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Old 01-22-2018, 03:03 PM
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AFAIK you need proof of ownership and BMW will only make a limited number of keys for the each vehicle. If you catch the parts guy at the dealership on the right day you should be able to get a pretty good discount. $270 was the price I was quoted in Canadian dollars and I think I got it for less so you should be able to get one for less than $200 as overboost said.
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You could be right on the E53 key, I don't have an answer but the site below will accept photos of registration and drivers license as valid proof to send to BMW. It might be worth a phone call or email.

https://thebmwminipartstore.com/faq/...&siteID=218365
I was in the same situation as the OP when I got my 2001 E53 3 + years ago. Just one diamond key.

I bought 3x valet keys from the bmw mini parts store. Needed to email them a scan of my driver's license and registration, and they mailed me the keys within a couple of days. The valet vs. regular non-remote key was an error on their part, but good enough for me. The only difference is the lack of ability to lock the glove box, which I never do anyway. Paid about $40 per key.

Then I bought 3x used original BMW diamond keys on eBay for $15 each. Cut the keys off, and reprogrammed them myself so they are now basically key fobs to go with the valet keys. All the keyless entry functionality is the same as if I had bought a $150 diamond key (I think that's about the bmwmini... price), but mine were $40+$15 = $55 each. Kids ...

I'd do the exact same thing again, except I'd try to get the regular key vs. the valet key. Black head vs. Gray head. And just in case I would ever lock the glove box ...

And yes, there is a lifetime limit of 10 EWS keys (the actual key with the immobilizer chip, regardless of the remote control functionality) per vehicle.
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Don't forget to mention that if you use a remote key that doesn't have a key blade (due to it being cut off)...or a key blade that doesn't fit/work in your ignition...you will need a secondary method to keep the key's battery charged. (or does it hang close enough to the Ring Antenna to charge itself when using the non-remote key that's on the same key-ring?)

The new style keys are charged while in the ignition and turned to at least KL R (ignition position 1 or higher).

If you can find/live with an old style remote (rubber head)...that has the replaceable 2016 battery...then you will have a way to replace the battery when needed...that type of remote from the early e38/e39 can also be programmed to lock/unlock & arm/disarm FZV & DWA. Just make sure that it is on the same frequency (315 MHz in North America, & Australia...and 433 MHz in Europe in most other BMW markets).
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Didn't have much luck with the plastic wallet key. Broke in 2 days in my wallet

I do need to order a spare key as I just have the one.
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Last one I bought was around $150 shipped from thebmwminipartsstore.com.
They are a dealer in Cincinati, OH and the process was simple. I emailed them proof of ownership and got the programmed the key for my VIN within a week.
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Cool There is an easy solution

I solved the key problem by for my Bimmers by buying a key cutter for $135 and a key programmer for about $30 off of AliExpress. Since both my SAV's use the same type of key security, for less than the cost of a single key from the dealer, I have the ability to make and program my own keys. The blanks are readily available on AliExpress and the programmer works as advertised. Be aware that the low cost blanks for remote keys are available with and without the battery charging circuitry. The cheap ones do not charge the battery in the remote when placed in the ignition.

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I solved the key problem by for my Bimmers by buying a key cutter for $135 and a key programmer for about $30 off of AliExpress. Since both my SAV's use the same type of key security, for less than the cost of a single key from the dealer, I have the ability to make and program my own keys. The blanks are readily available on AliExpress and the programmer works as advertised. Be aware that the low cost blanks for remote keys are available with and without the battery charging circuitry. The cheap ones do not charge the battery in the remote when placed in the ignition.

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https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Best...657ap6dfXF&s=p
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On the programming the key part take your pick

https://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale...key+programmer
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