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    hey guys,

    just wondering, for me to use the button on the key to get into the car for my 1998 306 XSi, i gotta be like 30cm away or even closer to the door when i press it for the locks to actually open.

    was just wondering, is this a battery problem??? or is this common????

    also, went to safeway to try and get another battery, but they didnt have the ones i needed.

    does anyone know of a place in melbourne where i can buy the batteries for the key?

    cheers

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    It's supposed to be that way. I figure it's a stupid security thing to prevent accidentally unlocking it from a distance or something. Very annoying.

    If the light on the key still comes on then the battery's fine.


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    Aren't the earlier 306 key-fob thingys infra red? I think this was just in the N3s, but the earlier N5s might have had something similar. From memory the pickup is at the top of the windscreen or something, and being IR, it's line-of-sight only.

    Not that you're missing out on much, my late N5 306's radio key-fob randomly decides whether it'll work from a distance, or whether it'll force me to get right next to the car to make it unlock (yes I have replaced the battery)
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    My N5 306 remote works from 5 to 6 metres away, and I have never replaced the battery from new.
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    My remote is infra red. The receiver is next to the interior light near the rear view mirrror. I have sometimes been able to do it from about 3-4 meters but that is only with very good aim!
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    i used to be able to get mine to work from about 4-5 metres away but as the years get one and the key still has the original battery in it i normally get it to work about 1 metre away

    doesn't worry me as it's still good enough to not put the key in the door and risk scratching the paint around the lock anyway

    i did notice that since the windows were tinted a few years ago it hasn't worked as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by pugrambo
    i used to be able to get mine to work from about 4-5 metres away but as the years get one and the key still has the original battery in it i normally get it to work about 1 metre away

    doesn't worry me as it's still good enough to not put the key in the door and risk scratching the paint around the lock anyway

    i did notice that since the windows were tinted a few years ago it hasn't worked as well
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    thanks guys,

    alas i think i must continue to be near the car when unlocking the doors

    and yeah the light still comes on, so i guess that means that i dont need a new battery

    cheers again

    Anthony

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    My series 2 306 (build Oct 97) had the infra red.

    I was told that the close proximity, as well as the fact that you have to hold the button down for a full second, was a security feature. Apparently it's meant to stop tech happy theives from being able to use a frequency sequencer (Is that a real device?) from travelling around car parks letting it go through many, many, frequencies each second and seeing if any of the nearby cars unlock.

    I have to say that when I first bought the 306 I thought it was the battery too, but after replacing it there was no difference. I eventually got the hang of it and was able to unlock the car from a few metres. It was especially easy if aiming through the back windscreen.

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