Originally Posted by SultanGris
Come back and tell us how much better the Viper was than the factory if you do that, haha! I went compustar 1 mile range and love it!
My last vehicle I started with a compu-star alarm/remote start system...I immediately had them rip the system out when I ran into this issue:
2008 Dodge Charger:
1) Get in vehicle and start up as normal
2) With key in ignition, hit the remote start button on keyfob
3) Turn key off and remove
4) Vehicle is still on (as per remote start), with no key in the igniton.
5) Put vehicle in drive and THE VEHICLE DRIVES WITHOUT A KEY IN THE IGNITION.
Absolute ****ing garbage. I drove around a parking lot for the length of the remote-start timer, with the keys sitting in the passenger seat. I hit the brakes, changed gears, etc. Could it have been a bad installer? Probably, but the system was completely unsecure the way it was setup so I had them rip it out.
That was when I replaced the Compustar system with the Viper 5901 and never had any problems whatsoever...great range, always gave you feedback, etc. I managed to get the Viper 5901 pulled out of my vehicle before I traded it in for the F150.
The only reason I'm not getting it put on the F150 is because of the idea of a fully factory plug and play system under warranty sounds so much better than an aftermarket patch job install. The viper system is great, and if you get a good installer there is nothing to worry about....I just like the idea of them not tapping into my vehicles wiring while I still have a warranty.
If you look at the annual price for a Viper Smart Start system ($70) and compare it to the Ford Remote Access ($50), it's an easy choice for pretty similar options. Add to that the idea that the Ford system is plug and play, no splicing or risk of bad-installers/wire issues...my choice right now is the Ford system.
When I no longer have a warranty on this truck and want a bit more of a security system and 1 mile range (Can't beat the range on a viper system!) I'll toss the Viper system into the truck.
The factory 100 series remote start system is good if you plan to start your car within 50ft...but outside of that range it is absolutely terrible, and only being a 1-way system is hard if you dont have line of sight to the vehicle to tell if it started or not.