2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test


2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Annoying Door Locks

August 17, 2011

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**Edit: I've gotten some emails saying that there is a way to fix this in the car's settings operated by one of the stalks. I didn't see it anywhere, but will look again tomorrow A.M. and report back.**

We've talked here before about door locks. I want them to work when I press the door lock button and ONLY when I press the door lock button while some of you want computers trapping you inside of cars for no apparent reason.

Previously I'd commended the BMW 528 and the Volvo S60 (both in a different tax bracket than our Jetta) for having smart, driver-selectable door-locking programs. Now it's time to rant about the Jetta for having really, really dumb locks.

So first things first, you can't change how they work. They do this and nothing else.

Here's what they do...

....You can open the door without using the key. That part is good. (And you can start it which is good, but doesn't have anything to do with the door locks, so we won't talk about that.) But it won't unlock the rears, nor can you just grab the rears to have them unlock. Cheaper to build? Yes. More annoying? Yes. Deal breaker? Absolutely not.

It's once you start moving that things get more annoying: The doors lock. (Okay, that's only annoying to some of us.) Thankfully they unlock once the moving stops, but it only unlocks the front doors!

So here's the process:

Open front door

Press button on inner door panel to unlock rear doors.

Place bag / lunch on rear seat

Close rear door

Get in car, close front door, start driving

Doors lock

Finish driving, put in park, doors automatically unlock

Get out, close door, try to pull open rear doors

Curse because they're still locked

Open front door

Unlock rear door

Close front door

Well, you see where this is going. The point is that the car is willfully undoing something I intentionally did and then refuses to put things back how I want them. I'm not sure how long it would take me to acclimate to this scenario, but I've had the Jetta for over a week at some points and never failed to screw it up.

Is it too much to ask that cars leave me alone?

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com

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