This Is a New One - 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Long-Term Road Test

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edited June 2015 in Volkswagen
imageThis Is a New One - 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Long-Term Road Test

I've never seen this before. Our log-term 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI needs a new key fob battery and the car is telling us in no uncertain terms about it.

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  • markedwardsmarkedwards Member Posts: 32
    Yes, happened in a Touareg with the smart key but after 5+ years.
  • desmoliciousdesmolicious Member Posts: 671
    That seems awfully soon to replace a battery.
  • allthingshondaallthingshonda Member Posts: 878
    It happens in all keyless cars eventually but this car is only a few months old.
  • locke42locke42 Member Posts: 25
    I've gotten this on my old Camry Hybrid, but not until a few years into my ownership.

    There are two possible causes I can think of for why your key battery is alerting:
    - Bad battery. This is the most likely.
    - Wireless interference. Strong radio waves can interfere with the signal that keyless fobs send to your car, making your car think the battery is low or the fob isn't present
  • barich1barich1 Member Posts: 143
    My car will alert me when the fob battery needs to be replaced. It's supposed to last about a year according to the manual. I've just replaced it once a year without waiting for the warning.
  • s197gts197gt Member Posts: 486
    our '11 CX-9 gives us a blinking red key light that indicates the fob battery needs replaced.
  • mlin32mlin32 Member Posts: 35
    Um our 9 year old BMW 3er does this with the Comfort Access but usually it lasts a few years.
  • veedubber86veedubber86 Member Posts: 57
    My parent's 09 Mini has shown this warning too.
  • joepawlickijoepawlicki Member Posts: 7
    Just had this happen on my 11 month old 15 GTI. Seems way to soon! I haven't replaced it yet
  • darexdarex Member Posts: 187
    VW's infamous electrical gremlins still plaguing even their latest models?! Schade.
  • schen72schen72 Member Posts: 433
    My 2006 Acura RL did this, but only after 7 years.
  • kirkhilles_kirkhilles_ Member Posts: 151
    Either way, it BETTER be covered under warranty.
  • saulstersaulster Member Posts: 48
    Yep, my Lincoln 2014 MKZ did the same thing at about one year old. Dealer was willing but easier to just drive to a close by store, get the batteries, and change both fobs myself. Even with the finicky Lincoln take apart and put together design....
  • wizard8873wizard8873 Member Posts: 20
    My 2013 Golf R and 2006 M45 both show similar messages once the battery runs low.
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