2008 Ford Focus Long Term Road Test


2008 Ford Focus Coupe: Keyless Remote Confirmation

June 05, 2008

I'm one of those people who checks the alarm clock setting three times before I'm satisfied that yes, indeed, the alarm is all set to wake me at the chosen hour. When I lock or unlock a car's doors, it's the same deal, I like some sort of confirmation, either visual (flash the lights say once to confirm it's locked and twice to show it's unlocked) or audible (brief horn chirp, not a loud honk). Or even both.

When you thumb the lock button on the Focus' key fob, it let's you know by flashing the lights once. And if you have OCD and hit it a second time within 3 seconds, it will also give you a brief horn beep (too loud, however, I'd rather a chirp like some other cars). Ok, so that works. But when you hit the unlock button, there's no double flashing of lights, so as you walk to the car you hit the button again to discover that yes, the doors had unlocked and if it were nighttime, you would've noticed that it also turned on the interior lights.

In dire need of a more noticeable daytime confirmation that the doors unlock when you hit the button, I pulled out the manual, only to discover that the circa 1988-style remote keyless system doesn't allow you confirmation options. All kidding aside, it's not a big deal, and again, if it's dark enough outside you'll see the the interior light come on when you hit the unlock button. Should you want to get a light flash and horn beep to locate the car in a crowded garage, just hit the lock button twice within 3 seconds.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor at 8,892 miles.

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