The MAP80 Series like most other Mongoose alarms comes with a heap of different model numbers. MAP80G, MAP80GNZ and MAP80S. I’ll get around to explaining all the variants later but will first explain that the MAP80 Series is the Upgrade alarm from Mongoose. Please read the Upgrade Alarms post to make yourself familiar with how they work for a better understanding.
The MAP80 is certainly not the most sophisticated upgrade alarm available, where other upgrade alarms can learn the exact timing of the arm/disarm command the MAP80 can only read them which limits how versatile it is and makes an effective installation far harder.
When installed using Enable mode (read upgrade alarm post) the alarm indicator sense wire must be isolated from the hazard switch as turning the hazard lights on, then unlocking the doors would trick the alarm to disarm. This is not an issue with alarms that can learn the timing if the lock and hazard flash pattern that occur when the remote is pressed, but is a huge weakness with the MAP80. Whilst there are ways that a good installer can make it function correctly most competent installers will simply use a more sophisticated alarm.
Disarm Inhibit Only
The MAP80 can only inhibit the unlocking of the vehicle which is something I find very disappointing. This means that if the vehicle is locked without the remote (assuming that the ignition is off) then alarm will arm needlessly.
Battery back-up siren easy to disable
Because the siren comes with an over-ride key it has to be accessible, this means that it can not be hidden or placed out of reach and makes it highly vulnerable to attack. Personally I find the sound of the siren a tad on the tame side, it certainly seems lame when compared to the Cobra AB3868 siren.
On a positive note the siren output can be hooked up to a pager which is lacking form the Autowatch or the Cobra Upgrades!
The Mongoose MAP80 Series range
MAP80S (Mongoose 4 Star) Upgrade Alarm/Immobiliser/Impact sensor
MAP80GNZ (Mongoose 5 Star) Upgrade Alarm/Immobiliser/Glass-break
MAP80G (Mongoose 5 Star) Upgrade Alarm/Immobiliser/Glass-break/Impact sensor
Mongoose MAP80 Series RRP:
Obsessive Rating: Lacking!
- Battery back-up siren
- Dual Immobiliser
- Impact Sensor (MAP80S & MAP80G)
- Glass Break Sensor (MAP80G & MAP80GNZ)