The KIA Sorento's anti-theft system may not stop thieves, but it sure stopped its owners (us) from driving it tonight.
Since we had bought it used we only had one key fob.
Tash calls me from work tonight that her fob is not working and when she opens the door with the key, the car's alarm goes off and the engine will not start.
Never-mind that they keys are specially cut and you can only get them from a dealer. if you've locked your KIA with the Fob and the fob goes off to fobbit heaven, your car will not start with your key.
This is really, really, stupid.
So I drove over to her work and after buying new batteries and opening the fob it appears to be broken inside, so things got progressively worse.
I check online and the manual for a solution and the proposed one of insert key, turn to the "ON" position, wait 30 seconds and try the engine results in nothing, zip, zero, nada -- except the blaring of the alarm followed by no engagement of the starter.
Did I mention this system is really, really, stupid?
So we left the car at work, drove her home in mine and we're going to have to call a KIA dealer in the morning to sort this stupidity out. How fun.
The only upside to this waste of time and frustration? - It turned out the drug store where I bought batteries carries Buffalo Trace, a darn nice bourbon introduced to me by DaddyBear during the Louisville NRAAM. Since I've been unable to find it till tonight I'll call that a win, especially as I sip it while composing this post.