Any others out there with problems with Smart Start Interlock??? Mine has a 12 button keyboard & was fitted May 2011 in Melbourne & is newish model with camera option(that I dont have)
* I preface the following comments by stating that I have NEVER at any time attempted to start car with ANY alchohol whatsoever for at least 12 hours previously. The consequences are too serious.
I had mine fitted recently and it has been a disaster (apart from them stuffing my stereo & satnav...but not their fault..sure!
* FIRST TIP - NEVER EVER use Listerine - I accidentally had it in my mouth for 2-3 seconds B4 I realised, I spat it out, waited 5 minutes and blew 0.456. Only after another 5 (panicked) minutes of gargling & swallowing water did it show a PASS
* I was told breath test to get car started then it will ask for re-test soon after (usually 2- 4 minutes) - Thats fine but when it asks for a test again twice in a 20 minute trip its ridiculous.
* MAJOR ISSUE - Getting anything done on the car. Both workshops it has been to in last 2 weeks, have numerous client cars with Interlocks but neither has EVER seen a unit so impossible to use...one said he almost passed out after 15 tries.
THAT means having to stay with the car any time anything needs to be done, including car wash, tune-up (where car is turned on & off numerous times). Who has the time to sit in a workshop all day?
* The workshops mentioned, as well as my family have seen but cannot believe that I can blow into the unit the EXACT same way and it will say ABORT HUM or some other crap 5 out of 6 times
* When you are stuck in main road traffic on a wet road at night & there are no turn-offs, & the thing demands a test what are you supposed to do???
The traffic took longer than the allowed 5 minutes to clear enough for me to find a safe place to stop & do test - yet that reads as FAIL TEST...
Do the courts then expect you to keep blowing into the unit.. WHILE DRIVING.. until a PASS result is achieved???
THAT would be as safe as talking on mobile or texting etc
* Why cant installer give a code to an authorised (VACC etc) repairer so they can work on car, then acll for a new code to be installed when the work is completed?
* The idea of the interlock is not questioned, it is the numerous "ünintended consequences" that are making driving a hell
I'll be pleased to hear from anyone with similar issues with this Smart Start unit, particularly anyone in Melbourne, Australia