In a recent post titled “Thieving Bastard Used Car Salesmen” I mentioned that Meridian produce one of the worst car alarms ever made. This has all come flooding back to me this week as I have removed 3 of them in the past 7 days!
I figured that I’d better explain my opinion as simply stating that they are crap is hardly going to be that credible. So here goes…..
Security Housing ?
The Meridian comes in a black plastic box just like the ones which you can purchase off the shelf at your local branch of Jaycar. As the photo below shows they don’t take much to defeat. Seeing that the immobiliser cuts are housed inside this is a big concern. Clearly the research and development department don’t have much of a budget to play with!
Who needs a screw driver?
My next gripe about the Meridian is the remotes. Programming is a huge issue, to get a new one you need to have your serial number, then send off and order one directly from them. Given the lack of information about them this hardly convenient! It also begs the question “what happens should your remote falls into the wrong hands?” as it can’t be cancelled!
Autowatch have a rather cool device called the “Fog Off” which will fill your car with smoke if the alarm goes off. The Meridian can also fill your car with smoke! However a smoking mosfet and electrical burning smell are not really all that cool. Especially when they are in your car…
I have come across 4 Meridians which have burnt out this year alone, one of which even managed to fill the car interior with smoke whilst it was having a hissy fit! Needless to say that the customer was rather concerned! Now I’m not saying that all Meridians burn out, but for me to remove 4 is quite a large number in 12 months alone!
To be fair to Meridian they do offer a 3 year product warranty.
So how does such an alarm system which is this easy to defeat get NZSA approval? Simple, it passes the AS/NZ standards, so therefore meets with NZSA approval. This simply goes to show that AS/NZ standards need to be improved to catch up with Thatcham. Surely having an attack proof immobiliser housing has to be a minimum requirement?
Meridian Product Range
Obsessive Rating: Don’t get one!
The Meridian even makes Uniden look advanced. Watch out for pushy car dealers trying to sell these to make some big commision!
If you need a new remote for your Meridian alarm or have a warranty issue then you can contact Meridian on 0800 731 173