Originally Posted by bobo06
Did you swap it into the new truck or did you have the dealer do it? Ballpark figure on what the dealer charged to activate it? Just wondering because I was thinking of getting this . I called my dealer to inquire about remote starts and the service guy that answered the phone said they install the same one as comes from the factory. Didn't know the range or what model and it's $526 installed
I can't answer for @sbonzai
, but i can answer some of your questions.
The 200 is an accessory and is not available from the factory. If they are quoting the factory installed unit, they are referencing the 100 series not the 200.
100 Series, fob is built into the main key, approx 100' range, one directional.
200 Series, separate fob, approx 1000' range, bi-directional, includes security portion (2 stage shock sensor and LED)
I can't speak to the 100 series (when i bought my truck the 100 series was already installed) but the 200 series is 100% plug and play and takes about 10 minutes to install. 1/2 of the parts in the 200 series kit are included with the 100 series and if you already have that system, you just use those parts as already installed.
As for activation, both system's require activation by a dealer or someone who has an IDS system to hook up to the truck. The whole process takes approx 5 mins to activate; a lot of dealers will either charge one hour or nothing at all. My dealer didn't charge me a thing to activate my 200. In fact, the remote start system was working fine when i hooked up my 200 series as i already had a working 100 series, but i needed the dealer to turn on the security portion.
Benefits to having the dealer install it is that they should extend the warranty for the remote start into the factory warranty. Other than that, you are just paying for the convenience of not doing it yourself. It's very easy to install in the 2011+.