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Chevrolet Malibu key fob

pomfretpomfret Posts: 2
edited March 8 in Chevrolet
I have just bought a 2005 Malibu and am finding that when using the key fob to locate the car in a parking lot it will beep sometimes as far away as 150 feet but often I have to be within 20 feet for it to work. This car does not have the remote start feature and I've changed batteries in the fob. Any ideas? Thanks.

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  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    I think for that model year without remote start the range of fobs is supposed to average around 40 feet.

    Variation might have to do with obstructions between you and vehicle, angle from which you are approaching vehicle and ambient electrical "noise". I am not sure if how/where you hold fob has anything to do with it or not.

    I think there is a delay on the Locate feature so you have to make sure you hold button long enough - but too long and you get Panic feature.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Read several years back that putting the fob near your open mouth increases range. For some stupid reason (your body acts as an antenna?) it seems to work. I've tried it with at least three cars including the Maxx. Of course you DO look stupid.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    I agree - I just didn't want to say I did this too :)
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 871
    All you need is remote start, it is better than the 200 feet they advertise. :)
  • pomfretpomfret Posts: 2
    I really do appreciate your suggestion but I'll have my wife use the open-mouth tactic first - and if that doesn't work she says she will try sticking it in her ear.
  • It seems to be any reflection from the body, under the chin is also effective. I have psuedo-scientifically tested my remote range over time, we have assigned parking and as the battery ages I must get closer to engage the remote start and/or the locks. By tucking it in front of my throat it returns the lost range. No matter, I've had all the children I intend to have.
    By the way, the Chevrolet owner's manual(s) describe the range as being 200 feet to remote start but because the running engine disrupts the signal "you may need to be closer" to remote stop.
  • Whew!!!

    Here's a copy of some recent difficulties I've been having with GM/Chevrolet ... ANY suggestions on another approach?

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    Thank you for contacting the Chevrolet Customer Assistance Center. We appreciate you taking the time to write us in regards to the concern you have with the parts pricing to have keys duplicated.

    Based on what I read in your recent e-mail it is clear that you have not had a satisfactory experience and are frustrated.

    Under our franchisee agreement, General Motors provides parts to its dealerships. The dealer then establishes the final retail price based on market conditions and operating costs. General Motors does not intervene in the price structure set by the dealer, and you will find that part prices may vary from dealer to dealer. We apologize for any inconvenience regarding this issue.

    We have documented your comments in service file ....

    Chevrolet supports Buckle Up America. We encourage you, your family and your friends to always Buckle Up. If you should need to contact us in the future, simply reply to this message or call our Chevrolet Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-222-1020. Customer Relationship Specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Eastern Time. My hours are Monday through Friday 8am-4pm(EST) 1-866-790-5700 (21671)

    For more information regarding the maintenance and care of your vehicle, please visit www.mygmlink.com. This free online service offers vehicle and ownership-related information and tools tailored to your specific Chevrolet.

    Again, thank you for contacting Chevrolet.

    Sincerely,

    The Chevrolet Consumer Support Team
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    RESPONSE:
    A simple key ... priced based on market conditions and operating costs: $47.86 for ONE key to a quality Chevrolet Product that, in and of itself, costs in excess of $15000 ... $47.86 for ONE key ...

    What part of "Do YOU or GM feel that the cost is HIGH?" don't you understand?

    Perhaps I'll be going to Ralph Nader and some other consumer groups next

    God bless

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    -----Original Message-----

    From: cac@chevrolet.com
    Sent: 10/4/2007 12:24:50 PM
    To: gmcustomerassistance@gmexpert.com
    Subject: FW: Chevrolet Other Comment

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    From: cac@chevrolet.com
    Sent: 10/4/2007 11:39:35 AM
    To: cac@chevrolet.com
    Subject: Chevrolet Other Comment

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    I'm nearly incensed! I have a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. Thinking the cost(s) to not be expensive, I went into my local Chevrolet Dealership. I needed duplicate keys for my car. I asked how much three (3) keys would be.
    $143.58 I was told. I reduced my order from 3 to 2. The keys, I was told, cost $47.86 each (Part number 89024363 ... replaces 1582447) "WHY so expensive?" I asked. "Because the key has a computer chip inside that has to be programmed for your car. I can't do anything about the price," I was told.

    $47.86 for ONE key? Oh My God! Is this for real?

    I paid the bill - not happily - but I paid the bill. I also ordered a license bracket (15274497) ... ONLY came to $31.48 -- just for a bracket for the front of my car.

    WHAT is happening to Chevrolet? I was comfortable with my Chevrolet Camarro and others I've purchased over the years. But $47.86 for ONE key; $31.48 for a plastic front license plate bracket? WHAT is happening??

    Whew!!! Please respond soon - My impression(s) of Chevrolet/General Motors is being held in abeyance

    God bless

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    All started with my purchase of a GM product ... PLEASE don't talk to me about ONSTAR 'cause GM will then always know where I am... arghhh!
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 871
    You can purchase the key on the web and program it yourself.

    http://streetkeys.com/order/choosekey.asp
  • I wish I would have known about them prior to my so happily saying "I'll buy three" and then found out the price.

    Honestly think that the "problem" if there IS one is in the seemingly outrageous markup on the actual key itself ("I" programmed it by sitting in my car, starting it with the key that came with the car - shutting it off, and then starting it with one of the REPLACEMENT keys). $47.86 for one key is somehow just too high to be acceptable to me...

    I've reported it also to some state PIRG groups ... was looking at Ralph Nader's site...

    Hope you have a terrific weekend ...

    God bless ... and thank you again!

    -=replacementkey
  • me and my boyfriend rebuild cars. he owns his own dealership. of course we get our parts at dealer cost which helps. but you would be surprised how the prices are. something that you would think would be expensive is cheap and some little cheap piece of plastic is expensive! the little stuff is always more!

    yeah, keys with computer chip will run you about that price! unfortunatly! why? who knows why?
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 871
    Just remember google is your friend.
  • Thank you ... learning more an' more every day!

    God bless

    -= replacementkey
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