Fob Logic - 2012 BMW X3 Long-Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3: Fob Logic

March 20, 2012

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When you have a new car, it takes a little while to get used to its system of icons and symbols. On the key fob for the 2011 BMW 328i coupe that I bought in December, the lock button is the BMW symbol. It says "lock" just above it. The unlock button is the silver square with the arrow. Easy enough, once you've used it daily. But my husband, who only occasionally drives the car, hasn't quite got it down yet. He fumbles a bit every time he locks the car.

When I drove our long-term X3 last night, I noticed that the fob is slightly different. It doesn't rely on words to describe the button functions. There's a lock icon next to the BMW symbol. And there's an unlock icon on the silver rectangle above it. If you're a looker and not a feeler when it comes to key fobs, it makes a lot more sense.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @4,499 miles

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