opinions on this service, please
[my toyota roadside service is free for 2 years, so i will be exploring my options, after the 2 yrs]
Now there's an app that connects users with the quickest and cheapest
options to have their car towed, have a flat fixed, get a jump, and much more.
That is not any cheaper/better than AMA(AAA). I never used AMA service
myself, kids used it a few times making it worth to have the family
membership. New cars have some apps. built-in already. There are run
flat tires, they tow upto 70 miles w/o extra charge, can't get locked
out with new cars. Running out of gas? I always fill when gas is down to
quarter tank. I have Acura link for now but I won't renew it, may trade
the car in before renewal comes up....
On Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 10:43:24 AM UTC-5, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
By "keys" I included fobs. Some fobs have keys built in.
What about from the "inside" via the door lock button on the door?
Are you saying that the doors can't be locked with the lock button
with the door open and the fob on the seat?
Yes, that would be not be a common occurrence, but if that could happen
then the statement "can't get locked out with new cars" is not true.
Is there absolutely no way to get locked out of a "new" car? We can
ignore lost keys for the purpose of this discussion.
Correct, no need to anyway on my car. Close the door and on my car you
just have to touch a button on the handle of either front door. That
locks all doors if the fob is not inside. In the dark, I approach the
car and puddle lights come on. On drivers door, one touch unlocks the
door, two touches unlocks all doors. On passenger side on touch unlocks
Button inside still works when door is closed as it always did. Many
cars lock when you shift into drive. That function can usually be set.
I can choose to not unlock in park, unlock all in park, unlock only
driver's door in park.
Can't speak for all cars, but my last two you could not lock your self
out. On my 2007 I still had a key. You could not lock the doors if the
key was in the ignition, but if it was laying on the seat, yes you could
Not sure when the fob inside started, but my 2013 Sonata and 2015
Genesis you can't lock yourself out.
This feature is programmable any way one wants. My doors all lock once
driving speed is ~15 mph. After parking if I open my door(driver's) all
other doors and tail gate unlocks. When manually unlock at distance with
fob one tap unlocks driver's door, second tap unlocsk all other doors,
etc. If I keep pushing unlock button all 4 doors go wide open and sun
roof opens, I think this is for safety in emergency. All programmable
using MID(multiple information display) When I pick up this car few
weeks ago, I had to spend good 1 hour or so to set up this and that with
delivery specialist. Asking/answering questions, every thing the way I
want. Many more bells and whistles compared to last car which was 2008.
On Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 12:56:36 PM UTC-5, Tony Hwang wrote:
I doubt it's the same across all manufacturers or even across trim levels
within the same manufacturer. I have 3 Hondas, ranging from 03-07, at
various trim levels. Lower trim level on the 07 Civic has more door-lock
programming options than the higher trim level 06 Ody. In other aspects,
the 06 blows the 07 away as far as features.
Your *doors* go wide open?
My 06 Ody opens all *windows* with the unlock button on the fob, but
not the moon roof. I prefer it that way since I don't want to have to
close the moon roof when I get in. I can also open the windows just a
little with the fob by releasing the button as soon as they start to
open. I wouldn't want the moon roof to open at all in case it rained.
As far as window safety, my Ody includes 2 window related features:
1 - While the windows can be opened with the fob, they cannot be closed
with it. To close the windows, you either have to do it from inside the
car or with the key in in the door lock, held towards the lock position.
In other words, you have to be in physical contact with the vehicle.
I guess they don't want you to remotely decapitate a kid or a pet.
Of course, this safety feature has its disadvantages also. Last
summer I opened my windows from my office before leaving work to cool
the car off. A few minutes later a thunderstorm came through. All I
could do was watch. Luckily I have leather seats so it wasn't as bad as
it could have been.
2 - If the windows on the power sliding doors are down, the doors will
only open 3/4's of the way. This is too prevent a head or other body part
from being caught between the door frame and the rear pillar.
On Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 12:14:33 PM UTC-5, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
I am aware of the feature, but this isn't about "need to". This is about
accidental or brain fart pushing of the inside lock button with fob on
seat. Fob on seat while washing windows, treating leather/vinyl/etc. Wipe
door, hit button, doors lock, close. Whoops! Not possible?
That feature is available on older cars too. You can sort of tell the
"phase in period". I'm guessing mid-2K. My 06 Ody EX-L (mid-level trim) has
some but limited programability, but the 06 top-end Touring trim is fully
programmable. However, on my daughter's 07 Civic LX (one trim level above
the bottom) it is fully programmable. SO I'm guessing it was mid-2K when
manufacturers (Honda, anyway) started rolling it out.
Same with my 06 Ody, not sure about the 07 Civic since it's away at college,
but I'd guess that you can lock it with the key on the seat.
See above about "accidental" use of the lock button. Still not possible?
(Just trying to make sure we are talking about the same situation/conditions)
If you try to lock with lock push button the fob will give plenty
audible beep. Nothing in this world is absolutely fool proof. Even
space ships. Fob's radio signal range is like 1 meter for the car brain
to sense it. My fob has key I can remove by pushing the little latch.
Main purpose of this key is to lock the glove box. For entry or staring
the car or putting it only to accessory mode to listen music, etc. Key
is not need. One note, if you leave the fob near the car frequently fob
battery will wear out sooner. As a side note tire TPMS has embedded
battery to power radio transmitter, the battery is only active when tire
is in motion(rotating) to lengthen the battery life. I never experienced
dead TPMS due to dead battery. If car battery is run down(dead) some
headaches arises some set up features/options are lost.
On 1/23/2016 3:57 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
My Hyundai comes with 5 years of RA. Only used it once for a gashed
tire. I called on my cell phone and they were able to pinpoint my
location from the car signal and it took about 30 minutes to show up.
If I did not have it I'd probably get AAA because the seem to have a
decent reputation but I see offers from cell phone providers, credit
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