If you've seen my earlier review, you'll have seen I used to use a Metro Stoplock Original as the main security for my car (also reviewed!) until the damn thing stopped working and fell to bits. This time when buying I did some research, it showed that this version had outlasted the attack tests, which last 5 minutes. Even some of the most expensive car steering locks don't even last that long, and this one only cost me £45 and I don't think the price has changed, though you will probably have to buy it online because I'm not sure if shops sell this anymore or not. Anyway, in complete contrast to the Metro Stoplock Original, I would definitely recommend this and if you can find one it is great value car security.
Essentially it's in two parts, the locking mechanism and the security bar. The bar is very solid and sturdy, I'm not entirely sure what it's made of but by the feel of it I'd assume it has a metal core and a sort of firm but slightly squashy plastic coating. So if you do accidentally bash it off the windscreen or your knee depending on how you fit it it won't leave your writhing or crack your windscreen! The name/logo is engraved down the bar, like a sort of fashion statement. Be warned that although the bar has the same shape cut out the end as the 'Pulsar' models, this does not have a flashing light built into it and I don't think a model is available with one, though my thoughts on these were that they would just attract criminals to your car rather than putting them off anyway - maybe Stoplock thought the same!
The locking head has two large rounded bars that hinge out to go around the wheel. The lock is a small hole in the plastic making it hard for criminals to access, and the keys for the lock are equally dwarf-ish, but taking this into consideration it still feels firm and locks securely nonetheless. Unlike the original which could just snap shut, this needs the keys to open and close it. Since I keep the key for the lock on with my car keys it's easy enough to just take the keys out of the ignition once I'm parked up and lock it. I can only think the reason they have made it this way is because the locking bars are quite protruding, so it's possible it could keep locking up which I suppose would get rather annoying.
When it comes to fitting it's very straight forward. I put the bar through first and facing upwards towards the right (with the lock unlocked) so that it jams in the corner windscreen pillar. Then try to put the locking bars around prongs in the steering wheel, this will prevent the lock from being able to be moved about. This is on a 57-Reg Citroen Xsara Picasso, however my Mum has the same lock for her S-Reg Nissan Micra and she is unable to fit it. The middle of the wheel protrudes out too far and the lock can't be wedged in without squeezing the horn, so drivers of cars with similar steering wheel designs (like Peugeots) might have similar problems. She instead has to lock it and lie the bar across the dashbord which takes away a lot of the effectiveness that this lock can offer.
As with all car locks, remember to store them somewhere safe while driving - ie not on the back seats or the parcel shelf. If you brake sharply it could come hurtling towards you, so put it in the boot or the passenger footwell.
Ive had the lock for about 5 years on my 3rd car with it. I leave my car on the street and never had a problem with thieves bought it because I had a standard stoplock and my car was stolen. I give this lock 5 stars * * * * *.
I ve had this lock for five years - first in my Escort now in my 3 Series. I felt I needed the extra security as I live in a rough area and park on the street.
No problems so far - good heavy meaty lock with a long bar (much better choice than the stoplock original and only £15 more) which I have used everyday.
Its still bright yellow after all this time, and the lock has worked faultlessly - just requires a little squirt of WD40 each year to keep it running smoothly. My car has not been broken into yet as I always use this lock which be seen across the street in the windscreen. I also be sensible and dont keep anything in the car.
Well recommended for £40 - I would not buy any other lock except the Disklock pro (£75) when I had the money.
I bought a Metro Stoplock eight years ago. After a year or two, I turned the key in the lock to open it and the key turned without openning the lock. I then had to prise the lock off my steering wheel to be able to drive anywhere. I got a big screwdriver, and wiggled it around in the hinge, and it took about a minute. If I had a bit more practice, then I'm sure you could get it done in little more time than it takes to remove the thing using the keys. A security device should be more of an inconvenience to a thief than to me! When I bought a new car, I got a Barrier Deadlock fitted. They drill a hole through the transmission tunnel and fit a lock which locks onto the gear linkage. When you park, you put the car into reverse gear, press a button on the lock and its done. To drive off again, you fit the key, turn it and you're ready. This is expensive (£220) but very easy to use, with no bits of clutter. You could still tow the car away, but it would take longer to remove the lock than most thieves would be interested in.