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I couldn't find a "2nd generation general questions" subforum so I'm posting this as service, as I suspect it takes a dealer service department to pair a fob to a car.

A few Qs about keyless ignition fobs:

1. Can used fobs be matched to other cars? Dealer only or can it be DIY?

2. If yes, can remote start fobs be matched to non remote start cars and vice versa, with all functions except remote start working?
 

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Answer to #1 is in the manual: If you have at least two good remotes, adding more is a quick and painless procedure. If you don't have two remotes, you have to go through a half hour procedure to unlearn all existing remotes and learn the remotes you have with you. At least you don't have to pay the dealer to do it.

#2: My remote start car came with one remote, the joys of buying an ex-rental from Hertz.
Using the lengthy half hour procedure, I was able to add a non-remote start transmitter to the car. The 'wrong' remote works fine to open/close doors, open the trunk, and drive the car, but it doesn't have the remote start button.

So, those with gen2 cars, feel free to buy remotes from eBay sellers. LKQ usually has remotes from salvage cars for about $35. If you want the door keys to work, you'll need to buy new remotes with uncut keys and have the dealer cut them for you, or order a factory cut key to fit your VIN (the price of the uncut blank from GM is the same as the coded key, so if I were ordering from a dealer at $57 list or $27 internet pricing I'd get the pre-coded key).
 
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