Product Name, Cost and whereabouts?

As winter approaches us here in the USA, I'm very interested in securing what I'd identify as a means of "starting my '99 A-6" from inside my
house -- about 5-7 minutes before I'm ready to drive-away.. Temperatures range average (at worse) from 10 degrees to 25 degrees. Are such reliable products available? What do they cost (range)? Where does one go to contact a seller,, Web-site? Tks in advance..
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Extended idle is bad for a cold engine. Why do you need it to idle so long?
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long?
Oh, and the product you're looking for is called a remote starter and you should be able to find it at places that install car audio and alarm systems.
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Thanks Pete; Is 5 to 7 minutes "extended"? If so, what's best in 10- 20 degree weather, after stilling out all night? Any idea $$cost-wise$$?? JMay

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10 seconds is all you need. Basically just start it and go. The car takes longer to warm up if you just let it sit there. And by letting it idle, the rpms are too low to allow the oil to circulate well to the upper parts of the engine and since the lubrication is poor, excessive engine wear occurs. The quicker you can get the engine to warm up, the better - and the best way to do it is to start driving it ASAP.
Also, I'd be sure to use some good synthetic oil in those low temps of yours (0w-XX or 5w-XX), if you don't already.
Cheers,
Pete
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I have heard, in addition to these concerns, that the temp of the transmission is still relatively low even after extended motor warm-up. You still have to start off slow and be nice to the drivetrain in that case. The reason most folks do a long warm-up around these parts is to get the cabin warm. Helps to melt the frost on the glass bits. Or snow.
Also keeps the windscreen from misting up on the inside.
To the OP: I have never heard of a DIY remote start. With all the lockouts to prevent a car from starting, I would think that it would require a shop to bypass some of these "safety" items - a distinct liability lawsuit downside. Pure speculation on my part, anyway. Good luck.
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Exactly. When you idle, only the engine warms up (and very slowly at that). When you drive, the whole car warms up (engine, transmission, brakes, bearings, etc.).
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As stated, there are a few options available - probably all for professional fitment. It's also worth checking the exact laws in your area about unattended vehicles first..
If the Winter temperatures are consistently low (and you're concerned about it!), then you might also want to take a look at the Kenlowe pre-heaters. I've heard that they're very popular is large parts of Canada..
HTH
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JMay wrote:

You're looking for a remote starter. Cheap ones with DIY installation can be had at club warehouses for ~$85. I would not recommend the DIY route. The better ones can be bought at car audio specialty shops. I got my wife one for her honda accord a few years back for christmas. I believe the unit was by Bulldog? and ran ~$150 and installation was another $100. I had a starter by Viper in my previous car (Subaru Legacy GT). It ran ~$200 and was another $125 for installation. The units have all sorts of options and the more options the more installation costs. Both units work the central locking system, so it's easiest to replace the old key FOB with the starters. The Viper unit had a starter motor kill, so that if it was "armed" you couldn't even start the car with a key. Other options include power window operation, power trunk release, alarms, etc. We both loved our starters (my wife still does), especially before I built our garage. We live in NH so cold snowy mornings were a pain. Even after the garage, they were great when leaving work. If I weren't out of work, i would be considering one for the A6 wagon, though the heated seats, make life a bit more bearable. Hope this helps.
Stu
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Thanks Stud for taking the time to tell me your experiences; It is appreciated. From Roanoke, Virginia JMay

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