So for Xmas I was gifted a remote start for my '13 Fusion. I did some looking around and it would seem there are 3 options available.
• Your basic short-range model for $400 installed
• The bi-directional that tells you the car started w/out seeing it, and has longer range ($500 installed)
• Mr. Fancy Pants option that lets me use my phone to start and lock/unlock and alerts me to a tripped alarm ($800+$50/yr)
I called a couple Ford dealers around me to ask some questions and all steered me away from the factory kits because people were unhappy with them. They said they go with an aftermarket guy who comes in and it ranges from $500-600 installed. But from what I could understand, they were unsure if this lets me configure the remote-starter options that are opened in the drivers info screen in the gauges (set warm-up time, rear defrost, seat warmers 1 or 2, etc).
In fact, one told me that the bi-directional option was a pain to install and the cost would be more. WTF?? A cursory Youtube search shows them installing the bi-directional model in an F150 in 5 minutes. It literally plugs right in behind the glovebox and a tech programs the system after.
Is this just some local kick-back thing or are they really having issues with the kits Ford says are compatible on their site? My next call is going to be Ford customer care on Monday.