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Old 09-15-2013, 10:20 AM   #1
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Alarm system

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I leave my jeep alone in parking lots at work and I'm worried about people trying to break in.

I would like to get a 2 way security system with proximity alarm & shock sensor.

Talked to best buy and they quoted about 500 dollars for a system, in my head that's absolutely ridiculous, as I don't even have power anything.

So my question is what system should I be looking into for just my two basic needs? I will install it myself.

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Old 09-15-2013, 12:41 PM   #2
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To me, aftermarket security systems cause more problems than they are worth. I can't count the # of times over the years where someone has pleaded for help on getting their engine started with the problem being caused by an alarm system malfunction. Not to mention that people are now so used to hearing car alarms going off that no one pays any attention to them any more.

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Old 09-15-2013, 07:50 PM   #3
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To me, aftermarket security systems cause more problems than they are worth. I can't count the # of times over the years where someone has pleaded for help on getting their engine started with the problem being caused by an alarm system malfunction. Not to mention that people are now so used to hearing car alarms going off that no one pays any attention to them any more.
I think it might give me piece of mind at least.. Still would like one
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I think it might give me piece of mind at least.. Still would like one
I installed a viper 5704v 2 weeks ago. Saved a lot of money doing it on my own. I also installed a motion sensor. Total cost was about $300 and 4 hours of my time. I could not justify paying someone $650+ locally to do it. No one will treat your vehicle like you will. It's really not that difficult. I still have the cheat sheet if you decide to install a 5704 in yours. (As long as you have a 2003-2006, I think. Need to double check the years on the wiring info I have.) the other benefit to doing it yourself is you'll be able to remove it to verify that it either is or isn't the cause of a failure to start problem.

A lot of people will say "it's a jeep", "spend the money elsewhere", "don't keep anything of value in your jeep". Well, my jeep is my only vehicle at the moment. I have things of value in it. That's just the way it is. I don't have an alarm to deter theft, nor do I have hopes of the siren drawing the public's attention when it goes off. I want to know when someone is messing with it. Bottom line.
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I installed a viper 5704v 2 weeks ago. Saved a lot of money doing it on my own. I also installed a motion sensor. Total cost was about $300 and 4 hours of my time. I could not justify paying someone $650+ locally to do it. No one will treat your vehicle like you will. It's really not that difficult. I still have the cheat sheet if you decide to install a 5704 in yours. (As long as you have a 2003-2006, I think. Need to double check the years on the wiring info I have.) the other benefit to doing it yourself is you'll be able to remove it to verify that it either is or isn't the cause of a failure to start problem.

A lot of people will say "it's a jeep", "spend the money elsewhere", "don't keep anything of value in your jeep". Well, my jeep is my only vehicle at the moment. I have things of value in it. That's just the way it is. I don't have an alarm to deter theft, nor do I have hopes of the siren drawing the public's attention when it goes off. I want to know when someone is messing with it. Bottom line.
Mine is a 97 but good deal! Isn't 300 steep for a system with no power anything ?
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Mine is a 97 but good deal! Isn't 300 steep for a system with no power anything ?
The alarm itself is $200, add the motion sensor, bypass for the immobilizer (which you might not have), and power door lock kit and you get to $300.

I added power locks WITH quick disconnects for the wires so I can still remove the doors without a hassle.
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The alarm itself is $200, add the motion sensor, bypass for the immobilizer (which you might not have), and power door lock kit and you get to $300.

I added power locks WITH quick disconnects for the wires so I can still remove the doors without a hassle.
Oh cool! I don't have power anything and my jeep is a 97. So i may be able to get by with the remote, brain, sensor and shock sensor
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Oh cool! I don't have power anything and my jeep is a 97. So i may be able to get by with the remote, brain, sensor and shock sensor
I thought you were the Rubi lady who had her car stolen. Sorry.

I have a 1997 Wrangler too. I have a Viper alarm. I think it was about $200-$300 dollars installed.

Most professional shops can install it in two hours. The price usually includes installation. I would also get a car stereo with a removable face plate if you get an aftermarket car stereo.

Also, tell the shop that you want it installed as a passive alarm. This way it will automatically set every time you leave the vehicle.

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