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For those that have it/added it/ or are techs....
Im curious about remote start on the Traverse.
I noticed remote start comes on the 2 highest trims. 2LT and LTZ.
I know that some of the GM cars come ready to add the module for remote start and can be dealer installed.
Any of the GM mechanics here- do you know if the module can be added to at least the 1LT.
Im sure the LS cannot as it doesnt even have the DIC.
Im thinking of buying a Traverse- most likely the 1LT package as that has the stuff I need... the 2LT package is obvioulsy pricier- and has features that I dont care to pay for.
So if the remote start module can be added... that would just make it a much better deal.
 

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I can only guess that the Traverse factory remote and programming works the same as 08 and up Malibus and the GMT-900 trucks.
Check the RPO code sheet (usually mounted in glove box) for the AP8 code.
If it does it will accept the factory GM-PN 19154444 remote start kit. (Unless you have the auto-lift rear gate)
No idea of what the kit and programming costs nowadaze............

If not its aftermarket only and use caution when buying and look for a GM specific unit (like some Viper/DEI models) or you will need special modules to work with the Passlock system and door locks.
A Gm specific Viper unit runs about $325 or so installed.
 

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I can only guess that the Traverse factory remote and programming works the same as 08 and up Malibus and the GMT-900 trucks.
Check the RPO code sheet (usually mounted in glove box) for the AP8 code.
If it does it will accept the factory GM-PN 19154444 remote start kit. (Unless you have the auto-lift rear gate)
No idea of what the kit and programming costs nowadaze............

If not its aftermarket only and use caution when buying and look for a GM specific unit (like some Viper/DEI models) or you will need special modules to work with the Passlock system and door locks.
A Gm specific Viper unit runs about $325 or so installed.

He is correct regarding the AP8 code. However, some of the new GM accessory long range remotes are available to be installed without the AP8 code but be very carefull.

Check with your GM parts department to search the remote starters based on the VIN of that particular vehicle.

I don't recommend any aftermarket remote starters espcially with new models. If you have problems, the garage may have to disconnect your remote starter, to properly diagnose a problem. You could be charged the labour to do so and they may not re-install it.

I've seen some newer models go into theft mode due to aftermarket remote starts. That can be a huge pain in the ass.
 

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thanks for the great info.
Ive read too many stories of aftermarket units acting up and dealers not wanting to touch the car UNTIL the aftermarket units are removed.

As for skipping the Acadia-
I like the looks of the Chevy Traverse over the Acadia.
Im a big Chevy fan (1964 C-20 in garage, 1970 Monte Carlo in garage,1976 Nova in driveway 2003 Trailblazer in driveway ,2007 Impala in driveway)- I did own a 1996 saturn for some years... also a great vehicle..... (drove a Suzuki for about 2 yrs- worst car Ive owned- left me stranded 3 times on the highway).

And I always put at least 150,000 miles on my cars before the next one comes along.
Im at 143,700 with my Trailblazer...... I suspect that Ill reach 150,000 by August or September... this means that by this time- the 2010's will be hitting the Lots---- or nice sale priced 2009's can be found... so my mileage and Chevy Lambda availability is perfect timing.

But I would love to see a Bowtie Wearing Lambda in my driveway... with that big gold bowtie.
As a last resort- I would go with GMC or saturn... Buick would be too pricey... But im staying with GM-- or Chevmoco what ever its named by summers end.
 

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Do NOT put an aftermarket remote start on a new GM vehicle. Just take the hit if you really want it and get a higher option package, or like you are exploring, a dealer add on.

The latest Passkey system does not play nice with many of these systems. The needed parts are workarounds - and if they fail, or even have an occasional short - your car won't start.

Also, finding an installer who will do the job right, reliably, is very difficult. Usually its undertrained kids being asked to tear into the dash and locate exactly the right wires without damaging anything else. Its hard to do.

I tried it years ago. Worked great for about 3 years. Then, car wouldn't start. Place I got it done - out of business. Was highly recommended at the time. Took it in, GM found poorly wrapped wires which rubbed over time and caused an intermittent short. They fixed it for me at the labor rate, I always take my car there and they know me. Couple hundered bucks is all it cost me - but could have been far worse. But I learned my lesson. Alot of thought goes into how they route and wrap everything behind the dash.
 
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