Due to health issues I’m really into temerature control. I usually park my car on a sunny street and though I do use a sunshade and sometimes crack the windows open, it’s usually not enough. Also, the winters are cold around here. So I would like a remote start so that in both summer and winter I can set the temperature controls the night before and then turn it on a few minutes early (or several if necessary) so that I have a more comfortable car when I get in.
I got the instrument cluster replaced on my Jetta two weeks ago (cost $1000) due to intermittent failure to start. I’ve been driving it a lot, including many starts and stops because I sometimes deliver food, and it has been starting nicely and the Service Engine light has not come on at all.
The funny thing is, the electrician who earlier this year successfully replaced the shift assembly, battery and starter in the car due to battery corrosion insisted that an instrument panel couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the car starting or not, and even explained to me how it couldn’t (in a way I can’t remember but made sense at the time.)
Anyway, the dealers said it was due to the security system shutting down my car because it thought someone was trying to steal it, and you couldn’t fix this without replacing the instrument cluster. They replaced it, and now it’s fine.
SO, if I add a remote start, what does it attach to and how does it affect everything? Is it worth taking the risk? Could it cause a fuse to blow? Could it cause the cluster to think I’m stealing the car again or something?
For the sake of this question, don’t ask me if I plan to sell my car soon, or how expensive the remote start will be. I’m mostly concerned about car usability and desire not to screw anything up.