A customer made a comment to me last week about how my blog had changed the way they look at car alarms. He had a Mongoose M60GNZ and was feeling a little paranoid after reading the “can your remote be copied?” post.
Although he trusted my view points and opinion he was still trying to get his head around the idea that an “Insurance approved” car security system could have such a basic flaw, so he asked me to demonstrate how easy it actually was to make a copy of his remote.
I took his car keys, and spent 15 seconds programing a new remote that I had (Note: I’m not posting the actual method here for obvious reasons) and then said “done!”
His jaw dropped in horror and the reply then came. “I’d like a quote on a new alarm system please“.
Mongoose M25 Transponder Immobiliser
You’re probably thinking what the hell has this got to do with the Mongoose M25 Immobiliser? Well that’s simple, it suffers from the same flaw! Unlike the Autowatch 573PPi or the Dynatron D2200 which both require the over-ride pin code to program a new transponder tag, the Mongoose M25 can have a new transponder tag coded to the system in a matter of seconds. This in my view is a major oversight!
Certified to AS/NZS4601 amendment 1 2003 Immobiliser Standard
Yes it meets with the above standard (Mongoose has their own self appointed rating system and call it a “3 star”) but what security does that really offer? Let’s be honest here, AS/NZS4601 is a not even worth the paper it is printed on, if you passed me a copy of it I would probably end up using it as toilet paper! My advice for what it is worth is to look for a Thatcham CAT 2 approved Immobiliser system.
On a positive note at least the M25 does not unlock your doors so a scumbag with a copied transponder tag would have to go to the trouble of actually breaking into the car! The M25 also has the lowest RRP of the three Transponder systems available.
The M25 comes with three immobiliser cuts where as both the Autowatch 573PPi and Dynatron D2200 only have two, having said that the Mongoose is the largest unit of the 3 which makes it harder for a good installer to hind. It is also easy to open up.
M25 Transponder Immobiliser
RRP NZ: $299.00
Mongoose Rating: 3 Star
Obsessive Rating: EPIC FAIL!
You may as well have a sticker on your car window saying “Take Me!”
The M25 is to bulky, and despite being the cheapest falls along way short of what I would expect from a vehicle security system.
- Three Circuit Immobiliser
- X2 Transponder Tags