I am looking at getting a remote start for my 2001 Screw Lariat, but have no idea where to start. I have heard that remote starts can ruin the ignition/starter... is this true?
What kinds of remote starters have some of you put on? I know there are a lot to choose from and I am really just looking for the cheapest/no frills remote starter that isn't going to ruin anything. I have read a lot of previous posts about remote starters, and there are so many, i dont know which ones do what, and why some are better than others. Anyone care to explain? Thanks for the help!
I am in the process of installing a remote start on my 2002. I bought the silver Ford / Code Alarm system that includes remote start and keyless entry.
A couple notes for you since you are early in the process:
- Your truck has the PATS key system that includes an RF chip in each key. Any remote start system will need a method to bypass this.
- A remote start system will not damage your truck if it is properly installed. It is no different to the engine than turning the key.
- The greatest thing you need to look for is a quality install job. Loose connections that play havoc with any alarm / remote start system will drive you nuts. This may be an area where you WANT to pay a professional installer and not be cheap.
- You should be able to get a remote start only system professionally installed for ~$200. This is a low-frills version.
Some of the popular brands are:
- Code Alarm
- Viper / Python / etc.. made by DEI
- Bulldog (Cheap, can work, but much maligned)
I have the Avaital remote starter with keyless entry on three of my vehicles all were installed at Best Buy, you will have to pay extra for the PATS key componet which uses one of your existing keys with the chip inside to start the vehicle remotely.
My advice is to have a third key made before proceding with the install. Price I paid was around $275-300 installed.
This was a must have when I bought this truck. I had it installed by the Ford dealer. Instead of paying it up front he added it to my weekly payment. Worked out to under $300. He had them mount the signal reciever inside at the top of my windshield. I have great range. With the auto climate control and auto headlamps, its awesome. My wife always complains when she has to go out and scrape the ice off her windows, LOL. I told her we could get 1 for her, but she doesn't want to spend the $. Even in the summer it helps blow out hot air before you get in. Its nice going from a house with air to a vehicle that is nice and cool.
FYI, I had an Audiovox APS996 installed at the dealer a few days after I picked up my truck. I love it, but the transmitter with the LCD panel on it started to go out after only a few months, and finally stopped making noises and such about 6 months after I had it put in. The shop that the dealer outsources the alarm/remote isntalls to was very cooperative, to their credit. I just stopped in and had it swapped out, no questions, no reciepts, no names, no money.
When I was buying my truck, it was late at night and I was the last customer. I took the truck that night with the request that I bring it back for the official dealer prep of having it scotch guarded, washed and waxed, extra keys, etc.. Now the dealer already had installed an alarm, as they do on all their new vehicles and they asked if I wanted remote start installed when they prepped it. I asked how much, they said like another $100, so I said "sure".. The paperwork and financing was done, so I thought I would pay for it in cash when I picked it up...
I went to pick it up that afternoon and they just handed me the keys and said "Sir, your vehicle is ready." It was washed, waxed and raring to go, looked beautiful... My salesman showed me all the basics and shook my hand.
I asked if that was it and they replied, "yep."
I asked if I owed anything else.. He said, "Nope"
Now, I am an honest guy and had I not dropped 30 G's on a new truck, I would've insisted... Then again, who am I to tell them how to do their job!
I do believe that it's possibily the best *extra/mod* I have on it..
I had the dealer order the Ford unit and install it about three months ago. I love it. Especially this morning at -6 degrees (yes that's farhenheidt (sp)). Cost me right at $400, but well worth it in my opinion. They put the receiver antenna in the upper drivers side corner on the windshield and the reception is great. I was going to do it myself but my service manager, who I trust, told me I probably didn't want to mess with it. The best thing I like about the Ford unit and the main reason I went with the Ford unit, is that it doesn't disable the PATS system. The units that require you have an extra key and it gets mounted under the dash somewhere essentially defeat the PATS system. It reads that the key is always there. I didn't want that. I am very happy with my unit. It may have cost a little more than the aftermarket systems, buy IMO worth it.
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I had the Viper 791XV security system/remote start kit installed Saturday on my 03 Screw. So far so good. I'm looking forward to starting my truck from my office this afternoon before I leave so that it'll be warm when I get there (high today supposed to be about 13 degrees).
03 Torreador red over silver Screw 5.4L FX4 XLT; born 6/4/03, adopted 8/12/03: autolamp mod, Muth signal mirrors, Permacoat bedliner, ARE LSII lid, graphics, Lund deflector, mud flaps, Weathertech Weatherflectors, Pioneer 4-way speakers, Lightning corners (with Sylvania Silverstar bulbs), tails, and third brake light, Xenarc heads, AirForce One FIPK, Magnaflow cat back dual exhaust, Superchips performance tune, HD style grill, Parking-e backup system, keyless entry keypad, Kenwood Sirius reciever, DVD with headrest and visor monitors, custom console, GPS, and Viper 791XV security system/remote start.
I had a basic DEI one on my 99 F-150 with keyless entry. It worked great. For the next truck, I wanted two way. I did my research and decided I wanted a 2-way system this time. After some more research I decided on Ultra Start. I got the 3255 AM based one, but wish I got the 3500 FM based for better range. Other than the range, I am very please with it. I like the idle mode that lets me leave the truck running and remove the keys while I run into a store or wherever quickly.
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