3rd Gen F56 Cooper Security System for F55

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  1. cannady

    cannady New Member

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    I was just told by my dealer that no security system is available for 2016's. Does anyone know of a good aftermarket alarm system?

    Jim
     
  2. Crashton

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    I'm sure MINI will come out with one, but who knows how long that will take. DON'T put an aftermarket alarm on your new car. That is a great way to cause countless hours of fun searching for what the installer screwed up. Just my .02.

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  3. cannady

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    Good advice. Thanks!
     
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    If you do proceed do so very carefully.
     
  5. rkw

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    Is it for a car you already own? I believe that in recent years, the alarm option is only available for new cars built at the factory, and MINI has stopped offering kits to install an alarm afterwards.

    Are you sure you need an alarm? They do not deter smash-and-grab break-ins, and MINI has a low theft rate compared to most vehicles (e.g. low in demand for chop shop parts sales). Also difficult to steal it for a joyride without a key to start the car (immobilizer smartchip).
     
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    Don't even bother adding one. No one is stealing a new MINI even in Newark, NJ. Hahahahaha
     
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    Alarms were factory build options only......No retro-fit
     
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    Get a big dog to ride around with you. Dogs love to ride and they will defend "their" car.
     
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    Doesn't have to be big. Chihuahuas can get pretty vicious.
     
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    Just don't leave things out in the open. Other than that, you have insurance right.

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    It's a side-effect of being a cop and later a federal agent. First thing I did when we bought each house we've owned was to install an alarm. Just a prudent thing for a car as well, if it's available, and apparently it's not. I keep the inside clear of temptations for thugs and avoid parking in bad areas. Thanks for all the comments and advice!


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    Alarms are a waste of money.

    When was the last time you heard a car alarm going off at a mall or somewhere and paid attention to it? (Me, never)
     
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    Since the mid-1990's, car security improvements have made car alarms unnecessary:
    1) The keys have chips inside and the car won't start unless the chip is registered with the car's computer. If you break the steering column and hotwire the car, the fuel pump will be locked out and you'll only be able to drive the car half a block.
    2) The doors can't be opened with a slim Jim or from the inside. If you break the glass, you still can't open the door (try this with a rolled down window: Lock the door with the remote or key. Then try to open the door from the inside. It won't open and it may trigger the alarm (have the key fob ready to unlock, which will disable the honking).
    3) If you pull power, the radio won't work unless you enter a code. On newer cars, they don't have this feature, but they are difficult to use in any other car model, rendering them worthless.

    What you don't have is an alarm against glass breakage or shaking, but you have considerably stronger added security over older cars.
     
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    First post. Welcome to MA!
     
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    I used to ride the ferry to Seattle every day. Whenever a car alarm went off on the car decks, the regular riders would smile and look at each other and nod and think, "Tourist!"

    The whole boat shakes when it is moving, if a car alarm was armed, it went off.
     
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