I have heard VERY little about car security systems. What's the deal with the Solstice? I'm actually new to buying cars, and I don't know how standard security is, etc.
I'm betting the Solstice will get this too as an option. I really can't see a car dealer offering a Roadster with out a theft deterent option anymore.Engine-immobilizing theft-deterrent feature
Do one search in Google for "GM PassKey Theft Deterent" and you'll come up with a LOAD of $30+ devices which are used in remote starters. These all bypass the system. You can, if you want, build your own with a resistor from Radio Shack (yes, you need to know the correct resistor value.. not sure if all the systems use the same or not). Cut the lead wires, drop the resistor across them, hotwire car per preferred method and you're off.pontiacinblack said:It will probably have PassKey theft deterent, like most other GM vehicles. If I remember correctly, PassKey uses a specific electrical resistance in the key during ignition. If the key is not in the ignition, the computer kills the fuel pump. I'm sure the pros have learned how to bypass this, but your average teenage joyrider probably doesn't.
I have not done this, but others with Alero's (with the Passlock system) just simply purchased one of those by-pass modules in order to install an aftermarket remote car starter. It was needed to start the car without the key in the ignition. Seems to me that it would work just fine to help you steal the car as well, since you could by-pass this system.RODEO said:rlhammon, are you saying a joyrider can get past a transponder key? I don't know much about them, but we discussed this on another forum, and the consensus was this is a very good security. they even said no car with a transpoder key has yet been stolen. I think this means the average idiot with a screwdriver can't drive away in 60 seconds.
I'm no expert, and would like anyone's opinion!
thanks wing, that's exactly what I've been hearing, I hear they now tow/steal these kinda vehicles also. glad the dumb kids can't take it though!wing said:Rodeo, the keys are pretty good, there are still ways around it, IE, someone can steal your VIN # and get a key programmed or someone can simply break in replace the computer with their own using their own key and steal the car. So yes it will block the casual joy rider, but not the pro.
Must have misunderstood your question. The system I was talking about had a resistance value on the key which was checked. And those were not difficult to defeat. It sounds like this has system is different, in that it works in a similar fashion to the key fob to unlock the doors, but it has a system built into the key.RODEO said:wait a minute, you guy started talking about remote starters! I want to know how good a transponder key is? I'vebeen researching for an hour, and here's a good find (below), seems a simple thief would have a very hard time getting past this, or are we on the other forum missing something?
Major developments are happening in the car manufacturing business; Short reading range transponders (magnetic coupling) are being included in vehicle ignition keys, allowing the onboard management computer to verify the authenticity of the key to try to reduce vehicle theft. The advantage of this technology is significant since the management system controls the fuel injection, timing and performance of the engine. An invalid identity allows the management system to completely close down the motor vehicle engine. This technology offers a major improvement over previous vehicle anti theft systems because communication between the sensor of the key and the engine management system is accomplished by a system of codes dependent on the value of the ID transponder so that thieves cannot simply cut appropriate wires and bypass the communication system.
That sounds like plenty to get the car to the chop shop.achieftain said:A standard copy of the cut edge only would allow manual opening of the doors and ignition functions, but if you want to travel more than 50 mph or 50 miles or work the radio you need the chip.