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2012 FOB programming

I just picked up a 2012 Impala in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada.

I only got a single key with the car, no remotes and no spare key. I have been reading around the 'net about programming these vehicles for new FOBs, and it seems everywhere I go I get the same three or four sets of instructions, none of which work. I have also noticed that many sites that sell FOBs and ignition keys seem not to have any information on the 2012 models.

1. I have checked the Chevy.ca website, and the brochure says that all the 2012 Impalas come with keyless entry. I believe mine is the LS model.

2. The owners manual says the car must be taken to a dealership to program the remotes.

3. I obtained a 2012 Impala remote from the dealership (one with remote start, which my car doesn't have).

4. I tried the programming method where you press the info button while the car is on (not running), in park. No matter how many times I press it, I never get any options for programming FOBs or remotes. I also tried holding this button in, but it made no difference. At this point I tried all the other buttons as well (both pressing them multiple times through their cycles, and holding them in for 30 seconds or so). I cannot find any option for programming.

5. I don't have a "Disp" button on my radio, so I cannot use the radio method.

6. If I use the method where you hold the door unlock button on the driver's side while turning the key on and off twice, nothing happens.

7. Since I have the in-dash computer, I don't have a trip reset/set post so I cannot use it for programming.

I can't tell if this remote will even work on this car since I can't seem to find a programming mode.

If anyone can help me out with accurate information on how to get a 2012 Impala into programming mode I would appreciate it.

I have also sent an email to Chevy Canada to see if they can help me out.

And, yes, next time I purchase a car from a dealer, I will make sure remotes and keys are a part of the deal. It never really occurred to me that something this basic would be an issue.
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The 2 thins to know about 2012 impala

you can get the fob on ebay
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You will need to take your Impala to a dealer for programming, or someone with a Tech2 or a MDI and Tech2Win software.
As for remotes you can get them on Ebay. To save you some more money, the remote start remotes are more expensive than the non, look at your RPO sticker. It would be a white sticker with a bunch of letters and numbers on it (mine was located in the trunk next to the spare tire) and look for code AP3. This code means you have remote start if it's not their you don't have remote start and you can get the cheaper remote. In either case either type of remote can be programmed and will lock/unlock the car.
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Thanks for info

Thanks for the links. They answered my questions. It's too bad this is the first year Impala to require a tool to reprogram the remotes. That's a pretty major inconvenience for such a simple thing. At least programming a new key is fairly easy to do, which is pretty nice.

Also pretty bizarre about the ridiculous requirement to do a simple tire rotation. In fact, I would rather not even have a pressure sensing feature for the tires if it meant not having such a restrictive requirement for resetting or calibrating it. I don't recall seeing the tire pressure information in my DIC, and now I'm hoping it's not installed.

Pretty nice car overall. I'm enjoying the ride, finding it much smoother than my 2003 Malibu was.
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