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Just an FYI, I was able to program the remote start ECU using techstream 10.10.018 and the generic Mini VCI cable using 2.0.4 firmware. I have been reading that it wasn't possible using a generic cable , but I decided to try it out anyways and I was successfully able to program the RES ECU.

Total Cost of Remote Start Project

(1) PT398-89100-SS Remote Start ECU from ebay $25.00
(1) Ground Wire and pin (had pins left over from a radio harness project) to connect to the 24pin RES harness $0.00 (this is the "V4" cable)
MISC- Soldering Iron, O-Ring Connector, Heat shrink tube

Final Cost: 25.00
 

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Good news with techstream ... I've been researching remote start but I need to do more research and find a module to start her with my phone for those real hot summer days.

Thanks for the update and input about the generic techstream !
 

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I also have a question ... if I go ahead and install the Toyota remote start for push button / smart key applications will the car start under normal conditions without registration of Remote start ECU thru techstream until I get my generic techstream updated?

Seems like the installation of remote start may be an all day project if everything goes well.
 

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Umm, Ya know a write up with links, proper pics, and descriptive writing would be a great post and addtion to the site for people to research and try for themselves.


Isnt there a DIY section on here? This would be a great addition if a proper writeup was done.
 

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you should be ok to install the RES module not programed as long as the "1P RES" harness is not connected. this is the harness by the passenger kick plate that needs to be connected to program. it took me about 1 hour to install the remote starter..all the kick panels have to come off, knee air bag has 3 10mm bolts and has to come off. the glove box has 5 Phillips screws and needs to come off. once everything is out of the way everything is accessible.
 

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Does the Factory Remote Starter turn off the vehicle upon unlocking/opening the door?
 

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^ if it has push start it will...

Only "key" models won't. You put in key, turn to "on" position, then hit brake, the ECU switches over to Key identification and select gear.
 

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Anyone else done this?
Just finished install of Toyota remote starter on 2017 Camry with Smart Key & Factory Alarm. Purchased the kit Toyota P/N PT398-03120 on-line from Camelback Toyota for $277.24 delivered which included 5% discount using Tacoma Forum discount code "TWPARTZ". Install was straightforward following the attached procedure which includes pictures and screen shots. Did the programming with TechStream and it works as expected.

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Just finished install of Toyota remote starter on 2017 Camry with Smart Key & Factory Alarm. Purchased the kit Toyota P/N PT398-03120 on-line from Camelback Toyota for $277.24 delivered which included 5% discount using Tacoma Forum discount code "TWPARTZ". Install was straightforward following the attached procedure which includes pictures and screen shots. Did the programming with TechStream and it works as expected.

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Thank you for posting this and the link. Is programming with Techstream something a DIYer can do and if so what equipment would one need?
 

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Thank you for posting this and the link. Is programming with Techstream something a DIYer can do and if so what equipment would one need?
The procedure is very do-able by a DIYer but the problem is the TechStream - it's a factory tool which is big $$. I was lucky to have access to one for this job. I think DBoy indicated he did this with a TechStream clone which could make it affordable for a DIYer. I was worried about screwing up the ECU on a brand new car with anything but the real thing.....

I would love some specific info on the clone tool and experience with capability...lots of discussion out there but has anyone used it for re-flashing and other heavy duty programming?. Have been considering purchasing TechStream Lite. Does anyone know if you have to be hooked up to TIS to use it? Could I just buy the Mongoose cable, hook up with a short term subscription, download the software and then use it off-line?

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Is there a remote start option for vehicles with just a standard key? I have the base 2017 Camry SE no smart key option.
Not sure but I don't think there is a Toyota remote start for the standard key but I believe it can be done with aftermarket parts if you want to go that way. I would expect that the installation, however, would be much more invasive than with the Smart Key. If I was doing this with a brand new car, I would talk to the dealership and see if they had an option. They may have a relationship with an aftermarket installer for these types of things. In discussions with my dealership, they indicated that they had a recommended aftermarket installer but it seemed any subsequent damage of computer modules was the responsibility of the installer - not the dealership. They did indicate, however, that the recommended installer had a history of standing behind any problems.

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^ if it has push start it will...

Only "key" models won't. You put in key, turn to "on" position, then hit brake, the ECU switches over to Key identification and select gear.
See question from pawpawscw.....what are the options for a non-smart key Camry?

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See question from pawpawscw.....what are the options for a non-smart key Camry?

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Papapwapapawapasscc, can go his local ICE/Tint shop and have them do it for a few hundred for an aftermarket unit.

That's it.

There's even aftermarket that will work with the OEM FOB's for PtS cars, but why limit yourself to 70ft? I went with an aftermarket. The second FOB is not as convenient but it's not that annoying either.
 

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I went with an aftermarket Compustar unit for my '15 LE and have a range of approx. a mile. The Compustar has different remotes with shorter / longer ranges including an option to use your smartphone(virtually limitless range), all depends on how much you want to spend.
Works great.
 

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where did you get that installed? and what was approx pricepoint?
The car dealer gave me the name of their aftermarket installer (who also happened to be an authorized compustar dealer) and I contacted them directly. It was the service tech who told me to contact the installer directly cause going thru the dealer would add an additional $100 for the install. I chose the Compustar Prime 901 it has about a 1mile range and my cost was around $500, they offer several different remotes. The longer the range the higher the cost. If you go to the Compustar website you can find their authorized / installers in your area.
I've had mine for over a year and happy with it, I'm surprised with the range I get. Actually started my car from inside the gym locker room, not quite a mile but a pretty good distance.

Other companies like Viper, Avital offer similar devices/range, I chose mine due to good reviews.
 

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Hi everyone, I just signed up to clear a mistake that some of you are making here regarding the OEM key model remote starter not existing.
It does exist, and I have it on my 2016 LE. In fact, its available on the website when you build your car. Its called the START+

Why did I get the OEM starter? Reliability, and NO EXTRA REMOTE NEEDED. You simply use your original key (click lock 3 times, hold it the third time) and the car starts. It also comes with a long range remote (apparently up to 800 metres/2600ft) that you can use optionally that also confirms whether the car did turn on through a chime.

That means that every key that has the lock/unlock buttons works as a remote, and you get a long-range remote too.

Reliability regarding third party remote starters is quite poor. They are mostly all made in china with the cheapest possible components, and installation often requires cutting cables. My source for this is myself and many other mechanics I worked with over the years. They dont tend to last for very long and often times the cheaper models dont have a bypass system for when they fail, which prevents you from simply starting your car using your key. My dealer originally installed a third party starter and I was pretty pissed off as I explicitly asked for the OEM. They switched it and now all is good. It's an expensive option (800CAD) but you can probably ask and get a discount on it. I cant imagine it is very hard to install otherwise.

For those with the push button system: You should already have a remote start option. The start+ system for you is just an additional long range remote I believe. Even better, if you have the push button start and auto-climate control, the system has "intelligent heating" so it will automatically turn on your rear defrost and heating system. Yes, I'm jealous
 
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