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Old 12-09-2009, 08:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Nobody would steal a Metro even if gas is outrageous. Stolen cars are stripped for parts and cut up for scrap. High demand parts are from popular vehicles like the Hondas.

Can you imagine some dude pulling into the chop shop with a Geo Metro? His boys would all laugh at him and then feel bad for the poor individual who had his Geo stolen and make him return it.

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Old 12-09-2009, 08:26 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Here, apparently the SUV's are driven directly to the dockyards and into shipping containers. Most go overseas.

Mullet: I chuckled at your chop shop Metro scenario.
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:47 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Here, apparently the SUV's are driven directly to the dockyards and into shipping containers. Most go overseas.
(Sigh) How painfully you dispell my illusions. I'd though/hoped that foreigners had better taste :-(
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:11 PM   #14 (permalink)
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(Sigh) How painfully you dispell my illusions. I'd though/hoped that foreigners had better taste :-(
remember, Escalades were the most stolen. Think about it.

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Old 12-09-2009, 11:39 PM   #15 (permalink)
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those vehicles are also the most popular to put fancy rims on, when you have $3,000 in rims and tires sitting there that you just have to drive away and can scrap the rest of the 5,000 pound beast, why not steel it?
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Wonder why some of these older models are continually so popular? Did they contain hard to find parts that were maybe only used for 1 year? Or maybe common parts but that year was really easy to steal? It just seems really odd that there would be a market for 15-20 year old car parts that would top the list. Cars that don't appear to be anything really fancy either.
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Street racing. The Honda parts pull a premium because of the versatility and strength of the engine parts.

Also, many of the newer gen parts will fit older gen cars, making for easy power upgrades for the smaller, lighter, more nimble versions. Often, the older cars don't get inspected thoroughly, so they can get away with stolen parts (until they get impounded/inspected.)
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I have a 95 Honda Civic with the D16Z6 VTEC engine, and have been dismayed that it's been at the top of the list for years. One thing is that being OBD1, it is more tunable than later models, the VTEC engine has more power to start with, and I guess they are easy to turbocharge with after market parts.

And it was featured in the movie, "Fast And Furious". You have an easily hot-rodded car in a stolen car movie, and voila.

And I guess they must be pretty easy to steal.
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Lets just say they're not difficult.

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