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Are remote starters bad for your car. We live in PA and want to put one in for our daughter who does not park in the garage. brrrr. Also, I

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Dana, yes they do make remote start systems for manual transmissions, and I am not sure about the legality issue you are speaking of. There are a number of audio specialist that do install remote start systems as well. You might want to price check and see if you can find some place in town that can install it for you with a warranty. AJ Pierce

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Dana, Remote starters are fine and can be put in any vehicle as long as it is done properly. Vehicles with a manual transmission have a safety device that keeps the vehicle from starting unless the clutch pedal is depressed. This is why it is important to have a professional install the remote starter in your vehicle. I have heard stories of installers that do this incorrectly and when the vehicle starts, because it is in gear, it has hit another vehicle. It's also important that your daughter know to leave it in neutral or the vehicle won't start. These are all things you can discuss with an installer. Make sure you know all the facts before having this done. I couldn't really find anything on PA law about this, but it may be something about manual vehicles having to be parked in gear, and with a remote starter you can't do that. I'm not sure how much this law is enforced, if at all. You can try checking with Penndot if you have further questions. www.dot.state.pa.us Hope this helps. Lori Johnson

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