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Old 10-25-2011, 02:01 PM   #1
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Default Thief Tries to Steal Corvette, Winds Up Trapped Inside

This is a pretty hilarious story.

But all kidding aside, does anyone have a good explanation as to why this system is a good idea? A lot of Corvettes are weekend or second cars, and can be finicky about keeping a charge on the battery.

Plus, this system has to weigh more than a mechanical equivalent, so why saddle a sports car with it? It just seems like one more thing to break. I'm not trying to talk any trash, just curious...

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Old 10-25-2011, 02:03 PM   #2
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pull the release lever...its pretty simple

had to do this on my 07Z....got in and the seat moved forward, doors locked and then...nothing...had to pull the release to get out
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Unless you are an un-educated theif!


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pull the release lever...its pretty simple

had to do this on my 07Z....got in and the seat moved forward, doors locked and then...nothing...had to pull the release to get out
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Old 10-25-2011, 02:33 PM   #4
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Actually, with a C6 coupe, there are 2 ways to get out if the battery goes dead, and at least 2 ways to get in.

A friend of mine who shall go nameless, has owned 25 or 26 Corvettes and he locked himself into one of the 05 coupes I used to own. He didn't know about the release on the floor, and I still don't know why he didn't just take the top off. He called his SIL on his cell phone to come and get him out.
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Just press the blue button and tell them you are drunk and locked yourself in the car!
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My wife and I were in a caravan of 30+ Corvettes in our club and after about an hour of driving we stopped to re-group. I got out to stretch my legs and my wife said she'd sit in the car. Without any thought to it, with the fob in my pocket, I walked far enough away from the car to be out of range for the fob to allow the door to be opened without the alarm going off. When she changed her mind and opened the door to get out, you guessed it, the alarm went off. Maybe I'll get used to the C6 fob one day, but for now I still see advantages in the C5 system.
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I am so glad I live in Texas where it is legal to put a double tap on a person in your yard.
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but for now I still see advantages in the C5 system.
when it comes to the FOB programming issue
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1. Break window to escape
2. ???
3. Profit
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Yeah I've been there...sort of

My '95 Z71 pickup had a loose ground bolt on the battery. Every now and then it would lose contact and kill power to the whole truck. It aslo had two broken inside door handles (common with those trucks) and I had put off fixing both. The only way I could open my doors was by letting the window down and opening the door from the outside door handle.

One morning on my way to work at 4am, I stopped at walmart to pick up something to eat. When I got back in the truck and shut the door, the battery lost contact. Windows up, I could not get out to go fix the cable issue

So I called my wife, and as usual, her phone was dead

I had to call the police, and get them to come open my door.

Man I felt like an idiot
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gbgary..., you BEET me to it.... lol

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My wife and I were in a caravan of 30+ Corvettes in our club and after about an hour of driving we stopped to re-group. I got out to stretch my legs and my wife said she'd sit in the car. Without any thought to it, with the fob in my pocket, I walked far enough away from the car to be out of range for the fob to allow the door to be opened without the alarm going off. When she changed her mind and opened the door to get out, you guessed it, the alarm went off. Maybe I'll get used to the C6 fob one day, but for now I still see advantages in the C5 system.
There's a section in the owner's manual that tells you how to avoid this when a passenger stays in the car, but real men don't read owner's manuals.
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There's a section in the owner's manual that tells you how to avoid this when a passenger stays in the car, but real men don't read owner's manuals.
or ask for directions.
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There's a section in the owner's manual that tells you how to avoid this when a passenger stays in the car, but real men don't read owner's manuals.
Really, I'll have to get the wife to read it
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The FOB has its pluses ... but for God's sake I wish I had a normal key (what was so wrong with that?). I've had dozens of alarm-trips, non-entry, 3-beeps and 2 occasions of a friend locked in & alarm going off, for me it's a total FAIL, unnecessary technology from a bored engineer ...
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I am so glad I live in Texas where it is legal to put a double tap on a person in your yard.
For Grand Larceny Auto? Wow! Must be a left over from the days when you could shoot horse thiefs. eh?
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You can can STILL shoot horse thieves.
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:12 PM   #19
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Personally, I love the system. I just open the car, sttart it up, and go. No taking keys out, no putting keys back in my pocket. Never really have to worry about forgetting my keys anywhere because they never leave my pocket. About the only thing I would change would be the addition of a sensor in the rear hatch area to prevent the "keys in the jacket - jacket in the trunk" syndrome.

Although it seems like the system adds weight, I really wonder if it does. Even with "normal" power locks, you have the same electronic actuators, some electronics for door locking logic, etc. The only difference is the substitution of pushbuttons for mechanical levers, and the elimination of the lock cylinders. My guess is it probably saves weight overall.

I wish all of my cars had the system. (BTW - my battery has been perfect for 4+ years, and 6 - 10 weeks of inactivity per week 1-2 weeks at a time. Maybe I've been lucky)
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:37 PM   #20
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If I had not read my owners manual, I would have been in a similar situation.

I thought it would be funny to share my humbling experience with corvette owners here

http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c6-c...el-stupid.html.

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