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Old 29-05-2012   #1
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Converting 2010 Panda to remote central locking

Hi All. I have a 2010 Panda and having recently had a baby i'm now finding the key based central locking really frustrating as the baby seat has to go in the opposite side of the car from me. Sometimes it involves leaving the baby seat round the other side whilst I go and unlock the car, which I don't really like doing, but if i'm parked with the drivers door on a busy road I can't take the seat round with me. I'm tearing my hair out. Anyway, I've read the threads on here and I see that whilst it might be difficult, it is theoretically possible to convert it to remote central locking either with a lock kit or by alarm. I have no interest in replacing my car so I think this is probably the only option, unless it would be possible to have a key lock installed on the passengers side (which would work just as well - does anyone know if this is possible?). I'm not remotely technical enough to do it myself and neither is my hubby, so I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations as to who could do this for me. Would i need to go back to the dealer (ouch - my dealer is Fiat Marylebone and they are sooooooo expensive) or can anyone recommend a garage or alarm company in my area who might be able to help. Quite happy to spend whatever necessary within reason to get it done as whatever it costs, it would still be cheaper than a new car. I'm in South West London, in Streatham, so central london, SW or SE london would be great.

Also, does anyone know, is it possible to have by back seats changed to split rear seats retrospectively? I've got the third seatbelt if that makes any difference?

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Sorry, forgot to add, its a 1.1 Active.
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key in passenger door should open all doors too
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Hi Dave

My passenge door doesn't have a lock. Is it possible to add this retrospectively?
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try fiat chadwell heath parts department ask for nick and say you are an FF member, there may be a plug and play alarm with remote locking, i know there are for other fiats, you just remove a plug from body computer plug alarm in and plug the plug you took out into the alarm
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Can't easily be done as the drivers door doesn't have a motor is. If you know a good back street garage who knows electrics and to install a single solinoid on the drivers door to intergrate with the rest of the system it should be possible.

But really probably not worth it imo.
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Unfortunately Chadwell Heath is WAY out of my area. Also unfortunately I don't know any garages round here. Any recommendations anyone?
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What you need to do is find a local car alarm specialist. If you have a car alarm fitted they usually convert your car to central locking as part of the alarm system. I should imagine it will be cheaper than having the central locking system retro fitted. You also get the benefit of having a car alarm.
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What you need to do is find a local car alarm specialist. If you have a car alarm fitted they usually convert your car to central locking as part of the alarm system. I should imagine it will be cheaper than having the central locking system retro fitted. You also get the benefit of having a car alarm.
As I have already said this cannot be done. There is no motor in the drivers door you'd have remote locking operating all doors except the drivers!
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Re: Converting 2010 Panda to remote central locking

surly if all the op needs is passenger door to pop open, then an auto electrician can fit a remote switch in some where to trigger the motor on just that door?
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surly if all the op needs is passenger door to pop open, then an auto electrician can fit a remote switch in some where to trigger the motor on just that door?
Well yeah, that can be done easily. But I thought OP wants 4 door rcl
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As I have already said this cannot be done. There is no motor in the drivers door you'd have remote locking operating all doors except the drivers!
She only needs the passenger side to unlock remotely. So she can put the baby inside without having to go to the drivers side first. If she wanted the drivers side to unlock as well I'm sure it wouldn't be a big job for an auto electrician.
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Really all you need is a servo on the drivers door, since if you unlock that one with a remote, then all the others will unlock as well.
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Re: Converting 2010 Panda to remote central locking

Hi. Just found your tread and am in the same situation. How did you get it sorted ?
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