2013 Maserati GranTurismo MC
This is really useful info, thanks!! My biggest gripe was keeping the original key in the car. However, if a local locksmith was able to cut the blank to match the original key then the install is less risky in my eyes.I bought this mod about 8 months ago and have had it installed for six months. It is working just fine.
A couple of answers to above questions
1/ the old key fob does get disassembled but nothing is damaged. It is fully reversible
2/ the battery is not needed in the old remote for the chip to be read by the old lock cylinder.
3/ the physical key does not have to be cut. The blade is removed from the old remote and not CUT and is inserted and left "on" with a cover over it so you cannot see it is even there.
4/ the start button starts the car when you push and hold it. My car does not require the brake pedal to be pushed but some years do and this is accommodated with the kit.
5/ the accessory mode comes on by simply pushing start for a moment and not holding it till it starts.
6/ when you walk away from the car the locks auto lock and when you return they auto unlock
7/ if your battery were to die then you have several options - 1/ call AAA and they will get it open in 2 min, 2/ keep your old 2nd key in a hidden magnetic box somewhere on the car to unlock it manually, 3/ go to a locksmith and have the new remotes backup key cut to work as I did
Let me know if you have any other questions
Any additional info on this Robin? Do you have any install document/video you can share? I'd like to see how it compares to the original version.They do have a new version out now that is easier to install.
To be honest, my reason to do this mod would have nothing to do with the push to start option. I want to do it simply to get rid of the god forsaken OEM keyfob. The range is absolutely horrible and is an eyesore to look at. I love turning the key manually every morning but if I am able to upgrade the keyfob to be on par with today's remotes then I'm willing to sacrifice the joy of turning the key.I don’t see what the big deal is with having to turn the key to start the car. It’s “old school,” but that fits with the other old tech in the rest of the car. For a long time, Ferrari made you turn the key AND push the Start button which is a bigger “nuisance.”
A lot of work for what is essentially a useless mod in my opinion.