Post by Penny Post by Sam Plusnet
I can't believe the radio could use so much power that the battery is in
danger after 10 minutes.
Well, to be fair, I'd have been less than happy if I'd returned to it 3.5
hours later and found the battery flat but, as the ignition has to be on
for the radio to work at all, that does seem rather unlikely - far more
probable, though unusual in this area, would be returning to find someone
had nicked the car.
Long ago  we had an Austin Maestro where the radio would only work
with the key in the ignition, but you could lock the car by holding
the external handle "up" and pushing down the internal locking catch.
Ma and I went with a friend to see Torville & Dean in a big top
inNottingham. We arrived early and sat in the car listening to
something on the radio. When we came out of the performance, Ma
couldn't find her car keys. We got back to the car and noticed them
in the ignition, but were unable top open the door. We called the AA,
who took a while to arrive due to the amount of traffic leaving the
vicinity. It took the nice man about 10 minutes to manipulate a bit of
plastic packing tape through the door seal and get it to engage round
the tapered locking catch so that he could unlock it for us.
At least if you have to use the key fob to lock the door from outside,
it's less likely to get locked inside.
 Probably late 80s