IH8BY From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1144 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2373 times:
In Oxford, the former world joyriding capital, I remember there being a particular run on red Austin Metros; insecure, easy to steal, and at one point almost ubiquitous, though by the time this problem appeared they were dwindling in number.
This spate worried me somewhat, as I owned a red Austin Metro at the time. Needless to say, it was soon stolen from the apparently secure rail station car park (some might say a blessing, as it saved me from the shame of being seen driving one!). I was one of the lucky ones; they were usually driven round for one night, then set on fire on the cycle track by the ring road, but I got it back after a few weeks!
Have you ever felt like you could float into the sky / like the laws of physics simply don't apply?
I had a 85 300ZX when I was 17 and loved it. A few months ago I went out car shopping and one of the cars I test drove was a 350. I was a bit disappointed with the performance and decided to buy a Mustang Mach 1. If Nissan decides to build a faster production Z at a decent price I might reconsider in the future.
Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2224 times:
Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 8): I had a 85 300ZX when I was 17 and loved it. A few months ago I went out car shopping and one of the cars I test drove was a 350. I was a bit disappointed with the performance and decided to buy a Mustang Mach 1. If Nissan decides to build a faster production Z at a decent price I might reconsider in the future
It sort of sits in the middle, doesn't it? Doesn't have astonishing performance and isn't a brilliant (though it is perfectly competent) handler round the corners, like, say an RX-8. In the UK/European market, American muscle cars don't do very well because of their handling flaws, and so the Z is as near as you can usually get to one whilst still having sufficient competence for the twisties, but in the US I can well see why you might come to that conclusion given your alternates and the kind of roads.
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
AirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2210 times:
Quoting Aero145 (Thread starter): In Reykjavik for the past year, around thirty vehicles have been stolen and then completely disappeared.
That number is about what is reported in thirty minutes in Arizona. Last weekend, my son and his friend went down to Tucson to play in a chess tournament, his friend driving his parents 2007 Chevy Avalanche, went to the hotel parking lot after a round and it was gone. Since the Mexico border is about an hour away, I thinking someone in Mexico has a new truck.
Quoting Aero145 (Thread starter): How's it in your city? Are Nissans the cars that most often disappear or are stolen?
In the San Francisco/Sacramento area its the Russian Mobsters, that are stealing high end vehicles, getting them on ships for sale overseas. CHP/Customs are pointing to the middle east as the off load ports.
CaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks ago) and read 2176 times:
The last time I saw the stats 1990s Honda Accords were the most commonly stolen vehicle.
Nissan's are probably close. I think Ford F-150s are the most commonly stolen truck- but Chevy and Ford fight for that honor with dodge bringing up the rear consistently.
It is the funniest thing I have found from slim jimming cars.. Cheap cars are harder to break into than expensive cars.. Kias are damn near impossible where as if you blow hard on a BMW it will unlock. Beyond that I am guessing cheap cars are probably easier to steal.
California was number 1 for stolen vehicles - 242,000 were stolen in 2006. On average a vehicle is stolen every 26 seconds here in the United States; and only 59 percent of the almost 1.2 million stolen vehicles nationwide are recovered by police.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13499 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2055 times:
A couple of years ago, Nissans with the fancy blue headlight systms were frequently being stolen, one dealership had 30+ cars with their fancy light systems stolen. Apparently they were not well fastened but the usual theft removal did cause some body damage. They were often resold by theves for $300+ pair and the replacements had retail prices of over $1000/pair. Nissan did modify the attachments for those lamp systems to make it more difficult to remove by theft.