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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Replacement Remote Key Fob Transmitter for 2004 Acura TSX

A customer was having trouble finding a replacement remote for her 2004 Acura TSX. Here is our response:

We have replacement transmitters in three different condition grades, priced accordingly. You can see all three choices at the following link: 2004 Acura TSX keyfob

Part 648-1648 that appears at the top of this linked page for $69.00 plus shipping is a “Re-Newed” part. That means it is a pre-owned original equipment circuit board that has been placed in a new replacement case. At the bottom of the page are options for an entirely new Acura part (647-1647) and for a pre-owned remote (668-1668). You can order online by clicking on the “Add to Cart” button for 648-1648, or for 647-1647 or 668-1668, by clicking on “Buy This Instead” and then on the “Add to Cart” button on the succeeding page. You can also call us during normal business hours on Monday if you would like to place an order by phone.

Any of these parts should work for your 2004 TSX factory keyless entry system. You will be able to program the system in your vehicle to add the new remote. Instructions for doing so are included with the part and we offer free phone technical support with purchase if you need any assistance.

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Compustar 5400 Module

We had an interesting blog query recently from a customer who wanted a one-way transmitter that would work with his Compustar 5400 module. The 5400 module is an add-on component that enables phone communications with a variety of Compustar alarm and remote start systems. It does not have remote transmitters of its own. The key fob needed for a system with the 5400 module would instead need to be matched to system control module and antenna.

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Replacing GM Remote Key Fob Transmitters with FCC ID KOBUT1BT

GM used a family of 3-button and 4-button keyless entry remote transmitters with FCC ID KOBUT1BT on many vehicles at the end of the 1990s and into the early 2000s. These key fobs have been discontinued by GM. However, Remotes Unlimited does have replacement options for these parts.

The most common of the parts was the 3-button remote used on Chevrolet and GMC trucks and SUVs. You can see and buy this part (098-7401) at the following link: 3-button replacement key fob for original FCC ID KOBUT1BT remotes

Some SUVs used a 4-button key fob with a rear window button. That part is 098-7400: 4-button replacement key fob for SUVs with original FCC ID KOBUT1BT remotes

Most sedans that used a KOBUT1BT part used a 4-button transmitter with a trunk button. Many of these vehicles had seat memory, so some of the original remotes had a seat memory fob number on the back. Seat-memory and non-seat-memory remotes are identical except for the number on the case. So, our part 098-7435 works for all of the sedans that originally had Lock, Unlock, Panic and Trunk buttons. You can see and buy this part at the following link: 4-button replacement key fob for original sedan remote with FCC ID KOBUT1BT

Please note that trucks and SUVs using these remotes can be self-programmed (by you) to accept a new remote. This is not true for all sedans though. Some are self-programmable and others require a scan tool for programming. If you have any questions about this, read the programming note on our website carefully or feel free to call us during normal business hours.

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Jeep Remote-Head Key Programming

We received a comment from a customer who was confused about programming a new remote-head key for his Jeep. He had seen some sources that said one working key are required and others that said two working keys are needed. Here is our response:

The confusion stems from the fact that there are two components of your remote-head key that require programming. One is remote functions. The other is the anti-theft transponder. You can program the remote functions of a new remote-head key if you have one working key already. But programming the anti-theft transponder requires two working keys. That is for security reasons.

Of course, the key blade will also need to be cut. If you do not have the required number of working keys for programming a new one yourself, then the new part will need to be programmed using a computer “scan tool” device. Dealerships and most well-equipped automotive locksmiths have this device and can perform key programming and key cutting.

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Hyundai Veloster Flip-Key Remote Transmitter 95430-2V010 / 95430-2V011

Remotes Unlimited has part 95430-2V010 in stock and for sale at nearly $100 less than the Hyundai list price. This keyless remote transmitter was used on 2012-14 Hyundai Veloster vehicles sold in various places around the globe. To be sure this is the correct part for your vehicle, ask a Hyundai dealer to tell you the part number of the remote transmitter you need, or send the VIN with your order. You can purchase Hyundai part 95430-2V010 at the following link: Hyundai Veloster transmitter 95430-2V010

This transmitter does not come with a key blade. If you have a cut flip-key blade for your vehicle, it can be moved to the new part. A computer scan tool is required to program your vehicle to accept the new remote transmitter.

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Labor Day Sale on Replacement Remote Key Fob for 2007-10 Hyundai Elantra and 2006-13 Hyundai Sonata

Remotes Unlimited is having a Labor Day sale on our part 706-1706. For a limited time, this OEM Hyundai remote transmitter (part number 95430-3K200, 95430-3K201 or 95430-3K202) is priced at only $59.00, a substantial savings from the dealer list price of $173.26. You can see and purchase this part on our website at the following link: Hyundai Key Fob 95430-3K20x

This remote key fob, with FCC ID OSLOKA-310T, was used on the following models:
2007 2008 2009 2010 Hyundai Elantra
2006 2007 2008 2009 (old body style) Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai introduced a new body style for the Sonata during the 2009 model year. If equipped with a key ignition, those vehicles used a transmitter with FCC ID OSLOKA-950T and OE part number 95430-3Q000/3Q001 from 2009 through 2013. That remote is functionally equivalent to our part 706-1706.

Please note that vehicles using these key fobs require a computer scan tool for programming the vehicle to accept the new transmitter. That means you will have to take the car and all remotes used with it to a dealership or well-equipped mechanic or locksmith for programming.

Order soon because quantities may be limited and the sale will end after Labor Day.

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Replacement for 3-button Nissan Remote Keyfob with FCC ID KBRASTU10 and Model /01A

A blog reader wrote us to ask if Remotes Unlimited offers a replacement for the discontinued Nissan 3-button remote key fob with FCC ID KBRASTU10 and Model /01A. The answer is that we offer two replacement options that will work for the original transmitter. They look different than the KBRASTU10 remote but transmit the same signal. Remotes Unlimited part 739-1739 is an original Nissan part. Part 098-7413 is Remotes Unlimited’s aftermarket version of the Nissan part. You can see and purchase either part at the following link:
Replacements for Nissan 3-button remote with FCC ID KBRASTU10 and Model /01A.

Factory keyless entry systems that use this transmitter are programmable by the user. Instructions and free phone technical support are provided with the part.

CAUTION: You should be aware of this “Watch Out”. Nissan also made identical KBRASTU10 remotes with other model numbers. The options shown at the link above will only work as a replacement for original remotes with “Model/01A” shown on the back of the remote case.

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