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Personal logo Tacitus Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2015 4:52 p.m. PST

Something I didn't think about when buying a used car: it only had one key fob. It will not start or run without the electronic fob (even if you have a key). If you lose the fob, you have to be towed to the dealer who will program a new one. I didn't want this to happen so I went to the dealer. New fob? $345 USD! $345 USD? $345. USD Live and learn…

zippyfusenet Inactive Member02 Nov 2015 5:57 p.m. PST

Sounds like a high-end model. I've never heard of such a feature as "… will not start or run without the electronic fob (even if you have a key)." Doesn't sound particularly useful.

Only Warlock02 Nov 2015 6:26 p.m. PST

You can go to Ace Hardware and they will make you one for $50. USD I made the electronic fob for my mustang.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Nov 2015 6:02 a.m. PST

Doesn't sound particularly useful.

Depends on your perspective. It's great if you're a hacker.

My care is a manual transmission with key-only entry only on the driver's door.

nazrat03 Nov 2015 8:31 a.m. PST

Lots of new cars have the electronic fob as a feature. One of my buddies drives a Challenger and he ran into the same problem with that. And it was even more expensive to replace it.

Personally I would not have a car with that sort of thing.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP03 Nov 2015 9:46 a.m. PST

I don't think you can avoid that thing with newer cars.

I wonder if you can pay someone to take that equipment off.

RavenscraftCybernetics Inactive Member03 Nov 2015 10:27 a.m. PST

they have to steal the car AND the fob now.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP03 Nov 2015 10:41 a.m. PST

I've heard of clever thieves who build boosters for the interrogatory and response signals. So if your key fob is in your house and too far away from the car to start it, they put one or even two repeaters in-between so that the car and fob can talk to each other, unlocking the car. This is pretty new, but I imagine it could cause a lot of trouble – an RF repeater is not hard to build.

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