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has anyone install a remote starter on their Pilots yet. I am still waiting for my to come in and thinking of having the dealer put in the remote starter. I need to know what prices should I be paying for to have this done?
 

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I haven't put one in my Pilot yet (but do plan to).
I did put one in my Mercury Mountaineer.
I wouldn't consider it easy.
The wiring looks easier than it is (getting at the wiring needed).
On my installation I had to add 2 power relays and a coded key bypass unit.
The Pilot has a coded key like my Mountaineer, without it in the ignition or bypassed it won't start.
The bypass unit needs a coded key attached to it then an antenna loops around the ignition switch inside the plastic.
The unit works fine but I would want longer range (mine is 600')
the new units are 1000.
Here's the brand I bought http://www.designtech-intl.com/
I got it at Costco.

Moral of the story, next one I have installed.
 

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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.
 

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I would make sure it opens from a distance typically used by you.
Also that the vehicle stays locked when started (for security, starting at work etc) and that your remote can still open it (many factory keyless entry systems don't work while running).
There should be a valet switch to disable auto start for servicing and ask about any additional features (mine has quick stop, ideal for running into a store it keeps running for up to 10 min).

Enjoy
 

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Remote Starter

Who has put a remote starter on their Pilot?
What model did you use?
Did you do it yourself?
What would you do differently?

Also, have you put a remote start on any other Honda, as I also want to put one on my CR-V.

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Monkey8 said:
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:
 

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I am also interested in installing a Remote Starter. I installed a remote starter and Keyless entry for my Accord 4 years ago. Make is Sidewinder. This works fine and I this is still going strong without no hitch.
But, my Accord is a LX and did not come with factory installed. I got the Remote started from BEST BUY.

Wonder what I should do with the Pilot??
Any suggestions!!!
 

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Black_Hawk said:
I am also interested in installing a Remote Starter. I installed a remote starter and Keyless entry for my Accord 4 years ago. Make is Sidewinder. This works fine and I this is still going strong without no hitch.
But, my Accord is a LX and did not come with factory installed. I got the Remote started from BEST BUY.

Wonder what I should do with the Pilot??
Any suggestions!!!
YOU ARE CORRECT IF I HAD THE LX PILOT WITHOUT A FACTORY ALARM IT WOULD BE A MORE STRAIGHT FORWARD INSTALLATION AND LESS WASTFUL. IN RETROSPECT I WOULD ORDER THE LX AND INSTALL EVERYTHING BUT LEATHER WHICH IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT i LIKE BEST ABOUT MY PILOT. PIONEER MAKES A NICE NAVIGATION UNIT THAT DOUBLE AS A DVD PLAYER FOR EXAMPLE.
 

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I am interested to know if anyone has successfully installed a Remote Start on a Pilot EX-L with Factory alarm? Were you able to do it with one remote? What about the door unlock feature of the factory remote? Does it still work?

I really want to install a remote start but from what I read there are lots of problems if the vehicle has a factory alarm and also a transponder in the key.

Thanks for any info
 

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I have an Ultra 1500 installed on my Pilot. They had to use our valet key for the installation. It's implanted somewhere in the steering column, AFAICT. What they did was have the valet key trick the ignition security system when the car's being remotely started, since the valet key has the dongle chip inside the key as well. So, once I press the starter, the car unlocks, starts the car up, then locks it again.

It has a few features I liked also, such as silent lock and unlock feature, preset temperature cycle settings and let's me take the key out of the ignition while the car's running and etc.

It cost me about $600CDN though. Certainly not cheap. But the frustrating part of it all has been that since I'm one of those who's been cursed with the all too oft starting problem with the Pilot, I've stopped using the remote starter, fearing that the remote starting system will not disengage after a reasonably amount of time and ruin the starter or whatever else.

The actualy remote is pretty small too, not one of those hunky slabs I've seen some people carry around. There are those which will give you graphical display of ignition confirmation and security feature, but I just opted one that's supposedly the most reliable. At least, that's what the rep told me at the shop. I tended to believe him since the other more sophisticated ones cost more and he didn't push that on me too much.
 

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RIPROCK - Thanks for the info. Do you know who makes the Ultra 1500?
Sorry, I got the name incorrectly. Mine's called Ultra Start 1500 and it's made by Ultra Start. You can check them out at www.ultrastarters.com. Make sure your speaker volume's down a bit, though, they have this cheezy flash intro page, like so many of the website do these days, and it just about gave me a heart attack :3:

I forgot to mention that this system still uses the Pilot's security alarm system as well, so, you're not losing anything in that department. Oh, and it does have to use an antenna which discreetly and neatly sticks out from under the ceiling upholstery. There's tiny red light that flashes slows when you lock the car, so, you get the added benefit of an appearance of an alarm system. Anyway, check it out.

Just make sure to ask alot of questions about the different systems available at the place you're going to have it installed. Make sure to ask about the feature/benefit/installation procedure differences between the ones you're considering. I don't have any regrets about my Ultra Start 1500, but I still think I should've been more informed and should've been more inquisitive about my purchase.
 

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Remote Start

I am considering my dealers offer of remote start. They are offering a Clifford Security Package with Remote Start for about $450. How does the Remote Start work? Once you start the engine from the remote, what do you do with the key when you get in the vehicle? Do you have to restart the engine with the key to drive? Does anyone else have a Clifford Security Package with Remote Start and if so, do you like it?

Thanks

Desert Dog

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DesertDogs said:
I am considering my dealers offer of remote start. They are offering a Clifford Security Package with Remote Start for about $450. How does the Remote Start work? Once you start the engine from the remote, what do you do with the key when you get in the vehicle? Do you have to restart the engine with the key to drive? Does anyone else have a Clifford Security Package with Remote Start and if so, do you like it?

Thanks

Desert Dog
Sorry, I don't have any personal experience but I would like to say that in my experience it's usually cheaper to purchase aftermarket products elsewhere. Does the $450 include installation? If not the dealer will proabably charge another couple hundred. Just some food for thought. i wish I could answer you question but I'm sure there's another fellow Piloteer who can add some input. Good luck!
 

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I priced the Clifford with remote start at Earmark. Price the same, $450. The one I looked at had a transmitter that would tell what was going on with the car. The transmitter replaces your keychain remote.
 

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RE: Price

The price does include installation so I guess that is a good price. Anyone know how it works?
 

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We have a remote start/alarm system in our Sequoia. You can start the truck with the doors locked. When you get in, you insert the key and turn it to the "on" position, (you do not engage the starter again). If you press the brake, before inserting the key, the vehicle will turn off, (this is a safety feature). We are very happy with the Viper system we have, and it starts 99.9% of the time on the first try.

The Clifford brand is a good name, and that price seems reasonable. DO NOT BUY A CHEAP SYSTEM, as they are nothing but trouble.
 

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I have a friend with remote starter and they are worth every penny! But I wouldn't spend more pennies then I have too. I have a hook up with the installer at HH Gregg here in town and have priced two systems for different vehicles and has not been more then $220 for either. (one was only $150 for keyless and starter).

The dealer is going to nothing more then send it out to an aftermarket company to install, so I am sure they are tacking on a few extra dollers for profit. Also, ask yourself how important a security system is to you. The Pilot already has a passive alarm on it.

In the end it seems your paying $450 for $250 worth of use (the starter)

just my .02
 

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Ignition triggered door locks

I want a remote starter that will lock/unlock my doors when I turn/remove the key. Any suggestions?
 
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