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Any one have any experience with the Lo Jack systems? This will be my first 40 grand anything and I'd hate to see it in the hands of a thief. I had my MGB stolen and it about broke my heart, don't care to go through that again.

Do they work? Whats the cost?

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What I understand is you cannot watch when they are installing it for you, beacause they don't want you to know where they install it. Well, I won't trust them messing with my elise without me monitoring them. However if it's dealer installed maybe it's more expensive but I will feel more comfortable.
 

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I believe the Elise comes with some security. On the Euro-spec car, the key disables the ignition when you push a button.
 

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What LoJack is a tracking device place somewhere on your car that you have no idea where it is, I believe and hopefully someone can corrrect me if i am wrong that you are also given some sort of code.

In the event that your car is stolen you would retrieve the code from where ever you stored car your local Police office and report it stolen and give them your code. If and only if the your local police department supports LoJack they enter the code you gave them into a a special tracking device on some of their cruisers. The when the code is entered it searches for the signal(not sure the wave length it uses but maybe GPS).

The tracking device will lead them to the stolen vehicle. Most vehicles are recovered within 45 minutes. I have heard that the police can find the vehicle within 15-20 minutes but wait outside or near it to get the people that stole it.

The cost . . . it is a one time fee of $500.00 thats it.

Now for the catch, not every police department supports the LoJack recovery system. Some police departments like Metropolitian(sp?) PD which is Washington, DC's police department which has some of the highest stolen cars in the nation does not support LoJack. An easy way to spot if your local department supports it or not you will see a few cruisers with three small antennas trianglulated(sp?) on the trunk of the car.

Is it worth it? I think so but since I live so close to DC it might even be worthless since that is where most chop-shops are. Can it deter joyriders, maybe but so can a stock security system.

Bottom Line: If anyone wants your car they will get it one way or the other.

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Yeah, if my car is stolen, just give me the cash for a replacement. Trying to fix up a probably messed up car after it is stolen is not worth it, imo.
 

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I can't vouche for lojack, but the ideaof it is that if you find a car in 45 minutes, it probably isn't too messed up. In the case of the lotus, it's probably still on the flatbed they ripped it off on.
I've never used lo-jack, but I'm considiring it for the lotus. The thing about it is that you never here about it much good or bad. I'd like to know if anyone has had experience with it.
 

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I agree with most of you if my car is stolen I am not sure if i want it back, but who knows.

I have had no experience with LoJack in the past although I did have a friend who worked at a car stereo shop and he knew alot about the company and setup.

I am not sure but I think certain insurance companies might offer a discount for having it too.


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does anyone know if , when the car is recovered by the police with lo jack, will the title still be clean? or will it turn into one of those "stolen before" titles (sorry forgot wut its called)?
 

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i think you would have to work that out with the police and your insurance company. I guess if there is a police report filed and there is any damage done the the car and you want to press charges i assume that the police might mark something down with history of the title. I dont think it would change the title unless it was totalled, just like an accident. If you run carfax it might show up as being stolen in the past.


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I think stats show that if I car isnt found within the first few hours of it being stolen, its never found...or found completely gutted. The lojack system has shown to be very successful at finding cars within the first few hours (this is of course only if the car is reported stolen soon enough). And its a brilliant way to catch the bastards in the act...something I wish the police could have done atleast once out of the 5 times my POS Honda was stolen.

I for one will get lojack on top of whatever alarm is in the car. Thinking about putting one on my fiat too...not that its worth anything but its priceless to me. Also, my insurance company (AAA) offers a brilliant discount for it...ends up paying for the system in a few years.
 

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YellowElise -

Thanks for the loads of info.

But i dont agree if my car is stolen i want it back .. because its my car "my baby" i dont want another one. So i'm going to go look into the loJack system. But 500$ is a V1 and 200donuts =)
 

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Prolene said:
Yeah, if my car is stolen, just give me the cash for a replacement. Trying to fix up a probably messed up car after it is stolen is not worth it, imo.
That is probably the case most of the time, but I would imagine the wait list for a new Elise being huge at that time.

I would rather have the car back than wait another 2 years. =)
 

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Funny story (funny to me but not my friend):

He had his SUV stolen and the police found it a month later in the parking garage of an airport. A homeless guy and his dog were living in it.

So the car was in decent shape and my buddie's insurance company wouldn't total the car for him. Only problem is that the smell inside was so bad you couldn't go in it for more than a few seconds. I laughed my a** off. (couldn't help myself).

Well long story short, he finally got an adjuster to come out and sit in the car for a few minutes (after massive detailing) and they finally agreed to total the car because of the stench.
 

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dwei42 said:
does anyone know if , when the car is recovered by the police with lo jack, will the title still be clean? or will it turn into one of those "stolen before" titles (sorry forgot wut its called)?
It will only show up as a "Stolen Recovery" if the insurance company has paid the owner and the title has been signed over to them.
 

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The European Elise has an immobiliser as std (automatically arms after approx 30 seconds after you turn off / remove key from the ignition). The option is the additional alarm, it's a Cobra which has cabin movement sensor, doors, boot and front inspection panels protected. The alarm is pretty loud when it goes off ! The alarm is armed from a push button key fob, the immobiliser still self arms, which is good.
 

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Funny story (funny to me but not my friend):

He had his SUV stolen and the police found it a month later in the parking garage of an airport. A homeless guy and his dog were living in it.

So the car was in decent shape and my buddie's insurance company wouldn't total the car for him. Only problem is that the smell inside was so bad you couldn't go in it for more than a few seconds. I laughed my a** off. (couldn't help myself).

Well long story short, he finally got an adjuster to come out and sit in the car for a few minutes (after massive detailing) and they finally agreed to total the car because of the stench.
That is very funny. If my car ever gets stolen and found, hopefully some stench from the car will get me some cash.
 

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If I will create my own car alarm one day, it will include a screen and require a password. Upon breaking into the locked car it will ask for a password. Then if a password is not entered, Viki Butler Henderson will pop-up on the screen mentioned. She'll give the thief a wink and send enough voltz through the seat and door handles to knock the unlucky person senseless.....There's my imagination running again.:eek: But you know there is a flaw. Everytime I enter the car, I'd just get knocked out when she wishes me a good morning.:eek:
 

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On a related note, years ago..I had a Toyota Cressida. Extra age points if you remember those. The early Lexuses. :)

We had planned on selling it in the coming month, but it was stolen from our driveway before we could. 6 weeks went by with no trace of the car, and no information from the police, except a parking ticket "I" got in the car during this period.

One morning at 4:30am, I got a phone call from San Diego's finest. The operator was asking me why my car was on a freeway overpass, abandoned. "IT WAS STOLEN!!".. Oh.. they had a computer problem that night. Sorry. Anyway, I had 45 minutes to pick it up or it was going to be towed.

I bundled off the toddler and the wife and I drove down to the scene. Arriving, it was a sight. My car as across a couple of lanes, door hanging open, lights on. Someone had dashed I guessed. Behind it was an officer in his patrol car busy with something. I approached the officer and told him it was my car. He said "you might want to see if it will start, it's a bit of a mess." ???? I walked up to the car and then understood. In the driver's floorwell area, was an 1" deep pool of orange juice and other liquids. A smashed burrito was also on the floor. Stuff was everywhere.

I climbed in, trying not to touch everything, and the car started. I drove home, waving to the officer that all was well, and my wife followed.

Later in that day, I looked more closely at the car. Inside I found: Bullets, knife, crack cocaine, porno, personal mail, his ID. I was a little disappointed in my expectations that the police would be more concerned about this kind of thing.

As far as the car, the damage was everywhere, but very light. All the emblems had been removed from the car with something like a knife. There was a swastika scratched in the interior and on the hood. Every body panel had some scratches. A few knobs were missing. Some wires were loose.

I called up the insurance and had them come out and look at it. I documented how perfect the car was before and demanded they replace and fix everything back to that condition. A week later, they totalled the car for retail blue book. And offered it back to me for 25% of that cost. I took them up on it. So with 75% blue book in a check, I set out to fix the car. I buffed out most of the scratches. Replaced some interior panels and knobs and emblems. Spent about $500 in parts. Put the car back up for sale and sold it for about 80% of full retail.

Wow.. sorry for the long story. lol...
 
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