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LAWRENCE, Mass. -- Massachusetts police say they have seized a Porsche and thousands of dollars' worth of car parts at the home of a man charged with running a chop shop in New Hampshire.

Morgan Kipper, 26, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with stealing a Ferrari and several Subarus. Police said that they found the Ferrari in a storage unit in Merrimack, N.H.

Massachusetts State Police searched Kipper's home in Billerica, Mass., on Thursday. Police said that they found a $60,000 Porsche that had its engine removed and was stripped of parts.
 

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something to consider... because of the frameless doors, it's really easy to pull the glass back and stick a slim jim or something into the car..

most car thieves now use non-destructive entry methods, a fav is to pull the glass back, and using a long stick, hit the unlock button.. this will unlock all the doors...

What I've done is when the alarm is activated, I've got a relay that disables the door unlock button.

Fairly basic, if you're getting an alarm put in, they can put this in usually for free, or at most the cost of the relay which is like 5 bux...

How do I know the above ? Well.. first hand experience... (receiving end, not stealing end...)
 

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twg, good advice with the relay thing.

I can tell you first hand as well that you can pull back the window on many cars out there and not just ones without window frames like our Subarus. Thieves can even use nabbing tools to get manual door lock vehicles to open. I have done it to a few of my friends' car whom accidently lock themselves out.

Just helping out, not a thief. :smile:
 

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Why are the doors frameless? Is this to cut production costs or are frameless doors a positive that I don't realize?
 

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I actually like the frameless doors (maybe i'm the only one here)

They are pretty "pimping" in the summer time with the windows down, and then when you open your doors, everyone goes "wow cool"

convertable doors...
 

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higgledy said:
Why are the doors frameless? Is this to cut production costs or are frameless doors a positive that I don't realize?
I think it has always been that way with Subaru vehicles.

Like SenorSubie said, it's pimpin' and gives the car a sport appeal. Wagons with sport door are too cool! :Banane36:
 

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higgledy said:
Why are the doors frameless? Is this to cut production costs or are frameless doors a positive that I don't realize?
It's a "before your time thing"...a spinoff of the 50's and 60's "hardtop convertible" look, where front and rear doors would open with no pillar between them...with doors closed, and windows down, you'd have "the convertible look" (no middle pillars).
I suspect Subaru was trying to appeal to you (the buyer) without realizing that it apparently doesn't suit our (the buyer's) fancy.
We're a hard public to please...;>}
-Quick
 

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Actually, the doors are frameless in order to make the door structure lighter, and the A, B, and C pillars more substantial without adding additional weight.

I believe it was a by-product of the rally development program in the '70s, with the GL turbo.

The only modern Subaru vehicles to have "framed" doors are the SVX (due to the window design) and the Tribeca.
 

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twg said:
most car thieves now use non-destructive entry methods, a fav is to pull the glass back, and using a long stick, hit the unlock button.. this will unlock all the doors...
I thought they were deadlocks. So if you lock the car from outside, pressing the interior button won't unlock them. Must admit I haven't tested it, but it was in the brochure.

(Or is this another thing that is different in different countries).

-- Steve
 

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could be different in the UK... you can unlock the doors using the inside unlock switch regardless of how you locked it.
 

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Who steals a Subaru?? When I went to a Subaru-dealer, looking before buying, he told me about all the benefits, that its a very good, long lasting car and after a long brake added: "By the way: nobody is going to steal a Subaru". Indeed, in Austrian and German statistics it seems as if nobody wants to steal a Subaru (in comparison, after the iron curtain fell, 3/4 of all Jeep Cherokees were stolen in our country).
 

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vavrath said:
Who steals a Subaru??
I give up trying to figure people out. People do the darndest things with little respect & regard to others. The most I can do is take proper precautions and make myself less of a victim if it should happen to me.
 

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twg said:
could be different in the UK... you can unlock the doors using the inside unlock switch regardless of how you locked it.
I tested it today and they are deadlocks. I sat in the car and locked it with the remote, and then tried to open it from the inside. No way! The armrest lock/unlock button just did nothing. The inside door handles moved freely but didn't work. And the door latches would not move by hand.

I think Subaru fit a different alarm system for the UK market for insurance approval, so maybe the deadlocking is part of that.

-- Stebe
 
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