I wouldn't call VIPER starters "generic" but I get what you're saying.I doubt very much that you can get a generic remote starter to work on the TCH ... "void the warranty on anything related to the starter" might mean a lot of things on the TCH... I would be wary of that statement...
Actually the salesman that told me this ended up being completely wrong on SEVERAL other occasions and I doubt i'll ever step foot in that dealership ever again. It's safe to say he was incorrect again.I doubt your toyota dealer service dept. will install an aftermarket accessory. I know mine won't.
With that being said I think I'll skip out on the Remote Starter. I did fall in love with the idea of always climbing into a comfortable cabin. This is going to be my wife's car though so I'll rarely be in it anyway. My Tacoma WILL have a remote starter LOLThe Camry Hybrid XLE warms up pretty quickly on its own. I usually have heat after driving about a quarter mile.
In my opinion, that would be a resounding "yes".I know a member in the Gen7 w/ smart key got an aftermarket remote starter installed and it works. I wonder if its any different w/ it being a hybrid?
The basic method should be no different. The same immobiliser and the same signalling is used to start the engine on the typical camry as opposed to the hybrid. Mostly the same modules. I suspect it does it via canbus some how.In my opinion, that would be a resounding "yes".
Unless you have something that talks digitally with the engine ECU, I don't think you'll be able to "start" it with just a few 12V wires tapped in to the circuitry under the dash... (at least, that's what I know about remote starters. That technology could have changed since).
+1Let us know if you still think this way come February....
Click on my Fuelly icon and have a look at the trend graph of my fuel economy. Here in Alberta Canada we have colder winters than Chicago, but I suspect even in Chicago you will not go unscathed in winter. Longer distance per drive will mitigate it, and shorter distances will increase the hit.I dont see how driving in the winter compared to the summer would be very much different on the MPG's, except the car making the gas engine go "ON" to heat up the cabin. Thats why I believe the easiest/best way to increase gas mileage in the winter is to keep the heater off as much as possible.
That is exactly the issue. It is too bad Toyota would not design their vehicles better for cold weather climates. I suspect all their design is driven by the EPA tests which do not reflect the real world, especially where it is colder. They could make two significant improvements for us guys in the real cold:One other significant factor is that the computer has to adjust the fuel/air ratio for emissions and drivability reasons to compensate for the cold intake air. The same occurs on all engines, hybrid or not. My previous car saw about a 15% drop in mileage during the winter, even when the engine was fully warmed up.