All Fobbed Up!

As a followup to my last post… I’ve encountered another glitch in the newer is better BS. My new (used) Beetle is in the shop already.

Seems I couldn’t get the key out of the ignition without playing with the steering wheel for fifteen minutes. End result? Ignition cylinder needs to be replaced. Estimated arrival time from the factory? Two weeks.

Now this is covered under my warranty and I’ve got a loaner car to use but what bugs the sh$t out of me is that if my bug had a “real key” and not one that was designed liked a road map this could have been fixed in a day, but noooo it needs to come from the factory because no one individual can infringe on progress without paying the piper. A key, a freaking key for crissakes!

I’m sure most of you have push button start/stop vehicles and can’t relate to this. Good for you. This old guy doesn’t have the money for such a luxury. I have a “fob”. The definition of fob pretty much sums up my problem:

“a small security hardware device with built-in authentication used to control and secure access”

I read that as “you’re screwed, we own your ass forever more”…..

The ole Pug Bug had a key fob and a valet key, neither of which could be duplicated by the local hardware guy and God forbid your fob, which also opened the door, rolled down your windows, turned on the radio and mowed your lawn, had to be reprogrammed. That would set you back about a hundred smackeroos.

The old and the new….

I also remember the first recall on the Pug Bug….window would get stuck and not go back up. Here again a simple turn type of handle would have allowed a mechanic or handy man to finagle and fix, but nooooo we can’t be allowed that luxury, this is the new age we’re in. It had to set for a full day at the service center.

I have no idea where I’m going with all this.  Just that I am not going to contemplate another new anything ever and that goes for cars, detectors, phones, toasters and jockey shorts. Right now I think I will pop the cork on a nice bottle of Merlot. No way to screw that up and it only goes bad when you don’t finish a bottle in a day.

That never happens here at the Amesbury house.


Be sure to check out the John Winter blog when you have time….lots of great information!



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15 responses to “All Fobbed Up!

  1. You have to go to your local locksmith that deals in automotive to get those laser keys cut and programmed. We deal with those type of keys on a daily basis. Hardware stores don’t cut those type keys.

    • Kenny I’ve been told that but couldn’t find anyone in the area back then. Right now my problem is the ignition cylinder which a few year back could be found in an auto parts store or dealer.

  2. Joe Patrick

    Dick, You are so right! Oh how I long for my old, basic, Hugger-Orange 1963 36HP VW Beetle! Nothing was automatic on that car including the shifter!

  3. Tony

    I owned a 1965 Blue VW – yes it was a bug but I like saying a Blue VW and I say it with a WesternEuropean accent. That car was very easy to fix and if you were stuck somewhere you simply pop the clutch on a slight down hill and off you go. Nowadays things are not simple, like that crazy key and cylinder. What surprises me is the dealer doesn’t have the part but wait nope that doesn’t surprise me either these days.

    You have the right idea, pop a cork on the bottle and not in your blood pressure machine.

  4. You need to go old school and buy a restored original. Easy to maintain air cooled engine in the back. Or even better look for a restored, “Thing,” the 70’s version of the German WWII kubelwaggon. Just the thing to carry a bunch of vintage metal detectors in the back. And best of all, a real key and a real ignition. Go for it!

    • Hah, I remember “The Thing”…they were a cool item. I had a chance to buy an original once but it was in need of a lot of tender loving care and repair. I passed. Not a very mechanical (or handy) kind of person.

      Today I can’t afford one, though the simplicity (and the KEY) make it tempting. Thanks for the jog down memory lane Peter.

    • John Howland

      Oh pleeeze, Peter:
      Don’t give him ideas; he’ll buy one then paint it in desert cammo, then stencil the Africa Korps logo the side and there’ll no holding him; especially if he’s been on the Merlot.

      Better that he buys a Trabant from our mutual friend in Warsaw!!!

      Das vydanya


    Hi Dick, I hope the new lock sorts out the issue. The security on my Nissan truck is cable operated from the shifter and occasionally, due to cable stretch I suspect, the lock refuses to release the key even though the shifter is in park.. It’s the “elf and safety” mob that have introduced these “features”. I suspect that the introduction of this and other devices is inversely proportional to the IQ of a lot of drivers today. Or it may be just my increasing cynicism.

    From a surprisingly dry, at the moment, Eastbourne.

    • In this case John it’s not cynicism, it’s the realization that the corporate world is nickel and diming us to death, forcing us back to the money trough for every little thing.

      Glad to hear it’s dry in Eastbourne, if only for a moment.

  6. Bob Sickler

    Dick… Sounds like we need your “new bug” ignition key installed on detectors of those people who can’t dig properly in parks! 🙂

    Not to not sympathize, but I have a Toyota Camry with keyless ignition that has been faultless for 5 years strong. The “keyless” fob stays in one’s pocket to operate the engine, door, and trunk. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like it. Even if the battery eventually fails in the fob, I can still operate the ignition by holding the fob logo against the ignition button. Doors can open using the auxiliary key cleverly hidden in the fob. Maybe you should buy a Toyota? 🙂

    • Bob have heard Toyota’s are good. My daughter has one and loves the hell out of it. I just love the bugs. Also think it’s the “luck of the draw’….

      Anxious to get out detecting….

      • Ditto – Bob Sickler.
        I’ve had five Toyotas, and currently run a CH-R Hybrid, and it’s the best car I’ve ever owned. Maybe your ‘Bug’ was a Friday afternoon job?
        Now, get out there detecting and see if you can find $20!

      • Friday afternoon job? I picked up my bug yesterday afternoon… far so good.

        For the record Bubba the first twenty dollars I find is going toward a nice bottle of Bordeaux, but not to worry I will be sure to share the pleasure with you….via a very lengthy worded description here.

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