i would like to do same with my wifes saturn BUT
she dont carry my remote nor do i hers, hell i dont even carry the keys
to her car, separate key rings, i never drive her car anyway, and she
very very rarely drives my truck.
I had viper aftermarket alarms installed on our 99 Suburban and
Neon. They were able to use our Suburban remotes to handle both
cars ( top row buttons - Suburban, bottom Row buttons - Neon). I
also had electric locks put on the Neon. I think the final cost
was about $500 total to get both Alarms, Locks and Programming
Carrying it a little further, I purchased 2 separate receiver
units and used them to control the house Alarm System and House
Lights. When away from the Neon, all functions of the Suburban
remote work as usual. If both the truck and Neon are parked
together, the Bottom row will open the Neon, but the Suburban
panic siren will fire off. You just then have to unlock and
relock the Suburban to reset, but of course since that function
is on the top row the Neon remains unlocked. Everything has
worked just great.
House Alarm and House light function is done using the Top and
bottom Left row buttons and Right row buttons. I was told we
could then use the same remotes on a diagonal direction and
control 2 more systems. That would be 6 functions on 1 remote
pad. Not Bad. This was all accomplished by "County Radio" in
I also found carrying two remotes a pain
Unless I'm wrong, and that's always possible, we are using the
original Gray OE remote controls ( AutoMate ) as supplied by GM.
programmed the Vipers to accept the codes from the GM remotes. In
the Suburban, we are even using the original OEM electric lock
receiver and OE remote to control the OEM functions, and the
Viper at the same time. It was just good programming,
installation, and luck I
guess. You can not just use the OEM receiver head and system to
do this on the Sub, you also need to add the Viper control head.
In the Neon, The Suburban OE remote strictly controls the Viper
and the aftermarket electric locks as the Neon had no alarm
control system of any type.
So Mikes statement is not quite correct. You can use the GM OEM
remotes, but I clearly had to add the Viper control heads to
both vehicles and program the Vipers to accept the GM OEM remote
It's not so bad when we take the Sub in for service as the top
row is normally used for locking and unlocking by even the
dealers. But It's a smile on my face when the Dodge Dealer uses
the top row of buttons and thinks they have unlocked the Neon and
then have to use the key to open it and the alarm goes off....
they didn't use the bottom row of buttons as instructed (
read.... they didn't read the note on the service order as to
what buttons to use.) Had one dealer completely disconnect the
system as they didn't understand it.... but since the note about
which buttons to use was already attached to the service order,
and they ignored it, the Dodge dealer had to pay County Radio to
reconnect the whole systems :-))
I might also add that both vehicles have working proximity
warning alarm and motion sensors on them also. Because of the
size of the Suburban, the proximity sensors were a pain to get
working properly. We had to use 2 Prox sensors, adjusted very
carefully, to get a decent 4' warning coverage around the outside
exterior. The Suburban, to my knowledge, has never gone into a
false full alarm, but the Neon is another story in a good
rainstorm or on a Friday morning when the big diesel trash truck
goes by it. I've had many a 1am call from our neighbors as the
Neon happily beeps out it's proximity warning in a rainstorm.
Another little detail. When I had the Neon's windows film tinted
it affected the sensitivity of the Neon Prox alarm and had to be
The Viper control heads I installed seem to accept many OEM
remotes to control them. They can be "Trained" to accept most
remotes. It would be nice if the GM OEM heads could also be
trained easily. In this case we trained the Neon Viper head to
the GM remote bottom button codes.
This was all done several years ago so I have no idea as to how
compatible the Viper / GM control heads are today to doing
something like this.
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