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Old 10-17-2013, 08:37 AM   #1
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I just took delivery of my 14 Q5. Great Car, love it. I called the dealer this am to inquire about a remote start option. They said there are aftermarket ones available but AUDI does not recommend it. Something about it interferring with the "Fiber Optics" of the vehicle? I am not stupid about stuff normally but since I am leasing this vehicle, I don't want to affect the warranty or other things that would cost me a ton of money and lease end...Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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I'm wondering about this too. I was told there are "too many electronics" and that it isn't recommended. I really want one, though...

I have the advanced key. I don't know if that makes a difference.
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Not recommended for the reasons because it must be disabled Audi security protection, the same must be disable to install a remote start
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The fiber optics thing doesn't make sense. Short of cutting a fiber optic cable, I am not sure how anything could interfere with it.
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Just curious why you want remote start. My car (2013 Hybrid Q5) actually warns me not to warm up the engine. Get in the car, start it, drive away. If you let it idle for too long before you drive it anywhere it gives warnings on the dash.

I'm not arguing, just curious the reasons why people need remote start.
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Just curious why you want remote start. My car (2013 Hybrid Q5) actually warns me not to warm up the engine. Get in the car, start it, drive away. If you let it idle for too long before you drive it anywhere it gives warnings on the dash.

I'm not arguing, just curious the reasons why people need remote start.
I'm not sure where you live but during the winter in ND it wouldn't hurt to get in a car that's warm when it's 10 degrees out. That could be one reason...
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I'm not sure where you live but during the winter in ND it wouldn't hurt to get in a car that's warm when it's 10 degrees out. That could be one reason...
Did you know that the work of a cold engine when the car is parked harms this same engine
New engines to warm up after a 4-5 minute drive
In Europe, in many countries prohibited heating the engine when the car is parked (For example in Germany: the penalty is 300 Euros )
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Did you know that the work of a cold engine when the car is parked harms this same engine
New engines to warm up after a 4-5 minute drive
In Europe, in many countries prohibited heating the engine when the car is parked (For example in Germany: the penalty is 300 Euros )
that come as a factory option. I'm not sure about the current ones, but the older ones were electric and programable to turn on at a certain time and warm up the inside cabin to any temperature you wanted before you got in the car. Now they needed to be plugged in to AC, so owners with garages did well with these. I now that the Nordic Audi owners use them. These are not the same as electric engine block heaters, they are actually an interior heater.
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that come as a factory option. I'm not sure about the current ones, but the older ones were electric and programable to turn on at a certain time and warm up the inside cabin to any temperature you wanted before you got in the car. Now they needed to be plugged in to AC, so owners with garages did well with these. I now that the Nordic Audi owners use them. These are not the same as electric engine block heaters, they are actually an interior heater.
Yes's exactly what the options in Europe that costs 1420 Euros (1900 $) but here is written the remote start engine not the additional heating that does not exist in the U.S. market


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Not recommended for the reasons because it must be disabled Audi security protection, the same must be disable to install a remote start
So if I'm reading this right, the reason they don't recommend it is because you'd have to disable the alarm? Does that mean the functionality of the alarm system would be permanently disabled, or only once you've remote started the car? If it's the latter, that doesn't bother me at all, since it wouldn't be more than 5 minutes between when I started the car, and when I got in it. The car is also physically protected and can't be stolen in that time frame.
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I personally don't understand the need for remote start. If you live in a cold climate, you should be accustomed to the cold and toughen up a little. It takes all of 5-10 minutes for most cars (when driving, not idling) to heat up enough to also heat the interior. If you can't deal with those 5-10 minutes, it is time to move South. Same thing goes for heated seats.

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Used to it? Of course we are.

But think about the crowd you're talking to. Anyone with an Audi clearly has some money to spend. Nothing wrong at all with looking in to options for convenience and comfort to match with the rest of the car. I find this hating quite asinine.

Lots of my friends in neighbors here in Wyoming have crappy F-150s and other pickups with remote starts. I don't think it's unacceptable to want the same.
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It's not hating... more along the lines of disappointment that we as a nation are so concerned about comfort and not so much concerned about a little sacrifice or inconvenience in order to save some energy. (Please don't read into this statement that I am a liberal... far from it.)

I do have to admit that the image of all these truck drivers running around in Big Sky country with remote start and heated seats does paint a funny picture... but than so few truck owners actually buy a truck to be used as truck these days.
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It's not hating... more along the lines of disappointment that we as a nation are so concerned about comfort and not so much concerned about a little sacrifice or inconvenience in order to save some energy.
And you, you never considered swapping your SUV for a compact car in order to save some energy?
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Remote starter and alarm can be done on the Audi. Roughly around USD950 to USD1200. It will not disable the Audi's Anti Theft system. For safety reason for the USA. No one is allowed to disable the factory Theft System. It will still be used if the OEM key engages the lock function instead of the aftermarket alarm is engaged. People are afraid of putting alarm and remote starters in an "AUDI" because of its past electrical issues they had. Now Audi has improved a lot on their cars.

USA- Remote starter and Alarm system will give you at least 15% discount on your insurance policy as well.
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Remote starter and alarm can be done on the Audi. Roughly around USD950 to USD1200. It will not disable the Audi's Anti Theft system.
Interesting informations

Do you know the working principle of Audi protection system ?
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Interesting informations

Do you know the working principle of Audi protection system ?
all anti-theft systems works the same way here in the USA. No matter how good Audi protection system is. it can be stolen. Here is a video. this was on the news nation wide


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all anti-theft systems works the same way here in the USA. No matter how good Audi protection system is. it can be stolen. Here is a video. this was on the news nation wide
Of course everything in the world can steal.

I'm not talking about the alarm system, but the system of protection that has every Audi in the world.
Not the same system in the Audi, BMW, Mercedes......
Look at the statistics of stolen cars and compare Audi and BMW or Mercedes
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Of course everything in the world can steal.

I'm not talking about the alarm system, but the system of protection that has every Audi in the world.
Not the same system in the Audi, BMW, Mercedes......
Look at the statistics of stolen cars and compare Audi and BMW or Mercedes
I know, they all work the same way here. Its the requirement for the USA.
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I know, they all work the same way here. Its the requirement for the USA.
Alarm Yes, but not other system protection.

For your information Audi has a system of protection in four points, others do not
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