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Old 01-06-2002, 02:44 AM
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Lojack

Do anyone know where they put the lojack in mercedes E55 to be exact. My bro order lojack with his E55, but we just couldn't seem to locate where it is, and the dealer and lojack, inc isn't telling either. Do anyone have any ideas? How does it look like? HOw big is it? Thanks in advance
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Old 01-06-2002, 07:51 AM
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I have a friend with LoJack on his Jeep. He told me that he was not allowed to be present when it was installed. They say that even the owner cannot know where they put it (safety reason). I would start (after engine bay, interior trunk panels) under the driver's side dash maybe?
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Old 01-07-2002, 12:42 AM
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In high end cars, to fully protect the alarm-system brain, we would fully remove the dash, and bury the system DEEP. Sometimes we put a "dummy" unit and wiring in the kick panel to send would-be thieves on a wild goose chase, wasting their time. We'd also install a dummy valet switch, as that's one of the best ways to track down where the brain is. We used units that used codes for valet switching, not a physical switch.

We would not put the unit under the hood, as it's exposed to too many environmental conditions.

Why do you want to locate the unit? The more people that know where it is, the greater the compromise to your security.
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Old 01-07-2002, 01:31 AM
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recently my bro got his E55 stolen out of a valet parking lot in NYC, and when he reported it stolen, the Lojack didn't kick in. The carjackers then wrecked the car after the police was chasing them. The police found the car using his distinctive plates ...AMG E55. My bro got the hold of the car, and we were confused why didn't lojack get kicked in. So we decided to look for it making sure the dealer really installed. Because it was 4 days after that the police found the car.
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Old 01-07-2002, 06:53 AM
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How was his car stolen? Did they get the key to it??
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2006 C230k (Dad's)
1999 S420 (Mom's/Dad's)
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Old 01-07-2002, 09:55 AM
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1. Why bother spend money on Lojack or ANY other security device and then hand the keys over to someone you don't know? Anyone that valet parks their car deserves for it to be stolen. Your "bro" made the biggest mistake...gave the keys away.

2. If you're suspicious that the Lojack unit was not installed, ask the installing company to prove it. I don't see why this is an issue for you, as your insurance company would be pressing the issue in a BIG way, as they would be looking to deflect liability. Call the Lojack tracking number, and confirm the car is able to be tracked.

If someone was joyriding an E55, it's unlikely they hot-wired the car. They probably had the keys.
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Old 01-07-2002, 02:27 PM
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We had lojack on as a precaution in case it was stolen like on the streets or a parking lot. Second, if anyone lives in NYC they should know how hard it is to park a car in Times Square with all those Diplomatic parking only. The perp stole the car by just simply requesting the car to be taken out to later be picked up and just paid the parking fee. Who would know that the parking garage attended didn't question the validity of it.

Second, we called the NYPD to preform a test if their is a lojack installed, and when the NYPD called lojack they verified it was sending signal to activate it, but the NYPD with the lojack tracker couldn't even located and the E55 was next to him. Thus leading us to belief that there is no lojack.

I have another question can mercedes track a vehicle through either the command system or tele aid? If so, what is the point to Lojack.
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Old 01-07-2002, 02:56 PM
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No matter what the parking situation in NYC is, it's a HUGE mistake to give someone you don't trust the keys to your Mercedes.

Buy an old Honda for driving to where the risk is as high as you described. Judging by your site and car list, money flows like water in your neck of the woods. Buy another car for valet parking situations. If the image of bringing your E55 is too important to you, then you'll have to live with it being stolen.

The Lojack system is being duplicated by Teleaid, OnStar, etc. If you subscribe to Teleaid, don't bother with Lojack.

Who would know that the parking garage attended didn't question the validity of it.

He makes minimum wage and couldn't give a rat's ass about some schmuck's Mercedes. He's not paid to care, just to stand there.

I used to be in the auto security biz, and don't have much sympathy. Owner precaution is 90% of the game, hardware the other 10%.

Years ago I was checking into a hotel that indicated that owners would not be allowed to park their cars. Valet parking only. When I balked, the valet pointed to the row of MB's and other luxury cars to be parked, and explained that THOSE owners (of more expensive cars than mine) let their cars be parked. I told him that they must be much wealthier than me, as I could not afford to lose my car.

After a discussion with the hotel manager, I parked my own car.

Mercedes engineers spent time, effort, and our money (in the price) in designing the SmartKey. It's the best anti-theft key on the market, bar none. You completely give up all it's protection when you hand it over to someone.

Some insurance companies have stopped paying on theft claims where the owner either valet parked the car, or left it running while they ran into some place. I hate to side with insurance companies, but I don't want to pay higher premiums for sheer stupidity.
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Old 01-07-2002, 03:57 PM
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I would agree with you totally man. My insurance paid cost of the vehicle, but its still no E55 in our hands. Hopefully we learned our lesson not to hand keys to anyone. Plus what do you think of Volvos, they seem like a good "valet" car.
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