The SS440 and SS440U are both rated as a NZSA 4 star and claim to be the cheapest insurance rated alarms in NZ. The U stands for shock sensor which is the only difference between the two models.
Feature wise it’s nearly identical to the Uniden VS1600XR and the Mongoose M60B, so much so that it’s very tempting to simply cut and paste the review! All have the very annoying “anti hot wire” feature that sets the siren off when attempting to start the car after the immobiliser has kicked in. If you don’t want to be despised by your neighbours then I’d suggest all three be avoided!
The Steal Shield SS440 & SS440UU
The Security case is bulky and easy to open (just like the Mongoose and Uniden) which limits where it can be hidden on most cars. Once found there are 4 screws to undo and game over!
Nearly all the SS440’s that I’ve serviced or removed have had the Over-ride pin number printed on the external case of the security housing which is a concern!
Note: The above Issue has now been fixed (See comments)
Easy Remote Cloning
Another vulnerability the SS440 has is the ease in which it’s remotes can be copied without the owners knowledge, on the plus side at least they are not as common as some other brands!
RRP: SS440U: 399.00 SS440: $349.00
Insurance Approved: NZSA 4 star
Fine if you don’t really care about how secure your car is or if your neighbours like you!
But it is cheap and may tick the box that your insurance company requires.
Two 2 Button Remotes