Here's a thought. The other day I was wondering as I was leaving my car in an unfamilar place, if the Prius demand continues to increase along with the price of gas, I wonder if we will start to see this car become the #1 target of car thieves? Can they steal the car without the fob? Is it possible to "hot wire" a Prius? [Shudder...]smogopa said:Wouldn't surprise me at all! The dealership where we bought ours can't keep them in stock. I went over to get my 1000 mi oil change and the salesmen were all over me asking if I wanted to sell it back to them. --They were teasing me --of couse! I told them get away from me and my girl! I'd shoot them if they try to take her away from me!
I wasn't thinking about kid's joy-riding or spare parts, I was considering a situation where the car becomes so hard to get and so desirable (because of their economy of gas) as gas prices continue to rise that they might become a target of professional car theives if they can figure out a way to bypass the fob I suppose.hyperion said:They are the last thing a kid would steal for a joy-ride and there is no market for spare parts, as there are very few who can work on them.
I suspect they will in time. I've seen posts from owners of other brands (and even other Toyota models) saying that their cars have electronic keyed theft protection that will disable the engine in case the key code is not presented properly. Seems to be a mostly high-end thing now, but I think it's starting to spread. Watch the 2006 line-up for clues.nh_jim said:So, if this renders the car essentially "unstealable" (and I'm not doubting that it does), I wonder why every car manufacturer wouldn't at least make this an option, hence putting car thieves essentially out of business (at least for new cars).
The Hybrid Batterys are very sought after though. but agree, almost impossible to steal a Prius _unless_ towed away !hyperion said:Check the recent previous posts. They are almost unstealable. They are the last thing a kid would steal for a joyt-ride and there is no market for spare parts, as there are very few who can work on them The consensus drawn is that they are unstealable unless you leave your keys in them and the doors unlocked with the engine running.