- Dec 28, 2007
The key card is suboptimal because when the car asks for it, you have to dig it out of your wallet (or wallet and purse, if you carry one), tap it against the door, and then tap it again against the center console. It's harder to use in that sense than even a traditional metal key, because it requires the extra step of getting it out of your wallet. And when you're trying to wrangle kids and packages into the car, it's just a pain.
For me, the phone works essentially flawlessly. For my wife? It's like 50/50. It got annoying enough that I actually bought two of the optional key fobs, but *they* don't even work all the time.
It's a frustration that seems entirely unnecessary, given that every other car (including the Model S) works flawlessly with a fob.
When I use my key card, I don’t take it out of my wallet. I just tap my wallet on the B-pillar and the car unlocks. Tap the wallet again on the center console to start the car, then put it back in my pocket and drive off. Very fast and easy.
Most of the time I use my phone as key, with the keycard in my wallet just for backup.