I just installed an Audiovox Prestige 998 onto my car. The options are amazing as is the Text Message 2-way pager remote. So far, the thing works like a dream. One thing i will say is you get what you pay for. The Prestige 998 was $500 brand new (i payed $150 brand new on Ebay). After you see all the options it has and is capable of, you will see how much it'* worth it. My brother is a professional installer and has had the Audiovox 997 on his car for years without a single hitch. The 998 i bought was the step up from his model and so far it works great.
I researched and looked into many different alarm/remote starts and i chose the Audiovox for the many options the unit is capable of.
The Audiovox remote start and car alarm are all in one unit. If you have a PassKey system, you have to have an interface module. There are a few different kinds of interface modules, but Directed (DEI) makes the best and most compatible ones and their customer support is amazing.
For those few who gave negative comments about Directed or comments about having to run so many relays, alot of the remote start/car alarms nowadays have the relays built into the units. With a Directed interface module, all you have to do is wire the interface module directly into the alarm/rs and then hook a few wires up inside the car. Very simple and quick job.
It'* all about what kind of features you're looking for in a car alarm/remote start. With this Audiovox 998, i can:
- Start the car from over a quarter mile away (1400 ft.)
- Several ways to remote start the car (by timer, by inside temp, manually)
- Several different alarm options (city mode, silent mode, etc.)
What do YOU want in a car alarm/remote start? Once you find out all the options out there that are available, then research only those units with those options until you pick the one you want. Good luck and hope this was helpful.