A terrible nightmare for me and my Buick
It was back in 2006 and I didn’t even know what a VATS system was and I didn’t care about it until I found myself stuck on a Walmart parking on a Saturday morning. My 1995 Buick LeSabre would just crank, the engine would start for 1 second and then die. I spent 50$ for towing the car to a mechanic shop, then another 100 for diagnostic and the problem came out to be a fault in the security system (also called VATS system or Pass-Key system!). That guy at the shop was smiling at me! I will always remember that sadistic smile he had on his face. With that smile he told me the dealer was the only one that could have it fixed… Oh yes! For just a tiny slightly less that 1,000$! At that time our struggling family budget was just enough to eat and this lovely Buick LeSabre was our only car – it was all we owned actually 🙁 . We simply didn’t have those money, not even in a dream and, satirically, the problem was just security! The car itself was running spectacular otherwise; never had any problem and we loved it – and now it was dead.. So, after the initial nightmare, I remembered something! It was one of those things that suddenly come to your mind when you are in panic: Hey, I’m an electronics engineer and that thing is nothing else than electronics! So I decided I could do it and I spent the weekend digging on that security system inside-out to understand what it was and how to kick it off my car. And I want to remark: MY CAR, not its car!! I’ll tell you, on Sunday afternoon I was a sleepwalker, but with THE solution in my hands: a full bypass module that would bypass the key, the lock cylinder and the TDM! – Think about it, it took me just a weekend to break the system. How can they call this thing “security”??
And before it was too dark… That beautiful engine was ROARING AGAIN!
Author is an electronics engineer. One day he accidently found how to GM Vats Bypass and save your car from throwing into junkyard.He runs his own website http://newrockies.ca/ and gives advise to car owners on this.