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Smartstart remote start with your cell phone

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by mholmes137, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. Dec 6, 2010 at 10:04 AM
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    mholmes137

    mholmes137 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I don't know if everyone else has heard about this yet or not, but I'm all excited about it so I wanted to share it with all of you. Remote start is awesome feature to have if you live somewhere that it's really cold (or really hot) and Smartstart just takes it to the next level. What it does is use your cellphone (needs an application and only certain models work- iPhones, blackberrys, droids, and maybe some other smart phones) to send a message to your truck via cellphone signal to start, unlock, lock, panic, or release your truck (if you have a trunk and have that set up correctly). That means no more 3000' range (that really only works for ~1000'). As long as my cell phone and my truck are both in areas with cell phone coverage, it works. You need to install a smart start module into the truck to be able to receive the messages and pay a yearly fee of $26 for the service. Well worth it for me to be able to start my car from inside big concrete buildings with my truck a few blocks away in a parking ramp.

    I have an Autostart remote starter, but I know Smartstart also makes add on modules for Viper and Python systems too. If you don't already have remote start you can just get a stand alone Smartstart system too.

    Okay, so in reality it's probably a totally unnecessary accessory, especially since I own a Tacoma which automatically makes a tough manly man, but I sure appreciate getting into a warm truck, and it's good for the motor to get a chance to warm up before I take off too! :D
     
  2. Dec 6, 2010 at 10:38 AM
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    cactuscorn

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    nice! i spent 7 years in iowa without a remote start and it sucked dead ryno ass. at least i had 4 years of heated seats. now back in the southwest i dont have a real need but it sure would be sweet to step into a comfy cab no matter the season. screw this whole "man up!" thing. im old and i deserve it
     
  3. Dec 6, 2010 at 12:14 PM
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    badazz96z28

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    Sweet... I was looking around here last week about Remote Starters and that option is great. I like to let my truck run for a bit before driving off but not gonna leave it running with keys in it. I like it to much for it to drive away without me! It was 27* this morning when leaving for work- that's prob warm compared to some areas people here are from- cold to me though :D
     
  4. Dec 6, 2010 at 12:17 PM
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    Jerez

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    I have the viper alarm and I'm waiting for the new smartphone module to come out...becuz the new one is going to show u all the sensors just like the pager does right now. The smartphone module right now only let's u unlock/lock and remote start ur car
     
  5. Dec 6, 2010 at 12:23 PM
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    tarheelfan_08

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    Do you have a link to this for the blackberry? How do I go about getting this?
     
  6. Dec 6, 2010 at 1:35 PM
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    mholmes137

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    Here's the links to the SmartStart products, it actually looks like they work with almost any brand remote start
    http://www.directed.com/

    As for getting it installed, you'd have to find a local dealer here's a link to their dealer finder

    It would be nice to have the visual feedback like the 2-way remote that I have, but I had been having issues with remote starter (bad security module so it wouldn't start without a key in the ignition) so they cut me deal on putting this in while they were working on it. It does give you pop up prompt that your command was received, but doesn't have an indicator saying your truck is running and the count down timer like my 2-way remote. It will send you notifications via Push (for iPhone, it's probably called something else for different phones) or text message when your car alarm is tripped if you want it to.
     
  7. Dec 6, 2010 at 1:50 PM
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    Tactical Me

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    I've read some pretty awful reviews about this app and the service support. The tech behind this device is pretty sick, but check out the App Store and Market Place reviews.
     
  8. Dec 6, 2010 at 4:36 PM
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    michaelg589

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    A friend of mine does installd at "One Stop Car Audio" in Norhtfield, NJ. She says the smart strat is definitely a cool little gadget. Shes going to be putting one in her car soon. There are Android and Apple apps for it. I might get one in my truck. I also learned about the correct way to install a remote start in a manual trans vehicle, so itll be nice to have again. It was a standard feature on my last car and I used the hell out of it. lol
     
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