ford's 90s electronics were the villain in this story.
That's when Freedman says a couple of parking officers offered to help.
"The commissioners walked up asked me if I was having some difficulty and I said 'yeah I can't unlock the door. This is my friend's car.' So one of the commissioners said 'well I've got a Ford just like this at home and the keys are really wonky and sometimes just have to know how to do it.' So he took the key from me ... tried once, twice, unlocked it and he said it's all in the wrist."
Ford's newer cars aren't much better, besides the focus everything they sell is been nearly unchanged for the last 10 years. Hell, even my mom who has harped for years to ~always buy ford~ ended up buying a Honda Pilot because the newer Explorer offered practically nothing new from her 2013 model.
It has the dubious feature of slowing down traffic if you get it in white
Nah they're way better, while Ford dosen't care much about their lineup outside of trucks these days, 90's Ford's were hot garbage. I'm pretty sure Jeremy, Richard and Hammond named Ford as the manufacturer that improved the most from 2000-2010
Those lollipop keys on 90s fords were hilarious.
A friend of my father had parked at a petrol station, hopped out of his then Ford Orion, put petrol in it and went to pay, he came back and hopped into somebody elses car by mistake as another car had pulled infront of his, same model, colour and trim - he started it with his own key.
The dude of the car he had just unintentionally stolen nearly killed him until he showed him it was an honest mistake.
That's such a ludicrous key design, what the shit? Who thought that was remotely even a good idea?
This exact statement and question combination can be applied to a very broad group of things American automakers have done or currently do.
Has nothing to do with the electronics. One of my HS friends bought a '67 Mustang and, through pure fucking coincidence, the key for it was cut so similarly to the pattern for my '85 F150 that we could start each others rides no prob. His key worked in my tumbler a bit easier than mine in his since his key was more worn, but by jove, you could start my truck with his key and his car with my truck's key.
And that's likely what happened here. Through coincidence, the key patterns for the two cars were close enough.
um ya the last major refresh came in the early 2010s, that's also why ford cut all their cars because all of them were desperately in need of a huge infusion of cash to update them and their ceo decided to not do that.
I'll give Ford one thing, the Contour earned whatever safety rating it had because it saved my dads life when I was a kid.
A red sports car ran a red light, T-boned and ricocheted off a old Chevy bel-air and front-ended my Dad's Contour, knocked him unconscious for about half a minute before he came to and that car earned Ford his undying loyalty.
Cars in the 90s were great! I remember getting into a wrong car once because it was the same model and color.
I had no problems at all getting in, my keys worked just fine.
I only realized my mistake because the real owner had put some leather covers on the seats and my car was as vanilla as could be.
Abloy uses something similar, and their locks are some of the most secure you can reasonably buy.
The difference is these aren't made out of potmetal, and actually have tolerances beyond 'vaguely key shaped'.
The article's title made me think he kept it for 21 years and only recently just realized "oh shit this isn't my car"
You really only find the "lollipop" key on European vehicles like Jaguar and misc Euro Ford stuff. In the US the only cars I've ever touched with lollipop keys were Jags, they're pretty rare. None of the "mainstream" Ford stuff like the Taurus, trucks, Tempo, Escort, Vans, etc had it. They were all normal keys.
then of course in the late 90's some started to be chipped, but then the heads were just a little fatter.
wasn't expecting this to be fucking Winnipeg of all places
Also the mechanism they use is completely different, those pits on the side aren't for style and the key actually has real teeth
I was reading this and laughing until I checked my keys, my ford fiesta has the exact same key shape.
Many things are keyed alike, believe it or not. Look up Deviant Ollam if you want to learn more about this. Actually, here's two videos I watched recently while smoking up;
Howard Payne & Deviant Ollam: This Key is Your Key, This Key is My Key
Copying Keys from Photos, Molds & More
Anything with Deviant Ollam is good. He's even got a Github where he's posted useful charts for figuring out key bitting that you can use (he goes into this in the 2nd video)
If you ever buy a toolbox or a truck bed box with a lock on it, change the lock unless you like your stuff getting stolen as many many companies re-use the same key for everything.
Well even the standard double sided car keys for fords from 90's to 2000's were garbage too.
They usually only had one set of pins. I locked my keys inside my 92 Taurus SHO and picked the lock with a set of nail clippers.
Did the same with the ex's 04 explorer.
Older Ford Falcons (definitely AUs, don't know what other ones) also have that key, and they were definitely mainstream cars in Australia
Cool info, never got the Falcon over here USDM since the 60's. Must be a rest of the world thing and not a USDM thing.
Ford's cylinder key shape is as bad as the 80s Vauxhall Nova ignition system. About as easy to steal:
I wasn't expecting my ford from 1948 has better security/keys than that. But they're actually keys so go figure.
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