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Remote Car Starters

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Just wondering if you can get a remote starter for a 2001 Chevy pickup? where would you get something like this and what are some good brands that reach a good distance. Also what does something like this cost and are you able to install it your self or do you have to get that done professionally.

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I think you can put them in most cars on the road today. There have been several prior threads on here about them. I think most everyone I've talked to has recommended Astrostart.

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As long as it doesnt have a manual tranny you should be able to get one installed. If you are electronically inclined you can do it, otherwise pay some one, they arent to bad with install.

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A good quality install is a must or there is a good chance you will be towed in......

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I have had them installed on 3 ford diesels from circuit city,,, works like a champ... brand is valet.

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Your 2001 Chevy has a transponder that has to show a resistance when the key is in the ignition. So you will need to buy a transponder box ($50)on top of the auto start. Stick with a DEI Or Viper brand I like them and they work well and have a lifetime warranty.

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Had one installed in an 01 car a few years ago and it worked great. Did it at circuit city. Was around $200 with everything, but it's worth it. If you have kids and wanna get in a warm car in the winter or cool car in the summer, it's a must.

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Just a word of warning.

I bought a truck that had a remote starter. I really liked it. One day I drove to a customer site and proceeded to go in and get to work. About 3 hours later a person came up to me and asked if I had a red truck. I told her yes and she told me it was running and it was on fire or at least smoking. I immidiately ran out to see and it was not smoking anymore but was running. I shut it off and it wouldn't re-start. I opened the hood to find the starter wire that goes directly to the battery had the plastic casing completely turned to dust and was powder on the ground and some was still on the wire but was powder when you touched it. Anyway the starter was completely gone. I went and got a new starter and wires and installed them in the customes parking lot at the end of the day. I was really lucky the whole truck didn't go up. I dissassembled the remote starter and found that there was a very small peice of wire floating around in there that happened to contact the solenoid pins on the circuit board causing the starter to stay on until it burned all the wire casing and fried the windings in the starter. So I don't think I will be getting a remote starter unless it is factory installed. I did really like it.

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Where are you located?

We/I refer a lot of our customers to Dealer Automotive Services in Roseville, MN. They specialize in custom installs of all kind. From A/C to remote starters and anything else you can think of.

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I had one done at Leroy's Customs in Coon Rapids and was very happy with it.

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My 02 Chevy has a Comustar in it, I had it installed in Mankato. I love it and wouldn’t put any other starter in any of my trucks.

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DAS also has a shop in Hopkins if you're on the west side of the cities.

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