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Had mine stolen last night, original 26 year old Cats. with 356k on them !!!

Looks like they used a rabid dog to bite them off, and naturally they're not going to bother with the niceties of using the jacking points so the sill is also fucked  :cry:

Don't know what it's like in the rest of the country but it's a major problem in Middlesex / West london.

 

 

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Oh bollocks :(

 

Absolute fucktards!

 

I've always said if I ever see this happening I'm going to kick the trolley jack out from under the car

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56 minutes ago, d_a_n1979 said:

Oh bollocks :(

 

Absolute fucktards!

 

I've always said if I ever see this happening I'm going to kick the trolley jack out from under the car

 

Yeah, probably best I was at work on nights, might not of handled it well as I'm quite attached to it after 21 years of ownership.

 

39 minutes ago, duncan-uk said:

Jeez that's shit.

 

Decat time? insurance?

 

 

Looks that way, and just fit for MOT.  Won't be claiming, was taking it off the road this winter to take rear subframe etc. off and cut a couple of bits of rust out, fix a leaking fuel pipe and try and get the air out of my SLS system. So I'll just start earlier than planned.

Just down to the Puma now, last week the Transit decided it needed a new turbo, and the Capri shat it's gearbox at Silverstone, oh well time for a nice sequential dog box that'll cheer me up :smile: 

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Unbelievable! Sorry to see this. Not worth getting the insurance involved as your premium will go up. Good thing you can repair it yourself and make it even better!

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3 hours ago, greenelekta said:

Unbelievable! Sorry to see this. Not worth getting the insurance involved as your premium will go up. Good thing you can repair it yourself and make it even better!

 

Yes, luckily I'm able too, the low life will not win !

 

2 hours ago, duncan-uk said:

Serious point though that sort of thing is going to right off a lot of cars...

 

Guess it will, but the Police in the London Boroughs are far too busy taxing motorists doing 21mph :roll:

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That's why I took the originals off my cars (1995 318Ti and 1997 528i) and put cheap shit copy ones on. Those E34 cats were worth about £650, not a bad 20 minutes work. You will need a cat for the MOT; I would do an insurance claim, let them write the car off, you get to keep the car and a cheque for whatever they cost new from BMW - I reckon £1600+. That's assuming you have agreed value classic insurance.

 

BM Catalysts do an aftermarket front system for these, £100 on Ebay.

 

 

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What bastards!

 

where abouts in west London are you? I’m near Uxbridge and it’s a nightmare around here.

 

my neighbours CRV was done a few weeks back. I’ve been a bit paranoid of my e39 being on the drive since.

 

I actually noticed a small dent in the sill on mine recently that hadn’t been there before, I wonder if they tried but got spooked/couldn’t get jack under.

 

I’ve just noticed in your profile what car you own, I spotted it in the car park at Donnington a few months back. Looks a lovely example of an e34!

 

Were you racing?

 

check out my friends video, see if you can spot yourself!

https://youtu.be/YXKQCtIV1A4

 

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Been there, done that, bought a new one! BM Cats as per prevoius suggestion. Looks like an unusual method of extraction on yours though. Appears to be sheared off not a reciprocating saw which is the usual modus operandi. 

 

 

Keliuss

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On 18/08/2021 at 15:02, Sir Anthony Regents-Park said:

That's why I took the originals off my cars (1995 318Ti and 1997 528i) and put cheap shit copy ones on. Those E34 cats were worth about £650, not a bad 20 minutes work. You will need a cat for the MOT; I would do an insurance claim, let them write the car off, you get to keep the car and a cheque for whatever they cost new from BMW - I reckon £1600+. That's assuming you have agreed value classic insurance.

 

BM Catalysts do an aftermarket front system for these, £100 on Ebay.

 

Thanks, if I'd known the price had got that mad I would have cut them off my self and put a cheapy on. Guess it's the Rodium which I think is now over £25k an once !

I may go for the BM one or make it all up in stainless and have a removable cat. 

No classic insurance as parked in a Greater London street 

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38 minutes ago, AdamB said:

What bastards!

 

where abouts in west London are you? I’m near Uxbridge and it’s a nightmare around here.

 

my neighbours CRV was done a few weeks back. I’ve been a bit paranoid of my e39 being on the drive since.

 

I actually noticed a small dent in the sill on mine recently that hadn’t been there before, I wonder if they tried but got spooked/couldn’t get jack under.

 

I’ve just noticed in your profile what car you own, I spotted it in the car park at Donnington a few months back. Looks a lovely example of an e34!

 

Were you racing?

 

check out my friends video, see if you can spot yourself!

https://youtu.be/YXKQCtIV1A4

 

 

I'm not far away in Greenford,  it's out of control round here as there is no deterrent, police not interested, it's a case of your insured what are you moaning about !

I started a thread on the Nextdoor Neighbourhood website for my area, over a hundred have posted that have been victims. Seems to be 4 of them wearing balaclavas threatening people to stay indoors with baseball bats and machetes, while they fuck your car up.

 

Thanks :)

 

Yes was racing, couldn't  keep up with the RS200 running a Subaru engine and the Escort Cosworth with 700bhp though...

 

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57 minutes ago, Keliuss said:

Been there, done that, bought a new one! BM Cats as per prevoius suggestion. Looks like an unusual method of extraction on yours though. Appears to be sheared off not a reciprocating saw which is the usual modus operandi. 

 

Keliuss

 

Yes not sure what they used, maybe some sort of hydraulic shears.

Glad to hear yours is up and running again.

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1 hour ago, Sarnie said:

I may go for the BM one or make it all up in stainless and have a removable cat.

 

I toyed with the idea of a removable cat for the annual test but was advised by a legitimate cat buyer not to bother. He has a 08' Prius and took the original off, put a cheapo one on and said he's not worried as they know not to bother with non originals. If the price of a new front section with cheapo cat is circa £100 how much precious metals do you think it has? Nigh on nothing would be my guess. 

 

Keliuss

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40 minutes ago, Keliuss said:

 

I toyed with the idea of a removable cat for the annual test but was advised by a legitimate cat buyer not to bother. He has a 08' Prius and took the original off, put a cheapo one on and said he's not worried as they know not to bother with non originals. If the price of a new front section with cheapo cat is circa £100 how much precious metals do you think it has? Nigh on nothing would be my guess. 

 

Keliuss

 

Thanks for the info, guess it depends then if I go stainless or not.

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Started early the freshen up I had planned for the winter, not too scaby under there, couple of small bits of welding to do and replace all pipes, diff seals and make some stainless tank straps to replace the crusty ones.

 

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