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Old 06-02-2009, 06:19 AM   #251
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Is there a way to lock the area where the USB port is near the arm rest? Cause that's where people will be storing their iPods, etc...
No, the center console is not lockable.
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Old 06-02-2009, 10:12 AM   #252
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Hey Number 3....Autoblog just picked up this thread....

http://www.autoblog.com/2009/06/02/f...y-distributed/
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Old 06-02-2009, 11:04 AM   #253
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Hey Number 3....Autoblog just picked up this thread....

http://www.autoblog.com/2009/06/02/f...y-distributed/
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"First free 2010 Camaro lowering kit already distributed"

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Old 06-02-2009, 11:35 AM   #254
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Picture with the wheel lock...Not sure it would have stopped them...
Wheel locks are a great deterrent, but...if they want your wheels...they will take them. A lot of the parts stores sell tools for taking off locking nuts. Anybody can buy them.

Connect car to 220 volts? Hmmmmmmmm
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Old 06-02-2009, 11:58 AM   #255
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I hate to say this, but reality bites as they say. Any time someone gets their wheels stolen be on the look out for a return visit since they know you'll have nice brand new rims AND tires.

MANY years ago (back when shag carpet and custom vans were in vogue), some guy in a nearby apartment complex had his wheels stolen off his custom van. He had them replaced and sure enough they hit him again since they knew he had new ones. Fearing they would steel them once again he booby-trapped them with electricity. Well they did come back, and they didn't get the wheels a third time as one of the perps was fatally electrocuted.
Van owner was sentenced to three years in prison for manslaughter.

I'm sure it sounds like an urban legend to some, but around here the local news followed the story as the case worked its way through to court system. Made a pretty big deal about it as the guy was just trying to protect his property. Guess you'll just have to take my word for it.
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Old 06-02-2009, 12:23 PM   #256
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I'll tell Dave to start stocking Viper alarms. I'm not a fan of locking nuts.

Hopefully they get CAUGHT!
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Old 06-02-2009, 12:28 PM   #257
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I was looking at those gorilla locks online. But then I realized that all you need is a tool with just a single rib inside and it will take off every single gorilla lock out there. So unless I am missing something, it isn't a good design.
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Old 06-02-2009, 01:21 PM   #258
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The more layers the better. The locks just give you a few secs. The dog barking. The good lighting. Of course a garage is desired. Layers...

When the alarm is installed be sure to piggy back it to passlock. If Viper they sell a specific kit for the passlock.
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Old 06-02-2009, 01:24 PM   #259
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Well first, I arranged for Number 3 to be taken back to our Service Technology Garage at the Warren Tech Center. Not to plug anyone but Von's towing, in the photo below took great care with the car. The owner actually came out to help which is why you see two trucks.

It turns out the thieves damaged the front fascia when jacking from odd points using jacks from 4 different manufacturers. The Range Rover jack was badly bent so it appears the intent may have been to leave the car on the jacks and it simply fell off.

No word on any other damage, but they said for sure not this week and probably more like two weeks out of commision. By that point Number 3 will have served the 6 month rotation in the CTF.

So Number 3 may finish the season on Injured Reserve. Lets hope for a quick comeback.

So now I have this loaner car, an Impala SS, so I'm thinking am I disaster proof or would these idiots jack Impala SS wheels? Oh well, garage tonight, but I am feeling somehow like I let them win if I can't even park a car in my own driveway.

Nice Photoshops by the way.
The picture of the flatbed made me tear up a bit...
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Old 06-02-2009, 03:11 PM   #260
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Old 06-02-2009, 03:32 PM   #261
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Old 06-02-2009, 03:57 PM   #262
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Old 06-02-2009, 05:47 PM   #263
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Folks, I have to post a follow-up to this. First, Number 3 is out of commission for the near term. Number 3 has been pulled from my care. The repairs and part procurement will take too long. Number 3 has served us for 15,000 trouble free miles. What an outstanding automobile and I am so very glad to have been able to share the experiences with Number 3 with all of you at Camaro5 over the past 5 months. This has been a real treat for me.

However, there is apparently a contingent that somehow has interpreted the fact that I parked the car in my safe for everyday I've lived there driveway and accidentally (maybe) left the car unlocked that somehow I am not appreciative of the company car program that has allowed me to drive, review and pass along to you the experience and pleasures of Number 3.

First, if you think parking a car in your driveway is somehow negligent behavior then you have little faith in mankind or you live in a bad neighborhood. I and my neighbors park our cars in our driveways frequently and up to now, without incident.

If the car was unlocked, and I suspect it was unlocked because these idiots probably couldn't have opened the trunk without setting the alarm off, the only thing it cost was my personal property, which I didn't detail because what this site cares about is the Camaro, so that's what I shared. If you read the posts carefully you would have picked up they already had enough jacks on hand to take the wheels. The unlocked part cost me my stuff, not GM.

Did I need to post how bad I truly felt for you to get it? Did I need to post that my wife was crying over this for you to understand the impact of this theft to us? Do I need to tell you that I feel as violated as if it were my car or one of my motorcycles or any of my own property for you to understand what I felt? Did I need to go on about how stupid I felt for not making sure the car was locked to get my point across?

I apologize to anyone who interpreted this post as taking Number 3 for granted. If you knew me you would be embarrassed for thinking so. But since you don't, let me go further. My wife was terminated from GM in the last go around. This has been far more traumatic for us than the theft of the wheels. So I don't take my employment at GM for granted and I certainly don't take the privilege of driving a company car for granted. And you can take that to the bank.

There, I'm done.
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Old 06-02-2009, 05:52 PM   #264
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Did I need to post how bad I truly felt for you to get it? Did I need to post that my wife was crying over this for you to understand the impact of this theft to us? Do I need to tell you that I feel as violated as if it were my car or one of my motorcycles or any of my own property for you to understand what I felt? Did I need to go on about how stupid I felt for not making sure the car was locked to get my point across?
No, you certainly shouldn't have to do any of these things. Members of this website/forum should have understood it, and those of that have been around longer knew it when we read it.

Thanks for sharing with us, #3, and thanks for not letting the bad parts of this board keep you from sharing.
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Old 06-02-2009, 06:12 PM   #265
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Folks, I have to post a follow-up to this. First, Number 3 is out of commission for the near term. Number 3 has been pulled from my care. The repairs and part procurement will take too long. Number 3 has served us for 15,000 trouble free miles. What an outstanding automobile and I am so very glad to have been able to share the experiences with Number 3 with all of you at Camaro5 over the past 5 months. This has been a real treat for me.

However, there is apparently a contingent that somehow has interpreted the fact that I parked the car in my safe for everyday I've lived there driveway and accidentally (maybe) left the car unlocked that somehow I am not appreciative of the company car program that has allowed me to drive, review and pass along to you the experience and pleasures of Number 3.

First, if you think parking a car in your driveway is somehow negligent behavior then you have little faith in mankind or you live in a bad neighborhood. I and my neighbors park our cars in our driveways frequently and up to now, without incident.

If the car was unlocked, and I suspect it was unlocked because these idiots probably couldn't have opened the trunk without setting the alarm off, the only thing it cost was my personal property, which I didn't detail because what this site cares about is the Camaro, so that's what I shared. If you read the posts carefully you would have picked up they already had enough jacks on hand to take the wheels. The unlocked part cost me my stuff, not GM.

Did I need to post how bad I truly felt for you to get it? Did I need to post that my wife was crying over this for you to understand the impact of this theft to us? Do I need to tell you that I feel as violated as if it were my car or one of my motorcycles or any of my own property for you to understand what I felt? Did I need to go on about how stupid I felt for not making sure the car was locked to get my point across?

I apologize to anyone who interpreted this post as taking Number 3 for granted. If you knew me you would be embarrassed for thinking so. But since you don't, let me go further. My wife was terminated from GM in the last go around. This has been far more traumatic for us than the theft of the wheels. So I don't take my employment at GM for granted and I certainly don't take the privilege of driving a company car for granted. And you can take that to the bank.

There, I'm done.
- we understand. That sucks. I would hope that whomever may have misinterpreted your posts does enough due dilligence to perhaps read your history on this forum. It would prove you're exactly the opposite of what they think.

Either way, I say THANK YOU, for everything you've contributed to this community throughout your time with Number3, we certainly know you never took 3 for granted!
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Old 06-02-2009, 06:23 PM   #266
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so uh Numba 3 you should buy some nice foose nitrous black wheels
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Old 06-02-2009, 07:41 PM   #267
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Makes my stomach ache...
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Old 06-02-2009, 07:53 PM   #268
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I didnt realize Number 3 was a company car, hence I'm still fairly new here.

From your posts, I don't think you neglected the car at all. It was in YOUR driveway in a nice neighborhood. The thieves obviously followed you home and scoped the place out...

I hope GM doesn't hold this against you.
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Old 06-02-2009, 11:38 PM   #269
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Well that is a perfect example why a viper alarm system is better than the factory security system with onstar. The factory system only keeps the car locked and even Onstar can't track wheels not attached to the car. For me wheel locks and Viper as soon as it leaves the dealer. It's still cheaper than the insurance deductable.

#3 sorry for that sad site in your driveway.
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Number 3 thanks for sharing and just look at the whole thing as a positive. You got to taste something special in life.
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Old 06-03-2009, 07:00 AM   #271
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Why would anyone in their right mind not park a brand new car in the garage? You might as well put up a please steal me sign. I could not sleep at night knowing my car was parked in the driveway.
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Old 06-03-2009, 07:12 AM   #272
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I wouldn't think twice about parking it in my driveway. I have even left my cars unlocked in my driveway overnight. I do plan on keeping mine in the garage but if for some reason I can't, I won't lose any sleep.
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:25 AM   #273
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Why would anyone in their right mind not park a brand new car in the garage? You might as well put up a please steal me sign. I could not sleep at night knowing my car was parked in the driveway.
Some of us live in an urban area where a driveway itself is a luxury...a garage...pay dirt! Granted he had a garage but the fact he felt safe just this one time cost him. We have all done this before. You are busy unloading the car and before you know it you forgot to lock the car. And then to add insult to injury GM takes the car from him. Did I read that right?! That is what really sucks for him! The loss of the wheels was bad enough...but to have your car taken from you is heartbreaking. All because he has the balls to share his unfortunate story? That just sux...big time.
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:46 AM   #274
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SO SORRY!!!! ITS SAD TO KNOW YOU CAN'T LEAVE YOUR CAR IN THE DRIVEWAY AND BE SAFE. I'M AFRAID IT MAY GET WORSE WITH ALL THE LAYOFFS, LETS HOPE NOT.
I SURE HOPE EVERYTHING TURNS OUT GREAT.
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Old 06-03-2009, 09:03 AM   #275
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The theives are the bad guys here not number 3. I don't care if you have a 80,000 square foot garage, if you can't leave a vehicle outside then there is something wrong.
The fact that a car has to be built or equiped with an alarm is simply horrible. Anyone that takes something that doesn't belong to them should be shot and tossed aside like the trash that they are.
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