Alas for you, the integrated fob/key seems to be the way all manufacturers are going with their car keys. My best friend has always been the same way when it comes to keeping things in his pockets and got real frustrated a few years ago when he replaced his old-ass Grand Am with a new Jetta, has one of the fobs where the key part pops out at the push of a button for the ignition.
However, he did manage to get used to it after a couple of months... it really just boils down to tolerating that little bit of frustration until it becomes normal feeling. I experienced the same thing in reverse when I quit smoking, felt naked walking out without my lighter and cigarette pack in their regular spots. Just a matter of acclimation!
Also nice in that I could then use a magnetic spare key box to hide another dup metal key under the vehicle, which would mean I would never get locked out or ever not be able to start the vehicle.
Last edited by Bombadil; 02-13-2013 at 02:46 PM.
Pictures of a VW Rabbit fob, and a Mercedes Fob. My Mini fob (not pictured) is round and smaller.
What I'm curious about is an aftermarket 2 way remote car starter. How will it work? I just bought a 2014 GT I wouldn't want an extra set of buttons just to lock/unlock the car..
Last edited by chinq6t; 02-13-2013 at 03:20 PM.
In the fam:
2014 CX5 GT AWD w/ Tech Package
2010 Mercedes E350 Coupe
2008 Toyota Trundra Crewmax 5.7L
2007 VW Rabbit 2.5L
Good thread, (even if the 90's are over)....
...and here I was thinking how awesome it would be to NOT have both a fob and a key. The only argument I could see against the fob is indeed for those people that lose things all the time, I couldn't imagine the cost of replacing one of those fobs/re-programming the locks.
If you were buying a remote control for your TV and it had only 4 or 5 buttons on it, there is no way they could charge $200 and get anyone to buy one. I suspect these things are really no more than $10 to $20 items. And if your corner hardware store could dup them, along with the programming, you'd see the prices nosedive.
Last edited by Bombadil; 02-13-2013 at 03:58 PM.
If I make it through a month without losing a key (at least temporarily for a few hours), that is a good month. Thus the reason for me having 6 sets of keys for each of my cars and my front door.
I have a hidden key to my front door stashed in my yard. I have magnetic key holders under both cars, which I have used several times. I have a small storage locker at my workplace where I keep an office key. Then in a locked drawer in my office, I have a complete set of keys to vehicles and my front door. In my house I have a triplicate set of all keys. Including one set of original keys from which to make duplicates, used many times for this.
Last edited by Bombadil; 02-13-2013 at 04:05 PM.
One more question. If I would take the smart key out of the fob and carry it with me, leaving the body of the fob in the car, would that deactivate the fob so that it would not allow anyone to open doors? Seems like it would. As it would not have the security code.
It would also be interesting to remove the smart key from the fob and just leave it laying there, next to it. The fob is the object which is "broadcasting" the security code. I would think the doors and lift gate wouldn't be able to pickup the signal from the unattached smart key.
If this is true, then it will be extremely easy to devise a work around.
Last edited by Bombadil; 02-13-2013 at 04:15 PM.