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Hi everyone.

Looking for a reliable and trustworthy shop in the Rochester area to buy and install a remote starter on my wife's 2003 CR-V.

So far, I've talked to a few bigger shops in the area and researched for reviews. The gist of it so far:

a) Dick Ide Honda
-asking for $300 for parts and labor
-CompuStar unit
-warranty on work is 12 months/12,000 miles
-but local opinion on Dick Ide isn't high. They seem to be a little bit sketchy and take advantage of consumers.

b) John Holtz Honda
-they actually don't do after-market remote start installs
-instead, they refer out to Ziebart

c) Ziebart
-checked both locations here
-$200 for parts and labor, plus lifetime warranty
-but Ziebart has TERRIBLE interviews out on the web

-- http://www.yelp.com/biz/ziebart-rochester-2
-- http://www.yellowbot.com/ziebart-rochester-ny-1.html
-- http://www.yellowbot.com/ziebart-rochester-ny-1.html
-- http://www.yellowbot.com/ziebart-rochester-ny-1.html
-- http://www.merchantcircle.com/business/Ziebart.585-475-9820/review/list
-- http://local.yahoo.com/info-11777002-ziebart-rochester
-- http://www.google.com/maps/place?cid=7394446439852224465&q=ziebart+remote+start+rochester+review&fb=1&gl=us&hq=ziebart+remote+start&hnear=Rochester,+NY&ei=ZXH5TKP4KYKglAfa88mlBw&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=placepage-link&resnum=1&ved=0CBwQ4gkwAA


d) Best Buy
-carries a nice Viper unit for $200
-but will need additional costs: +$80 bypass unit + $30 bypass installation + $30 security unit
-but again, general consensus seems to be that BB is not a good place to get this type of work done. Unreliable workmanship...and if anything goes wrong, it's a pain in the neck to sort through.

Would appreciate it if someone on the forum has had any positive experience in the upstate NY/Rochester area with remote start installations on their CR-V's. Off of rocwiki.org, I'm thinking about contacting a couple more shops tomorrow morning: Tim's Trim, Browncroft Garage, Auto Expressions.

Thanks!
 

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Whatever came of this? Get anything installed? I want to attempt to install the factory OEM remote start in our 2010, but I don't know if any dealers will do the last part of the install, inputing the information to the Honda Link Web System and registering the system and completing the install by testing the unit out, could care less about the warranty, but I would love to have the unit but don't want to pay out the nose to the 'stealer' for this upgrade. Any input or help would be appreciated, thanks and ciao.
 

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Whatever came of this? Get anything installed? I want to attempt to install the factory OEM remote start in our 2010, but I don't know if any dealers will do the last part of the install, inputing the information to the Honda Link Web System and registering the system and completing the install by testing the unit out, could care less about the warranty, but I would love to have the unit but don't want to pay out the nose to the 'stealer' for this upgrade. Any input or help would be appreciated, thanks and ciao.
I would suggest you ask the question to the dealers in your area if they will be willing to just do the activation after you do the install labor yourself and what the actual cost to you will be. Keep in mind if you make a mistake they will not be able to complete the activation without diagnosing the problem and if that happens the cost may exceed what it would have cost had you let them complete the entire job.

Also if you have any independent shops in your area that specialize in Honda they may have a license and the equipment from Honda to do the activation.
 

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Whatever came of this? Get anything installed? I want to attempt to install the factory OEM remote start in our 2010, but I don't know if any dealers will do the last part of the install, inputing the information to the Honda Link Web System and registering the system and completing the install by testing the unit out, could care less about the warranty, but I would love to have the unit but don't want to pay out the nose to the 'stealer' for this upgrade. Any input or help would be appreciated, thanks and ciao.
Hi dmccjr,

So as it turned out, we didn't end up going with the remote starter install... Part of it was because it was annoying to have to sort out who is sketchy and who is honest. And the other part is that *I* just simply became to remote starter-- I'd get out there in the snow, shovel snow, start the car, and by the time it's ready to go, she can just jump in the car and drive away...all warmed up.

Sorry couldn't be more helpful with this... Let me know if there's anything I can do to be helpful.
 

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Wow, we must be twins mychen, cause I have been doing the same thing now for over 6 years with the wife, thanks for your reply.
Gravy, yeah I just never got around to doing that, that is part of my "Honey Do List" among other things, and I agree I will do and check out local indy shops dealing with Honda's as well, when I get time I'll post my results, thanks again fella's, ciao.
 

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The Tint Shop (Henrietta) quoted me $350 +tax for the upgraded CompuStar remote start (the two-way one with the LCD keyfob). They say it should go a thousand feet or so and will feedback to the keyfob letting you know the CR-V has started. Would be nice for Downtown where I can't see my car from the office...

I've read some online reviews that say they're *ok* but the keyfobs break down after a while. Most of those reviews go on to say that the poster upgraded to a Viper unit. So I checked their site and saw the Viper 5501; it looks super nice. 1 mile radius, start-status feedback and gives you the cabin temp on the remote so you'll know when your car's ready to go.

$210 (shipped) for the Viper unit off of ebay. Just need to find someone who would work with me to install it...
 
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