Autowatch 446RLi Premium

The 446RLi Premium is the top model in the Autowatch Range.

The impressive thing about it is how small the alarm module is. Like most other products from Autowatch, the alarm module is a joy to install.

Its small size is far easier to hide than most other alarms out there. It also has an attack-proof security housing which is another plus seeing that the Immobiliser connections are housed inside.

The 446RLi Premium makes the competition look clumsy!

446RLi Premium between SS440 and Mongoose M60

446RLi Premium between SS440 and Mongoose M60

Autowatch have an excellent Digital Battery Back-up Siren which has a very unique sound (The arm/disarm tones can be heard in the dome fade video below). Being a true digital siren it has no over-ride key to worry about and can, therefore, be hidden by the installer. If the siren can not be got at then it cannot be ripped out of the engine bay or muted. Having said that this will only be possible if the installer has really made a big effort to hide it and I suggest that this should be discussed before the installation is carried out.


Siren hidden in bumper (hard to get at!)

Siren is hidden in the bumper (hard to get at!)

Great Remote Controls

The four button remote is pleasing to the eye and the separate lock and unlock buttons are clean and simple to use. Personally, I find it annoying when remotes with multiple buttons only have a single button to lock and unlock the car. It just seems pointless having a garage door open button etc when 99 times out of 100 it is never going to get used!

Another cool feature of the 446RLi Premium is its ability to accept Wireless P.I.R. Sensors or Wireless Reed Switches which is perfect for protecting tools in Ute Canopies or Trucks where running cables would normally be a mission.

Versatile Program Features


446RLi Premium

One of the quirky things I really like about the 446RLi Premium is how many programmable features it has.

Take the central locking for example; it will support a double lock pulse which is great for cars like the Holden Commodore where it can lock and then deadlock the car with only 1 press of the lock button.

The alarm also supports selective unlocking and has boot pop and full window closure options built in.

Dome Fade output

Another nice feature is the dome light output which turns the internal light on when the alarm is disarmed as well as when the ignition is turned off. It may not sound like a big deal but it’s nice to have when you pull up in your drive at night.

Built-in Turbo Timer

The built-in Turbo timer works well and gives the user the option of turning it off with the remote. The only thing I find annoying is that you can’t have boot pop and Turbo run on selected together, it is either one or the other.

The same goes for the pager output, you can either select it as a feature or have window closure but not both. OK, I’m being very picky here but I do like my toys.

Autowatch 446RLi Premium

446RLi Premium remote

446RLi Premium Remote: Battery # A23

RRP NZ850.00

Insurance Approved:

AS/NZ Immobiliser / Alarm Standards
3749-1-2003 Class A Certified

Obsessive Rating: Highly recommended

Good features and a great alarm for the price!





* Turbo Timer option is not available with Boot pop

** Power Window hook-up is not available with Pager Output

Additional Information:

Diagnostic Alarm Trigger Reports

PDF icon446RLi Premium User Manual

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60 Responses to Autowatch 446RLi Premium

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  2. Avatar Rick says:

    Got a pre-emptive question for you about the Autowatch 446RLi; how does it behave in flat battery situations (the car’s main battery that is)? If the battery gets so flat the alarm has shut down, presumably it can’t tell the siren to go off when you unlock the door with the key and open it. Since the siren has its own battery I don’t want there to be a situation where it decides to go off but the alarm has no power to tell it to shut up.

    Then what happens if you replace the battery? Does it reset in the disarmed state or does it start squawking because it’s armed and the bonnet is open? At this point it could probably be disarmed by remote again.

  3. Avatar Julian says:

    Hi Rick, The alarm may go off as the battery drops off. Most electrics can do strange stuff with the wrong voltage!

    Once the battery is flat the alarm will not operate, but when the battery is re-charged or replaced then the alarm will be in the same state as it was before it lost its power. So pressing the disarm button on the remote would work in this situation.

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  5. Avatar vikta says:

    i have a 446Rli that has gone completely rogue. Goes off without intrusion, and ran out the car battery. I have replaced the car battery but the engine is not running anymore. I think the car has been immobilized. help…

  6. Avatar Julian says:

    Hi Vikta,

    The 446RLi will auto immobilise the engine after 45 seconds of disarming or switching the ignition off.

    Have you tried pressing the disarm button to turn off the immobiliser?

  7. Avatar Nelson says:

    My car has auto watch arlam and its only cracking

  8. Avatar Julian says:

    Hi Nelson,

    In what context do you use the word cracking? Cracking as in good, cracking as in making a cracking sound, or cracking as in fracturing?

  9. Avatar AJ says:

    hi Julian,

    thanks for all your info on alarms. After spending good money on an m80, i was really dissatisfied with the alarm and the installation, and put up with it for the last five years. so its great to have a website like yours, so i can feel I’ve made the right choice on my new work van.

    the new van i have bought (toyota hiace ’92 4wd) doesn’t have central locking. I have installed central locking on a previous car so thought i would give it a crack before getting the alarm installed. is there a preferred brand of central locking actuators that you could recommend?

    also, this might be a long shot, but how could i make a boot pop work on the back door of the van? possibly a central locking actuator on the handle mechanism? I’m thinking of getting the above auto watch alarm by the way.



  10. Avatar Julian says:

    Hi AJ,

    Great to know you’ve found the website informative, thanks for the feedback.

    Boot Pop is really for cars with an electronic boot release where the boot does not unlock with the doors. I often add it to Jap cars which have a cable pull boot open.
    Given that you have to lift the boot on the Hiace you may as well pull the handle and open it!

    You could use the 446RLi Premium to run selective locking, for example the 1st press of the disarm button could unlock the front doors, then a second press would unlock the rear doors (arm would lock all doors).

    In regards to door motors I would simply suggest a major brand which offers a guarantee. Plus note: You’ll need a slide door contact for your side doors.

  11. Avatar Rob says:


    I’m looking at getting a 446P installed, but I would like to know whether this alarm has the car jacking module in it? ie, if someone tried to jack your car up to steal your wheels, or put on a tow truck, it will set the alarm off.
    Does this alarm have that capability? Or any other model of Autowatch alarm?



  12. Avatar Julian says:

    Hi Rob,

    I assume that you are referring to a tilt/level sensor. These are not standard on any alarm but can be added to most systems including the 446RLi Premium.

    Details here:

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  14. Avatar Francois says:

    Hi guys

    I have an 446RLI alarm system in my car,if i unlock the car the siren goes off for 15 seconds is there anyway i can switch that off it irritates the living crap out off me….

    PLZ HELP!!!!!!

  15. Julian Julian says:

    Hi Francois,

    I assume that you are unlocking the car with then remote and the siren sounds?

    I can’t say I’ve ever come across this before, it certainly is not a programmable feature.

    My suggestion is to get your local Autowatch dealer to take a look.

    I see that you’re in South Africa so contact the guys at PFK Electronics who should be able to help you.

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  17. Avatar Winstone says:

    Hi Julian,

    First off, I really appreciate the work you’ve done towards vehicle security in NZ. Even though I’ve (unfortunately) never used your services, I always recommend you to mates who are looking at getting an alarm installed in their vehicle.
    I have an Autowatch 446RLi (with peanut button keyfob) and last night it appeared the alarm managed to immobilise the fuel pump after the alarm ‘went off’ and I’d disarmed the vehicle. Ended up trying to poke around with the wires and such when it appeared to de-immobilise the pump and we’d managed to start the car again! (phew!)
    Is this something you’ve come across previously? If so, is there a way around it so next time the alarm goes off I am able to disarm the alarm and drive off without worrying whether or not the car will start?


  18. Julian Julian says:

    Hi Winstone,

    Thanks for your appreciation and support, it’s always nice to know I’m getting recommended 🙂

    Given that you have a one button peanut remote you will have a 446RiS or 446RiSG (even if it has 446RLi on the immobiliser case).

    My first concern is that you have been able to find the case easily, an effective immobiliser is one that is hard to find and difficult to access. The fact that you’ve been able to “poke around with the wires” would suggest that it’s not a great install.

    This leads me to wander how good the connections are? If you have a dodgy connection somewhere that has been disturbed then I recommend getting the install checked over.

    Who installed it?
    Why did the alarm go off?
    Do you know your emergency PIN over-ride number?

    Rather then reply here with any sensitive info, flick me an email:

  19. Avatar Viren says:

    Hi Julian

    I’m having problems with my car idling, the car starts idles for like a minute an then cuts off. I done everything possible when it comes to mechanical, so I’m guessing its electrical.

    I have an Autowatch 446Rli alarm system, will this cause the car to do that? or if any1 has an idea of what the problem is or could be. I will really appreciate it.


  20. Julian Julian says:

    Hi Viren,

    Do you have a 446RLi Premium or just an 446RLi? (called 446Ris/RiSG here)

    Rather then posting any sensitive info here I suggest you flick me an email with the following details and I’ll see if I can help.

    Car: Make/Model/Year
    Your Details: location, date of installation and dealer who sold/installed it for you.

  21. Avatar stuart says:

    hi julian,

    i have a 446 premium in my hiace super custom, i have two question, firstley the led has stopped flashing, the alarm works fine and so does the led , it appears that the signal from the brain has stopped woring, where in tauranga could i get this sorted and secondly id like to add a internal pizzo siren, in the past i have wired it parralell with the siren out put, i see the white wire is a siren out put will this be ok directly hooked up to a pizzo siren, also where can i get another remote.

    thanks for your time and effort.

    regards stu

  22. Julian Julian says:

    Hi Stu,

    It sounds like the LED plug may have been pulled out of the alarm . This can easily happen with all Autowatch systems if they are tampered with or the cables get pulled.
    The LED plug (and sensor cable) are external to the security housing. Personally I always put a loop the cable to prevent this from happening.

    I have not had any experience with installers from Tauranga so I would suggest you ask Kishor at Autowatch who your nearest dealer is.

    In Regards to the siren, don’t hook up to the White siren wire as it will only work with the supplied Autowatch Siren and you may damage the alarm.

    The 446 Premium has a Pager out-put that can be used to run internal sirens via a relay. It will need to be programmed to do this by an Autowatch dealer. Autowatch will not allow wiring diagrams to be made available to the public.

  23. Avatar jase says:

    who would be the best in christchurch to buy off/install?


  24. Julian Julian says:

    Hi Jase

    GRC Car Audio are the Autowatch dealer for Christchurch

  25. Avatar Pauline Atong says:

    hi there
    My car won’t start or lock since I have changed my car battery the alarm is off also wat must I do to fix this Plz I need my car

  26. Julian Julian says:

    Normally when you connect a good working battery the alarm will work fine.

    Start out with the following:

    Does the alarm arm/disarm?
    Why did the old battery need replacing?
    Are you sure your new battery is good? If not take a multi meter to it a check the voltage.
    What makes you think it is the alarm that is preventing the car from starting?

  27. Avatar Lettie says:

    Was wondering if you can help…
    We have a 1998 Nissan Wingroad with an old alarm which appears to be an Autowatch with a peanut button fob (we only have one). The car used to make a bleeping noise when we opened it with the fob and then stopped doing that, then a month or so later we found ourselves locked out of the car. We opened it with the key but couldn’t get the immobiliser off – the alarm didn’t seem to be a problem. We replaced the batteries in the fob and the car opened with bleeping noise and immobiliser off and the car worked fine, which was great. However, the next time I came to use the car the fob wouldn’t work again. This time when I opened the car with the key I set the alarm off as well. The light on the fob is still working but has no effect on the car.
    As a starting point, does this sound like the fob or the car itself?? Any advice would be much appreciated!!
    Many thanks

  28. Julian Julian says:

    Hi Lettie,

    My advice is to book your car in with an Autowatch dealer so they can give the alarm the once over.

    It would also be wise to have a spare remote and to know what your PIN code over-ride number is, this way you’ll be able to start the car if you have a faulty remote.

  29. Avatar Lettie says:

    Thanks. I’ve been trying to override the immobiliser as I have the instructions on how to do this. Have taken the bottom of the steering column off but can’t seem to find the correct box to find the code. Have tried a couple of 5 digit numbers that I found on a black plastic box but it’s not working, so can’t be the right numbers… Will keep hunting but if not will try a dealer. Cheers.

  30. Julian Julian says:

    It’s not meant to be easy as it would defeat the point of having an effective immobilsier! The 5 digit security number is inside the security housing. The theory being if you have got past the case you can by-pass the immobiliser anyway…

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  33. Avatar Natalie says:

    Hi we have just purchased a new car and it has an Auto Watch key pad with it. Mine has a button with a dot another button with 2 dots and a button with a number one in it a button with a number 2 in it 🙂 I know the dotted ones lock and unlock the car but can you please tell me what the number 1 and 2 buttons do

  34. Julian Julian says:

    Hi Natalie,

    It would probably help if you sent a photo as your description is not ringing any bells. If it’s not one of the remote controls I have on the remote page then it may not be one I’m familiar with.

    I notice that your email address is a one. Have you tried contacting Autowatch your side of the ditch?

  35. Avatar Phil says:

    i have 3 cars with the autowatch alarms 1 is a 456 RLi(is going to go into my project car) the other is a 446 RLi thats in my daily driver, the problem is i have just added a turbo to my car with the 446RLi, looked the alarm up and its got a turbo function i would LOVE to wire it in myself but to do that i would need a wiring diagram for the 446RLi where do i get a wiring diagram from?

    i do not want to pay $100’s for a sound and alarm junkie to do it for me(im a car mechanic and know my electrics)

    also i have a wiring diagram for the 456RLi but its not very clear to read or see, would be cool if i can find a better diagram

    any help would be greatly appreciated

  36. Julian Julian says:

    Hi Phil,

    Autowatch alarm wiring information is not available for public distribution.
    I’m sure you can understand why it would not be cool if I started hand such info out to car thieves!

    I would suggest you find an “alarm junkie” and pay them some coin.

  37. Avatar PIERRE says:

    Hi my remote fell hard on the floor and the cover came lose with the printed circut falling
    outside after assembling the unit the red light did not work .ithen had the remote repaired at a dealer the red light now works fine but still no signal they now claim the fault is in car which was 100% before the fall.what how can i test my remote myself as i belief they missing something apart from charging me

  38. Julian Julian says:

    Did the dealer make sure that the remote was transmitting? Any decent installer will have a remote frequency tester which they can use to test the remote.

    Personally I don’t charge for jobs that I can’t complete as it breaches the fair trading act!

  39. Avatar freddie says:

    Hi Julian
    I found this site today with valuable info( pity to late for me). I have a Volkswagen Polo Playa 1.6i 2000 model. Fortunately i lost my keys with remote and were stranded. Towed my car home and replaced ignition and keys, immobilizer activated on vehicle so still stuck. Then deci ded to remove the the alarm system. Managed that and car starts but cuts off immediatly. My system is the 446Rli with what i believe is the pincode (66XXX) *Edited*. Any idea as to why the vehicle just cuts off.

  40. Julian Julian says:

    Hi Freddie,

    First off it’s not a great idea to publish your alarms over-ride pin number. I’m sure you can work out why! I’ve now censored it for you!

    Your 2000 Polo should have a factory transponder immobiliser so either you are trying to start the car with an un-chipped key or you’ve not done a very good job with removing the Autowatch immobiliser. Either way I suggest that you contact someone local to look at the car for you.

  41. Avatar brian says:

    is the alarm available in Nairobi, Kenya?

  42. Julian Julian says:

    Not through me as I only sell alarms with installation. Can’t say that I’ve been to Kenya. This post should help explain why I don’t know:

  43. Avatar Martin says:

    I have a Autowatch 446RLi alarm system in my Nissan Van.
    Usually all doors lock when alarm armed and drivers door opens with first press and the other doors on second press.
    My problem is that out of the blue opening is no problem, but when locking nothing happens and has to be locked by hand. Otherwise alarm system working as normal exept for this locking problem
    Can anybody out there PLEASE help or give advice


  44. Julian Julian says:

    Hi Martin,

    The 446RLi Premium (also known as the 457RLi internationally) the following advice applies:

    If the alarm has door open warning chirps turned on then the doors will not lock if a door, boot or bonnet is left open. You’ll hear three double chirps after arming if this is the case. If so then check all switches, especially the bonnet switch. Note: you don’t get this feature with the 446RiS or the single button remote version of the 446RLi alarm.

    If it is not because of a door being seen as open then you may have a poor wiring connection or a intermittent relay.

  45. Avatar Yuga says:

    so, i was trying to program the alarm to silence the locking and unlocking the car from the super annoying chirp..

    and suddenly the led just keep flashing on ignition on position.

    i does not recognize the ignition, car wont start.
    check the ignition relay and fuse still good.

    usually they flashing when not on ignition position
    and stay steady in ingnition on position

    i try to bypass using 5 digit security code but it was unable due to the led keep flashing.

    try to disconnect the 446rli and reconnect it again it still flashing and wont start the car..

    really pain in the ass..

    is there any way to reset the device?

    please help me somebody who understand about it.. how to make it work before i send it to autowatch dealer.

    car is r33 gtst

  46. Julian Julian says:

    Changing the setting on these alarms should only be done by a qualified Autowatch dealer. The reason for this is that changing the wrong thing has the potential to damage both the alarm and the vehicle. This is why programming instructions are not published.

    As an installer I’m happy to change the settings on the alarms to my customers cars to their preference for free. It’s called after sales service.

    My advice is use your local dealer to sort it out. Hopefully this will be a warning to others not to dabble with them!

  47. Avatar Nimantha says:

    I have a single button remote version of the 446RLi alarm for my car. I tried to turn on the turbo timer using 5,5 selection option command.but it didn’t work didn’t come up a beef sound from the alarm. Also I tried to turn ion the auto arming option because i need to lock the doors automatically whenever i have taken out the key . Could you please tell me the problem with my alarm? thanks..

  48. Julian Julian says:

    First off programming should only be attempted by qualified Autowatch technicians. You can potentially damage both the cars electronics and the alarm if you select the wrong option. Installation instructions are also “dealer only”.

    The turbo timer requires the alarm to be wired up in a differently. Only the 446Rli Premium supports this in NZ, the Autowatch 446RiS (Single button version) does not have this as an option.

  49. Avatar Jtzll says:

    I have a single remote Auto Watch 446Rli car alarm on my 1997 Honda Ballade Luxline (S04) and I’ve been have a problem lately where at first, the car alarm would just go off for no apparent reason after locking the car for about 2-5 minutes. My remote function is only to enable and disable and simultaneously lock my car when I press it. If I turn ON the ignition, I need to press a hidden separate button to disable the immobilizer otherwise the car will turn itself off if that hidden button is not pressed after three warning beeps after turning the engine ON. I could never figure out why my alarm would just go off for no apparent reason when the car was parked so at some point, I just started locking the car manually and then when I need to open the car, I would use the remote to first lock and then unlock it again. And now all of a sudden, my car lock system just doesn’t work when I try to unlock the car, it’s just not responsive to the remote at all, I would lock it with the remote and it would work ok but then when I need to open the car, absolutely nothing happens and then when I open the car manually by opening the door with a key, the car sometimes doesn’t start unless I open the bonnet and remove the car battery connection and then reconnect it again. I got fed up with this as the first time it happened, I checked all the fuses and they seemed fine and also replaced the remote battery with a new ones, there was one fuse that would make it work at that time if I removed it and then installed it again but then last night the same problem happened, I removed the same fuse (I think it was a “keyless” fuse) and installed it again and it did nothing at all.
    Today I opened under the dashboard and saw that the mobilizer unit was an “Auto watch 446Rli. I Don’t know what to do anymore because I bought the car second hand and it came with this unit installed so I’m not even sure which place to go to to get this problem solved. Another question I have is, is it possible to replace the remote or add a second one in case the one I have gets lost because it’s just one.
    Can some out there please help because I don’t really have money to fix this problem for one and it’s really annoying. Thanks in advance if you see and take the time o respond to this Julian

  50. Julian Julian says:

    Hi Jtzll,

    From your IP Address is looks like you are in South Africa. I only cover Wellington which is in New Zealand (Home of the All Blacks who you’ll be playing in the Semi Finals next weekend).

    It sounds like the alarm is programmed for Hijack mode, but I’d need to look at the car to be able to see what is happening. Getting a new remote should be easy however I don’t ship over seas so contact PFK Electronics who should be able to put you in touch with your local Autowatch dealer.

  51. Avatar Matai says:

    I have installed an Autowatch 446 RLi Alarm system in my car. I want instruction to dis arm the system prior to giving the car for service so I dont reveal the reset switch location to anyone.
    Please assist me with the correct information to dis-arm and enable once service is done.

    Thank you for your help.

  52. Julian Julian says:

    Hi Matai,

    Read the user manual. It’s at the end of the review in PDF format if you don’t have your copy of it.

  53. Avatar russell says:

    Hi I have an auto watch 446RLi (AU) alarm mobiliser Does this have the turbo timer function and if not how do I wire a turbo timer to work and not be shut off by the 45 second delay on the immobiliser

  54. Julian Julian says:

    Hi Russell,

    The 446RLi (AU) is known as the 446RiS or RiSG here in NZ.

    It does not have a built in turbo timer option like the 446RLi Premium.

    If you add an external turbo timer then you will not be able to arm the alarm until it stops running.
    This post covers alarms and turbo timers:

  55. Avatar Solomon (Auckland, NZ) says:

    Hi Julian, I have a 446RLi Premium with 4 button remote. I reset my alarm as the siren wasn’t making a sound and thought I’d reset to factory. Now the car won’t start, although the starter motor spins, the engine just doesn’t spark to life. When I turn the ignition on, the lights on the dash don’t light up but I don’t hear the fuel pump priming.

    The remote still arms/disarms but still can’t start the car. Also, tried using the 5pin code but still the same result.

    Car was running fine before the reset.

  56. Julian Julian says:

    Hi Solomon,

    As always my advice is that you should not dabble with your alarms programming unless you know what you are doing. Leave it to professionals next time!

    It sounds like you’ll need a new siren and the alarm re-programming. I only cover Wellington so I am not in a position to help you.

    Contact Kishor at Autowatch in Auckland.
    He should be able to sort you out.

  57. Avatar Alex says:

    Hi Julian,
    Is the above RRP price current and does it include installation or only for the unit.
    And is there a place in Auckland you’d recommend to buy and get it installed?


  58. Julian Julian says:

    Hi Alex,

    The RRP represents the typical installed cost. That said I quote for each vehicle as some are more labour intensive and require additional parts.

    Please use the contact form if you’d like a quote.
    I do not sell systems without installation or install systems purchased elsewhere.

    Finally, I do not make recommendations if you live outside of Wellington as explained here.


  59. Avatar Alex says:

    Hi Julian,

    Thanks for your reply and time.

    A few more questions if you don’t mind.

    Does the installation cost involve any of the options such as the built in turbo timer setup? or the window closure?
    These are listed as options so i’m thinking they incur a extra fee to get it installed with the alarm?

  60. Julian Julian says:

    Hi Alex,

    As stated in my previous reply, I need to know your vehicle details and location before I can offer a quote.

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