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Zed Heaven
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Without wishing to incur the wrath of the moderators of this forum, the following post was made by Roger Parker on another BBS today. If, like me, you are a ZR owner, the content may (if you'll excuse the pun) alarm you greatly.

Without going into any details of how, let me just say that a significant number of ZR's, especially 160's, are being stolen for ringing and breaking.

The standard factory fitted security has an achilles heel and so for peace of mind I would suggest additional proven security is added.

At this time I do not believe the ZS is affected in the same way, and the ZT uses different systems.


A further posting by another individual...

there was a crime programme that featured performance rover that were nicked to be striped,they even had a crusher on site too,they pulled open the inner lining of the wheel arch and pulled out a box that deactivated the alarm.

They got caught after nicking a fortune and didn't really do that much time in relation to how much was nicked.


Thought that might cheer you all up!
 
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Info we DO need

Wrath, no - sort of info we all need to know.

Question is do you fit a "tracker" no - coz do you want your car back if it is recovered. I had tracker fitted to the EVO VII I just sold - AXA were not interested unless the car was over £35k. Trouble is you may get your car back after it has been thrashed - so don't fit Tracker until you check wioth your insurance company to see if your premiums are discounted.

So what extra security of any are people advising? ;)
 

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I vaguely remember that programme too, they were stealing 220 turbos and other MK2 200's. They took them from dealer forecourts and private addresses.I remember the guy wore latex gloves and drove with the palms of his hand.
If Roger is right then they must recall them and put the situation right.
 

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Never had this problem with the old Europa.

The nut on the steering wheel (not me!) was fastened finger tight and the wheel could be removed.

Don't know of many car thieves who go out with a spare steering wheel. Can't do the same with airbags in place.
 

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Zed Heaven
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Kevin, can understand your reluctance to post information allowing theft of cars! However, I must confess to being intrigued at how easy it is. Is it something that can be done by a novice or is specialist equipment needed?

Not sure if you'd want to email me the details but my address is [email protected]

I spoke with the After Sales manager at my MGR dealer yesterday who said words to the effect that "there was nothing of any security importance" in the inner wheel arches. He claims to know of no security issues with ZR etc but has promised to fax MGR for an official response to the postings of yesterday.

As joint organiser of the NMGO meet-up this Sunday, it would be useful if anyone who had info could let me know by email so I can advise ZR owning drivers to watch out.
 

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I read a while ago that R25's (and therefore the ZR I guess) were 'easy targets' for thieves and that top-end model owners were advised to get additional security.

So I've had a Thatcham Cat 1 system added. Doesn't do too much for my insurance - it's already rated with a Cat 2 immobiliser - but it does add piece of mind when parking up.

For the money, I think it's worth doing whether the factory system is easily defeated or not.

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the wing mirror? ;)

Being on a deal that forbids modifications for x amount of months this is extremely worrying :(, i couldnt fit a better alarm if i wanted to.
 

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Zed Heaven
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I don't want to spoil the fun here but I can seriously recommend that those of you who know where the problem lies do us all a favour and NOT post it here.

There's already sufficient information for any would be car thief to investigate how to steal 25s/200s/ZRs and I, for one, don't fancy the idea of how to take my Zed being made so public.

If it's as simple as I am lead to believe, surely MGR are duty-bound to recall all affected models to have the problem fixed.

For the sake of all of us ZR and similar model owners, do us all a favour and don't open the door for car thieves.
 
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I agree with fccphone - this is dangerous stuff - just look at who is logged on at the foot of the Forum - it's not always MG people.

If anyone would like me to delete this thread - ie the above posters I will do so. Or maybe better edit the nasty bits. Thoughts - v.quickly - I'm away tomorrow so can't sort it then.
 

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Very wise admin. It was becoming obvious. Thankfully, no one quite hit the spot and spilled the beans so with any luck and providing those that know keep quiet (I know I won't be happily spouting it off because I genuinely fear for my Zed now) then there's a chance we might be OK.
 

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There were 2 quotes here, one from Roger Parker and tother from someone else.

I remember that crime programme, and as Kevin said, they were stealing 220 Coupe's, especially Turbos, etc for breaking/ringing.

The tricks/methods they were using to nab these cars, I am 99% sure do not work on newer cars, after 96.

If Roger was talking about a different way, then maybe, but I think this "Fumbling around, with a homemade box in the wheelarches" is wrong and not relevant to 25/ZR's.

I hope I am not corrected.:eek:

Matt.
 
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