Originally Posted by 99WJ539918
I, also, want to add a remote start to my WJ. I don't have a SKIM module (no sentry key - no chip in my key) so I'm thinking the remote start will be pretty easily installed in mine. Has anyone installed theirs without the need for the bypass module?
I installed 3 of them, 2 did not use a bypass module. I would say the integration module makes things a lot easier, and it's even more true if you plan on using your remote for power locks, panic button, etc. since most of it runs through the vehicle's OBD data system; there are a lot less wires you have to tap into.
Originally Posted by michiganmaveric
To start he asked for opinions, which is what I gave. My post was on both a serious and joking note. The remote start systems waste a lot of gas, hence money. Most things I have read is that it is better to start driving as soon as you start your vehicle (idle about 30 Seconds) instead of letting it idle to warm up. My WJ would start to get heat within about 2 miles of driving, so to me preheating is a waste. The man up comment was on the lighter side.
It is true that cold starts aren't as harsh on newer vehicle' engines. I still prefer to let the engine warm up before putting a load on it to make sure the oil flows in all areas and to let metal expand as it gets to operating temperature so it's not squeezing the piston rings and wear them out.
Typically remote starts will time out after several minutes if you don't put the key in the ignition to limit fuel consumption. The shortest (and default) setting on the Avital 4103 is 12 min, but it can be overridden with a special tool. Other modules may have different settings, something to look into if fuel consumption is a concern.
But the main reason I like the remote start is for the A/C... getting in the Jeep in the summer is like entering an oven where I live.