked by this article.

Car thieves in the UK bought a $30 duplicate key which lets them clone key fobs for Beamers made before Sept 2011.

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BMW prides itself on its vehicle security systems and all BMWs meet all UK and global security standards.
Our engineers and technicians review all aspects of our vehicles constantly, including security systems.
After extensive research we are clear that none of our latest models - new 1 Series Hatch, 3 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series and 7 Series - nor any other BMW built after September 2011 can be stolen using this method. However, as a responsible manufacturer we are looking at ways of mitigating against this new kind of attack.
We are now in the process of offering, to any concerned customers of targeted models, extra technical measures which will mean that their car cannot be taken using the equipment highlighted in these stories, although of course there is no such thing as an unstealable car.
Offers means with additional charges? - only the first concerned customer can tell.


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That sounds crazy in a premium vehicle like BMW, is this applicable for cars sold in India? Mine is after Sept 2011, but know people with older models
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This is to do with the Start Stop button

The issue is that there is a Euro directive to promote competitiion that allows independent garages to access the codes to access ECU info to repair cars.

As the Start Stop button does away with the steering lock since encrypted signals lock the ECU instead, the whole concept is futile. A steering lock means it takes a while for a thief to steal a car. With codes in hand, it is a doddle!
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