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post #1 of 11 Old 06-17-2017, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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Does my key fob work as it should?

My key fob only works reliably when pointed directly at the car. When I just push it leisurely when walking away or while it's in my pocket it's about a 50 50 hit or miss. I do not have entry and drive on my Cayman. Does this sound like it's normal?

Also sometimes the car chirps twice but most of the time only once upon locking? No idea why.
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Also sometimes the car chirps twice but most of the time only once upon locking? No idea why.
Maybe U.S cars are different, but both with this & my previous 981 & 987 before it I only ever got & get a chirp if there is something I've overlooked. Examples being, door not shut properly, bonnet not shut properly, glove box not shut, vanity light on sun visor on. Now if your cars chirp in normal locking then I would suggest that when you get the 2nd chirp it's possibly because you've overlooked something along the lines of the above.
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The central locking has a fair few options and settings.
Pressing twice within 5 seconds means something different from one press, as does a long press.
It's all in the manual.

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Maybe U.S cars are different, but both with this & my previous 981 & 987 before it I only ever got & get a chirp if there is something I've overlooked. Examples being, door not shut properly, bonnet not shut properly, glove box not shut, vanity light on sun visor on. Now if your cars chirp in normal locking then I would suggest that when you get the 2nd chirp it's possibly because you've overlooked something along the lines of the above.
I think you are onto something. Looks like in the US two chirps mean locked and everything ok. One chirp only when it locks but the car is not happy with something. Probable reason I get one chirp most of the time is because I leave my phone plugged in the car usually...
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My key fob only works reliably when pointed directly at the car. When I just push it leisurely when walking away or while it's in my pocket it's about a 50 50 hit or miss. I do not have entry and drive on my Cayman. Does this sound like it's normal?

Also sometimes the car chirps twice but most of the time only once upon locking? No idea why.
I have also noticed that my key fob only works when I am fairly close to the car and point it directly at the car. The key fob to my Macan is much more reliable and can be used at a greater distance. I thought that maybe I had a weak battery in the Boxster key fob but perhaps this is common.
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I have also noticed that my key fob only works when I am fairly close to the car and point it directly at the car. The key fob to my Macan is much more reliable and can be used at a greater distance. I thought that maybe I had a weak battery in the Boxster key fob but perhaps this is common.
Thanks for confirming my observations. So it's a 718 specific feature to have a crappy key fob...

Wonder if that has something to do with that strange embedded antenna in the windshield? Actually I don't even want to know yet how much that will cost to replace down the road?
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So it's a 718 specific feature to have a crappy key fob...
Another exclusive feature on my car is a crappy garage door opener. It works properly about 40% of the time. Key fobs and garage door openers need really some help.
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Another exclusive feature on my car is a crappy garage door opener. It works properly about 40% of the time. Key fobs and garage door openers need really some help.
Yup, same here. I have to be within 15' for my key fob to work. I still haven't been able to get the garage door opener to work.

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This lack of range on the key fob sounds like poor design. Many use this to find their car in parking lots. Not much use if you have to be within 15'.
When I was test driving cars, the SA for the Merc C300 opened the door from 300' away.
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I still haven't been able to get the garage door opener to work.
I finally succeeded on that one after a couple of attempts by exactly following the manual instructions. Now it actually works 99% of the time on the first push.
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