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Old 07-06-2007, 11:45 PM   #1
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Remote starter...

[Didn't see anything on this topic in a search]

Anyone have one? / Where from?

Opinions on their usefulness / uselessness?

Last winter was my first year up here and it's looking like 2-3 more winters to go. Had the Tacoma before; only pain was hitting the middle of the windshield with the scraper.
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Old 07-06-2007, 11:55 PM   #2
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i've had a compustar for the last couple of years and it nice to wake up in the middle of winter hit a button and go out to a warm car had it installed over at perfectionist.
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Old 07-06-2007, 11:56 PM   #3
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For a professionally installed job with a manual transmission you will pay some bucks, like 700-1000. in order to put safties so your car doesn't run into someone elses.

Usefullness.. Extremely useful. Turbos need some time to warm up, the colder they are, they tend to boost higher and spike when there frozen. It helps your engine too. And the convenience is worth it. to not sit outside for that long for it to warm up. They also come with options to turn the car on every so often, how ever you want it. Like every 3 hours if you want. it can run for as long as you want, like 10-20 minutes then shut off on its own. It's expensive for an autostart, but i highly recommend them.

places to go....

Northstart, Autostart alaska, second to none... i know theres many more.
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Old 07-06-2007, 11:56 PM   #4
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Got mine from Northstart... Justin and Travis are great guys and know Subarus very well. They know how to work with chipped keys work on many of the new European models and have contracts with several dealerships.

Highly recommended... reputation is everything to these guys.

PM me and I will hook you up with the owner... and get you a little discount.
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Old 07-07-2007, 12:16 AM   #5
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Who does a better install? i.e shrink wrapped, soldered splices and all that
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Old 07-07-2007, 12:52 AM   #6
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I know that Northstart does soldered splices and shrink wrapp.
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Old 07-07-2007, 01:50 AM   #7
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all that i named stand by their work. these are professional establishments. they all use the proper shieldings.
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Old 07-07-2007, 03:49 AM   #8
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you may need to get an extra key cut and programmed to your car by Continental for use in an auto start system. Continental has used Safe and Sound quite a bit in the past with out any issues that I know of.
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Old 07-08-2007, 10:53 PM   #9
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i've had a compustar for the last couple of years and it nice to wake up in the middle of winter hit a button and go out to a warm car had it installed over at perfectionist.
Likewise, compustar. Sure beats a frozen car in the morning
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Old 07-10-2007, 11:39 PM   #10
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you may need to get an extra key cut and programmed to your car by Continental for use in an auto start system. Continental has used Safe and Sound quite a bit in the past with out any issues that I know of.
YOU may not have had any issues with them, but i spent a lot of money for them to install my sub and amp in the Vibe GT (back in 03). it blew because they screwed up the wiring after 4 months! biggest waste of $700 i spent and i'll never give them my money again. and no, they did not warranty or fix the issue even though it was their wiring and their sub/amp.
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Old 07-10-2007, 11:40 PM   #11
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I know that Northstart does soldered splices and shrink wrapp.
yep. i'll be taking all my car audio/electronics to Justin and brent (like i used to but then i got cheap.... and now get to pay them to fix "being cheap").
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Old 07-11-2007, 01:16 PM   #12
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2nd to none is awsome, the owner (actualy works in the shop) left shades of competition and started his own business. They did my tint and my autostart/alarm, the autostart/alarm was $550 installed I think, its the Scosche RSA2900F
2 way system(same as Compustar 2W900FMR).
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Old 08-28-2007, 06:35 PM   #13
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Remote starter...

[Didn't see anything on this topic in a search]

Anyone have one? / Where from?

Opinions on their usefulness / uselessness?

Last winter was my first year up here and it's looking like 2-3 more winters to go. Had the Tacoma before; only pain was hitting the middle of the windshield with the scraper.
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I have one.

From Subaru (had local sound shop guy who was good at reprogramming), had the OEM key fob (same one that does the door lock, security) programmed to
1)remote start car for twenty minutes,
2)turn on driver seat heater,
3)turn on heater,
4) lock after one second,
5)reopen to two button pushes when I approach car.
A similar program for AC could be programmed for summers, rear window down one inch, turn on CD left in, etc.

Cost? One hour labor... changes with time, 3 years ago it was $60.
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Old 08-28-2007, 08:10 PM   #14
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call alex at premier auto as well 727-5100. He takes a ton of pride in his work and has been in the car audio / remote state business for a long time. He did mine 2 years ago and still works like a champ.

Offers different brands as well. Also solders everything.
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Old 08-28-2007, 08:32 PM   #15
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Anybody know how the autostart works for a manual transmission? What kind of features and stuff like that?
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Old 08-28-2007, 08:41 PM   #16
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Anybody know how the autostart works for a manual transmission? What kind of features and stuff like that?

Autostarts for manuals add a sensor into the e-brake handle and the brake pedal system somewhere. In order for you to get out of your car and have the system engaged, your foot has to be off the brake pedal and the e-brake handle has to be up with the car in neutral.
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Old 08-28-2007, 10:09 PM   #17
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Interesting... I'll have to look into one..... Or, maybe I'll just walk the 15 feet outside and start my car myself. heh.
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Old 08-28-2007, 10:19 PM   #18
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Damion, call Justin at Northstart. They do many of the dealerships in town as well as Fleet for many businesses in town.

If you tell him that Ralph sent you he will hook you up with a little discount.

http://www.northstart.net/index.html
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Old 08-28-2007, 11:38 PM   #19
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i'd love to have Justin install a remote start but not sure if i want to spend the $$$ for it.
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Old 08-29-2007, 02:33 AM   #20
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Damion, call Justin at Northstart. They do many of the dealerships in town as well as Fleet for many businesses in town.

If you tell him that Ralph sent you he will hook you up with a little discount.

http://www.northstart.net/index.html
Thanks. I'm not sure if I'm ready to kick down the bucks for a remote start. I'm just investigating right now. but i'll keep that place in mind since you (and others) recommend it so highly.
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Old 08-29-2007, 06:10 PM   #21
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I can get someone to do autostart compustar for $450 to $500 maybe... Pm me.. let me know
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Old 08-29-2007, 06:37 PM   #22
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This is not a knock against anyone offering you a "good deal" but, bad wiring jobs and inexperience can cause shorts or other damage and easily void your warranty. Your VW has a chipped key and I have met several people who found out the hard way that several companies in town are not qualified to work on these type of vehicles.

Where ever you take it make sure they solder connections, use proper vehicle specific parts (vs. just making it work) and are certified so they don't cause problems at the dealership.
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Old 08-29-2007, 06:58 PM   #23
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FYI.. there certified and worked on thousands of autostarts. =) Chips on keys etc...
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Old 08-29-2007, 07:06 PM   #24
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This is not a knock against anyone offering you a "good deal" but, bad wiring jobs and inexperience can cause shorts or other damage and easily void your warranty. Your VW has a chipped key and I have met several people who found out the hard way that several companies in town are not qualified to work on these type of vehicles.

Where ever you take it make sure they solder connections, use proper vehicle specific parts (vs. just making it work) and are certified so they don't cause problems at the dealership.

I know better than to go to some backyard car-place. I'll probably go with Northstart. But, at this point I'm not even sure I want a remote start.
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Old 08-29-2007, 08:52 PM   #25
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spoke to Justin this morning. I need a BT kit in the car more than i need a remote start, however, running b/w 2 locations in and out of snow this coming winter... sure would be nice. just don't want to spend the bucks to do it.
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