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Buz007
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Replacement Key

Post by Buz007 » Thu 25 May, 2017 16:06

Lost my spare key.

Just been quoted from BMW Leeds...are you sitting down.... £183 for the key only!!!! £60 to programme it!!!!! I nearly fainted. Any one know of an alternative supplier for a fobbed key? Ive noticed you can get a £40 blank off ebay are they any good?

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Re: Replacement Key

Post by therealdb1 » Thu 25 May, 2017 16:37

The trouble with blanks is not only do you need to find someone who will cut it for you, and when I tried very few wanted to know and those that would attempt it offered no guarantee, but a blank key is unlikely to have the transponder to operate your immobiliser so your car will not start.
Unfortunately, for something like a key you have to bite the bullet and pay stealer price. However I would ask a couple of other dealers to quote as I paid less than £120 including VAT a couple of years ago and there was no programming involved. I took the new key out of the packet, it remotely unlocked the car and started it with no fuss.
I suspect that BMW Leeds want to charge top dollar for the key and the extra £60 is to synchronise it with your car (which you could do yourself in 5 minutes!). If they have your car details the key should arrive from BMW ready for use.
Sounds like they are living up to their nickname :head:

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Re: Replacement Key

Post by BladeRunner919 » Thu 25 May, 2017 16:59

There shouldn't be any programming. As mentioned, they come ready to use, coded to the car.

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Re: Replacement Key

Post by Rodent » Thu 25 May, 2017 19:30

I'm in the same situation, only 1 key. I'm going to phone a couple of bmw dealers tomorrow so it will be interesting to see what the prices are!

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Re: Replacement Key

Post by alec.m » Thu 25 May, 2017 22:10

I think I`m lucky, I must be one of the few who have all four keys that come with the car when new!!!

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Re: Replacement Key

Post by Buz007 » Thu 25 May, 2017 22:49

I have the concierge keys and main key but would like a spare fob key, lost it ages ago when having a clear out but over £200 seems like daylight robbery!
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Re: Replacement Key

Post by Robert T » Thu 25 May, 2017 22:55

Search "grey service key" on here. This seems to be the cheapest way to get a non-remote key.

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Re: Replacement Key

Post by Cooper01 » Fri 26 May, 2017 08:56

You can't use the cheap keys from ebay as the transponder chip in the BMWs is slightly different [it wont start the car but will open the boot and doors only] if you want a whole new key that is.

The programming he is talking about is probably for the remote central locking. You can search on the web to do that yourself, it is easy.

Get a spare key that does not have the central locking feature, just manual operation and it may set you back about 50 pounds or so. I live in Australia and someone on the forums assisted me getting mine :)

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Re: Replacement Key

Post by Rodent » Fri 26 May, 2017 11:56

i spoke to two local dealers today. both quoted exactly the same price: £181.48 inc VAT with no additional programming required.
i don't think this is too bad. about 5 years ago i got a new key from audi for 'bog-standard' A3 diesel. they took about £250 for the key and 'programming'

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Re: Replacement Key

Post by SHRS2000 » Fri 26 May, 2017 17:41

I had this done a couple of weeks ago at a local locksmiths. Cost was £120 for a key, cut, coded & fully working.
It is however, the later 'lozenge' shape key but I wasn't bothered too much about that.

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Re: Replacement Key

Post by peter2b » Fri 26 May, 2017 18:39

I'm doing the same just waiting for a call back from a auto key chap in Cheshire
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Re: Replacement Key

Post by gookah » Fri 26 May, 2017 22:11

SHRS2000 wrote:I had this done a couple of weeks ago at a local locksmiths. Cost was £120 for a key, cut, coded & fully working.
It is however, the later 'lozenge' shape key but I wasn't bothered too much about that.

does it start the engine?
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lightning
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Re: Replacement Key

Post by lightning » Sat 27 May, 2017 09:26

Nothing new.
l paid £300 ten years ago for two new keys for my Renault van, including the dealer charge to "re code" them to my vehicle.

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Re: Replacement Key

Post by alec.m » Sat 27 May, 2017 09:29

Just a thought. Does your house contents insurance cover you for "lost" keys? I'll say no more ;-)

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lightning
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Re: Replacement Key

Post by lightning » Sat 27 May, 2017 10:21

A spare key for my 1990 Ferrari Mondial t cost £12.

That's progress!

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Re: Replacement Key

Post by SHRS2000 » Sat 27 May, 2017 14:31

gookah wrote:
SHRS2000 wrote:I had this done a couple of weeks ago at a local locksmiths. Cost was £120 for a key, cut, coded & fully working.
It is however, the later 'lozenge' shape key but I wasn't bothered too much about that.

does it start the engine?
Yes, it's a fully working key.

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lightning
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Re: Replacement Key

Post by lightning » Sat 27 May, 2017 16:06

....and a new key for my 2005 Defender 110 is £3 unless you want the transponder one which is, erm, £20

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Re: Replacement Key

Post by Howard Adams » Sat 27 May, 2017 16:33

All the comments about how much other cars cost is completely irrelevant for the poor guy that has lost his BMW key.

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lightning
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Re: Replacement Key

Post by lightning » Sat 27 May, 2017 22:07

Not completely.

He could sell the Z3 and buy a Ferrari, as the keys are cheaper.

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Re: Replacement Key

Post by Buz007 » Sun 28 May, 2017 08:20

:lol: hah thanks everyone
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