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Ok, I'm getting a remote start installed tomorrow at best buy. $299 for a two-way, includes basic install. However, the service tech told me I may need another part that costs about $150. He said my key may have a smart chip inside it (or something like that) and he will know whether I need the extra part after he takes off the steering column.

I have a 2009 CC 4x4 LE and I was wondering if anyone else on here has had a remote start installed or knows anything about the keys and knows whether or not I really need this extra part for the install.

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ps: don't tell me to just install it my self because I don't have those skills.

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yes you have a chip in the key and yeah you need the extra part the only way around it is to wrap the wire around the key and tape it which they wont do at best buy because its kinda ghetto i had to get the same part when i had mine installed at best buy ive had it done both ways and best buy seemed pretty legit even though i dont usually like box stores also dont forget you have to sacrifice your spare key to put under the dash so make sure to take it with you
 

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Most places aren't doing the "key in a box" style bypasses anymore since most customers don't want to have to give up a spare key. On top of that, dealerships usually charge an arm and a leg for the key. Don't get me started on how ridiculous that is, lol. Anyway, the reason the part is so expensive is because it doesn't require you to give up a key. When I worked at Circuit City, we gave customers the option of the key in a box (which is much cheaper) or the other one if they didn't want to give up the key. I noticed a decline in the availability of the key in box bypasses before they closed, and when working at a local shop months later, they were pretty much completely phased out and no one could get them. As nismo5 stated, you do in fact have a chip in your key. So you're kind of stuck with the cost, sadly.

Also to maybe give you piece of mind, we charged about the same amount for that install.
 

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Thanks for the replies guys. I like best buy and have always been happy with them. The dealer gave me two spares when I bought the truck so I wouldn't mind giving up one if it was much cheaper. I'll ask them tomorrow if I can do that.
But Im getting it either way, here in Nevada I think remote start is definitely necessary, its either freezing cold or blazing hot.
 

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they wont use the key in a box unless they are just onldschool and refuse to move on, i work at bestbuy and we rarely use those anymore, it will probably be an XK05 immobilizer that "talks" to your truck and tricks it inot thinking the key is in. but take both anyways because sometimes you have to use one for programing.... on a side now KEEP YOUR YELLOW PAPERWORK! lol everyone looses it, it doesnt get put in the computer, and it gets filed in a nomans land box at the end of the month so it wont be looked up, as long as you have it.... lifetime warranty. and make sure you register the alarm with DEI within like 10 days of purchase so you can get the lifetime on the brain and the 90 days on the remote (its its the 5701 youll thank me)
 

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somewhat on topic. but for those that have remote starters. what make/model would you recommend?
 

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they wont use the key in a box unless they are just onldschool and refuse to move on, i work at bestbuy and we rarely use those anymore, it will probably be an XK05 immobilizer that "talks" to your truck and tricks it inot thinking the key is in. but take both anyways because sometimes you have to use one for programing.... on a side now KEEP YOUR YELLOW PAPERWORK! lol everyone looses it, it doesnt get put in the computer, and it gets filed in a nomans land box at the end of the month so it wont be looked up, as long as you have it.... lifetime warranty. and make sure you register the alarm with DEI within like 10 days of purchase so you can get the lifetime on the brain and the 90 days on the remote (its its the 5701 youll thank me)
The XK05 is definitely the way to go. But for people who didn't mind giving up a key and didn't want to spend the extra cash on it, we made key in a box bypasses.

somewhat on topic. but for those that have remote starters. what make/model would you recommend?
I worked with DEI the whole time at Circuit. I'm sure most people that have dealt with them will agree, the lifetime warranty on their units is amazing.
 

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Thanks for the replies guys. I like best buy and have always been happy with them. The dealer gave me two spares when I bought the truck so I wouldn't mind giving up one if it was much cheaper. I'll ask them tomorrow if I can do that.
But Im getting it either way, here in Nevada I think remote start is definitely necessary, its either freezing cold or blazing hot.
yeah i had two spares also thats why i went key in the box and i bought my remote start when i was workin in susanville ,ca last winter when it was around 5 degrees outside everyone else on the crew had to run out start there car and come back in for 20min then leave for work but i could start mine when i got up and would be warm and cozy when i went to leave just dont forget to turn the heater back on before you get out the night before lol and also my batteries die in my remote every few months
 

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That sounds expensive to me.. I'm getting my remote start installed Tuesday at a local stereo shop that did the remote start on my Altima years ago.. I'm paying $225 with the immobilizer module for a DEI Avital 4103.
 

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Wow, remote start is awesome.
 

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I'm thinking about getting a Python 460 security system installed from a local home-owned high end stereo dealer. They quoted me $302 out the door.
 

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That sounds expensive to me.. I'm getting my remote start installed Tuesday at a local stereo shop that did the remote start on my Altima years ago.. I'm paying $225 with the immobilizer module for a DEI Avital 4103.
Avital is the key word there, those are always cheaper and way less reliable... make SURE you have a very new one as the older ones antennas would randomly trigger and start your truck, happened all the time and dei had to send use new antennas to install with all avitals. you better off with a viper they have way more programing options.
 

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somewhat on topic. but for those that have remote starters. what make/model would you recommend?
I bought a Viper. It has 2 one-way remotes (I can see my truck from pretty much anywhere I'm going to start it so I didn't buy the 2 way) and was $319 installed.
 

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why do a starter like that? our trucks take abour 30 seconds to warm up. and starting it without you in it just kinda wastes gas? idk i wanna do a push button start in mine soon. but i dont see much sense in a key fob start. sweet idea. i just dont get why.
 

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why do a starter like that? our trucks take abour 30 seconds to warm up. and starting it without you in it just kinda wastes gas? idk i wanna do a push button start in mine soon. but i dont see much sense in a key fob start. sweet idea. i just dont get why.
i got mine when we were workin in susanville,ca last winter when it was 5degrees outside i could get out of bed start the truck and by the time i got ready and left the hotel truck would be warm and de iced while everyone else would have to get dressed go outside (3 floors down in the hotel)start there truck come back in get ready grab coffee then go back out it was worth its weight in gold

also you can hit the same button you use to start the truck then take the keys out so you can leave the truck runnin with the heater blastin if you have to run into the store while its cold out and still be able to lock it
woth its weight in gold imo
 

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I'd be careful with an aftermarket remote start, My buddy has had to replace the starter on this one first gen Frontier 3 times because the remote start will mess up and keep the starter spinning which in turn kills the starter. Not his truck but a customers. So defiantly go with a high end reputable company for the system and for the install.
 

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If i lived in a milder climate I probably wouldn't get one but in Reno its either really hot or cold. I get up at 3am so starting my truck from bed and then getting ready while it heats up and deices is awesome and in the summer when I leave work and its 100 outside my car will be nice and cool for me.
I also have to park pretty far away from campus so after class I start my truck and by the time I get there its hot and ready.
 

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i got mine when we were workin in susanville,ca last winter when it was 5degrees outside i could get out of bed start the truck and by the time i got ready and left the hotel truck would be warm and de iced while everyone else would have to get dressed go outside (3 floors down in the hotel)start there truck come back in get ready grab coffee then go back out it was worth its weight in gold

also you can hit the same button you use to start the truck then take the keys out so you can leave the truck runnin with the heater blastin if you have to run into the store while its cold out and still be able to lock it
woth its weight in gold imo
thats something i can see using it for. everything just seems not so much.
but i would love to have one in that instance.
 

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i got a auto start put in by my sisters boyfriend for 200 did not loose a key and i can use it about 3/4 mile away
 

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I'd be careful with an aftermarket remote start, My buddy has had to replace the starter on this one first gen Frontier 3 times because the remote start will mess up and keep the starter spinning which in turn kills the starter. Not his truck but a customers. So defiantly go with a high end reputable company for the system and for the install.
thats because its been installed wrong, there is another wire that has to be isolated or something, i remember looking into it when i did mine, i belive there are two "ignition" wires or something like that and it will cause the starter to act weird i found the posts somewhere on the12volt.com, its a common nissan thing
 
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