Never did I think I would be posting about a new key but I can't believe the dealer want $140 for a new key cut and programmed, this is without the FOB. I have my original key but it was dropped and run over so the security chip doesn't work. Has anyone purchase else where such as ebay and had a locksmith cut it? I would image this is less expensive and programming shouldn't be difficult if I still have one working key.
I just went through a key scenario myself. apparently, the keys I had with the car were cut by the idiots at the dealer lot I bought it from and they wouldn't open the drivers door. I always used the FOB to unlock the door but the battery died one morning only to find out the keys didn't work. Well... after finally finding a good locksmith that wasnt a crook, I still paid nearly $200 to have 2 keys cut and programmed and a key/fob cut and programmed including parts and the service call to my home. Total, 3 keys and one fob so that wasn't too bad
here's the key/fob i was referring to.
Just make sure you get them to commit to a price UP FRONT.... don't let them scam you into a BS answer and all of a sudden you're sitting on a huge bill.
Thanks, a buddy referred a locksmith to me that does work for dealers. He said 80 buck which isn't so terrible. I found a way around my issue for now. I have an aftermarket alarm/remote start. I remote start the vehicle which bypasses the PATS so I can use my broken PATS key.
Yep, that's where I was heading. If there is a key up under the dash, plus the spare in-hand, that gives two key heads in order to program in a new third one without going to a dealer or locksmith.
Thanks for the help. What I've found out is there is a DEI 551t remote starter and 555F transponder. The transponder is mounted up inside the column by the key lock and was programmed with the PATS info. The locksmith made/programmed two keys and one valet for 100 buck which is I think is very good considering dealer wanted 160 for one.
Now I just need to figure out how to program the FOB. My alarm is using the factory FOBs and must be bypassing the control module or igintion system because I can't enter the programming mode.
Thanks for the suggestion. I was hoping that would work but the research I did looks like my FOB is communicating with the Expy lock system and not with the automate. The automate is just using the lock pulsed to activate.
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