View Full Version : Cheap, "decent" 2-way alarm?

07-18-2010, 01:17 AM
Hey guys... I am looking for a cheap yet somewhat decent 2-way alarm for my Integra. I have installed a couple alarms, a remote start and a few keyless entry/shaved door kits so I have some experience. I also already have a complete wiring diagram I got from a guy at Best Buy for $5 (probably could have found it for free online but WTF, I was there and had $5). So, I am just looking for a decent 2-way I can install myself as I paid $250~ plus tax to have one installed in my Durango and then found the alarm online for like $40-$60 so, no way I am going to pay someone else to do it again!

I was looking at this Phoenix Digital PD-175 for like $75~

* Car Alarm (PD175) Features:
* 2-way car alarm with lcd display
* Long range fm system (up to 3000ft.)
* Car/alarm status lcd display on remote
* Visual and audio alert on remote
* Dual zone monitoring shock sensor
* Auto-lock/unlock
* Anti car-jacking system
* Doors/trunk/hood sensors
* Remote engine start
* Auto re-locking
* Trunk release by remote
* Remote easy key-lock
* Current sensing circuit
* Status led
* Silent arm/disarm
* Flashing headlights
* 127db siren
* Remote panic
* Sensor bypass by remote
* Valet/override functions
* Starter disable output
* Brand new & factory sealed
* 2 year warranty

Or this one made by "Shark" for $55~

* Ultra-long FSK communication range (two way range over 4500ft .)
* car alarm and keyless entry
* Works with most cars with automatic and manual transmission
* Includes two LCD remotes
* Code hopping technology for anti-scanning and anti-grabbing
* Compatible with factory security system
* Multiple user-programmable features
* Visual and Audio alert on remote
* Car/alarm status LCD display on remote
* Reservation mode and Turbo mode selectable
* Valet mode
* Anti-carjacking system
* Door/Hood/Trunk sensors
* Silent arm/disarm/alert
* Automatic windows roll-up
* Automatic dome light supervision
* Remote trunk release
* Programmable auxiliary output
* Interface of microwave sensor or optional sensor
* Smart LED indicator
* 115db siren
* Remote query function
* Ultra-low standby power consumption of remote control
* Real-time clock and personal alarm clock of remote control
* Keyboard lock and LED backlight

07-18-2010, 01:20 AM
Im going to stay tuned on this since I also need one for my new car as well.

07-18-2010, 12:30 PM
I am going to try the Shark I think... For $55 it is worth a try...

07-18-2010, 09:02 PM
55 bucks to me immediately makes me worry..

why not something DEI or Compustar? they have the best reputation and reliability......

07-18-2010, 09:07 PM
55 bucks to me immediately makes me worry..

why not something DEI or Compustar? they have the best reputation and reliability......

Who all does "DEI" make stuff for?

07-18-2010, 09:34 PM
Viper, Clifford, Python.

93 saturn sl2
07-19-2010, 12:54 AM
Avital 5303. $153 shipped from ebay. I installed it myself as well.

Heres a short video I made..


07-19-2010, 01:16 AM
If you get the alarms off amazon you will save a ton!

07-19-2010, 03:33 PM
Alert (http://www.alertautomotive.com/index2.asp?CID=1)

If you've ever heard the saying, good aint always cheap and cheap aint always good. Live by that. People who buy the cheapest stuff find out the hard way they should have spent a little more money and gotten a lot better product.

$55 for a 2-way....run as fast and far away from that as you can.

07-19-2010, 03:41 PM
I used the P.D. one a few years back in my Neon and it worked just fine.

I just need something "basic" but prefer a two way. I will keep looking for now but I figure all of the success people have had with the "shark" amps it might still be worth a try.

08-06-2010, 08:43 AM
Crimestopper is a good value alarm, i have been using then for 5 years and 3 cars without any fail.

08-08-2010, 12:51 PM
The Prestige units by Audiovox are great bang for buck. I have installs 100s of them.