: Convert to key fob?

05-15-13, 04:40 PM
So I just picked up a 13 Hybrid and I actually can't believe that it still comes with a key considering the price. So I'm so used to my CTS-V getting it and going that its hard to start thinking of looking for a remote before opening the doors and starting the engine.

Is there any way to eliminate the key and use some sort of proximity sensors to open doors and push button start? I know... Stupid problem to have with a $75K truck but I feel like its something I'm really going to miss.

Any ideas guys? Is there a way to put a FOB entry and start option?



05-15-13, 05:53 PM
http://www.easygosystem.com/features.php is the only thing I know of. It says only Tahoe's, Suburban's, Yukons, so I'm not sure about making it work for the Esky...

05-15-13, 06:27 PM
Maybe they haven't located a natural spot for the start/stop button in the Esky.

05-15-13, 06:28 PM
they are like Apple, nice idea, maybe next version you'll get what everyone else has.

Singh G
05-16-13, 09:18 PM
im curious about the easy go

05-16-13, 10:33 PM
im curious about the easy golol, me too.. They list my dealership as an installer! I was unaware we were offering this... (Cause we aren't!)

Looks cool though, wonder what it costs?

05-17-13, 07:27 AM

05-17-13, 10:00 AM

well that's affordable....lol

05-20-13, 09:21 PM
So after some research, I thought I would post an update in the direction I'm leaning towards. I'm going to purchase this product http://www.advancedkeys.com/Prod_AK104S.html

Similar to my CTS-V, it will not have a push start button rather use the key to start, stop and lock the steering column, and while the proximity fob's will arm and disarm the alarm and lock and unlock the truck, it will also disable the start function when the truck is locked and the original key is still in the truck. This will prevent theft considering the keys are stationary in the column.

I might be explaining that a bit backwards but will report again once installed.

05-20-13, 10:25 PM
Looks like a great product may I ask why not purchase the push to start?

05-21-13, 04:12 PM
I have a hybrid and there seems to be some issues with the truck turning on and off when the actual hybrid portion is active.

05-21-13, 05:11 PM
Man, this seems like an awful ordeal just to avoid turning the key. :)

05-21-13, 09:33 PM
well that's your opinion, its no different when people change our their rims, upgrade their stereo's... etc. I would like to reduce the amount of crap I have in my pocket.

05-21-13, 10:02 PM
Changing out rims is an esthetic/stylistic issue, upgrading a sound system is an auditory issue ... proportionally both have a much greater impact within their context than spending a lot of money to go from turning a key to turning a switch. After all you started the thread by comparing it to your CTS-V, which I imagine works like the rest of the keyless start Cadillacs and you still have to schlep the same enormous fob as the Escalade's. And that system you linked uses a device as big as a stack of credit cards, so it's not like it's a massive improvement on the existing key fob.

You are correct that is merely my opinion, that's kinda the way forums work. I'm not even suggesting that you don't buy it, I'm just trying to understand the logic in spending this much money to modify a vehicle for seemingly such a small incremental improvement in convenience.

On a side note, having owned a Tahoe Hybrid in the past, I cannot even begin to describe to you some of the excuses some service managers will use to deny you warranty work. A lot of the time they are unfamiliar with your vehicle so it's just a pretense to not have to figure out how to fix it. I've seen dealers try to deny warrantied transmission repairs to Tahoe/Yukon hybrid owners because they upgraded to the OEM CK375 wheel/tire package, never mind that the same package is stock on the Denali Hybrid which has the identical transmission. Perhaps you're blessed with an honest dealer, but just a cautionary note of some of the unintended consequences.

I honestly wasn't trying to be snarky.

05-22-13, 09:40 AM
I understand what you're saying and I also understand how a forum works... unfortunately when a question is asked, people tent to provide options which they were not asked for and in return, people like me simply find those posts useless. Had my question been, "should I or should I not"... then you post would have been completely relevant but since I only asked if anyone has had experience with eliminating they key issue, your post and opinion is completely irrelevant.

And again, wheels, stereo's, whatever... its all the same. It's one's expression of what they would like their vehicle to be and their way of making it their own. They're changing it because they feel it will make their vehicle better, that is what I'm doing and I don't feel I have to justify spending $250 on a $75K truck. Warranty is a completely separate issue and that's what SEMA is for. They can try to deny your warranty unless you know the law and the right people to enforce that law. I'm not worried about warranty.

05-22-13, 01:43 PM
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Meh nvm.

05-23-13, 11:19 AM
Oh man, I thought there was an update to this thread. Keyless entry is more then just the push button start. I had an acura with one and I truly miss it. Touching a door handle to lock and unlock the car. Not fumbling with your keys to start the car if you have multiple cars. Keyless start and entry is truly a convenience that is good to have. For examples walking to the truck carrying a 3 year old that is sleeping. Keyless entry god send, key fob umm there you go stand up for a second while daddy gets his key fob to unlock the truck. Keyless enrty/start isn't a necessity but once you have experienced it life is good after that.

Just my 2 cents

05-24-13, 08:41 PM
Looks cool, so has anyone done this, or considering it? Guinea pig anyone? I imagine that the 14/15 will have push to start

Nice Ride
05-25-13, 07:28 PM
I have a clifford smart start system, my installer added push to start to his car. Im going to ask him what is involved. I think its a great option i would not mind paying for. Hate phone app, also hate keys. Had my installer program the alarm when it sets to automatically fold my mirrors. Worth every penny.

05-27-13, 10:30 AM
that's another good point, I also find myself folding the mirrors a lot. Especially in the garage.


That and I think we would all be a little happier if the factory remote start didn't take 3 steps and 10 seconds to execute. I understand it's safety and all but about the only time it's useful is if you don't want to go outside but can still see your truck. By the time you walk up and go through the process, you might as well just put the key in and turn in.

06-01-13, 03:27 PM
Just a quick update, I received my package this past week and I'm scheduled for an install by a local stereo shop this coming Wed. They're charging me for a middleware hardware which will give them all the necessary wires and about 3-4 hours labor (figure $400 or so). After its all done, I'll post a YouTube video if everything goes well.