Has anyone tried the (cheap) aftermarket key fobs with success? - LS1GTO.com Forums

Vendors


Go Back   LS1GTO.com Forums > GTO Tech > Electronics

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old 06-09-2019, 06:37 PM   #1
Rich-Tripower
GR-RRR!
 
Rich-Tripower's Avatar
 
2006 GTO Owner

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Nebraska, The Good Life
Posts: 4,117
Premium Member


Offline
Has anyone tried the (cheap) aftermarket key fobs with success?

It looks like there are now aftermarket keyfobs with electronics and everything. A lot cheaper than OEM but I have to wonder how good the quality is, will they last very long and can you even get them to program to the car successfully?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Uncut-R...AAAOSwEARbH21J
__________________

2015 Honda Accord EX-L V6 HFP
Rich's 1965 Malibu SS L79 Restoration Page
Rich's 1965 Chevelle Two-Door Wagon Project Progress Page
Bob's 1964 GTO Project Page
Rich's Brazen Orange 2006 Pontiac GTO
Rich C.
"I would rather appreciate what I cannot have than have what I cannot appreciate."
  Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 06-10-2019, 04:41 AM   #2
SkiPopeye36
FPFQ Herder
 
SkiPopeye36's Avatar
 
2005 GTO Owner

Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Lancaster, PA
Posts: 7,902
Premium Member


Offline
Aftermarket ones have been around for awhile. Haven’t tried them, but have heard they sometimes will not program.
__________________
2005 M6 GTO
CGM | CCW SP550 | Pedders Xa | Kooks | Spintech | Ed Curtis Cam | FAST 92 | Duspeed | GMM | Street Slayer Clutch | Billet Prototypes | JHP Pod, Spoiler, Steering Wheel | GTOG8TA SAP Grilles | Cold Case
2004 M6 GTO
IBM | 05-06 Hood | Holden VZ 18's | Pedders | Lovells | 05-06 Calipers | Kooks | Spintech | Svede | Billet Prototypes | HSV Steering Wheel | WCS SAP Grilles | Mavman Spoiler | VX Tails | Mishimoto | Leatherseats Interior
  Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-10-2019, 05:38 AM   #3
Rich-Tripower
GR-RRR!
 
Rich-Tripower's Avatar
 
2006 GTO Owner

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Nebraska, The Good Life
Posts: 4,117
Premium Member


Offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by SkiPopeye36...View Post
Aftermarket ones have been around for awhile. Havenít tried them, but have heard they sometimes will not program.

Huh, first I've seen them. I think I'll stick with OEM, at least as long as they are available because I can see the fakes as not being reliable. I have a few spares tucked away, I had to use one a few years ago when one of my originals quit working. A new battery wouldn't even bring it back.

I know it's been said a million times, but these things were a really STUPID design by GM.
  Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-10-2019, 08:50 AM   #4
SkiPopeye36
FPFQ Herder
 
SkiPopeye36's Avatar
 
2005 GTO Owner

Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Lancaster, PA
Posts: 7,902
Premium Member


Offline
Yup. A blade that doesn’t retract and you can’t replace the battery without demolishing the fob. Genius design.
  Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-10-2019, 11:13 AM   #5
Sacrifice
Registered User
 
2006 GTO Owner

Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 214


Offline
would there be interest in an aftermarket housing that could be taken apart? not sure if a flip key blade would work or not but it may be possible
  Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-10-2019, 11:20 AM   #6
Rich-Tripower
GR-RRR!
 
Rich-Tripower's Avatar
 
2006 GTO Owner

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Nebraska, The Good Life
Posts: 4,117
Premium Member


Offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sacrifice...View Post
would there be interest in an aftermarket housing that could be taken apart? not sure if a flip key blade would work or not but it may be possible

I'm sure there would be. And if it could help incorporate holding the battery in place so the electronics could be converted to a changeable battery situation, I think you'd hit a real market for them.
  Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-10-2019, 11:41 AM   #7
Sacrifice
Registered User
 
2006 GTO Owner

Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 214


Offline
Anyone happen to have a shitty fob? Id rather not dismantle my spare if it could be avoided.
  Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-10-2019, 11:43 AM   #8
whippersnapper02
Premium Member
 
whippersnapper02's Avatar
 
2006 GTO Owner

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Yorba Linda, CA
Posts: 180
Premium Member


Offline
Here's an aftermarket body and blank blade for $10. I bought two with the intention of swapping over the electronics and original cut blades. The screws that hold the blade go into the body as well. Not sure how useful it will be since you can't change the battery. I was going to have my EE buddy take a look and see if he could add a battery holder to the board.
  Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-10-2019, 03:24 PM   #9
Rich-Tripower
GR-RRR!
 
Rich-Tripower's Avatar
 
2006 GTO Owner

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Nebraska, The Good Life
Posts: 4,117
Premium Member


Offline
I bought an aftermarket replacement body so I could transfer the electronics over to it. The OEM electronics don't fit inside.
  Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-12-2019, 05:03 PM   #10
rudyvfla
Registered User
 
rudyvfla's Avatar
 
2004 GTO Owner

Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Miami, FL
Posts: 34


Offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rich-Tripower...View Post
It looks like there are now aftermarket keyfobs with electronics and everything. A lot cheaper than OEM but I have to wonder how good the quality is, will they last very long and can you even get them to program to the car successfully?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Uncut-R...AAAOSwEARbH21J

I bought a $20 ebay one and would not program. So going to bite the bullet and buy oem. My $.02.
  Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-13-2019, 10:17 AM   #11
SoSlow6.0
Registered User
 

Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 12


Offline
I've tried a couple over the years. Not worth the headache. You can always get more money, but can't recover wasted time.
  Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-13-2019, 12:06 PM   #12
llafro
Registered User
 
llafro's Avatar
 
2004 GTO Owner

Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Glendale, CA
Posts: 562


Offline
Send a message via Yahoo to llafro
Bought an ebay special, and it was a waste of money. Wouldn't program. The metal pin doesn't stick out past the plastic case the way it does on factory fobs. I tried moving and resoldering the pin so it sticks out the way it should, but that didn't work either. I gave up and bought a new OEM one, and just programmed it last night. Worked just fine. I now have two keys - one that's falling apart but still usable (backup in my dresser drawer, lol) and a brand new one that I can now use.

In all the time I've had the car, I've never needed to cut a new metal key. The two I have are the same ones I have had since buying the car new in 2004. The fobs (more specifically the unlock button) are the crappy part that always fails.
__________________
04 Pontiac GTO
400+ RWHP / 400+ RWTQ of Magnacharged goodness --- Flowmaster cat-back exhaust
Pedders Track II with Hotchkis swaybars --- 06 GTO brakes with stainless lines and Hawk pads
10-speaker, 1200-watt custom sound system

98 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP
  Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-13-2019, 12:24 PM   #13
Rich-Tripower
GR-RRR!
 
Rich-Tripower's Avatar
 
2006 GTO Owner

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Nebraska, The Good Life
Posts: 4,117
Premium Member


Offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by SoSlow6.0...View Post
I've tried a couple over the years. Not worth the headache. You can always get more money, but can't recover wasted time.

Maybe we can't recover time, but apparently we can shrink it.

Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	gtobrochure.jpg
Views:	58
Size:	384.3 KB
ID:	493025  
  Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the LS1GTO.com Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Location
Where you live (must be accurate to IP location, if wrong you may be permanently banned)
Insurance
Please select your insurance company (Optional)

Log-in


Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 03:04 AM.




Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.