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Old 10-07-2012, 02:26 PM   #11
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You're talking the difference between just a few inches between the inside of the roof and it resting on top. The system is pretty good, but this is a $20k car, not the space shuttle. On the flip side, it's nearly impossible to lock your keys inside the car which is probably a lot more common that leaving it on the roof....
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:32 PM   #12
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The whole point of the key is to not have to take it out of your pocket or purse.

If it's any consolation, I left my snacks on the hood of my other car before heading away for the weekend! No alert for that, in any car, it seems.
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Yet another real-world example of why an actual KEY is better than a fob.
Incorrect, the key should have remained in her pocket or purse at all times. It's her own fault. There is NO reason to have that key outside of the purse or pocket unless you are trying to get into your home, and that key in on the same key ring.

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My experience with any no-key fob type vehicle, is that once it's started and running, it doesn't have a need to look for the fob. So no, it probably didn't give any warning of the missing fob because it was already running.
The Focus always beeps loudly and shows an on screen warning message when the key fob is no longer present in the vehicle while running. Obviously the warning was disregarded, and no offense OP, but....

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Well I just tested it and the car didn't know the key was missing until I opened and closed the door with the car still running. There was no alarm when I simulated the key falling off the car.
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Well I just tested it and the car didn't know the key was missing until I opened and closed the door with the car still running. There was no alarm when I simulated the key falling off the car.
I just tested this for myself, and you are correct.

I started my car, then threw the keyfob out of the sunroof into the grass. Then I put the car into reverse and drove around the block. No warning of the keyfob being outside the car was given until I opened the door, then closed it again.

So much fail Ford! I take back what I said about the OP's significant other.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:35 PM   #16
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Just to be clear I'm not saying it's the car's fault for not knowing the key was on the roof. I'm just passing along the information so that hopefully this won't happen to anyone else. Keep you key in your pocket.

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The only time the IA system looks for the fob is when a door is opened, door is closed, or the engine is started. It's in the book.
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Well last night my wife found out the car starts if the key is on the roof. Well the key is now gone but I would have thought the key would have to be inside the cabin before it would start? So just as a warning be sure not to place your IA key on the roof. Anyone else discovered this the hard way?

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Yikes! Hopefully you've already arranged for a replacement key through your dealership. If you need any assistance, feel free to reach out.

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