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Hello Everyone – New here, but need some advice. I bought a 2009 M5 the 1<SUP>st</SUP> week of March. Certified pre-owned with about 35k miles on it. The car looked like it had just come from the factory and was running perfect. After having it 3 weeks (and only a few hundred miles since purchasing), it was stolen from my garage and later found about 2.5 weeks later. The car went to the body shop first and is now at the dealership with engine problems. When found, it was towed to an impound yard. When I picked it up, we started the car. It was idling really rough/eratic, an engine warning light came on, the low oil warning was on, and it within a couple mins, it was spraying anti freeze and the engine overheating warning came on. It was shut down and towed in to the dealership.

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The weekend it was stolen, the low oil light had just come on. I didn’t drive after (used my other car) and planned on picking oil up from the dealership on Monday. After being stolen, I know they put at least a couple hundred miles on it. My first question, is what damage could this have caused? What test should I require the dealership/insurance complete? <o:p></o:p>
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When found, there was an empty anti-freeze container in the trunk. Because of that, I know they were having problems and could have been driving it while overheating. What damage could this have caused and what tests do I need to require? <o:p></o:p>
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I expect to hear from the dealership today with their findings and will find out what tests/inspections they have run so far. <o:p></o:p>
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Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. It’s a really frustrating situation to say the least. And I want to make sure that nothing is missed, leading me to have problems down the road. <o:p></o:p>
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Whoa dude!!! That's terrible!!!

I see you are in San Diego also. Would you mind PM'ing which nieghborhood you live in? I'm just really surprised of this happening in San Diego. I can imagine maybe Chula Vista or National City area closer to the border.

Also, I see that you are a new member. You accidentally posted this in the F10 section instead of the E60 section. New person mistake, no biggie. :)

On a personal note, if I were you I wouldn't even be thinking about keeping the M5 after it got stolen. You have no idea what they did to that car. I would try and get insurance to claim it a total loss if I were you. That's just so terrible, I would have been crying if I were in your shoes. :crying:

Let me know if you need any help with anything buddy, least I could do. Or at least buy you a beer after your ordeal, you might need one. cherrsagai
 

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I couldnt imagine having my car stolen out of my own garage. like....cmon.


Whatever happens, I hope it is the end result that is best for you
 

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I agree with Dave's recommendation. I would try to get the insurance to claim it as a total lost and get yourself a new M5. This could end up causing a lot of headaches and $$$ down the road if you keep this car. Running the engine on low oil and overheating is not a good combination. Sorry to hear man.
 

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How did they start the car? Did they have the keys?
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if they didn't have the keys, they'd have to have some equipment to capture the keys transmission signal to the car, store it, and then transmit it on their own device. Yes, it is possible these days, but haven't seen it reported yet.
 

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How did they start the car? Did they have the keys?
Yes very good question. I didn't consider that. I've never heard of any theif getting the car started without the key. This could be scary if thieves have figured out a way to easily bypass the theft deterrent technology. I also know that the E60 M5 S85 engine is equiped with an engine kill feature, but I don't know the parameters of which it works.
 

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BMW Assist would have led the police right to the car about 5 minutes after he realized it was missing.
 

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It was stolen in Point Loma... Not an area that I expected the car to be taken from. I've been trying to get insurance total it out but of course, they're fighting that. They wont even discuss it right now until BMW comes back with their findings.
 

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BMW Assist would have led the police right to the car about 5 minutes after he realized it was missing.
They would have been able to if the people who stole it didn't know what they were doing. They ripped the GPS antenna off of the roof AND removed the TCU fuse from the panel, which according to the dealer disables lojack and BMW assist.
 

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They would have been able to if the people who stole it didn't know what they were doing. They ripped the GPS antenna off of the roof AND removed the TCU fuse from the panel, which according to the dealer disables lojack and BMW assist.
Man dude, sounds like you got hit by professionals. They must have been staking your car out for some time. Too bad the joke was on them when they stole a car that was low on oil. I feel really bad though, makes me worry about my car now.
 

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Man dude, sounds like you got hit by professionals. They must have been staking your car out for some time. Too bad the joke was on them when they stole a car that was low on oil. I feel really bad though, makes me worry about my car now.
yeah... i'm almost certain it was someone who had seen it and followed me home. it's a very secure complex and area. no one would know it was down there unless they saw me driving it one weekend. they found the car abandoned right off the freeway. i don't think i would have got it back if it didn't become undriveable.
 

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They would have been able to if the people who stole it didn't know what they were doing. They ripped the GPS antenna off of the roof AND removed the TCU fuse from the panel, which according to the dealer disables lojack and BMW assist.
Lo-Jack doesn't work off GPS it works on radio signals. What the thief did by removing the fuse does disable the communication system but if you have a separate Lo-Jack module they would have to locate that and disable it. Most installers do not run it off the same fuse as the TCU. Are you sure you had Lo-Jack? Or only BMW Assist?

Where I live is in a secured underground garage, with seperate private garages. They made it through both. Unfortunatley, I USED to kep my car keys on rings in the garage. Lesson learned.
Yes that is a very harsh way to learn but what's done is done. Chances of catching the culprits I'm sure are slim. What beats me is I am sure there was other nice cars down in your parking garage why would they target yours? Your lucky your insurance is even covering it my friend works in the insurance industry and he told me a lot of providers are not covering stolen cars if the key was left around and taken. I know the feeling when your personal security is breached like that its a terrible feeling. I hope things work out in your favor for this.

Please keep us updated.
 

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Lo-Jack doesn't work off GPS it works on radio signals. What the thief did by removing the fuse does disable the communication system but if you have a separate Lo-Jack module they would have to locate that and disable it. Most installers do not run it off the same fuse as the TCU. Are you sure you had Lo-Jack? Or only BMW Assist?

I only had the BMW assist... The dealership said that if I did have lojack, it would have been disabled as well. Sounds like the may have been incorrect on that, but regardless the thief knew what he was doing with the assist.

Yes that is a very harsh way to learn but what's done is done. Chances of catching the culprits I'm sure are slim. What beats me is I am sure there was other nice cars down in your parking garage why would they target yours? Your lucky your insurance is even covering it my friend works in the insurance industry and he told me a lot of providers are not covering stolen cars if the key was left around and taken. I know the feeling when your personal security is breached like that its a terrible feeling. I hope things work out in your favor for this.

Yeah, I really doubt anything will come from it. They did break into one other car and they stole other items from my garage as well (golf clubs and tools). My insurance basically said that because there broke into my residence and there was a burglary, the keys don't come into play. They can't tell me where in my residence to store my keys. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com<img src=" /><o:p></o:p>

Please keep us updated.
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Being familiar with insurance claims you should be alright because when a car gets stolen anything thats wrong with it at all should be covered. The insurance must be able to prove that the problem or damage was not related to the the theft in order to decline coverage. Thats why many times theft cars become total losses because the car can haunt the insurance company for a long time. I would have the dealership explain to the adjuster what some of the potential problems could cost, for example if the engine fails in three months due to possible overheating they would have to accept it as supplemental damage. The only problem you may have is in Pa if you leave the keys in your car and someone takes it they call it conversion and decline coverage, you stated garage so you should be ok. Good luck.
 
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