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Old 02-25-2014, 10:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Custom alarm for 2013 Honda Insight

Hello all! I just got a 2013 Insight LX last Sunday and I'm absolutely loving it!

The only thing was the dealer wanted $900 to install the alarm system >_>

Have any of you installed a custom alarm solution yourselves or had one done professionally? I've installed a stereo before, matching the individual wires, and that's the extent of my car electrical experience. Do you think I would be able to install an alarm myself with my limited experience?

And one final, but very important question: are there alarms I can buy with a custom alarm sounds like say.. The starship Voyager's red alert sound?

Anyway, I'm really happy with my purchase, I honestly don't think I couldn't found a better car! I look forward to what you guys (and gals) have tried

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Old 02-26-2014, 11:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome aboard.

Wow, thats a lot for an alarm. Is it the optional Honda one or aftermarket? You can go to best buy or your local pimp my ride store that does window tinting, stereos and such for an alarm. Many include free installation.

It depends on the alarm. Some alarms are plug n play, some are universal and require you to hack wires in the car. Id suggest reviewing installation guides to see if you are up to it.



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Old 02-26-2014, 03:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Yes it was was the optional Honda alarm

They offered to keep the dealer's alarm installed for $900 dollars; but I declined. It seemed way to steep for an alarm system. I didn't know best buy would install it as well, I'll have to call mine and see what they charge. Thanks
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Old 02-26-2014, 03:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Or just forget it. Everyone ignores car alarms anyway.
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I dont think you can remove the stock honda alarm. You can just disable it. My local pmp my ride store charges 250 for a viper alarm and 500 for the same with remote start. They include installation.



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I don't think the LX comes with a factory alarm. I hate dealers that install **** and then expect you to pay for it. I once made a dealer remove pin stripping.
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Old 02-27-2014, 03:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for all your replies! Props on making them remove the pin stripes hahaha

I'm not getting the alarm so much for theft prevention but rather as a vandalism alert. LA drives tend to use their shitty old cars to nudge their way into parking spaces and thugs like to key cars, etc. I'll call around and see what I can get in my area.

I'll let you all know what I find. Thanks again
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Old 02-27-2014, 03:52 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Get it elsewhere. I didn't see the '$900' alarm install when I was signing contract when purchasing the vehicle back in 2010. The $900 only install an aftermarket shock sensor by Automate, at most would cost $200 w/ install elsewhere. You're better off finding another place to get an alarm and possibly an a lot better one than the dealer options.
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Old 02-27-2014, 05:16 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Wait a second, the 2nd gen insight doesnt come with am alarm?!?!?! Mines has what looks like a generic honda 3 button key fob to lock, unlock doors and panic. When I lock my car there is a red light that blinks on the dash. If I lock my doors and am inside and go to exit I set off the alarm which blinks the lights and honks the horn.

Are we talking about the same thing?

I know for the FIT you can get a remote start module.

When the Insight was first listed for sale they use to list an upgrade to the alarm on the accessory list as well as a bug deflector for the hood, but both of those vanished.



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Old 02-27-2014, 05:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Nope it wasn't standard on my 2013 LX. It has the blinking red light, but testing the locked handle or knocking on the car doesn't set of an alarm.

They specifically asked me if I wanted to keep the alarm system but when they mentioned the price it was a definite no lol
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