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Last year's most-stolen car?

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  1. 94RedSiGal

    94RedSiGal Senior Member

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    Last year's most-stolen car? And the winner (loser) is...
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    DETROIT - The 1995 Saturn SL was the nation's most-stolen vehicle last year based on thefts versus the number of models registered, but hot-selling cars from Asian manufacturers remain popular targets and big sport utility vehicles are gaining ground, a new report shows.

    One out of every 200 registered 1995 Saturn SLs was stolen in 2003, placing it ahead of the 1998 Acura Integra and the 1994 Saturn SL as the vehicle thieves targeted most, according to Chicago-based CCC Information Services Inc., an insurance industry tracker of trends in theft and vehicle damage.

    CCC changed the way it calculated its list for 2003, combining stolen-vehicle data with vehicle registrations from R.L. Polk & Co. to determine the rate of theft as a percentage of registered models. In the past, it has reported only the brand and model year of those vehicles pilfered the most in a calendar year.

    As such, the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, two of the best-selling vehicles in North America, fell from the top of the list to the middle of the top 25.

    Acura, Honda's luxury brand, had six versions of the Integra in the top 10.

    "We can't determine the exact reason thieves prefer some vehicles, but our data suggests some cars are stolen for the value of their parts, which may explain why we often see a `clustering' effect with (specific) models from sequential model years," said Mary Jo Prigge, CCC's president of sales and service.

    "Some manufacturers retain the same part-type from model year to model year, so a part from a 1993 model may fit a car manufactured three years later," Prigge said.

    CCC, which provides software and information services to insurers and repair shops, receives loss claims from more than 350 property and casualty insurers in North America. The annual report is based on total losses for vehicles that are stolen and not recovered, or stripped to the point of being a total loss.

    CCC spokeswoman Jeanene O'Brien said the shift to using theft and vehicle registration information provides more detail to the industry and consumers.

    "It's simply a more comprehensive snapshot of vehicle theft," she said. "You're not only looking at what was stolen but what was available to steal."

    Vehicles from the mid- to late-1990s were the most intriguing to thieves, CCC said. Vehicles made in 1997 were most susceptible, followed by model years 1996, 1995, 1994 and 1998.

    Saturn spokeswoman Sue Holmgren said the brand, a division of General Motors Corp., had no internal data showing high theft rates, but she noted the automaker has made significant changes to its ignition system since 1995. One enhancement is a feature that disables the vehicle's fuel supply if it's started without a key.

    Honda spokesman Chuck Schifsky said theft prevention is a goal of every automaker. "It's important to make sure we continue to put the latest immobilization technology into vehicles," Schifsky said. "But when you're dealing with popular vehicles, they're going to be ones that tend to be stolen."

    In the past, Toyota has taken issue with some aspects of CCC's report, saying it's skewed for cars with durability and isn't a representative sampling because it excludes joy rides, among other things.

    The average age of a stolen vehicle last year was 6.64 years, the study shows. Acura was the nameplate with the most stolen models, followed by Suzuki, Honda, Mitsubishi and Infiniti. But larger, newer models such as the Chevrolet Suburban, Cadillac Escalade and GMC Yukon are becoming much more popular theft targets, CCC said.

    A report released last summer by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said thieves go after the Escalade, the high-priced SUV, at a higher rate than any other vehicle.

    The research group, funded by auto insurers, reviewed insurance claims for thefts or break-ins for 2000-2002 model-year vehicles, then compared those claims to the total number of insurance policies for each of those vehicles.

    Based on theft claims per 1,000 insured vehicles, five of the top 10 vehicles stolen or broken into were SUVs.

    Originally published on May 25, 2004
     
  2. h22bubbleback

    h22bubbleback Senior Member

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    saturns? y?

    horrible cars
     
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    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

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    LMAO!!! Saturns...haha I know a guy with one who should watch out now.
     
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    maybe they recycle plastic
     
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    I do not believe it about the Saturns, I agree with the Acura thing, my neighbor with a 95 GSR has had his car broken into 2 times in the last 6 months that I have lived there.
     
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    ScrapinSi Senior Member

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    stolen?? WTF?? A buddy of mine bought a 94 saturn SL for $1 a few months ago! Why steal it when you can buy them for $1!!!!!!!

    lol
     
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    tab Super Moderator

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    You break into an Acura to steal bolt ons. You steal a Saturn, to sell the parts.

    Saturns are good cars. They won't rule the Import scene any time soon, but they scoot pretty good and get great mileage. Yes I know the Saturn is not an import, but it falls in the same compact category with me. <_<
     
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    Fuck that, Saturns sucked ass in that era (95) I had a friend that went through like 5 clutches and 2 transmissions in a year. And no, he doesnt drive it hard at all. It was always throwing codes and random parts failing all through the car. Structurally they blow aslo.
     
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    phunky.buddha Admin with a big stick Admin VIP

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    THANK you. This makes a HUGE difference... I'm glad they finally got off their asses and started showing REAL statistics instead of meaningless numbers.
     
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    diagnosing a saturn engine code is harder than diagnosing a VW engine code! LOL!
     
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    Sabz5150 FALCON PUNCH!!!

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    OBD2 plug + Palm + This and This = no problemo :ph34r:
     
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    I bet Saturn owners were surprised to be included on this list...
     
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    tab Super Moderator

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    An OBD 2 Saturn is no harder to read than any other car. I've done it. I know three people with saturns. They have few, if any, problems.



    Anybody that blows through 5 clutches in one year, CANNOT be driving the car nice. C'mon, really. And two trannies? Are you joking?

    He either drives very hard, or doesn't know how. Give me the cheapest piece of shit around my area, and that clutch and tranny will outlive a year.

    I'm not a Saturn salesman, but they can't be that bad.
     
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    If they keep stealing integras are parting them out wheres all the parts at? I want in on the teg action!
     
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    Years ago, I used to wonder where all of the stolen bicycles and car radios went to....
     
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    I have to agree with Tab, Saturns are decent cars, they aren't going to be ruling Honda/Acura, Toyota, Nissan etc. anytime soon, but they are good cars. I remember I raced one, with "MINOR" modifications, and he actually pulled on me after like 100 MPH!! I did have an extra 350lbs than him. I was on my way to recycle cans and glass, but still they have some quicks. I give them credit, but not much.
     
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