Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Drives: White 2012 SX AWD
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Actually, a remote starter may actually work. I've being reviewing remote starters and functionality, issues and how they would work with the regular KIA remote.
My understanding is that with the engine running, the KIA remote control does nothing. I tried this myself and confirm this. That's a fact of life. Until KIA changes this by some programming, there's no way around it. Many other cars are the same, the factory remote does nothing when the car is started. There are a few cars where the factory remote still does work with the car started. Not sure of the rationale behind any of this...haven't thought about it too much.
Now, with a remote starter or security system, they integrate with the vehicle's computer and are wired to control the door locks as well. So, with the starter remote, the door lock and unlock functions do work. I believe this is the case whether or not the vehicle is started.
I believe there are others on this board that have starters and they can confirm the above.
There are many starter/security models and makes available and many options. Some are very reasonably priced for the lower end models. However, the costs add up with the smartkey and bypass modules and other stuff they make up to drive up the cost.
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