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hey guys im lookin for a alarm system for my 00 civic si. i found this one on ebay it seems like a decent deal, maybe it is to good to be true. check out this link to it.DEI Hornet 742t Car Alarm Thanks for your input guys, i want to know what you guys think of it. its either this or a python or viper. but i dont have crazy money to spend on a system. i need one pretty quick so thanks again guys.
 

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I realize I am new here but I do work in a aftermarket electronics shop. If it was me and this is my opinion you are buying a lower end product. The hornet stuff does work and really doeas a decent job. But I would be looking at a 2 way unit first and foremost. The 2 ways have a picture of a car on the remote and it will allow you to monitor your vehicle so to speak. When the alarm is triggerd it will also trigger the remote to let you know that your vehicle is being tampered with.

I realize that you can get pager units to add on existing alarms but I find them unreliable and sometimes expensive with the added installation to your alarm install.

Viper has a good reputation although I hate DEI products. I usually pu 2 way alarm/remote start combos on my rigs. That way I can start my car and have it protected at the same time. The compustars have a solid reputation. Hell even the audiovox peice is pretty decent. You can do a search and find some quality brands. I hope this helps.

Also make sure you have a very compotent installer doing the work. The installation is a 100% of the reason cars can get stolen. Most installers just put the brain under the dash and theives know basically were to look. Also make sure the installer adds the hood pins correctly and maybe you should look into a battery backup also. That way if the theif try's to cut your battery the alarm will still go off.

On a side not I usually add 2 sirens on my cars with the horn honk also. Then for added security I put some underbody strobe lights underneath the car so when the alarm is triggerd the strobes, siren, and horn will hopefully attract attention. I also make sure to have at least 3 leds installed in the car so a would be theif will know this car is protected..

Remeber I said I do this for a living so my cars are generally overkill. BUT I have never been broken into and never had a problem..

Allen
 

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sallenthornton said:
Viper has a good reputation although I hate DEI products. I usually pu 2 way alarm/remote start combos on my rigs. That way I can start my car and have it protected at the same time. The compustars have a solid reputation. Hell even the audiovox peice is pretty decent. You can do a search and find some quality brands. I hope this helps.
Wow, you and I have completely opposite opinions on brands. I've never had a problem with anything DEI (although I've never worked with the Hornet line), and personally I think Audiovox is crap.

Brands aside tho, very good advice. The installation and accessories do more for an alarm than anything else. A backup battery is a must, and I always add at least one full sized siren under the dash. 2-way remotes are also a great thing if you can afford it, but I don't consider it entirely necessary. Hiding the alarm box is also crucial, as is placement of the valet switch (if you even use it). If you go to any place like Best Buy or Circuit City, they are under serious time constraints and can't afford to take the time necessary to properly hide the components.

The best thing you can do, once you choose an alarm, is learn how to install it yourself. Take apart the entire dash if you have to, and position the alarm/wiring/accessories so that they're impossible to find without taking the dash apart. Just make sure you do it right the first time or it's a pain in the ass to fix. :D

Oh, as for the Ebay deal you linked. Circuit City sells a Hornet 740T for $70. I just took a quick look, but didn't notice any difference in the specs. You might wanna check that before spending more on Ebay.
 

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I live in Alaska and in my experience the DEI stuff just doesn't work that well in very cold envirements. I brought up the audiovox peice because with the 2 way it actually has a very very good alarm. With a ton of options. I do however think the range on it is kinda limited. Maybe 1200 feet.

I work at a shop that sells alpine.. Their alarms are not really for the DIY. DEI seems to be the choice in the states. But in Alaska they just don't cut the mustard.

Audiovox has a pretty cheap reputation.. But their alarms, remote starters and peripheals seem to work very well along with a solid warranty. I put those in customer cars. I will not put it in mine though.. :D

Just remember the installation is the key. I cannot stress that enough. Do not go to some chezzy fly buy night place. Go see a specialist. Do not have a friend hook it up, unless they do electronics for a living. If they do not say NO... Friends don't let friends hook up electronics..
 
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