I am the victim of vandalism and theft.
On Tuesday I drove to the train station and parked on the fourth floor of the parking garage, like I usually do. I went to work. I worked. I returned to the train station. I got into my truck. I turned the key.
The truck roared like a fully packed, poorly maintained, high powered semi downshifting on the Grapevine. It roared so loud that it set off a car's alarm several spaces away. I had to go because I had to pick up my boys from karate, so I just drove it. I admit I was a little proud of my 16 year old junker gurgling and roaring down suburban streets. I felt a little like a rebel. I figured it was the muffler. I figured someone would yell, "Midasize it!" at me.
Today I actually looked under my car and discovered that my muffler was just fine. But something was inserted into the exhaust system that shouldn't have been: a cleanly sliced gap where the catalytic converter should have been.
Here's where the catalytic converter should have been, with helpful red lines to show where the slices are:
And here's a photo of the actual slice in the pipe:
I spoke with BART police on the phone tonight, and the officer said mine was the second 4Runner hit in this way, in that lot, on that day. Fargin' eyesoles. Bastages. I hope they catch them, string them up, draw and quarter them, boil the pieces in Tabasco, and feed them to the hundred Clarity of Night crows that like to pick at people's eyeballs and living flesh.
OK, maybe I don't hope ALL that. But this is gonna cost me a thousand bucks to fix. Anyone wanna buy a used, but very good condition, 1994 4Runner with only 130,000 miles? I'll throw in an extra gap in the exhaust pipe for free.