Meridian 2600S, 2600SS, 2600SB

Meridian - Warning!

Meridian – Warning!

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?

Who needs a screw driver?

Remote programming

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!

Smoking

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.

A smoked Meridian alarm!

A smoked Meridian alarm!

Questionable Standards

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

2600S $695

2600SS $795

2600SB $895

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 onĀ 0800 731 173

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30 Responses to Meridian 2600S, 2600SS, 2600SB

  1. Julian says:

    Hi Hayden,

    The easiest way to identify the alarm would be to email me a photo of it.

    Here’s a You Tube video that shows how to enter your PIN # (It’s for Dynatron but most alarms work the same way)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVR8ndVpEEw

  2. pete says:

    hi, have had same prob as caley- best sugestion from auto elect was-remove unit-done!!

  3. james says:

    i replace my meridian 2600s car remote because my old one was broken. now the new one doesn’t work. help me here please.

  4. Julian says:

    Hi James,

    Here’s a tip. Replace it with a decent alarm system that offers some reliability and protection.

    Failing that, give the Importers of Meridian a call:
    0800 731 173

  5. Jayson says:

    I have a Meridian 2600SB installed in my car and also having problems with it not arming/disarming on demand so I email the owner of the company (TF Group) and even though the warranty on my alarm finished back in December 2010 he’s willing to send me a replacement Alarm at no cost.
    I agree TF Group aren’t easy to get hold of but the do have an office in William Pickering drive in Albany Auckland, the people I have dealt with in that place are worse than useless.
    I was sending emails to them left, right and center and got no reply then I sent one to their other company and low and behold the owner of the company is emailing me and offering to send me a replacement alarm. So I’ll see how this one goes when I receive it, Oh he did tell my it’s easy to remove the old and and install the new one, he said it’s basicly plug n play.

  6. Julian says:

    Hi Jayson,

    Good to know that you’ve managed to get a free replacement, plus thanks for finding the time to comment, hopefully it’ll help others in the same boat.

    You still have to ask what security it offers seeing how easy it is to simply unplug!

  7. Jayson says:

    Hi Julian,

    Yeah it is easy to uninstall but then I’ve had other Alarms in my other car’s which were easier to remove, in my Subaru it’s jammed up behind the panels which isn’t too bad, but for those interested the guy who owns the company TF Group Ltd (Meridian Alarms) his email address is jsmit@tfgroup.co.nz
    Maybe email him about your alarm not working it seems when I was sending mail to another email address from their website Jake told me they don’t own that email address and which is why I wouldn’t have got a reply from it.
    You might need your 4 digit pin number and the installer card if you want to try having the alarm replaced.
    I also threatened to take it to FairGo if they decide not to do anything about it lol.

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  9. john mcnair says:

    hi , I have supposedly a meridian digital upgrade fitted to my brother in laws 2007 holden epica. As far as I can tell the only feature that works is the flashing led . Is there an easy way to actually confirm there is an alarm upgrade actually installed ? as I am a mechanic there is no issue with removing panels etc. my first step is going to be removing lower panel and seeing where the led wires go. as he was charged $700 and the waqrranty booklet has not even been filled out I would like to see what has actually been done. thanks for any info, will be most appreciated

  10. Julian Julian says:

    Hi John,

    I’m not sure what information I can give you other then what has already been posted here. You can check out the car alarm grave yard which has heaps of photos of Merdian alarms I have removed, there are more on the link to the facebook page.

    $700.00 for one of those! Ouch someone got ripped off!

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