Both Toyota dealers service said you have to splice wires with an aftemarket unit and they won't do it with a Smart Key system.Maybe it's just the hybrid because there's no starter.I called around, you can get a aftermarket system, From what the installer told me is that the car will shut off when the door is opened. I'm planning on getting one after the holidays, they told me 299 installed
toyotapartspeople.com has the Remote Start Kit for the Hybrid for $333.50.So dealer cost is probably around $250.
I installed the one for the 2011 model on my 2007 TCH with smartkey system, and it works just fine. Different part number, but it works fine. I installed it myself, following the directions found online, but had to go to a Toyota dealership to have them hook up their scanner to it to activate it - that cost $95 (rip off - took him 10 min), but it works fine. Don't forget to get the hood switch if your car doesn't already have one for a security system - it doesn't come with the remote start kit - but everything else does.I just bought a 08 Camry Hybrid with a NAV system and JBL stero. I want to buy a remote start as well, but I went by the Toyota dealership here in my town and they told me that the OEM remote starter VIP was discontinued. Does anyone have a reason why and what would be my alternatives if I went non factory? thanks.
One dealer I talked to when shopping for a hybrid said they normally throw in a remote starter that costs about $500. However, he said they do not install them in hybrids.I contacted my dealer here in Paducah, Kentucky and states he wants $700.00 to install the remote start and I think this is ridiculously HIGH! Does anyone else have prices they are paying???
eBay link you gave is P/N PT398-03120.pdf and is for non-hybrid.On sale at Amazon for $395.95 but it says must be installed at dealer. I guess its because you have to use the TechStream software, etc.
OP should ask dealer how much for labor only for the install.
$299 on Ebay, http://www.ebay.com/itm/2012-CAMRY-REMOTE-ENGINE-START-GENUINE-TOYOTA-KIT-OEM-PT398-03120-/200701807490?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item2ebac28b82&vxp=mtr
If it uses the same remote as the keyless entry, what buttons do you press to start the car??Got mine when I bought the car for $395. It uses the same remote as the door locks which is nice. The only issue is the car shuts off when you open any door. That has to do to the keyless ignition I am told. I use it in the winter to clear the windshield of frost.