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Going Keyless

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,046
edited October 2017 in Editorial
imageGoing Keyless

It's called push-button keyless start, and as its name suggests, it allows you to fire up your car's engine without the hassle of key insertion.

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  • gjoycegjoyce Posts: 1
    Just bought a Kia Sorento...and it has push button start as well
  • Some time ago, news reporters advised men not to store their cell phones in their pants pockets because "cell phone emissions are known to damage sperm cells". A short time later, a similar news broadcast noted that testicular cancer in the 18-30 age group was up a whopping 30% in the province in just a few short years. Of course, it is "just coincidence" that the group that has embraced cell phones most avidly falls into this same age category.

    Now, some moron has designed a device to emit RF energy that is intended to be kept by men in their pants pockets. It is a totally useless device, accomplishing nothing that an old fashion metal key doesn't. The claims of the marvelous security it offers are only descriptions of how it attempts to fill the security holes it itself creates. I can't help wondering if our misandrist press would adopt the same unquestioning attitude if the potential victims were female.

    No doubt the key fob uses RFID and only responds to a RFID reader (the vehicle) but it will activate when it receives a signal from the vehicle ... or any other device on the same frequency (including other cars). It also seems clear that the car has to be broadcasting continuously in order to "know" that the fob is present.

    When microwave ovens first appeared, there was a great deal of concern on the integrity of the seals because of possible escaping RF energy. Now we live in the microwave.

    Of course, no article on keyless ignition would be complete without the obligatory claim that it helps those so badly afflicted with arthritis that they would find handling a key difficult. Apparently, those same people will have zero trouble properly gripping the steering wheel or operating any of the car's other controls.

    There hasn't been a proper investigative journalist on the planet in the past decade; certainly not one with a brain. They mindlessly parrot the sales material provided by greedy corporations intent on selling some useless product or service. Why would one want to buy a $2 key when one could spend $300 on an electronic device to do the same thing???

    I do hope that when the health risks of this technology come to light that the corporations and their shills are held fully responsible and made to pay ... and pay ... and pay.
  • I've had this on my last 2 cars and love it. I have to rent cars for work on a regular basis, and it makes me realize how annoying it is to use a traditional metal key. I just wish Ford would utilize this on their cars-until then I'll stick with my Nissans.
  • big10kenbig10ken Posts: 0
    Are these devices equipped with engine shut off if the fob is removed the car or does the engine continue to run until the button is pushed?
    The failure to have some saftey shut off makes the device inherently dangerous.
  • dance2dance2 Posts: 1
    I will never buy a push button start car again! Last night while driving it's telling me "no Key". When I got home and switched off the car it wouldn't start again.
  • Recently bought a 12 year old 2005 Cadillac STS. It came with one key fob. So I bought one off the internet and proceeded to erase all known fobs and reprogram the original and the new one as fobs 1 & 2. The "new" fob worked. The old fob would not program. So I bought another one off the internet from the same dealer. It would program but then not work. So I went to an "Auto Locksmith" where they said they would program it with the car using the sequence I just did twice. Which takes over 30 minutes. I went home. Called the Cadillac dealer. They couldn't program the original fob, nor the 2nd new fob. Bought a brand new one from the dealer, had them program the two working fobs and was happy. For one month. This week, both fobs will not work unless I place them in the programming pocket. Replaced both fob batteries and they still do not work. Replaced the car battery, just in case, and they still do not work. Made an appointment with the Cadillac dealer for next week. Expect it to cost about a grand to "fix" the car. I didn't try reprogramming the keys again using the 30 minute procedure because I didn't want to brick the car in the garage. Keyless entry is the stupidest idea I have ever seen on a new car. My 98 corvette has a push button start and uses a key. The 2005 Cadillac should too. Don't know how long the car would work if I just keep putting the keys in the programming pocket. I'ld live with that if I knew it would keep working. But everything I've read says replace the battery of the remote soon. Implying that it won't work forever. I have keyless "entry" on the vette. But if I use that the key fob battery lasts about 3 months. Dumb dumb dumb. Maybe I should be stock in Energizer. Its going to take people a while to realize that a used car with keyless entry is a costly used car. Then their resale value will reflect the issues keyless entry and start has. While I like the STS, $280 for new fobs with programming plus who knows what to replace the cars receiver is a lot of extra dough to cough up.
  • AcmorlenAcmorlen PNWPosts: 1
    If you lose the fob, it is not good. 300+ to replace it. Had to have my car towed into the Nissan dealership. They where the only ones who could do the work.
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