Hypothetically Locked Out - 2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI: Hypothetically Locked Out

July 16, 2010


This is what both door handles look like on the 2010 GTI. See anything missing here? I'll save you the photo of the rear hatch handle which is missing the same critical component.

Now if you see nothing missing in the above image you shouldn't feel bad. Maybe you're a child of the 80s or 90s who never knew such things existed.

Now let's create a scenario. And, believe me, this is a hypothetical...

Let's say you just returned to your airport-parked GTI after a three-day trip to Colorado only to discover that the key fob mysteriously won't unlock the doors. Doesn't even blink the lights. Hmmm. There's a battery dead somewhere. Time to troubleshoot. Light still illuminates on the fob when the buttons are pushed so it seems to be OK. Car does nothing.

First question: Is this the right GTI? It's a big parking lot after all and if this weren't a hypothetical I'd say I've been oxygen deprived for three days. Maybe I wandered up to someone else's hypothetical GTI.

Nope. There's the CD case I left in the hypothetical center console. This is the right car. And the headlamp switch? Yep, it's in the hypothetical "on" position. That explains it. Battery is hypothetically dead. Doors are hypothetically locked. There's no hypothetical key hole. This is a bunch of hypothetical crap.

Think. Think again. No self respecting car manufacturer is going to leave a driver stranded without a way to access the car in this hypothetical situation. Or maybe they are. After all, this is the GTI. Our feelings for one another are mutual.

Inspect door handle. Carefully. Ahhh. Hypothetical relief. There's a slot on the bottom of that little trim cover. Jam key in hole and pry.


Good thing that was a hypothetical because finding somebody to jump this thing was going to hypothetically suck.

Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor

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