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First time Car Alarm buyer

Old 07-09-2013, 11:49 PM
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First time Car Alarm buyer

Hi All,

First off, I'm new to the forum and new to Car Alarms. I just purchased a 1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo which will eventually become my project car so I would like to secure it properly. I've read a few threads and it seems like DEI products and compustar products are the popular ones. Here's what I'm looking for and maybe I can get a good package recommendation:

2-way remote start with hood/trunk/door/glass sensor
I don't really need the fancy parking timers or what not.
remote start and shut down timer since I have turbo.

as far as the Alarm goes, basic functions would be good enough. The part that I would like to have for better security is the GPS.

My brothers gf works for a car audio shop that sells a lot of the brand Crimestoppers. what do yall think of that?

She's suggesting a package of the Crimestopper SP-502 w/ Crimestopper Traknet TN-4005II.

The local stereo shop that I've been going to for years for parts only is offering the Viper 5904 with the VSM250.

Which do yall think is a better package? I've read that the VSM250 will only work well with good cell reception. Is that the same for the Traknet TN-4005II?

Thanks in advance everyone. Again, I've never purchased a car alarm ever so I'm really a newbie.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:40 AM
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Nice ride!
Well, next to computers and cars, this is the most opinionated industry in the world.
As for Brands or models, they are a dime a dozen, in my humble opinion.
What will MAKE or BREAK any alarm system, is the quality of installation, and attention to detail.
1st. Keep in mind, the alarm cannot protect the car, if it can't protect itself. So, install the main brain away from under the dash, such as behind a panel in the trunk, or under rear passenger seat/panel.
2nd.- Install the starter cut under the hood, and mount it next to other relays.
3rd.- Install the Siren under the hood, in-accessible from under the car, add a pulsating relay to the car horn through a light flasher (this will allow to arm/disarm without horn going off), in case siren is cut off. (Also you recognize the sound of your horn)
4th- Install the shock sensor in the MIDDLE of the car (mounting it on a cable harness in either corner/end of the car will only make that area "hot" creating more chances for false alarms.
-Add as many features as you like, light flash, door lock, window control, phone interface..,
-Make a schematic of wire colour codes, including relays, sensor mounts and tap-in locations. This will help in later years.
Most important, KNOW who your installer is, and look at previous work.
When it comes to avoiding thefts, common sense tends to go a longer way, so don't give anyone a reason to break into your ride.
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:44 AM
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call your insurance company and ask which alarms actually give you a discount on your rates. These alarms are the only alarms that really provide any protection to your car and hence give you discounts for your insurance rates. If I remeber correctly, none of the mainstream DEI, Viper products were on the list... All of these alarms on the list had 3 kills (starter, ignition, fuel).
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:25 AM
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You want to buy car alarm so I think you should go to any car shop and ask them about this as they can suggest you better that which car alarm is good in less rate
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:18 AM
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I just want to put a plug in for DEI stuff. I installed a Viper 791VX in my 04 truck in 2004. I moved it to my 07 in 2007. I installed a proximatey sensor, a timer for the remote start on the diesel, and I now have a window module to add to it. Nothing has ever needed replacing or repair or adjustment other than 1 remote in almost 10 years and over half a million km between the 2 trucks. The blue flashing LED just stopped working recently, I will have to look at that but hey, almost 10 years!
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