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      Activity / sport key

      Just wondering how many xc90 owners have used or regularly use their activity key instead of their regular key fob.

      I find it very useful for when I go running or participating in any physical activity where I have to carry my keys with me. I may even carry it full time instead of my regular fob.

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      I'll be using mine when going skiing, or other times when the normal key could be damaged. Its pretty cool that Volvo offers the sport key at no additional cost.
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      Quote Originally Posted by amiller89 View Post
      I'll be using mine when going skiing, or other times when the normal key could be damaged. Its pretty cool that Volvo offers the sport key at no additional cost.
      So is this in exchange for a regular key when you purchase it? Or can you get one at no cost?

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      Quote Originally Posted by bearcat2000 View Post
      So is this in exchange for a regular key when you purchase it? Or can you get one at no cost?
      It supposed to come with the car when you purchase is: 2 regular keys plus 1 sport key.

      My salesperson said the battery life was maybe about 2-4 years.
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      Activity / sport key

      Have a v9cCC and use mine as regular key. The regular one is too large/heavy. Plus I’ve use the IPhone app. Great quickly to find the car etc.


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      I only use the activity key. I don't see a point carrying around the larger fob.

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      Quote Originally Posted by VxF View Post
      I only use the activity key. I don't see a point carrying around the larger fob.
      Ditto


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      Quote Originally Posted by VxF View Post
      I only use the activity key. I don't see a point carrying around the larger fob.
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      Drill a very small hole in the metal backup key and you are done. No longer do you need the bulky remote control. Who uses the remote anyways?

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      Quote Originally Posted by gunshow View Post
      Who uses the remote anyways?
      If the tailgate isn't already open when I arrive at my vehicle as I'm leaving Costco, this is an outrage.
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      I leave the sport key in the car. If the key is left in the car, it disables itself when the doors are locked and the car isn't running. That way, I dont have to carry a key at all, I just use the VOC to lock and unlock it.

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      I only use the sport key fob. Added a polestar blue tie to help keep track of it.

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      Quote Originally Posted by PAxc90 View Post
      I only use the sport key fob. Added a polestar blue tie to help keep track of it.
      Where did you find/what is that lanyard. I have a neck one but feel like for most use it's too long. I'd love a shorter one like this. I too prefer the sport key for most of my daily use. My only worry is it'll end up going through the wash but from how it's a sealed unit that shouldn't be a big deal
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      I have been tempted to use it exclusively as well. Need to find the ideal size for a key ring to attach to it, as I do need to keep a single key on it at the moment. I use it when we go to the pool and will for kayaking and the beach and so forth this summer. Really awesome thing to have. Saves me from having to stuff the larger key in a waterproof pouch. In fact, now that my iPhone and watch are water proof/resistant, I likely won't need that thing anymore aside from maybe cash and credit cards, which are much less annoying to put in and out of the pouch.

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      The sport key is a nice thing to have. Will there be a warning on the dash when the battery gets weak. I see you cannot replace the battery, but need to purchase a new key from Volvo. Don't know the cost or how long the battery will last.
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      Quote Originally Posted by gsb4522 View Post
      The sport key is a nice thing to have. Will there be a warning on the dash when the battery gets weak. I see you cannot replace the battery, but need to purchase a new key from Volvo. Don't know the cost or how long the battery will last.
      I have been using the sport key exclusively for the past six months or so. I finally got the battery warning this afternoon. We picked up the XC90 during an OSD in June 2016. It sat unused for 18 months.




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      Quote Originally Posted by gsb4522 View Post
      ...Will there be a warning on the dash when the battery gets weak. ...Don't know the cost or how long the battery will last.
      Warning ‘key battery is low’ appeared on my dash. I’d already noticed that keyless entry wasn’t working very well.

      Key lasted 28 months of nearly daily use before warning. It still works.

      I told my Swiss dealer about warning. At first they thought it was batteryless. I said nothing. When I collected my car they told me they’d ordered a new key under the warranty.
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      Quote Originally Posted by gsb4522 View Post
      The sport key is a nice thing to have. Will there be a warning on the dash when the battery gets weak. I see you cannot replace the battery, but need to purchase a new key from Volvo. Don't know the cost or how long the battery will last.
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      I've always wanted to drill a hole in the detachable key inside the fob so i can put it on a keychain or secure it to the ring on my swim trunks for when i'm in the water. Has anyone tried this ?



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      Quote Originally Posted by Stevey View Post
      I've always wanted to drill a hole in the detachable key inside the fob so i can put it on a keychain or secure it to the ring on my swim trunks for when i'm in the water. Has anyone tried this ?



      http://support.volvocars.com/uk/cars...a801515a4bd721

      Rather than possibly damage the original key blade by drilling it, why not get one of these and have a copy of the original blade cut?

      http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Magnalium-...kAAOSw5cNYVSYM

      It has a hole for attaching a key ring and one of the pictures shows it attached to the key tag which seems a very good arrangement to ensure you can always get into the car.

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      I was only carrying around the activity key, but then I got worried "what if the battery dies?" Then there's no way to get into the car when On Call shows up.

      I switched to the normal key and then tried going back, but I missed the remote features (open the tailgate, unlock the door so my wife can grab something she forgot without me having to walk all the way back to the car, etc.).

      I'm sure I'll try switching again, and it will probably be sooner rather than later after seeing this thread.
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      my wife carries the large key in her purse so its available when we are together. We may be unique in that we work together and the XC is our business vehicle.... will the car not unlock if the batter is dead? most of the time the battery is not completely dead, is it? Won't it have enough juice to unlock the doors?
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      Quote Originally Posted by matt1122 View Post
      I missed the remote features (open the tailgate, unlock the door so my wife can grab something she forgot without me having to walk all the way back to the car, etc.).
      Hands key to wife, crosses arms and starts tapping foot.... :exit:
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      I use mine 3 times a week at least to go surfing. Fits in my wetsuit great!

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      Isn't it a battery-less RFID chip sort of thing?

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      Quote Originally Posted by stevenweyne View Post
      Isn't it a battery-less RFID chip sort of thing?
      It seems to have a non-replaceable battery according to the owner's manual. I, too, thought it would just be an RFID tag but maybe there's something more to the security that precludes using an un-powered key.

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      I didn't even think about the battery. That's a bit of a concern. I wonder if the dealer is able to change the battery.

      Anyone know the cost on a new key if it has to be replaced?

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      Quote Originally Posted by XC90Excellence View Post
      I didn't even think about the battery. That's a bit of a concern. I wonder if the dealer is able to change the battery.

      Anyone know the cost on a new key if it has to be replaced?
      The user manual says the battery is not user replaceable. Whether it could be done or not is another question.

      I believe a replacement is $250-300 for the sport key.
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      Quote Originally Posted by JakeT5 View Post
      I believe a replacement is $250-300 for the sport key.
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      Is the life of the battery determined by the number of times you open the door or by how old it is? This could change my mind if I have to buy a new one every 6 months or a year or so.....


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      I wasn't talking about the key battery, guys. I was talking about the car battery.

      If you have the regular key and the battery dies, you can open it up and remove the blade to gain access to the vehicle, pop the hood, and get a jump start or a tow.

      If you have the activity key and the battery dies... you're going to need to get your hands on the regular key before you can get a jump start or a safe tow, I think.
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      Quote Originally Posted by matt1122 View Post
      I wasn't talking about the key battery, guys. I was talking about the car battery.

      If you have the regular key and the battery dies, you can open it up and remove the blade to gain access to the vehicle, pop the hood, and get a jump start or a tow.

      If you have the activity key and the battery dies... you're going to need to get your hands on the regular key before you can get a jump start or a safe tow, I think.
      I, for one, got that and its why I asked about how dead the car battery would have to be to not even allow you to unlock the doors.....but that then spawned the whole issue about the cost of using the non-renewable sport fob, and ancillary issue.

      Rarely has my battery been so dead that there was not enough power to offer light duty.....
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      This happened to me on my XC60, the engine fan did not switch off and drained the battery 100%

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      Yeah, it would have to be just about dead dead to not be able to open the doors. It can happen and I'm paranoid, though.
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      Remember that the key fob or the sport key is always on in that a RF signal is being transmitted to the vehicle, which will detect the signal when it comes within range. The regular key fob uses a 2032 3 volt battery, and is easy to change if it should ever need to be done. I figured a replacement sport key would not be cheap. Too bad the battery cannot be replaced. Now the battery in the sport key is much smaller and thus has less capacity than a full size 2032 battery. I would think that the battery in the sport key would not last as long as long as the battery in the regular key fob. In spite of this it is a great feature. My only complaint would be a replaceable battery is not available.
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