I got a DEI Hornet 564T Alarm/Remote start installed in my car. I didn't opt for the factory option either as the pitiful 80' range wasn't something I was interested in. Not when I can get at least 1/4mi with my DEI alarm
Are you going to trust some high school kid working at circuit city to take apart your RAV and install your remote starter? You must be a braver man than me. My dealer had the head mechanic work on mine and he still had a hard time because there is so little information on the RAV.
Though I am skeptical of the Circuit City car alarm/stereo installers being a former employee of the stores, I must say they do have access to DEI's car datebase that tells them what color wire is which. My installer was a private contractor and downloaded the car's wiring skematics from their website and confirmed them all first before proceeding to do some work. Also doing some little digging, I've found that DEI does make bypass kits for most cars that have the electronic chip in their keys, in order to remote start those cars... So who knows more: a lowly toyota dealer mechanic who doesn't install alarms for a living, or a guy who does for a living AND has the database of the company that WOULD do the research into all new cars?
As far as why a remote car starter. Yes it is a nice perk. My current car's doors are always freezing shut when out over night in cold weather. Having a remote car starter to warm up the car for me so that I am not 2 hours late to work is worth it.
the pathetic range is prob cause the Keyfob's range is prob only 80' too. They need to take some pointers from car alarm companies and switch to the higher Mhz Frequency range for better distance and/or maybe mount an external antenna or possibly use the am/fm antenna to receive keyfob signals better...
Oh on side note, my last car had leather and it was nice to be able to heat/cool the car before i got in. Scalding hot seats in the summer and you're wearing shorts or butt numbing seats in the winter. So it'd prob make better sensefor those Limited type owners.