EldRick wrote:Or keep the tiny aftermarket one on your keychain, if you are worried about someone stealing it. I think that's why they call it a keychain remote. It's smaller than the Bolt key.
I actually have a keychain remote from about 15 years ago when I had a car with no built-in remote, but in that car, my keys were conveniently hanging out of the ignition. In the Bolt, they're in my pocket and if I rummage around for them, I'll have an accident or end up sitting in front of the garage wasting time instead of rolling right in.
I'll get something and mount it somewhere convenient, but it's a hassle and it's just a piece of clutter in the car that should be built-In and will be ugly, although not as ugly as those weird inserts in the dash. Anyone try painting those black or something?
There's no sugar coating it, not including an opener was an obnoxious way for GM to give Bolt drivers the finger.
The hardware and installation would probably cost about $2 in a car with wiring already going to the mirror and mine has autodimming mirrors. In a car with no electronics in the mirror, it might add as much as $10 to the manufacturing costs. If there's a licensing fee, that might add another $5m. The ONLY reason car makers don't install cheap stuff like this standard is because they want to signal that this is a cheap car in the hopes of getting you to buy an expensive option package, a higher trim level, or a more expensive model.
Cool. Everybody needs to make money somehow, but it doesn't make sense with the Bolt. I bought both option packages offered on the LT and there's no option at either trim level that includes this cheap basic feature. And Chevy doesn't sell a more upmarket EV. So, they've omitted a feature that would cost them about $10 and would be worth maybe $200 to people with a garage that they use to park cars in and maybe $50 on average, assuming a lot of people don't have garages or use them for storage. And GM did this to a vehicle with basically no opportunity for upsale. GM doesn't sell an EV with a garage opener and nobody (in their right mind) goes to buy a Bolt and drives out with an Escalade or whatever other cars GM feels are premium enough to rate a $10 opener.
That's just dumb. Anyway, I'm off to amazon to buy some cruddy clip-on garage remote.