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    some moron tried to steal my dads truck

    Hi guys last night someone tried to steal my dads truck. What they hoped to accomplish with a 15 year old truck I'll never know but anyway he is currently awaiting word from his insurance about what to do next. Granted the truck is so old that chances are they will want to junk it. If that scenario happens (and i hope it doesn't) then we will possibly need a new vehicle. I suggested that he should either explore a fuel efficent vehicle or find a truck that is fuel efficent. If the the insurance does indeed decide to junk it does anyone have any suggestions for a replacement vehicle He's stated that he is not buying a new vehicle and prefers to buy a used one. Also it has to be GM only.
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    Re: some moron tried to steal my dads truck

    Oh that sucks, BTW what truck is it?
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    Re: some moron tried to steal my dads truck

    That's pretty crappy. Sorry to hear about it. What did they do to the truck?

    IMO, if he wants a more fuel efficient vehicle, he should go to a small truck like a S-10 or Colorado. If he goes with the S-10, get the 2.2 motor or the 2.7 with the Colorado.

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    Re: some moron tried to steal my dads truck

    Quote Originally Posted by betron02 View Post
    Oh that sucks, BTW what truck is it?
    the truck in question is a 1993 GMC Sierra 1500 that has a color matching bed shell. He's had that truck for a long time and it has outlasted the other past members of our fleet (buick electra, chevy suburban, GMC Vandura). It still runs good despite its age and mileage
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    Quote Originally Posted by likearock00 View Post
    That's pretty crappy. Sorry to hear about it. What did they do to the truck?

    IMO, if he wants a more fuel efficient vehicle, he should go to a small truck like a S-10 or Colorado. If he goes with the S-10, get the 2.2 motor or the 2.7 with the Colorado.
    what the thieves most likely did was they jimmied the lock open (my dad found the car locked and running when he got out of work) and popped the steering column. They managed to get it running but in the process of hot wiring and popping the ignition they wrecked the shifter and couldn't shift it into drive so they decided it wasn't worth it and left it. The only plausible reason why they would even bother to try and steal a truck as old as his is probably because they wanted parts. The plant he's at has had problems with break ins especially with older cars. Anyway he's still waiting for an estimate but until this whole matter is resolved we'll be down to three cars (actually two because my brothers riv has no collision coverage) and he'll probably be driving mine for awhile (which means no photos for the time being)
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    Re: some moron tried to steal my dads truck

    post the photo

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    Re: some moron tried to steal my dads truck

    I read the title quickly and thought you had said 'mormon'.
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    Re: some moron tried to steal my dads truck

    Quote Originally Posted by 454 View Post
    post the photo
    oops sorry about that i couldn't find the memory card right away anyway heres what the crooks did. And this is the only photo i could take because the towtruck was already present

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    Re: some moron tried to steal my dads truck

    Very Sorry to hear about this, GMfan1111.
    I'm not knowledgeable enuf about trucks (at all) to help
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    maybe post needed/wanted capabilities/specs?
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    Re: some moron tried to steal my dads truck

    Quote Originally Posted by 2b2 View Post
    Very Sorry to hear about this, GMfan1111.
    I'm not knowledgeable enuf about trucks (at all) to help
    but will be interested to follow the selection process
    maybe post needed/wanted capabilities/specs?
    I'll be sure to post capabilities, specs etc if we are at that point, however right now we are still waiting to hear whether insurance will cover it or not and that could take at least a week before we hear from them. I hope they cover the repairs but because the truck is so old theres a good chance that they will not cover it and possibly junk it. If it is fixed i don't think he'll take it to work for awhile. the truck has a very noticeable body color (robins egg blue) and theres a possibility that the thieves could recognize it and be tempted to try and steal it again
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    Re: some moron tried to steal my dads truck

    Well, the good news is that it's very fixable, and that they didn't really trash the truck. Some thieves would have torn up the interior to punish you for not making the truck easier to steal or something.

    Hopefully, there's no body damage on the door handle. A screwdriver jammed between the door handle/lock assembly is the most common way to get in to one of these. The column is most likely fairly easy to disassemble and repair. I'd guess it needs a few small parts to free up the shifter and fix the lock cylinder. I've never taken apart one in a vehicle this new, but I can have one apart on a '69 Olds pretty quick. Probably not hugely different, if I know GM; as 1969 was the first year of the locking column.

    Hopefully insurance will fix it, but I think you should consider getting it fixed even if they won't. These old trucks are nice to have and keep around. I think it makes more sense to buy a used small car to supplement the truck, personally. That way you have a truck for truck stuff, and can save on gas most of the time.

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    Re: some moron tried to steal my dads truck

    Quote Originally Posted by chris442 View Post
    Well, the good news is that it's very fixable, and that they didn't really trash the truck. Some thieves would have torn up the interior to punish you for not making the truck easier to steal or something.

    Hopefully, there's no body damage on the door handle. A screwdriver jammed between the door handle/lock assembly is the most common way to get in to one of these. The column is most likely fairly easy to disassemble and repair. I'd guess it needs a few small parts to free up the shifter and fix the lock cylinder. I've never taken apart one in a vehicle this new, but I can have one apart on a '69 Olds pretty quick. Probably not hugely different, if I know GM; as 1969 was the first year of the locking column.

    Hopefully insurance will fix it, but I think you should consider getting it fixed even if they won't. These old trucks are nice to have and keep around. I think it makes more sense to buy a used small car to supplement the truck, personally. That way you have a truck for truck stuff, and can save on gas most of the time.
    there was no damage on the door handle and as i mentioned in a prior post when my dad came to the truck the doors were locked and it was running so they probably either used a slimjim or a similar instrument to get the door open without noticeable damage. as for the screwdriver they used it to jump start the car but i guess they mucked up the shifter when they were tearing the steering column apart. They wouldn't have gotten far anyway because once the shifter was unstuck by my dad a short time later the engine stopped. luckily there were no valuables in the truck at the time (unless cheap plastic bead necklaces like the one we have hanging in the back seat area, have gone up in value recently). The truck has aged well and my malibu is a good fuel saver as it is. But I have brought up the issue of possibly getting another fuel saver to help even out the wear and tear because other than my car the other three cars are gas hogs especially my moms 02 suburban
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    Re: some moron tried to steal my dads truck

    sorry to hear about it GMfan111...
    I bet they would have driven it over the border and sold it. That is what happens around here anyways if the vehicle is stolen.
    What to buy as a replacement truck?
    GMC Denali or perhaps Silvarado with cylinder deactivation

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    sorry to hear about it GMfan111...
    I bet they would have driven it over the border and sold it. That is what happens around here anyways if the vehicle is stolen.
    What to buy as a replacement truck?
    GMC Denali or perhaps Silvarado with cylinder deactivation
    this happened in Pontiac so over there they probably would of taken it chopped it up and sold it for parts. as for a possible future truck he'll probably look at a Silverado or a Sierra but I have a feeling he'll lean towards the Sierra more because of how long his current truck has lasted and also because Sierras are supposed to be pretty durable. the Denali model is tempting and I'll offer that as a suggestion but he wants a good work truck so he'll probably go for one of the lower trim levels. Of course we won't know our next course of action until we get an estimate
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    Re: some moron tried to steal my dads truck

    I dunno what kind of insurance would scrap that. I mean you could probably get that thing running again if you spent 15 minutes looking at what occured and disengaged the locking part on the shifter

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