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Old 05-15-2012, 02:09 PM   #1
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Where to get cheap duplicate keys for e46

Does anyone know how to key affordable spare keys for an e46 330i. I've see the blanks on ebay, but dont know where/how to get them cut. Is that even a good option. Thanks yall : )
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Old 05-15-2012, 02:15 PM   #2
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Probably not worth the effort as the ebay keys do not have the EWS transponder in them.

Check you local dealers, full replacement keyfob should be around $160, valet key is cheaper, wallet key is about $60 and will open the door manually and actually start the car!
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Old 05-15-2012, 03:52 PM   #3
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Probably not worth the effort as the ebay keys do not have the EWS transponder in them.

Check you local dealers, full replacement keyfob should be around $160, valet key is cheaper, wallet key is about $60 and will open the door manually and actually start the car!
I'm curious how the wallet key works if it doesn't have any of the electronic components inside (or does it?). Is there a limit on what it can do in comparison to the regular key?
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Old 05-15-2012, 04:22 PM   #4
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Wallet key has electronics, there is a small round area in the head of the key that holds the transponder electronics.

I was not sure when I purchased it if it would start the car either!

Picture below is actually the key for my E39, that is why is has a notch in it.

And yes the key is actually plastic, except for the hollow head which houses the electronics.

Not sure I would use it all the time, but do use it from time to time. I believe that all our E46's originally came with a wallet key that was promptly lost buy most of the original owners!
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Old 05-15-2012, 04:28 PM   #5
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There s no such term "cheap key". You will have to get them duplicated at dealership. You can get them cut maybe, but that will only open the doors.
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Old 05-15-2012, 04:29 PM   #6
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Does anyone know how to key affordable spare keys for an e46 330i. I've see the blanks on ebay, but dont know where/how to get them cut. Is that even a good option. Thanks yall : )
What is it for? To open the car? or to start the car? or both?

1. Ebay key will open doors (after getting it cut), but will not start the car.
2. cheapest key to start the car is wallet(valet) key from dealer ~$80
3. doing both is from dealer ~$200
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+1 for wallet key. Much cheaper that a full transponder with the necessary, basic, functionalities.
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Old 05-15-2012, 05:27 PM   #8
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The wallet key is PLASTIC... it WILL wear after enough uses. Read the owners manual, it explicitly says so.
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The OP asked about a affordable "spare" key. I think the wallet key meets his requirements.

Yes it is plastic and it will likely wear out, but for a spare it may well fit his requirements.

I doubt you could purchase the ebay key and have it cut for the price of the wallet key and it would not start the car as it the ebay key will not have the EWS transponder.

But this is the same problem most of the E46 owners have here, they only have 1 key for the car, then they loose the one key or lock it in the car, so they might as well step up, spend the money now and get some form of spare key as if they lock themselves out or loose the only key they have, it will be likely they will spend more than than the $160 for a new full function key trying to get in the car or getting alternate transportation and being late for important events.
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:24 PM   #10
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the op asked about a affordable "spare" key. I think the wallet key meets his requirements.

Yes it is plastic and it will likely wear out, but for a spare it may well fit his requirements.

I doubt you could purchase the ebay key and have it cut for the price of the wallet key and it would not start the car as it the ebay key will not have the ews transponder.

But this is the same problem most of the e46 owners have here, they only have 1 key for the car, then they loose the one key or lock it in the car, so they might as well step up, spend the money now and get some form of spare key as if they lock themselves out or loose the only key they have, it will be likely they will spend more than than the $160 for a new full function key trying to get in the car or getting alternate transportation and being late for important events.
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:21 PM   #11
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A decent alternative might be the metal spare keys. Most e46s didn't come with them, but afaik you can still order them
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:26 PM   #12
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Don't buy a wallet key, they're plastic and cost about the same as a valet key or spare key and take the same amount of time to get. Don't buy a valet key either, it doesn't open the trunk or the glove box. Buy a "spare key"! It starts the car (or is suppose to if everything EWS in the car is working), opens the doors, trunk and glove box, just no keyless entry remote. For that you want a master key ($$$). You do not need a working key to initialize it. Just insert the key in the ignition, turn it to ON, wait a few moments and that should be it. The EWS should have completed it's authentication and added it to the active key table.
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:30 PM   #13
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The beauty is the wallet key can be kept in your wallet or hidden easily somewhere around the car, spare key is a bit larger, but is an option.

Not sure how much more a spare key costs, but as I recall the wallet key is the cheapest.
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:04 PM   #14
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Get a set of 4 BMW keys for your E46 - $280 (old style remote) -$340 (new style remote) for all 4- 2 remote, a valet and a spare.

http://www.rmsonlinestore.com/This-i...ey-Set-E46.htm

There are Two Options when you purchase this Key Set. You can either Order the New Ovule New shape Key, Or you can Order the Old Shape Square type Key.
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Not sure how much more a spare key costs, but as I recall the wallet key is the cheapest.
The spare key and valet keys are the same price, about $40 from the BMW online parts guys. I believe the wallet key is the same or maybe a buck or two less. I think the wallet key is a waste. I like the spare key since it opens the trunk and glove box which the valet doesn't, but, I wish the spare key had the same head as the valet key. The spare key has a little head that makes it harder to turn.
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Get a set of 4 BMW keys for your E46 - $280 (old style remote) -$340 (new style remote) for all 4- 2 remote, a valet and a spare.

http://www.rmsonlinestore.com/This-i...ey-Set-E46.htm

There are Two Options when you purchase this Key Set. You can either Order the New Ovule New shape Key, Or you can Order the Old Shape Square type Key.
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This is a great call, except you have to be prepared for downtime as they need your EWS shipped to them for coding.
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The spare key and valet keys are the same price, about $40 from the BMW online parts guys. I believe the wallet key is the same or maybe a buck or two less. I think the wallet key is a waste. I like the spare key since it opens the trunk and glove box which the valet doesn't, but, I wish the spare key had the same head as the valet key. The spare key has a little head that makes it harder to turn.
It's not terribly difficult to mod the valet key to open the trunk. I think you just have to dremel some plastic off (compare the key to the main key, and dremel the outer groove to match)
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Thank you everyone for the responses! Helped a lot!!

Thank you everyone for the responses! Helped a lot!! I think I will be getting a spare key for now.
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BMWPartsSource has a special on keys right now. $160 shipped.
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BMWPartsSource has a special on keys right now. $160 shipped.
That place is the best, it came in like 3 days via FedEx right from BMW in NJ. They are great to work with. WAY cheaper than my local dealer. I think you can just google that name of the store, or search my old posts - its in there within the last week.
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