My car key fob opens the neighbours car too! Is this going to cost me?
We purchased a touran about 4 weeks ago and today, our neighbour from across and down a little way, told us that when we lock and unlock our car with the remote, it triggers the same on their skoda Fabia.
Clearly this isn’t right and I always thought these things had a rolling code so they couldn’t be duplicated or caught.
Interestingly, his fob doesn’t operate mine.
I’ll be calling vw tomorrow but wonder if anyone else has experienced this…
Do you reckon this will be something vw should sort free of charge as I think responsibility for sorting rests with us as we got our car after theirs?Posted 4 years agohelsMember
Why is this your responsibility ? It’s not like you did it on purpose, and I take it you have promised not to steal his car. His bad luck I think. Or Skoda’s poor security.
My Anglia key used to open and start my mate’s Escort panel van. (can I just stress the Anglia was over 20 years old when I got it) Wwe had loads of fun stealing it and moving it when we found it parked outside at parties.Posted 4 years ago
I don’t understand remotes since GCSE tech in early 90’s, but:
If your fob is unlocking a car in proximity of where you live, surely it will open other cars using same system in a vicinity of where you are at the time? (Chances of two car being coded the same in the same street are a fairly slight?!).
My advice; sell the key to a crime ring for a couple of hundred thousand.
You can buy an S max, and folks won’t need to be burgled in order to lift car keys.
Win-win.Posted 4 years ago
This reminds me of when I used to fit satellite and visiting an house where the guy had a complete entourage for company, I stupidly lock my keys in the van.
Me:”I’ve locked my keys in the van. Can anyon……”
Mr Big:”What make”
Random bloke stands up; goes to kitchen, gets a metal ruler, goes outside, returns with my keys.
I didn’t ask any questions.Posted 4 years agoAmbroseMember
In the pub in North Wales one rainy lunchtime. Two friends enter, soaked to the skin, having run over Cadair Idris. Roger’s car is parked up at Idris Gates carpark, about 5 miles away. Drinks are drunk, time passes.
Then Barry enters, he’s ridden his bike from Tywyn, about 10 miles away. Roger persuades Barry to collect his car for him, to save the walk/ run in the horrible weather. Barry agrees, takes the keys and cycles up to Idris Gates to collect the car, a White Sierra 4×4. He drives this back to the pub in Abergynolwyn, having dried himself off with the towel first and then put his bike in the boot.
Roger realises that this is not his car, it is some random stranger’s car- so they all set off back to the carpark to collect the correct Sierra.
What the owner thought we never knew. Everything was left as it was found- except a warm engine and a wet towel.Posted 4 years agosurroundedbyhillsSubscriber
I used to work in a hotel and on a regular basis when fetching residents cars from the car park the porters would turn up with the wrong car, seem to remember no particular make jst random. This was also cause the lazy feckkers didn’t check the number plates, just walked to the car park and pressed the button till they saw the lights flash.Posted 4 years agofootflapsSubscriber
The “his problem” crowd are arse holes.
Why is that?
If his car is opened by the remote for another vehicle, then the problem is 100% with the ECU in that car and nothing to do with the other remote. He needs to talk to Skoda about it, although I doubt much will happen.
EDIT: Given it’s opened by another remote, which should be impossible, it suggests there is a fault and I’d guess there are other remotes out there that will open it as well.Posted 4 years ago
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