Video: BMW M3 stolen with OBD key cloning

Videos | October 21st, 2012 by 10
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Earlier this year we reported on a series of hi-tech theft in the UK that involved a large number of BMW vehicles. Highly trained thieves …

Earlier this year we reported on a series of hi-tech theft in the UK that involved a large number of BMW vehicles. Highly trained thieves were accessing the BMW OBD II port and programming a blank key giving them full access to the car. The theft cases spread across UK and created concerns in the BMW community.

In September, BMW responded with a fix for BMWs built between 2007 and September 2011, and only for the X5 and X6 models. Other cars will get the upgrade by the end of the year. BMW offered some advice to owners on their website, including “Whereever possible park your car out of sight, in a locked garage or under the cover of CCTV cameras.”

But the heist has not stopped. A BMW owner reports his E92 M3 as being stolen by using the same OBD key cloning process. To show how the thieves operate, the M3 owner uploaded a couple of Youtube videos from his CCTV system.

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Part 1 – Key Cloning

Part 2 – Driving off

10 responses to “Video: BMW M3 stolen with OBD key cloning”

  1. PIERRE says:

    if the key is so called cloned why are they pushing the car and not driving it , they might have unlocked the electrical steering lock but to me it looks like the only thing that they have done . can some one els help me out ?

  2. Theo Bosdas says:

    They’ve arrived lated in the UK. This key cloning method has been applied by Greek local thieves since a couple of years ago in Athens, Greece, and I’m also aware about a couple more M3 that they’re owners lost them this way (one was brand new. He had it for only two days!!!). Unfortunately, i’ve lost my M5 E60 like this! :(

  3. Bimmerfan says:


  4. Dirk says:

    my dealer explained the fix consists in removing the functionality from the ‘car BIOS’ to add keys to the OBD (thye just add a blank key as a ‘genuine’ one. Normally any BMW can have upto 10 keys programmed, the ‘fix’ consists in removing this option completely from the OBD, meaning only a BMW dealership computer (with connection to BMW factory) can add keys to the OBD. The fix means also your 2 existing keys need to be reprogrammed completely using the new method, as this ‘BIOS update’ will remove any existing key!

  5. Jack says:

    Something is fishy here. First, the car door seems already unlocked. If it wasn’t, then why did the alarm not go off? I call BS on this video.

  6. PIERRE says:

    come to africa , you need a copyf ownership/registration papers and a copy of your id book with a written authority to the BMW dealer and last but not least a daignostic printout of the key status and one key must be valid and the other key disabled.the key is then orded from the fatory and 3 days later you can fetch it
    no stollen bmw in south africa

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