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Chevrolet Impala, Sedan
#128 of 167 Re: Finally got me... [colchester47]
Apr 01, 2007 (1:57 pm)
You guys are HILARIOUS....!!!!
#129 of 167 Re: Finally got me... [colchester47]
Apr 01, 2007 (2:30 pm)
Well, it might have been a fair consideration, Ron..!!
THanks for the mention... But, there's a big challenge here for me .... It's about all the across the boarder hurang and charges ... For this Canadian guy..it would be duty/customs, brokerage fees, sales taxes, exchange to US dollar, change speedometer head to Kilometers,and on and on and on...
Too much for me to do and to think about!!
#130 of 167 Re: Finally got me... [mymitties]
Apr 01, 2007 (2:44 pm)
You guys got me so rattled with this one that I couldn't remember how to spell my own name...Fank.?????
Love my Chevy!!!!
Thanks a bunch!
#131 of 167 Re: Finally got me... [mymitties]
Apr 01, 2007 (3:01 pm)
You DO know you can edit your posts after they're posted, right? If you look next to the other buttons, you'll see the edit command (for posts that you authored, of course). I think that goes away once an additional post has been posted. How do you think I always look so perfect on here?
#132 of 167 Re: Finally got me... [mymitties]
Apr 01, 2007 (3:32 pm)
Well, Fank, we were thinkin of ya!!.....but I wouldn't charge you brokerage fees...and taxes you can get around that too....talk later fank................bryn
#133 of 167 Document ID# 1923088
Apr 02, 2007 (6:20 pm)
Called the dealership today to arrange to have my car fixed with the latest/greatest FOB & receiver. After explaining my problem to the tech, he wanted to arrange for me to drop the car off and offered to drop me off at work. Pretty nice, eh? I then asked if he was familiar with the problem and he said it was pretty common and they have indeed had problems with the Impalas. I then asked if he could tell me if they had the receiver and FOBs in stock because I already knew the specifics to the problem and wanted to ensure the proper problem was fixed. His response was that I would have to bring the car in so they could plug in to the BCM to ensure they stocked the proper part number. I asked if they could use the VIN to confirm part numbers but he said no. Sounded a little hokey but their shop hours allowed for me to stop by on the way home so I agreed to drop by.
So, I show up and discuss the issue in person. I tell him about the intermittent range and the new tire pressure monitor problem. He starts to tell me that the tire pressure monitor is troublesome because of the low profile tires but I cut him off and tell him that I'm aware of the TSB and required receiver/FOB/antenna change. He seemed a little put off but went straight to the computer and looked it up. He asked if I had actually SEEN the TSB and I said that our friend had cut and pasted it here so he showed me his freshly printed copy, pointed out the parts, and said he was going to the parts department to check on availability.
So...they had one earlier today but another local dealership bought it from them. They should have another in on Wednesday and I'm scheduled to have mine repaired on Saturday. The latest bulletin calls for 2.2 hrs of labor and replaces the receiver and FOBs. The antenna is apparently built into the receivers by the wording of the bulletin. It reads like part of the antenna that runs along the A pillar is reused with the new receiver. This bulletin specifically calls for the FOBs with the stars on the back and is very specific in its programming directions. Oh...and by the way...he never did plug into my car to confirm part numbers against my BCM. Maybe they just don't like doing business over the phone?
Lesson learned? Having the information in my back pocket was invaluable. This tech was ready to tell me I had other problems and would've, at least, wasted my time by having me leave my car when the parts needed weren't in stock. Knowing my problem and the fix saved me and the dealership time, money, and stress.
Thanks to all my FOB/RKE/Tire Pressure Monitor problem brothers. Together, we are making progress! One last thing...for Bryan and anyone else concerned about what the repair may entail. It doesn't call for tearing the dash out. All that is removed is the panel on the A pillar. It's pretty minor surgery.
#134 of 167 Re: Document ID# 1923088 [quietpro]
Apr 02, 2007 (7:00 pm)
yeah, the more ammo you have going into these dealers the better off you are!! I shutter every time I think about ever going to the mechanics at a dealer.....anyway, hopefully they will do a good job for you, Ron....keep us informed.................bryan
#135 of 167 Re: Document ID# 1923088 [quietpro]
Apr 03, 2007 (3:58 am)
Well done my friend...There's no way they are going to mess around with any of us here, especially with our knowledge on this particular FOB fix. It seems to me, that WE can now teach them (GM) a thing or two .....!!
What...!! Not use your VIN for this, and, LOW PROFILE TIRES!!!! ....Pretty lame, huh !! Oh well.. Typical!!!
Ya, while it may call for 2.2 hours in their book, if you get a good guy here, once your car gets into the shop, it wont take any longer than 1.2 hours...I would certainly hang around and watch this if possible.
Well, Ron, unless they do things differently there, this was not my experience...The Actual reciever module/box that they will replace is found inside the top right side of the dash and the coax cable antenna is found on the top left side the of dash close to the window. Soooooooooo, yes, while both of the A-Pillar covers come off ....so does the top of the dash..!! Hang on now..!!
Let us know how you made out...
Don't you just love your Chevy..!!
#136 of 167 Latest FOB Distance Report....
Apr 03, 2007 (4:25 am)
Ok, are you ready for this.....remember now, this is for a direct front Fob shot... I got 175 feet at the office, then it went down to 129 1/2 feet at the Shopping Mall, and now just this morning, before everyone arrived, I got an amazing 209 feet.
With the same Fob , Ron.. It boggles the mind !!
I think I'll stop here....
#137 of 167 Re: Latest FOB Distance Report.... [mymitties]
Apr 03, 2007 (4:33 am)
So, now , let me see Frank says the dash comes off (part of it), Ron says it doesn't?...scares me to think that one of those monkeys are going to take a dash apart..... ...If I get the key-fob disease, I'll just use the conventional fix....manually start the car and unlock my doors!!