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Posted by Michelle Steiner on August 27, 2005, 4:59 pm

Nope; the black button locks the car, and does not unlock it.  Further,
when you lock the car with the black button, unlocking with smart entry
is blocked for three seconds.  This is because many people like to pull
on the door handle to make sure the car is locked.  Without the delay,
when you tested, it would unlock.

Yes.  On page 30 of the manual.  There are three options.

1.  Unlocking the driver's door unlocks only that door.  Unlocking the
passenger door or the rear hatch unlocks everything.  This how it is set
at the factory.

2.  Unlocking any door unlocks all the doors.

3.  Unlocking the passenger door unlocks all the doors.  Unlocking the
driver's door or the rear hatch unlocks only that door (or hatch).

Stop Mad Cowboy Disease:  Impeach the son of a Bush.

Posted by Jean B. on August 28, 2005, 2:05 pm
Michelle Steiner wrote:

Of course, you folks are absolutely right, and I feel like a
cretin!  No wonder the car seemed confused.  It was ME!

And the lock is quite visible.  Strange how in my mind, I
thought it was not even there--maybe because one doesn't have
to use it--or maybe it was a dream.

My latest discovery is that the headlights are REALLY good, I
think even better than the Xenon ones on my Passat.  I was
worried about this, because I need good illumination on the
passenger side of the road.

Jean B.

Posted by Ingenuous on August 28, 2005, 3:19 pm

Don't feel bad Jean.  I had a very similar experience with that black
button.  I believe I pressed it every time I unlocked the car for the first
few days.

I was at a wedding reception a while back and went outside for some fresh
air.  It was dark and there were several small kids playing near my Prius.
I walked over to the Prius and when I was about 3' away the interior lights
came on.  I backed up a bit and they went out.  Then I raised my hands over
my head, waved them slowly and chanted an incantation as I approached it.
The kids were awed by my magical abilities and spent the next few minutes
trying repeat the magic.

Posted by Jean B. on August 28, 2005, 4:40 pm
 Ingenuous wrote:

Thanks!  Now I at least don't think I am alone in this.  In
retrospect, though...

That experience must have been so funny!!!

Jean B.

Posted by Michelle Steiner on August 27, 2005, 4:39 am

It is rather small.

The button is for locking the car.  To unlock it, you have to grab the
handle; there is a double beep when the door unlocks, and you then pull
on the handle.  Quite often, all you have to do is grab and pull in one
motion, but sometimes there has to be a short pause--like a quarter of a
second or so.

Stop Mad Cowboy Disease:  Impeach the son of a Bush.

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