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Good evening folks, I will be getting a new car this week and would like to know what after-market alarm system works well with this vehicle without messing with the remote starter etc?

For my 2000 Nissan Maxima I had Autopage remote/alarm combo and that worked well. What are you guys using? I need something for these mean NY streets, even though my car will be garaged at nights.
 

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Factory alarm. I have low deductibles and my car is garaged at home. If a person can start your car without your keys I'm sure they also know how to get past your average aftermarket car alarm.
 

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Factory alarm. I have low deductibles and my car is garaged at home. If a person can start your car without your keys I'm sure they also know how to get past your average aftermarket car alarm.
There is an installed factory alarm? Is it loud enough?
 

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There is an installed factory alarm? Is it loud enough?
There is both a factory alarm and an engine fuel kill switch installed. Without the properly encrypted key code, the fuel pump will not get power so the engine will not run. That, far more than any alarm, is what prevents car theft these days. The alarm is useful if someone tries to break in to steal something from the interior or vandalize the car.

Even your 2000 Nissan had a base factory alarm - almost all modern cars built in the last 15-20 years have one as far as I know (my 1990s bare bones Chevy Cavalier had a factory alarm). Most are just tied to the horn and lights for alerts. They are usually not motion based but only go off if a window is broken, or a door, trunk or hood forcibly opened.
 

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Loud enough once you've swapped the weak factory horns out for these: Horn Upgrade Kit - 38100T2A - College Hills Honda
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There is both a factory alarm and an engine fuel kill switch installed. Without the properly encrypted key code, the fuel pump will not get power so the engine will not run. That, far more than any alarm, is what prevents car theft these days. The alarm is useful if someone tries to break in to steal something from the interior or vandalize the car.

Even your 2000 Nissan had a base factory alarm - almost all modern cars built in the last 15-20 years have one as far as I know (my 1990s bare bones Chevy Cavalier had a factory alarm). Most are just tied to the horn and lights for alerts. They are usually not motion based but only go off if a window is broken, or a door, trunk or hood forcibly opened.
Is it a loud alert on the FOB? My main concern are the wheels. I know they steal them a lot in NY. I hope the EX wheels aren't attractive.
 

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Is it a loud alert on the FOB? My main concern are the wheels. I know they steal them a lot in NY. I hope the EX wheels aren't attractive.
The factory alarm has nothing to do with the wheels. Neither do most aftermarket alarms. If the wheels are a big issue for you then you need to look into specific alarm systems for wheels.
 

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The factory alarm has nothing to do with the wheels. Neither do most aftermarket alarms. If the wheels are a big issue for you then you need to look into specific alarm systems for wheels.
I meant if someone were trying to remove the wheels would the alarm go off and alert me?

I'm not sure if the 2016 EX wheels are highly desirable here but I would be willing to downgrade or swap to avoid this issue because I'm not fussy about wheels.

It's the first I'm hearing about alarm systems for wheels I'll google it. Thanks.
 

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I meant if someone were trying to remove the wheels would the alarm go off and alert me?

I'm not sure if the 2016 EX wheels are highly desirable here but I would be willing to downgrade or swap to avoid this issue because I'm not fussy about wheels.

It's the first I'm hearing about alarm systems for wheels I'll google it. Thanks.
The Honda alarm only goes off if a window is broken or the hood, trunk or a door are forced open. It won't go off just because of motion, so wouldn't help in your scenario.

There is (was ?) a startup company called RimTech Alarms that had a patent for an alarm and tracking system specifically for car wheels. I have no idea where that project or product is at now though.

I think wheel locks and a motion sensing alarm system would be the best you can do.
 

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I really doubt someone's going to steal those wheels. If you had the sport/touring 19s, sure. Insurance and low/no deductible on your comprehensive coverage. Plus wheel locks of course.
 

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You can always add a shock sensor, glass breakage sensor, and/or lift sensor to your factory alarm. You won't have to worry about the lift sensor with the EX though. I would shop around for the best installer and not necessarily the cheapest price since the sensors aren't plug and play and require that the installer knows what they are doing. I just stopped by a shop last night after reading this thread since I had no idea you could add sensors to a factory alarm. I was quoted $300 for the glass breakage and tilt sensor which is on the high side since this is a rather expensive shop but it will give you an idea.
 

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People just don't understand that if a thief wants your car or something off your car he/she will get it. Make sure you have good insurance with low deductibles and enjoy the car.

This is coming from a guy that has had wheels stolen and the car vandalized on separate occasions with a car alarm. That was many many years ago and it hasn't stopped me from buying wheels and lowering my rides with static suspension parts or hydraulics.
 

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People just don't understand that if a thief wants your car or something off your car he/she will get it. Make sure you have good insurance with low deductibles and enjoy the car.

This is coming from a guy that has had wheels stolen and the car vandalized on separate occasions with a car alarm. That was many many years ago and it hasn't stopped me from buying wheels and lowering my rides with static suspension parts or hydraulics.
I don't think anyone said an alarm will make it impossible to steal your car but maybe I missed that part. Alarms are a deterrent and won't stop a thief who really wants your stuff but they may persuade the thief to move onto an easier target. I still believe the best deterrent is a 230gr projectile moving about 900fps :devil
 

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I don't think anyone said an alarm will make it impossible to steal your car but maybe I missed that part. Alarms are a deterrent and won't stop a thief who really wants your stuff but they may persuade the thief to move onto an easier target. I still believe the best deterrent is a 230gr projectile moving about 900fps :devil
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Just more reason we are working in getting out of this state within the next couple years. Thankfully my friends and family are pro 2A.
 

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I really doubt someone's going to steal those wheels. If you had the sport/touring 19s, sure. Insurance and low/no deductible on your comprehensive coverage. Plus wheel locks of course.
I'm going to upgrade the alarm and definitely get wheel locks from Amazon or Pep Boys. I might upgrade the alarm if it's not loud enough for me.
 

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1. They'll try to steal whatever wheel they can. They'll steal your ugly EX wheels and use them as their winter wheels for some random car they own. I live in Queens, and have had my ugly stock 17" EX wheels stolen

2. You'd need tilt sensors like someone else said. Otherwise your factory alarm won't go off based on wheel theft

3. The wheel lock threads are 12mm X 1.5 if I remember correctly.

4. The horn upgrades are cheap, and easy to install. $8 for 2 day shipping to NY, total was roughly $40. It's two bolts, and it's a direct swap. Highly recommend it
 
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