The Cobra AC8510 seems to have been around forever and although I must confess to not having read the bible from cover to cover, I would expect that Noah had one on his arc to stop his outboard motor from being hot-wired!
This immobiliser is so old that Cobra has updated their logo twice since it first appeared and yet still it remains unchanged!
Well enough faffing about, here’s the review:
The AC8510 review
Metal Security Housed Immobiliser
The first thing that strikes you about the AC8510 is its metal security case. It’s about as solid as any immobiliser system I’ve ever come across. You’re not going to get past it by simply flipping open up the case as you would with say, an AVS!
On top of it being attack-proof, it is also small. It measures in at 10cm x 3cm x 4.5cm
Touch Key Immobiliser
When the LED is flashing the immobiliser is armed. It Auto arms 60 seconds after turning the ignition off.
Now personally I’m not a huge fan of touch keys as they involve me having to think. To disarm the immobiliser you have to press the touch key to the receiver pad which then gives you a 60-second window to put the key in the ignition and start the car. OK, it’s no more difficult than disarming a remote immobiliser, but my personal preference is still for a transponder immobiliser. On the plus side, there are no batteries to worry about going flat.
Installed Price: $280.00
Insurance Approved: Thatcham Cat 2-1
Obsessive Rating: Simple but effective
Despite getting on in years it’s a very effective immobiliser when installed well.
- Dash-mount LED/Touch Key receiver
- Two electronic anti scan touch keys
- Two Immobiliser Cuts
Update April 2020
Brighter LED is now an option for the 8510: