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Gear shift release

Underneath the gear shifter is a small slit. I know that when you stick your key in, press the brake down you can shift into neutral for moving or towing purposes. But you don't need your start key. Any key or small screw driver will work. On my honda accord '92, you had to use your own key. What stops a person from breaking in, sticking a screwdriver into the release and letting it roll down hill(i know worst case senerio)I figured for safety reasons, the keys for the vehicle was needed.
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The '09 manual (p 417) says you need to insert the "built-in key." I assume that means the car's own key but the manual doesn't define the term "built-in key." If you're right about any key working then that does seem like a fault.

Regardless, what's to keep someone from dragging your car onto a flat bed with all four wheels locked? Not much.

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Nothing stops them but love for their fellow man, I'm afraid. Of course, the same thing applies to leaning under your car and cutting the flexible brake lines on both sides, or letting the air out of your tires, or loosening your sump plug so it falls out during your next trip. Cars are fragile and quite ephemeral things.

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As a matter of interest, are you sure your '92 Accord was actually keyed to your ignition key and not just exactly the right size/shape to accept a Honda ignition key of that vintage? I've never heard of one that was actually keyed uniquely to the ignition key, seems like a rather needless expense.

As regards the Pilot, even without prying the little plug out of the slot, you can simply pop the surrounding trim piece off (The big one to the left of the radio/AC stack) and poke a finger at the plastic bit the tip of the key engages with. No tools (or even fingernails) required.

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Nothing stops them but love for their fellow man, ...
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Wrong. Nothing stops them but limited opportunity.

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Wrong. Nothing stops them but limited opportunity.
Aaah, something of god in all men. Got to work on your inner light man!

You're probably right though.

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