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Re: V.B. Power Door Locks

To: "Max Heim" <>, "MG List" <>
Subject: Re: V.B. Power Door Locks
From: "Paul Hunt" <>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2006 13:52:21 -0000
I already had the alarm installed, it was my daily driver, two of us often
in it, adding the locks to my existing alarm seemed a no-brainer as my wife
can get into the car without waiting for me to lean across and unlock it for
her. (I'm sure someone will interject here saying I should be *holding* the
door open for her ...).  It is only occasionally I have to get as close as
the drivers window to unlock it, and incidentally switch off the alarm, and
although I could still unlock the door with the key all that would do would
set off the full son et lumiere.  As to 'why bother?' as I say it was my
daily driver, lived outside, and had been the subject of two attacks within
the space of a couple of weeks, the second of which they had the radio
(minus its face-plate).  How would an alarm stop someone breaking in do I
hear you say?  Because I installed an alarm with a microwave outer perimeter
which gives a warning beep if anyone gets too close.  A couple of weeks
after fitting it the beep went off one evening, but never again.  Coming
back to steal my new radio (which was now a fully removable one kept in the
house overnight)?  Possibly, it didn't happen again.  You can always open
the doors with a flat battery - unless you have been daft enough to remove
the external locks.  As it happens I can also open the bonnet from outside
the car, although I can't see the relevance.


----- Original Message ----- 
> Um, what is the purpose of remote power door locks if you have to hold the
> remote against the driver's window? Might as well put the key in the
> For the life of me I can't imagine the impulse that leads people to
> things like this. Gadget envy?
> Here's my question -- what happens when the battery dies, and you can't
> unlock the doors to access the battery (or even open the bonnet)?

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