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Old 05-11-2004, 01:45 AM   #1
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Angry Happy about the alarm remote control range on your FXT?

Are you? I am not. I have a couple of plazas in my area where I literally have to stick the remote control to the windshild in order to deactivate the alarm and open the doors. At the rest of the places the alarm stops reacting on the remote control from ~ 10 steps away. SUCKS big time, if you ask me :-(

And it's not like it's just my problem. And yes, the batteres are good. A mechanic at my dealeship said that "covering your remote control with your hand should help". Why to BS???

Well, sorry guys, I'm just pissed. Is there any solution to this problem? I was thinking about extending the antenna of the signal receiver but I'm just guessing here since I haven't seen the receiver yet.
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Old 05-11-2004, 06:42 AM   #2
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No problem here from about 50 feet. I can also disable the alarm/unlock the doors from inside my house when the car is parked in the street.
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Old 05-11-2004, 09:36 AM   #3
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mine suxs even with fresh batts
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Old 05-11-2004, 09:48 AM   #4
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No problem here from about 50 feet. I can also disable the alarm/unlock the doors from inside my house when the car is parked in the street.
Yep,
Mine works great from head on approaches.
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Old 05-11-2004, 09:50 AM   #5
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I was camping last weekend and was getting a range of 60 feet!
In town, I sometimes have to get right up to the car.
I have found that I get better range when I hold the bottom of the remote flat towards the car.
When the interference is really bad I can't open the car unless I go over to the passenger side windshield and it will unlock.

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Old 05-11-2004, 10:17 AM   #6
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as long as there are no obstructions mine works from about 50 feet also... not great considering ranges of other remotes...
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Old 05-11-2004, 10:41 AM   #7
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Why would you need to unlock your car more then a few paces away from it? It's not like it has to go through a 4 minute unlocking sequence...
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Old 05-11-2004, 12:06 PM   #8
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Why would you need to unlock your car more then a few paces away from it? It's not like it has to go through a 4 minute unlocking sequence...
why would I have a much worse range than any other car including my previous impreza???

Slimey, I believe you just got lucky not having anything interfering badly with your remote control signal in the areas you go. When it happens it's really a PIA.

I wish somebody came up with a solution for this problem other than replacing the whole unit.
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Old 05-11-2004, 01:37 PM   #9
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From head on I get about fifty feet too. I know it sounds silly but the chin trick works for me too getting better distance.
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Old 05-11-2004, 04:11 PM   #10
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Mine has gotten better over time. I suppose the tranmistter somehow had to break in. At first I had to be within a few feet. Now it works up to 100' away from head-on, at least 50' from the side.

I just have the stock door lock transmitter, not alarm.
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Old 05-11-2004, 04:34 PM   #11
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10-15 ft no more
Cadillac remote worked past 100ft easily
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Old 05-11-2004, 06:08 PM   #12
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Yeah my keyless entry/ alarm annoys the heck out of me as well!!! I mean granted my old honda's wasn't better, but this is ridiculous. Sometimes to disarm i have to have the remote against the car. I took it to the dealer and they didn't experience it.
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Old 05-11-2004, 08:56 PM   #13
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I believe that remote by itself is not that bad, the frequency it works on, that is the problem. Seems that the frequency gets interfered badly with some radio signals or, maybe, store alarms.
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Old 05-11-2004, 09:15 PM   #14
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I believe that remote by itself is not that bad, the frequency it works on, that is the problem. Seems that the frequency gets interfered badly with some radio signals or, maybe, store alarms.
Exactly.

Re-program your remote.
Power lines, Garage door openers, temperature, can all play a part in decreasing/increasing range.
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Old 05-11-2004, 10:02 PM   #15
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Well, mine sucks in just about all conditions. When it rains, I have to stick my fob to the glass to get the car to open. At its best it works from about 15 feet away when used directly from the front. My guess it is my window tint, but I don't know for sure.

Hondaslayer, how does one reprogram the remote?

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Old 05-11-2004, 11:04 PM   #16
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Old 05-12-2004, 01:33 AM   #17
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Thanks, Peaty, very interesting link. Although I did find some interesting info there, it doesn't say anything about reprogramming the frequency. Well, I guess I'll keep looking.
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Old 05-12-2004, 08:21 AM   #18
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I guess I am the exception here. I have never had any problems with the range on my remote. In fact, where I park at work I consistently have a range of 150+ approaching the car diagonally from the front drivers side.
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Old 05-12-2004, 09:36 AM   #19
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Thanks, Peaty, very interesting link. Although I did find some interesting info there, it doesn't say anything about reprogramming the frequency. Well, I guess I'll keep looking.
Every time you reprogram it will select a frequency, I assume at random. You won't find it in any documentation I don't think.
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Old 05-12-2004, 10:24 AM   #20
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I actually think the perfect remote would be one that has a very short range for activation/deactivation but a very long range for panic. I can't stand it when I'm in my house and think I accidentally hit the button (or do hit the button) so I have to go to the window and verify the car is locked or lock it again. Unless I am at the car I don't want it locking or unlocking but if I can't find it then I want it to tell me where it is from 100' away.
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Old 05-12-2004, 01:57 PM   #21
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I would have to agree with the frequency thing. One of my remotes is perfect, every time. The other is a nightmare. Sometimes it works normally, other times I'm holding it up to the windshield just to get it a signal through.

Also can't get the re-programming to work right. Cycling the key 10 times (or more) won't produce the desired "honk". I have the factory alarm w/keyless entry. Any thoughts?
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Old 05-17-2004, 07:27 PM   #22
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Unhappy Mine stinks too.

If someone is interested in attempting to tweak the range on our remotes I have an extra. I have no skills in this area. If you do let us know. I will donate a specimen for you to experiment on.

Please serious inquires only.

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Old 05-17-2004, 11:28 PM   #23
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10 feet. 15 if I am lucky.


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Why would you need to unlock your car more then a few paces away from it? It's not like it has to go through a 4 minute unlocking sequence...

Car parked at the curb roughly 45 feet from house. Pouring down rain, me with suit on for meeting plus satchel and a bag of samples. Atempt to unlock from shelter of porch...NOGO. Run to the car in the downpour, clicking the whole time. NOGO. Stand there getting drenched pointing it straight at the hood, car unlocks. I spend about 10 un-needed seconds standing in a downpour.
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Old 05-18-2004, 08:51 PM   #24
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Directions are in owners manual. It's gotta be something like that. I'm with Izzylab. Mine works while xt is in the parking lot and I'm in my office. A good 150-200 ft through windows and brick.
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Old 05-19-2004, 12:02 AM   #25
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Directions are in owners manual. It's gotta be something like that. I'm with Izzylab. Mine works while xt is in the parking lot and I'm in my office. A good 150-200 ft through windows and brick.
are you actually saying that it was suck but you fixed it using directions from the user manual of your remote control?
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