Why not a cheaper aftermarket alarm?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Andrew Hess, Nov 17, 2003.

  1. Andrew Hess

    Andrew Hess Guest

    I was just quoted $400 from the dealer for a passive "Subaru" alarm.
    (Okay, he quickly came down to $300, and Subaru says they don't sell a
    passive alarm, but hey). I checked www.crutchfield.com and they have
    an alarm for $100 (Crime Guard AL-100C) that is passive,
    starter-disabling, and ties into the Subaru remote. Am I missing
    something? Is there a reason I should go with a Subaru alarm? Is there
    something better/cheaper out there?

    I was told by Subaru, btw, that installing the alarm myself will not
    void the warranty.

    Andrew Hess, Nov 17, 2003
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    Tony Hwang Guest

    After market ones are better/cheaper. Some like Omron made Subaru
    ones any way.
    Tony Hwang, Nov 17, 2003
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  3. Andrew Hess

    H. Whelply Guest

    What's a "passive" alarm?


    H. Whelply, Nov 18, 2003
  4. Andrew Hess

    Brian Wasson Guest

    I got my OEM Subaru alarm for around $130, I believe, online. Pretty
    easy to install (search the archives for many posts on this topic,
    including my post a month or so ago about installing it). I've been
    pleased with it so far.

    Brian Wasson, Nov 18, 2003
  5. Andrew Hess

    Shamus in CO Guest

    "Passive" *used* to mean that the alarm would arm itself about a 30-60 sec
    after you shut off the car. "Active" meant you *had* to use the remote to
    arm it. FWIW, the OEM keyless (MY97) I found online for around $40 has all
    the pinouts for a siren and starter kill. Pretty sure it's a Code-Alarm.

    Shamus in CO
    Shamus in CO, Nov 18, 2003
  6. Well - I don't know about all of the Subaru alarms, but the one for the
    Impreza lists for $189, can be had online for $145 or less, and does indeed
    have a passive arming mode (with a 1 minute delay) - even for an installed
    price, $400 is highway robbery! $300 is even a tad unreasonable!
    David & Caroline, Nov 20, 2003
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    foxmon Guest


    the oem alarm is actually made by alpine. At least it was for my 99 gt
    so you might be able to use an alpine alarm.
    foxmon, Nov 22, 2003
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    Mike B. Guest

    $400 - $300 for a dealer installed piece of crap.. no. For that you can get a
    auto starter/alarm (be careful there are just auto starters).
    The only thing about the factory alarm is that would be covered by the dealer
    3-36K warranty but fobe batteries will not. My battery has to be replaced
    every 3-4 months.
    Mike B., Nov 27, 2003
  9. Andrew Hess

    Mike B. Guest

    The alarm in my '01 is a little box that plugs right into a factory harness. No
    big deal. Getting to it requires removing the stereo... a 1/2 hour challenge.
    Mike B., Nov 27, 2003
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