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Is it just me or was it a crazy design decision to not include the homelink integrated garage door opener for a vehicle which is likely to be inside a garage charging?

Fortunately, I was able to dig out a spare garage door opener for our new 2017 Siren Red Volt.
 

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This has been discussed here many, many times. I agree, having it built-in is nice. I use it in my 2011 at least twice a day.

Likely not a design decision at all. Very likely a Homelink licensing fee decision.
 

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MyQ is better than HomeLink or the factory remote. I have all three, and I use MyQ exclusively now.

It uses your cellphone to open, close, and check door status from anywhere in the world.

Aston Martin also stopped installing HomeLink. As did most of their automotive customers. Nobody is saying a darn thing about why everybody dropped it at the same time. Smells of lawsuit or security breech.
 

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All part of the strategy to cost reduce.
 

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Is it just me or was it a crazy design decision to not include the Homelink integrated garage door opener for a vehicle which is likely to be inside a garage charging?
As long as customers only complain on forums and continue buying, GM has little motivation to change their decision. Some of us have notified them we won't be buying a vehicle that does not have this useful feature.
 

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Very likely a Homelink licensing fee decision.
Except GM moved on from "home link" equiped rearview mirror years ago...GM now offers the "Universal Remote System" which is usually located in the overhead console, standard on all Caddy and most high trim Chevys...

All part of the strategy to cost reduce.
Could have offered it as an dealer add on and made a profit on it kind of like the way they charge hundreds for $5 of material for an illuminated charge port or charge over a hundred for plastic tablet holders which can be found for a few bucks on ebay...
 

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MyQ is better than HomeLink or the factory remote. I have all three, and I use MyQ exclusively now.

It uses your cellphone to open, close, and check door status from anywhere in the world.

Aston Martin also stopped installing HomeLink. As did most of their automotive customers. Nobody is saying a darn thing about why everybody dropped it at the same time. Smells of lawsuit or security breech.
Johnson Controls sold HomeLink in 2013 to Gentex, who added debt to make the acquisition. Maybe manufacturers didn't like the results and figured that with the move to smartphone-controlled openers, Homelink's value would be diminishing, and dropped it from any new models.
 

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The Gentex mirror from Bob's mirrors on EBay fit perfectly in my 2017 Premier and even included the adapter cable. Really easy to swap.
 

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Thanks for the related thread...not a deal breaker, but surprised based on my other vehicle purchases in 2004 and 2013.
 

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I drug out my old "clickers" installed new batteries and am a happy camper. I looked at the iPhone app option but my iPhone is usually in my pocket and getting to it as I approach my drive is very inconvenient and unsafe. If there was a away to present the buttons on the center display so you don't have to fiddle with your phone as you approach your driveway would solve many issues.

On the upside the range of my old LiftMaster door opener is greater than the OEM system. I can open my garage door at least one more house further away than the OEM system. So my glass isn't half empty.
 
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