Remote Locks Catch Thief – BMW 550I

Stumbled across a story which featured an example of how the modern day BMW’s are now, due to the “smart” connected technology actually helping with car crime!

The car which is a 550I model, was stolen on Sunday – unfortunately the owner left the key fob inside so the actual taking of the car was easy for the thief – after the owner realised what had happened this was immediately reported to the police.

The police were then reported to have liaised with BMW corporate division – i would assume they also had GPS lock on the car the whole time as the location was tracked down pretty quick.

It was discovered the thief not being very bright had decided to have a rest (sleep) on the back seat giving everyone time to lock the doors remotely and get a couple of police cars out to the cars tracked location

The thief was promptly arrested after being held in the car!

BMW remote lock management FTW! – Good work BMW

BMW E46 Convertible Front Stut Brace

I finally got my car back all repaired and sorted, and it also passed the MOT at the same time.

Decided to buy the car a present i found a seller on eBay called “carparts_uk” who offers a front suspension strut brace for just under £30 posted out from Germany. (German = good start)

I have always been rather skeptical about the engine strut braces reading mixed reviews about them and never wanting to take the plunge as must of the solid ones sell for north of £100.. but for the price i went for it!

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The install really was as simple as it looks.. bolt on and tighten up, it is a good solid bar with loads of adjustment options on it and the whole install took me about 35mins.

Having driven on it for few trips i genuinely do notice difference certainly stiffens things up in the convertible