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Old 11-07-2002, 02:41 PM   #1
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Exclamation Wrb Wrx Stolen!!

My buddy's WRB WRX was stolen 2 nights ago from his apartment underground parking lot.

License plate #234 BEF

The car has powder coated gold rims. If you see the car on the street, phone the police.

Also the car might be missing a front grill because the front grill was left behind.

Keep a look out. Thanks!

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Old 11-07-2002, 06:39 PM   #2
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sorry to hear that..

stupid thieves..

how did it get stolen btw? i thought wrx has immoblizabler...
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Old 11-07-2002, 09:21 PM   #3
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I'm not sure..I don't know if WRX's have immobilizers, do they?

When i bought my Legacy, the dealer recommended me to get an aftermarket alarm with immobilizer, etc. He didn't recommend getting the OEM one for some reason..guess he thought it wasn't worth the price for the OEM. Me and my buddy bought our cars from the same guy and he told him to get an alarm too, but I don't think he had an alarm.

But if what you're saying is true, I guess thats why they left the grill behind cause they probably poped up the hood to do something to bypass the immobilizer?
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Old 11-07-2002, 10:21 PM   #4
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whereabouts was it stolen?

mine didn't come with one. i had it done after i bought the car

the guy who did it showed me how stupid easy it is to steal a subaru... u don't even have to use a screwdriver to break the part where your key goes in...
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Old 11-07-2002, 10:24 PM   #5
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Well they probably removed the grill to disable the horns before they stole the car.
If you do not have an aftermarket alarm then I would seriously recommend getting 1.

I am a Locksmith, and I am constantly repairing the underground entrances into parkades and the doors into peoples garages.

Most of the time the cars with alarms are not even broken into, just the ones without alarms, and perhaps a club. (which by the way can be pulled off very easily)
I have a battery backup alarm siren, with 1hr of juice, as well as a hood-pin, and a glass break sensor, we (vancouverites) actually live in an area with the highest concentration of property crime per capita in all of north america! (its true)

I hope that they recover the car, perhaps even better though is if they dont and you just get paid out, who knows what they may have done to it driving it around.

I'll keep my eyes open.

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Old 11-07-2002, 10:48 PM   #6
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edward,
stan's car got jacked? what the?
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Old 11-08-2002, 12:11 AM   #7
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mine comes with immobilizer...i have the factory alarm btw...
it's got 2 big stickers on the front windows which tell thieves "don't mess w/ this car!"..
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Old 11-08-2002, 01:09 AM   #8
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my RS came with an immobilizer according to my sales rep.
On the window it says something like "This vehcile is protected by a genuine subaru security system"

im pretty sure if u get the factory alarm u get an immobilizer..
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Old 11-08-2002, 01:47 AM   #9
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On my 02 TS, I was told the immobilizer was a third party option, and not included with the factory alarm. I ended up getting a third party security system so I could have the immobilizer included.

I checked the pdf install file on subaruparts.com for the security system, and the parts list mentions a starter interrupt relay is included. Not sure if this acts as an immobilizer or not.

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Old 11-08-2002, 02:16 AM   #10
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I seen a lot of WRX or TS with GOLD Rims

SO please state be more specfic about your car

just to make sure it wont make any flaws if ppl see the gold rims and thought that it's your stolen WRX
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Old 11-08-2002, 03:17 AM   #11
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BTW

For those of you with factory alarms,

the imoblizers that are supplied with factory alarms, do you have a shut off switch?
(i'm not looking for an answer)

The majority of factory alarms just are not capable of stopping a thief who has researched your car, and has stolen in the past.
The majority of car thefts are carried out by a small number of thieves who are very educated about car alarms.

You need to seriously consider aftermarket options if you are concerned about your cars safety.
Coded valet switches so that it cannot be disarmed without a coded switch, hood pins, and battery back-up alrms so that the horns cannot be deactivated.

There is no question that your car is safer now than without an alarm, but to be safe from the educated thief who is watching for a score, you must do more.

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Old 11-08-2002, 03:31 AM   #12
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Originally posted by kcying
I seen a lot of WRX or TS with GOLD Rims

SO please state be more specfic about your car

just to make sure it wont make any flaws if ppl see the gold rims and thought that it's your stolen WRX
o sorry their OEM powdercoated gold WRX rims
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Old 11-08-2002, 03:53 AM   #13
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also it has HIDs and some AEM/STI stickers on it
it has a AEM liecence plate holder,old 2.5RS badge in the dash

thats all i can think of since the last time i saw the car
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Old 11-08-2002, 04:52 AM   #14
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also it has HIDs and some AEM/STI stickers on it
it has a AEM liecence plate holder,old 2.5RS badge in the dash

thats all i can think of since the last time i saw the car
he has a AEM intake..that explains the stickers and license plate holder...

he also has a blow-off valve..ARC or APR forgot
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Old 11-08-2002, 11:43 AM   #15
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[b]You need to seriously consider aftermarket options if you are concerned about your cars safety.
Coded valet switches so that it cannot be disarmed without a coded switch, hood pins, and battery back-up alrms so that the horns cannot be deactivated/B]
If they really want your car, it's gone. The pros will just put your car on a flat bed or just tow it away. Not much any alarm will do to stop that.
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Old 11-08-2002, 01:42 PM   #16
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Quote:
Originally posted by KIMUTAKU
mine comes with immobilizer...i have the factory alarm btw...
it's got 2 big stickers on the front windows which tell thieves "don't mess w/ this car!"..
A bit of advice...
Never use alarm warning stickers, unless they are very vague and generic. Especially those that advertise the alarm manufacturer. The less information you give the thieves about the security of the car, the better.

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Old 11-08-2002, 04:03 PM   #17
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While this is obviously possible it is not very likely.

You can protect yourself very well and be confident with out worrying that someone will 1st steal a tow truck and then 2nd steal your car.

So all and all it is totally worth it to upgrade your alarm to a high lvl.

my 2cents

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"If they really want your car, it's gone. The pros will just put your car on a flat bed or just tow it away. Not much any alarm will do to stop that."
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Old 11-08-2002, 04:38 PM   #18
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While this is obviously possible it is not very likely.

You can protect yourself very well and be confident with out worrying that someone will 1st steal a tow truck and then 2nd steal your car.
And you think the profesional car theif rings don't have the resources to have their own tow truck or flatbed?
Don't get me wrong, a good alarm is worthwhile and will stop most punks from driving away in your car.
Like I said, if they REALLY want your car and know what they're doing, they'll get it.
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Old 11-08-2002, 05:25 PM   #19
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Why minimize a little good advice by stating that nothing you do will stop a car thief?

Its great to go to the extreme, but just increasing your lvl of security a little will stop most of the thieves that would target cars like ours.

Like I said Security is my business, and I have seen it all.... really i have.

I am not saying that theft of your car is impossible, what I am saying is

"There is no question that your car is safer now than without an alarm, but to be safe from the educated thief who is watching for a score, you must do more."

There are lvls of security, to protect your car you need to take it to the lvl that the majority of car thieves do not go.....

BTW we are not talking about Ferrari, or Porsche here right?

The most some of our cars here may be worth is what 45k?

Parousia.

Crime strikes those who believe that there is nothing they can do far more than those who take precautions.
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Old 11-08-2002, 07:02 PM   #20
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Why minimize a little good advice by stating that nothing you do will stop a car thief?
I wasn't trying to minimize anything, just stating the obvious. Maybe you can explain to me how a fancy alarm will stop a profesional car theif from towing my car away with a tow truck or flatbed when it's parked out of earshot.
However, as you pointed out, they probably wouldn't be wasting their time and resources taking a Subaru.
At the same time, people can get carried away and spend thousands on car alarms. I'm no expert but if my car has a good alarm, battery backup and a hood lock, that's good enough for me.
Post this on a UK forum and ask how effective alarms are there. I've heard stories of people actually chaining their Escort Cosworth to the driveway and still having it stolen or
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Old 11-08-2002, 07:46 PM   #21
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Best way to avoid that is with an ignition kill switch that's hidden.

cheap and it works!
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Old 11-08-2002, 10:36 PM   #22
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JUST IN

THEY'VE RECOVERED THE CAR!!!

also they caught the guy..it was in Langley..police say it was on its way to be stripped!
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Old 11-09-2002, 12:19 AM   #23
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Quote:
Originally posted by Kevin
Post this on a UK forum and ask how effective alarms are there. I've heard stories of people actually chaining their Escort Cosworth to the driveway and still having it stolen or
yeah it's pretty mad there. some of them use multiple immobilizers independent of each other in one car. and some insurance companies will offer rebates if your enclosed garage has one of the steel posts in the ground behind the door just like they do in warehouses

glad to hear the car was found. please keep us informed as to the outcome, and what methods were used to steal the car. hopefully we can all learn from this.
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Old 11-09-2002, 05:14 PM   #24
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Parousia,

I have one of those Auto-locks that fits into your clutch. Is that any good or have I wasted my money?

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Old 11-10-2002, 02:16 AM   #25
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Those are like a 2 piece or three piece bar that goes from the steering wheel to the clutch right?

If they are what I have seen and sold in the past then yes they are good, they will have to remove the steering wheel to remove it without the key.

In my personal opinion an alarm that encorporates the more advanced features is still the best defense though

(baring the in-escapable fact that they tow away your car )

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