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My Uncle"s 2002 E430 was stolen off a Church Parking lot just last Sunday. Is it really easy to hot wire a Benz? 2 other Mercedes was also stolen at that same parking lot at the same time, according to my Uncle the other 2 were a 2001 ML430 and 2001 C230.
Same here, this is actually the first time I heard this and it had to happen in my family. My Uncle just kinda laughed about it because whoever took his car and the other 2 Mercedes in that parking lot obviously had good taste in cars. He said there was a nice Lexus LS400 parked next to him with the doors unlocked and a 5 and 3 series BMW parked right next to the other Mercedes but they never touched them.
Its impossible to hot wire, but easy to flat bed and tow. the 2002 has smart key, which is impossible to crack. Now if it was purchased used and the remotes were not sold with the car that is another story. pretty far reaching. Some peple leave the car open with the spare remote, in the owners manual or trunk.
I"d agree with the flat bed idea. It"s almost impossible to steal a newer merc an other way (unless you have spare keys or ALOT of time).
There was a Sopranos episode where some crime syndicate took a whole wealthy wedding party"s worth of BMWs/MBs/Porsches, etc... (that had been valeted) away with a few car carriers. This also brings to mind scenes from "Ghost Dog", where he steals "nice" cars (incl a W140 coupe) with this computer code transmitter thing that would both unlock the doors and start the car (a bit of a stretch, esp with steering column locks, etc...)
I just spoke to my Uncle yesterday and until now his car hasn"t been recovered. As well as the other two Mercedes. I did ask him if he had a spare key hidden somewhere inside the car, his reply was no and that he would never leave a spare key inside the car. Makes me wonder now, either the cars were towed away on a truck bed or these guys might of invented some gadjet to open and start any Benzs. I could already tell that these guys were professionals and not some amateurs because my uncle"s car has LoJack and the police could not even track the car.Now all my Uncle"s and cousins are afraid to take their Mercedes to church. Funny, yesterday (Sunday) at church not one single Mercedes was in the parking lot.
Peter thanks for your input on this. My Uncle purchased the car brand new and he has all the original keys with him now.
I "know" one guy, that got his 2005 E-class stolen from mall parking lot (security patrols?).The car was equipped with smart key, or whatever it is called, lo-jack and factory alarm systems. Judging from the fact, that thieves left his cell-phone and briefcase laying on the parking, they had no problems with accessing the car.
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How about a 1997 Mercedes or a 1991 190E? Are those impossible to steal as well? Funny, one of the reasons I bought a MB is because it"s hard to steal.
I did hear a story about people getting the VIN of your car, and going to the dealer and getting a key. Most MB dealerships wont do it. There are tow trucks with fingers that go around the rear wheels and lift them up, and off we go since the fronts turn. When was the last time you saw a tow truck haul away a car, and checked if it was a legal tow. As to a mall who can confirm even if they get the name on the door or licese plate of the tow truck if they are not fake. With smart key it is impossible, with regular blade keys possible. With church goers you have a captive audience for a little while
I agree with the postings that MB keys are extremely difficult to replicate unless someone"s working with a dealer to get the codes and "hot-wiring" per se is out of the question. A wheel-snatch & grab seems far more likely as is often done by the repo drivers.I"m a bit surprised that the Lojack system hasn"t pinged- although many people don"t bother to replace the battery that powers the device every 3-5 years and accordingly, that might explain the failure.Another alternative is that the car has already been "chopped" and the transmitter discovered in the disassembly process. The other alternative is that it was stolen from Orange County, stashed in a shipping container and is already deep in the bowels of a container ship in the Pacific via the Port of LA in route to the Middle East markets.Perhaps there are some law enforcement brethren on the forum from LA or OC that can comment on the latest GTA (grand theft/auto) trends in the region?Regards-