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Old 11-18-2013, 07:32 PM   #21
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Money is the issue here. New key would cost nearly $300. A guy on eBay replaces the rechargeable battery in the remote for $50. Was not expecting him to damage the ignition function in the process though
You sent your key to a guy on eBay to replace the battery and he screwed up the transponder! Who is this hack so we can avoid him.

Rarely do I find that the battery needs to be replaced when they remote portion fails. Most of the problems are due to damage from handling, board flex when the buttons are pressed and dropping the key.

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Old 11-18-2013, 07:43 PM   #22
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Money is the issue here. New key would cost nearly $300. A guy on eBay replaces the rechargeable battery in the remote for $50. Was not expecting him to damage the ignition function in the process though
I call BS on the $300 key. Some dealers are hitting guys up close to the mid $200, but not $300. Key prices seem to vary a lot, you just need to be smart and use your head.

Contact Sean at the http://www.thebmwpartstore.com/, note he appears to just back from vacation today, so he may be backlogged a bit, but I would guess he could get you 2 keyfobs for the number you are tossing around.
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:06 PM   #23
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I call BS on the $300 key. Some dealers are hitting guys up close to the mid $200, but not $300. Key prices seem to vary a lot, you just need to be smart and use your head.

Contact Sean at the http://www.thebmwpartstore.com/, note he appears to just back from vacation today, so he may be backlogged a bit, but I would guess he could get you 2 keyfobs for the number you are tossing around.
I just got a plastic key from Bill Dodge BMW in Maine for $38. My local BMW dealer wanted $80. The number I think others have quoted was $140 for a full key from them
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:10 PM   #24
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$129 for a keyfob is about rock bottom with the dealer not making much, list price I recall was around $146?

Do your homework, call around listen to forum members and you will likely have a new keyfob for under $150!

The $300 keys are the Chicken Littles "the sky is falling!" types that hype everything that is wrong with the Interweb!
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:42 PM   #25
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$129 for a keyfob is about rock bottom with the dealer not making much, list price I recall was around $146?

Do your homework, call around listen to forum members and you will likely have a new keyfob for under $150!

The $300 keys are the Chicken Littles "the sky is falling!" types that hype everything that is wrong with the Interweb!

In my area (south florida) the dealerships are a rip off when it comes to parts, I called over the phone and got quoted $250 for a new key from the parts department. And that's not including cutting. The programming ive youtubed and seems pretty easy for me to do myself if its really just pressing a few buttons a couple of times. When I called the stealership and got quoted that just for the key, I did not bother finding out how much my local locksmith would charge for cutting it but just rounded it out to $300.
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:46 PM   #26
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You sent your key to a guy on eBay to replace the battery and he screwed up the transponder! Who is this hack so we can avoid him.
Rarely do I find that the battery needs to be replaced when they remote portion fails. Most of the problems are due to damage from handling, board flex when the buttons are pressed and dropping the key.
I did this about a month ago, and just today got around to contacting the seller to see how he wants to handle it.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E46-316-...5cdf27&vxp=mtr
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:59 PM   #27
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In my area (south florida) the dealerships are a rip off when it comes to parts, I called over the phone and got quoted $250 for a new key from the parts department. And that's not including cutting. The programming ive youtubed and seems pretty easy for me to do myself if its really just pressing a few buttons a couple of times. When I called the stealership and got quoted that just for the key, I did not bother finding out how much my local locksmith would charge for cutting it but just rounded it out to $300.
Not sure why you fail to understand, the keys (fob, valet, spare/wallet) all come precut to your car. With the exception of the keyfob, there is nothing to do once you get the key except put it in the lock, turn it and start the car!

So you did your homework in South Florida, suggest you contact the the Sean at the location I mentioned or the dealer in Maine another poster mentioned and see where you get.

But ALSO beware, many times when you call the parts department, the fools are not quoting the proper key. The current/superseded E46 keyfob part number is - 66126955748 (last BMW list price was showing $166.29). Also see if any of your local dealers have online ordering, usually this will give you 20% off if you can order online.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:00 PM   #28
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Couple of years ago, BMW of Montgomery quoted me 280. Bought one of those empty shells instead and just had it cut and transferred my key electronics to the new case.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:01 PM   #29
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In my area (south florida) the dealerships are a rip off when it comes to parts, I called over the phone and got quoted $250 for a new key from the parts department. And that's not including cutting. The programming ive youtubed and seems pretty easy for me to do myself if its really just pressing a few buttons a couple of times. When I called the stealership and got quoted that just for the key, I did not bother finding out how much my local locksmith would charge for cutting it but just rounded it out to $300.
I actually called out the parts manager about the prices at one dealer, which were as much as 4 times MSRP and I was told they use a different price matrix. I buy all of my parts out of state.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:04 PM   #30
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Not sure why you fail to understand, the keys (fob, valet, spare/wallet) all come precut to your car. With the exception of the keyfob, there is nothing to do once you get the key except put it in the lock, turn it and start the car!

So you did your homework in South Florida, suggest you contact the the Sean at the location I mentioned or the dealer in Maine another poster mentioned and see where you get.
And it is easy to order. Send a copy of your Registration showing the VIN and your DL. They will pop the key in the mail in a couple of day and Bob's your uncle.
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And it is easy to order. Send a copy of your Registration showing the VIN and your DL. They will pop the key in the mail in a couple of day and Bob's your uncle.
Yeah, I was told to have title in hand and a valid drivers license as well but that's a good thing though. Just somewhat of a rip off on price imho.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:08 PM   #32
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And it is easy to order. Send a copy of your Registration showing the VIN and your DL. They will pop the key in the mail in a couple of day and Bob's your uncle.
ti, you are the man. Just the response I was looking for.

I think there needs to be a NEW key sticky with reports of where people are getting decent pricing on keys, who to speak with and what to the process/documentation is needed.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:11 PM   #33
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ti, you are the man. Just the response I was looking for.

I think there needs to be a NEW key sticky with reports of where people are getting decent pricing on keys, who to speak with and what to the process/documentation is needed.
Not a bad idea really. Some dealership might be able to cash in on these $20 keys. They aren't exactly made of gold.
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:18 PM   #34
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Not a bad idea really. Some dealership might be able to cash in on these $20 keys. They aren't exactly made of gold.
They aren't made of gold, but, those eBay shells you speak of feel like they're made of crap. I would buy a genuine BMW key and swap the case cover. I had to do that for my recently purchased '02 540i. The owner's wife drop the car key into the ocean while stepping onto a boat. After trying to recover the key with a magnet and string they gave up and hired a diver to go down and get it. They washed the key off which would have been fine except someone told them that the salt gets into the grain of the metal and to get it out they needed to boil it in fresh water, which they did. The buttons shriveled up, the rubber seal around the buttons failed, the the entire insides were rusted/corroded. The owner said that for the cost of the diver they could have bought a brand new key. I was amazed the transponder section still worked and started the engine, but, the remote section was toast. When I got the car I opened the key, removed the corroded push buttons switches and battery, removed the transponder coil, scrubbed it clean with a Comet and a toothbrush and then put in new buttons and battery and put the transponder coil back on. I then replaced the button half of the case with a used, but, genuine BMW case and glued it back together. It works great and pretty decent now.

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They aren't made of gold, but, those eBay shells you speak of feel like they are made of crap.


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True enough. Better that then what I was quoted though. The original case was cracked and buttons were completely gone so I needed something.
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ti, you are the man. Just the response I was looking for.

I think there needs to be a NEW key sticky with reports of where people are getting decent pricing on keys, who to speak with and what to the process/documentation is needed.
+1

Good advice. Too many sellers/dealerships just up the price to a ridiculous amount for the hell of it, it seems.
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So the only legit options mentioned here are thebmwpartstore, which no longer exists, and the Bill Dodge Auto Group. When I go to the latter's site, I'm only able to browse new and used cars... Where can I see the key?

What other online options are there or non $200+ options?

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Old 04-21-2017, 02:58 PM   #38
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So the only legit options mentioned here are thebmwpartstore, which no longer exists, and the Bill Dodge Auto Group. When I go to the latter's site, I'm only able to browse new and used cars... Where can I see the key?

What other online options are there or non $200+ options?
email thebmwminipartstore@gmail.com and inquire about a new key.
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Old 04-21-2017, 03:25 PM   #39
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They don't ship to Canada. I'm asking specifically for online Canadian options.
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