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Surprise!

Nissan Murano, within a certain range of VIN numbers, has a little problem where crossed circuitry causes the computer to think you're holding down the "unlock" button on the keyfob.

What does the keyfob do when you hold down the "unlock" button? It rolls down both front windows.

Net result: at 2 a.m., when condensation starts to form, the circuits go "bzzt" and your front windows go down.

Kind of a disturbing surprise to come out to the next morning. So far we've been lucky that it hasn't happened when it was pouring rain. But it's just a matter of time.

Le sigh! To the nearest Nissan dealer we go.

-The Gneech

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level_head
Dec. 1st, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
A condensed but interesting story, and I'm glad you're getting it fixed. I am amazed, though, that it's hardware rather than software.

My car, an SRS, has a somewhat related problem. My voice is too low pitched for the voice recognition system built into the car, so I rarely use it. The problem is actually aggravated a bit by its understanding (in theory) about 400 spoken commands.

But when it hears me say "Navigation select destination home" it often thinks I said "Roll all windows down." This can be a bit of a surprise to passengers at speed.

Of course, I'm on the west coast, so it (almost) never rains in California. But I must warn you, the VR system is poor. (For men, it's poor.)

===|==============/ Level Head
exatron
Dec. 1st, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
That's a strange thing for the keyfob to do, and even stranger that the car does it on its own.
hbar98
Dec. 1st, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
What a very strange error. Just a proof, I suppose, that technology can lead to some very strange days.
ski_fox
Dec. 1st, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
I'm more surprised that Carmax didn't catch it than by the problem itself. Maybe I'm just used to vehicle electronics having minds of their own. *shrug*

I do have to agree with exatron, though, that rolling the windows down seems a pretty random "feature" to have associated with the unlock button. o_0
carlfoxmarten
Dec. 2nd, 2009 07:29 am (UTC)
This is why you should never let computers run a car...
There's way, way too much to go wrong.
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