2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Remote Start
September 22, 2014
The remote start system on our long-term 2014 Volkswagen Passat is annoying.
It starts the car, no problem. If you've got the air-conditioning or the heater on when you turn the car off, those things kick in and can help get the car ready for your journey, but there is one major, glaring annoyance.
If you unlock the car, it turns off.
The first time this happened, I thought I made a mistake. Maybe I accidently pressed the wrong button or that there was some strange/secret procedure to keep the VW running. I should read the manual. That'll set me straight, right? Nope. Unlock the car or open the doors and the engine shuts off. It's entirely counterintuitive to turn on the car via remote, then have it shut off when I get in, only to turn it right back on again.
Our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 has a much better way of using remote start. Instead of shutting down when you unlock or open the doors, the Ram locks out gear changes and most other interior functions while the remote start is engaged, but once you put your foot on the brake and press the start button inside the cab, everything is ready to go. To my mind, this is how all remote start systems should work.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 14,925 miles