So I custom ordered my Cooper S and miraculously arrived 5 weeks after placing the order in the US !!. Once the dealer got the car I had them install their side of the fence options, namely full JCW and security system. What defines factory installed alarm as 'security system' is an Accessory now and I have the premium package which one would expect alarm to be part of?
The security system works fine, key fob (un)locks the doors, flashes the lights and does the audible chirps... but no LEDs anywhere, I was expecting one under the rear view mirror like BMWs, and then at the end of one of the stalks, the wiper stalk already has the yellow light. I spoke to the dealer about this and he says there's no flashing LEDs on the alarm systems anymore. This has me dismayed a little having read on the forum about the red wiper stalk flasher, and couldn't possibly think why an OEM alarm system wouldn't have any visual deterrent to would be thieves.
Did the dealer forget to install the stalk flasher and trying to pull a fast one, or has Mini done a step backward in the alarm dept?
ok somebody is being real lazy. I just got my 05 MCS last week along with the OEM alarm system and my light stalk has a red led on it, just like the wiper yellow stalk led. when armed, it blinks. tell them to stop jerking you around.
On the '05 cars the left stalk is replaced with one with a red tip that flashes when the alarm is active. On previous years the alarm indicator was on the right stalk but was moved to the left when the low washer fluid indicator went into production.
The part number for the stalk with the red LED depends upon the car's configuration. A couple of weeks back Motoringfile had an article, incuding a link to a pdf file, of the install instructions for the factory alarm on the convertible. While the instructions would differ somewhat for the sedan, the part numbers for the correct stalk are noted in the pdf file. Since these are instructions for the convertible you should verify the part numbers to be sure they are the same for the sedan.
Nope, at least in previous years, the purplish little LED-like thing in the middle of the dash close to the windshield is a light sensor for the auto A/C. Maybe it serves a dual purpose with auto lights.
Last edited by Pamlico; Sep 9th, 2005 at 07:43 PM.
It measures the amount of sunlight coming through the windshield. More intense sunlight = more radiant heat. There are also temperature sensors, but this one possibly can be thought of an an early warning so the auto A/C can boost up before the temperature begins to rise dramatically as it would then have to play catch up.
Okay, so I tracked all this down and figured what is going on... for model year 2005 and on the security alarm kit is part # 82-11-0306852 and does NOT include the red turn signal stick, you need to additionally order it part #6131-6-946959 which is $75. It'd be interesting to see if the cost of the 2005+ alarm kit is $75 less than the 2004 alarm kit... yeah right.... perhaps MINI's way of making an additional 'pound' :-) . Why on earth they'd remove a flashing LED from the standard security system accessory option is beyond me, but its what they've done.
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