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Looking to get a remote starter for the wife for Christmas. Had a quick quote from the dealer for about $460. This number I think is pure crap, however, I have not been able to find the cost of the factory remote starter.

I have not started to price aftermarket starters yet, that is for tomorrow.

Any thoughts?

Oh, this is for the 2009 4EAT

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Is that the price with the install? or just the parts themselves?

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Go visit your local car stereo shop. Avoid the big box stores. Pay a little extra for a high end shop to do the work. It will still be cheaper than the dealer. I do not know if Suby had a "factory" remote start to install or if they would still just use an aftermarket. I'm sure there's a few guys on here that will know. If there is, its probably a plug and play; as long as you know where the "plug" is.

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There is an OEM remote engine start system for the car, but the install instructions are cryptic..... and I remember reading somewhere on this forum that the dealer has to activate it or something like that.

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Here's a place on ebay that sells the part. Not quite the right one, but gives you an idea of going price for part. $460 installed sound about right if part is $300. There is some wiggle room for prices in the parts dept of most dealerships.
SUBARU OUTBACK Remote Engine Car Starter fits 08-09 :eBay Motors (item 280212338627 end time Nov-16-09 03:52:40 PST)

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The price I gave was the installed dealer price.

I just checked Autozone and Advance auto parts and they both show starters from $60 to $150. Guess I will check some installer prices tomorrow.

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My friend got the OEM remote start installed on his 06 forester at the local dealership. Not nearly that expensive, but he had it in for other work too. Its a pretty decent remote starter, looks and works like it came stock and has excellent range. However for about the same cost you could get a much fancier aftermarket one with more features.

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The price I gave was the installed dealer price.

I just checked Autozone and Advance auto parts and they both show starters from $60 to $150. Guess I will check some installer prices tomorrow.
The one my Forester has cost dealer $700.00 to have it installed on my Forester. The unit costs around $350.00, plus labor.

Yes, you may be able to get a cheapo installed by a shop. I would not do that, however.

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Python

Check the Python / Viper brand ... it has remote starter range of 2 miles (wide open, no blocking) and 2 way info screen.

This one is remote + security w/1 mile range
Python – Security with Remote Start - Python 991

Amazon.com: Viper 5901 Responder Two-Way Security System: Electronics

Viper 5501

Viper 160xvl SST remote start 1 mile range brand new - eBay (item 190340501444 end time Nov-07-09 09:01:39 PST)

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Hey all,

Looking to get a remote starter for the wife for Christmas. Had a quick quote from the dealer for about $460. This number I think is pure crap, however, I have not been able to find the cost of the factory remote starter.

I have not started to price aftermarket starters yet, that is for tomorrow.

Any thoughts?

Oh, this is for the 2009 4EAT
Just find a well known and reliable electronics shop in town, and let them install the starter for you. Once they install it, they give you a warranty, as well as becoming liable for any trouble caused by the installation.

It will save you a lot of time and hassle, plus allow you to pick the right remote. Not all starters and remotes are the same, since some offer quite a lot of features. For example, mine tells me when the motor starts and is running, and also when it stops running. There are a bunch of other features, too long to mention.

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Ray, does your remote starter have an interlock such that the remote starter won't turn over the engine if the car is not in neutral?

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The beginning of the cold weather has me thinking about this as well. My regular mechanic (for our other cars) installed one for us a couple of years ago into my wife's '04 Mazda Tribute. Total cost was $250 if I recall correctly.

Is there anything particularly unusual about my 2006 LL Bean Forester that would prevent it from being just as easy and inexpensive an install? I know with the Tribute he had to have another programmed key to bury somewhere in the firewall to complete the installation. Would that be the same for the Forester?

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The beginning of the cold weather has me thinking about this as well. My regular mechanic (for our other cars) installed one for us a couple of years ago into my wife's '04 Mazda Tribute. Total cost was $250 if I recall correctly.

Is there anything particularly unusual about my 2006 LL Bean Forester that would prevent it from being just as easy and inexpensive an install? I know with the Tribute he had to have another programmed key to bury somewhere in the firewall to complete the installation. Would that be the same for the Forester?
The technician who installed the starter used the chip provided in the valet key. I received three keys from the dealer, including the valet one. I still can use this key to open the door manually, or to start the car. Installing a starter is not an easy task. For example a hole is drilled somewhere on the frame somewhere below the front edge of the hood, and a "kill" switch installed there. The electric leads to this switch are routed in the engine compartment (wrapped in a wire loom), to the remote starter unit. This unit plus its remote control the same components as the car's remote to open/close doors, panic button, etc. Also, it uses the following circuits for it to work:
-Brake pedal
-Parking brake
-Lights circuit
-Door locking/unlocking circuits

There may be more I don't know, however.
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I don't know if the car can be remotely started with the transmission in gear. I will have to check mine and see if it does.

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Well, I got a couple of prices. The dealership where I bought the Forester and bring it for service quoted me $399 for a Prest!ge* remote starter, installed.

Local Car stereo/alarm/electronics place (which looked busy and quite professional) quoted me $275 for a Viper installed...I forget which model, but it included 2 four channel remotes with lock/unlock, etc. so I wouldn't have to keep my factory fobs. If I wanted to keep my existing fob and just get an additional remote for the starter, it would be $199, but why would I want to do that?

* I don't know why ther forum won't let me type the name Pre$tige.

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