Power Locks

Hi,
I leased a 2006 Caravan a year ago and as part of the deal I received a Mopar remoter starter. Imagine my suprise when I found that there
was no button for unlocking the doors. No only that but the only way to unlock all the doors is to unlock one of the front doors, open it and push the button to unlock all.
Every other car I've seen with power locks allows you to turn the key twice to unlock all the doors but the dealer states that this is not available on the caravan.
I'm told that the only way to get remote entry is to rip out the dealer remote started and replace it with an aftermarket one.
Can anyone out there confirm/refute this claim? This is very inconvenient when you have kids.
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If there's no button on your remote for power locks, then I highly doubt you can make do much more than remote start your van, although it seems odd that it wouldn't at least have the option to do so. I have never personally worked on a Caravan that will unlock all doors with two turns of a key in the door, however most '04+ Caravans I have seen come with factory keyless built right into the ignition key itself. It might be worth heading back to your dealer to see if the van has the option for factory keyless. If it does, then it may just be a matter of buying yourself one of the fancy keys from them, which will probably run you $150-180. If it's going to cost any more than that, I'd just have an aftermarket remote starter installed with keyless entry. Shouldn't run you much more than $200.
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wrote:

Thanks, that's the same info I got from the dealer.
As it is a short lease I'm unwilling to spend more money on it. This is my first Dodge and the other cars I've had, even without remote entry, allowed you to unlock all of the doors with the key in one of the two front doors. I can assure you this won't happen again and I'm still amazed that the expensive Mopar starter doesn't have it included and the $200 aftermarket one does.
I appreciate the response.
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Stu Wrote:

Well you gotta remember that ANYTHING from a dealer is going to be more expensive than anything comparable to aftermarket. I was surprised at how how much the thing actually cost and what poor range it has. I've installed a few for Chrysler dealers and they said that they charge over $400 for it installed!!!! The funny thing is that the 'MOPAR' piece is actually made by CodeAlarm which is an aftermarket company. For $400 you can get a very nice remote start with over 1mile range. Dealers do offer a piece that does do BOTH keyless and remote start but they rarely sell and install it because of the complexity of the install.
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avital alarms have some top of the line systems that work off the satellites and you get paged when your vehicle is started and moving and tracked by sat. and you can shut it off no matter were you are in the world. very expensive the best system and most reliable is the directed electronics stuff . great range and very dependable as long as the system is soldered in and not just but connected taped and spliced but that goes for them all code alarm sucs and the system they make for d.c is a pain to get fixed because most dealers don't back up the product
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philthy Wrote:

Well, not really. Avital isn't really all that anymore. And no, they don't have anything that works off of satellites. Now, on some of DEI's other lines they do have stuff like the Viper 210v which works off of cell phone technology but not satellites.
Compustar has a a little more user friendly system called the Computrack. It allows the user to be able to control their car from any web-enabled computer. You can see where your car is at all times even disabling the car if you've forgotten to arm it prior to looking it up on the web.
I will agree that no matter whats installed, it is dependent on the installer.
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