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  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    I think that same button also inflates a few things. ;)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    I think the main benefit of remote start is that you can start it from a distance, while you remain warm (or cool) inside. That could be a benefit for people who live in really cold or hot climates. It's something I can live without, even though it can get really cold (and really hot) where I live, but there's clearly a lot of people who like this feature, since there's quite a market for third-party remote car starters.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    Yep. And it starts with defeating an anti-theft feature that is now common in many cars (immobilizer).
  • drwilscdrwilsc Posts: 140
    I think the remote start is a really useful feature. I start my Aura XR from the inside of my office about 5 minutes before I am ready to leave for home. When I get to my car, it's toasty warm and ready to start driving immediately.
  • drwilscdrwilsc Posts: 140
    Yes, you do have to put the key in the ignition and turn in to the 'on' position before the car will drive.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    I hope you (or anybody else) don't do that when the car is parked inside the garage in the house. For me, get in and drive is the better idea. It takes a little over a half mile for my cars in cold weather to warm up when running and rolling, and less than that in warmer weather. Excessive idling is not only waste of fuel, it isn't good for engines in the long term (if that is a part of the plan with the ownership), and takes several minutes to get the same effect.
  • drwilscdrwilsc Posts: 140
    No, I don't do it in the garage. I noticed you live in Dallas, so I can't imagine cold weather starting is as much of an issue for you as it is for us folks in Ohio. I said 5 minutes but actually it's probably only 2 or 3 minutes.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    I have lived in Columbus (Ohio) and, better, in Minneapolis.
  • venus537venus537 Posts: 1,443
    Excessive idling is not only waste of fuel, it isn't good for engines in the long term

    Doesn't seem to be very environmentally friendly either. But I sure would use the feature when leaving from work as I live in Wisconsin.
  • drwilscdrwilsc Posts: 140
    Strange. Given your login name I can't help but be reminded of Robert Smith the football player who played for the Ohio State Buckeyes (Columbus), then the Minnesota Vikings (Minneapolis)... Also happy the Bucks beat Michigan...again.

    I had always heard that it was generally not good for your engine to start it up in the cold then start driving right away bofore the oil was warm and flowing.
  • He said, expletive deleted, I just paid $63000 for this new Jag and it doesn't do that. Shaking his head as he got in his beautiful Jag.

    I got in and chuckled to myself knowing he could have bought three Aura XR's for the price of his (Ford) British tin.


    Ah yes, but for $55.99, he too can have the advanced Saturn technology:
    Valiant Remote Car Starter
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    On the contrary, Honda's recommendation on my 1998 Accord was to idle for no longer than 30s, as the car warms up faster. The one caution is to not be overly aggressive with throttle until the engine reaches operating temperature.

    So, a typical idle time for me has been 15-20s. May be longer if I had to scrape ice/snow.
  • urnewsurnews Posts: 668
    Who wants an Orange interior?

    Maybe a witch, ghost, goblin so it can be Halloween 365 days a year instead of just one. :)
  • On the contrary, Honda's recommendation on my 1998 Accord was to idle for no longer than 30s, as the car warms up faster. The one caution is to not be overly aggressive with throttle until the engine reaches operating temperature.

    I concur, you want to wait until the engine has oil pressure, which for a modern engine, is almost instantaneous. Then the vehicle should be driven conservatively until everything (oil, mostly) reaches operating temperature.
    A couple of other things as well - excessive idling is very hard on a motor and emissions systems. Idling leads to carbon build up in the cylinders and can hurt spark plug performance. Also, keeping the car in cold start makes the catalytic converter have to work harder.
    Oh, and lastly, when the engine is running and the car isn't moving, that is 0 mpg.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Maybe a witch, ghost, goblin so it can be Halloween 365 days a year instead of just one.

    LOL! :P
  • Just because the engine starts and is running doesn't mean the security system is deactivated. You still have to unlock the door and put the key in the ignition and turn it to release the trans mission lock, steering lock and turn on the instrument panel.
    It does run the heater or A/C as set before the car was turned off.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    One can get remote start installed in virtually any car, and in cars like the Accord which come with engine immobilizer, the feature needs to be taken out. In other words, AFAIK, remote start and engine immobilizer are mutually exclusive.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,665
    You don't "take out" the anti-theft system - you just store a previously programmed key (or just the electronics piece of the key) near the ignition. At least that's how most remote start systems get around it.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    If I lived in an area where cars are stolen often, I would not want to effectively disable the immobilizer system, just for the luxury of remote start. Seems like that would also affect the insurance rates.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    Engine immobilizer function is designed to identify the key in the slot to start the engine. On the contrary, remote start systems often (and should) have a security system built-in that ensures key is not in the slot when remote start is activated. Another security concern is around servicing. The service personnel needs to be aware of remote start feature (or service mode activate) to prevent accidental start while the car is being serviced (or even being looked at home).
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