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So I have seen it mentioned by a couple of people they were going to get it. So who finally has it installed and what are your impressions so far?
 

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i have the factory remote start it is actually really good hasn't failed and ive had the car for almost a month and i use it all the time. it pops the trunk up wen you hold the unlock key and another thing i think is kool is wen ur car is on with the key in the ignition u lock the doors and hold the remote start and then you can take the key out and the car is still running... i think its kool especially wen you have the car on and you need to get something inside your house and you liv in south florida.
 

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i have the factory remote start it is actually really good hasn't failed and ive had the car for almost a month and i use it all the time. it pops the trunk up wen you hold the unlock key and another thing i think is kool is wen ur car is on with the key in the ignition u lock the doors and hold the remote start and then you can take the key out and the car is still running... i think its kool especially wen you have the car on and you need to get something inside your house and you liv in south florida.
Nice. So does it actually serve as an alarm as well?
 

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I bought my Factory Remote Start from Gary Rome KIA in CT. In early June, I finally got around to installing it MYSELF. The installation manual is VERY detailed, and the unit installs as advertised.

Like others have said, the functionality of this kit is fabulous! Not only do you get to 1)Remote start, you also get 2)Complete alarm for the engine compartment, the passenger compartment, and the trunk! 3)You can leave the car running at a store while removing the key. 4)You can pre-warm or pre-cool the vehicle before entering (good in COLD winter or HOT summer!!). 5)You can turn on the rear-window/mirrors defrost remotely too! 6)As Wraith points out, you also can pop the trunk with the remote.

I use it to pre-warm the engine most days. I find it handy as hell; the unit is set up so NO one can drive your car away without the key in the ignition. NO cutting of wires is required, but you DO have to make some 3M ScotchLok splices (the manual describes it ALL). If you ever installed your own radio in the dash, you can install this too. It took me about 5 hours total (I took my time AND took some digital photos). The ONLY thing you really need is some extra auto-trim tools which can easily be purchased at Harbor Freight Tools for under $10.

One thing - this remote ONLY works with the auto transmission. I highly recommend it to ALL Forte auto owners!!!
 

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Well I couldn't find the answer on the forum, so I'll ask the question here instead of starting another thread...

I plan on getting my girlfriend the factory remote starter for Christmas this year. One issue I want cleared up is if the factory starter will activate the manual climate control system. I know that some cars' factory remote start systems don't activate the climate control unless it is the automatic system (some of my G8 brethren are complaining about this). I haven't actually seen anyone mention this one way or another for the Forte.

Thanks guys.
 

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Amnigo -

The way you activate the MANUAL climate control is to set it to the function you want AFTER the vehicle is turned off, so the next time you start it, the Heater or Defroster or Air conditioner will run from start-up. The same thing goes for the heated seats if you have them. The only "remote" function also available is turning on the rear-window/outside mirror defrost from the keyfob. I hope this helps.

In any event, I HIGHLY recommend this kit to all auto-trans owners. One more point: you get a DISCOUNT on your INSURANCE for having an installed alarm (with auto-kill).

Tell us what you decide!
 

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Amnigo -

The way you activate the MANUAL climate control is to set it to the function you want AFTER the vehicle is turned off, so the next time you start it, the Heater or Defroster or Air conditioner will run from start-up. The same thing goes for the heated seats if you have them. The only "remote" function also available is turning on the rear-window/outside mirror defrost from the keyfob. I hope this helps.

In any event, I HIGHLY recommend this kit to all auto-trans owners. One more point: you get a DISCOUNT on your INSURANCE for having an installed alarm (with auto-kill).

Tell us what you decide!
 

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Thanks, TeeJay. So what I took from that is when you start your car with the remote starter, the manual HVAC will be activated, just with the settings you had when the car was last turned off?
 
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