I had a 1992 Prelude, in Texas, which I gave to my second son, to move
to Hollywood. He did bit parts on several films and TV shows. The
car was stolen, but found shortly, with the engine missing. He was
told that "ricers" burn out their engines, and there are gangs in LA,
that steal cars, on spec, for the engines. He made the wise decision
to leave LA. He also bought a Mercedes. It seems the "ricers" do
not know what to do with a Mercedes engine.
Before they put RF chips in keys, my old Civic key would work in other
I'd sometimes open a same model year, same color car in the parking
I realized it wasnt mine.
A worn down key seemed to be a master key.
no,it's because the motors and engine control electronics are easily
swapped and hacked for more performance.
**also no anti-theft immobilizer system.(programmed keys)**,makes them an
I know because I used to have a 1994 Integra GS-R,stolen in 2007. It took
them less than a minute to break in despite the alarm with "ignition
disable" and push start it and drive it off.
"Gone in 60 Seconds" was pretty accurate.I didn't even have time to fire
off a shot.
It was found 3 days later,stripped and burned,a total loss
They take the high performance B18C3 motor and it's ECU,and maybe any other
parts they can use or sell.
the only useful anti-theft method is a hidden fuel cutoff switch,which I
had the parts for,but didn't have time to install them. I had already re-
routed the hood release cable inside the engine compartment and made a
shield for the hood latch itself.
theives like to use a wire to pull the hood release latch from under the
bumper,or tear open the left wheelwell and cut the release cable to release
the hood latch;then they quickly lift the hood and cut any alarm wire
before it can sound long enough to be recognized;that happened to a girl I
The older ones are easier to steal because they tend not to have
immobilizers. And the vehicles on this list were mostly best-sellers, so
there are lots of them around to steal.
The newer Explorer and Corolla are probably on the list simply due to the
sheer size of their sales numbers. The Dodge Ram? I can't explain that one.
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