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My Roadster - Looks like someone tried to jack it :(

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by bonnie, Jul 28, 2014.

  1. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    I noticed after my recent weekend in SF that the whole steering column assembly was loose & assumed that it was a combination of aging plastic and overtightened assembly screws at some point. What I didn't notice is that a piece of plastic was missing on the left side. I just saw the crack on the right side. This morning I was wiping everything down and the whole top piece popped off in my hand, and I thought, 'well, lovely - something else to take care of.'

    I stopped at the Rocklin Service Center today to ask The Best Service Crew in the World (headed by Randy Filippi!) to order new parts for me ... he took one look and said 'uh uh, Bonnie, someone tried to jack your car'. And he's right. I hadn't really looked closely, just had assumed it was age ... but there is pried plastic and such. It's not just age. Someone (henceforth referred to in my mind as 'Some ***hole') tried to figure out how to steal the car and was either interrupted or couldn't figure out the next step.

    Was it locked the whole time? Maybe not while in one particular parking garage (not the one connected with the Hilton.) I don't know for sure, because I couldn't park it. It WAS in valet mode. I would have known if glove box or trunk were opened or if it was driven. Speed was limited. I could have tracked it with an app if it came to that. IF that was when it happened. I don't know. But dammit. Leave my Roadster alone! And who knows how long it will take to get the parts for this. I told him that cadaver parts :) were fine, too. There have to be some around, right? Any bets on how many weeks this will take? Anyone have any extra?

    Left side of steering column:
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    Right side of steering column:
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  2. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    That sucks! Baby turtles are rare and should be left alone.

    Glad it is safe and not a lot of damage done by whoever did that.
     
  3. Canuck

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    On the bright side, they didn't get it. It would have been much worse to come back to the valet and find out that they can't find your car.

    There might be security cameras where it valet parked and you may wish to find out if there are, and if so, if they show anything.
     
  4. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    I really didn't want to valet park it - hate doing that. But 1) I had an all-day meeting and was supplied validated parking for this particular garage, 2) the attendant pointed around at all the high-end cars he parked there, and 3) I was stupid to let him do it. I doubt there was any security camera - and if there was, it was last Thursday. Unlikely they have anything still. Most of that stuff just loops.

    Usually a valet will let me self park it and then (if required for their insurance purposes) hand them the key. Not in this case. It was parked away from the main entrance on another level (which I know because it took him a while to retrieve it).

    Again, I don't know that is what happened. But walking through the past week, I can't think of any other opportunity. We checked the soft top, it hasn't been messed with. It's garaged when home. My garage is closed when home. And a lot of you know from having been here for the bbq that I'm not exactly on the beaten path. Strangers don't wander by here. (They're afraid of ankle bites from raccoons or Rolo.)

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    I know! Don't mess with Baby Turtle!
     
  5. smorgasbord

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  6. djp

    djp Roadster 2.0 VIN939

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    Yikes! Glad to hear it's just superficial damage and not a missing Roadster.
     
  7. chickensevil

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    Glad that was all that was damaged! Sad this happened to you though :(

    How easy would it be to jack a roadster? Does it have any of the computer chips for the keys like most modern cars? Even my old 08 civic had that. Just curious.

    Hope you can get it fixed easily!
     
  8. Doug_G

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    Well what can I say... that really sucks!
     
  9. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    Would it have been any safer if you had self parked it in that particular garage? I guess maybe the valet didn't lock your car so someone thought they'd take a crack at it.
     
  10. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    I'm surprised, as I'm sure you all are, that the Alpine was untouched.

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    If I had self-parked, it would have been in a more visible spot. And I would know it had been locked.
     
  11. NigelM

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    Bummer. Valets around here often leave the driver window open; not a problem if they've got eyes on the car but if they parked it on a different floor....
     
  12. 7racer

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    you would think that with the Valet bring cars in and out of the parking spots would deter a thief??!

    Any possibility it could have happened somewhere else?
     
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    Glad the damage appears to only be some trim pieces on the steering column and not anything worse.
    As smorgasbord has already suggested, your local (?) Lotus Service Center might be the best resource to locate the correct replacement parts.

    Self-parking and locking might take a minute or two more, but you then KNOW that your car is locked up from some casual attempt at calamity.
    IMO, if they were pros and really wanted it: it would be long gone.
     
  14. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    It's a possibility, sure ... but Randy and I walked through each day in the last week and just couldn't come up with a time/place other than that one.

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    Ahh, right. Thanks. Kind of the point I was making earlier. But never hurts to remind me again. :) For those of you unfamiliar with downtown SF, it's not always just a minute or two to self-park. We'll leave it at that. I should have found another garage. No argument. This was the one recommended to me. It may not be the one where it happened. I have not had a problem like this before, mainly because I do not valet my car. Anyway, it happened. We'll find the part. I'll get the Lotus info to Randy, but I think he's already got it on order.
     
  15. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    Maybe the thief reads TMC and knows how much people hate the Alpine:). Glad it wasn't taken though. They probably would have caused a lot if damage trying to remove it.
     
  16. Canuck

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    Since the damage appears to be from attempted theft, you may wish to report it to your insurer if the costs to repair it exceeds the amount of your deductible.
     
  17. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    I thought about that, but I'm pretty sure it won't. We'll see.
     
  18. Bradleybang

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    Over a month ago I had my alpine w910 stolen while parked and playing tennis match at Laney College. Thief did crack part of carbon fiber wrap but not enough to warrant replacement.

    stolen radio.JPG

    I had Tesla put in the newer W927. It was not cheap.
     
  19. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    Whoa. Painful!
     
  20. Jaff

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    Sorry to hear about your misfortune Bonnie...to bad the "retinal scan" ignition (with the driver seat hooked up to the 400v controller) is not available yet...:wink:
     

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