2009 Nissan Sentra Base Model and Remote Entry

Executive Summary: The 2009 Nissan Sentra base model works with a 3 button remote entry device.

Longer Story:

When I got my 2009 Nissan Sentra (used) I took it to the local Nissan Dealer, to get it serviced and look at a few things.

Specially that the drivers door lock didn’t lock/unlock all the doors like the manual says it should and could a remote be added.

I was told, “No the base model cannot have a remote added (the ECM didn’t support it)” and “The door locking feature is not on the base model also, I even took the door panel off, and could see the lock cylinder, and there were no wires coming off it” thus proving it’s not an option.

Last weekend, I read on this forum that the 2007 and 2008 base model Sentra’s could have remote entry, but the 2009 had not had success reported yet.

With doubt in my mind I took the door panel off myself, and you cannot see the lock cylinder, as it’s covered by metal. Thus the lock looks like it’s removed from the outside?

With all this doubt over the dealers words in my mind, I purchased a used remote off eBay ($9 + $6 postage), which arrived today.

IT WORKS, following the Nissan remote programming instructions with a base model 2009 Nissan Sentra works.

I’m so happy, but also so sad that the local Nissan dealer’s lead technician lied straight to my face. Why would he do that? I liked having them service my car, I though servicing was where the money was made.

Remote Details:

3 button remote: lock, unlock, panic (all work with car)
P/N 28268EA

eBay trader: keyless4u

[Update July 2011]

I was given a 5 button fob from a friend, and programmed it for my car.

5 button remote, lock, unlock and panic work. Trunk/side door do not.

IC: 2111B-ASTU51

CodePlex SVN Code as Binary Problems

For the Gold Box Explorer project on CodePlex, and I was wanting to help improve it’s graphics handling, so I downloaded the code via TortoiseSVN and made my changes.

When creating a patch some of the .cs (C# Code) files would not generate a difference and just showed:

Index: Common/Viewers/ImageFileViewer.cs
Cannot display: file marked as a binary type.
svn:mime-type = application/octet-stream

Looking at the SVN properties for the file you, see that it has the binary stream property set:

My first idea was to remove that incorrect property (via above Remove button), and then I tried create the patch again, but still the base file property was noted as binary, so SVN would not generate a patch.

As this code tree is a working copy to create patches from, I decided to hack the core of the problem. SVN thinks the file is binary because of settings in the .svn\prop-base for each file in that directory:

Thus if we delete all those files (only because I checked and they were all just binary stream properties, which are invalid for code files), then the base properties are gone for those files…

Now when you select your file to patch, SVN will happily create a code difference as expected:

You now can submit it to the CodePlex project.

I assume the incorrect properties are due to some SVN bridging TFS interaction, not sure how to test that out, or where to report it. It might be interesting to if I had commit access to see if you can remove those properties and committed those change if that stuck, or if it’s more of a dynamic bridging problem. Homework for the readers. ;-)

New Google Feedburner looks great

The new look for Google Feedburner now makes the product actually useful.

I love the use of the per time slot breakdown, like the stock value component on Google Finance. Also being able to view intra-day times is very neat.

If only I had way more feed followers, then I could spend longer delving into the data to gain magical insight*.

But as it is, Hello: United States, New Zealand, Germany, Australia, Singapore, Denmark and Cuba.

* not sure what magic insight would provide, as I don’t have it yet.

iTunes: How to convert podcasts to normal music entries

Just found the solution to making podcasts into permanent/normal music entries while clicking around in iTunes 10 today.

I’ve wanted to-do this for a while after listening to some talks I really liked, and would to keep those, but not the bigger podcast they were part of:

First select the tracks you wish to keep, right click, and choose¬† “Create MP3 Version”:

Then wait for them to process, and they appear in you normal music library, tagged and every thing:

Right next to your Red Hot Chile Peppers ;-)