there were many cheaper systems out there but they did not offer the engine protection that the code alarm did. that price also included a moduel to bypass the in key security chip that my truck has. it had to be installed in the stering colum so all that had to come out as well. it took my installer 6 hours to do the install.
did you have to give them a spare key programed for your car as well. those modules usually run 50 retail and an extra 25 for install.
ya, the installs generally run that long if you actually hook up and use all of the optional stuff in the system. there are a lot of places that will just hook up the remote start, keyless entry and the door sensors and say they hooked everything up. but these systems do so much more than that. I think that there are like four seperate auxillary outputs to controll god knows what, more inputs for other stuff. these things are way cool. If anyone gets one of these systems installed make sure they hook everything up how you want it and if not, make sure you get all of the extra parts back because you can always add things in later.
one of the funnest installs i did was on a caddy deville. I hooked up the fuel door to open from a button on the remote, and this car also had its auto headlights go out so i hooked up a button to turn his head lights off for him so he wouldn't have to go get back in the car when he forgot to turn them off. Im sure that we could find all sorts of cool stuff on the cts to play with. let me know how it all goes when you decide on what to get