From digest.v7.n1095 Sun Feb 8 01:50:10 1998
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 1998 23:01:58 EST
Subject: AUTOLOC and Alarms
Here is my experience with the AUTOLOC alarm system for the newer E36.
After calling the sales dept. and after checking out the factory BMW alarm
system, I bought the AUTOLOC. I liked the code jumping feature that it has
over the factory BMW alarm. Although most of the car theives in my area just
go after your stereo or cell phone, because they aren't smart enough to know
about "codes", I still liked the feature.
I pulled out my glove box after the AUTOLOC alarm came, and pluged it in. It
worked right away. The first thing I noticed is it came with one of those
cheap sirens that come with the $29.95 alarm systems from JC Whitney. The
next thing I noticed is it did not have an ignition cut-out like the factory
alarm. The last and most important thing I noticed was it DID NOT double lock
my doors. It didn't even lock the fuel door!! It also has no glass break
detector. It does have a "DUEL" shock sensor. As their misspelled ad in the
So I called their "tech line" to find out about how come it didn't double lock
my doors. The "tech man" had no idea about how the double lock system worked
on the newer cars. He said " You don't want to double lock your doors
everytime because it will wear out your lock solenoids". He did not believe
me when I said that every time you lock your newer BMW from the outside with
the key, you double lock your doors. He said "you have to turn your key 90
deg. to double lock a BMW". I said that was the older BMW's, and the newer
ones are different. He would not believe me.
So did I want this system? NO..... The only thing it has over the factory
alarm is the code jumping feature. Other than that, it's a much more inferior
system. The factory alarm with an addition of a Alpine "dual" shock sensor
makes a much nicer and more secure alarm. For those who are worried about
warranty problems down the road, my BMW shop said they would not cover
anything if they found it had something to do with an "aftermarket alarm".
I returned the alarm to AUTOLOC, and ordered the factory alarm system and also
ordered an Alpine shock sensor. The BIGGEST kick in the pants was, they
charged me $45.00 to "restock" the little box it came in !! So watch out
fellow digesters. Make sure that you REALLY want an AUTOLOC before you order,
or it will cost you $45.00 to find out its really not that good of an alarm.
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