My Silver Pilot just arrived this morning at the dealer. The dealer want over $400.00 for the remote starter. I negotiated down to $343.00.
Do you have any idea on what type of testing I should be doing before leaving the dealer lot?
The dealer says that they will integrate the remote starter into the existing alarm from Honda so that there will only be one remote for both alarm and starter. Do you know if the alarm from Honda is Passive or not? I have a freind who just got his Odyssey, says that the alarm on the honda is not Passive. It does not arm automaticly, you need to arm it.
How did you do with your remote start? I thought long and hard about this myself. The problem is that with the factory remotes unlike most other remotes when the car is running the remotes become inoperable. To test this start your car press the buttons on the remote lock or unlock will not operate. So now if the dealer wires it to operate of of the factory remote you would have to use your key to enter the car and you will not be able to shut down via remote either.
My interim solution is to install a system with two remotes one for the factory and one for the remote start feature. I do not like this but the only other alternative is to bypass the factory alarm/remote setup and install a remote start/alarm combo. Audiovox makes a very good one but I don't like this either.
I had a local installer who is reputable and insured install my remote start with the Audiovos APS695 which is only a remote starter with superb range.
Although I am knowledgeable and skilled in this area if I did the job myself and something"remotely" goes wrong I would have warranty problems or voided.
But after reading the installation literature for the unit and contacting the Audiovox via web site (great product support)
I learned that the unit has on-board relays that can disarm the factory alarm when the remote start button is depressed and arm itself when vehicle time off or shuts off. This is accomplished by locating the same blue/green wire that feed the drivers door. It tricks the car into thinking that the lock key is turned thus disabling the alarm so the the vehicle would start and no alarm would sound.
My installer did not know this like he did not know I chose him for warranty concerns.
When I get some time I will complete this job and let you known how I did. Hopefully I can reduce the remote to one.
Another thing is that because the car has the immobilizer key you must make a copy $60. and there is a device that is installed along with the R/starter with the key inserted again tricking the car into thinking that the key is in the ignition.
There are some other feature that the audiovox offer built in that the dealers don't even know about.
Other negative side effects: although I was only charged $250 for the job. when I remote start then open doors get in put key in on position the interior lights stay on until I lock the doors it does not always happen only if a certain sequence occurs.
Please let me know if you found a simpler solution but I know the Audiox APS 695 has the potential:3: