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I was told by my dealer (at Motorcars - Bedford Heights Ohio) that remote starter would be a dealer installed option... Apparently, this would not affect warranty and it would provide by itself auto-locking doors...(!)
Initially reluctant to the idea, but now not so sure...Would anybody else around consider it?
Any idea how much would it be?
 

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Some details about remote starter

Just found out from my dealer:
-the device is not manufactured by Acura and, of course, is not covered by Acura warranty
-being dealer installed, it would not affect original Acura warranty
-they currently install it on Volvos and other Acuras and there were no problems so far
-when activated, engine starts but doors and steering wheel remain locked, so you can remotely warm-up the engine or seat cushions during winter time or cool down the interior in hot weather
-price is 399 plus tax

What I didn't find out:
-who's manufacturing it or any details about warranty
-weather or not it works the other way around (being able to stop the engine while running with the key in ignition - imagine that happening accidentally while in traffic!)


Has anybody had it before? Is it practical and does it really worth 399 plus tax?
Any opinion appreciated!
Thank you
 

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did you finally get it? I got the same information from my dealer - want to make sure there are no problems with it before getting it. Said the warranty is 3/36.
 

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ubik said:
I was told by my dealer (at Motorcars - Bedford Heights Ohio) that remote starter would be a dealer installed option... Apparently, this would not affect warranty and it would provide by itself auto-locking doors...(!)
Initially reluctant to the idea, but now not so sure...Would anybody else around consider it?
Any idea how much would it be?
I think you can get a better value if you get a security system that has an integrated remote start feature. Check out this thread...

http://www.acuramdx.org/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=9463
 

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Much of it depends on how the remote start is installed.....many of them are done the cheap way with snap splices over the wiring. Problem there is after time, resistance and corrosion can build up where the splice is put through the wire, because it's unshielded.

Remote starters are nice, but I've seen so many problems with them, that I usually advise people to stay far away.....unless the job is done properly with solder joint connections and shrink wrap.

Bear in mind also that you'll need to hide an uncut programmed key under the dash so that the system is fooled into believing that there is a key in the ignition, rendering the chip-encoded key security feature useless.

And yes, it will void that portion of your warranty.
 

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hondacuraworld,

Could you please elaborate on what kind of problems you've seen with remote starter. I am leaning towards having one (clifford matrix) installed but what too be aware of potential problems I am going to face.

Thanks a lot!
 

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Well, some problems that I've seen relate to resistance in certain circuits, and component failures. For example, in order for the remote start to work, a great portion of the ignition lock circuitry has to be bypassed, to allow it to start without the chip recognition from the key (as I mentioned before), plus rerouting all of the wiring from the ignition switch through other power connections. I mean, it can be problem free and probably is in very many cases, but from all of the experiences I've ever seen for remote start, I'd never install it in my car.

Tell you a short and true story of what can happen when a remote start is COMPLETELY botched on install (bear in mind this was a one in a million, but I saw it happen). We had a car come in with an intermittent start problem on a Jaguar XJS 6 cylinder with remote start installed. It was running, and the service writer pulled it up by the glass windows seperating the service department from the shop, and shut it off while the car was in gear. One of the other writers walked over to the car to move it out of the way (he had just walked through the customer waiting area and his shoes were statically charged from the dry heat). He touched the door handle, and got static shock. Because the car's remote start was wired through the security system, the static shock somehow tripped the remote start, and sent this Jag into a wall right in front of the service desk with the advisor desperately attempting to gain control!

Bear in mind that as I said that this is at least a one in a MILLION chance of this occurring, but it is a good lesson of getting a quality place to install a remote start system in a car. All I will say is to be sure of the work you're getting before you get it done.
 

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hondacuraworld said:
...Bear in mind that as I said that this is at least a one in a MILLION chance of this occurring, but it is a good lesson of getting a quality place to install a remote start system in a car. All I will say is to be sure of the work you're getting before you get it done.
I don't know how many remote starters have been installed in the US, but I kind of think it's fewer than a million, meaning the odds might be a little worse...
 

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Follow up on remote starter

Did you have the remote starter installed? What are your thoughts?

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hondacuraworld,

Could you please elaborate on what kind of problems you've seen with remote starter. I am leaning towards having one (clifford matrix) installed but what too be aware of potential problems I am going to face.

Thanks a lot!
 

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Yeah, I had the Clifford Matrix installed by some audio shop that does life time garanttee on it.

It works quite well for pre-cooling and heating of the car before you enter.
 

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Audiovox Pursuit

Anyone have any comments on the Audiovox Pursuit? I was just quoted $349 installed for a remote starter only (i.e. no alarm since the car already has it). Claimed 1000 foot range. It does not have 2-way communication, although most of the time I will be able to see the car when I'm remote starting it, and if I couldn't see it, I'm not sure I'd be comfortable starting it.

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