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Hi,
Picking up my new 235I in a few weeks and I am debating whether to get a tracker fitted by the dealer, has anyone had one from bmw ? and if so do you think its worth the cash?,bit concerned about the number of beemers targeted by thieves!

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If you have the Remote Services option (also part of Media Package i.e. Pro Sat Nav) then you kinda already have a tracker:

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I thought that only worked if you were within a certain distance (10km?) of the car?
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stever_ss wrote:I thought that only worked if you were within a certain distance (10km?) of the car?
GPS data sent via (4G SIM) internet to your phone. There should be no inherent range limitation of the technology unless BMW intentionally code it in.

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R88 wrote:There should be no inherent range limitation of the technology unless BMW intentionally code it in.
I think they do. Seem to remember looking at mine once (for the E82) and it said something to the effect that location was only provided if you were within a minimum range. Wouldn't seem a totally daft security feature - the service is meant to be about finding your car in a given town/city - presumably you're meant to remember which one you parked it in.
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Yeah I have the pro media package so I will ask the dealer about the remote service thingy and its limitations .

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Sod the tracker - just get tracker stickers ... Prevention is better than the cure

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stever_ss wrote:
R88 wrote:There should be no inherent range limitation of the technology unless BMW intentionally code it in.
I think they do. Seem to remember looking at mine once (for the E82) and it said something to the effect that location was only provided if you were within a minimum range. Wouldn't seem a totally daft security feature - the service is meant to be about finding your car in a given town/city - presumably you're meant to remember which one you parked it in.
Random update: Was over 30 miles away from my car the other day and the remote app still works.

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I think there's a limitation on the earlier cars, mines a 64 plate and is working at over 100 miles away..

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pujajoshi wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:54 am
Which is the best car tracker?
Depends what you mean by 'best'. Best value, best all rounder, best overall service etc. You could have one that is the full package but you're not willing to pay the money if you see what I mean.

Personally, I feel that preventing theft is the priority, so I put my money into a Ghost immobilisor and just have the cheap TK103 tracker fitted as a backup.

I think the TK103's are certainly the best value anyway, as doesn't have any contract and bought off Amazon/Ebay or the slightly more pricier TK104.

I use with Giff Gaff SIM as I use it in my phone anyway, so the text messages are all free to and from the tracker. You control it purely by SMS though, so the limitation is if you or the tracker is in a poor signal area (affects a lot of trackers to be fair). They are hard wired though and can also be wired to text you if something like the internal light is triggered and if you really want you can remotely isolate wiring such as the fuel pump. I'd probably only use these features on an older more basic car.
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Hi Guys,

I am new here. I wanted to check if you had similar issues.I wanted to fit a tracker to my car. Issue arose when I checked with the BMW warranty. They told me that I need to get a BMW tracker only and one that would be fitted by a BMW centre. I asked BMW Park Royal and they asked me a staggering 3-4 hour labour @ £180. Also the S7 tracker they do does not have the VHF signalling. I almost I purchased the warranty to avoid these costs for repairs, but I will have to dish out for my own requirements. :(. The warranty guy told me that if I install a Tracker, that is actually around £300 fitted at my house, I will void the whole warranty. As there are apparently too many cases of faults that cannot be identified and they just refuse to look when a 3rd party tracker is fitted.
Thanks for the experiences...
Also as I read above, I have the remote services subscription and also could locate the car much further than the 1.5 m they say it will only do.

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An update. I had issues with another part and was advised by BMW as not all service centres fit trackers to go to third party, but told not to as it will void the warranty and let me tell you it will. If they find something in the car and it is remotely connected to the tracker, so power or wiring, they will void it.
Also I tried the BMW connected drive, I have the subscription for the remote services and I can locate the car from far away. Just FYI I left the car at Luton airport over the christmas holidays and could successfully retrieve the location from abroad I was 1000 miles away. I tried several times just for the giggles. The car was on 2nd floor of the 4 storey carpark so well covered. I was told by BMW that I need to be relatively close to the car to operate certain remote services, such as lock and unlock the car i guess, but I can confirm the location feature works across continent :)
I think that is ok for me for now...
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