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Windows 7: The Ultimate Vandal

03 Aug 2011   #1

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
The Ultimate Vandal

I just went out to take a trip to the grocery store, and was very surprised that my car started with a loud roar. I bent over and looked to find that the tail pipe was hanging down, and the muffler was had been sawed off.

It would be surprising that this would happen anywhere, but especially where I live, in a complex where the parking lot is lined with apartments that look out on the lot. I even once had a tenant check me out, when fixing a flat late at night. I suspect that some tenant must have down this, because if a stranger had done it, someone would have called the police.

Considering that my car was already very old and ragged, and requiring other repairs, it's not worth the cost to do them, so I will have to find a replacement. I just checked with the Salvation Army, which has an auction each month, but I must have just missed it, because the next one isn't until October 1st.

Not sure where to look, but I guess Craig's List is next.
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03 Aug 2011   #3

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

Now that I think of it, you are probably right. The missing area is too far forward for a muffler.
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03 Aug 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Man that sucks platinum rocks !
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03 Aug 2011   #5


These same theives will rip out your irrigation system for the brass washers, lol.
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03 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Yeah, I have been reading about a rash of catalytic converter thefts in my area as well. Was recently talking to a cop that said that catalytic converter theft and in-dash navigation units were the #1 and #2 things stolen from cars...and these thieves can get them out in less than 2 minutes.
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03 Aug 2011   #7

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

It wouldn't be such a bad thing, because I was planning on buying another car anyway, but since that one is no longer drivable, I don't have a means to travel about to check out other cars available...I sure don't want to take a taxi all over town. I probably could get some owners to bring their car to me for inspection, but with only the scant info and poor pictures in Craig's List, I doubt that I could pick the right one(s) to call.

I want a small pickup, but from what I read in the article that brady linked, I would remain a prime candidate for a repeat performance, because I drive very little, which leaves the vehicle in the lot for long periods, and pickups are more likely targets that cars, because of the height that they sit off the ground. I wish my apartment faced the parking lot, because then I could get a security camera to point at the vehicle, but I definitely don't want to move.

I'm always somewhat surprised at the prices that some people ask for vehicles that are not worth anything except for parts.
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03 Aug 2011   #8

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

I just got off the phone with a man selling a 1998 Ford cargo van, that looks pretty good in it's picture, and sound okay by his description. The only thing that he said was wrong with it was that it had a rough idle due to some kind of sensor on top of the engine, that he claimed would cost about $60 to replace. I tried to go to AutoZone to check it out, but twice it froze my computer, requiring a forced reboot, so I guess that I will have to play it by ear. The gas mileage is less than I would like (15-18 mpg by his estimate), but since I drive so little, that is not as much of a problem for me, as it would be for some. He wants $1500 for it, which comparing with some other vehicles in that price range doesn't sound too bad.

He is going to bring it to me for an inspection later today, so I will have to wait to see what happens.
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04 Aug 2011   #9


Too bad old mate moocher doesn't have a car - you could have hit him up to drive you around car shopping.
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04 Aug 2011   #10

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2

I'm sorry to hear that this happened to you.
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