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(MSNBC)   Behold the holy grail of car thieves everywhere: the fire-breathing, exotic 1991 Toyota Camry   ( msnbc.com) divider line
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2002-03-18 01:58:25 PM  
How is this interesting?
2002-03-18 01:59:10 PM  
i nearly fell off my chair laughing when i saw this report..

what intelligent-lacking, adolescent ethnic group would want a 10+ year old car?
2002-03-18 01:59:27 PM  
I used to have one of those biatches
2002-03-18 01:59:54 PM  
I think this stat is because there are more Camry's out there than any other car.

Its like more people die by car accident than by airplane accident. Duh, that's because there are MORE cars than airplanes.
2002-03-18 02:01:12 PM  
Yes, there are Camries everywhere, but, why? Are they easy to steal?
2002-03-18 02:01:14 PM  
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Exotic and sexy no doubt... bleh.
2002-03-18 02:01:25 PM  
Steal a real car:

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2002-03-18 02:01:30 PM  
"We don't know for certain why a vehicle is stolen," said the company's president of sales and service Mary Jo Prigge. "The trend is they're all stolen for the value of their parts." Maybe NAPA ran out.
2002-03-18 02:01:40 PM  
I'm sorry, did this article say that someone actually likes Camrys?
2002-03-18 02:04:26 PM  
LOL .,.. my dad has a 91 camry, hasn't been stolen yet..

And funkychuck, i should hope people like Camrys considering they've been the best selling car for something like four years in a row.
2002-03-18 02:09:15 PM  
Camry drivers: (noun)

Worst. Drivers. Ever.
2002-03-18 02:09:40 PM  
Gotta have it....
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2002-03-18 02:10:44 PM  
God Bless My Maxima.
2002-03-18 02:11:40 PM  
I'll tell you why.

1. Hispanics steal a lot of cars.

2. Hispanics like to 'pimp out their ride'

3. There are tons of inexpensive shiny car trinkets for Toyota Camry's.
2002-03-18 02:14:19 PM  
Argh... no, the reason people steal so many early-90s Hondas and Toyotas is that their locks were easy as shiat to pick. The tumblers sucked; you could basically pop the door and start the car with a screwdriver.

Incidentally, this also affects pre-1998 saturns, one of which I had the pleasure of donating to an auto thief. D'oh. Saturns are great, just go all out and get one that's less than 4 years old.
2002-03-18 02:16:50 PM  
*marks that car off her list of ones to consider when buying a car in a few weeks*
2002-03-18 02:17:14 PM  
Why God...
Is taste truly dead?
even amongst car thieves?
2002-03-18 02:17:46 PM  
Okay, a little evidence here. It's mostly about saturns - that's why I had the link - but there's a little dealy in there about toyotas and hondas and their crappy locks. QED.
2002-03-18 02:19:32 PM  
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Slow farking cars, but you have to admire their durability. '91 Camry/Accord/etc. >>>>>>>>> any '91-'99 Lumina/Taurus/etc.

That said, I once saw one of these with an oversized exhaust, a perforated muffler, and a DC-10 tail one time. It was so ricey that Uncle Ben would turn in his imaginary grave.
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2002-03-18 02:19:47 PM  
My favorite are the knuckleheads who buy these foreign cars, then plop an American flag sticker on the back. LOSERS!!! It deserves to be stolen and scrapped.
2002-03-18 02:20:52 PM  
03-18-02 02:11:40 PM Fb-
I'll tell you why.

1. Hispanics steal a lot of cars.

2. Hispanics like to 'pimp out their ride'

3. There are tons of inexpensive shiny car trinkets for Toyota Camry's.

I thought they preferred old Impala's.
2002-03-18 02:24:02 PM  
#2:My favorite are the knuckleheads who buy these foreign cars, then plop an American flag sticker on the back.

What about "foreign" cars that are made in the U.S.? What about "American" cars that are made in South America? (Knucklehead...)
2002-03-18 02:24:22 PM  
CrazyCuervo: here here, god bless my maxima too
2002-03-18 02:25:04 PM  
my brother and i shared an 86 accord. one time he locked the keys inside, so he had his friend (who was a pretty big buy) pull the back door open enough just by grabbing the edge so that he could reach in and unlock it. great security.
2002-03-18 02:25:23 PM  
A much better and more complete press release:

Check it out, find where your car stands.
2002-03-18 02:25:29 PM  
buy=guy.... but i guess he could have been paying him...
2002-03-18 02:25:51 PM  
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2002-03-18 02:27:42 PM  
and for 2001 (instead of 2000...)
2002-03-18 02:27:50 PM  
The reason theives steal camrys is b/c of how much they fetch at chop shops. Camrys have some of the most expensive parts of any consumer line car. And as previously mentioned, the camry is an extremely popular car, and the parts are in high demand. Thus, chop shops make a ton of dough when selling the parts to not so scrupulous garages.
2002-03-18 02:28:28 PM  
Theotherob's right- Me and a friend of mine both used to have 90' Camry's. One night I had a few too many and got in my car and drove home- the only thing was that in the morning I noticed that it wasn't my car that I drove home- it was my friend's. The damn key would work in just about any Camry that had a few years on it. I could also pull it out of the ignition while it was on
2002-03-18 02:32:02 PM  
Hehe, only cars on that list for Texas are trucks/SUVs, except for the two mustangs. On a side note, I'd like to catch someone trying to steal my car. Would be fun to be able to beat the shiat out of them. Oh well.
2002-03-18 02:34:45 PM  
Dang! My father drives one of those!

Very good car, by the way.
2002-03-18 02:35:12 PM  
Soulburner- If you catch someone stealing your car just call the Police. After seeing what Ed Norton did to that guy who tried to steal his car in "American History X" I'd rather see the cops beat him.
2002-03-18 02:35:21 PM  
Pointless. I mean really....If you car is going to get stolen it is going to get stolen...

I had a '87 Nissan 200SX get torched and pushed into the Mississippi...WHY GOD WHY!!!??
2002-03-18 02:37:41 PM  
"What about "foreign" cars that are made in the U.S.?"

Hmm, you mean like...the Camry?
2002-03-18 02:39:45 PM  
And as far as people here being so incredulous that someone would steal a Camry, I'll tell you why. It's a reliable car that isn't all that flashy or noticable. Tell you what. You become a car thief who only steals gazillion dollar german or italian imports and see how long before you end up in prison waxing some serial killer's pocket rocket.
2002-03-18 02:45:43 PM  
Look at the popularity lists for 5-10 years ago. All those cars are off warranty now, and are starting to fall apart.

An automobile that cost $20k new is worth $4k used after 70k miles, but its parts are worth $60k, if you add up what the manufacturer would charge for them.

What's the most popular car now? In 5 years, it will be the most-stolen car, by a wide margin.

A total lack of security devices on major-manufacturer cars (cheap bastards) also helps.
2002-03-18 02:46:26 PM  
I fill my 91 Camry full of friends and bicycles and drive to the hills of Palos, Illinois where we try to kill ourselves on crazy hills.

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The car seats 4 big guys and can hold 3 bikes on the roof and 3 on the back if needed. When you get close to the value of 1 on the guy to cylindar ratio the performance of the car decreases significantly.

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But the trunk is huge! You can fit a Dell PowerEdge 2550 still in the box in that thing! But why would you need that for mountain biking? GPS mapping of course!
What's the point of all of this? Nothing! Except to say that once you put an alarm in the thing your CDs will quick walking away.
2002-03-18 02:53:53 PM  
It tops out at 95mph. The sheild plating begins to rattle quite a bit at that speed. You can do 90mph comfortably from Chicago to St. Louis and never get pulled over by a cop. Why? Because no cop or judge would believe a 91, 4 cylindar Toyota Camry could go that fast. And for that 5 hour journey you will get an amazing 39mpg. One tank of gas will go the distance.
2002-03-18 02:54:53 PM  
what a useless article.. It talks about this list of commonly stolen cars without ever actually giving the rest of it. Or even linking to it.
2002-03-18 03:04:37 PM  
I had a Camry once but I sold it to buy a 12 pack of Natural Light to share with a god friend. Now I am in jail for manslaughter.

Moral to this story...
Buy better cars so you can afford better beer.
2002-03-18 03:08:06 PM  
Bah, crappy statistics. They should show the percentage of a model stolen (num stolen/num registered for each model of car). Then you could compare and see what kind of cars are likely to be stolen. Of course alot of Camry's are stolen, they're all over the friggin' place, but these numbers don't mean any particular Camry is more likely to be stolen than another make.

Useless article. Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal may be interesting, but what they conceal is essential.
2002-03-18 03:10:29 PM  
The reason people steal them is for parts. Many on the road means many parts needed.
2002-03-18 03:11:15 PM  
2002-03-18 03:18:31 PM  
Any stolen car is worth more in parts than in the value of the car itself. Even tho Toyoto makes cars that last a long time, you'll need to replace some major things every ten yeasr. So you have a big market for parts, and lots of Camery's still on the road.
2002-03-18 03:19:08 PM  
"The 1994 Chevrolet C1500 4x2 pickup was the highest-ranking vehicle on the list that was not made by Toyota or Honda."
oh, just fukin great....I happen to own a Chevy 4x2 pickup, ex-cab, c1500 AND it's a god damned 94' !

why a 94 ?!? why's it gotta be a 94 ??!!!

2002-03-18 03:21:38 PM  
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2002-03-18 03:29:23 PM  
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2002-03-18 03:29:41 PM  
I got an '87 Camry for graduation from High School in '93. I still drive it. 'Course, I hate the car, but it runs.

I think I would laugh if someone tried to carjack me. "Go ahead. Have a good time." I have theft on my insurance.

I don't even lock the doors anymore. If someone's gonna steal my $30 radio, I'd rather they do it without breaking the windows.
2002-03-18 03:30:41 PM  
I always thought "exotic" and "fire-breathing" were mutually exclusive.

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