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Old 02-09-2017, 08:03 AM   #41
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Wow, I guess I got it easy. Just recently bought a new OE diamond key for $125 from a local mobile locksmith. He came to my residence, program it, cut it and did whatever it needed to start the car..all in 30 minutes. Even cut me a spare key for free. Didn't bother to ask me for any proof of ownership or registration either.
The locksmith did not ask for ownership because he came to your residence and you handed him a working key for the car. You must not have look too suspicious!!

Here is the problem with doing this, if the Locksmith added the key to the next open key spot in the EWS any key you or someone purchases from a dealer in the future WILL NOT work to start the car.

If the locksmith added the key to the #10 keyspot, if this is possible to do out of order, then this should not impact future keys purchased from the dealer.

Chances are your "locksmith" key does not have a rechargeable battery inside, but the head shell probably can be spilt to replace the battery.
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Old 02-09-2017, 10:13 AM   #42
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Knew it wouldn't work in the locks but was just trying to work out whether it was the key or the car and this seemed like a quick cheap option as I have 2 E36s of the exact month and year....and if it is the key I was thinking of doing just that buying a cheap ebay key and just using the fob and I have a phone/laptop induction charger I could charge it on once in a while.
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Old 02-09-2017, 02:29 PM   #43
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The locksmith did not ask for ownership because he came to your residence and you handed him a working key for the car. You must not have look too suspicious!!

Here is the problem with doing this, if the Locksmith added the key to the next open key spot in the EWS any key you or someone purchases from a dealer in the future WILL NOT work to start the car.

If the locksmith added the key to the #10 keyspot, if this is possible to do out of order, then this should not impact future keys purchased from the dealer.

Chances are your "locksmith" key does not have a rechargeable battery inside, but the head shell probably can be spilt to replace the battery.

I didn't look "ghetto" enough to warrant proof of ownership.....was my wife's explanation when I told her the same thing. LOL!

After my ownership, whatever happens happens but for now, I got 3 keys so I should be good for awhile. Don't know if the key have a rechargeable battery or not though. Only time will tell.

Here are some pics just in case anyone might be interested on how this new key looks compared to my OE key:











OE, OEM or not, it remains to be seen.
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Old 02-09-2017, 05:53 PM   #44
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It's not a good idea to post a picture of your key groove. People can make replicas from the images. I know the immobilizer will stop it from doing much good, but blacking out the key grooves is a good habit to get into.

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Old 03-27-2017, 02:25 AM   #45
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In New Zealand a key costs $440 NZ $
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:54 PM   #46
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After reading several key fob forums, I'm still incredibly confused on the whole 10 slot thing. Some people say it's a myth that you can only ever have 10 keys that have been synced to your EWS, whether or not they are still synced while others say you can only have 10 at once.

Also, what other online options are there other than bmwminipartstore and rmsonline. Only rmsonline ships to Canada, but they require a key and your EMS...

Are there any other online options that don't require your EMS and a key that also ship to Canada?
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Old 04-21-2017, 05:47 AM   #47
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Is it a myth that there are only 10 slots? No. There are only 10. Can you only ever have 10 keys produced that work with the car? No. There are several possible ways to get around this limitation. Sorry, I don't know what your online options are, but I would only buy from bmwminipartstore.


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Old 04-21-2017, 06:07 AM   #48
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No it's not a myth. If you have pa soft you can see the key assignments. After 10 you need to change the module to start over.
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Old 04-21-2017, 06:08 AM   #49
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After reading several key fob forums, I'm still incredibly confused on the whole 10 slot thing. Some people say it's a myth that you can only ever have 10 keys that have been synced to your EWS, whether or not they are still synced while others say you can only have 10 at once.

Also, what other online options are there other than bmwminipartstore and rmsonline. Only rmsonline ships to Canada, but they require a key and your EMS...

Are there any other online options that don't require your EMS and a key that also ship to Canada?
I posted replies in two of the other 9 threads you asked about Canadian options.
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Old 04-21-2017, 06:43 AM   #50
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I posted replies in two of the other 9 threads you asked about Canadian options.
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Old 04-21-2017, 08:47 AM   #51
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I posted replies in two of the other 9 threads you asked about Canadian options.
Thanks, just trying to get answers from several people.
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