I install for a livin and the Xb doesnt have a transponder only the TC does . I put remote start on mine with no problems and its a standard tranny with 2 magnetic switchs on the the shift linkage and parkin brake has to be pulled all the way up for the car to start.
I dont think it should be an issue cus i have a remote start alarm on mines.. the guy at the shop never told me bout any chip in the key( eventhough they do have a sensor chip that makes contact with the ignition switch.. )
If this guy is charging you extra he either doesn’t know what he’s doing or is trying to scam you. Either way I would use someone else.
I made copies of the keys for both my 2006 camo and my bfs 2005 flint at work. Neither of them have chips.
1: If they did the copies wouldn’t work and they do.
2: The key machine has a little drawer you put the key in to test for a chip. If its there you get a beep. No beep.
I suppose they may have put them in the 2006.5 boxes or the special releases. Anyone know?