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Old 01-04-2015, 02:07 PM   #1
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replacement keys... how do you get one?

Came home from a vaca and I can't for the life of me remember where I left my Beemer key.
I only had one from purchase, and now I have none. What are my options and how much am I looking at in damages $$$?
I'm in NY.
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Old 01-04-2015, 02:22 PM   #2
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Old 01-04-2015, 02:26 PM   #3
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This is what happens when you mod before ordering additional keys...

Bring you ID, a valid registration and/or the title of your car indicating that you own it to the nearest BMW dealer and they will have replacement key(s) for you within a few days.

It's cheaper to order from getbmwparts.com or thebmwminipartstore.com, but it will take a little longer....

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Old 01-04-2015, 02:29 PM   #4
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http://thebmwminipartstore.com
I bought one from these guys a month or so ago. Emailed them my registration and driver's license. Had the key in a few days for a reasonable price.

The part numbers can be found on realoem.com under Body Work > Front Door
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Old 01-04-2015, 02:44 PM   #5
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Thanks. Exactly what we're the prices from dealer or Web site?
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Old 01-04-2015, 02:51 PM   #6
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Old 01-04-2015, 03:27 PM   #7
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Thanks jfoj.
You have Excellent posts.
As always very useful.
Btw... I emailed the bmwminipartsstore.com
I don't believe they are there today.
But $126 sounds better than. The dealer prices.
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Old 01-04-2015, 03:49 PM   #8
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Came home from a vaca and I can't for the life of me remember where I left my Beemer key.
I only had one from purchase, and now I have none. What are my options and how much am I looking at in damages $$$?
I'm in NY.
I love it when people lose their only key and don't have spare. Make me feel smarter for having a spare.
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Old 01-04-2015, 06:45 PM   #9
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Bought the car with only one key.
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Old 01-04-2015, 07:25 PM   #10
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ouch! I bought a car with one key too. The same month I went to the dealer and got a second key for $70 and they programmed it for me. $126 is crazy for a key.
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Old 01-04-2015, 07:38 PM   #11
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ouch! I bought a car with one key too. The same month I went to the dealer and got a second key for $70 and they programmed it for me. $126 is crazy for a key.
You did not get a keyfob/master key for $70 unless it was like 10 years ago.

$126 for a keyfob is a DEAL. Many dealers charge as much as $230 or more of a key and these are far cheaper than other makes and models that have keys close to $500.

Dealer does not need to program any of the keys. Matter of fact the only programming required is for the keyfob to lock and unlock the doors and you can do with in 30 seconds from the drivers seat with no tools or software.
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Old 01-04-2015, 10:11 PM   #12
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Jfoj, others who gave me these excellent replies. .. I thank you.
However, I have excellent news for me,
My wife found the key.
It was in her cars glove compartment.
Yes!

However, this thread was very informative.
Again thank you all for your replies.
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Old 01-05-2015, 01:08 AM   #13
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^ Congrats. This gives you more time.
But in the light of this recent event, I'd order not one, but two new keys online:

These two:
Key with remote control, P/N 66126955748
Door and ignition key (plastic key, no remote), P/N 51217127047


It's good to have a full set of keys and it will cost you less than $200.
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Old 01-05-2015, 01:54 AM   #14
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I just bought a 330i Saturday from a private seller that only had 1 key and without the keyfob.

So I went to the BMW dealership, had to show them proof I owned the car.

They ordered a new key for right under $175. I had to pre pay for the key and they said the new key(w/fob) should be in for pickup Tuesday or Wednesday.

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Old 01-05-2015, 02:04 AM   #15
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^Not a bad price from a local dealer. I bought a key from my dealer seven years ago and it was a bit over $200. Today they'd probably charge about $250.

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Old 01-05-2015, 03:18 AM   #16
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When I bought an X5 over a year ago, it had a keyfob and a plastic key. I carry full coverage Ins with towing and lockout etc..... under the lockout it said key replacement limit $500.00. I called my Ins and told them the keyfob was lost and we only had a plastic key left. I was told to go pay for a new key from BMW and fax them the receipt they would cover it up to $500.00. I went to the dealership paid for the key, faxed the receipt for $165.00 and had the Ins check in a week. So some Ins provide key Ins...........
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Old 02-07-2017, 05:22 PM   #17
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^ Congrats. This gives you more time.
But in the light of this recent event, I'd order not one, but two new keys online:

These two:
Key with remote control, P/N 66126955748
Door and ignition key (plastic key, no remote), P/N 51217127047


It's good to have a full set of keys and it will cost you less than $200.
Bumping this older thread. Megalocnus or anyone who has ordered "door and ignition key" P/N 51217127047: does it have a plastic grip/metal blade or a plastic grip/plastic blade?

I got a 2003 330xi off the original owner recently, and it came with two main keys (remotes) and the entirely plastic spare/wallet key. The only key seemingly missing, according to the manual, was the "door and ignition key" aka valet key, featuring a plastic grip and metal blade.

Since I surf regularly and would prefer not to take either master (even in a plastic bag), and because the all-plastic one isn't officially for repeated use (nor do I trust it in the surf), I called up some local dealership parts departments about obtaining a valet key. Some quoted the same P/N above, 51217127047, BUT they said it's all plastic, rather than plastic grip/metal blade, and that my particular production month (July) of 2003 E46 didn't come with a typical door/ignition valet key (despite the manual). Can anyone provide insight, especially those with an April 2003 or later 330xi? A few BMW parts websites list the 330xi door/ignition key only being issued up until 03/2003, so maybe the dealerships are correct????? (semi shocked about that possibility)

Thanks in advance.

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Old 02-07-2017, 05:51 PM   #18
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These are the notes I have, you can check www.realoem.com to verify the part numbers.

Valet/Service key part number - 51217124770
Spare key (some call it a wallet key) part number up to 10/2003 - 51218213932 Referred to as Spare key in parts catalog.
Master key/keyfob part number - 66126955750 superseded by 66126955748

If the wagon/touring offered a Valet key, it would be a plastic head with a metal blade.
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Old 02-07-2017, 07:24 PM   #19
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Have you considered buying a blank and having it cut so you can at least unlock the door and trunk? And then keep your ignition key inside the car while you surf. Using the door lock repeatedly isn't a good idea considering how easily they break.
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Have you considered buying a blank and having it cut so you can at least unlock the door and trunk? And then keep your ignition key inside the car while you surf. Using the door lock repeatedly isn't a good idea considering how easily they break.
Thanks for the replies, and that's a good suggestion. Probably cheaper than the OE valet key in this case...plus it'd open the trunk.

Regarding door lock failure, any idea roughly how many cycles of they endure? Tens, hundreds, thousands?
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