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We had a Viper 5706v remote start and alarm installed in our 2018 Ford Transit. Completed by a local shop. Total install cost with glass break sensor was $750.
Always found spotty info on this topic so wanted to report on the success and experience we had. So far it works quite well. It’s a 2 way system with an LCD screen fob with lots of read out information and programming options. Also includes a 2nd fob that is a basic 1 way.
Functions that work:
Lock/Unlock - also arms/disarms the alarm system. It isn’t connected with the factory key fob though (which I like). So if you lock the van with the Ford key the alarm is not armed. I like this since we can factory lock it at night when we are sleeping inside without worrying about setting the alarm off ourselves by shaking the van or opening a door.
Remote Start - works as expected with good range and clear indicator that the van is running. You can also see the runtime left, restart the runtime before it runs out and check current interior temperature from the fob. If the request to start fails you also receive feedback so you know it’s not running.
Has a function for Smart Start which activates a 3 Hour delay (can be dealer changed) and then checks the interior temp (below 0 degrees or above 100 degrees and/or battery voltage is below 10.5v). If either threshold is met it will automatically start and then repeat the process on the same set window of time. Is handy if living in extreme climates or if the van is parked for extended periods of time.
Might have these settings programmed for shorter window of time and lower high temp to use for running a/c on and off regularly for the dogs. Will need to find out feasibility and think on the option further.
Alarm - works as you would expect. Need to test further on the level of ‘shock’ and glass tampering is required to trigger alarm and adjust as needed. Glass trigger is audio based and taping the glass with a key can set it off. ‘Shock’ (bumping, tampering with or running into it), glass breaking, doors opening or hood opening will set the alarm off. When you disarm the system the fob will give you feedback of anything was triggered while you were away and out of range. If you’re in range the fob will beep and vibrate with the message of the alarm.
Remote - is recharged by a micro usb cable. Is fairly thin and works well. Has lock, unlock, start, auxiliary and function buttons. Function buttons allow alternate features for the other buttons (temp check, smart start, etc) and the Aux button can be dealer programmed to custom features if the system is wired in to do so. Allows up to 4.
Aux - I requested the front windows be connected to the aux button to roll them down and up from the key fob but the shop failed to do so. I don’t think this is a technical limitation but poor communication and follow through on the shops part. May revisit shop to have this done.
I’ll probably make a video on the system and the functions we are using and get a better feel for range as we use it over the coming weeks. So far I’m glad we went this way over the factory 1 way remote start system.
Future updates to come...
Link to Viper Product: https://www.viper.com/car/securityre...e-start-system
*I’m aware that by installing this system that Ford could use it as a way to not honor their warranty in the future if we were having electrical system issues.
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