A while back I asked about using an aftermarket/eBay remote starter that uses the factory keyfob and no one on here had yet installed/used one.
I finally broke down, bought it and got it installed tonight.
The eBay Listing for the one I bought
The actual product install guide
$99 and so far it works perfectly. It is a 'Flashlogic' brand and is made by Audiovox. Install took a little over an hour (This was outside in the dark). This was my first remote starter install. Sorry no pics.
The nice part about buying it from this seller is that the module is already programmed for our cars. This is a remote starter AND immobilizer bypass all in one. Many times this is two separate components to buy. Also, this kit came with all the harnesses/wires that are unnecessary taped off and a quick instruction guide. This was also the only kit I could find that specifically said it was made for a Rav4 WITH smart key AND push button start.
The install was fairly simple. 6 wire splices and a ground.
-3 wires spliced in to the ECU behind fuse box cover for Ignition, 12v constant, and the start/stop button.
-2 wires just underneath the ECU at the OBD2 port for CAN-Hi and CAN-Lo signals.
-1 wire to the parking light switch in the steering column. Bottom of column just pops off.
-1 wire to the ground bolt behind the drivers kick panel
I used those little plastic automotive grade wiretaps for the splices. The start/stop button wire is on the back of the ECU panel so you need to slither into the footwell to see what you're doing.
Also, the kit comes with a 'hood open' switch that is supposed to tell the module if the hood is open. I didn't want to run that whole ordeal and just didn't connect the wire to anything. The switch just grounds the wire if the hood is opened. More for insurance/legal reasons they probably had to do this. Kind of like the parking brake wire for aftermarket gps/dvd units.
As for the operation itself, press lock button 3x and it starts. Another 3x to shut it off. Open the door, the engine/car shuts off (Which is fine).
Also, you can change settings on the module like the run time. Default is 15min. You can set it in 5min increments up to 35 minutes. You can change the lock/unlock settings for when you start/shutdown.
Any questions, let me know. Just wanted to let everyone know that there is an easy and relatively cheap alternative to the VIP Remote Starter out there. Works great, very clean install. I was a bit hesitant to do this myself since I've seen other kits with an insane level of complexity. All the necessary wires were nicely heat shrinked/wrapped and the kit even included an extra set of REALLY simple instructions that are much easier than the official guide that I linked earlier. This is my favorite mod to the Rav4 so far. Would highly recommend for any Limited owner.