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2006 Chevy Impala Remote Start Poor Range

Anybody know of a cheap fix for poor reception on a remote door/starter? Mine has terrible range need to be within 50 ft. for it to MAYBE work.Factory installed.

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  • student4life Dec 03, 2008

    Not bad, but not good either when it is -20 outside! Seems to be a common complaint from what I have read.



    Don't other factory car remotes have better range than that?

  • student4life Dec 04, 2008

    Yeah, I just changed it about 3 weeks ago.

    Thanks for the info. though.

  • student4life Dec 05, 2008

    FM radio reception is good...

  • kschmidling Apr 02, 2009

    Ya, I hear you. I took in my brand new Impala for remote start repair. The service guy showed me that the remote works fine (about 40ft) in an empty parking lot, on a clear day. Ha, ha, ha, ha!!!! Here in Wisconsin, when it is 20 below with windchill, a 10 foot range in a parking lot that has other cars parked in it is unacceptable!! They can tell me "within specs" all they want but this feature is useless! Being 10 feet away is about 2 seconds from me being able to actually put the key in the ignition to start it. The extra 2 seconds doesn't heat up the car very much in below zero, windchill temps. Shame of Chevy for this design. The hilarious thing is, I also have a 2008 Grand Prix with remote start and that works 5 stories up, hundreds of feet away. Obviously an antenna design flaw that GM doesn't want to take responsibility for. Perhaps GM - Chevy division can use some of the "bailout" money to make better designs or perhaps produce features that actually do what they are supposed to do. Ughhhhhh!!!!!

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    50 feet isn't bad range for a GM remote.

  • michael Jan 03, 2012

    i agree gm need to design things better i had a 2006 chevy cobalt and it had more electrical issues with it then any ford i ever owned

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    my range is very short

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Yes some do some don't, my 2005 Dodge 200-400 feet, my 1996 Corvette 20 feet, my wife's 1998 Buick about 50 feet, is the remote battery ok? should be changed at least once a year

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    yadayada Dec 04, 2008

    There is one issue that can cause a loss of range, that is a defective antenna or ant ground., since the remote uses the radio antenna this can be checked by seeing if the radio FM reception is good

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    yadayada Dec 05, 2008

    Wasn't this helpful?? why the poor rating, there is no fix for this issue.

  • chadadkisson Dec 18, 2011

    You get what u pay 4.imstalled a 600$ viper.it would start @ 1/4 of mile away.mo probs jjust expensive

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I found no solution for this problem i called a local chevy dealer and to fix it would b 700-800 dollars u have to replace it all anyone no anything different let me know

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  • scott-23626 Mar 13, 2011

    Myself and a co-worker both own 06 Impala's. He says he fixed his remote problem by removing the plastic panels left and right door posts of the windshield. Then moving the antenna from side to the other. Says it all works fine now.

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