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12-10-2000, 10:43 PM
looking for a good car alarm. Any ideas online?
12-10-2000, 11:32 PM
I'm no pro myself, but I've heard only Valentine Ones work well. But they're $400. However that's worth it if you consider the amount you might end up wasting on speeding tickets.
I think he wanted a car security system, not a radar detector. :D
12-11-2000, 08:24 AM
12-11-2000, 12:48 PM
I've always heard that Smith and Wesson make great security systems. ;)
12-19-2000, 10:25 AM
Clifford is the best, hands down.
12-25-2000, 01:48 AM
According to my experience, and the installers/ regional managers, Cliffords are ok so long as you dont get the top model.
My personal experience was with an ACE500, which used to be one of their top models. I had 3 dead brains, and if the Ford dealer is to be believed, it fried my electrical system in my car. The alarm which included every type of sensor/detector imaginable was finicky as all hell. It varied between going off when you were three feet away, to allowing you to reach into the car and pick up a dime off the seat, to being able to actually shake the car, to going off when you gave it a dirty look. Figuring that this would change on a daily basis, and even throughout the day, I couldnt rely on it to protect my car to my needs.
As for other systems on the market, Alpine systems are notoriously difficult to install, taking the longest time and being super complicated. This should make them difficult to by-pass, but truthfully any crook with a bit of knowledge could get through it.
The Vipers/Wasp alarms are easy to get past with a code grabber, even though they claim to be grap proof. I have seen Cliffords rep actually demonstrate this on different alarms. It was to show off their ACG technology, which did a great job at avoiding detection because its different arming/disarming codes.
With all of these things in mind, I would say look for a mid level clifford, without too many bells and whistles as that causes some of the difficulties. There was a supply problem with them for the last few months and it was rumored that they were going out of business, although I have not heard anything further on that matter.
12-29-2000, 12:32 PM
I believe it is a clifford my friend has, but I could be wrong. Anyhow, I personally think it is good because it has a code that you must enter everytime you open your door. If the code is not entered, it cuts the fuel. This is great with people living in bad areas for car jackers, or anyone just trying to steal the car. 15 seconds after the car starting if the code has not been put in, the theif could be driving down the street and boom.. engine dies.. or if you are car jacked.. let the guy take it.. but run away.. when the car dies in the middle of the street, there isn't much he can do.. after he leaves, just go back, punch in the code, start your car and drive away laughing.. Assuming he doesn't shoot you first.. heh
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