2009 BMW 7 Series Long Term Road Test

2009 BMW 750i: Chime In

November 11, 2009


Last night, Scott and I carpooled home in the BMW 7 Series. He drove and when we got to his house I jumped into the driver's seat.

I got about 2 blocks away when my phone rang. It was Scott telling me he had the key in his pocket. So, I turned around and went back.

The BMW 750i didn't offer me any warning signals that the key was no longer in the running car. No lights, no messages, no bells, no chimes.

Just before Halloween when we posted the picture of our Mazdaspeed 3 done up like a vampire, I had driven the car to a deserted part of the garage, left it running, and jumped out to take a picture with the key in my pocket. You'd think I had robbed a bank. A frantic chime set off to warn me.

Keyless start can be a dangerous thing. It's easy to forget about the key when the car is still running.

Have you had a similar experience?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

P.S. I don't think the awesome Ford Futura pictured above has a warning chime either.

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