Did you see this article in Thursday's (Feb 26th) Boston Globe http://www.boston.com/news/local/mas...e_dark?mode=PF about the incidence of XENON theft on the increase? I posted this to the general thread, but was wondering if anyone in the Boston area has had a problem w/ their MINI...
Last edited by Aqualung; Feb 27th, 2004 at 01:44 PM.
Yeah I just had my second set of lights stolen in just over a year. They seem to be getting quite proficient. They use some king of pry bar to break the main retaining clip and they they pop the lights right out, leaving two nasty dents in the bonnet and ruining the headlight housing. Both times my car has been parked in the Fenway area, and I walked by another Cooper S yesterday with the same damage to one light, it seems they realized too late he just had standard lights.
I seriously doubt that they care about the headlights for resale to other MINI owners, what they are after are the Igniters. I've been researching a secondary alarm system with proximity alerts and two-way notification. I'd love to find something with video survellance too, if anyone has heard of the like I'd love to know.
Anyway MINI is in the shop now, getting a new Bonnet and Lamps. I hope someone can come up with some way to make the lights more secure.
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At least the pros will pass them by. You've got a point about the frustrated kids, though. I can imagine how much damage that could cause. MINI should put a card slot just above each headlamp - Offering a free xenon igniter if the toll free number is called and the owner of the car reports no damage to the car. Fedex delivery. :P
(and by frustrated kids i don't just mean frustrated kids, but frustrated crack addicts, frustrated desperados, frustrated housewives, etc)
I read this post a few days ago and was quite surprised that this problem had escaped my attention. I don't read that left-wing rag called the Globe, but I am in the tow biz in the Boston area and contract for several dealerships and body shops. I asked around at few of the local places I tow for, and they all said they've seen the problem, just as described in the Globe article. Nobody knew about the DataDot ID system, but one shop owner told me that somebody makes these small stickers to put onto the light housings that read "Non-Xenon", supposedly to fool a potential thief into believing that he hasn't found what he was looking for.
It just goes to show you that nothing is sacred anymore.
..........They'll steal the wheels off a miscarriage..............
On another website, I have fielded requests for photographic proof that this atrocity is befalling local MINIs. Politely put: please show us any pictures you may have of said instances. I am sorry for your loss to this barbaric practice.
...... many BMW, Audi, and assorted other forums, I have noticed a marked increase in the quantity of complaints about this issue. A great number of the complaints seem to be out of Boston, Mass., Philadelphia, PA., and Newark, NJ. It appears to have become a worldwide phenomenon now.
Pictures have been posted of cars sans lights with owner's descriptions (sardonically) depicting their new "custom twin CAI's"... Many spoke of wishing they could nab the respective culprit(s) so that they could exact revenge. I am waiting for the first news of a successful "Xenon theft revenge squad"... and backlash resulting from a rampage of "auto vigilantes".
Lately here in south Texas, the favorite target of car part thieves has been the easily removed tailgates of various models of pickup trucks. It seems that they are worth about $1500 !!! One newscast showed through a demonstration that the tailgates could be removed in less than 20 seconds. As they still have laws on the books down here allowing for hanging of horse thieves, it makes one ponder the fate of tailgate bandits should they be caught by folks other than the police.
What, if anything, can be done about this ?
Pray alot...and hope for the best.... (I prefer this aforementioned methodology to the toting of "Mr. Sig Sauer" around with me to check on my MCS in the underground parking area... because I am genuinely afraid of what I might have to do if I were to catch a thief !)
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