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Old 08-25-2009, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Alaska
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Hey all!

After surviving my first winter in Alaska last year, I'm beginning preparations for this upcoming one! #1 on my list of things to do is get an auto-starter and block heater for my Subaru. Does anyone have any suggestions about where to go and prices? I know it's going to be more expensive for me anyway because my car has a manual transmission, but I'm ok with that.

I'd love to hear about your experiences or things you've heard from other people. I want this installed correctly, but I don't want to get ripped off, either.

Thanks!
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Old 08-25-2009, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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I think that there is an installer at the corner of Fireweed and the Seward Highway.
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Old 08-25-2009, 02:11 PM
 
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I think that there is an installer at the corner of Fireweed and the Seward Highway.
Yep, Autostart Alaska

Autostart Alaska - Anchorage, Alaska (AK) | Company Profile

I've taken both my vehicles there, never had any problem with their work. Easy for me since it's just across the street from my office. The other big installer in Anchorage that many recommend is Safe & Sound:

Safe & Sound - Auto Sound, Remote Starts, Security Systems - Alaska
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Old 08-27-2009, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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They normally charge about 100 bucks more to install an autostart on a manual transmission.
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Old 08-27-2009, 07:19 PM
 
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I got adumb question, since I have a manual transmission,

If the car has to be left in nuetral for an auto start, what prevents the car from rolling ( a safety issue) ?

My owners manual says not to use the parking brake in below freezing temps.( I already learned the hard way years back from a frozen parking brake )

Do you have to manually block your tires with an autostart ?
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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So I ended up going with Perfectionist Auto. I had two personal recommendations for them. It was $100 more expensive for installation because of the manual transmission, but they knocked off that extra charge for me because of my employer (they give discounts for certain things). They didn't say anything about not using a parking brake, and actually, you have to have the parking brake as one of the steps to get the autostart set in order to use it before you drive the next time. You have to do the steps just right or it won't work.
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Old 08-28-2009, 08:54 AM
 
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My 2007 Toyota Camry's manual specifically states not to use the parking brake in temps below freezing.

The 2 other new cars I had before ( manual transmission) both said the same in the owner's manual.
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