The folks at Bulldog Security asked if we’d like to test out one of their remote starter kit, and we jumped at the opportunity.
Bulldog offers a number of DIY remote starter kits, and a more complicated Deluxe kit. Being the tech geeks that we are, we had no choice to go with the Bulldog Security Deluxe 500 kit, even if it meant have to get it installed by a professional!
Why the Deluxe 500 over one of the simpler DIY kits? Mainly for the additional features. The Deluxe kit comes with a 5-button LCD remote transmitter. This remote offers the standard features you’d expect to find from a “regular” remote starter (lock/unlock doors, start car), but you can also see the temperature inside the vehicle, see if the car is running or not, and see if any of the doors are open. In addition, the range on the Deluxe kit is insane, you can start your car from 1/2 mile away! There are also some other cool features (that I’ll probably never use), like the ability to start your car automatically on a timer.
Luckily, the guys over at AudioSonic Car Stereo were able to fit me in on short notice, and our Acura TL went under the knife on Friday morning.
A word of warning: Carefully research the shop that’s doing your install. This is a business where you get what you pay for, and I was willing to pay the extra money to make sure the job was done right! Mike at AudioSonic went the extra mile to make sure everything was done to his meticulous standards, and we appreciated that.
So how did it turn out? Take a look for yourself:
All in all, we couldn’t be happier with the kit. On hot summer days, we’ll be able to start the TL a few minutes early and let the A/C cool down those hot leather seats. And when it’s cold, we can start the car ahead of time and let the heater warm things up.
For those reasons alone, it’s money well spent!
The Bulldog Security Deluxe 500 can be purchased direct from Bulldog for $159.95.