AVS S5 Review
The AVS Series/RhinoCo RAV3 has been around for a number years now. During that time many changes have been made to the alarm such as new remote designs and extra features.
The most recent significant update happened in April 2009 when the S Series was updated. A Courier function was added along with OEM/MAP inputs so that it can function from a factory remote. The previous model required the extra OEM Module.
In other words, the S Series is now capable of working with either the supplied AVS remote controls or the cars factory remote without having to order or pay for additional parts.
Whilst the current Waterproof AVS remote is a nice improvement over the old torch remote I still have some concerns over the build quality.
I have lost count of how many I’ve seen with damaged cases where the flimsy key ring loop has snapped off or worse still, I have had to charge for a needless call out where the remote has fallen off the keyring and been lost leaving the owner stranded.
The Waterproof remote has 4 buttons which are all clearly labelled, the main one being the Lock/Unlock button to go along with boot release, Panic and the rare garage door open button. Personally, I would have like to have seen a separate lock and unlock button for ease of use and have to scratch my head why this was overlooked!
More concerning than the flimsy remote shell is how vulnerable the remote is to cloning. Programming of new remote controls really should be pin code protected!
AVS Series Range Explained
S3 (AVS “3 Star”) Immobiliser
S4 (AVS “4 Star”) Alarm/Immobiliser with shock sensor
S5 (AVS “5 Star”) Alarm/Immobiliser with Glass break & Shock sensor
Vulnerable Data Siren
According to AVS, the Data Battery Back-up siren found on the S4, S5 & A4 is more advanced that of most other Battery Backup sirens. AVS correctly point out that “it can not be fooled into turning of like normal battery back-up sirens.”
Because the Data Siren still comes with an over-ride key so needs to be accessible. If the siren is accessible then it is still vulnerable to an attack and can easily be muted, smashed, ripped-out or drowned. It’s worth noting that the siren is not waterproof and even has a sticker on it advising that it should not be exposed to water.
Flimsy siren bracket
The plastic part of the siren that attaches it to the mounting bracket is made of thin brittle plastic that is easy to snap off with one hand. The cables also snap with ease, so the reality is that the AVS data siren is child’s play to defeat.
Hyper Blue LED
Come on AVS. It’s just a normal blue LED, lay off the Hype, please!
Piss Poor Immobiliser Security
The S Series does not have a security housing to protect the immobiliser circuit which in my opinion is it’s the weakest spot: Read the AVS Immobiliser post for details.
AVS S Series RRP: I refuse to sell them so it’s not relevant!
Obsessive Rating: Would be great if only the alarm was a strong as the sales spin!
At the risk of sounding crass: A wise man once said you can’t polish a turd. However, AVS seem to be skilled in the dark art of marketing.
What they have done with the Rinoco RAV3 is to re-brand it and put sprinkles on top. I’ve got to give credit to AVS for the number of these alarms they manage to sell!
AVS S5 OVERVIEW
- Triple Immobiliser
- Two 4 Button Waterproof Remotes
- Hyper Blue LED
- Built-in Central Locking Relays
- Shock Sensor (Not active with S3)
- Data Back-up Siren (Not S3)
- Built-in Turbo Timer
- Courier Function
- Built-in OEM (to work from factory remote)
- Remote Boot Pop