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Note: I do not sell or recommend Uniden alarms or remote controls. For technical help contact Uniden who should support the shit that they sell! http://www.uniden.com/

The Uniden VS2600XR or VS2600  as it seems to be more commonly know as is the top car alarm in the Uniden range. It meets AS/NZS3749.1 2003 Class A (Which admittedly does not count for much) and is one of the cheapest alarms on the market.

The 3 button remote found with the Uniden VS2600XR is the same remote found with all the other current Uniden alarms. The 3rd button is seldom used as it is designed for Unidens additional garage door open module.

The Uniden meets with NZSA approval and whilst it could never be called flash it still meets all the basic requirements.

Unidens Sales Pitch

One of Unidens next-generation vehicle security systems

The VS2600XR is standards certified and is designed to meet the AS/NZS4601 immobiliser standard, as well as the AS/NZS3749 alarm standard. It includes black security function wires and a security housing that encloses the connectors (this makes it impossible for a thief to defeat the alarm by identifying the wires or unplugging the alarm).

Uniden VS2600XR Alarm/ Immobiliser





The VS2600RX has a big and clumsy security housing which makes it extremely difficult for an installer to hide. Because of this, chances are that the alarm module will be very easy for any “would be thief” to find and access, then he (or she) would only require a Phillips screwdriver to get inside.

Once inside it is obvious where the Immobiliser points are and within a few seconds, anyone with a little knowledge would have the vehicle started.

Given this, I would have to say that Unidens claims are somewhat misleading. Anyone claiming that it is impossible to defeat an alarm either has their head buried in the sand or is talking utter crap. Even the very best alarms can be defeated, but at least with a good installation and other measures, an alarm can be made difficult to defeat.

To be fair to Uniden the VS2600XR is fairly cheap so you shouldn’t expect too much from it.




RRP: $499.00

Security Rating: AS/NZS3749.1 2003 Class A

Obsessive Rating: It’s cheap but then so was the Lada Riva!

Simply put, you get what you pay for. If you only need to make your insurance company happy then I can respect that it is tempting to save some cash and choose the cheap option. The question you need to ask is it “Do I need an alarm that will protect my car?” If the answer is yes then I’d suggest investing in a system that is more sophisticated.



Dual Immobiliser

Two 3 Button Remotes

Blue LED

Battery Back-up Siren

Glass Break Sensor


Boot Release output

Second car Operation


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32 Responses to UNIDEN VS2600XR

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  2. Russell Guise says:

    My Uniden VS2600XR has stopped unlocking the car but will still disarm the motor How do I hix it?

  3. Julian says:

    It would help to know what vehicle it is installed in. It may be something as simple as a failed door motor or relay. Without seeing the vehicle I can only make an educated guess!

  4. Nate says:

    im having trouble installing my alarm. the door positive and door negative, i want them to operate the central locking but dont know how to wire them in. i have a 97 subaru forester. i have found the loom that operates it but it has 3 prongs for central locking. when numbers 1 AND/OR 3 are touching wire 2 the locks move and when not touching they move back. heeeeeeeeeeelp

  5. Julian says:

    Hi Nate,

    I suggest that you contact Uniden for wiring info. If they are happy to sell alarms without installation then they really should have a technical help line!

    Personally I would be looking for an alarm that offers more protection then a Uniden for a Subaru Forester, they are on the list of top ten most stolen vehicles here in NZ.

    Be warned!

  6. Dave says:

    My uniden remote has broken and its the only one i have, how do i get it fixed/replaced?

  7. Julian says:

    Below is a link to Uniden so you can contact them to find your nearest dealer. Or you could pop in to your local Repco who have an account with them. Good luck in finding a staff member who knows anything about alarms however!

    Do you know which model you have? Are you able to disarm the alarm and start the car?


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  9. Mark says:

    Hey, Do you know where i could find a wiring diagram for one of these?

  10. Julian says:

    I would contact the person you purchased the alarm from. Failing that try Uniden technical support.

  11. Sarah says:

    Hi, I have the same problem as Dave (although his was a year ago) in that my remote is broken and I only have 1 🙁 I have a Forester, and I can’t disarm the alarm to start it. Apparantely I should have been given a card with a security code on it to disarm in an emergency, but who knows where that is. Any ideas??

  12. Julian says:

    Hi Sarah,

    I’m assuming that you have a Uniden VS2600RX given that you posted the question here. It’s worth noting that Uniden have other alarms that work with this remote too.

    You could contact Uniden technical support to find your nearest dealer, or get someone to bypass the alarm for you.

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  14. Matt says:

    Hi. Have a 97 forester with a uniden alarm (sea400?) a cuple hours after my niece was playin with my keys the unit under the bonnet started to make a constant weird pretty loud noise. Used the reset key and it stopped but now the cars dead, I guess the immobiliser is on. Any ideas what I can do? Thanks Matt

  15. Julian says:

    Can’t say that I’ve come across a sea400. If you are in Wellington then I would be able to take a look at it for you. If not contact Uniden for technical support or ask them who your nearest dealer is.

  16. Matt says:

    It’s the backup siren under the hood. An accessory I beleive. Have looked it up but yet to find info on it. Il try ring a customer service number. Thanks anyway

  17. BOB says:

    I have the uniden vs 2600 system fitted to Toyota corolla

    how do I manually override the system please

  18. Julian says:

    You should have an override code that came with the user manual. If you want the system removed then your local installer should be able to do this for you.

  19. Richie says:

    Hi, I have the same problem as Russel where the remote turns off the immobiliser but not unlock the doors. Its in a 96 Nissan Avenir. Sometimes if I press button 2 before button 1 or press button 1 twice the doors will unlock, but not always, I replaced the remote battery but it has not made a difference. Any ideas? I do have a turbo timer fitted, could that have an effect on it? TIA.

  20. Julian says:

    Sounds like a failed door motor or relay. If the other doors lock and unlock when you lock the drivers door manually then check the drivers central locking motor if functioning.

  21. jason says:

    Hi, Having some greif with a vs2600 in an early mx5 it still arms and disarms and imobilizer works but the chirps are small/faint or sometimes non existant and the doors dont lock/unlock and no park light flashes. it was an old alarm so i replaced the brain part and siren with new and was fine for a few months now the same thing again. It will activate central lock if key is on. the siren works fine if set off. also lights flash if key on without disarming. Any tips I have substituted all the plug in things like button,shock sensor, glass sens etc

  22. Julian says:

    Hi Jason.

    If you read the review you’ll notice that I don’t recommend Uniden as they are poor quality and are easy to get past.
    Has the siren got wet? Have you got a good earth? Maybe consider a better quality alarm?

  23. Cameron says:

    Hi do you sell the remote for the vs2600xr on its own.

  24. Julian says:

    Hi Cameron,

    Uniden is not a brand that I sell or recommend.
    Contact Uniden for support: http://www.uniden.com/

  25. Cher Jane says:

    Hi i have theVS2600XR and it locks and unlocks my car fine, thing is the siren won’t beep when i arm or disarm it. It flashes still but beeps only on occasion?

  26. Julian says:

    Try your local Uniden dealer!

    Uniden is not a brand that I sell or recommend.
    Contact Uniden for support: http://www.uniden.com/

  27. Patrick says:

    Hey there I put my uniden remote accidentally I. The laundry machine. Obviously it got wet and stopped working. Now I let it dry and replaces the battery but it does t work anymore. Do I need to reset it some how? Thanks

  28. Julian says:

    You’ll probably need a replacement remote: http://www.uniden.com/

  29. Rahhan Mccamley says:

    Hi I have this alarm installed in a project car I have purchased its a 1997 nissan gloria with vq30det engine automatic transmission. Number plate is jfb985. The car won’t power up the instrument cluster or start the lady I brought it off said it starts and runs so I had it transported up to northland from Christchurch. The central locking works with the remote and headlights work radio works electric seats work just no power to ignition or power windows or the instrument cluster the ignition realy clicks down by drivers footwell when turning key to on position could this be an issue with the immobiliser. Battery is fully charged and all fuses are good… Thanks

  30. Julian says:

    Hi Rahhan,

    It’s possible that the immobiliser relay in the Uniden has failed, it could also be an issue with the car. You can contact Uniden for technical support (not that they have any info about their alarms on their website! https://uniden.com/

  31. Simon says:

    Hi mate. I also have the SEA400 model. Everything works but the remotes(x2) I can disable via valet enter learning mode but neither remote will connect or operate the alarm. The remotes have new batteries and led’s flash on press but will not connect. I’ve read multiple manuals and pressed the buttons every which way but the unit will not respond to them. What do you think?

  32. Julian says:

    Hi Simon,

    The SEA400 is part number for the siren. It is not the alarm model number.
    I do not stock Uniden so the best I can do is remove or replace the alarm. If you’d like a quote please use the website Contact form.


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