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Skip Towne
02-13-2006, 01:17 PM
This is a spinoff of the "Lock your doors" thread. Bearcat said he had remote start and I do as well. I bought mine as an add-on kit several years ago at K-Mart for about $80. Worth every penny if you park your vehicle outside. They even work from a third story office bldg so lots of people can use it twice per day.

Saulbadguy
02-13-2006, 01:20 PM
I love it. I live on the third story of my condo, and it's nice in the winter to defrost the windows of my car easier.

They even have services now where you can dial an 800 number and lock, unlock, or start your car.

Rain Man
02-13-2006, 01:22 PM
Between this and cruise control, maybe we won't even need to get into our cars at some point.

Hoover
02-13-2006, 01:22 PM
I have it and love it. Its great in the winter, when I can hit the button as we are getting ready to leave a restaurant.

Skip Towne
02-13-2006, 01:27 PM
I have it and love it. Its great in the winter, when I can hit the button as we are getting ready to leave a restaurant.
Yep. I use mine several times per day when it is cold all day.

Hog Farmer
02-13-2006, 01:30 PM
Is this something you could install on like your neighbors car without them knowing, so you could play practical jokes on them like when they get home in the afternoon from work and get out of their car you could keep restarting it and make them have to go back and shut it off like 10 times. Or start it after they go in and let it run all night until it's out of gas ?

greg63
02-13-2006, 01:31 PM
Between this and cruise control, maybe we won't even need to get into our cars at some point.


Yeah; our cars could be equipped with internet video links, so all we have to do is send our car where we want to go and experience the trip all from the comfort of our own homes.

Katipan
02-13-2006, 01:33 PM
They're really popular out here for the opposite weather reason. It's nice not to stick to your seats in blistering heat.

greg63
02-13-2006, 01:33 PM
Yep. I use mine several times per day when it is cold all day.


I know I sure could use one, maybe when I get another vehicle.

Inspector
02-13-2006, 01:34 PM
Yeah; our cars could be equipped with internet video links, so all we have to do is send our car where we want to go and experience the trip all from the comfort of our own homes.

By golly, I think you're on to something here.

Just need to figure out a way to link this idea to the virtual work theory.

Then if I could just clone myself...........................

Skip Towne
02-13-2006, 01:36 PM
Is this something you could install on like your neighbors car without them knowing, so you could play practical jokes on them like when they get home in the afternoon from work and get out of their car you could keep restarting it and make them have to go back and shut it off like 10 times. Or start it after they go in and let it run all night until it's out of gas ?
You're going to spend $80 and three hours to install it to play a joke? It could probably be done but wouldn't be easy. Just go throw a rock through their window. BTW, I start mine when someone knocks on the door. It scares the pee waddin' out of folks.

Rain Man
02-13-2006, 01:44 PM
By golly, I think you're on to something here.

Just need to figure out a way to link this idea to the virtual work theory.

Then if I could just clone myself...........................


You could set it up so that you have a camera at work, and so after your camera in the car drives to work, you can turn it off and turn on the work camera.

This could revolutionize the workplace. Imagine highways jammed with cars filled with robots instead of people. You could read the newspaper at home during your commute.

trndobrd
02-13-2006, 01:44 PM
This is a spinoff of the "Lock your doors" thread. Bearcat said he had remote start and I do as well. I bought mine as an add-on kit several years ago at K-Mart for about $80. Worth every penny if you park your vehicle outside. They even work from a third story office bldg so lots of people can use it twice per day.


Did you put it on yourself? If so, how difficult was it to install?

seclark
02-13-2006, 01:46 PM
i've had one for 25 years...call it a wife.
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Hog Farmer
02-13-2006, 01:47 PM
You're going to spend $80 and three hours to install it to play a joke? It could probably be done but wouldn't be easy. Just go throw a rock through their window. BTW, I start mine when someone knocks on the door. It scares the pee waddin' out of folks.


Yeah. Sounds like fun to me. I could see somebody calling the police everyday because somebody's been siphoning gas from their car during the night. So they set up a video camera to catch the thief and their car is still out of gas in the mornings and you can't tell the car is running with the video. That's worth $80 easy. ROFL

greg63
02-13-2006, 01:54 PM
By golly, I think you're on to something here.

Just need to figure out a way to link this idea to the virtual work theory.

Then if I could just clone myself...........................


Problem.:hmmm:



You could set it up so that you have a camera at work, and so after your camera in the car drives to work, you can turn it off and turn on the work camera.

This could revolutionize the workplace. Imagine highways jammed with cars filled with robots instead of people. You could read the newspaper at home during your commute.


:clap: Solution.



Now, my consulting fee well be $1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000.00

sedated
02-13-2006, 01:58 PM
Is this something you could install on like your neighbors car without them knowing, so you could play practical jokes on them like when they get home in the afternoon from work and get out of their car you could keep restarting it and make them have to go back and shut it off like 10 times. Or start it after they go in and let it run all night until it's out of gas ?


just put antifreeze in their cat's tuna. or run it over with a lawnmower.

cheap, but effective...and damn funny

Skip Towne
02-13-2006, 02:11 PM
Did you put it on yourself? If so, how difficult was it to install?
Myself and a mechanic buddy installed it. It came with a video intallation aid. The hardest part is locating the proper wires to tap. Mine has a burglar alarm that I didn't bother to hook up. It also has a feature that turns on the headlights to indicate the car is running. I didn't hook that up eiher but I would if I wanted to start it from 3 stories up.

Frosty
02-13-2006, 02:47 PM
These things are illegal in my state. Not directly, but it is illegal to have a car running, unattended, even in your yard/driveway. :rolleyes:

It's also illegal to idle your car for more than a minute (though that might just be a Spokane County law), which is funny, since there are quite a few lights in Spokane that are longer than that.

Skip Towne
02-13-2006, 02:50 PM
These things are illegal in my state. Not directly, but it is illegal to have a car running, unattended, even in your yard/driveway. :rolleyes:

It's also illegal to idle your car for more than a minute (though that might just be a Spokane County law), which is funny, since there are quite a few lights in Spokane that are longer than that.
That's just one more stupid law I'd gladly violate.

Saulbadguy
02-13-2006, 02:53 PM
These things are illegal in my state. Not directly, but it is illegal to have a car running, unattended, even in your yard/driveway. :rolleyes:

It's also illegal to idle your car for more than a minute (though that might just be a Spokane County law), which is funny, since there are quite a few lights in Spokane that are longer than that.
That law is meant for people who leave their keys in their car while its running. For obvious reasons.

Frosty
02-13-2006, 02:59 PM
That law is meant for people who leave their keys in their car while its running. For obvious reasons.

It's mostly for environmental reasons.

Phobia
02-13-2006, 02:59 PM
I have one but it's not smart enough to wait for the glowplugs to heat up so it's a complete waste in the winter for me.

Saulbadguy
02-13-2006, 03:08 PM
They can't be installed on manual transmission vehicles either. Legally, that is.

Bearcat
02-13-2006, 05:03 PM
Mine came with it, and has a setting where it'll run the defrost without it having to be set to defrost (maybe this isn't a new thing?). It warms up quickly, and it's been really mild this winter, so I don't use it much... when I get off work, my car is one of only a few in the garage, so I'll turn it on before I get to it. Even though I have to press the lock button before the remote start button to get it to start, and the fact that you have to have the key in the ignition, I've never been one to leave my car while it's running, so I'm still somewhat paranoid about it.

Skip Towne
02-13-2006, 06:47 PM
Mine came with it, and has a setting where it'll run the defrost without it having to be set to defrost (maybe this isn't a new thing?). It warms up quickly, and it's been really mild this winter, so I don't use it much... when I get off work, my car is one of only a few in the garage, so I'll turn it on before I get to it. Even though I have to press the lock button before the remote start button to get it to start, and the fact that you have to have the key in the ignition, I've never been one to leave my car while it's running, so I'm still somewhat paranoid about it.
Mine works without the key in the ignition. It starts and runs just fine. But put it in gear and it dies. You can't steal it just because it is running. Bearcat, use that remote starter. It is much better on your engine to warm up before putting load on it. I use mine if it's under 50 degrees.

Saulbadguy
02-13-2006, 07:08 PM
Mine works without the key in the ignition. It starts and runs just fine. But put it in gear and it dies. You can't steal it just because it is running. Bearcat, use that remote starter. It is much better on your engine to warm up before putting load on it. I use mine if it's under 50 degrees.
Yep. If you touch the brakes, or open the hood on my car while its running on "remote" mode, it shuts off.

It also has a sensor in there to prevent you damaging the starter while turning the key while its on.

Logical
02-13-2006, 09:41 PM
Why would I want to defrost my windows. There is never any frost here.

Saulbadguy
02-13-2006, 09:44 PM
Why would I want to defrost my windows. There is never any frost here.
Asshat.

What about get the AC going?

Logical
02-13-2006, 09:46 PM
Asshat.

What about get the AC going?Not hot enough for that either. It is between 50 and 85 all year around.:D

Jenny Gump
02-13-2006, 11:08 PM
My mom has to park outside at her house. I bought it for her and had it installed last year for Mother's Day. My sister was once again, really pissed at me. Everybody loves Jenny.