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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-22-2010, 01:11 AM Thread Starter
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Time for Auto Start... Should I Do A Theft Deterrent?

After many times starting the Roadmaster in the driveway in the wee hours of a bitter Chicago morn, it's time to install an auto start system. I don't want to put something in that's going to eventually turn into an electrical nightmare or not work when I need it. I'm going to want to get some recommendations on a quality system but should I consider a theft deterrent while I'm at it? My '95 Roadmaster woody wagon is just stock looking... except in the warm months when I have my custom Boyd Coddington wheels on it... and honestly, I haven't been too worried about somebody running off with it. However, I do take it through all kinds of neighborhoods and since we kitesurf, I do have a few thou in gear being toted many a time... although I've done the windows limo black to keep from advertising that. I have insurance for the car but when it comes right down to it, I'd really be at a loss if the car was stolen and never found with all the blood & sweat I have into restoring & maintaining this thing mechanically. I honestly don't know if spending a lot of $$ on just an alarm, especially when alarms can be defeated, is the smart thing to do. Maybe a club is all I need to keep someone from driving off with it???

But that said, I DO want to put a quality auto start in this thing so what do you guys know?!

I will also be COMPLETELY upgrading to a hi-fi audio system so if any of this ties in or might be a factor in my choice, please fill me in.

See, nothing that really says "steal me!". Windows have been waaay darkened since this pic.

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-23-2010, 02:20 PM
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i think if your gonna do a remote start you might as well do an alarm too, i think viper is the top brand, but i have a commando fm 870 i installed 1 year ago and i havent had any problems yet

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i think if your gonna do a remote start you might as well do an alarm too, i think viper is the top brand, but i have a commando fm 870 i installed 1 year ago and i havent had any problems yet
So are you saying all these alarm systems come with auto start?

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not sure what your asking, but mine is a commando, not a viper, but i hear viper is the best brand, and i'm sayin get a remote start/alarm combo, since your gonna have to wire the remote start might as well add a lil security while your under the dash, i would recommend a 2 way system so you can check the status of your car from a distance

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As said above, you might as well add the security feature and really most remote starts have alarms built into them anyway. I, as recommended above, would go Viper, Python or Clifford. They are all the same company. Two ways are very nice and the units these days have up to 1/4 mile range if not longer.

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Just called my GM mechanic to see if he could give me a recommendation for a local auto start installer that I could trust and he quickly said, "I don't recommend them". He says there's a prob with them causing erroneous misfires and that he has taken his fair share off.

So what about this... is this a prob with a properly installed auto start system... even a top quality system??

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There isn't a problem with them, IF THEY ARE INSTALLED RIGHT, your mechanic has probably dealt with the "other" guys installation. Or the cheapo get a remote start for 100 bucks installed. I would really like to hear his theory on why they cause misfires. Because if it is installed right and is a good system, you are essentially just installing a remote key to turn your car on. And if this was truly the case GM wouldn't install them from the factory.

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I found a local alarm installer, who I knew about but totally had forgotten, that came HIGHLY recommended from my trans guy whom I trust thoroughly for all my trans/diff stuff that I don't want to tackle myself. He adamantly challenged what my mechanic said.

So this guy installs Audiovox exclusively. In fact he says there are some things he doesn't like about the Python brands. Has anyone else had experience with an Audiovox keyless entry/remote start/alarm system?

This installer is a car guy... does restores... and is supposed to be very particular & meticulous. He offers a lifetime warr on the install and solders all critical connections. He tells me that visually, I won't be able to tell he installed a system when he's done.

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I am very meticulous on my installations as well.

I have never done an install with Audiovox, not stating that they are bad, but the name reminds of the crap stereo products they put out and I really never looked into them at all.

I haven't done hundreds of installs, probably 20 or 30 and they have always been Viper, Python or Clifford. Curious again on what his issues would be with these products. Every installation that I have done have NEVER had a problem with them.

Since curiosity is killing me I will dig up some stuff on Audiovox and see what they look like these days.

But really if he is offering a lifetime warranty on the installation it wouldn't hurt anything to have him install it.

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I have never done an install with Audiovox, not stating that they are bad, but the name reminds of the crap stereo products they put out and I really never looked into them at all.
They make a very good for the money home component system digital cable.

I'd be interested in your opinions once you've investigated.

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