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Old November 29th, 2013, 01:33 PM   #1
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Thinking of getting my wife a remote Start for her pontiac vibe. I know there are many different brands and want to get one that last more then a year or two. Any suggestions?
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Old November 29th, 2013, 02:07 PM   #2
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Everyone has opinions but I have had nothing but good luck with anything made by Directed( viper,avital etc.)

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All I can add is avoid the DIY ones. PAIN IN THE ASS to install, and crap out in a year.
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Mine has been flawless for 15 years.
Only had one issues several winters ago when my wife forgot to start my car. That was a cold, cold morning!
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Mine has been flawless for 15 years.
Only had one issues several winters ago when my wife forgot to start my car. That was a cold, cold morning!
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Old November 29th, 2013, 02:26 PM   #6
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This. I've installed 4 of their systems in our cars and had no issues. The installs are fairly easy and you can get a nice setup for 40-100 $ depending on features
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Old November 29th, 2013, 02:34 PM   #7
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Are the Directed ones a DIY?
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This. I've installed 4 of their systems in our cars and had no issues. The installs are fairly easy and you can get a nice setup for 40-100 $ depending on features
I have a viper on the Grand and only problem I have is it locks all the doors about 3 seconds after you start the car normally. I took it to a local install place and they claimed there was no way to change this, it was the viper system doing it, not factory.

Dont open the door, reach in, start it, close the door and walk to the hatch to open it. Because you won't, and you get to wait for aaa. Also when your wife forgets about it and locks the kids in the car an hour from home. :banghead: I've got a spare key taped on now, but this feature sucks.
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Are the Directed ones a DIY?
depends on how good you are with automotive electrical systems.
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I've had a couple of these things, it's kinda like windows for your house. The best ones are the ones installed correctly.
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I've had a couple of these things, it's kinda like windows for your house. The best ones are the ones installed correctly.
The one they sell at Meijer's (Bulldog) is crap. I put one in a Dodge pickup and after a year it would only start if you were right next to it (even after putting a new battery in the remote). Shortly after, I couldn't start the truck with the key either, so I removed it.

Had one installed at Car Tunes, don't remember the brand, but it lasted until my wife killed the car 4 years later.

I have wired cars from scratch headlight to taillight more times than I'd like to, and build industrial controls, so wiring stuff isn't a challenge for me.
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Only brand I would stay as far away from is Bulldog. You get what you paid for.
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Old November 29th, 2013, 03:20 PM   #13
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This. I have probably installed 1000 or more DEI remote starts. Although I have been out of the game for a few years now, they were always the easiest to install and program. They are reliable and getting replacement remotes is usually pretty easy.
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How hard is a viper kit to install? Will be going into a 09 Pontiac vibe. I'm am good with electrical as long as the kit explains what wires I need and what not. And what's the average coat to install?
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How hard is a viper kit to install? Will be going into a 09 Pontiac vibe. I'm am good with electrical as long as the kit explains what wires I need and what not. And what's the average coat to install?
Its one of the easier ones to install. This might help with finding some of the wires in your car. But double check with a multimeter.
http://www.the12volt.com/installbay/...asp~TID~129978
Installation is usually around $100-150 depending on where you go.
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All I can add is avoid the DIY ones. PAIN IN THE ASS to install, and crap out in a year.
Then you need to install them better and not be a cheap ass and get the $20 kits.

Do you think the installers are using some special magical kit that you can't buy?
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Yep. I have had 2 Viper remote starts. One I know for sure is still working in a 98 Escort I installed it in a year or two after my mother in law bought it.

The other was in a van I sold so I don't know about it but it was perfect for all the years I had it. It was a cool system that you could set to auto start if the temp got to a certain low or high point. Worked great for keeping the dogs warm at night in the winter and for winter camping in it.
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Then you need to install them better and not be a cheap ass and get the $20 kits.

Do you think the installers are using some special magical kit that you can't buy?
Does thou have a problem understanding English? I clearly stated that the DIy kits are a pain. Installers generally sell better quality than the cheap Walmart/Meijer Bulldog remotes. First one I ever did, I consider it lesson learned. For me it's worth $150 not to have to stand on my head wiring stuff under the dash.

What do you do for a living? I bet I do more wiring in a week than you have done in your life.
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Does thou have a problem understanding English? I clearly stated that the DIy kits are a pain. Installers generally sell better quality than the cheap Walmart/Meijer Bulldog remotes. First one I ever did, I consider it lesson learned. For me it's worth $150 not to have to stand on my head wiring stuff under the dash.
The installers use DIY kits. And they will sell you just about whatever brand you want unless they are an install point for a particular brand. But you can still buy whatever they are installing and DIY.

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