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Old 03-06-2017, 11:49 PM   #1
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Need new key - cheapest current source?

Need to buy and code a new key for my 330cic. Anyone know a good cheap source that is still selling them?
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Old 03-07-2017, 05:13 AM   #2
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About $155 from https://thebmwminipartstore.com/

You need to email them and tell them you need a key for your E46, they will tell you what documentation you will need to provide them.
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Old 03-07-2017, 10:43 AM   #3
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Old 03-07-2017, 03:12 PM   #4
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No chance in hell I mail my only key to some random internet business.


Call local dealer.
Give VIN over phone. Pay with CC
Pick up key 2 days later for $130

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Old 03-07-2017, 03:35 PM   #5
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No chance in hell I mail my only key to some random internet business.


Call local dealer.
Give VIN over phone. Pay with CC
Pick up key 2 days later for $130
???

Well you do not mail your only key to anyone.

The "random internet business" is a real BMW dealer.

You can pay by credit card.

You will get an OE key precut that will start your car, same as you would get from your local dealer for like $200+.

You are not going to get a new keyfob from a BMW dealer for $130, those days are long over.
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Old 03-07-2017, 03:36 PM   #6
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Paid $130 last summer at the local dealer. In general, it seems Dealer parts prices have plummeted the last few years in order to compete online

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Old 03-07-2017, 04:22 PM   #7
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The process through https://thebmwminipartstore.com/ is flawless. I did that 2 weeks ago. Ordered the key on monday, sent picture of the paperwork for proof of identification and I had the key in the mail on Friday. Excellent business.

No need to go to the dealership (not everyone live close to one).
No need to wait at the dealership.
No service manager trying to sell you overpriced and unnecessary maintenance.

I think even a real dealer will need to see you registration and ID before even ordering a key from BMW NA.
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Old 03-07-2017, 04:31 PM   #8
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You are not going to get a new keyfob from a BMW dealer for $130...
It depends on the dealer. Some dealers will mark the price up at least $50, some dealers sell them at cost, which is the $130 you referenced. I got mine at cost but I knew the parts guy.
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Old 03-07-2017, 05:25 PM   #9
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$85 new key + new transponder + program in So.Cali
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Old 03-07-2017, 05:58 PM   #10
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No chance in hell I mail my only key to some random internet business.
Where does it say that you have to send in your key?
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Old 03-07-2017, 05:58 PM   #11
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Please share! Do they accept internet business?
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Please share! Do they accept internet business?
No, these are guys that sell you a $12 ebay key, they cut it and have to program it to the EWS. The problem is if this is done, most of these mobile guys use the next open key slot number and if you ever buy a key from the dealer then the dealer key will not likely work.

Some people are penny wise and pound foolish!
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Old 03-07-2017, 06:32 PM   #13
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No, these are guys that sell you a $12 ebay key, they cut it and have to program it to the EWS.
Thanks for the 'heads-up'. Semi-local (Denver) dealer just quoted me $200. Look like I am going to use the link you provided.
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Old 03-07-2017, 06:37 PM   #14
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$85 new key + new transponder + program in So.Cali
Diamond key or the non remote? I like the fact that I have two remotes (I took jfoj's advise) a non remote and a plastic key.
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Old 03-07-2017, 06:38 PM   #15
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No, these are guys that sell you a $12 ebay key, they cut it and have to program it to the EWS. The problem is if this is done, most of these mobile guys use the next open key slot number and if you ever buy a key from the dealer then the dealer key will not likely work.

Some people are penny wise and pound foolish!
No internet business blank key + transponder is $35 cut & program = $50. Guy has been doing this for 12 years must show ownership.

He will ask if you want open slots or close slots so it cant be programmed anymore. He will check to see how many open slots or reset the EWS so it will open slots for you to add more transponders.
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Diamond key or the non remote? I like the fact that I have two remotes (I took jfoj's advise) a non remote and a plastic key.
Diamond key with the BMW logo and transponder.

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Old 03-07-2017, 06:43 PM   #17
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Like I said these mobile guys can really screw up the process for dealer purchased keys if you are not careful. They can do it right, but again you need to be careful.

The key is probably a cheap Asian $12 keyfob that they charge you $35 for. Most likely it does not have a rechargeable battery.

I find that you should not need more than 1-2 keys in the life of the car, these should not be regular purchases and it makes a lot of sense not to go outside of dealer purchased keys.

But some people do anything for the lowest price, but this often has compromises.
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Like I said these mobile guys can really screw up the process for dealer purchased keys if you are not careful. They can do it right, but again you need to be careful.

The key is probably a cheap Asian $12 keyfob that they charge you $35 for. Most likely it does not have a rechargeable battery.

I find that you should not need more than 1-2 keys in the life of the car, these should not be regular purchases and it makes a lot of sense not to go outside of dealer purchased keys.

But some people do anything for the lowest price, but this often has compromises.
Agree with you 100% so far so good here.
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Old 03-07-2017, 08:02 PM   #20
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Paid $130 last summer at the local dealer. In general, it seems Dealer parts prices have plummeted the last few years in order to compete online
You cant get a key from any BMW dealer for $130!


Someone on the fence said this last year and I verified it from a number of NYC dealers and ot was not that cheap.

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