2009 Dodge Challenger Long Term Road Test


2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: Magic Fingers

May 26, 2009

They call it "Keyless Go". And if your 2009 Dodge Challenger has it, like ours does, you'll see a "Start" button on your dash instead of an obvious key slot.

Push it while your foot is on the brake (and the other foot on theclutch, if applicable) and the engine will crank to life. You have to keep your foot off the brake while you push it to get "Accessory" mode; a second push gets you"Run" mode.

Josh already discovered what you need to do if the car won'tacknowledge the presence ofthe "Keyless Go" key:simply pop that "Start"button off the dash to reveal a place to insert the physical key.

And then it got weird.

It's really just a parlor trick. Finger-start won'twork if theKeyless Go key weren'tin the car and functioning properly.

All this really does ispoint out the fact that the "Start" button is just a "Start" button-shaped piece of plastic. If you ever lose it, you aren't completely hosed.

The aftermarket could have a field day with customized buttons. Perhaps "Engage" forfans of Jean-Luc Picard. I'm rather partial to a big red "Launch" button myself, but the more literal-minded among us might prefer"Ignition".After all,we've all been calling it the ignition switch for years.

I'm sure you have your own ideas.


Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 5,301 miles

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