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Just read this story in my local paper about someone having their Toyota Highlander stolen from their driveway using an electronic hack that unlocks the doors by amplifying the key fob signal to unlock doors combined with accessing the OBD port once inside the car to reset and create two new car key fobs.


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The car in the first story was a new Highlander with, I imagine similar Toyota security tech, to what the Cross has. The author of the piece recommends Faraday cases for key fobs and a steering wheel locking club but I'm wondering if going for the basic L model which still uses a key and does not have smart key/pushbutton start unlocking capability is the way to go? I also notice that they L models, with the old fashioned key start have engine immobilizer while the LE and XLE do not. Hmmmm I'm not sure why this is.

Let me know if you have any ideas here.

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Just read this story in my local paper about someone having their Toyota Highlander stolen from their driveway using an electronic hack that unlocks the doors by amplifying the key fob signal to unlock doors combined with accessing the OBD port once inside the car to reset and create two new car key fobs.


This article has more tech details:

The car in the first story was a new Highlander with, I imagine similar Toyota security tech, to what the Cross has. The author of the piece recommends Faraday cases for key fobs and a steering wheel locking club but I'm wondering if going for the basic L model which still uses a key and does not have smart key/pushbutton start unlocking capability is the way to go? I also notice that they L models, with the old fashioned key start have engine immobilizer while the LE and XLE do not. Hmmmm I'm not sure why this is.

Let me know if you have any ideas here.

Thanks
Wow....that is something. I don't know the answer, but it does seemed the L using a key would be the more secure option.
 
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