11 “Faux Pas” Which Are Actually Okay To Use With Your Ghost Immobiliser Car

BMW Ghost Immobiliser

The Ghost uses CAN data bus for communication with your vehicle. This stops thieves from replacing the ECU or putting in an additional lock to circumvent the security system.

The Ghost is unique to other immobilisers in that it does not use key fobs or LED indicators. It makes use of the buttons on your vehicle to allow you to enter a unique disarming sequence that you can only remember.

Stop & Start

If you have ever driven a new BMW or used the stop start feature, then you might have noticed that when you stop the engine the engine will still continue to run for around 30 seconds after you release the brake pedal. This is due to the BMW engine management system continuing to monitor your vehicle for a signal from the ignition key, and if it is detected, it will continue to run. The Autowatch 2 Ghost immobiliser prevents this from happening by stopping the car every time you press a button.

Our BMW ghost immobiliser, a new generation device, does not require you to cut OEM wires or add key fobs or alarms from the aftermarket. It is connected to the BMW CAN data network and is programmed with an unique PIN code which is accessed by buttons in your car. This allows you to enter the key sequences which aren’t accessible through the standard media menus. For instance, volume up/down or source, air conditioning, cruise control etc. The PIN can be between 4 and 20 characters, making it difficult for thieves to figure out.

In addition to this we can also add a service / valet mode to the system. This is activated when the car is in for servicing to ensure that the Ghost is hidden from the garage. You can activate this mode by pressing the service button 5 times on your infotainment unit (the system will flash in confirmation) and the Ghost will automatically rearm when you return.

With luxury vehicles being more prone to being targeted than ever before, we highly recommend the Ghost immobiliser to be installed. It’s totally undetectable and doesn’t require cutting any original wiring from the factory and will disable your car’s engine when an incorrect pin code is entered. It’s a simple but efficient method to prevent your car from being stolen even with cloned keys. It is all you need to do is look on social media to see how quickly brand new vehicles are stolen using equipment for cloning that is accessible to anyone online for under PS80.

Service / Valet Mode

The Ghost is the most popular immobiliser on the market. It stops your vehicle from being taken through key cloning or hacking. It makes use of the factory buttons of your vehicle to create an individual sequence of pushes that only you can identify. This is similar to the pin code security on your mobile phone. It’s incredibly secure, discreet and deters even the most determined thieves!

If you are parked at home or in a meeting and greet situation, the Ghost can be set to service mode. This allows you to start the vehicle using your keys but prevents the engine from starting again until the correct code has been entered. This is perfect for those who need to transfer their vehicles to valet service companies, or trusted family members or friends. It also lets you get the car into the garage for servicing etc without having to worry about it getting damaged or stolen by a mechanic while you wait.

Once the service / valet mode is activated it will stop your BMW from being able to be driven after it has been started. This prevents anyone from test driving while you are away. Once you return it will return to normal, preventing your vehicle from being tampered with or stolen again.

The Ghost can be installed on any BMW. All you need is the correct keys, since the device doesn’t use the original remotes, but can be used in conjunction with them. We are TASSA-registered, DBS-security checked and fully certified in system installation. You can be assured that the installation will be done correctly and that your Ghost device will function exactly as it was intended. Your vehicle will also be registered in a database and you will receive a document that you can show to your insurance company. they are awestruck by these devices and often receive substantial discounts!

If you do not want to use a mobile device or don’t feel comfortable using it, we can supply an optional Bluetooth tag that can be used to disable the Ghost. This is an extra cost and requires a separate Bluetooth pairing.


With hi-tech thieves becoming more and more sophisticated, the security technology has to improve, which is why Ghost has created this discrete and unobtrusive immobiliser. It’s designed to stop thieves from acquiring a new key or replacing the ECU in order to start your car and then drive it away. Ghost is connected to your CAN network and utilizes buttons on your vehicle to generate an unique push-sequence which must be entered before your engine can start.

This will activate the anti-hijack mode and, once it is activated any attempt to start the engine will be immediately stopped. The system will hone the horn and flash the indicators. It will also stall the vehicle in the event that the code cannot be found. By entering your push sequence or entering service mode, you can disable the Anti-Hijack feature. This allows your vehicle to start temporarily without having to enter a PIN.

If you own an GPS device that is connected to your BMW it is possible to use it to disable the Anti-Hijack feature, allowing you to still use the navigation system in your car even when the vehicle is parked unsupervised. You can also use your mobile phone to control the anti theft feature and other functions.

This is an Tassa verified product and is recognized by the majority of insurance companies and will help to reduce the chance of your prized possessions being stolen. It is completely discreet and will not affect your vehicle’s functionality. It doesn’t require any special programming knowledge to install or use. It is completely undetectable by tools for detecting that thieves use and it is totally unaffected by key cloning since it connects directly to your vehicle’s CAN data network.

Remote Control

We can connect the Ghost device with your mobile app to enable remote control of keyless start and go functionality. This is useful when a valet or mechanic has to start your car, but you are else. The system allows you to turn the car on, select drive and leave service mode without having keys. You can also track your vehicle on an interactive map on your smartphone.

The ghost 2 immobiliser problems can be placed under the dashboard or in the centre console, it is completely concealed and tamperproof and does not require additional wiring. The device is connected to the vehicle’s CAN Data Network (similar to an Ethernet cable) and a unique PIN code is inserted into it. This pin code must be chosen prior to the vehicle’s start. This prevents thieves from bypassing the system using an unauthorized clone or replacement ECU.

If the vehicle is stolen and the Ghost will enter a service mode and shut down all functions until the PIN code is entered or you can utilize the mobile app to dearm it. This feature was created to protect your vehicle from thieves with high-tech equipment who employ relay boxes to take it. It also prevents thieves from being able to use their mobile phone to turn on your sat nav system or MP3 player to locate your vehicle!

Ghost can also prevent “Relay-style Frequency Amplification”. This is the most frequent method of preventing a vehicle from being stolen with a key-fob that has been copied or stolen by hacking. Ghost lets you stop this theft by installing a device known as Secure-A Key inside your vehicle. The device is installed in the key-fob of your vehicle and shuts off its battery after a couple of inactive minutes. This can be done with the majority of modern PKE keys.

We are TASSA accredited (Tracking and Aftermarket Security Systems Association) an official body that some insurance companies recognize and offer discounts for when you fit the device. We are DBS security checked, and have been fully trained to install Ghost. This ensures that all work is done to the highest standards. You will receive a document that you can take to your insurance company as proof of installation. This will enable you to get the best deal on your car insurance.

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