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Does anyone know if it's possible to get bluetooth capabilities installed on an 08 Malibu 2LT, if so how much? Also has anyone tried the two-way remote? If so how do you like it and how much did it cost to get it installed and for the actual remote? Thanks!
 

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Does anyone know if it's possible to get bluetooth capabilities installed on an 08 Malibu 2LT, if so how much? Also has anyone tried the two-way remote? If so how do you like it and how much did it cost to get it installed and for the actual remote? Thanks!
You cannot get the now factory installed Bluetooth, as it's a part of a new Onstar system entirely and with specific buttons and readouts on the audio system. Otherwise, you can Bluetooth installed via something like a Parrot or other brand module that can be installed that will sync with your phone and is wired into the audio system, which is then can mute, etc. when a call comes in.

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I know several people on Cadillac forums that have had such systems installed, and like them, when done so correctly.

As for the 2-way remote starter, yet again, it has now dropped off GM listings as far as being available and doesn't look like it currently is for the Malibu at this moment. It's a cool system and increases the remote range--a reason enough, for some to get it--and aside from the actual remote & kit cost, generally dealers charge a couple of hours of labor to install & program what needs done. From others I've seen with it--no Bu's, however--a few hundred dollars total seems to be the norm.
 

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I spoke with the owner of my dealership last week, when I had my car in for oil change, and he had the two-way remote installed on the pickup he's currently driving. He told me it was neat at first, but he doesn't even carry it around with him how. It's HUGE, and that was inconvenient after a while. He pulled the remote out of the desk drawer for me to see, and it looks to be nearly 2x the standard remote's size. He also told me that the installation is around $250, and that he's pretty sure that he could get it for the Malibu, too.
 

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I spoke with the owner of my dealership last week, when I had my car in for oil change, and he had the two-way remote installed on the pickup he's currently driving. He told me it was neat at first, but he doesn't even carry it around with him how. It's HUGE, and that was inconvenient after a while. He pulled the remote out of the desk drawer for me to see, and it looks to be nearly 2x the standard remote's size. He also told me that the installation is around $250, and that he's pretty sure that he could get it for the Malibu, too.
Yep, same deal for the Malibu, when it's available again.

Here were good comparo pics a dealer took and posted on a Buick Enclave forum:





Same deal with me. I think it'd be cool and I ALMOST had it installed on my G6, but in reality would have no use for the toy and the remote size would annoy me--I've always liked the compact, simply shaped GM fobs.
 

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Personally I prefer the standard one with their buttons.. notice how on the upgraded remote the panic button is gone? I don't know about everyone else but I use that frequently as I forget where I park.... all the time LOL
 

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The two-way remote can be installed in 2008 Malibu's depending on which model you have. I have to AP3 one, and I got it installed by my dealer in July. It cost me $227.00 at the Friedley, MN Chevy dealer. Took only about an hour.

The range improvement is not too impressive. I would say that it is only slightly improved. If I were to estimate the range, I would say about 150 feet at most (clear line of sight). There is an antenna that the dealer installed in the rear windshield right beside the c-pillar, and if you're trying to start the vehicle with the rear facing you, the range is improved. I am however quite dissappointed with the GM version as my Viper remote starter on my Mazda3, starts my car well over 700 feet away.

What I do like however, is that the screen displays whether or not the car is locked. Sometimes, I find myself wondering if I locked my door, and with the display (as with every other two way remote), it tells you the status of your car. As for the panic button, if you press both side buttons at the same time for 1-sec, the panic alarm is activated. It's actually easier to initate the panic alarm with the extended remote, as it works further away, and is quicker to respond.
 
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