Spare Key Overkill - 2009 Audi A4 Avant Long-Term Road Test

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2009 Audi A4 Avant: Spare Key Overkill

October 27, 2009

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I was rummaging through our box of long-term car spares and found the set to our 2009 Audi A4 Avant. Not only is there a spare key fob (left) but also a plastic emergency key fob (right). Both plug into the dash and operate like the standard fob.

The emergency key separates into two pieces, a holster and key. Both must be fit together for it to work. There is a specialized sleeve in the glovebox to store the holster, and ideally, the key portion is stored elsewhere. It's fancy. But is this a good idea? Is it spare key overkill?

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Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 18,700 miles

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