Re: Electronic keys & getting stranded.
"Doug Warner" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
When I test drove an 05 V50 T5, I noticed that the ignition "key" was
a large lump consisting of the remote unlocking transmitter, and a
squarish plastic extension that inserted in a socket in the dash.
Obviously, the ignition lock function is electronic now, instead of
depending on tme mechanical cut of a metal key.
This creates a dilemma for me though.. I've always carried a spare
key in my wallet, so, if I lose my key chain, I can still use the
spare to get home.
Now, If I buy a new car with one of these E-keys, and lose or damage
it, I'm stuck until I can catch a cab back home to pick up the spare,
or have the car towed to a dealer so they can code a new key for it if
I'm far from home.
The only other option is to keep the flat mechanical door key in my
wallet, and hide the E-key somewhere in the car, where it might be
found by a determined thief.
Does anyone else have this concern, or do you just assume you'll never
lose the E-key?
A decent compromise is to hide the e-key in the car and carry a spare
mechanical key. I presume the V50 comes with an alarm system, or you can add
one. The combo of locked doors and noisemaker will discourage a thief from
spending a lot of time looking for an e-key that probably isn't there.