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#4617084 - 12/28/17 07:45 PM Remote Car Starters
Warstud Offline


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Does anyone else think these Remote Car Starters are a waste of money and gas just to have a warm car to get into.

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#4617091 - 12/28/17 07:49 PM Re: Remote Car Starters [Re: Warstud]
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Probably not their owners. laugh

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#4617098 - 12/28/17 07:54 PM Re: Remote Car Starters [Re: Warstud]
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If I lived on the prairies again, there's no way I'd live there WITHOUT having one!

Aside from bitter temps below freezing, I think they are a waste.
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#4617112 - 12/28/17 08:10 PM Re: Remote Car Starters [Re: Warstud]
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I like the remote start in my Ram. Wouldn't own another vehicle without one. Its also handy in the summer, as it turns the a/c on when its hot outside so its cooled down when I get in it.
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#4617122 - 12/28/17 08:16 PM Re: Remote Car Starters [Re: Warstud]
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Originally Posted By: Warstud
Does anyone else think these Remote Car Starters are a waste of money and gas just to have a warm car to get into.


NO!
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#4617129 - 12/28/17 08:21 PM Re: Remote Car Starters [Re: Warstud]
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I've never had one as all my cars have been manuals. I like the concept though.
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#4617145 - 12/28/17 08:31 PM Re: Remote Car Starters [Re: Warstud]
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Absolutely. Its a waste of gas and it takes a long time to warm up under no load. I'd much prefer plugging in if needed, to help take the edge off.

I'm sure others will have other claims on the efficacy of that, but it's just folly to me.

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#4617146 - 12/28/17 08:31 PM Re: Remote Car Starters [Re: TinyVoices]
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Originally Posted By: TinyVoices
I've never had one as all my cars have been manuals. I like the concept though.


They make them for manuals as well.
Been offering them since the late 90's or so.
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#4617152 - 12/28/17 08:34 PM Re: Remote Car Starters [Re: Warstud]
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They are not something I would be interested in but some like them. Everyone has their own situation.
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#4617153 - 12/28/17 08:35 PM Re: Remote Car Starters [Re: Lolvoguy]
TinyVoices Offline


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Originally Posted By: Lolvoguy
Originally Posted By: TinyVoices
I've never had one as all my cars have been manuals. I like the concept though.


They make them for manuals as well.
Been offering them since the late 90's or so.


I park my cars in gear. How does this work?
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#4617162 - 12/28/17 08:42 PM Re: Remote Car Starters [Re: Warstud]
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You can now buy them for a vehicle with a manual transmission. It's a bit more involved for safety, but there is a safe system now for such vehicles.
The hand brake or electronic parking brake has a dash indicator when it's applied and the remote starter taps into that and does a few other things to make it possible.

I don't want one. But remote starters prevent vehicles from being stolen. A lot of vehicles that are stolen this time of year in Coldsville USA is because people go out to start their car, run back in the house and the car thief sees an opportunity.
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#4617166 - 12/28/17 08:45 PM Re: Remote Car Starters [Re: Warstud]
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I always forget to use mine. But it's real nice if your car is covered in snow!
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#4617181 - 12/28/17 08:59 PM Re: Remote Car Starters [Re: Warstud]
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I use mine to cool the car down a bit for the kids during the hot summers. Worth the money? I think so for the kids.
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#4617207 - 12/28/17 09:18 PM Re: Remote Car Starters [Re: Warstud]
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Love mine, use it almost every day in winter. I bought one, and my car to serve me. Unless someone else is paying my bills or fueling my car their opinion is irrelevant to my actions.
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#4617244 - 12/28/17 09:43 PM Re: Remote Car Starters [Re: JHZR2]
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Originally Posted By: JHZR2
Absolutely. Its a waste of gas and it takes a long time to warm up under no load. I'd much prefer plugging in if needed, to help take the edge off.

I'm sure others will have other claims on the efficacy of that, but it's just folly to me.


+1

Except, it would be handy to have one so I can start car while I get my little one dressed for daycare. I just go out start it, come back in. Only in winter. 3 of 4 seasons its get in and go!
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