(I posted this in another newsgroup as well, but figured some Honda
owners might have some advice)
I'm looking at getting the DEI VAlet 561R remote starter / keyless
entry installed into my 2003 Honda Civic:
The car didn't come with any type of remote entry, and since I am
absolutely sure I couldn't install one on my own, I checked out the
local Best Buy and Circuit City. The latter has this product,
installed, for $159 which sounds very reasonable.
Unfortunately I can't seem to find any good resources for reviews or
details on this product. For instance, what is the range? It says it
comes with an extended antenna that will give it a 1/4th mile range,
and I believe I'll need about 200 feet (I live in an apartment). Also,
I assume I have to leave my AC (or heat) on when I turn off the car, so
that when I remotely turn it on it kicks in?
they make solid products - is that true? I've heard horror stories
about cars randomly starting on their own, and obviously I'd like to
If this particular model isn't good, any other recommendations? Please
keep in mind I have to have some way to have it professional installed
(for a reasonable price). Thanks a lot.
I don't know about your particular model, but, I have had nothing but
the best of luck with DEI products installed on my former vehicles. My
old car had a Python alarm that doubled as my keyless entry, remote
trunk popper, and it rolled up my power windows. I also tried a couple
of Alpine car alarms, but those were just hype and rarely made it past
the two year mark without serious problems.
On my last truck I had a Viper that emulated factory keyless entry
(press the disarm button, and the Driver's side unlocks, press disarm
again, and the passenger's side unlocked).
Now I am older, married, and just stick with the factory alarm and
keyless entry on my vehicles. If I ever have a vehicle broken into or
ever purchase one without a factory keyless entry system, I would
definitely use a DEI product again!
Thanks for the reponses.
My car does have power locks so I won't have to pay to have actuators
installed, which is good. However they said it might cost up to $50 to
have relays installed - that I have to pay the extra money for them and
if it turns out my car already has them, then I get a refund. That
sounded a little odd.
It's good to hear that DEI makes solid products. My only hesitation now
is with the range. As I mentioned I'm about 100-200 away from the
parking lot from my apartment, but sometimes I have to park my car
further up or down the lot, and at that point I would lose any line of
sight I might have when stepping out my front door. If I wasn't able to
start the car from my apartment that would be an obvious negative,
though I could still see the usefulness in the winter of running
outside in my slippers and reaching around the corner to turn it on.
The salesman at Circuit City said that line of sight is important and
it doesn't work around corners well, so I'm really not sure at this
I may just go with the DEI keyless entry for $109, but I'll have to
think about it. I also may check Best Buy to see if they have a more
I start my car from my basement which of course has no line of sight. I
have been able to start it in-line at a grocery store. I have a DEI
product, its a viper that was installed by Best Buy. One thing that matters
the most in all cases with remote devices for your car is interference, the
more of it (IE airports, radio towers, ect...) will affect it and reduce
range. At work I need to be 10 feet away before I can start it (right next
to regan airport), at home I can start it from the back yard.
Your honda manual says you'd be better off without a remote starter.
Winter, get in, start engine, dust off snow, drive away. Summer, start
car, lower windows start driving. Turn on AC and roll up windows in a
short while. That's what the book says will give best AC performance /
engine life and fuel mileage.
Good to hear about the range. It makes sense that interference matters
more than line-of-sight. Also, thanks for the tip about the relays, as
I will feel much better going in and talking to them with that
Curly: I didn't notice anything about a remote starter mentioned in my
manual, but I probably just missed it. Aside from doing something like
starting the car and leaving it idle for 10 minutes every morning
before going to work (which I wouldn't do), what kind of negative
impact would it have on the car's engine life?
You didn't miss it, but if you read the whole manual, you'll see that
it's in there by inference. Your manual says to warm up the engine ASAP
by driving it right away so it will get into it's proper heat range.
Since it takes forever to warm up while idling, you wear the engine
faster, plug up the Catalytic converter and waste more gas. You also
accumulate lots of acids in the oil because the engine is so
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