Five years ago I purchased a used Ram 1500 from a local dealership and for the first year or so, it ran great with no issues. About a year into the purchase, the truck system out of the blue stopped recognizing my key fob (flashing a “Wrong Key Fob” error). I couldn’t start the vehicle at all… so i ended up getting the vehicle towed to the dealership where they re-flashed the key and said it was just an odd error. Two years later, out of the blue, the same exact issue happened, and repeat… I ended up having to pay again for a tow and fix at the dealership. About a year ago, I had the issue occur to me a third time. In this instance, my truck was stranded about 200 miles from home, with a trailer, resulting in a high-expense tow and, again, a trip to the dealership to “fix” the issue.
This time around, the dealership said that the error was due to an aftermarket auto-start that had been installed on the vehicle, and removed the autostart. What I am concerned about, however, is a possible FOURTH instance, and the fact that I feel like i can’t trust this vehicle. I have had the error flash at me several times in the last month (before finally starting on the second or third attempt). I am wondering if there is any way to bypass the fob recognition altogether? Thanks for the help as I am at the end of my rope but don’t feel like selling this vehicle to some unsuspecting person to have to deal with this issue later.