2012 Ford Explorer XLT Ecoboost: Securicode Entry
October 13, 2011
Our long-term 2012 Ford Explorer XLT Ecoboost has an old-fashioned metal key with normal buttons on the fob. It works fine of course, but it is so 1987. But Ford says our Explorer has Keyless Entry. Huh?
There it is on the B-pillar -- Ford Securicode -- the electronic combination lock with a 5-digit code that can be re-programmed by the owner. When I worked at Big Motor Car Corp, my colleague who was based overseas was curious about this feature on another test car. When a guy who worked at Ford explained it to my colleague, we looked at each other and smiled. "Is this useful?" my colleague asked.
I just laughed.
But the Ford guy (like many Ford guys) loved it. He explained how great it was and that you could keep your car keys locked in the car with this. Huh? Well a guy I worked with here loved it for the same reason. He was a surfer boy and liked his keys locked in the car when riding waves. Dan also mentioned that this is popular for warming up the car in the winter, but that's been superseded by remote start.
For me, I have enough passwords and PINs to remember, so many that I bring a padlock to the gym so I don't have to remember the combination on their built-in locks. And I don't trust it enough to lock my keys in the car.
If this feature is so great, how come not one other car maker has a similar feature?
What do you think? Useful, or folly?
Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 2,750 miles