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#1 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 08:28 PM
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I am having trouble finding any information on this type of kit fro the C'eed, well, actually for any car. I see the kits on E-bay, but not any companies installing any. These are very popular in the US where I came fromn and are very handy in winter or summer. The kit allow you to remotely start the car with A/C or heat on and will run for 1-2- minutes and auto shut down to protect eh car. It also has the safety feature to shut the engine down if someone tries to steal it when in auto start mode. Anyone know of one installed or have one themselves
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Not a good idea. In the UK if the car was stolen while the engine was running and no one was present in the car you would not receive a single penny from the insurance company.

Add to that it wastes fuel and pollutes the atmosphere.

Just do what the rest of do, get in and drive it.
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In the UK I believe it is illegal to leave a vehicle unattended on a public road with its engine running. I have seen cars auto starting themselves to keep warm in Canada, and also with engine block heaters plugged into the mains in car parks. Fortunately we don't have the extreme cold temperatures that require engines to be warmed to be able to start.

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I understand that it is illegal to have the car running while unattended, that is why it does not have a key in the ignition,doors are locked and alarm on, and if someone tries to drive away it automatically shuts off. I can't see why there would be an issue with the insurance, same companies are insuring cars with this feature in the US, and the same law of unattended vehicle. It is not considered unsafe due to all the safety features. As far as polluting the atmosphere, the car takes that long to safely defrost the windows anyway before I drive off. I do not use the sprays, as they are worse for your car and the environment. Thank you for your input though.
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Would one of these do the job ?

Retrofit a Webasto parking heater now - a hot tip for cold days

If You have a Ceed diesel with climate control (profile update?) it will have three electric PTC heaters built into the heater.

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I helped a friend install one of these as part of a very expensive, talking Clifford alarm system.
It had a neutral switch. Put the car in gear and it would cut out.
This was on a 1990s car without a factory immobiliser.
You would probably need an immobiliser bypass.

A link explaining.
http://securemycar.co.uk/remote-start-explained.html
Not recommending them. Not in your area and full of spelling mistakes!

It is illegal to use on public road but obviously your choice.

The Webasto heaters are very smart but expensive. Maybe worth looking into if you plan to keep the car for a long time.

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I understand that it is illegal to have the car running while unattended, that is why it does not have a key in the ignition,doors are locked and alarm on, and if someone tries to drive away it automatically shuts off.
Sorry but you have lost me. You accept it is illegal to have the car running whilst unattended but appear to think its OK providing the ignition and doors are locked and the alarm is on.

The car will still be running and unattended thus illegal.

For the odd few days its cold enough to be an issue why bother. I just scrape the screen with a hard rubber scraper that does no damage to the car or environment.

And when you have made changes to the vehicle wiring any problems will be yours to sort, Kia will not entertain a warranty claim after you have tampered, quite rightly so.
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Under the Road Traffic act it is illegal to "quit a running vehicle on the public highway" so you cannot let your car defrost unattended on the road. However this only applies to the public highway so its 100% legal on your drive or car parking space if its a private space.

But agree with Ceed3 in England and Wales not really cold enough to bother. May be different in.continental Europe, Scotland (where OP is) or N Ireland.

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I am in Alaska, and this topic is of interest to me as well.I have a 1994 Sephia Ls. How do you bypass the passive security; the car only starts with a key in the ACC of the ignition. what should I try to get it running ?


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But agree with Ceed3 in England and Wales not really cold enough to bother. May be different in.continental Europe, Scotland (where OP is) or N Ireland.

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I live near the OP and the average temperatures are a couple of degrees colder than the south east of the UK, particularly as Dundee is at sea level. Scotland is not Siberia (or Alaska)
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