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Old March 20th, 2011, 19:01   #1
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Default Keyless remote range

I am developing a spring fix-it "to-do" list for my 98 Jetta. All three of my key fobs have a 5-10 foot range. I have seen the mod that can be performed on the A4 and the A3/B4. But, I haven't found much data in my searches that let me know what type of range I can get by performing the A3/B4 mod (opening the small module and soldering a long wire to the antenna coil).

Anyone with details if this mod makes a profound difference? Is it worth it?
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Old March 20th, 2011, 19:37   #2
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Open your mouth,hold remote under chin,and press unlock as you're walking toward the car-yes,I have done it,and the range IS greater....may look weird walking across a parking lot doing this,but..... there are some threads around here about this " range extender"....
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Old March 20th, 2011, 19:48   #3
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I second that, it's bizzare but even touching the fob against your head can really increase the distance. Just do it when nobody's watching or you might get sectioned.
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Old March 20th, 2011, 20:03   #4
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This is funny. In all the A4 posts this is always one of the first solutions offered instead of helping with the original request. I was already aware of this phenomenon. No offense guys but I would prefer a better engineered solution.

Anyone else?
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Old March 20th, 2011, 21:46   #5
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You could take the alarm / keyless entry module apart and solder another wire onto the antenna trace. Unlike the mk4 where the antenna runs up the A pillar, the mk3 system just has a trace that runs around the inside of the alarm unit which acts as the antenna.

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Old March 20th, 2011, 23:16   #6
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Mine unlocks the car from at least 50ft away anyway and I don't know why so can't offer anything insightful.
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Because you have a Mk4 with a real keyless antenna
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No I have a Seat Cordoba and I've no idea about the antena, where is the antena thing anyway? I can unlock it from far away but it's a pita if I'm standing next to the car lol.
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