2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test


2012 BMW X3: Comfort Access Keyless Entry

November 29, 2012

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One of the most convenient features of our 2012 BMW X3 is still the Comfort Access keyless entry. I've really grown to appreciate the idea of leaving the key in my pocket as I get into and then start the car. Each OEM approaches this function with slight variations.

BMW uses a handle that senses your fingers behind the door pull to unlock the car. In order to lock it, just slide your finger across a grooved section on top of the pull. With dew on the handle, that section is barely visible. Well, as I found, my finger was similarly invisible to the sensor. It would not work. Not until I first wiped the water off the handle.

This is by no means a deal-breaker, as I'd still pony up the cash for this optional feature. It is just an observation of a situation an owner will encounter.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 19,690 miles

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