New Buick Envision Models Are Being Sold Without Key Fobs Due to Shortages

With continuing shortages for just about every computer or electrical-based component in the automotive industry, there have been some corners that have been cut to make sure that consumers can still pick up the cars they ordered in a decent time frame. The most recent victim of these supply shortages may surprise you, as it is a major component of your car that you carry around all day without much thought; the key fob. Select Buick models are currently being sold with only one key fob instead of the traditionally supplied two key fobs due to supply shortages. Here is everything you need to know about the Buick models that are only being sold with one key fob.

The Buick Envision key fob issue

Currently, select models of the 2023 Buick Envision are being sold with only one key fob due to supply chain shortages. According to GM Authority, to find out if a Buick Envision is being sold with a single key fob, all you have to do is look at the RPO codes; this will be on a window sticker. If R6I is found in the list of RPO codes, the car will only be sold with one key fob.

The 2023 Buick Envision started production on the first of August in Shanghai, China. Even though it has received solid reviews, the lack of an expected standard issue second key fob can be slightly offputting for the average Buick consumer, who might expect a little more out of this GM luxury brand.

How to get your second key fob

The 2023 Buick Envision will not be sold exclusively without the expected second key fob. Those who get a Buick Envision with the R6I code will be entitled to eventually receive a second key fob by mail. However, it must be programmed by a Buick dealer to work with a customer’s specific car.

Is a Buick Envision worth the key fob trouble?

2022 Buick Envision Avenir in motion
2022 Buick Envision Avenir | Buick

While it can be offputting to have a luxury SUV sold without a second key fob, it could be much worse. We have seen vehicles sitting in parking lots waiting for parts, we have seen some cars that were taken delivery of that had to be returned to the dealer at a later date for a software update, and we have even seen some cars that had to have retrofitted seat heating systems put in cars that couldn’t have the original-intended seat heating systems installed due to supply shortages.

But, the 2023 Buick Envision has all of the necessary components to make the car fully operational, even if it is missing a second key. While it initially might be a pain if a car has more than one daily driver, it is better than having a car that is missing a necessary component. 

The 2023 Buick Envision is a solid luxury crossover SUV for the Buick brand. It could be considered if you are looking for a compact, comfortable, and decently-powered luxury crossover, despite the current lack of a second key fob on select models.

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