Update: Jan 2017
The Wagon has now been sold and replaced with a Nissan e-NV200 electric van.
Introducing the New Obsessive Wagon:
It’s a 2006 Nissan Wingroad. 1.8 with CVT transmission. There’s an interesting tale about what happened when I took this for a test drive but I’ll leave that for another time…
The first thing I do with any new car is to sort out the security and of course being my own vehicle it was always going to have a pukka install. One advantage with working on my own car is that I have more time to play around and experiment.
Now despite being a 2006 model my Wingroad (being a Japanese import) comes with no factory immobiliser, and the alarm it comes with is simply pathetic. It only has door and boot trigger and honks the horn, and even then there is a 5 second delay which is enough time to stop it from sounding. Putting a key in the ignition turns it off. You don’t even need to turn the key so any Nissan key the right shape (or a lock pick) would do!
The other dilemma was that it only came with one factory remote control. The good news was that there is space inside the key for a Transponder chip.
I’m not a fan of having to press the remote to disarm the immobiliser so a transponder immobiliser was always going to be on the cards. So with the Autowatch 573PPi being the best one available that side of things was a no brainer.
Having only the one remote key I had the option of getting stung for a spare one so I could install an upgrade alarm, or using an alarm that has it’s own remote controls. Fortunately the Cobra AK4615 can do both.
Now the Y12 Wingroad is modern enough for a CAN-BUS alarm, yet it is not listed by any of the main alarm manufactures. This is where I’m lucky it was my own car as I had time to play around and see if the software for any other Nissan vehicles would work. The AK4615 needs to have the right software installed depending on which car it is going into, so such experimenting would not be possible when out on the road.
It would probably have been possible to install the Autowatch 695CAN too, but the Cobra is simply in a league of it’s own. The ultrasonics look like they were installed at factory, the battery back-up siren is waterproof which is a weak spot for the Autowatch, plus the Cobra over-ride and anti hi-jack options are much nicer to live with. To top it off the Cobra AK4615 is cheaper too, plus I have programmer for installing the software myself.
Lady luck was smiling and the CAN-BUS alarm software I installed worked on the first attempt. I’ve just added the Y12 Wingroad to the Cobra CAN-BUS vehicle list.
The back-up plan was to wire up the alarm as a PLIP upgrade.
The spare key
Having only the one remote key I popped into Armstrong locksmiths in Johnsonville to have a chat about my options for a spare key. They sorted me out with a new key that had space inside for a transponder chip.
They could also have programmed a Nissan transponder chip if my car had a factory immobiliser which would have worked out much cheaper then a visit to the local Nissan dealer. The back up plan would have been to fit the transponder chip inside the Cobra remote, but having the chip in the key is a better options as it is guaranteed to be close to the ignition barrel when needed.
With the new spare key and the cobra remote sorted out, all that was left to was the install.
I’ll leave those details until next time as this will become an essay otherwise!