Mustang Evolution Forum banner

1 - 9 of 9 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
10 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Purchased a new 2013 GT convertible in 2015. Originated in Texas and transferred to Galpin Ford in California. It was the car I wanted and amazing price. After 2 years I tried to start it and the alarm went off and no battery to the ignition. I had a hard time turning off the alarm but eventually did. Bought a new battery and it fired up with no problem and assumed it was fixed.

A year later the same thing happened away from home. This time I took it to my dealer who tested the battery and electrical. Everything checked out. They then discovered that one of the dealers installed an after market alarm on a car that already had a factory alarm. Galpin denied putting it in so I can only suspect Texas. The motive is to charge extra for an unneeded item.
This explained why my remote wouldn't turn off the alarm. Anyway, it cost $250 to remove it and my remote now works.


There was a black box attached under the dash with a red flashing light that's not supposed to be there. If you have one get it checked out, they can go bad and screw up your electrical big time.



Hope this helps, Framemaker
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,483 Posts
Good tip!
:thumb:

Were you the first owner of this car?
It seems strange that a dealership would add an alarm system without it first being sold by some slimy looking finance manager, whom one feels the need for a shower after merely being in the same room with them.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
Yes I am. That was the great thing about it. Had 200 miles and full 3 year 36k warranty. They call them left overs in areas not great for convertibles. Anyway my service writer is the one who mentioned the addons. I agree dosen't make sense but it sure screwed up my car. Just wanted to make aware of what an addon alarm can do
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
That is a common dealer scam. They can jack up the price thousands with a naive buyer who is "soooo Excited!" to buy the Mustang they have fallen in love with..<rolleyes>

My wife's 2013 had a Karr 4040a alarm junk box added to the car. I discovered it when installing a remote starter. I believe it is a nationwide scam on buyers.

I am sorry to hear it cost you money to disconnect the thing.

-dan
St. Louis
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10 Posts
Discussion Starter #5
Yea me too but on the other hand I got a $41k car for $28k and its been perfect other than the alarm. Fortunately it happened close to home instead of on the road. Thanks
Did you disconnect the junk box?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
Yea me too but on the other hand I got a $41k car for $28k and its been perfect other than the alarm. Fortunately it happened close to home instead of on the road. Thanks
Did you disconnect the junk box?
I think i was so involved with my remote starter install (EVO-One for a manual) that once i figured out what it was, I just left it.

I probably need to put it on my to-do list to remove!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
If you have the ford alarm I wouldn't take the chance of keeping the junk box. It overrides the stock alarm and can strand you. Always something!
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
17,968 Posts
Welcome to dealer installed alarms... I have one on my 2000 lol. Imagine trying to find documentation for the circa 2000 factory installed "aftermarket" alarms. I did... eventually and am actually happy to have it here in Spain. Still...
 
1 - 9 of 9 Posts
Top