Replacement Remote Key Fob for 1999 Ford F-150 Truck with a Dealer-Installed System

A customer recently contacted Remotes Unlimited to inquire about getting a replacement remote for his 1999 Ford F-150 pickup truck. His old remote had stopped working entirely after many years of service.

He contacted us by phone because the remote shown on our website for a 1999 Ford F-150 truck did not look like his original. The reason for this is that his truck was not equipped with a keyless entry system when it was shipped from the factory. Instead, the dealer sold an add-on “dealer-installed” keyless entry system to the first owner. That system was not the same as the factory system and uses a different remote. This is a fairly common situation.

When the customer went to our website, he saw the listing shown at the link below for our part number 343-1343:
1999 Ford F-150 Factory System Remote

Instead, his system was made for Ford by Code Alarm. It uses a remote with FCC ID GOH-3BFM2497. As soon as we determined this, we knew the part he was looking for is our part 675-1675. You can see the Code Alarm part at the following link:
Part 675-1675 – Ford dealer-installed system remote with FCC ID GOH-3BFM2497

Unfortunately, Ford discontinued this part some years ago. An equivalent part was used on dealer-installed systems sold by Kia, but it too has been discontinued. This situation highlights a growing problem . . . cars are staying in service for longer periods but manufacturers are shortening the period for which they support vehicles with replacement parts.

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Remote Transmitter for Toyota Dealer-Installed System with Receiver Module 00016-79200-01 – FCC ID BGA97TOYR

A very resourceful customer recently contacted us after purchasing a used 2007 Corolla CE. She was not given any key fobs for the vehicle, but was convinced it was equipped with keyless entry because she found a module under the dash. That receiver was labeled part number 00016-79200-01 and included FCC ID BGA97TOYR.

She was correct. This is the receiver for a dealer-installed keyless entry system made for Toyota by aftermarket system manufacturer Audiovox and used on many vehicles that were not equipped with factory-installed keyless entry systems. We responded that the original transmitter for this vehicle is Remotes Unlimited part 092-6435 – Toyota part 00016-34030(-05) – with FCC ID ELVATDD. That part is no longer manufactured, but Remotes Unlimited still offers pre-owned transmitters of this type. It has been replaced by a newer part – 092-7331 with FCC ID ELVATRF. You can see both parts at the following link: 092-6435 with alternate 092-7331

This system is user programmable, using a toggle switch found on the receiver module.

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Audiovox System Receiver with FCC ID ELVAR5C

We recently received an inquiry from a site visitor looking for the correct remote key fob for an Audiovox aftermarket alarm system that uses a receiver with FCC ID ELVAR5C. The original replacement key fob for that receiver is Remotes Unlimited transmitter 267-1267, which can be viewed and purchased at the following link: Prestige (Audiovox) fob 267-1267

This transmitter has FCC ID ELVAT5C. Note that the FCC ID of the receiver and the transmitter are the same except for the characters “R” and “T” in the middle. This is a common FCC naming approach for aftermarket systems, though there also are numerous exceptions.

Aftermarket alarm systems are user programmable. Generally, the programming procedure uses the valet (or “shut-off”) switch to place the system in programming mode. So, you need a working valet switch to program this Audiovox system. While not essential, it is also helpful to have a working siren so you can hear the audible chirps during the programming process.

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Confusion Regarding Code Alarm PT-6C and PT-7C Remote Key Fobs (Transmitters)

Prior to the acquisition by Voxx, Code Alarm did some very confusing things with respect to its alarm system remote transmitters. Code Alarm parts PT-6C and PT-7C are a case in point.

These 3-button (PT-6C) and 4-button (PT-7C) parts came in cases with a variety of different button styles. Some have words on the buttons, some have pictures (icons) for lock, unlock and panic. Some have red or blue buttons, others are all black. The cases also had a variety of FCC IDs embossed (or printed on a sticker) on the back. They include GOH-M41-014 or GOH-3BL98 on PT-6C, and ELVATKB, GOH-4BL98, GOH-FOUR or GOH-M51-016 on PT-7C. Note that GOH-3BL98 and GOH-4BL98 are not even valid FCC IDs according to the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology FCC search website.

All of this variation causes a great deal of confusion for consumers trying to make sure they are buying the correct part. Remotes Unlimited has over 20 years of experience selling replacement remote transmitters for Code Alarm and other aftermarket alarm systems and factory-installed keyless entry systems. So we can help you find the correct key fob for your vehicle.

By the way, Voxx lists both of these parts as obsolete but Remotes Unlimited still has replacement options in stock.

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Autopage XT-915LCD and XT-915s Remote Key Fob (Transmitter)

Remotes Unlimited receives frequent requests for replacement transmitters for AutoPage alarm systems that used the 2-way LCD remote XT-915LCD and the 1-way companion remote XT-915s. Here is one of our typical responses:

Thank you for contacting Remotes Unlimited.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news. Unfortunately, AutoPage left the alarm industry and did not produce a large enough supply of replacement transmitters before they did. We used to stock both the 2-way XT-915LCD transmitter and the 1-way companion remote (XT-915s). At this time, though, we have no new or pre-owned inventory of either part in stock. I wish we did; we would be able to sell a lot of them. Like you, we have turned over a lot of rocks trying to find some.

I would say, at this point, your best option may be to find a reasonably priced alarm shop that can put a whole new system in for you.

If you do further searching, I wish you good luck in finding a replacement. And, if you happen to find somebody who has a little cache of either part, please let us know and we will buy whichever ones you do not use.

It is hard for me to understand why companies leave an industry without providing for the long tail of replacement parts that would be needed. Not only is it unethical from the standpoint of customer service responsibility, it is a poor business decision. There nearly always are aftermarket service providers such as Remotes Unlimited who would gladly have purchased a large stock of replacement part inventory and provided awesome service to their customers, including warranty claims, long after they exited.

As we said to the hopeful alarm owner that contacted us, if anyone out there knows of a cache of these or other AutoPage transmitters, please let us know.

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Loss of Car Alarm System Programming When Car Battery Goes Dead

We recently received an inquiry from a customer whose ProStart car alarm remote transmitter no longer worked after jumping a dead car battery. Even more annoying, the car alarm sounded and would not turn off. This is a common issue with both car alarm and factory keyless entry systems. The control unit in the vehicle can lose memory of the key fobs synched with the system when there is no charge coming from the car battery. Remotes Unlimited can assist with this by helping to reprogram the car alarm system. To get this help, contact Remotes Unlimited during normal business hours and choose option 3 for technical support.

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Replacement Remote Key Fobs with FCC ID H5OT21 — Autopage Alert Guardian Marksman Silencer

Several marketers of add-on alarm and remote start systems sold products that used a remote transmitter with FCC ID H5OT21. These include Autopage, Code Alarm (Guardian) and Magnadyne (Alert, Marksman and Silencer). Many of these brands have gone out of existence, so it can be difficult to find a replacement remote key fob for these systems.

Remotes Unlimited stocks two 5-button remotes with FCC ID H5OT21. These key fobs will work as a replacement for H5OT21 transmitters originally sold with other brands, including Autopage’s transmitter parts XT-33 and XT-72s. If your system originally used a 2-button, 3-button or 4-button remote, the extra buttons on the replacement part will serve no function. If you are wondering what the center button (with “II” or a car image on it) does, it is a vehicle “shift” button. Some systems were made so that if you installed the same system on two vehicles, a single remote would operate both of them and the user pushed this shift button to switch operation from one vehicle to another.

One available replacement remote is Marksman part M5ARF or X7RF. It can be seen and purchased at the following link: Remotes Unlimited part 672-1672 (Marksman).

The other available transmitter is Alert part MT-75S. It can be seen and purchased at the following link: Remotes Unlimited part 079-7291 (Alert).

Remotes Unlimited also has a limited supply of pre-owned H5OT21 remote key fobs. These parts show signs of prior use, but cost much less than a new transmitter. We clean and test the parts and, if needed, install a new battery in these pre-owned parts. To inquire about a pre-owned remote, call our customer service staff at 877-719-1900 (toll-free) and then press “2” for sales. All add-on system remotes come with programming instructions and free phone technical support.

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Difference between OE and Aftermarket Remote Key Fobs

A website visitor contacted to ask what is the difference between our remote transmitters 512-1512 and 098-7397, and whether both would work for his 2004 Chevrolet Impala. This is a very good question. Often, there is more than one remote key fob that will work for a vehicle. In many cases, including this one, the difference is between the manufacturer of the remote. Here is our response to that customer:

Part 512-1512 (4-button GM fob with FCC ID KOBLEAR1XT for 2001-2005 sedans) has an OE (original equipment) circuit board. That means it is the same as the transmitter you would buy from a GM dealership.

Part 098-7397 (Remotes Unlimited fob with FCC ID 2AHZT-GCRK12 – replaces GM remote with FCC ID KOBLEAR1XT) is a transmitter that performs the same functions, but is made by an automotive aftermarket supplier.

There is no difference in the programming requirements or functionality of the parts.

Many people believe that an OE part is engineered to more demanding specifications and therefore will last longer than an aftermarket remote. I think that is generally true. But either of these parts should last many years under normal use. The systems that use this remote were only installed on GM sedans during the 2001-05 model years, so the components in the 16-20-year-old vehicle (and the vehicle itself) are much more likely to fail before a new replacement remote. You should buy whichever one seems like the best choice to you.

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Chevy GMC and Oldsmobile Keyless Entry Remote Key Fobs with FCC ID KOBUT1BT

GM used remote transmitters with FCC ID KOBUT1BT on trucks and SUVs for the years 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 on a variety of vehicles — including full-size, S10 and Sonoma pick-up trucks and Blazer, Jimmy and Bravada SUVs. The systems in all of these vehicles have on-board programming, meaning a consumer can program the system to accept a new transmitter without special tools.

Unfortunately, GM has discontinued distribution of these remotes, so they may be hard to find. Remotes Unlimited has a limited supply of new and refurbished OE transmitters in stock. However, we also offer an aftermarket replacement key fob that works for vehicles that originally used an OE transmitter with FCC ID KOBUT1BT. Links for these remotes are provided below:

For Chevy and GMC trucks that originally used a 3-button key fob, see RUI part 517-1517 at 3-button remote replacement for GM key fob with FCC ID KOBUT1BT
For Chevy, GMC and Olds SUVs that originally used a 4-button remote, see RUI part 516-1516 at 4-button remote replacement for GM SUV key fob with FCC ID KOBUT1BT

IMPORTANT NOTE: For the 2001 model year, GM trucks and SUVs changed keyless entry systems half-way through the year. If your vehicle was built after February 2001, you probably have a system that used a remote with FCC ID KOBLEAR1XT. Those remotes look like but are not interchangeable with KOBUT1BT transmitters. Call Remotes Unlimited toll-free at 877-719-1900 and choose option 2 to speak with a sales associate if you have any question about which remote you need.

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Kia part 95430-3E420 with FCC ID PLNBONTEC-T016

Kia recently announced the discontinuation of another remote transmitter. Kia part 95430-3E420 with FCC ID PLNBONTEC-T016 was used on 2004, 2005 and 2006 Kia Sorrento vehicles. (In 2006, this key fob was only used on vehicles with the old body style.) It is one of few Kia factory keyless entry remote transmitters that can be programmed by a consumer. See this remote at the following link: Kia part 95430-3E420 with FCC ID PLNBONTEC-T016

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