There I was, a regular working stiff, with little to my name except for a wonderful family and my beloved ‘95 Buick LeSabre, always there to get me to work without a hiccup.
Fresh coffee in hand, head in the clouds, ready to face the new day, I walked out to my driveway, got in the car, turned the ignition key, and for the first time ever…. the Buick wouldn’t start.
The only response I got was the security light blinking at me from the dash. Was it mocking me?
At that time, in spite of being an electronics engineer, I knew absolutely nothing about GM immobilizers, Vehicle Anti-Theft Systems (VATS), and I certainly had never given any thought to how one disable a GM VATS or perform a VATS full bypass (is that like open-heart surgery?).
So I googled and googled and googled, and I learned about GM VATS, and “I read many posts about “how to bypass” GM VATS. I learned about the resistor trick that everybody was buzzing about, and that many people still call “GM VATS bypass.” That trick dangled the promise of salvation for my Buick and me, but instead it became the gateway to a new level of horror.
It’s not like the resistor trick didn’t work. It did. For 48 days. Before eventually discovering that this trick is not a VATS bypass at all I found myself stuck again, only this time it wasn’t in my driveway. It was in a distant stall at a Wal-Mart parking lot on a busy Saturday morning. I had no idea what to do, but I knew that I had to figure out how to disable the VATS system that same weekend, before it was time to drive to work at 7am on Monday morning.
Sometimes what it takes to solve a problem is unbearable pressure. And that was my time to Do or Die!
I rolled up my sleeves and removed the VATS security system – then I spent the weekend probing it in every possible way to figure out a way to remove it from my car. MY car! Not GM’s car, not the dealer’s car. I wanted to be free.
It really wasn’t all that difficult to outsmart the GM security system. The only reason it took me almost two full days is that I’ve been a project manager for so long, and I had to do everything just right!
By Sunday afternoon I held the solution in my hands: a real, FULL bypass module for the GM VATs security system! And by FULL bypass, I mean that it would bypass every single component of the GM security system: the key, the lock cylinder and the Theft Deterrent Module (TDM) itself. Before night fell completely, that gorgeous Buick V6 was roaring again! I love cars with a soul.
And so…. GM’s pioneering VATs security system, first introduced on the ‘86 Corvette, had finally found its match. It is undeniably true that vehicles equipped with this system came to rank really low in the list of vehicles targeted for theft. But in spite of the good this system had done over time, poor manufacturing standards led to early failures that would, as I had learned the hard way, immobilize a vehicle unless VERY COSTLY modules were replaced. With my full bypass module, no failure of this system would ever kill a vehicle again.
My only regret …is that I threw away the retired security system instead of taping it to a brick and sending it back to the manufacturer!
Coulda, woulda, shoulda… best to let those regrets go. The really important thing was that nightmare sensation, and I was aching to tell the world about this great discovery! Unfortunately, by 2am there weren’t many people around at the Wal-Mart parking lot that I could share my story with.
But the next morning I decided to go big and spread the word. That’s how this web site got started. I put the information out there. Now, with the information out in the open, anybody in the world can bring their Pontiac, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick, Oldsmobile or GMC vehicle – in fact, most GM cars & trucks – back to life, using a GM VATS full bypass module, the same way I did.
And since so many vehicle owners were hit with this security system problem, it’s not surprising that my idea and this website became a huge success! I’m so grateful to all those visitors to this website who supported my efforts and provided valuable details from their own experience to help improve the system.
Be part of this success! Act now to save your vehicle from the VATS trap.
As for me, my love of Buicks just keeps on growing.
In fact, I recently became a proud Dad again…. this time to an all-original 1970 Buick Electra Convertible, my vintage dream for 30 years. It took me nearly three years to find one just the way I wanted it, completely original and unmodified, including rich gold paint, in mint condition thanks to the care of her single owner – an old lady who only drove it on Sundays (yes, really!). To me, this car is truly representative of the unique Buick style. Not luxurious like a Caddy, but distinctive in its own way. And this is the biggest, baddest Buick engine ever made, with its 370hp 455cu.in fed by a four-barrel carburetor. Sadly, 1970 was the first and last year that engine was used. In order to meet emissions regulations, it was replaced by the 315hp in 1971, and that gave way to the 260hp engine in 1976. As one older gent who stopped me on the road the other day, “This reminds me of the time when cars were cars.”
Of course, this baby was born before GM came up with the VATS system, so it always starts without hesitation, even now that it lives much farther north than its original home in Saint Louis, MO.