"I-Vant" My Key, Please. No Seriously, Gimme Dat! - 2009 Audi A4 Avant Long-Term Road Test

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2009 Audi A4 "I-Vant" My Key, Please. No Seriously, Gimme Dat!

December 01, 2008

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The sleek, keyless key for the A4 avant is nice because it doesn't have a spring-loaded switch blade-like metal key that pops out in your pocket and jabs your groin at inopportune moments. No, the black-plastic and polished-metal lozenge is all there is to it. It works nicely when you insert it into the dash and press it further to start the car. It's when you try to remove it that the tug-o-war begins.

A4avant04-BLOG.jpg The problem arises when it comes time to remove the key. Sometimes--and I haven't been able to determine the exact circumstances which lead to it--but the dash board refuses to let go of the darned thing. The routine is supposed to go like this: Put the car in park, depress the key into the dash to shut the car off, then tug on the key and it should pop out. That happens about 80% of the time.

A4avant03-BLOG.jpg The other 20% of the time, and those occasions seem to clump together for one infuriating day, it takes up to ten attempts to get the key out.

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Wiggling it, applying pressure on the top/bottom edges, tugging quickly/slowly, all of those ideas don't seem to work all of the time. Finally, when the key is released, I try to remember what led up to that moment, but there doesn't seem to be a rhyme or reason to it.

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Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 3567 miles

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