Remote Car Starter and Installation

Winter is upon us, and we have decided to get a remote car starter. We are new to the area, and do not know much about these things. We thought the nice people here might have some advice on what remote starter to get and what local Duluth/Superior business is good to install it. We would like to have a remote starter that can start the car from far away, and have it installed by some good people in the area. Does anyone have experience with this? Thanks!



about 9 years ago

I've had remote starts installed at Best Buy. They have been Viper brand. I would recommend getting one that has a two-way remote so that the remote confirms the vehicle started.


about 9 years ago

My buddy Jeremiah does them. He used to install them for Auto Audio for many years and does them on the side. Give him a call. 218-591-2377

magic trout

about 9 years ago

I have honed my mental electro projection abilities to do this. It's only a small amount of voltage in the right place... first time I tried I burnt out the starter, but now it's easy. No installation needed, bro.


about 9 years ago

I got mine at DADS Electronics on Matterhorn Dr up by the Mall.  Lots of options, family owned business, great service.


about 9 years ago

Why would you want to?  Every car manufacturer advises against it.  Their recommendation is to start the car, allow to run for 20 to 30 seconds, and then drive reservedly until the car warms up completely.  

The point is that the car warms up too slowly with no load and that causes increased wear.  And, for the greenies among us, it wastes fuel.

Check this:

And this:

And this:

And even more.  That is why some municipalities (not Duluth) have passed ordinances against it.


about 9 years ago

Thanks for all the tips. The main reason for getting the starter is so my family will be a little more comfortable living in the area, especially when it gets super cold.


about 9 years ago

Lambert's Truck and Auto Accessories in Cloquet just put in mine. Excellent customer service, really knew their stuff.


about 9 years ago

1. Make an extra door key for $.99
2. Go outside and start the car
3. Lock the car door while you go back in and round  up the family 
4. Get in the car with family and go

Total cost? less than 1 dollar! 
 The original remote starter is YOU!


about 9 years ago

The only problem: (if you only have one key for your vehicle)

Unless you have an older vehicle, getting a copy for your Passkey (on GM models) is expensive. A chip in the key is recognized by a sensor in the ignition switch, and any attempt to start a vehicle without one will lock up the security system, rendering your car useless until the error is cleared.

Rekeying costs about $40-50 bucks. The cost of the key itself runs a bit more.


about 9 years ago

A few car makers are putting factory installed remote starters in their cars. Ford and Honda for sure, probably others, but I am too lazy to look them all up.


about 9 years ago

Also for people suggesting you just lock your key in your car, unless I was misinformed, it is illegal is the city of Duluth to leave your car running with the key in the ignition on city property. For those of us that don't have offstreet parking that makes electric starters quite nice.

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