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      04-05-2011, 11:27 AM   #1
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Valet "key" for the F10

Can someone please enlighten me if the F10 has a Valet function that one can lock the boot securely prior to allowing the hotel valet to park your car?

In my previous ride (E60 - preLCI), the plastic key is used as a valet key where one can lock some valuables in the boot safely with the main key and hand over the car to a hotel valet using the plastic key which cannot be used to open the boot.

I was told the F01 and F02 has such a function where one can lock the boot from the centre console and just hand over the key fob minus the actual key - this way, the valet cannot have access to the boot.
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Just lock the trunk via the glove compartment & then lock the glove with the key in the fob. Then just leave the fob.
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Can someone please enlighten me if the F10 has a Valet function that one can lock the boot securely prior to allowing the hotel valet to park your car?

In my previous ride (E60 - preLCI), the plastic key is used as a valet key where one can lock some valuables in the boot safely with the main key and hand over the car to a hotel valet using the plastic key which cannot be used to open the boot.

I was told the F01 and F02 has such a function where one can lock the boot from the centre console and just hand over the key fob minus the actual key - this way, the valet cannot have access to the boot.
Yes, that is the way it works for the F10. There should be a switch in your center console. Flip the switch, then close and lock this assembly with the metal key from your fob, and keep this with you.
(obviously.)
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      04-07-2011, 12:03 PM   #4
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Hi ghueser, do you have this switch in your centre console?

Bmrmeup, I don't see a switch within the glove compartment that I could use the key within the fob to lock either - am I missing something?
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Hi ghueser, do you have this switch in your centre console?

Bmrmeup, I don't see a switch within the glove compartment that I could use the key within the fob to lock either - am I missing something?
You should see this:

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good hint, I didn't know that. thanks.
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"Infrared Remote Control?" I believe it's a radio transmitter, right?
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In Europe we donīt have this swtich. I think itīs nice, but...
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Hi ghueser, do you have this switch in your centre console?

Bmrmeup, I don't see a switch within the glove compartment that I could use the key within the fob to lock either - am I missing something?
Yes, I have the Switch in my Armrest Console.
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"Infrared Remote Control?" I believe it's a radio transmitter, right?
yes, I believe you are correct in that our fob's are actually radio transmitters.
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yes, I believe you are correct in that our fob's are actually radio transmitters.
But... infra-red beams and radio waves are two different things.

Perhaps you are confusing the term transponder. The fobs transmit a signal and respond to signals being sent to it.
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I don't think Asian F10s (which are closer to Euro specs) have the switch as well.....
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I don't think Asian F10s (which are closer to Euro specs) have the switch as well.....
Really, I thought we have and have not checked. Too bad for us.
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It's not in mine either. Am wondering if it can be retro-fitted? Will enquire with the dealer on my next visit.
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Asia's full of honest valets?
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