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Old 07-19-2020, 01:43 PM
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https://www.thebmwminipartstore.com/

is an online dealer. They had the diamond key for about $140 5 years ago when I got my x5. You need to email them photos / scans of your driver's license and registration to prove ownership, and they mail the keys to you in a couple of days. Exactly the same as at any BMW dealer. You then need to program the remotes yourself following the instructions posted here many times.
I did go through an older thread where I saw your post. I did try one of the Texas dealerships that was listed as an online resource, but they no longer offer the servcie. Too bad. $165 on their site.

I'll give the above a try and report back.
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I buy my keys online for $20...my local locksmith will cut them for $25 each, my AK90 is easy to use and I can program a key in about 10 minutes once I get the EWS unit out of the car.
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I did go through an older thread where I saw your post. I did try one of the Texas dealerships that was listed as an online resource, but they no longer offer the servcie. Too bad. $165 on their site.

I'll give the above a try and report back.
Checking my notes, I found the following parts numbers and prices. I'll guess the prices are from that link, and are up to 5 years old.

51 21 8 213 909 $47.01 General key, illuminated
51 21 8 213 932 $39.59 Service key. Plastic wallet key
51 21 8 213 931 $39.59 Spare key. Valet key. superseded to 51 21 7 124 770
51 21 8 236 594 $39.23 EWS III key (per the bmw mini parts store.com - shows Ö931 superseded to this)
66 12 6 955 750 $154.65 Diamond key. Master Key with remote control.

I wish I had got the "general key," but they did not seem to know about it, and got me 3x valet keys, which all work fine, just not in the glove box, and no light. BTW, the naming is not consistent between sources.

I then bought 3x used original diamond keys on eBay for $15 each, cut the key blades off, and programmed them to use as fobs with the valet keys. So I got 3x keys+fobs for $165.

I'm afraid to look, but I hear that replacement keys for my Cayenne cost $700+, in case that makes whatever you end up paying seem less painful. Good luck.
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I then bought 3x used original diamond keys on eBay for $15 each, cut the key blades off, and programmed them to use as fobs with the valet keys. So I got 3x keys+fobs for $165.
That's a great idea! The problem in my area is that we are still a pretty small town and we don't have anyone to do the security cuts. Maybe this winter we will venture to the Valley and do the same.

Just ordered t he keys from the BMWMINIstore. They ask right in the description for your license and registration so I am hoping that this will work this time.

Just received word that they are ordering them today. $100 cheaper A PIECE from them over the local dealership!
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That's a great idea!
Good idea, except the key fobs don't charge while hanging on a key ring. They will soon run out of battery. unless you have a good way of charging them via induction charging
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Good idea, except the key fobs don't charge while hanging on a key ring. They will soon run out of battery. unless you have a good way of charging them via induction charging
Glad there are folks out there who can think through the whole idea unlike me who just go for it without regard of outcome....
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Glad there are folks out there who can think through the whole idea unlike me who just go for it without regard of outcome....


There are a handful of guys who have had luck with the wireless phone chargers. You may have to try a few different ones, as Iím not sure if they are frequency dependent, but it can / has been done


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You can get the fob close enough to charge. Qi charger that changes color when charging will let you know
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