How do I manually start my 2017 Chevy Cruze, post-2013?

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Asked by Jul 29, 2017 at 08:03 PM about the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze

Question type: General

2017 Cruze, have had for a few weeks, about 3000m.  

I don't want any info about keyless entry.  I tried alllllll of the options on that
(and I read the 2013 question about this, too).

Situation: Parked in an underground parking garage, came back from
shopping, and couldn't start the car with fob in or out of car.  Almost got it
started with cell phone app, by walking halfway to entrance so cell phone
could get reception (for the app) and still be bluetoothed to the car, but when I
walked toward the car it shut off (presumably from losing cell coverage).  We
finally got it started after contacting OnStar, but neither OnStar nor I know why
that made it work.  (My theory?  An OnStar call gets special priority and the car
uses more energy to *make sure* the connection goes through ... and this
connection allowed my fob to be recognized, apparently by some mysterious
*satellite* instead of my *car*, ugh!)

The similar question here from 2013 shows three different spots where a secret
keyhole can be uncovered and used.  Two of those spots had documentation
in their owner's manuals.  Ok awesome ... exhaustively reading all pertinent
sections in my manual and going over the entire (I think) dashboard and central
console of my car both visually and with my fingers, I can find no such thing
(and I'm leasing the vehicle, so I can't start prying off panels willy-nilly).

I will check for a keyed ignition before every car decision in the future!  Who
would have thought they would leave NO option, or make a vehicle dependent
on radio signal?!

Camping trips planned for August.  Hoping there is an easy answer for this.  

Anyone?

2 Answers

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Also disturbed that the dealers didn't know about the keyed ignition for the Gen1 Cruzes (2013 question) ... doesn't give one a lot of faith in the design nor the maintenance, sigh ... If this is a problem (which I am finding on other sites as well), Chevy and the Dealers should all be (1) fixing it and (2) telling people before they drive off the lot. This could be dangerous :( ...

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Personally, I'd become the Chevy Dealer's worst nightmare! On a brand new vehicle there's no excuse for this kind of nonsense! Keep taking it back and using a free loaner car each time until it's fixed. If they can't fix it you can invoke your rights under The Lemon Law! I'm assuming you bought this vehicle brand new so you are covered by The Lemon Law. Don't settle for anything less than a properly working new vehicle! GM has been churning out poor quality vehicles for the past 20 years! They filed for bankruptcy for a reason. You deserve to have a nice vehicle for the money you paid! Don't let them off the hook!! HTH. -Jim

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