2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Trouble Finding the Smart Key
May 1, 2015
I've driven our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe for an extended stretch over the last few weeks — about eight days combined — and at least four times, the car has refused to start on the first attempt. Nothing was mechanically wrong, but according to this little screen on the dash, the Smart Key was in a place where the Jaguar couldn't sense its presence. I like to call that place my front pocket.
Each time it happened, I took the key out, placed it next to the steering wheel as per the Jag's instructions and a few seconds later it fired to life.
What's strange about this is that the Jag could sense the key from outside the car (I pressed the keyless-entry button on the door to unlock it and get in). But once I was sitting in the driver's seat, it lost track of the key somehow. Maybe the smart key needs a new battery, although that seems unlikely since it still locks and unlocks the car on the first press, every time. If the issue persists, we'll call the dealer and see what advice they've got.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 18,472 miles