Car and Driver Shocker! Subaru Impreza WRX Key Fob Beats BMW M3's!

Robert Farago
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The Alterman era is upon us.

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  • ChuckR ChuckR on Jun 03, 2009

    I don't know about other cars, but G_d help you if you drain the battery on a Porsche (at least a Cayman). The fob and a couple of internal toggles actuating solenoids are the only way into the trunks. from Planet Porsche Battery – Due to the many electronics that draw on the battery it has a high probability of discharging if not driven for an extended period (or if a maintainer is not used). If the battery goes dead to gain access to the front compartment where the battery is you will need to use the procedures on page 234 of the manual “Emergency unlocking of the front luggage compartment lid” If the battery is discharged, the lid can be opened only with the aid of a donor battery or charger. Familiarizing yourself with this unusual method in advance is a good idea. Also from the manual - your cruise control will automatically disengage at above 140mph. Well, that's always good to know.....

  • Joe O Joe O on Jun 03, 2009

    True Story: About 3 weeks ago, my wife went running in a park on a 5-mile loop. She was using a new pouch that sat inside her waist-band and held her car key, driver's license, and cell phone comfortably while running She stopped to use a porta-potty, forgot it was inside her pants, and dropped trough. The whole pounch immediately fell into the porta potty. My wife, with her cat-like reflexes, apparently immediately reached in and grabbed the pouch back out....but not before it was soaked through with blue porta potty fluid. After a ridiculously long boiling hot shower, she found her phone was dead. She washed her car keys with alcohol and then dumped them into hot soapy water. I'm pleased to report that the 2008 Subaru Legacy GT key fob, after being soaked with porta potty fluid & hot soapy water, worked on the first try :) The wife is still scarred.

  • John R John R on Jun 03, 2009
    The Alterman era is upon us. I guess it wasn't in time for that Gen Coupe/Camaro comparo. Meh...C&D is still the same.
  • John Holt John Holt on Jun 04, 2009

    True, C&D is desperately reaching with use of gratuitous amounts of cheese, but I admit I find Alterman's writing more engaging than Csere's "me too" editorial stance.