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Hey. Thinking about getting the CT here. But, my question is if I should get the remote start. It gets hot here I the California valley - 110 or so in the summer. Would be great to get the AC going as I walk to the car from the office.

Does anyone know the range on the remote start? My friend has a 3rd party option for his old truck and is able to start it about 1/8 mile away which give it a couple of minutes to cool off while he's walking. However, for his wife's new Honda, he got the remote start option for that when get got the car new. And, it has the same range as the unlock/lock - about 30 feet. It doesn't work well and he wishes he didn't spend the money on it.

Does anyone have it? How's the range? Would you get it again? When you get in the car, can you just drive away or do you have stop/start the car??

Thanks.

-Mitch
 

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Anyway, if I'm not mistaken remote starters usually have a range of about 30-100 feet (about same range as the normal remote), allowing you to start the engine to activate your air conditioner, heater, etc. I know in some past Lexus models, the car turns off as soon as you touch the door handle to get in. Once in the car, you'd have to restart your car. IMHO, this touch handle-shut off and then having to restart the car procedure defeats the purpose of the RS. And if you look at it, especially on regular engine cars, fuel economy would be affected a bit... but on a hybrid like the CT, maybe not so much.
Yea, this is exactly what I was afraid of. I've emailed two dealers to see if they can budge on some of the accessories and/or extended warranty. Who knows, maybe I can get this on a discount.. :) But, I'm thinking there's no budging with prices right now. Maybe I'll wait for the 2012 models. :)

-Mitch
 
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