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Old 03-13-2003, 09:20 AM   #1
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Dizzy Key Fob Not Working

My key fob is not working anymore. I have only had the VUE for 6 months now (2003 Model).

Does this mean it is dead? (Battery?) Or could it be something else?
How do I get a replacement and not spend an arm and a leg?

I am using the spare right now, but would like to have 2 working models.

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Old 03-13-2003, 09:42 AM   #2
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1) Crack it open, see if lint is blocking contact, or
2) re-program it [(hold both buttons down 'til the lock pop?) check the manual]

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Old 03-13-2003, 10:01 AM   #3
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Maybe it needs to resync? I think there are instructions in the owners manual? Not sure if this is the fix.

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Old 03-13-2003, 11:14 AM   #4
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Why worry about cost? That little thing falls under the bumper-to-bumper warranty, no? Unless of course it was abused.

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Old 03-13-2003, 02:05 PM   #5
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I will try all suggestions tonight.
I didn't realize it might be covered under warranty. The dealer isn't exactly close by, but for a free new FOB I can make the trip.

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Old 03-13-2003, 04:35 PM   #6
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It's easy to change the battery, but it's probably not bad yet. I had one quit, too, and I just opened it and put it back together and it's been working since. Take a look and see if you spot anything wrong. Go ahead and change the battery, it's an ordinary watch battery.

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Old 03-14-2003, 11:17 AM   #7
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I just took it apart and blew out some dust and it works again.

One thing I always did notice with my VUE compared to my 2000 Oldsmobile Alero is that you have to be a lot closer to the car to have the alarm arm or disarm. I used to be able to find my Alero from further distance in a parking lot vs the VUE.

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Old 03-14-2003, 09:40 PM   #8
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One thing I have noticed with mine is that it is not so much distance, but angle, that allows it to arm or disarm and unlock or lock.
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Old 03-16-2003, 12:46 PM   #9
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The VUE works at a much longer distance than my L. I believe it was to do with placement of the receiver in the 2000 L. I believe they moved it as part of the model updates

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Old 03-16-2003, 01:27 PM   #10
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I agree with BELTSCOT...

I have to be much closer to my Vue to lock/unlock, then with my old 2000 Mustang. The mustang would lock/unlock from FAR away...

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Old 03-16-2003, 01:42 PM   #11
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Beats the range of the factory alarm on my Grand Prix. Before I extended the antenna, I had to be practically within arm's reach of it, especially if I was downtown.

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Old 03-16-2003, 02:21 PM   #12
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About one time in six my Vue fails to respond to the first press on the button on the key fob.

Initially I just figured I was too far away or did not press hard enough, but now I'm sure it is a defect in the Vue for two reasons

It happens with both key fobs
I can stand at the vehicle - press slowly and firmly - no response until the second time I press.

Of course, this never happens when I am at the dealership!

I sure wish that Saturn had chosen to have the side and tail lights flash rather than the DRLs. Would make it much easier to tell if the remote door locks had actually worked.

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Old 03-16-2003, 08:40 PM   #13
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I have found that I can be slightly further away on my 2002 LW300 than on my 2000 LW1 when using the key fob. Sometimes you may find it necessary to move slightly to your left or right.

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Old 03-17-2003, 12:10 AM   #14
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A couple of times I fell asleep or sat the wrong way with the key fob in my pocket and drained the battery by putting my weight on the fob buttons. A new battery costs around $3 at any full service drug store and the replacement takes all of a minute. In my experience, the new battery made it work good as new every time.

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Old 03-17-2003, 01:17 AM   #15
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I am thinking on the same lines as OhioVueBoy. I think angle has a lot to do with it. Sometimes I can be just a few feet away and it will be stubborn. But then last week, I was in my office and accidently hit the "panic" buttom while digging through my computer case and the thing went off. It was rather odd.

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Old 03-17-2003, 04:54 PM   #16
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A couple of times I fell asleep or sat the wrong way with the key fob in my pocket and drained the battery by putting my weight on the fob buttons. A new battery costs around $3 at any full service drug store and the replacement takes all of a minute. In my experience, the new battery made it work good as new every time.
I was working on "my other car" a couple weeks ago when my VUE started going crazy. the locks were locking/unlocking the lights were going nuts....
I went in the house and found my 14 month old daughter chewing on my wife's fob.... she now has her own set of dummy keys.

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Old 03-17-2003, 07:43 PM   #17
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Old 07-07-2003, 12:58 AM   #18
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Beats the range of the factory alarm on my Grand Prix. Before I extended the antenna, I had to be practically within arm's reach of it, especially if I was downtown.
So how do you extend the antenna on a Vue?

And are you talking about an antenna for the key fob or one in the car?

Anyone know where the antenna is in the Vue?


I discovered that the antenna and module for my impala was located behind the driver seat shoulder belt when we convinced my chief that it was a good thing to have on our police package impalas- So we had the dealer install it in all 4 of our new cars (GM doesn't install remote keyless entry on police cars). The service guy said it was a pain to install and configure the way we wanted, but now we can get out and lock/unlock the doors in a hurry (i.e. running to the car) and even leave it running and locked (via a custom configuration and a box that prevents the gear shift from working without a special proxy key).


Knowing GM i'd imagine the vue's remote keyless entry antenna is in the same location.

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Old 07-07-2003, 01:51 AM   #19
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Ok, I'm gonna give you the same advice I got when I complained about the distance from the Vue and activating the remote. From the very rear of the vehicle the remote is basically useless. Put your arm up in the air or go low to activate. Must be a lot of steel in this vehicle and the antenna is in the front (somewhere). The advice given to me (and it works, lol) is to hold the remote to your chin and press the button and boom, doors lock/unlock like magic. The reason, evidently it the human body acts like an antenna and enhances the range of the remote. I have personally shown this to the Saturn service dude and encouraged him to pass on the info so future owners don't look like idiots dancing around the back of the vehicle trying to put the stuff away. My wife suggested putting the key in my nose and the remote on my chin from the other side of the parking lot for super remote action ( kidding! )

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Old 07-07-2003, 11:22 AM   #20
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Yes, this does work well. We had this dicussion on another board somewhere. But improving that antenna on the VUE would be nice. The chin thing DOES extend the range, however I don't seem to get much extra distance out of it, maybe another 10 feet or so. My friends and their new trucks get about 50-100 feet, versus my 20 feet.

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The advice given to me (and it works, lol) is to hold the remote to your chin and press the button and boom, doors lock/unlock like magic.

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