Hey guys. I decided to do a quick write up on the Dowontec ST800 since some people are curious about the system. Believe me, I was worried as well since the name isn't "Clifford" or "Viper" heck even "Auto Page". What we've got here is a security system gives you the ability to modify your vehicle to an intelligent key system AND pushbutton start. This was installed in my 2006 G35 coupe manual transmission.
First let me say customer service is excellent. I was calling asking questions all the way up until the freakin' package got to me! They always helped and answered questions. I didn't get the ol' "well we got his money now, peace out sucka"
So anyhow, there are a ton of options. You can pretty much customize everything you want very easily right on the spot anytime. This is definitely my favorite feature.
OK, so now that I'm thinking of stuff, this isn't going to be a "quick" write up after all...
One feature that sets this system aside is the digital keypad that is mounted inside your windshield out to the edge. On this flat keypad, there are 6 buttons mounted vertically. (pictures will be up tomorrow) The buttons are activated by touching the glass from outside of the car. I haven't seen anything like this, but it's genius. Basically you can do all your options programming here. Also this allows you to gain access to your car and even drive it. Of course there is a personal security pass code. Code can be 4 to 10 digits. If you're not comfortable with the digital keypad, you can turn it completely off.
Next is the intelligent key system. Just carry the flat fob in your wallet or pocket and you're set. Walk up to the car and it will unarm and unlock. Access to trunk, gas cap, and doors. If you're looking to show off, just tap the windshield where two of the digital keypad "buttons" are and start the car from outside. (It knows its you because of the fob in your pocket.) Two other buttons and pop the trunk. Otherwise, just jump in and Push To Start!
Which leads me to the next feature, Push to start
. There's not much to say here. We all know what this is. This is the button you use if you didn't already start the car from the remote.
I'll talk about installation, chipped key, steering lock, etc, etc, later.
The system works as you would expect it to. Same rules apply as you see on the stock cars that have the Push Button start already. Car has to be in neutral, and brake has to be depressed. The only difference is, there is no button to push on the door handle to unlock the doors. The doors just simply unlock when you are close (5ft or so depending on install). HOWEVER, if you so choose, you can use the feature that requires you to touch the enter key on the windshield to make the doors unlock. If you don't have your fob, simply put in your pass code, get in and push to start.
Looking for the negatives? OK
Only comes with one fob.
But it will accept up to 3.
If you have memory seats programmed to your stock key fobs, kiss that goodbye. If wifey drives the car you better just hit her memory button on the side of the seat when you get out so you don't have to hear her mouth about it later. (actually, I noted that the stock key fob unlocked the doors. They actually might still hold the memory, but now you're defeating the purpose of hands off entry)
G35 Headlight delay- If you have your headlights set to auto there is a small issue at night. As we know, the headlights stay on for 45 seconds after you get out of the car (meaning the door is open and shut). Well if you remote start then remote shut down, you never actually opened the door. Meanwhile the headlights stay on until the door pins are triggered (or 5 minutes if they programmed your G that way). Either way, you don't want your headlights staying on. I will go to Infiniti and have them program the BCM to "no headlight delay". Meanwhile I will just turn auto headlights off. THE good news is the alarm system has a setting for this very feature! clearly since its internal, it will shut the headlights off in the chosen time.
The manuals can use a once over regarding clarity. The good news here is they are already working on the revision.
Obviously, just like any push to start / intelligent key system, you need to keep a closer eye on your battery. No more waiting till that day you go out and the car won't start.
Obviously you will lose your steering wheel lock. People have different opinions on this subject. Me personally- There are cars manufactured today without steering wheel locks. A G35 thief knows he will have to pull it on a flat bed if he wants your car. So the steering wheel lock wouldn't do much good anyway.
I'm tired. I will follow up with how the system was installed in the G35. I know someone has questions on that, so ask now and I can include them in my next post. Here is the website.