Keyless go - does the key need to be in the car to drive?

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Not sure about the new system but at an S-Class meet last year, someone's lady friend managed to lock themselves out because the key was in the lady's handbag and she pressed the close boot lid only button (car was in a locked state)... 04 plate S55, the boot and doors would not open, even with the key in the boot.

I have tested this with my car and the boot lid will continue to close.
 
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on my CLS, even with the key in the driver's door lower compartment and door open, it does not start. have to close door to start

I think I can start my car (R) when the door is open (not 100% sure though).

I always keep the key in my pocket of my trousers and then the system is perfectly happy. The only time I use the key at all is when I approach the car and want the Easy-Pack tailgate to open.

I love MBs Keyless Go and it will most definately be an option on my next car. Only downside is the cost for failing doorhandles which is very high and as I understand it, they cannot be repaired - has to be completely replaced.
 
I think I can start my car (R) when the door is open (not 100% sure though).

I always keep the key in my pocket of my trousers and then the system is perfectly happy. The only time I use the key at all is when I approach the car and want the Easy-Pack tailgate to open.

I love MBs Keyless Go and it will most definately be an option on my next car. Only downside is the cost for failing doorhandles which is very high and as I understand it, they cannot be repaired - has to be completely replaced.

key in trousers for me too.

the point about door being open was about the key having to be in the cabin, not about whether car can be started with door open :)
 

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