Update August 2016: The Cobra AB3868 is to be discontinued in New Zealand and has been superseded by the AK4615.
I have purchased a bulk load of 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 benchmark for upgrade alarms when it was released and despite being an old model is still far better than 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 vehicle’s 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 triggered, exactly the way any good car alarm should be. It can also be programmed for whatever volume you desire for the arm and disarm chirps or set to silent.
The downside of the alarm is that it is not modular, which means it contains all the electronics in the siren housing. This makes it bigger than the current 4310 siren and more of a challenge to install than the new generation wireless siren found with the AK4615.
The wiring 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 still 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 the vehicle an suitability)
Thatcham Cat 2-1 Upgrade
Getting old now but still better than most
A great alarm for the price
- Digital Battery Back-up Siren
- Ultrasonic Sensors
- Single Immobiliser
- Dash Mount LED Over-ride
- Diagnostic Fault Codes
3868 User Manual (English pages only)