2008 Audi R8: Please Don't Steal Me
November 03, 2008
When I got the R8 Friday evening, I started to notice the key fob wasn't working properly. It took a few tries to get it to lock and then unlock. Eventually it would do it, though. I went through the same multiple-fob-push song and dance every time. Sometimes I would try to manually lock the car using the key, but that didn't work either.
I was visiting a friend down in Orange County Saturday night and before we left for dinner (in his car), he wanted to sit in the R8. After a few tries, it unlocked and he got his wish. When I went to lock the car, it refused to lock with the fob. It would not lock using the key hole, nor from the inside using the auto door lock button. After a good five minutes, it was hopeless -- the R8 was just not going to lock. I was also now concerned that if I did manage to lock it, I wouldn't be able to unlock it again. This was clearly an issue with the locks and not the key fob (which still blinked its red light with every push).
Seeing as I was in a rather high-end neighborhood (the country's largest gated community, which was featured in the Real House Wives of Orange County), I figured it unlikely that leaving the R8 unlocked would result in its disappearance. Plus, there's no lock switches or plungers in the car to give away from the outside that it's unlocked. And really, who randomly walks up to cars to see if they're unlocked?
The car was still there when I got back from dinner, and when I got back home Saturday, it still wouldn't lock. I had my girlfriend block the R8 with her car in our tandem parking spot. It's still wasn't working Sunday morning. Guess what Magrath's going to be busy with this week?
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 23,634 miles