“If there was a factory starter for your car, then have the dealer install one for you.”
That is definitely a better choice than one of the aftermarket brands, but the installation can still be…a major problem. When my friend wanted one of these things installed on his brand- new '08 Rav-4, I made sure that he got the genuine Toyota unit, installed at the dealership.
However, the dealership brought in a local “expert” to do the installation, and immediately after the installation, this new (less than 1k miles) car suddenly began to have truly bizarre electrical problems–in addition to the occasional no-start situation. After 2 repair attempts at the dealership, the problems continued. Because it was a factory unit, and because the installation was done at the dealership on a new car, this came under the aegis of NJ’s Lemon Law–luckily.
My strongly worded Demand Letter to Toyota Corporate resulted in them sending both the regional service supervisor and a Japanese engineer to the dealership to try to sort-out the problems. After about 3 hours, they did resolve the problem and the regional service supervisor very candidly stated that there was incompetence on the part of both the installer (who screwed-up the installation) and the dealership’s mechanics (who couldn’t figure out how to fix it).
If they hadn’t been able to resolve the problem on that 3rd attempt, my friend would have been eligible for his choice of a full refund or a replacement vehicle, and I had already provided information in my demand letter stating that he desired a full refund. They really didn’t want to do that, so they brought in the big guns to fix the problem.
Bottom line: Unless the remote starter is actually installed at the factory, at the time of the vehicle’s manufacture, there is still a chance of having problems!