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Question about the Key fobs on the 9th gen Impala

Ok, so this may be a odd question, but is it possible to change the key fobs on the current model Impala Premier? I'm asking this because my GF got a 2016 Malibu LT and I think the keyfob that comes with hers. looks super dope and sleek. So, my question is, can you program the smart key on the Malibu to the Impala Premier? I don't like that pocket knife key fob that's on the Impala Premier. Thanks in advance.
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Assuming they are both 2016 models, the part number on the Malibu keyless entry control module is #13506772 (guessing its a 1.5l), the part number on the Impala keyless entry control module is #13580553 . Looking at the wiring schematics for the different modules it doesn't look doable, the male ends from the loom harnesses to the modules aren't matching. To get the malibu's transmitter you would need its corresponding control module and harnesses to start with and possibly the antenna, receiver(#13577251 impala/#13595511 malibu),etc. Looking at my pricing I would estimate about $1000 in parts and at a large number of hundred dollars in labor assuming everything goes to plan lol. I think there are too many systems that piggyback the keyless entry feature to successfully swap a completely different module as disappointing as it is...one of my concerns would be the immobilizer playing nice with its new software/hardware, not to mention the other 15+systems that piggy back the keyless entry. just my two cents. it may be possible but i think path to completion would be expensive, long and hang-over inducing.
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There are covers/replacement shells you can get to change up the look. Chrome, carbon fiber, gold, etc.
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Ok, so this may be a odd question, but is it possible to change the key fobs on the current model Impala Premier? I'm asking this because my GF got a 2016 Malibu LT and I think the keyfob that comes with hers. looks super dope and sleek. So, my question is, can you program the smart key on the Malibu to the Impala Premier? I don't like that pocket knife key fob that's on the Impala Premier. Thanks in advance.


Okay - I’ll bite: What does “super dope” mean?
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Okay - I’ll bite: What does “super dope” mean?
It's means "cool" or "awesome" etc...
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Does the Malibu have keyless ignition? That fob looks huge - too large for hanging on an ignition key, especially given the recent issue with ignition shutoff.

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Yes, the Malibu has Key-less Ignition. My Mother has a 2017 Malibu with this fob, and the two things I like about it over the Impala Fob is that you have to double push the Trunk Release Button to open it, thus no accidental trunk opening if the button gets pressed while the fob is in your pocket, and it does not have the switch blade key which seems to open when the fob is in your pocket. I wish the Impala and Malibu Fobs were interchangeable.
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The new malibu key fobs might "look cool", but are twice the size of the impala key fobs. I'd rather keep a small one instead of having a huge fob
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The new malibu key fobs might "look cool", but are twice the size of the impala key fobs. I'd rather keep a small one instead of having a huge fob
Twice the size is a bit of a stretch.

The Malibu Key Fob is 10mm Longer, 5mm Wider and 5mm Thinner than the Impala Key Fob, hardly twice the size and feels better in your hand and pocket.
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the two things I like about it (Malibu fob) over the Impala Fob is that you have to double push the Trunk Release Button to open it, thus no accidental trunk opening if the button gets pressed while the fob is in your pocket, and it does not have the switch blade key which seems to open when the fob is in your pocket.
This is highly annoying too! I work inside an aircraft hanger and three times in a one month period I came outside on break or getting ready to go home to find my (Impala) trunk wide open.

Because of this I currently place my keys inside my tool box while at work but twice I walked out to the car before I realized I needed my keys. I am considering some sort of case to wear on my belt so I can carry the key fob but have it protected from accidental activation.

Would be cool if you could program the fob to require to button pushes to open the doors or trunk.



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I had the Malibu fob on my 2018 Camaro. I can't tell you how many times I dropped it, slippery bugger and a bit heavier than the switchblade fob. I get your complaint on switchblade opening in front pocket tho.
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I'm very interested in this as well, love the look of the Malibu key fob over the current Impala fob....so the OP's question, are they interchangeable? Can a Malibu fob be programmed to the Impala without major work?
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Is it really worth going through the trouble and expense just to have a prettier key fob?
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Just got a somewhat Impala vintage key fob to dress up 2012 Chevy Fob. It's nice to grab a finger thru loop to not drop the fob.

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I've been wondering the same since before I bought my Impala. I had a Malibu key laying around to try it with but have since lost it.
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