This Car Doesn't Know Me - 2009 Nissan 370Z Touring Long-Term Road Test
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2009 Nissan 370Z Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan 370Z Touring: This Car Doesn't Know Me

December 16, 2009

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Maybe I've been whining too much about tire noise, because the Z-car has decided it doesn't want to know me anymore. Seems like the intelligent key is running out of juice, so now you have to actually pull out the key from your pocket and trigger the unlock button to get inside and then insert the key into its dash slot for the ignition to work.

This is hardly a big deal (except for our local Nissan dealership's apparent reluctance to change the battery or replace the key, about which more later), but it does suddenly remind you of all the reasons why smart keys have become so widespread.

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With a smart key, the doors open for you as if an electronic valet were waiting (well, you have to click a small button on the Z-car's door latch), and then the car starts with just the push of a button. But more important, you can carry your key somewhere other than a pocket, and that's a good thing when you're wearing something with either no pockets (a summer beach day) or too many pockets (a winter ski day). And no more fumbling in the driver seat while you're going through your pockets to find the key. It's the end of being rumpled, actually. And that's a good thing whether you're a guy who goes to work with an 18-pound equipment belt or a $2,000 English suit.

I used to dismiss smart keys as a ridiculous affectation but I'm a convert now. Only trouble is, I keep forgetting where they are and then run them through the laundry. Not this one, but done it with a couple of BMW keys. They're designed for that, you think?

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor @ 17,005 miles


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