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http://www.chevrolet.com/2008malibu/accessories/

When these come out I would like to get the new fobs for my wife's car. When we purchased the car the owner said we could get them at a discount when they are available.
It sounds like it will be a long range remote. My wife parks 800 to 900 feet away from her work building. She said by the time she gets within 150 to 200 feet to get the remote to work she might as well wait until she gets in the car.
I like how the new unit will tell you if the car started. In bright light from the side it is hard to see if the car started.
You can check several functions from the fob like tire pressure and fuel level.
The service manager said it should work with the current remote start after a reprogram.
No one knows what two fobs will cost.
I'm guessing this will be a 09 option and maybe standard on the LTZ.
 

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That looks and sounds pretty sweet...I wonder what the range on that will be. I can't see my car from my office window so this would be perfect.
 

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It would be even sweeter if they offered the new remote system to us early buyers at a discounted rate. ;)
 

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I had a 2-way remote start on my previous vehicle. I loved it when it worked, but it ate up AA batteries every 2 weeks...I hope there's lasts longer.
 

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That is shown as an accessory in the brochure. My only concern would be its size and whether it would fit in my pocket.
It appears to be close to the same size as the current one.
 

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I had a 2-way remote start on my previous vehicle. I loved it when it worked, but it ate up AA batteries every 2 weeks...I hope there's lasts longer.
Wow, I've never seen one big enough that it would take AA batteries.
The after market ones I have seen use a watch battery.
 

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It only took one battery, but it ate through a lot of them. It was this kind: http://www.discountcarstereo.com/detail.aspx?ID=547

And it was kinda cool. If you needed to run into a store for a quick second, but leave the car running without the keys, you just press the start button twice and remove the key. The car would keep running for the 20 minute interval or until you returned.
 

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It only took one battery, but it ate through a lot of them. It was this kind: http://www.discountcarstereo.com/detail.aspx?ID=547

And it was kinda cool. If you needed to run into a store for a quick second, but leave the car running without the keys, you just press the start button twice and remove the key. The car would keep running for the 20 minute interval or until you returned.
Don't let the DEP catch you idling a car - you'll get fined! :eek::)
 

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And it was kinda cool. If you needed to run into a store for a quick second, but leave the car running without the keys, you just press the start button twice and remove the key. The car would keep running for the 20 minute interval or until you returned.
I have a friend that had a aftermarket remote start and he missed the feature of leaving the vehicle run when he got out. He has a GM unit now.
 

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As soon as this is available and XM/Sirius merge and the 6 speed auto is available for the 4cyl then I will be picking a malibu up.

By the way, I found a more detailed description of the remote start that I believe wasn't posted already...sounds great, especially for with the winters I see.


2-Way Advanced Remote Start System

GM Accessories takes the vehicle remote start system to the next level with its 2-Way Advanced Remote Start System, which boosts both range and functionality compared to other remote start systems.

GM is the first automaker to offer an LCD two-way remote start accessory. GM Accessories’ new 2-Way Advanced Remote Start System actually communicates important information about certain vehicle systems via a small LCD screen on the key fob. Users can see if the doors are locked or unlocked; determine whether the engine is running and see how much time is left before the vehicle will automatically shut off; check security status; find out current odometer mileage; see remaining fuel; check tire pressures in all four tires; and change radio station pre-sets.

Typical remote start systems work at distances of between two to three times the range of a factory-installed remote keyless entry system. GM’s 2-Way Advanced Remote Start System is designed to function at ranges of up to four to six times the typical keyless entry system, enabling users to start their vehicles from much greater distances.

The system will be available in the second quarter of 2007 on certain GM vehicles. Pricing for the system will range from under $150 MSRP up to $250 MSRP, depending on the vehicle’s factory options, plus dealer installation.
 

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Isn't your wife allready in heaven being married to you?
 

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One thing that's surprising that it doesn't seem to do (since the factory standard remotes from some manufacturers already do this) is allow you to open the windows with the remote.
When you're approaching your car, it would be nice to be able to open all the windows and moonroof to exhaust oven-hot air from 50 feet away on a hot summer day before you step into the car.
This is more efficient than idling the car for 10 minutes with the A/C on when the closed interior is 150+ degrees.
 
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