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    mrsqueezles@gmail.com
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    Default 2003 Buick Regal key fob remote programming instructions

    I searched everywhere for this. I finally found it on another forum,
    but the writer said it only applied to 1998 1999 2000 2001 and 2002
    Buick Regal models. I just programmed my remotes for a 2003. Here are
    the full instructions for programming a key fob for anyone who's
    interested.

    I bought my remotes from Remotes 4 You at
    http://www.shoppalstores.com/remotes4u/. I paid $20 per remote plus $6
    for shipping. Shipping took about 5 days. Compared to the $160 the
    dealer wanted to charge me, it was a steal.

    Please note that in step 6, the LOCK position just indicates that you
    need to leave the key in the ignition.

    1) Sit in the drivers seat
    2) Remove key from ignition cylinder
    3) Close all the doors
    4) Press and hold the UNLOCK on the door lock switch
    5) While holding the door lock switch in the UNLOCK position, insert
    and remove the ignition key twice. DO NOT ROTATE THE IGNITION CYLINDER.
    6) Insert the ignition key a third time, leaving the key in the
    ignition cylinder. The ignition MUST remain in the LOCK position for
    the rest of the procedure.
    7) Release the door lock switch. You will hear 3 chimes. This chime
    feedback indicates the transmitter programming is active.
    8) Press and hold the LOCK and UNLOCK buttons on the remote for 12
    seconds. You will hear two chimes. This chime feedback indicates the
    transmitter has been accepted.
    9) Repeat step 8 for each additional transmitter
    10) Remove ignition key from cylinder to exit programming.
    11) Verify functions of remotes.




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    mrsqueezles@gmail.com
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    Default Re: 2003 Buick Regal key fob remote programming instructions

    I just programmed my Regal's remotes and am now looking for a spare
    ignition key. The dealer that wanted $160 for two remotes wants to
    charge me up the ass for a spare key. I found a few suppliers online,
    though. Since many GM cars, including mine, have a chip in the key, I
    have to do a little extra work to get a spare. The ignition key has a
    resistor embedded in it. The resistor has one of 15 settings and is
    read by the ignition switch. GM calls the system VATS, Vehicle
    Anti-Theft System. Here are the instructions for determining which
    type of key you'll need.

    There are two ways to determine which VATS key you have. Your key can
    be read using a VATS tester. Most locksmiths have these readers, and
    don't charge anything to read your key. If you have a volt meter,
    you can determine your VATS value yourself. Set your meter to 20K
    Ohms. Touch each lead of the volt meter to each side of the chip in
    your key. Match the value on your meter to the list below. The value
    you read may not be exactly one of the values here. Just pick the one
    that's closest.

    This works for any Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GM or Pontiac that uses
    VATS. If you have a VATS key, you'll see a small black plastic box
    embedded in your key with a metal contact on either side.

    VATS -- Ohms
    1 -- 0.402
    2 -- 0.523
    3 -- 0.681
    4 -- 0.887
    5 -- 1.130
    6 -- 1.470
    7 -- 1.870
    8 -- 2.370
    9 -- 3.010
    10 -- 3.740
    11 -- 4.750
    12 -- 6.040
    13 -- 7.500
    14 -- 9.530
    15 -- 11.801


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    Mike Marlow
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    Default Re: 2003 Buick Regal key fob remote programming instructions


    <mrsqueezles@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1169226987.123763.231100@l53g2000cwa.googlegr oups.com...
    > I just programmed my Regal's remotes and am now looking for a spare
    > ignition key. The dealer that wanted $160 for two remotes wants to
    > charge me up the ass for a spare key. I found a few suppliers online,
    > though. Since many GM cars, including mine, have a chip in the key, I
    > have to do a little extra work to get a spare. The ignition key has a
    > resistor embedded in it. The resistor has one of 15 settings and is
    > read by the ignition switch. GM calls the system VATS, Vehicle
    > Anti-Theft System. Here are the instructions for determining which
    > type of key you'll need.
    >


    This is good stuff. Thanks for posting this. Care to share where you came
    across this information?

    --

    -Mike-
    mmarlowREMOVE@alltel.net



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    anon@idirect.ca
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    Default Re: 2003 Buick Regal key fob remote programming instructions



    > This is good stuff. Thanks for posting this. Care to share where you came
    > across this information?


    http://programyourremote.com/


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    anon@idirect.ca
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    mrsqueezles@gmail.com
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    Default Re: 2003 Buick Regal key fob remote programming instructions

    > This is good stuff. Thanks for posting this. Care to share where you came
    > across this information?


    A lot of Google searching

    I suppose I should have posted the original URL's ...

    I found the keyless programming instructions at
    www.automotiveforums.com, but I can't find that thread again.

    I first learned about the VATS stuff from a company that sells a bypass
    for remote start systems here http://www.drdetailshop.com/gmpellet.htm.
    After some more searching, I found an eBay seller who listed the
    instructions for finding the VATS value here
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/VATS-...QQcmdZViewItem.
    I'm not sure about whether that eBay seller has a great value, though.
    At $23 for a key plus $15 for additional keys, I think I'll shop
    around. $10 for shipping?! For a key?!! I think not.


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    William H. Bowen
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    Default Re: 2003 Buick Regal key fob remote programming instructions

    Good info, but 1 minor correction: the resistor pellet values, as you
    innumerated them, are in kilo-ohms. For example, the VATS Key #2 is
    0.523 KILOohms (523 ohms).

    Also, according to GM, a valid resistor pellet should measure within
    2% of the resistance value in the chart, though the VATS decoder will
    function with resistor pellets as far as +/- 5% from nominal value.

    In this area most locksmiths charge $25 including cutting for a VATS
    key: I found that out the hard way when I bought my 1994 Regal. AND,
    that is assuming you know what the code is. I've seen the key blanks
    on eBay for as little as $3.00.

    Regards,
    Bill Bowen
    Sacramento, CA


    mrsqueezles@gmail.com wrote:

    >I just programmed my Regal's remotes and am now looking for a spare
    >ignition key. The dealer that wanted $160 for two remotes wants to
    >charge me up the ass for a spare key. I found a few suppliers online,
    >though. Since many GM cars, including mine, have a chip in the key, I
    >have to do a little extra work to get a spare. The ignition key has a
    >resistor embedded in it. The resistor has one of 15 settings and is
    >read by the ignition switch. GM calls the system VATS, Vehicle
    >Anti-Theft System. Here are the instructions for determining which
    >type of key you'll need.
    >
    >There are two ways to determine which VATS key you have. Your key can
    >be read using a VATS tester. Most locksmiths have these readers, and
    >don't charge anything to read your key. If you have a volt meter,
    >you can determine your VATS value yourself. Set your meter to 20K
    >Ohms. Touch each lead of the volt meter to each side of the chip in
    >your key. Match the value on your meter to the list below. The value
    >you read may not be exactly one of the values here. Just pick the one
    >that's closest.
    >
    >This works for any Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GM or Pontiac that uses
    >VATS. If you have a VATS key, you'll see a small black plastic box
    >embedded in your key with a metal contact on either side.
    >
    >VATS -- Ohms
    >1 -- 0.402
    >2 -- 0.523
    >3 -- 0.681
    >4 -- 0.887
    >5 -- 1.130
    >6 -- 1.470
    >7 -- 1.870
    >8 -- 2.370
    >9 -- 3.010
    >10 -- 3.740
    >11 -- 4.750
    >12 -- 6.040
    >13 -- 7.500
    >14 -- 9.530
    >15 -- 11.801


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