Acura MDX SUV Forums banner

Remote Starter

2771 Views 10 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  remydog
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?
1 - 2 of 11 Posts
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.
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.
See less See more
1 - 2 of 11 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.