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I’ve installed a remote starter on my manual transmission SLK.
The remote starter which I installed has options for timed start and starting at a preset temperature, but I don’t use those. In daily use I have replaced the Mercedes ‘switchblade’ key fob with the new remote and Mercedes flat key, which are about the same size as the Mercedes stock setup. However, I installed this system in such a way as to be completely compatible with the Mercedes remotes, so they are still 100% usable. The new remote of course has a much greater range than the Mercedes fob. As a side benefit – actually, this was my first motivation for installing the system – I can operate my BVRC (remote control of the vario roof) from my office building so that the car is ready to go by the time I get to it.
If you’re concerned about safety issues in a manual transmission installation, you needn’t be. The unit which I installed enables itself only of you leave the transmission in neutral – you must exit the car with the engine running, and then lock the car, to enable remote start. If installed properly, there’s no way to engage the remote start with the transmission is in gear. For extra safety I also installed a neutral switch.
I use the remote start in winter. I set mine up to turn on the driver’s heated seat when started by remote. I also disable the stereo system until I get in the car so as not to miss my favorite songs in my playlist.
Last edited by BipesD; 10-19-2006 at 10:17 PM.