The M80 is the Top model from Mongoose and along with the M60 has had a recent revamp with new remotes and extra features.
NOTE: The new M80 remotes are not compatible with the old pre-March 2009 models so make sure to order the right one if you are after a replacement.
The main point of difference with the M80 range over the M60 is that it offers three points of Immobilisation instead of the two found on the M60 series.
Piss poor siren!
The M80S features the same battery back-up siren found on the M80GNZ and M80G, so adding a Glass Break Sensor will upgrade it to an M80G. (See the Product range listing below the photo if you’re getting confused!)
Personally I’d have liked to have seen Mongoose update the M80 to have a digital battery back-up siren, after all, we are well into the 21st Century now, it really is about time that Mongoose (and others) caught up with the likes of Autowatch and Cobra who updated their old “Over-ride” key sirens in the early 1990’s!
Full details on how the M80 siren performs compared to other brands: http://vehiclesecurity.co.nz/blog/battery-back-up-sirens
The other issue I have is the size of the M80. Big is not always better, especially when you are trying to hide an Immobiliser case behind a dashboard, the M80 really does put limitations on where an installer can place it.
Personally, I’d expect much more from what is branded as a top model. Here are the details about how poor the immobiliser is: http://vehiclesecurity.co.nz/blog/mongoose-immobiliser
The Mongoose M80 Series Range of Alarms and Immobilisers
M80i (Mongoose 3 Star) Immobiliser
M80S (Mongoose 4 Star) Alarm/Immobiliser with Shock Sensor
M80GNZ (Mongoose 5 Star) Alarm Immobiliser with Glass Break Sensor
M80G (Mongoose 5 Star) Alarm/Immobiliser with Glass Break/Shock Sensor
New M80 now comes with a fashionable Blue LED as well as built-in Turbo timer. Other than that and the new remotes little has changed from the old M80
Mongoose M80 Series RRP:
Obsessive Rating: Well known but I’d avoid it!
Will still be a popular alarm but Mongoose may well suffer from reliability issues due to D.I.Y. Installations which inevitably happen when sold from the likes of Dick Smiths, Repco and other none specialist shops. A quick glance on Trade me shows how easy these are to purchase without qualified installation which is the main reason we get woken up at 3 am by the neighbours’ car alarm going off for no apparent reason!
- Tripple Immobiliser
- Two 3 Button Remotes
- Blue LED
- Battery Back-up Siren
- Door Open Warning Tones *Not available with the M80i
- Built-in CDL Relays
- Built-in Turbo Timer
- Trunk Release