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Dec 7th, 2017 06:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The wife and I are fixing to purchase our first modern car next Friday. (Our newest right now is 49 years old)

But with all the digital puffery surrounding these newfangled critters, leaving them vulnerable to theft, I'm thinking we'll hang onto our steering wheel club for now.

The latest $11 invention has tripled the range of key fob intervention for would be car thieves.

Of course, car snatchers are unlikely to target any vehicle I can afford, but for y'all with them fancy horseless carriages .....

Dude, where's my tin foil?

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Dec 7th, 2017 07:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's why I bought a Ram truck. According to the Innerwebs nobody would want to steal it.

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Dec 7th, 2017 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I'm thinking we'll hang onto our steering wheel club for now."

I had to double check that this thread wasn't from 1993.

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Dec 7th, 2017 09:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I drive a full size pickup with a V-8. Nobody is going to steal it because they can't afford the gas for the getaway.

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Dec 7th, 2017 10:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^This^

And you'd hear mine for a fair distance during the getaway.

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Dec 7th, 2017 11:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...with all the digital puffery surrounding these newfangled critters, leaving them vulnerable to theft..."

Your concerns are justified. A couple in my neighborhood were sitting in their living room when they heard the brand-new Audi sedan parked in their driveway start up and drive away. Thieves had apparently hacked into the keyless entry system.

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Dec 7th, 2017 12:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My truck still needs a key to start. But it is also all innerwebbies. I can remote lock it from my phone, etc. I can also track its location.

I made a monster password for this.

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 03:02 PM, Dec 7th, 2017)

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Dec 8th, 2017 10:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just get a car with a manual transmission. The average young wannabe thief won't know how to drive it.

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Dec 8th, 2017 02:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Both of our cars are immune to this: one is 10 years old, the other 16 years old. Both require a real key (rather than a "virtual" key) to start.

Heck, my 16 year old Accord doesn't even have power door locks or power windows...you need a real key to open the door, and you need a good grip to roll down the windows... and, this car is so old, no one would steal it.

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Dec 9th, 2017 06:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Just get a car with a manual transmission. The average young wannabe thief won't know how to drive it."

We took my wife's 1968 VW bug to Firestone for some new tires. Company policy apparently dictates that the employee must drive the car onto the lift.

The 20-something employee was able to start the car, but couldn't back it out of the parking space.
There would be a flurry of hand action on the gear shift, and the bug would crawl a few inches forward, then stall. More hand action. Pull forward, stall.

The frustrated young man then stalked over to us and demanded to know "does this car even HAVE a reverse gear??"

My wife kindly demonstrated how it's done, and then moved the car into position so the young feller could pull it onto the lift all by himself.

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Dec 9th, 2017 06:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I’ve never driven a Bug. I probably wouldn’t know either.

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Dec 9th, 2017 06:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's been 40 years since I've driven a Bug. IIRC from neutral you push down and then pull back. So if you don't know you're not going to guess right.

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Dec 9th, 2017 07:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Re: the VW reverse gear drill.

My 1965 MG 1100 sedan was similar-- EXCEPT, you pulled the shifter UP, and then some direction which I don't remember. That shifter stymied a lot of people.

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