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post #1 of 58 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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Remote start

Just got Truck, and doesn't have remote start. Do you guys recommend adding via dealer OEM, or aftermarket? Any suggestions?

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post #2 of 58 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 08:08 PM
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Go after market i think they have a lot more things you can do and have a longer distance you can start from.

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Stock is only a 1 way starter remote (you have no idea if it is running) and the operating range is very short. It will only run for 10 minutes unless you hit the button again to add 10 minutes to whatever has already ran.

Aftermarket offers a 2 way remote (it tells you that it is running) and you have a much longer remote range. You can also adjust the run time.

Now the one cool thing with the stock remote start is that you can now use a smart phone to operate your truck from anywhere through Onstar.

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Definitely aftermarket. Anything by directed electronics (python, viper, clifford, etc)

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post #5 of 58 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 04:40 AM
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Aftermarket has its advantages like the others have said, but ultimately they are only as good/reliable as the installer. The factory remote start is "installed" on all new trucks already. You only have to buy the remote(s) and have it programed at your dealer. It might not have all the bells and whistles but there is no cutting/splicing required.

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Is that true? Just buy the remotes I mean? I would love to be able to remote start but dont want to spring for someone to install.

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post #7 of 58 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 12:26 PM
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If you have RPO Code AP8, you are pre-wired. Most trucks have it unless ordered with non-typical option packages like fleet vehicles from what I gather.

You still have to go to the dealer though to flash the BCM with an unlock code so not as simple as just buying the remotes and probably overpriced for what you get, but its a factory setup. Do a search on the forum and there are already a few threads on adding the factory start.

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From my experience in the NE, remote starts are nice until you get stranded. It is not a matter of if, but when. If you have a chipped key, the chances are increase of a no-start. Even the best installers have issues with the module.

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I have seen so many vehicles with some idiot installing a remote start, and it gets locked up, and then you have to trace every wire and check every connection, and there is no codes available if it is the module, You are relinquished to doing the diagnosis by the ripping and tearing method.
Factory installation is all just plug in and reprogram.

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awesome... thanks for the responses guys.
Might go with the Viper... alarm and remote start.
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