Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Tempe, AZ
13 Accent SE (RB) with sunroof
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I went to the dealer to buy a jack. Spoke to the finance guy who sells the add-on. Also the service advisor. I didn't get the impression anyone knows.
They both seemed to think it should alarm if the door is opened after remotely locking the doors. But, I sat in the car, windows up, remotely locked. Waited 1 minute. Opened the door from the inside. No alarm.
The service guy said he believed it immobilized the ignition. That, if someone tried to start the car with a key (or hotwire) before using the remote to unlock it, the car's brain would disable the system requiring an elaborate recovery procedure.
But, the finance guy thought it was just a kill switch which could be bypassed by hotwiring.
I go back to pickup a special-order (cargo net) next week. I'll probably try to get more info.
It's frustrating because I don't want to invest in a replacement alarm system if the car's supposed to have some basic features which could be extended. For example, I don't want to add a kill switch if the ignition has a "brain" that does much more elaborate shutdown of the entire system.
But, at the same time, I don't get the feeling these people know for sure.