BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Nov 2006
Vehicle: 2002 CLK320
Location: Bakersfield, CA
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What some people dont know about the aftermarket remote start systems is that if the key to start your car has a starter kill chip, or infrared, etc., you have to use a spare key to bypass the starter kill in order for the car to start by remote (at least thats how it was when I purchased mine a few years ago). The key is mounted in a little box that reads the chip when the remote start button is pressed. This means there is a key that can start your car hidden inconspicuously somewhere in the dash. If a thief is aware of this, you could end up losing your whole car instead of just what's inside. But then again, thieves have the knowledge and technology these days to take your car if they really want it, regardless of most security precautions that are currently available.
I live in SoCal (kinda) and got an aftermarket remote start for my Diamante. I had to purchase a spare programmed key ($120) for the remote start to work. I believe the price of these remote start kits have gone down considerably from a few years ago, but I have no regrets and it has proved itself to be more than worth the price, to me at least. It has never given me any problems and is ideal for the 100+degree summers I endure. I used to hate sitting in the car/oven for 10 minutes waiting for the a/c to do its job. Now my car is the perfect temp every time I get in, hot or cold. Another feature I love is the pager function of the alarm. If your alarm goes off, you will know instantly when your keys begin to vibrate or beep. I also like the fact that I can always look at my keys and be reminded of whether or not I remembered to lock the car. I have been seriously contemplating installing one of these systems on my CLK.
Oh yeah, also when the car is remotely started, the doors lock but there is also another security feature. If someone so happens to get the door open while it is remotely running, the car automatically shuts off if the brakes are applied (to get the car in gear) without a key in the ignition.
Last edited by $ubversive; 01-12-2007 at 12:36 PM.