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Since I am getting closer to finalizing my order...

Should I go with the Subaru OEM Alarm or would my money be better spent aftermarket. Pros/Cons of each??

I am assuming remote start won't work on the STi since it is a manual transmission car. Am I correct in this? :eek:
 

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I've always like the sensitivity and extra options that generally come with aftermarket alarms. Lately, I've been seeing more advantages of the OEM though. I took my truck into the dealer on Friday to have them look at some ride control alarm messages that I had been getting. The dealer called me a couple hours later to tell me they couldn't follow the troubleshooting procedures because of the alarm splices to the computer. So thanks to the aftermarket alarm, I got hit with a big bill and nothing was done about the ride control. If I could do it over again, maybe I wouldn't go with remote start and a pager. I just don't want $2500 worth of car stereo stolen again. I the OEM alarm can do just as good a job at preventing that, then it's good enough for me.
 

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Thanks

OEM alarms are a joke IMO. Aftermarket systems allow you to be notified which IMO is the most important part of an alarm. People anymore don't look twice at alarms going off.

I love the proximity setup I have on the Celica. Keeps people from lingering and leaning up against the car when I'm not around.

I'll be looking to have a pager system, prox, piezo interior alarm.

And....most of this stuff can be had for the cost of an OEM unit.

I've had a system ripped out with a so-called OEM alarms. IMO, they aren't worth a damn.
 

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Hey all,

As to the remote start it is possible with an MT you need to get rid of the cluth sensor or by-pass it. If you go with the turbo timer you would be used to leaving your car in neutral. If not, I heard a horror about a guy that had it done and his wife forgot to leave the car in neutral when she parked it in the garage, nad the next morning he went to remote start the car and it practicaly ended up in his living room. So if you get it done remember to leave it in neutral of your car will jump.

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Uh yeah....you need to have an 'in-gear' kill of some kind when using those systems with MTs. I watched a girl run her Civic through a fence after her friend drove the car.
 

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Rob, could u tell me how proximity setup works?

CloNeGTS said:
OEM alarms are a joke IMO. Aftermarket systems allow you to be notified which IMO is the most important part of an alarm. People anymore don't look twice at alarms going off.

I love the proximity setup I have on the Celica. Keeps people from lingering and leaning up against the car when I'm not around.

I'll be looking to have a pager system, prox, piezo interior alarm.

And....most of this stuff can be had for the cost of an OEM unit.

I've had a system ripped out with a so-called OEM alarms. IMO, they aren't worth a damn.
 

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I think it uses a Dopler-type radar system. I have my unit set in my center console so it watches evenly on both sides. It basically watches for anything moving within a range that you set. For instance, if I leave my windows and sunroof open and someone throws something in or just sticks their hand in the car, it will see it.

You can set it to give a warning at such a range and then go full alarm if it remains or comes closer. I have mine set so that if someone comes close enough as if they are leaning on the car or looking in the window, it will give a warning chirp. If someone stuck their arm in my window, it would go off.

Only downfall.....sometimes if you set the sensitivity too high, rain will set it off. :wink:
 

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hand brakes?
I always put in 1st and hand brake...
Handbrake is fine, but if you remote started it that way...

You really wouldn't want your car idling in 1st without anybody in it, handbrake or no, would you?
 

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There's no such thing as a car sitting in idle and in gear. That's called 5 mph! :lol:

The only way you should do a remote start it to have an in-gear sensor and use the handbrake only when parking. Personally, I'll never have a remote start. That just seems to leave a back door for techy theives. How hard can it be to find that unit and short it? No key needed....and the car is started.
 

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OK - you're right - the car would be moving if the handbrake wasn't set (maybe even if it was).

But I think my point made it through...
 

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The auto-start on my truck, which is an automatic, is killed if the brake is applied. There is also an internal timer that kills it after 20 minutes. The only way to keep it running is to insert the key. It would take a techie thief indeed to get the car started, but he (or she) would have to be even techier (?) to get it to stay running long enough to get it into gear. Long before any thief could figure out the rat's nest of wire splices that the auto-start consists of, they would probably move onto another car that's easier to hotwire. I'll try to get a picture of the thing to explain what I mean.
 

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Oh I know they are a mess to install. But if you were someone that installed them every day for a few years, you'd know how to get around em.

I didn't know about the brake killing in thing. It makes sense that they would allow the car to run but not let it be driven.
 
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