Back in March, I got my hands on the new 2019 Toyota Hiace (H300) to test out the factory security system. It’s quite a change from the old model and comes with an alarm system.
I’ve now installed well over 400 alarms in the old shape Hiace. Given the popularity of the van, it has been a priority to make sure I had a solution for the new model as soon as it was available for sale.
Is the Factory Alarm any good?
Well, it works from the factory remote key and it covers the doors, boot and bonnet.
It also disarms with the driver’s door lock!
What does the Toyota Hiace alarm lack?
The alarm lacks internal movement sensors and will disarm if the door lock is picked. Given this, I highly recommend upgrading if you keep any valuables inside.
Upgrading the Hiace Alarm
I have been busy working with Vodafone Automotive developing the AK4615 CAN-BUS alarm firmware to work with the new Hiace. I’ve also gathered all the wiring information to make the installation as clean as possible.
The AK4615 works with the factory remote. It will not disarm when the door lock is picked, has a super loud digital battery back-up siren and honks the horn. It also has ultrasonic internal movement sensors so covers all bases.
The Alarm comes with a red 3mm LED mounted with the over-ride switch. In the Hiace, I fit it next to the traction control button as shown in the photo below. For anyone wanting a brighter LED, I can easily add one.
Easy Emergency Over-ride
The PIN code over-ride can be customized to any 4 digit number so the alarm can be disarmed if the remote battery fails.
Toyota Hiace Alarm
Cobra AK4615 Toyota Upgrade: $700.00 (Price includes installation and GST)
Note that the New Hiace is not being sold in Japan so there will not be any used Japanese import models coming over.
The old shape Hiace is still being sold by Toyota NZ. Details about the alarm options for the H200 shape Hiace ca he found here…
Tilt Sensor $150.00
I’ve not yet come up with a courier alarm solution but dare say I may get around to that once there is a demand for it.