Today's Rant: Keyless fob doesn't always equal hands-free

Today's Rant: Keyless fob doesn't always equal hands-free

One of my favorite features on cars these days (aside from heated seats) is the keyless key fob. And not just any keyless fob; I'm talking about the ones you can put in your purse and leave there. You can open doors and start cars ... all with that little fob nestled (OK lost) in your purse.

However, the last 2 test cars, the Ford Taurus and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, were total teases. And I mean that in a not so good way. On the C63, I happily accessed the trunk and unlocked doors with the fob nestled (OK lost) in my purse. But when I plopped my butt in the driver's seat and reached for the push-button start ... nada. I had to dump my purse on the passenger seat to find the darn key to start the car. I don't understand why you would be able to open doors without the key, but then need the key to start the car. Annoying.

Slightly less annoying but still rating on the scale is the hands-on key for the Taurus. Yes you can open the doors and start the car without it. (Thank you!) But try to open the trunk, and you're SOL. You either have to pull out the key nestled (sigh, yes, lost) in your purse or go back to the car and reach the button on the dash in front of the passenger seat. You never realize how much you use a trunk until you realize how big your purse is and how easily the key disappears.

So, all I'm saying is: If you're going to go, go all out. Either have everything keyless or nothing. Once the key is in the purse, it wants to stay there. Trust me.

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  • First I wonder how proximity it is, with all those buttons.

    However the real issue is that what prevents someone from stealing your purse, and then walking around the parking lot to see what car opens up?* Especially if cars with that feature become more common?

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    *I posed a similar question to Honda, which was touting its alarm features, i.e. what keeps someone from ransacking a gym locker, taking a car key with three buttons, and then seeing what car's headlights blink? Answer, nothing.

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