Do not by the remote starter by price.... There are good ones and there are
some stinkers... Canadian Tire, here in Canada, markets a "ProStart"
series.... Put one in my kids truck and works well, put one in the next
truck I gave hime (took the first one back) and it works well... I know
several people that also purchased them... all with good reviews and now my
loving bride wants me to remove the Ford "Silver" from our good truck and
install the bidirectional ProStart.
Make sure that your choice has the features you want... cold weather
valet.... low battery valet.... valet mode (disables the remote starter for
valet parking)... progressive door unlock (unlocks only drivers door on
first button press - my wife travels to the city by herself quite often and
I like this for security/safety reasons)... car finder/panic alarm... trunk
release.... the list goes on and can add a measure of convenience... If you
have a manual transmission, I'd go as far as to say forget about it but if
you insist, get the proper unit and don't try to circumvent any of the
"safeties".... been more than one owner sideswipe his house (or worse).
The bidirectionals can tell you if your car did, indeed, start and can also
alert you if a door has been opened.... others come with a built in motion
detector ar a motion detector as an add-on module.... in a bidirectional,
this can also alert you through the fob.... some fobs are both tone and
Some searching might reveal a "piggyback" connector for the ignition
switch.... this will make some of the wiring painless.... Still, you will be
getting very intrusive with your cars wiring.... This part can make or break
an installation.... this is no place for "that's good enough" and it's no
place for crimp connectors. Having the wiring diagrams for you car will go a
long way to making the install fool proof, but if you can't read them or
solder wires... it wont help.... If you opt to have it installed by a shop,
be warned.... some of the worst wiring I have ever seen has come from shops
that should know better. A good quality install wont be quick nor cheap.
As far as the PATS system is concerned, any good remote will offer a PATS
bypass module either included or as an add-on.... Your Focus will have
Lastly... if fuel consumption is a concern, you will find a remote starter
will make it worse....
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