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View Poll Results: Have you ever been able to obtain a non BMW working key from ANYWHERE?
YES - Bought non BMW and was able to get it coded/programmed successfully! 4 23.53%
NO - Only can be purchased from BMW. 11 64.71%
NO - Bought online and wasted money. 2 11.76%
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:00 PM
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Lightbulb Myth about BMW Replacement keys from eBay or other non BMW Sources...

So I only have one key for my X5 and the dealer wanted about $300 here in California to get a replacement one made. I found a bunch of uncut keys online from various sources and all claiming to work once cut and programmed for a fraction of the cost of a new key from the BMW dealer.

I read some other posts that warned otherwise so I ended up asking the sales rep at a local dealership here to once and for all give me a straight answer. The question... If I buy a blank key that has never been programmed and find a way to get it laser cut, can I then bring the key to the dealer and have you program it to my car? If so, what's the charge?

Quickly all three salesmen at the counter dropped what they were doing and joined the conversation. their unanimous answer... NO!, unless you want to throw your money away. They said they've lost count of how many people buy keys online and then call them asking to get the key re-programmed only to find out that the dealer does not have the capability to program the car's code to the key. That process can only be done by BMW and will require a copy of your registration and your ID. This process is in place so not anyone can grab your keys and run off and get a copy and bye bye BMW. The guys went on to say whoever does end up buying it, they end up with an inoperable key costing anywhere from 50-100 dollars. Basically an expensive paper weight, if you may...

I was very happy to finally get an answer to this question once and for all. No, you can not buy non BMW keys online and have BMW or someone else program them for your car. Not happy that we really have to pay around $300 US dollars for a replacement key but I guess we just have to cough up the cash and buy a genuine key.

I thought I'd put this out there to let anyone who may be in my shoes to know the answer that I received from three BMW sources and not waste their time and money.

If you have any comments or experiences, I'd love to hear them...

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Old 09-10-2012, 05:39 PM
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If I were you I would never set foot on the lot of that stealership again! My dealership here in Sacramento charged me $189 for a new key, then gave me the dealerships military discount, so it came out to $153, this was in January. So even if your not military that's a substantial savings.
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:04 PM
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Stay away from that stealership.

Partial answer here: http://www.xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-foru...ss-remote.html



My non-OE, no dealership involved in coding, replacement key is going strong a year later. If I needed another I'd go through my indy again. YMMV.
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:14 PM
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Thanks for letting me know about your experience. I tried to go to the link you provided but it says Page not found. Can you double check on your side?
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My dealer told me that the cost (more/less) for the key depends on what options you have on the vehicle. For instance mine would cost more since I have comfort access. A whopping $371 with tax! He said my key was the "Mack daddy" key. Can someone confirm this or stealership just bullshitting?
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:31 PM
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My dealer told me that the cost (more/less) for the key depends on what options you have on the vehicle. For instance mine would cost more since I have comfort access. A whopping $371 with tax! He said my key was the "Mack daddy" key. Can someone confirm this or stealership just bullshitting?
Well I have 4.6is, as far as I know the 4.6is came fully loaded, the only option I'm aware of is Navigation, and that has nothing to do with a remote key, so I call BS on that. If you read my earlier post above, I paid only $153 for my key back in January of this year.
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Well I have 4.6is, as far as I know the 4.6is came fully loaded, the only option I'm aware of is Navigation, and that has nothing to do with a remote key, so I call BS on that. If you read my earlier post above, I paid only $153 for my key back in January of this year.
Do you have comfort access? Your keys needs to be in your pocket to open the car and start it. Maybe that would make a difference in price?
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Do you have comfort access? Your keys needs to be in your pocket to open the car and start it. Maybe that would make a difference in price?
not an option on the E53. You are getting over charged.
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I have successfully bought an EBAY chip key and programmed it to start the car, you need a EWS editor and need to remove the EWS unit from the vehicle, but it can be done, not impossible.

Also certain locksmiths today are starting to have the equipment to do this themselves now...
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i paid $160 for my key like 4 months ago from the dealer
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