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Fob won't unlock car

sfiermonti

Member
Apr 4, 2019
11
3
Durham NH
So I just got a phone call to unlock the car using the app on my phone from my wife. She took the car and only had the key fob. No matter what she did, the car wouldn't unlock. Anyone else see this?
 

Timbo2

Member
Jun 8, 2019
178
144
USA
If it's properly paired it should be able to unlock the car even with a dead remote battery.

Use it the way you do the key card - place it on the B pillar and console the same as the key card.
 

Mayo

Member
Aug 31, 2016
260
129
Corona CA
Has anyone heard that Tesla is now offering a passive FOB for sale Is this true or Wishful thinking. The Tesla.com Shop site is sold out and also only list the useless orignally offered key FOB
 

Mayo

Member
Aug 31, 2016
260
129
Corona CA
The only Model 3 listed that I can see is the $150 newly featured passive entry one. I can't see the old one without that feature anymore.

Model 3 Key Fob
i went to your link and then clicked on info this is what it say.

Model 3 Key Fob

The Model 3 Key Fob – shaped like a miniature version of your Model 3 – offers an alternate way to access your car. It is ideal for owners who don’t use the Phone Key feature on their smartphone.

Press the top of the Key Fob once to lock your Model 3 and twice to unlock; press twice on the front or rear trunk to open them. Unlike the Phone Key and the Model S and Model X Key Fobs, the Model 3 Key Fob does not support passive entry.
 

Tam

Well-Known Member
Nov 25, 2012
8,934
7,722
Visalia, CA
...Unlike the Phone Key and the Model S and Model X Key Fobs, the Model 3 Key Fob does not support passive entry.

That is the support page that is now obsolete.

The current one is on its pricing page:

Model 3 Key Fob
$150

This item is out of stock
Email me when this item is restocked
Description
No hands required. Locking and unlocking your Model 3 has never been easier. Keep your key fob in your pocket and simply pull on the door handle for easy entry. Same with the trunk. Your key fob is automatically enabled when you pair with your vehicle.

Gift box includes key fob and coin cell batteries.
 

Mayo

Member
Aug 31, 2016
260
129
Corona CA
obviously Tesla is contradicting itself again. The support page claims its not passive compatible . Is there anyone out there that has this new Key FOB and can post a confirmation
 

Reeler

Decade of Pure EV Driving
Oct 14, 2015
1,756
972
Denver, CO
Can we trade in are old non-passive fobs v1? My passive phone entry never worked reliably despite trying everything. Even with the fob v1, I am often digging for my keys in my pocket to place it on the center console. The entry theatrics and the lack of screen mirroring with my phone are what have my Tesla as the back-up car.
 

Tam

Well-Known Member
Nov 25, 2012
8,934
7,722
Visalia, CA
...Even with the fob v1, I am often digging for my keys in my pocket to place it on the center console...

Not a good sign. Hopefully, M3FobV2 fixes this!

...Can we trade in are old non-passive fobs v1?...

It's a good idea to keep customers happy, especially to encourage early adopters too but I don't know Tesla is receptive because of the money issue.
 

Tam

Well-Known Member
Nov 25, 2012
8,934
7,722
Visalia, CA
...confirmation

Just got it from the mail.

Confirmed that it works as advertised.

It comes in a nice box with 1 fob with the word "Tesla" on the back (not older word "Model 3") and 2 Panasonic CR-2032 button batteries.

It's disappointing that it does not come with a keychain for the price of $150 plus tax so I have to take time to buy one separately.

The programming is straight forward: Place your fob on the cupholder and it asks to place a keycard on to confirm then it will appear on the screen as "unknown key" and then you can edit its name.

It acts like a key card or a phone except that I don't need to take it out of my pocket to approach the car or walk away from the car.

Approaching the car seems not to create any reactions, no lights or noise for acknowledgment but when you push the handle to open, that's when it automatically unlocks for you.

Walking away from your car would result in a brief horn noise to confirm that it's automatically locked.

Of course, you can double click your fob to open doors, frunk, trunk or single click to lock.

Very nice over all!
 
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