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Old 02-10-2004, 08:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 2002 325Ci. I was wondering if there is any way to lock the doors with another key while the engine is running. My wife likes to warm the car in the morning and am trying to keep someone from driving off with it. Thanks
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Old 02-10-2004, 09:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Okay, I dont fully understand this question. do you use an remote starter?
if not, then i believe you start the engine with the key, and then leave it in there to let the engine run? okay... if you have a spare key, which you do. then, you could lock the doors on the inside, leave, and when you get back, use your spare to open the door. I guess..peace.
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I doubt that is possible...and engines warm up nearly immediately anywasy so dont waste ur gas.
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It certainly is possible as I did it inadvertantly the other day. I'm still not sure how. I started the car then went back in to get my briefcase. When I came back the doors were locked. I don't know how I did it, but now I'm more careful...
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I may not be understanding your question correctly, but could you not open your drivers side door, hit the 'Lock' button and then close the door. Your doors are then locked and you wife can unlock the door later w/ the Valet or extra key?

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Yes. And I think he was talking about pre-heating the air coming out the vents (so as not to be personally cold upon first entering the car), not the engine itself.
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Yes. And I think he was talking about pre-heating the air coming out the vents (so as not to be personally cold upon first entering the car), not the engine itself.
Exactly, the point for those of us in cold climates is not to warm the engine, but really more to warm ourselves...

Additionally, im pretty sure the suggestion of opening the drivers door, reaching in and hitting the central locking button while the car is running will NOT work. Most vehicles these days have a safety mechanism so that if the key is in the ignition, and the door is open, you can not purposely lock the vehicle from interior controls (as it wouldnt make too much sense) and lock yourself out. If you get in, close the door, lock your doors, and then attempt to get out, you still have to unlock the drivers door unless you crawl out the window...
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Use the remote key to start the car and the valet key to lock the door. She can use the valet key to open the door and drive away.
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