Had the remote start installed.... (Remember, mine is on a Limited with the Smartkey push-to-start system)
Couple of things to note:
1 - This did NOT require me to give up a key fob, like some of the previous remote start setups would require. This was the biggest thing holding me back from getting a remote start system. I still have both smartkeys, and they both work as they should.
2 - This is a Compustar 6000 brain, with a single button fob kit (1BAMR). The brain uses the iDatalink Blade system for the bypass. We used the 6000 brain, which is an alarm & remote start controller together. This was done only because I also wanted to use the "knock-to-unlock" add-on, and also to add the temp sensor to automatically start the vehicle when the inside temp gets too high/low. The 6000 allows using both of these options, where the 6200 brain (remote start only) does not allow those options.
System does work, but not 100% like it should. Installer will be talking to Compustar this week to discuss the issues that we found.
1 - System does not start every time I request it to.
a - When I press the button to remote start the Borrego, sometimes, the brain will begin the process to start the vehicle, but will not actually start the vehicle, BUT it thinks it has started the vehicle. It does not retry, since it thinks it is already running. Most remote start systems will check to see if the vehicle is currently running, and if it isn't, it will try to start it again, usually retrying 3 times.
b - While the brain *thinks* the vehicle is running, I can tell it to "stop" the motor, even though it isn't actually running. Then, if I tell it to remote start again, it will work correctly the 2nd time. This sucks, because I can't hear the engine running to know if it actually did start or not the 1st time, so that I know if I need to have it try the 2nd time.
c - I think that if we get the brain to detect that the vehicle isn't running, then it will properly retry to start the vehicle, and will probably work ok then. Yes...It should get it right the first time, but my previous vehicles with remote start didn't always start on 1st try either, so it is no big deal to me. The brain is supposed to get the info about whether the engine is running or not on the CANbus lines, but something isn't working correctly there. Maybe, it will need to be hooked up like a normal vehicle to the tach line??? Waiting for Compustar to answer.
d - The reason it seems for the failure on the 1st try has to do with the vehicle "not seeing the key". Well, the bypass module simulates the key, so it almost seems like a timing issue with the brain not showing the "key" to the Borrego at the proper time. Again, waiting on Compustar to answer.
2 - Every now and then, it will start properly on the 1st try. Not an issue, except that it is random.
3 - Alarm...I hate the alarm on this Compustar 6000 system. I found myself inside the vehicle, with the 6000 alarm armed, and when my girlfriend went to get out, the alarm was set off. Of course, my keys are buried in my pocket, so I had to try to quickly dig them out, and cut off the alarm. I am talking to the installer about disabling the 6000 alarm. OEM alarm works fine. I've tested it, and am happy with the OEM alarm. Remember, I asked for the 6000 due to the additional options it gave me.
4 - This one I was already aware of, but still bothers me greatly....OEM fob & the door handle unlock button does not work when the engine is running. So, when I remote start the Borrego, it auto locks the doors for me, but then if I want to get into the vehicle, I have to use the remote start fob to unlock the doors. Not a huge deal for the most part, but I am way too accustomed to just walking up to the vehicle and pressing the door unlock button. I don't like having to pull my keys out of my pocket to just unlock the door. I am actually pushing the Kia dealership to contact Kia Motors about this and see if there is a way to re-enable the key fob or at least the door handle button, while the engine is running. This really should be an option for the customer.
1 - Handover does work properly. So...I remote start the vehicle, go to the vehicle and unlock the door with the remote start fob (and have the OEM fob with me), get in vehicle, push brake pedal, and put it in drive and drive away. Basically, the system does see my OEM fob when I get in, and when I press the brake pedal, that shuts down the remote start unit, and hands control over to my OEM fob. I really like this. I was worried that this was not going to work correctly.
2 - Ummmm....It works sometimes????
It has only been installed for 3 days, and I know that I am one of the 1st to get this new bypass system installed, so I'm not upset about the problems we have found so far. Compustar is a great company, and I do believe they will find the issues and can address them with updates to the Blade module. That is one of the nicest things about their equipment. It can be upgraded if bugs are found.
I will update again once things are worked on again.