Remote starter on a Sonata?

Discussion in 'Hyundai Sonata' started by Edwin Pawlowski, Sep 15, 2006.

  1. I've been doing a little research for an upcoming car purchase. Last night
    I looked at Hyundai for the first time. It has an impressive list of
    standard features and seems to be a good value. One option not offered is a
    remote starter. I hate to take a brand new car to some hack to have an
    aftermarket starter installed. Has anyone done this? Has a dealer done

    Price seems to vary from $150 on a Lacrosse to $495 on a Camry as an option.
    It gets cold here and would be a nice accessory.
    Edwin Pawlowski, Sep 15, 2006
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    Mike Marlow Guest

    Hey Ed:

    Here in Syracuse there is a place called Thruway Auto Glass that does the
    best job in this area at installing remote starters. I had one installed on
    a Malibu for my wife and when I bought her the Hyundai, I inquired about
    moving the remote over to it. They responded that they loved installing
    them in Hyundai's as it was such a clean install. I bought a good unit and
    it seems to me I paid around $300 for it. Definitely not a hack job - a
    very professional install.
    Mike Marlow, Sep 15, 2006
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  3. That's encouraging, Mike. With the growing complexity of electronics in cars
    today, it can be difficult to do a good job. I understand the independents
    won't do certain models.
    Edwin Pawlowski, Sep 15, 2006
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    Eric G. Guest

    Ed, I put a remote starter in myself in our '02 Elantra. It took me
    about 8 hours and cost me what was left of my hair at the time. But it
    worked great, and I never had a problem with it. I think I paid around
    $100 for the unit.

    The next year my Mother purchased a Subaru. The dealer offered a
    starter, but she passed on it. Then for her birthday I bought one for
    her including installation. While the installer near me did a great
    job, the starter itself developed "issues" when the temp. dropped below
    about 30F. It caused other, unrelated electrical problems with the car
    that the dealer refused to cover under warranty because of the starter.
    The installer would not cover the problem directly because it was caused
    by a bad solder joint on the board in the starter. And the manufacturer
    said we had passed the 90-day warranty, so we could not get a new
    control unit.

    Long story short, I can understand you wanting one for the climate where
    you live, but here in NJ I think they probably aren't worth the

    My personal advice to find a good installer would be to see if you can
    find a local audio installer with a good reputation. Stay away from
    Best Buy or Circuit City. I have never used either personally, but I
    have heard enough horror stories to equate them with Jiffy Lube.

    Eric G., Sep 15, 2006
  5. When the times comes, I'm going to ask the dealer first. Even if I pay a
    little premium, it should (hopefully) resolve any issues of who is

    I'm not going to do it myself because I have very little hair left, and I'm
    not built to be able to crawl around under a dashboard easily.
    Edwin Pawlowski, Sep 15, 2006
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    Greg Guest

    Hey Ed,

    It's not a Sonata, but I had the same concerns when I bought my Tucson.
    My dealer installed a Valet remote start with keyless & rear defroster
    activation for $295 (unit + installation) before sales tax. It works
    great, and makes Buffalo winters a little more tolerable.

    As for the Sonata, I drove one for a weekend test drive and was greatly
    impressed. If I had been looking for a sedan, that would have been my
    choice, but I was already pretty much sold on the Tucson. Again, Buffalo

    Greg, Sep 17, 2006
  7. Thanks, Both you and Mike have had good luck with the starter so I'm
    confident. I bought a Sonata on Saturday. To finalize the deal, the dealer
    said he'd put the starter in. I don't know what model it will be. They
    take many cars to a shop local to them so they are experienced with Hyundai.

    Long story short, the Buick was acting up again so I headed to the dealer.
    Right now, the 2.9% finance is a good deal. I passed through this dealer's
    lot last week and a silver blue Limited caught my eye. I should be picking
    it up Tuesday. Those cold winter mornings will be a bit warmer now. Same
    with leaving work in the PM.
    Edwin Pawlowski, Sep 18, 2006
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