Why Choose Crutchfield?
Great gear and expert advice
Our experts help you pick the ideal gear for your needs.Meet our advisors
Free tech support for the life of your gear.Read about our one-on-one expert help
You may return items that are complete and like new for any reason within 60 days.See the details of our return policy
Earn one point for every dollar you spend and use those points to save on future purchases.Get full details on Crutchfield Rewards
Deep discounts on car installation gear
We offer vehicle-specific installation instructions, dash kits, wiring harnesses, and speaker accessories at deeply discounted prices with car stereo and speaker purchases. Available for most vehicles.Learn more
Trusted since 1974
Our customers have trusted us with their business, and they’ve helped us win awards for our service.Check out our most recent awards
The manufacturer’s warranty always applies.See more details
Python PS5000 SmartStart System
Security, remote start, and keyless entry system with smartphone control
Our take on the Python PS5000 SmartStart System by Crutchfield's Ken Nail
We offer vehicle-specific interfaces that you'll need to complete your remote start/car security installation. Please identify your vehicle as we review every order to make sure you've got everything you need.
You'll find plenty of security systems on the market. What makes Python's PS5000 system different?
Let's start with unlimited range. You'll be able to lock, unlock, and start your car using the touchscreen on your iPhone®, Android smartphone, or Blackberry, as long as your car and your smartphone are in range of a wireless network. And you'll know immediately if your alarm's been set off through a text message sent right to your phone. Just imagine — you could be in Chicago on business, receive a text, and alert your hometown police hundreds of miles away that someone's broken into your car.
Peace of mind and comfort, too
The PS5000's built-in shock sensor and starter kill protect your car from theft invaluable features when you need them, but what will the system do for you every day? Well, the remote start feature can sure make your life a little easier. You can warm up your car on bone-chilling mornings, or cool down a sweltering interior during the dog days of summer. What if you're on an extended trip and your car's stuck in a freezing cold airport parking lot? Start it once a day, so you can be sure it'll be ready for you when you get home. And Python includes a handy keychain remote that allows you to control your system when you're — gulp — without your smartphone.
SmartStart Secure service plans
The SmartStart system frees you from the limitations of short-range remote control, but the Python PS5000 requires a service plan because it communicates over the GSM network, just like a cell phone. Give our Advisors a call at 1-888-955-6000 to discuss the different plans that are available.
Because your PS5000 system works through your smartphone, you'll always get a confirmation that your commands have been received by the car. SmartStart systems also provide peace of mind when you're traveling SmartStart Motor Club membership is included with your SmartStart service plan. It provides 24/365 roadside assistance, a $79 value, free with your service plan.
Important: If you know how to use a multimeter and have experience working with your vehicle's electrical system, you should be able to install this remote start system. If you're unfamiliar with installing car security equipment, please speak to an Advisor before attempting this installation.
What's in the Box:
- Python Model 5103 Remote Start and Security system module
- Directed DSM200 SmartStart module with attached 5" harness (terminates into 2-pin and 4-pin plugs)
- 514N Soft-chirp siren
- 474T 4-button 1-way remote transmitter (with installed CR2032 coin cell battery)
- Stinger DoubleGuard Shock Sensor
- 2' Shock Sensor harness (4-pin connectors on both ends)
- 4.5' H1 Main harness (12-pin connector with 10A fuse on white wire and 15A fuse on red wire)
- Extreme Capacity Relay Satellite (XCRS) with 2' 8-wire heavy gauge harness (30A fuses on the red pink and pink/white wires)
- 18" H2 harness (6-pin connector)
- 8' H3 Remote Start harness (5-pin connector)
- 2' Remote Start ribbon harness (7-pin connectors on both ends)
- 6" Relay satellite harness (4-pin connector)
- 5' Door Lock harness (3-pin connector)
- 4" H4 Aux 4/Horn harness (2-pin connector)
- Antenna/receiver (with dual-sided adhesive)
- 10' Antenna/receiver harness (4-pin connectors on both ends)
- Valet button with 6' harness (2-pin plug)
- Blue LED with attached 5' harness (2-pin connector)
- Shutdown toggle switch with 18" two-wire harness
- 3' SmartStart power/ground harness (2-pin plug with 3A fuse on red wire)
- 3' SmartStart ESP harness (black 4-pin and brown 3-pin plugs)
- Spring-loaded hood pin switch (with a male 0.25" quick slide)
- 0.25" Female quick slide
- Security and Remote Start System Owner's Guide
- Security and Remote Start System Quick Reference Install Guide
- SmartStart module Quick Reference User's Guide
- SmartStart module Quick Reference Install Guide
- Product Registration card
- Quality by Design card
- 2 Python window stickers
- Warning sticker
- security, keyless entry, and remote start system
- controllable by iPhone, Android, and select Blackberry models through GSM cellphone networks
- controllable by iPod touch® and iPad® when both car and device are on the same LAN
- Remote Start function is for fuel injected, diesel, and hybrid vehicles only
- one-way remote control included
- requires SmartStart Secure service plan call for details
- warranty: lifetime
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Features and Specs
|Lines of Defense|
|Scan-resistant Remote Codes||Yes|
|Glass Break Sensor||Optional 607506T|
|Number of Remote Buttons||4|
|Number of Remote Functions||6|
|Factory Security Integration||No|
|Number of Cars||Multiple|
|Remote Door Locks||Yes|
|Manual Transmission Compatible||No|
|Number of Zones||5|
PS5000: The Python PS5000 is a Remote Start and Security System with a single remote transmitter. In addition to the remote, the PS5000 includes Directed's SmartStart technology, which allows you to start your vehicle, arm or disarm the alarm, and lock or unlock the doors remotely using your Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. SmartStart is also compatible with select Blackberry and Android smartphones as well. The PS5000 includes the Python Model 5103 Remote Start/Security system, and the Directed DSM200 SmartStart module.
Overview: The Python Model 5103 Remote Start and Security system can start your car and run it remotely for a preset amount of time. It also functions as an alarm and a keyless entry system, remotely locking and unlocking your vehicle's power door locks.
Note: The remote start function is for fuel injected, diesel, or hybrid, automatic transmission vehicles only.
Warm Up/Cool Down: You can use the remote start feature to pre-warm your vehicle's interior during cold weather or pre-cool it during hot weather. You will need to preset the climate controls to the appropriate settings ahead of time if you plan to pre-warm or pre-cool the vehicle. In addition, the unit can be programmed to activate the rear defogger during remote start, if desired.
Temperature Start Mode: The Temperature Start mode, when activated, automatically starts the engine when the interior temperature in the vehicle drops below 0° F.
Driving the Vehicle: When you are ready to drive the vehicle, you will need to insert the ignition key and turn it to the On position (not Start position), and press the brake pedal. This procedure shuts down the remote start system, but the motor continues to run because the ignition has been turned on. The vehicle now operates as usual.
Crank Time: The starter crank time must be set to the appropriate duration. The default setting is 0.6 seconds. It can be lengthened to 0.8, 1.0, 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 1.8, 2.0, or 4.0 seconds.
Diesel "Wait To Start" Timer: If you have a diesel vehicle, you can set the starter to delay by a few seconds before engaging in order to warm up the "glow plugs." The "wait-to-start" duration can be set to 15, 30, or 45 seconds.
Run Time: The default remote start run time is 12 minutes. You can change the run time to 24 or 60 minutes, if desired.
Engine Checking: There are three ways to monitor the engine during remote start: Tachometer, Virtual Tach (default), or battery voltage.
Timer Mode: The Model 5103 can be programmed to start and run the engine every three hours, for a maximum of six cycles. The engine will run for the programmed run time (3, 6, 9, or 12 minutes) and then shut down. After three hours, the system will restart the engine.
Turbo Timer: The Turbo Timer mode keeps the engine running after arriving at your destination for a programmable period of time. This allows the system's timer to conveniently cool down the turbo after you have left the vehicle. You can select a turbo timer mode of 1, 3, 5, or 10 minutes.
Parking Lights: The system can be programmed to flash the parking lights when the engine in remote started, or they can be turned on constantly during remote start operation. By default, the parking lights are set to constant.
Automatic Shut-down/Starter Lockout: After the vehicle is remote-started, the remote starter will shut down when any of the following Shut-down Inputs is received:
- The brake pedal is pressed.
- The hood is opened (installation of the supplied hood pin switch is required).
- The shut-down toggle switch is put into the Off position.
- The pre-programmed run time has elapsed.
- The remote start command is received again.
Anti-grind Circuitry: Whenever the vehicle is remote started, advanced anti-grind circuitry prevents the starter from engaging, even if the key is turned to the start position. This prevents damage to the starter motor. The optional Failsafe Starter Kill relay must be installed in order for the anti-grind circuitry to work.
Valet Takeover: This feature allows the vehicle to remain running after the key has been removed from the ignition. This is useful for those occasions when you wish to exit and lock the vehicle for short periods of time while leaving the motor running and the climate controls on.
Shutdown Switch: You can temporarily disable the remote start unit to prevent the vehicle from being remote started accidentally by switching the supplied neutral safety toggle switch to the Off position.
Revenger Siren: The Model 5103 includes the Revenger Soft Chirp siren (model 514N). It consists of six different tones in sequence. Any of the tones can be eliminated, resulting in a unique, easily identifiable siren sound. The siren chirps can be either full volume or six decibels quieter than the full alarm blast.
Code Hopping: The module is set to Code Hopping mode, changing the code each time the remote is used to communicate with the system. This prevents potential thieves with code scanners from "stealing" the unlock/disarm codes. You can program the unit to turn off Code Hopping, if desired.
Shock Sensor: The included Stinger DoubleGuard shock sensor can detect impacts to the vehicle and trigger an appropriate response. A light impact will trigger a Warn Away response, causing the parking lights to flash, and sounding the siren and/or horn for a short period of time (1 to 180 seconds programmable, 30 seconds default). An alert will be sent to your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch or smartphone if you're using the SmartStart module. A harder impact will trigger a full alarm alert. The sensitivity of the shock sensor is adjustable with a screwdriver.
Triggered Responses: A triggered response causes a full alert for a duration of 30 seconds (default), or between 1 and 180 seconds as programmed by the installer. The zone that caused the trigger will also be reported via SmartStart text message to your phone or device. Triggered responses can be set off by any of the following triggers:
- Hood Trigger (Zone 1): Opening the hood while the alarm is armed will sound the horn and/or siren, and flash the lights for the programmed duration.
- Shock Sensor (Zone 2): A heavy impact to the vehicle while the alarm is armed will immediately sound the horn and/or siren, and flash the lights for the programmed duration.
- Door Trigger (Zone 3): If a door is opened while the alarm is armed will sound the horn and/or siren and flash the lights for 3 seconds. This will give you time to disarm or unlock the system in case of opening a door inadvertently. After 3 seconds, the alarm will sound and lights will flash for the programmed duration.
- Trunk Trigger (Zone 4): Opening the trunk while the alarm is armed will instantly trigger a full siren/horn/lights alert for the programmed duration.
- Ignition Trigger (Zone 5): Turning on the ignition will trip the same procedure as the door trigger.
Multi-level Security: Multi-level Security Arming allows you to select which of the system's inputs will be active and which will be bypassed when the system is armed. Each time the lock button is pressed, a different security level is selected.
Passive Arming/Locking: If Passive Arming/Locking is activated, the system will automatically lock the doors and arm the alarm 30 seconds after the ignition is turned off and the system detects that you have left the vehicle by opening and closing a door. Note: Active arming and Active locking are the default settings.
Locking/Unlocking The Vehicle: Using SmartStart or a conventional remote control, you can lock and unlock the doors of your vehicle. When the "Lock" button is pressed, the doors lock, the horn in the vehicle honks once and the parking lights flash once. When the "Unlock" button is pressed, the doors unlock, the horn honks twice, and the parking lights flash. In the Silent mode, the doors lock/unlock without the horn honks, and the parking lights flash to confirm the operation.
Note: When interfacing with any other type of factory door lock system besides negative switching locks, or when adding aftermarket actuators, two relays (such as two 120E5000s) or a door lock module (such as item 607451M) will be required. If your vehicle requires the use of a Data Integration module that controls your factory door locks, no extra parts besides the Data Integration module will be required.
Door Lock Output Pulse: The door lock output pulse can be set to different durations, depending upon what works best for your vehicle. The duration can be set to 0.8 seconds (default), 3.5 seconds, or 0.4 seconds. If the lock or unlock functions require a double pulse, those can be independently programmed as well. If the vehicle has a factory alarm system, the PS5000 can be set to disarm the alarm with or before unlock, or during remote start only.
Horn Functions: You can set the duration of the horn function to 20 mS, 30 mS, 40 mS, or 50 mS. The horn function can also be turned off if desired.
Ignition-controlled Option: The keyless entry function can be programmed to lock the doors automatically when the ignition is turned on and unlock when the ignition is turned off. These functions can be programmed independently.
Trunk Release: When connected, one of the accessory outputs can operate a factory power release for the vehicle's trunk or hatch. An optional relay may be needed, and if the factory release is not power-activated, a trunk release solenoid can often be added (Directed part # 522T).
Car Finder: If you're having difficulty finding your vehicle in a crowded parking lot, the car finder function will cause the vehicle to emit one long horn honk and flash the parking lights 10 times.
Panic Mode: If you are threatened in or near your vehicle, you can attract attention by triggering the system with your remote. Panic mode requires the horn honk circuit to be connected.
SmartStart: The included DSM200 SmartStart module allows you to operate specific functions of the PS5000 remote start/keyless entry system from your Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. SmartStart technology is also compatible with some Blackberry and Android smartphones. The free SmartStart application can be downloaded to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or compatible smartphone from the Apple iTunes App Store, Blackberry App World, or Android Market site, depending upon which brand you own. A service plan is required, but not included.
Note: The iPod touch and iPad communicate with the vehicle via Wi-Fi. The vehicle's SmartStart module and the iPod touch/iPad must be on the same LAN.
Multiple Vehicles: If you have a SmartStart module installed in more than one vehicle, you can choose which vehicle to control right from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or compatible Blackberry or Android smartphone. The Cars Screen lets you select which vehicle to control.
Functionality: With SmartStart, you can use your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch to pre-warm your car's cabin in the winter, pre-cool it in the summer, lock/unlock the doors, arm/disarm your alarm, or find your car in the parking lot. Your vehicle responds exactly the same way as it does when using the alarm system's remote control, with audible and visual confirmations. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can perform the following commands, which appear as icons on the touchscreen:
- Lock: Locks the vehicle and sends a confirmation message.
- Unlock: Unlocks the vehicle and sends a confirmation message.
- SmartStart: Remote starts your vehicle and sends a confirmation message. The vehicle stays running for the programmed run time (default is 12 minutes). You can tap the icon again to turn off the vehicle.
- Trunk: Tapping the icon once opens a dialog box, asking you to confirm the command (Yes/No). If you tap "Yes" the trunk opens the trunk and a confirmation message is sent.
- Panic: Activates the panic mode for 30 seconds. You can tap the icon again to turn off. (This feature is used to attract attention if you're in a threatening position. It can also be used as a car finder.)
Menu Bar/Screens: At the bottom of the SmartStart app screen, the menu bar provides buttons to open any of the four screens:
- Home: The Home screen is the default screen, and gives you access to all of the remote commands: Lock, Unlock, SmartStart, Trunk, and Panic.
- Alerts: The Alerts provides notifications from the system. The number of new and un-cleared alerts are indicated by a red circle. The notifications can be in the form of alarms, communication issues, or updates to your service plan.
- Cars: The Cars screen allows you to control multiple vehicles if you have a compatible security/remote start system installed in more than one vehicle.
- Settings: The Settings screen allows you to control your SmartStart login. It indicates your user name, and allows you to change password, or request a forgotten password.
Virtually Unlimited Range: SmartStart works over the 3G cellular network or over Wi-Fi, giving you virtually unlimited range anywhere in the United States. As long as your vehicle is in range of a GSM cellular signal and your phone has a 3G signal, SmartStart will work. When using Wi-Fi connection, both the vehicle and device must be connected to the same LAN.
SmartStart Service Plans: Once you have installed the DSM200 SmartStart Module, you will need to subscribe to a SmartStart Service Plan. As of December 1, 2010, the SmartStart Secure 1-year plan is $49.99, and the 3-year plan is $99.99. Included at no charge is membership in the SmartStart Motor Club, with free 24/7/365 roadside assistance.
Our Product Research Team
At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team. They verify what’s in the box, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.