THANKS A MILLION or at least the 100 dollars or so that I would have spent going to the dealer to have them push the button under the steering wheel. Both of my FOBs stopped working yesterday and when they didn't work after new batteries I just knew I was dealership bound. I could lock and unlock with the FOB and start with the FOB in the slot but no smart key operation. After reading the blog I pushed the smart key button and prayed. Don't know which one did the trick but my 08 is back up and running in smart key mode.
Thanks for the forum.
JK in SC