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Well guys, its not cold yet here in the Michigan area, but I know it will get that way.

Who here has installed their own remote starter? I was just going to get a cheapo from my work for 65 dollars (discount :)) and do the job myself. Sure beats the 120 everyone else around here wants. Its very basic, comprising of no other controls aside from remote start.

I've heard a few bad things about remote starters, that they can fry out an ignition system after a while. Have any of you had bad experiences with these devices?
 

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There are some early DEI systems that didn't mesh well early second gen Treps, but the problem was rare and has long been fixed by DEI. Other than that, the biggest problem with them is design of the remote start system itself and the install. Keep in mind a cheap remote start system is a cheap remote start system and you'll get what you pay for. Most likely you won't have good range, which IMHO is critical. If I can't remote start the car from more than 20' what good is it? Also, you have an alarm in there right? Well, you'll need to integrate with that or you'll have a running car with no active alarm or an alarm that won't quit triggering. I'd seriously recommend you consider getting an integrated unit (remote start with alarm).

BTW: $120 for a remote start (assuming you mean installed) is one hell of a deal! The shop I worked at wouldn't do them for less than $300 installed...
 

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I'd just disarm my alarm before I started the car. It wouldn't be running for more than 10 to 15 minutes, so I'd be fine with that. The system I'm looking into is a one button transmitter system made by an U.S. Company called Designtech. I'd just be using it from inside houses and from work, so I don't need a horribly large range.
 

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Yep, I just got a deluxe remote starter by Bulldog Security from Walmart.......$150CDN.......I can't wait to get it installed in my Laser ;)
 

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Ater reading through the installation manual, its actually quite easy to install these things if you don't mind squeezing yourself underneath the dashboard. :) :) :) I won't be buying mine for a few weeks, but I know which one is in my prospects.
 

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i got a crime guard 850i, with remote start, 2 way paging, shock, motion everything for $277 installed....i got lucky though :biggrin:
 

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RealSynthetics said:
How hard is an alarm to install as compared to a remote starter?
that depends on the complexity of both said devices, I would guess that you need a good understanding of cars and electronics for either and if you have that both should be no problem.

If I had to guess I would say remote starter is not as hard but maybe just because its less things to deal with.

cause with alarms you gotta tap into the lights horn, the door locks etc... etc...

but i've never installed either so I dunno.
 

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Installation

I think that I may just take a dive and buy myself an alarm with integrated remote start. Its proably going to be a pain in the ass to have two key fobs on my keyring.

I found this module: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7932078416&category=33724

Which integrates both features into the unit. I was thinking that since I have a pinout of my current alarm, that I should be able to use many of the same connections and sensors that I'm currently using. Knowing this, the installation of the alarm could be much easier. I guess we'll find out. The part that sucks though is that I won't be buying this until after christmas, which is fine because that's only a bit over a month away.
 

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If you really want to spend money on something that isn't reliable, probably wouldn't protect the cardboard box it comes in and would be lucky to have enough range to reach the bumper of the car then by all means go for it.

BTW: installing those things correctly is 100x harder than it appears... ;)
 

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Huh?

So you're saying that the alarm that I pointed out on Ebay is a piece of poop too? Maybe I'll just settle for a second key fob and get myself a somewhat decent remote starter. I mean, if I already have an alarm, there is no use in spending twice as much money as I need to and doing twice as much work as necessary when I already have one of the commodoties that I'd be purchasing. What brands are decent and worth looking into?

The Cheapo one at my work has a 600ft range surprisingly.
 

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Its come down to a few options for me. I've decided that I only want to carry one key fob, instad of bulking my keychain. My choices have narrowed down to one system that I really like. Its simple, yet low priced, and I've been having a good experience with their products already with my current alarm. Magnadyne is the mother company, and they make many of the stock alarm systems on many cars. The branch of the company that I'm going to go with is called Marksman, and they make the system that I think I'm going to settle on:

http://www.magnadyne.com/index.cfm?MasterAction=Item&InvMasID=9120&Web_CatID=136

Its a good product, and I can't wait until I can get it!
 
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