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Remote car starter?

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Rivernut

Can anyone tell me if/where, I could get a starter bought and installed @ 200.00 or less. Everywhere I have checked has been 300.00 and up. Did'nt realize they where that pricey. Thanks, Mike

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Shack

Auto trends in Elk River. Also try Elk River Ford. They have Astro Start. They might have a special going. Ask for Troy in Service.

Tell him Shackbash seny ya. grin.gif

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lawdog

I bought my wife one for Christmas last year and it was like 320 or something. They are tricky and we've had various issues with it causing the "security" light to be on in her Trailblazer as well as a couple check engine lights when we used it. Get it done right and don't go cheap. The dealership still doesn't have 100% of the bugs worked out of our astrostart...

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Shack

Installing a remote start in a car/truck is like equal to performing open hart surgery on a human.

What I have found with remote start concerns, it is more in how experienced the installer is, verses the unit. Now the Ford factory unit was a disaster and since installing these units in car/trucks in the early 2000's, it threw my totally off of putting in a remote starter all together. After watching great tech’s install these Astro starts, I have changed my mind on putting one in my veh... I still do not own one, but I would recommend them to a family member or friend.

Buy a quality unit!

Check the unit out with consumer reports and ask around on internet on people who have them. When installed improper (software and compatibility), that’s when you have concerns.

Good luck!

If someone knows of a better unit, let us know. Out of all the units out there right now, I do think Astro start is one of, if not the best. A person does not need the top of the line unit either. Most times the simple cheap package is the best for having the least concerns. Less stuff to go wrong and the least intergrated the wiring and unit is. cool.gif

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Ufatz

Astro Start installed in '99 Tahoe when new grin.gif. Works every time all the time. Has been going strong all this time. Not cheap. Who needs cheap? I need something that works!

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zamboni

sweet sounds in Kato- $179 installed. do a yahoo check for sweetsounds

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jigginjerk

I'm with ufatz. Have had three astro start units on three different vehicles since the early 90s and have worked flawlessly. Don't skimp on quality. It's not a deal if it doesn't work when you need it. Once or twice that it doesn't start in 10 below zero and you will wish you had spent a few extra $ to get what you wanted.

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LwnmwnMan2

I've had one installed at Ultimate Electronics, (3) at Best Buy and last year one installed at Circuit City.

All have worked fine, and the one at Circuit City last year had a timer installed with it.

My wife works at a prison (RN) and she can't start the van before she leaves. We had a timer installed on hers, so we can set it so that it starts about 5 minutes before she works her way out the doors.

Also there's another way to hook it into a type of a pager, but then you have to pay for the 'pager' service.

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BIG DS

Rockin" Ronnies in Mankato sells and installs the Viper. Usually they have a deal going this time of year. Give 'em a call 507-345-7000

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18 inch Crappie

I just put one in a friends truck for $200. I used to install them for 5 years. Bgross1785@msn.com I can give you more info

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cableguy031

OK here's a question:

1. Can a remote starter be installed on a manual transmission vehicle (1996 Mazda B2300 P/U)?

2. Will the starter have to engage the clutch physcally in order for the engine to turn? How will that work?

3. If possible, is it as difficult as installing it on an automatic transmission vehicle?

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Scott K

you will need to have the car in nuetral, and have the ebrake on.

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09ultra

I bought my wife the ultra start for her 2004 intrepid off of ebay for 40 bucks and a place in Monticello installs them for 150.I heard they were good starters.We shall see.

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cableguy031

I understand about the car being in neutral with the ebrake on, this is how I park it. The question is, how do you get the clutch to physically move without you touching it?

Is there a cable to pull it to enage the clutch prior to starting?

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Bigbartguy

it's my understanding that the units arent able to 'read' the clutch so it would be setup to start no matter what gear it's in or if the clutch is engaged....i.e. it will ram into the car in front of you if leave it in gear. For this reason, shops dont want to install in manual tranny cars.

I was looking a few years ago about getting installed on a 1996 911. Maybe they have different starters available now though?

I would not attempt on your own unless you are VERY electrically inclined. Seemed extremely complicated to me.

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Scott K

They dont do anything with the clutch, it just bypasses the clutch electric switch to start. The problem lies when you dont put it in nuetral, the remote starter doesnt know this, and will start the car in gear. I wouldnt recommend installing one in a manual tranny, because of liability factors. It can be done! Just as easy, just more dangerous if you or someone else leaves the car in gear instead of nuetral.

And isnt that what the wife is for? To go out and start the car for you? grin.gif

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