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Old 03-30-2001, 03:59 PM   #1
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I was wondering if all the (justifiable) WRX hype will cause this car to be a particularly juicy target for car thieves. With only 10,000 in the US, I'm guessing nobody will steal it for parts, but it sure would make a great get-away car and/or be fun in a joy ride. Do any WRX owners have thoughts on this? Alarms (gee they really help), the club... or am I just being overly paranoid? Forgive me if I am, but I grew up in Detroit where there is a car stolen every 30 seconds or some other unbelivable figure.

A friend of mine had his car stolen (here in Detroit) and the cops initiated the thief in a high speed chase right from the parking lot where the car was parked (open-broken window in 5 degree weather was the tip off) - any way, they got the car back and the theif right away, but despite racing the cops at 90 mph through tons of traffic, the theif somehow had time to reset all of the radio stations to his favorites! Man, is that professionalism or what?

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Old 03-30-2001, 04:18 PM   #2
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WRX
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Old 03-30-2001, 04:29 PM   #3
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I dont think you are being paranoid, just rightfully cautious and agree that the WRX is a mighty tempting sight (*drool*) for a thief. If you want to, invest in a boomerang security system. They work great, my friend had her QX4 stolen, and she got it back in under a day! M2C
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Old 03-30-2001, 04:33 PM   #4
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I like the bit about the thief resetting all the radio presets

I would say we'll have to wait and see. Subarus have never been very high on anyone's "theft risk" list. The main thing that motivates pro thieves to steal a particular car is ease of resale. That is, how easy or difficult it is to re-sell the car. Hondas and Acuras usually top the list because everyone knows them and they have a good reputation. Subarus are great cars but, frankly, not all that popular compared to other brands. We're part of a very small percentage of the population that even know what the WRX is, and what it is capable of. That may change if SOA keeps up the advertising campaign, but I very much doubt you'll have to worry.

[edit] On the other hand, there's always the joyriders who steal cars just for fun. They might be more likely to have read all the awesome reviews the WRX has been receiving.

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Old 03-30-2001, 05:08 PM   #5
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This is my biggest worry. I'm moving to El Paso and will be doing a lot of work across the border in Juarez -- one of the worst parts of the country, despite El Paso's decrease in auto-thefts recently.

Texas has a program called "HEAT", where you put some sort of decal on your car and the border patrol will always check it. I intend to enroll, despite the inconvenience when I cross the border.

But, as others have pointed out, the small number of WRX's will discourage those looking to steal for parts (my dealer told me a popular car worth $10k can generate $30k in parts), and a few simple countermeasures will prevent the joy-riders.

If anyone knows of a simple and effective kill-switch, let me know.

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Old 03-30-2001, 05:35 PM   #6
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Tell us more about this boomerang security system. Is this one of those LOJACK or GPS based systems or is this more of a high quality standard alarm?
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Old 03-30-2001, 06:21 PM   #7
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look into one of those tranny locks.....
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Old 03-30-2001, 08:38 PM   #8
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From what I've heard, the WRX is a popular getaway car for thieves down under, where they've been available for a while. So while there aren't that many over here yet, it is still a concern. But I guess any sports car is vulnerable to that kind of thing. Of course, it doesn't stop me from wanting one!
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Old 03-30-2001, 08:48 PM   #9
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deke, your sidebar profile says you own a 2002 WXR... what the hell did you buy???
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Old 03-30-2001, 09:38 PM   #10
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i seriously hope you're kidding about the wxr? you mean WRX right?
you wrote in like 4 times man,(with s-bar)
please tell me your joking!
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Old 03-30-2001, 10:23 PM   #11
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Hopefully our cars can remain stealthy and no one will know about the magical gnomes that live in the hood scoop and wanna give them a run=)...that said, I'm still planning on a Club, Autolock, Tranny Lock, Alarm, and LoJack when i receive my rex...never can be too careful, especially in my hater-heavy area of the country...though i'm not sure if many would know to look at a WRX for a joyride, considering that those to whom i have disclosed my purchase of a WRX usually return a puzzed "Huh? is that a Toyota" or something...hehe...anyways, i started a thread on something like this a little while ago:

http://www.i-club.com/ubb-files/Forum1/HTML/020535.html
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Old 03-31-2001, 05:56 AM   #12
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Oops - I'm not kidding, just dumb. I'm a lousy typist so I have this spell check /auto correct program that works across any program. I actually added "WXR" to my spell check/auto correct instead of "WRX"! I fixed it. Every time I post to the world I do something like this. Sorry!
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Old 03-31-2001, 09:11 AM   #13
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i was quoted by a local shop $11k for a jdm base wrx drivetrain w/labor to swap into a last-gen impreza. with those kinds of prices, i would think a usdm wrx drivetrain would be very popular with thieves to swap into a last-gen impreza. that exactly what is happening with civic sir's and integra gsr/type-rs being stolen and being fully stripped of their drivetrains for swaps into civics, etc.



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Old 03-31-2001, 09:21 AM   #14
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No, freaking everyone knows about this car thanks to the advertising. I was at NAPA yesterday and the entire staff came out to look at it ("we saw the ad on TV").

I think it will be a hot theft target. The alarm upgrade actually does a pretty good job of imobilizing it but all a thief needs to do is buy the shop manuals to figure out how to bypass it (of course the alarm will go off until they do).

I don't want a Lojack. If someone steals my car I never want to see it again, I'll just get a new one. Have you ever seen a recovered stolen car?

The only thing I couldn't replace on my car is the personalized plate.

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Old 03-31-2001, 09:32 AM   #15
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heh
the only thing I've ever had stolen on my car *is* the personaluized plate...
i mean, c'mon, who the hell wants a Cali plate that says "SYBIR" ???
I ask you
sheesh
oh well
gotta get a new plate
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Old 03-31-2001, 10:27 AM   #16
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yea, no kidding about the advertising. i have a first gen impreza and everyone asks me if i've seen the new wrx and some other stupid questions. so yes, the new gen impreza will be a hot item for thieves. funny thing is one already got stolen. it was posted up on the Canada region forum awhile ago.

P.S does anyone else here think the WRX commercials are really lame?
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Old 03-31-2001, 01:03 PM   #17
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I like the commercials except: they should just show a stock WRX (people are expecting to be able to buy all that stuff) and I think the voice over is lame. "you'll think you're flying".

My plate is "WRX" so I hope no-one steals it!

Doh, talk about advertising. I should have got one that said "HYUNDAI" !!!!

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Old 03-31-2001, 01:26 PM   #18
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Get a Clifford Alarm.


When Porsches starting dissapearing all over Houston, that's what the dealer told me.
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Old 03-31-2001, 03:55 PM   #19
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this is really OT but did you guys also notice the n1 style exaust on the WRX. also there is no reason to put the BBS wheels on it since no one is going to pay for them.
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Old 04-01-2001, 05:41 AM   #20
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RE: BBS Wheels
I paid for them and I love them. Just because the majority of the people on this board are young and financialy strapped doesn't mean that subaru won't sell any wheels.
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Old 04-01-2001, 05:55 AM   #21
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AWMIII
good for you for buying yhe BBS wheels.. but if I were you, I wouldn't go so far as saying that a majority of people in this board are young and strapped for cash. I think the main reason for the lack of enthusiasm for the BBS wheels around here is the mere fact that because of the cost, they do not represent good value for the money. There is no doubt that the BBS wheels are good quality, but there are wheels in the market that are of equal or better quality that cost way below the price of the BBS.
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Old 04-01-2001, 09:48 AM   #22
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This is also a concern for me. Detroit is pretty bad with theft, however, unlike other areas of the country, they steal cars here to sell the parts to the more traditional black market buyers. This means they prefer Accords and Camry's for the body panels--not than a WRX which they probably know little about. To be safe though, do like us old ITR owners do, wire a switch for the fuel pump and hide it in an odd place. Even if they get the car started they won't make it a block. Deke you should join us Suby guys on Friday nights in Royal Oak. We had 4 or 5 guys last Friday.
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Old 04-01-2001, 10:39 AM   #23
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Theft Proofing Ideas:

OK, if someone really wants to steal your car, they can always tow it.

Couple of ideas I have are:

Remove your stearing wheel. Hard to do nowadays with the airbag, but, there is at least one company out there that sells removeable steering wheels.

Take out your battery. *duh*

Unscrew your gear shift lever. How can the car be driven without one?

Remove your pedals.


OK, now flame me for how hard it would be to actually do these things.


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Old 04-01-2001, 11:54 AM   #24
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OK, here is what I know about the Boomerang system. I was looking into one for my impreza, and this is what io remember. It is placed in your car in an undisclosed location which changes on each car, no boomerang in the exact same place at the last car (with obvious limitations). It sends its tracking signal (GPS i believe) via the same as a cell phone does so there is bill. If you can get it, get it! My friend would have been out a QX4 if she diddnt have one. If I messed up some info on the boomerang, dont flame me, correct me, im trying to help out. At the security/sound system shop i go to, i regularly see porches, ferraris and bimmers getting none other than a boomerang installed.
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Old 04-01-2001, 04:19 PM   #25
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Up here in Canada we've had one of the dealers press cars stolen. Not sure if they found it yet. Rumours going around that its now smashed, I'd really like to know how it was stolen.
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