Viper 5904v vs 5906v: What’s the difference?

viper's 2 way color remote face off

Buy a new car these days, and the sales staff will pressure you to add a vehicle safety and remote start system. Virtually all car manufacturers and all dealerships offer this technology. It’s one of those options that dealers can throw in to make a car’s high price seem reasonable, or charge you for the small price you negotiated creeps a bit higher.

You don’t have to accept the dealer’s remote system. A bustling marketplace of top of the line third-party security and remote start systems is available to give the dealers a run for their money. Direct Electronics Inc.’s Viper products are among the best-known in this category.

The 5904v Remote Start System Quick Review

Viper LCD 2-Way Security + Remote Start System

Viper’s 5904v is a high-end security and remote start system that features a color display screen on its primary remote control. The remote includes four selection buttons, a menu wheel for selecting options, and a mini-USP charging port for compatibility with chargers and charger cables for other devices.

The full-color display screen is the most distinctive feature of the 5904v. It gives users an opportunity to communicate conveniently and precisely with the automobile. This car starter includes a secondary remote, a five-button transmitter with no display. Both the primary and secondary remotes can be configured to handle the second car, meaning that drivers can use the same remote to control two vehicles. Viper says the remote’s range is up to one mile.

The remote start features allow drivers to start their cars’ engines while the cars remain securely locked. This engine can bring the driving temperature up, or make the vehicle’s cabin cooler or warmer for more comfortable driving.

The 5904v’s color LCD displays visual updates regarding the automobile’s status and the security system’s functions. Remote start, lock and unlock doors, arm and disarm the security system, and release trunk all appear on the remote’s screen. The remote displays warning icons when the doors, trunk, or hood is open. If someone tampers with the car, the remote tells what part of the vehicle was affected. It uses Viper’s SuperCode data-encryption technology to increase security.

The 5906v Quick Review

Viper LED 2-Way Security + Remote Start System

The Viper 5906v replaces the discontinued 5904v model. It implements all the same features as the earlier system, including security, remote start, door lock and unlock, two-way encrypted communications, and all the rest. Like the 5904v, the 5906v includes a secondary remote that lacks a screen. It can be configured to control two vehicles with the same remotes.

The 5906v’s original remote is slightly updated compared to the 5904v’s.

Making the Choice

ProductViper 5904vViper 5906v
Remote Picture
TypeRemote Start Security SystemRemote Start Security System
Remote ConfirmationOLED ScreenColor OLED Screen
Remotes1 Responder HD Color 2-Way and 1 5-Button 1-Way1 Responder HD Color 2-Way and 1 5-Button 1-Way
RangeUp to 1 MileUp to 1 Mile
Remote StartYesYes
Keyless EntryYesYes
Trunk PopYesYes
SmartStart CompatibleYesYes
Domelight SupervisionYesYes
Stinger DoubleGuard Shock SensorYesYes
Neo Revenger 6-Tone SirenYesYes
Failsafe Starter KillYesYes
Anti-Carjacking (VRS)NN
Guaranteed Protection Plan (GPP)YesYes
# of Auxiliary Channels44

Since the two products are virtually identical, don’t make your choice by features. Check instead to make sure that the option you’ve chosen has a full manufacturer’s warranty, that installers are familiar with it, and that you’ll be able to get adjustments or repairs done at a reasonable price.


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