It’s shocking how many Upgrade Alarms I’ve come across that have been installed incorrectly. Last Friday, for example, I came across a Mazda RX-8 with one of the new
RhinoCo AVS A5 alarms. My customer wanted it replaced with a Cobra AK4615 as the AVS was annoying to live with. It was also so quiet that he could hardly hear it!
The video below is my second attempt to show what was wrong. The first one had the bonnet shut and the siren could not be heard on the video!
With an upgrade alarm, the system should only arm/disarm via the remote control. This alarm could be armed/disarmed by both the lock button and the door handle and the driver’s door key barrel!
The immobiliser on the AVS is really annoying because it auto arms 30 seconds after disarming the alarm. This then required the driver to lock and unlock the car once more before starting the car.
Given that the RX-8 already had a factory transponder immobiliser it really begs the question why would you add another? I’ve lost count of how many aftermarket immobilisers I’ve seen installed needlessly when the vehicle already has one!
Not that the AVS Immobiliser would offer much protection anyway!
Assuming that the car did not have a factory immobiliser, or that the AVS could be disarmed by manually unlocking the car, it was still rather easy to get past. The unit was simple tucked up behind the passenger side dash and could be flipped open and by-passed!
So who is responsible for this shocking install?
Well according to the invoice in the glove box the install was carried out in Auckland on the 28th of August 2012 by some clowns called Carline Installations Limited.
Someone spent $560.00 on an alarm that did not work and an immobiliser that they did not need!
Oh well, my customer how has a Cobra AK4615 that is stupidly loud and that can’t be disarmed without the remote key or the Over-ride pin number! To top things off he no longer has to get into a rage over the annoyingly pointless self-arming immobiliser 🙂