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I am sharing this without regard to my own pride, LOL. Just wanted to share so someone does not make the same mistake.

So the other night I am at DFW airport dropping an old military buddy that was passing through off at the hotel. It is noisy with all the planes and cars and such. I pull up under the hotel cover in front of the lobby. I hit the on/off button and we get out of the car. The bell man takes my ticked to validate so I don't have to pay to get out of the airport and my buddy and I follow him into the lobby. I get my ticket and am saying good bye then notice my car in the background, it is moving! First instinct is that some SOB is stealing it, but my keys are in my pocket. I haul ass out, rip the door open ready to jerk some poor bastard out and beat him to death and it is empty. I drive my foot on to the brake, slip and fall, but somehow kept my foot on the brake. As I am going down my buddy has his gun drawn and it is passing over my head with the anticipation of screwing it into some SOB's earhole. Embarrassed and happy at the same time I stopped the car less than 3 inches from scraping a brick pillar down the drivers side door. This would have been the first accident I had ever had and I would not have even been in the car.

Moral of the story, the car will NOT turn off if you push the button while it is in drive and will continue to run and drive weather you or the keys are present or not.

I am sure none of you are quite as retarded as I am, but I thought I'd share in hopes that none of you make the same mistake.

I'll be over in the corner looking for my pride.:eek:
 

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HAHAHAHA good thing you caught it in time!! But i thought a big point of the push to start security was if the key was not within so many feet of the vehicle, it would not start/turn off?? If not, it would be really easy for someone to steal!!
 

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HAHAHAHA good thing you caught it in time!! But i thought a big point of the push to start security was if the key was not within so many feet of the vehicle, it would not start/turn off?? If not, it would be really easy for someone to steal!!
:confused::confused::confused::confused: Um yeah me too?!!!
 

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I rented a Ford Edge and did the same thing. Except I did put it in park and locked it and walked away but the damn thing was so quiet I couldnt hear it running. It was in the loading dock of an office tower and I went in for meetings for probably more than an hour, up on the 18th floor. I found out when someone complained because they thought I was running it on purpose to keep it warm.
 

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How can you get out of a WK2 without noticing it is still running? It has a quite loud idle...Hooooo well!!
 

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hahaha very nice man! im sure you were ready to beat some @ss haha
 

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HAHAHAHA good thing you caught it in time!! But i thought a big point of the push to start security was if the key was not within so many feet of the vehicle, it would not start/turn off?? If not, it would be really easy for someone to steal!!
Most key fobs are real easy. You must have the fob in your possession to start the vehicle. Once it starts the car will continue to drive with or without the fob in the car. If you don't have the fob and turn it off, it will obviously not restart.

In this situation, the OP got out of the car and did not turn it off, therefore it kept running. Any person could have jumped in and just driven the car off if they wanted to even without the fob.

If you want to keep the car running while you get out and do something just make sure you lock the door when you jump out (and put it in park....haha) so no one can jump in it and steal it.

The best feature that I have on my Caddy is the auto door lock too. That way you can get out of the car, keep it running with the fob in your pocket and the car will even lock itself. To get back in, just pull the door handle.


Weird! i'm gonna have to check my wife's edge and see if it turns off or not. IMO thats a helluva a security issue!! Someone could drive off with your brand new jeep!
I'll almost guarantee it won't shut off. It's really not a security issue, it's the same thing as having a key. If you leave a key in a car running, someone could steal it. Same with the fob. If you leave the car running and unlocked even though the fob is not inside the car, someone could steal it.

To prevent this either turn the car off or lock the door behind you. Easy.
 

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I'm pretty sure i have seen on other vehicles if you stray too far from the vehicle with the fob it will warn you. hopefully it will shut out after sometime?
 

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Likely the keyless go on the Jeep is the same system as my Challenger. Once started with the button and keyfob is in the cabin it will continue to run even if the keyfob is removed until it is shutdown by again pressing the start button. The keyfob only has to be detected at the time the start button is pushed to start the car.

If you remote start the vehicle then get in and touch the brake to take it out of park, it will only continue to run if the keyfob is detected, otherwise it shutdown. So if you remote start the vehicle, nobody can just get in and drive off unless they have the keyfob.
 

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I feel like this has nothing to do with the push button start.... Its simply happened because you got out of the car without putting it in park.
That's true but I think the conversation is now speaking of why/when will the car shut off if the key fob is not within range. If it doesn't. Shutoff or give a warning, it think its a problem.
 

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My Wk2 won't move when its in park if the keyfob is not detected, tried it just the other day. If it is already in gear it will keep going my best bet is what others what said also is that you did not put it in park and it was still in gear. If it is in park and the fob is not detected it will shut off.
 

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Perfect all is right within the world.
 

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You guys must not drive very many vehicles with keyless-go.

Every single vehicle I've had with the feature; including Lexus, Mercedes, and Cadillac, all can be driven off without the key. All can be shifted out of park without it present as well. (If the wk2 prevents the gear selection without the fob present, then they are a step ahead of the rest.)

I drove each of those cars off for miles without the fob, came back got the fob and kept going again. The caddy will auto lock, which is a nice feature and it won't lock (honks 3 times) if you leave the fob in the car.
 

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Great story Delta... could capture exactly what the scene must have looked like from the vivid description.

Only question I have is what the heck is your "buddy" doing with his CCW at the airport. I'm guessing unless he's a Federal Air Marshall, he probably will not be let on the plane with it.
 
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