......... By the way get used to the expressions 'they all do that sir' or 'it is a characteristic of the car' if your first time to Lotus. ................
For example, I was actually pleased to be told that by my dealer recently, re the alarm. If you unlock the car after it has been locked up for a while ("while" being of uncertain length, but more than a few minutes), open the door, e.g. to collect something from inside, close up and relock WITHOUT having turned on the ignition, get back indoors, settle down .......... the alarm will go off after 5-10 mins or so!
That did not occur often and before knowing this I had thought it was an irregular false alarm tripping, by a spider, a stray alpha particle or whatever. Cutting the story short, it turned out to be "a characteristic" - on some cars at least. (June '10 in my case.)
I have not explored how far the ignition circuits have to be energised to avoid the problem. (4 possible stages - inserting the key, two key positions, unset the immobiliser. Combined with uncertainty about the time until the alarm might or might not trip, there is only so much testing ones nerves can take!)
Anyway, for over six months now, I have had no problem provided that if the engine has not been running, should I unlock and open the door, I always turn the ignition on and unset the immobiliser before relocking. (No need to start the engine - that would be unacceptable.)
Think of such things as endearing weaknesses!
Edited by mdavies, 25 February 2012 - 10:04 PM.