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Windows 7: The Ultimate Vandal

04 Aug 2011   #11
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

I'm sorry to hear about this too. Thieves should be severely punished. They should have put their prowess in thievery in to a more productive and better-earning job.

Catalyctic converters are expense (avg $400), and they are required by law. I hate how the thieves not only took your posession, but they alsive gave you a slap in the face that says "haha go get one or else).
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04 Aug 2011   #12
linnemeyerhere

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I would look at a pre-cat truck and call it a day !
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04 Aug 2011   #13
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
I would look at a pre-cat truck and call it a day !
This was something that I thought about, but couldn't remember when they became required. That probably means that the vehicles would have to be so old, that all of them would either be junk, or high-priced, as good vintage pickups are not cheap. I wouldn't mind such a truck, if I could afford it, but then it would lack a lot of modern amenities, like A/C, electric windows and locks, etc.

I know the purpose of the converters, but can't remember what law requires them. Since my state no longer has a safety or emissions inspection program, and no policeman is going to crawl under the vehicle to look, it would seem to be an unenforceable law. I suppose that I could replace the missing section of the exhaust with a section of regular tail pipe, so that at least the muffler would work, and that would get me around, until I found a different vehicle.
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04 Aug 2011   #14
linnemeyerhere

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They started showing up around '75 and went mandatory around that point or a little later so your right you could have a great degree of issue on hand locating a clean example of a Toyota, Chevy, Ford or Mazda.
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04 Aug 2011   #15
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I'm going to do as I said, and see if I can get a section of tailpipe to patch the system, so that I can shop around for something else. I did find a couple of vehicles on Craig's list yesterday, that didn't look bad, and were priced right, but one never replied to my email, and the other said that he would come by for me to see his vehicle in the afternoon, but never did. Most of what I have found were larger vehicles, i.e. gas guzzlers. I doubt that I will find a good small pickup that I can afford.
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04 Aug 2011   #16
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I was going to call around and check prices for an alarm system for the vehicle, but some problems prevented me from doing so...maybe tomorrow. In the meantime I'm wondering about buying an independent alarm system from eBay. They have packages ranging from $20 - $500. The high end doesn't interest me, because I doubt that they would be worth the price to me, but then I really have no idea of what I should get, either in price or features. It is obvious that motion detection is essential to ward off any future converter thefts, but what else should I consider?
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04 Aug 2011   #17
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

At this point, you've unfortunately had the catalytic converter stolen. Its rare that it would ever happen again. So, I'm unsure if investing in some sophisticated alarm system is going to pay for itself.

And alarms aren't infallible. I had a car stolen right from the front of my house about 2 years ago...and it had an alarm with a starter disable and it was bypassed in seconds.
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04 Aug 2011   #18
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

You may be right, but once bitten, twice shy. I'm less worried about a vehicle being stolen, than I am of a recurrence this problem. However, the vehicle being stolen is not out of the question, because about a year back, someone did try to steal it, even though it was the worst car in the lot. All that they managed to do was to tear up the steering column cover and mangle the ignition switch. It was about that time that I heard that someone from the complex next to us was arrested for trying to steal a vehicle from our complex...probably mine. But the police never said anything to me about it.

As I said, I'm not going to get a high priced system, but one for $100-$200 would be worth it, if only for the sake of some kind of peace of mind...even if it may not be totally secure. I figure that converter thieves are probably less professional than a real car thief, so it might scare him off. If it did, it would definitely be worth the price.
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04 Aug 2011   #19
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
At this point, you've unfortunately had the catalytic converter stolen. Its rare that it would ever happen again. So, I'm unsure if investing in some sophisticated alarm system is going to pay for itself.
True. It's a 'bolt the stable door, lightning striking twice' situation. An understandable knee-jerk reaction however.

If your car is rarely, or has previously never been tampered with, an alarm doesn't sound like a wise investment. Especially if you were planning on replacing the vehicle anyway.

I'd consider it if you got a newer vehicle however. If only for peace of mind.
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04 Aug 2011   #20
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

The alarm is not for the car that I have, but for what I will replace it with, which will probably be a full sized pickup. From what I read, they are prime targets for converter theft, due to their height off the ground. That coupled with the fact that it will remained parked for considerable periods of time, make it even more likely to become a target than my current car was. Due to some problems setting up a security camera, an alarm is the only viable choice that I have, and right or wrong, I shall get something.
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