Update August 2016:. The Cobra AB3868 is to be discontinued in New Zealand and has been superseded by the AK4615.
I have purchased the remaining stock at a discounted price so can pass the saving on to you.
Now $500.00 whilst stock lasts subject to vehicle and suitability.
The Cobra AB3868 set a new bench mark for upgrade alarms when it was released and despite being an old model it it still far better then most of the alternatives in New Zealand, even in 2016! It’s a very versatile alarm that works with your factory remote control. The AB3868 is intelligent in that it learns the timing of the vehicles arm and disarm commands.
Ultrasonic Sensors come as standard
That said they can be swapped over for the new style without any issues for a small amount extra.
The AB3868 is rated as a Thatcham CAT 2 to 1 upgrade. In other words it is designed for vehicles with an existing transponder immobiliser and uses the existing factory remote to arm/ disarm.
Super Loud Siren
As with all Cobra alarms the AB3868 has a siren which is shrill, loud and attention grabbing when set off, exactly the way any good car alarm should be. It can also be programmed for what ever volume you desire for the arm and dis-arm chirps, or set to silent.
The down side of the alarm is that it is not modular, which means it contains all the electronics in the siren housing. This makes it bigger then the current 4310 siren and more of a challenge to install then the new generation wireless siren found with the AK4615. As the wire loom is quite bulky it can place limitations on the installation. On some vehicles it can be a pain getting the cables into the cabin so it’s simply not practical to install.
Missing Features Compared to the AK4615
The AB3868 does not have a pager output so if you want an alarm that can be wired up to a pager, or GPS tracker then the New AK4615 would be my recommendation.
It also lacks the following:
- Horn Honk
- Second Siren option
- Drivers Card Option (but sill has an anti hi-jack mode)
- CAN-BUS capability
Cobra AB3868 PLIP Upgrade Alarm
RRP: $650.00 * Now $500.00 whilst stock last (Subject to vehicle an suitability)
Thatcham Cat 2-1 Upgrade
Getting old now but still better than most
A great alarm for the price
3868 User Manual (English pages only)