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Metro Stoplock Pulsar
Member Name: Tortelloni
Metro Stoplock Pulsar
Date: 10/08/10, updated on 10/08/10 (478 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to lock
Disadvantages: Doesn't protect your car
As my car is my pride and joy any extra security I can get for it is welcome. At the time of buying this seemed to be the most popular model in the steering lock range, though the 'pulsar' light was a later addition. They also produce a ridiculously oversized 'airbag' model. Firstly the deterrent level of it is good, although maybe not as much as I thought as it is probably renowned amongst thieves that it is very easy to get off. The catch is bright yellow and then the base of the stick has a large flashing light you can turn on. I found this thing to be stupidly bright and would attract theives to your car, not deter them if they do look like it's meant to so suffice to say I don't turn it on!
The locking catch is just thin plastic with a lock built into it. The lock is one of those round key locks which are better at resisting lock picking than standard locks so that is an advantage at least. When you turn the key the holding cap unlocks and the back hinges up. You slide the bottom of the large bar through the wheel, and then lock the cap around the wheel. You should point the bar up to allow less turning. Ideally you should also try and place the locking part where the wheel prevents it from being moved around too much. The cap locks automatically when snapped shut. Also, you can't remove the key when you have it in the 'lock' position. As it's a fairly basic device, I think that's everything about the thing itself covered, and impartially has all the facts you need.
However, one day for no apparent reason after having it for around 4 months, when trying to fit it, it wouldn't lock shut. I looked inside and couldn't see why it wouldn't be staying locked. No parts had came loose or anything similar either. I had a look on the internet for any known problems with it. It was then that I was absolutely shocked to discover than in attack tests this has lasted just 16 seconds!!! That's right SIXTEEN. I just wanted to cry when I realised how the rubbish the thing I had been trusting to 'look after' my car really was. I picked the thing up and bashed it on the ground outside in anger, and the plastic cracked and the lock fell out! How such a product became so popular when it does absolutely nothing it beyond me. When looking for a replacement I searched online and found the updated 'Stoplok Pro' version outlasted the 5 minute attack tests so they have clearly recognised how bad it is.
Summary: Buy anything else but this