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Pushbutton Start FOB distance outside the Car
Sorry. I know this is a redundant thread but after watching a TopGear episode where they show someone driving off with a Challenger when the key fob is supposedly 100 feet away it got me worried and I took my button start out and started using my FOB in the key slot.
Then of course I came to the forum and searched for the answer... and searched... and searched. I finally found a discussion concerning this in a thread titled Keyless start problems but that took me 45 minutes to locate because I searched for common terms such as FOB and Distance returning a few hundred threads.
So in the interest of the next bloke trying to easily determine the answer to
"How far can my FOB be outside the car and still get the pushbutton to start to work"...
In my completely scientific, double blind test I held the FOB outside the window and the car wouldn't start. EVIC said "Fob not found". Tried that a couple of times and got the same result. I put the fob back in my pocket and the car started. Now I don't assume I have magic pockets so it must actually have some sort of sensor to determine proximity.
So there. I'm not worried about someone stealing my car without some effort or at least a co-worker taking a joy ride as it sits 50 feet from my office (more likely).
I also tried locking the key fob inside the car using the door lock (whilst having the other fob with me), and yea verily, the car detects the fob inside the car, beeps three times and unlocks the door.
Hurray for technology! TopGear obviously makes stuff up (i.e. lies) to get a good laugh.
You can now return to your regularly scheduled burnout program.
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