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Old 06-23-2013, 06:59 PM   #18
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That was the method I used for my previous vehicles. The Camaro has both units in one.
I know when you stick the key in the ignition, the controls on fob don't even work.
so you might be SOL on that option...
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Old 06-23-2013, 07:04 PM   #19
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I know when you stick the key in the ignition, the controls on fob don't even work.
so you might be SOL on that option...
Ahhh gotta love how the inconvenience of having separate key + fobs turned into a convenience when they decided to put them together. Lol, that's a clear example of how there is no one fit solution for any product.

BUT. I just remembered my last car 2006 Charger had the key and fob in one but because I had a police package they had it separate. I wonder if GM had an option like this.

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Old 06-23-2013, 07:35 PM   #20
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Ok I feel better about it now. Kinda weirdly can't wait until I get it so I can drive it then shut it off real quick. lol



We have a 24/7 dispatcher that sits in a weird watchtower type looking thing over the parking lot.



^^^ That's what it looks like!
Wow! Looks like a prison tower or something. lol
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Old 06-23-2013, 07:47 PM   #21
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Ok I feel better about it now. Kinda weirdly can't wait until I get it so I can drive it then shut it off real quick. lol



We have a 24/7 dispatcher that sits in a weird watchtower type looking thing over the parking lot.



^^^ That's what it looks like!
That's not Long Beach FD is it?
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:49 PM   #22
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That's not Long Beach FD is it?
Nope. Im in suffolk.
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:52 PM   #23
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Nope. Im in suffolk.
Water in the background and the advertisement on the bus stop threw me off. Amityville is my last guess.
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Water in the background and the advertisement on the bus stop threw me off. Amityville is my last guess.
lol no I'm A lot farther east then you think. That picture is just something I found on google. It's not actually a tower it's a part of the building but it looooooks like that.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:00 PM   #25
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Gotcha! I'm in the Kings Park/Smithtown area that was the reason why I asked. Now I know when I'm driving to stay clear of the Camaro with lights flashing lol. Hey at least you will be the fastest one to the firehouse!

Ps grab some snow tires
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:07 PM   #26
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You'll do more harm jumping in your cold car and running it hard without it heating up than you would shutting it off after you've driven it hard. You're WAY over thinking it.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:10 PM   #27
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Gotcha! I'm in the Kings Park/Smithtown area that was the reason why I asked. Now I know when I'm driving to stay clear of the Camaro with lights flashing lol. Hey at least you will be the fastest one to the firehouse!

Ps grab some snow tires
Ahh I work in hauppauge. I know your area pretty well. I have no idea where I'm putting my lights to be honest haha Im actually sitting on my shift right now talking to a few guys trying to decide where some lights would fit.
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Old 06-23-2013, 10:11 PM   #28
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Ok I feel better about it now. Kinda weirdly can't wait until I get it so I can drive it then shut it off real quick. lol



We have a 24/7 dispatcher that sits in a weird watchtower type looking thing over the parking lot.



^^^ That's what it looks like!
Did they catch the vandals that graffitied the door and back wall of the tower?
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:50 PM   #29
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One of the handful of things I hate about these cars is the all in one keyfob and key. I want to install a badass Viper alarm but NOOOOOO the smart guys at GM say otherwise.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:06 AM   #30
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Soooo does GM or an aftermarket company make a key and fob separate from each other? I frequently have to drive places and run in for only a few seconds and would hate to have to turn the car on/off every time I do that. So what I usually do is keep key in ignition and use a quick release key chain and take the fob with me and lock the car...

ALSO, and this is a big one, I am a firefighter and there are many times in the middle of the night that I have to get up and drive to the firehouse (rather quickly) and then park the car and jump on a truck. It kills me to start the car up beat the **** out of it and then turn it off in a matter of 3 minutes. So what I normally do is when I get to my destination I keep the car on and lock it because calls are usually only a matter of 1/2 hour so I'd rather keep my car idling for a half hour then turn it on and off so quick like that. Also a lot of the time someone will take my key from from my locker and turn the car off for me if I'm gone for an extended period of time...

Any suggestions?
I don't think this would work on this car even if you had separate keys and key FOB. I think the key FOB has to be in the car in order for it to run. When I bought extra keys for my car, they wouldn't start it until I programmed them. I also think that once you start the car with one key FOB, all the other ones become disabled. I've tried to unlock the passenger door on my car with an extra key FOB while it's running and it didn't work. I don't think I've tried this in my Camaro, but every GM vehicle I've had for about 15 years, the drivers door power door lock is disabled if there's a key in the ignition to prevent you from locking up your keys in the car.
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:41 PM   #31
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I don't think this would work on this car even if you had separate keys and key FOB. I think the key FOB has to be in the car in order for it to run. When I bought extra keys for my car, they wouldn't start it until I programmed them. I also think that once you start the car with one key FOB, all the other ones become disabled. I've tried to unlock the passenger door on my car with an extra key FOB while it's running and it didn't work. I don't think I've tried this in my Camaro, but every GM vehicle I've had for about 15 years, the drivers door power door lock is disabled if there's a key in the ignition to prevent you from locking up your keys in the car.
I tried this on our Avalanche yesterday. With the key in the ignition and the vehicle running, I was able to lock and unlock the doors with the fob. With the vehicle turned off but key in the ignition, I could lock the doors with the fob but then the drivers door immediately unlocked.
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Get an aftermarket remote start. yes i know you said you have an M6 but there are many remote starts out there that work with manuals.

you put it into "reservation" mode. keeps the car running and you pull the keys out!
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I tried this on our Avalanche yesterday. With the key in the ignition and the vehicle running, I was able to lock and unlock the doors with the fob. With the vehicle turned off but key in the ignition, I could lock the doors with the fob but then the drivers door immediately unlocked.
Ok, I just tried this on the Camaro. Mine's a 2010 and I have 3 key FOBs. First I tried all 3 and they all locked and unlocked the doors, but as soon as I inserted any 1 of the 3 into the ignition switch, the other 2 became disabled. I didn't even have to turn the key, just insert it into the switch. With a key in the switch I could lock the doors with the power door lock button, but if I held the drivers door open, it would lock, but immediately unlock. But back to the OP's question, I was able to lock the car up running, by using a second key to manually lock the drivers door. So he can do what he wants to do by carrying a second key, leave the car running, lock the passenger door with the power door locks and then use his spare key to lock the driver's door.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:54 PM   #34
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Ok, I just tried this on the Camaro. Mine's a 2010 and I have 3 key FOBs. First I tried all 3 and they all locked and unlocked the doors, but as soon as I inserted any 1 of the 3 into the ignition switch, the other 2 became disabled. I didn't even have to turn the key, just insert it into the switch. With a key in the switch I could lock the doors with the power door lock button, but if I held the drivers door open, it would lock, but immediately unlock. But back to the OP's question, I was able to lock the car up running, by using a second key to manually lock the drivers door. So he can do what he wants to do by carrying a second key, leave the car running, lock the passenger door with the power door locks and then use his spare key to lock the driver's door.
Wow, thanks for going through that detailed test. I have to decide on what I want to do but I'm glad I have options now.
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