2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Remote Start With Benefits
September 28, 2009
Josh recently posted a picture of our 2009 Dodge Ram 1500's key ringand posed the question: "What's wrong with this picture?"
I am not here to answer that question.
But I can talk about one thing that's right with it: Remote start.
Andremote start isnot just for the Ice Road Truckers among us.
When paired with the remote window roll-down function, it's a great way to get the A/C fired up and help it displace some of thehot air trapped insidebefore you haul your backsideinto a sweltering cab.
There is a catch, of course. After you climb inside you cannot simply shift into reverse and drive off. And those rolled-down windowsremain frozen in the down position.
To undo those things you must first insert the key and click it over two positions tothe "run" position. Protection isin place if you forget and apply a full twist, so there's no worry of re-engagingthe starterand thereby torturing your flywheel, your ears and your dignity.
But this somewhat redundant step is necessary to preventan opportunistic thieffrom getting in and driving away in your running, unlockedand windowless truck while you're stillstriding across the parking lot towards it.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 7,930 miles