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Old December 1st, 2005, 04:24 PM   #1
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This isn't really tech, so i'll post it here.

PART 1- I want to buy a remote starter for a 02 Explorer.

Anyone have any experiences good or bad? Range is somewhat important, but not as important as price lol.

Circuit City has really cheap ones... anyone have experience with those?

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I want one for a diesel. Are there any that are compatable with diesels, or have a timer delay option?
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Silly question, but I know my diesel takes along time to heat up.. especially if it really cold. Would an autostart help on a diesel?
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I have two of the models ABC Warehouse sells ("Valet") and they work well. Range is not great (40 - 50 feet tops) but these are the very basic models - I've seen some of the better models work at 1-200'.

Not too sure about a diesel.
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for my diesel- i want to buy one of those heated seat pads so at least my ass is warm. Mine is brutal to warm up as well, but oh well. I do know that mine has to idle a few minutes when it is cold or it is very sluggish for a mile or so.
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I have two of the models ABC Warehouse sells ("Valet") and they work well. Range is not great (40 - 50 feet tops) but these are the very basic models - I've seen some of the better models work at 1-200'.

Not too sure about a diesel.
40 feet? Thats less than 15 steps away... what is the point?
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Old December 1st, 2005, 04:38 PM   #6
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This isn't really tech, so i'll post it here.

PART 1- I want to buy a remote starter for a 02 Explorer.

Anyone have any experiences good or bad? Range is somewhat important, but not as important as price lol.

Circuit City has really cheap ones... anyone have experience with those?

PART 2-
I want one for a diesel. Are there any that are compatable with diesels, or have a timer delay option?
I got mine put on my cherokee at circuit city back in 99 when i got my cherokee. At the time they had viper alarms and remote starters, something cheper and Alpine i think made remote starters. I think mine is a viper i am not even positive my buddy worked in 12v sales their and he said mine was nice and he got me a sweet deal on it .... so i was not shopping "for the nicest one on the market" My batteries last for years and my remote works at a good 250 feet or more i hardly ever need it to work further than that. Has worked flawlessly for going on 7 years.
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Old December 1st, 2005, 04:39 PM   #7
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40 feet? Thats less than 15 steps away... what is the point?
From your house to the street or from your house to the garage, etc. Unless were you have your cars is further that that.
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I don't know enough about them to say what is better than the other... But I have one and I love it! I'll never go with one again.
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They're called wifes/girlfriends they also will clean the car off too
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They're called wifes/girlfriends they also will clean the car off too
Remote starters are MUCH cheaper
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I got a basic bulldog (http://bulldogsecurity.com) remote start for $36 last year and installed it myself. It works great. They have a T-harness that cost another $20 that cuts the install time/headache down considerably. I just had to unplug the ignition connector put in the jumper and splice in like two other wires. Depending on what security system your vehicle has you may need a security by pass module. I am ordering another one for my wifes car from sams club. They have the remote start for $36 or $38 and the bypass module for $16. Also check ebay.
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Bill, around us there is only one place to get a remote starter, and that is CarTunes on Warren and Wayne. I would go there. They guy has been installing them for over 11 years, and thier prices are good. They have it all, and most all startes are compatible with diesels, and they know how to install those too. So go there, and while they are installing it I will meet you at BW3's just down the street!
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Yes, they make them for diesels. I have one on my 2000 Ram. Has a delay.

BUT..... It really doesn't help all that much. Diesels don't really heat up until under a load, like driving.

I could let my old truck idle for an hour and it wont blow hot air until you start driving.
By the way, its not a good idea to let a diesel idle for any length of time. You will get fuel blowby.
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I could let my old truck idle for an hour and it wont blow hot air until you start driving.
By the way, its not a good idea to let a diesel idle for any length of time. You will get fuel blowby.
yup, I know about wet stacking, but like I said, I just want it to warm up my seat
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Silly question, but I know my diesel takes along time to heat up.. especially if it really cold. Would an autostart help on a diesel?

Yes, they work great on diesels. Just before you get out set your heater all the way up. When you start it in morning it's nice and toasty then you get in! Ford has one from the dealer and thats the one I have in my truck. Viper makes a good one too!
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Ive got a dealer installed remote starter in my 04 explorer. It lasted 1.5 winters and is now a POS. Works sometimes, other times just pisses me off
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This isn't really tech, so i'll post it here.

PART 1- I want to buy a remote starter for a 02 Explorer.

Anyone have any experiences good or bad? Range is somewhat important, but not as important as price lol.

Circuit City has really cheap ones... anyone have experience with those?

PART 2-
I want one for a diesel. Are there any that are compatable with diesels, or have a timer delay option?

Hey bones, the ones we offered from Ford had the delay for deisel. Also, when we were certifying them for "ford" the aftermarket versions were noticabley cheaper in wiring and insulation. Can still get you the ford deal on those if it is offered for your vehicle.
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Bill, around us there is only one place to get a remote starter, and that is CarTunes on Warren and Wayne. I would go there. They guy has been installing them for over 11 years, and thier prices are good. They have it all, and most all startes are compatible with diesels, and they know how to install those too. So go there, and while they are installing it I will meet you at BW3's just down the street!
I'll second car tunes, but I prefer the woodward location
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the instals on the explorer will either be in Midland, or doing it myself (xmas gift for my mom)

The diesel can be done downstate.

Noah, are you in Chat?
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the instals on the explorer will either be in Midland, or doing it myself (xmas gift for my mom)

The diesel can be done downstate.

Noah, are you in Chat?
what year explorer?

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These companies are all the same company for the most part.. they are all part of Directed Electronics. IMO Directed Electronics is the only security to use.. everything else is junk.. :) but im bias to DEI.. and i've installed just about everything else.. generally ended up replacing it with a DEI unit..

i would also not suggest attempting to do this on new vehicle unless you have experience installing them and understand how to bypass the factory security systems..
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