Starting Your Buick
GM vehicles use three different style keys, of which Buick uses the last two. There are several starting options, and we have videos here.
So, find your model, and if your start battery is still good, we’ll get you underway…
With the Style 2 (rounded “flip key”) key fob, the mechanical key remains attached to the fob, but several back-up locations are used. In the Buick Verano, Regal and pre-2014 Lacrosse, remove the cup holder from the center console storage area and place the transmitter in the transmitter pocket with the buttons facing up (right). Look for a notch at the top rear of the cup holders to insert a finger or a tool.
Note that the console area will look different from model to model, but the pocket is indeed beneath the cup holders. Then, with the vehicle in Park or Neutral, press the brake pedal and the Start / Stop ignition button as normal.
For the LaCrosse in 2014, the transmitter pocket is moved into the storage area inside the armrest near the auxiliary power, USB and audio ports (right). Place the transmitter in the pocket.
Once again, with the vehicle in Park or Neutral, press the brake pedal and the Start / Stop ignition button as normal. Look for video help here.
The newest key style, Style 3, was introduced in 2014. It features a removable key. Note that there are still some Style 2 flip keys in use. The Buick Encore and Envision crossovers will use this spot. Simply drop the key fob into the front cup holder, buttons up, and start the car as normal. Check out videos for these models here.
Finally, the Buick Enclave gets keyless start for the first time in 2018. We have not seen one yet, but the owner’s manual says only to “drop the transmitter as far to the front of the console area as possible”. As always, with the vehicle in Park or Neutral, press the brake pedal and the Start / Stop ignition button as normal. We’ll post more information as it comes available.
Note: If you have made an attempt to start the vehicle without success, there may be residual pressure in the brake system and a new warning light may appear (left) or text message to Step on the Brake. Press the brake pedal very, very hard when trying to start the vehicle again to be sure that the release switch behind the pedal is engaged. Check out this page for more!