BMW cars with factory fitted Thatcham security systems

BMW fit as standard a Thatcham category 2 immobiliser or category 1 alarm to nearly all new cars built for the UK market. Privately imported car models or older cars will have no Thatcham approved security at all so your insurance company may ask for an aftermarket alarm or immobiliser to be fitted.

"Does my car have a thatcham alarm or immobiliser?"

It's very important to check BOTH lists as some cars may have be fitted with a CAT2 first but later models could be fitted with a CAT1.

Older cars have NOT been listed below, more detailed information about older cars fitted with Thatcham alarms or immobilisers can be downloaded here as a PDF file from

BMW cars fitted with Thatcham category 2 immobiliser

Model Year
3 Series (E36) Jan 95 – on
5 Series (E34) Jan 95 – Feb 97
5 Series (E39) (Petrol & Diesel) Mar 97 – on
7 Series (E38) Jan 95 – Aug 96
7 Series (E 38) (Petrol & Diesel) Sep 96 – on
Compact Jan 95 – on

BMW cars fitted with Thatcham category 1 alarm

Model Year
M Series (E36) All
1 Series
Sep 04 – on
X1 (E84)
Aug 09 – on
3 Series (E46) Sep 98 – Aug 05
3 Series Coupe, Convertible & Touring M3 Sep 00 – on
3 Series Compact
Aug 01 – on
3 Series (E90, E91 & E93)
Sep 05 – on
3 Series (F30, F31) Feb 12 – on
Sep 98 – Jun 03
X3 (all models)
May 04 – on
X3 (F25) Nov 10 – on
Z4 (all models)
Jun 03 – May 09
Z4 (E89)
May 09 – on
5 Series (Touring)
Mar 98 – Feb 04
5 Series ( E39)
Sep 95 – Aug 03
5 Series (E60 & E61)
Sep 03 – on
5 Series GT (F07)
Mar 10 – on
5 Series (F10)
Mar 10 – on
M5 (E39)
Jan 99 – Jul 03
X5 (E53 all models) Oct 00 – Mar 07
X5 (E70)
Apr 07 – on
6 Series (E63 & E64)
Mar 04 – on
X6 (E71) May 08 – on
7 Series ( E38)
Sep 95 – on
7 Series (E65 & E66)
Mar 02 – on
7 Series (F01, F02) Nov 08 – on
May 00 – Sep 03

BMW cars without Thatcham security systems

BMW cars not listed above could still have been fitted with an insurance approved Thatcham category 1 alarm or cat 2 immobiliser by the car dealer or car security specialist so it's worth checking the car documents.

"If your car has not been listed above?"

Since this page was last updated newer car models may have been added and many older cars have not been listed so if you cannot find your make, model and year above it's worth downloading the FULL Thatcham Listing as a PDF file from

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