Catalytic Converter Theft?

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Main Forum' started by Captain Caseous, Apr 24, 2022.

  1. Captain Caseous

    Captain Caseous Junior Member

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    Like other places, catalytic converter theft has taken off in my area. Before I installed cameras, set up man-traps, and post sentries, I'm wondering how vulnerable a 2012 Gen 3 with 100K+ miles is? Are mostly new Priuses (and thereby, newer catalytic converters) the target for resale or is it just the platinum, rhodium, and palladium, which would mean any Priuses are vulnerable? What do you think?
     
  2. bisco

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    very vulnerable. the age doesn't matter. gen 2 have the most precious metals, gen 3 next and then gen 4.
    order yourself a trunk monkey ;)
     
  3. PriusCamper

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    For starters a prosecutor and judge will only look at the fact that you deliberately intended to seriously injure someone with your man trap and the fact that you were defending your property from theft will not be considered in your sentencing.

    That being said, they overbuilt Gen2 Prius cats to be as clean burning as possible so you have roughly a couple grams each of Rhodium, Palladium and Platinum. Currently the value per gram is: Rhodium ($598), Palladium ($78) and Platinum ($31).
     
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