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Hey everyone,

I bought my 93 VR-4 used last year from the original lady owner, and she said that she never had the remotes for the car.

i've got the original sticker for the car , saying that it does have keyless remote. Turns out a good friend of mine actually sold the car at the dealership to the girl, and he said that he thinks that she never came back for a "walkthrough" of the cars features, and to get the remotes, so she never knew she had remotes.

I bought 2 new remotes from Siedle Mitsu in Miami for $25 each, and had my mechanic brother took out the back seat and panel and programmed the remotes per the instructions on the site. He tried, but could not get them to program and work. need some suggestions/ solution to this problem--

1. is there a different remote for 1st and 2nd gen cars?

2. Could the remote unit go bad just sitting unused for 5 years? How do you tell if it is bad?

3. If I need a new remote transmitter, can I find one used, and where? how much?

4. Should I just get a new aftermarket remote setup? I'm hearing prices for $100+- for a new system here on the board. The local dealer wants $120 just to program the unit, not counting any parts needed.

If someone can tell me how to do it properly, I believe my Brother can get this unit to work- If not, what are good aftermarket units and prices?

Thanks in advance for everyone ideas and advice on this problem.

Jack s.
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The transmitters should probably not go bad if unused, and stored in a dry place. The battery might go bad, of course. Check the battery voltage with a digital voltmeter.

A difference with later transmitters was the addition of a third "panic" button. Your 93 should have only two buttons.

On the back of the transmitters, you will find a printed code, e.g. G8D-281M-A. It is possible that the last letter may not match the last letter of the printed code on the receiver. This would indicate that they are on different frequencies, in which case you will need to exchange the transmitters for the correct ones.
 

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lloyd,

thanks for your reply. I may have misspoke, I was concerned whether the reciever in the car behind the back panel could "go bad" in some manner, from never being used, or if there could be corroded connection, bad wiring, etc. do you know how I could check it to see if its good?

I will check the serial #s as you suggested.
The hand transmitters I got 6 months ago I believe, are only 2 button, and I put new batteries into them.

Thanks again for your help.

jack s.

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I don't think there's a way to check whether the internal electronics in the receiver are OK. A corroded connection or bad wire should be visible by inspection. If I recall, the power door locks depend on some signals from the ETACS unit as well. You should of course check that the power and ground to the receiver are OK. A more likely problem could be at the antenna connection. Make sure it fits very SNUGLY. You may have to clean it and use pliers to alter its shape slightly for a good connection.
 

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Somewhat related question, What would cause your doors to not unlock with your alarm? The alarm arms and locks the doors but when i unarm the alarm the doors stay locked. Kind of a pain in the ass to use a key (like changing the t.v. channel when you can reach the dial but want to use the remote anyway).
 
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