Originally Posted by Tonychanman
sorry but those people are idiots then. there's a key inside your fob. it is impossible to not be able to get into your car if you have your fob (as long as your key is still in it) or unless you happen to lock your keys in your car.
You are correct, entry can be gained to your vehicle by using the key.
That is only half the battle. Most people want to be able to start the car after gaining entry, which will not
happen with a dead battery in the I-key.
How am I able to make this bold statement? Lets take a look at what the owner's manual says about this very subject. Page 3-6, pre-driving checks and adjustments states:
Because the steering wheel is locked electrically,
unlocking the steering wheel with the ignition
switch in the LOCK position is impossible when
the vehicle battery is completely discharged.
Unlocking the steering wheel is impossible even if
the Intelligent Key is inserted into the Intelligent
Key port. Pay special attention that the vehicle
battery is not completely discharged.
Although the life of the battery varies depending
on the operating conditions, the battery's life is
approximately 2 years. If the battery is discharged,
replace it with a new one.
When the Intelligent Key battery is almost discharged,
insert the Intelligent Key into the Intelligent
Key port to start the engine. Replace the
discharged battery with a new one as soon as possible.
Why anyone would want to experience this problem is beyond me.
Maybe I am a strange duck, but I enjoy having the I-key unlock my doors, and assist in starting my car.
I have no desire to see how long I can make a $2.00 battery last.