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Old 10-07-2012, 03:45 PM   #1
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Lost my only key car is also locked what to do?

So I'm guessing I'll need to go to the dealer and get a new key. Does anyone know how this work and how much it will cost me. I only had 1 key and it's gone I looked everywhere and it's not here and my car is also sitting in my driveway locked. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:52 PM   #2
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You'll likely need to bring your license and registration to the dealership. They usually have to order the key, so you'll be waiting for shipment as well.

Sorry to hear.
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:53 PM   #3
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Good news is on the coupes that the frameless door makes opening the car easy if you have to. Just be careful not to damage the seal - that thing is expensive. Slipping in a flat shaped object to hit the center button shouldn't be too hard; it'll take some fenangling but you can hit it if need be.

Average cost for a new key from BMW is somewhere in the $150-200 range. Takes a few days from them to get it to you. I've read that they have a warehouse full of keys for every BMW, and there are only a certain number of keys allotted per vehicle. I don't know the truth in that, though...that seems absurdly expensive and time-consuming for BMW to keep track of, especially with how many cars of theirs are on the road.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:00 PM   #4
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You can get a valet key for $50 that will work...just without fob.

Yes, you can break into your car if needed...only if you think key might be in there; I'm not sure if you can lock the key in car anyway.

You pry the glass out with strong wedge and I don't know if you can use the button, but the bars the tow truck guys have fit to pull on the handle. I broke into a coupe without hurting anything...it was fun!

Two people for this comes in handy if you don't have an inflatable bag...which I'm sure you don't.

A wedge and a hanger might get you into car though.

I'd keep looking for key. Retrace all your steps since when you got the car home last.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:11 PM   #5
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Key fell off my lap when getting out of girlfriends car and it rained heavenly last night and it's sitting at the bottom of a sewer drain! Making a contraption now to snag it. Wow this is a lucky day to say the least lol.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:40 PM   #6
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DO NOT ORDER A VALET KEY, PEOPLE SUGGEST THIS ALL THE TIME.

Order a replacement keyfob, usually around $160 if the dealer does not stick it to you. If you order in the morning, the dealer, if organized and actually placed the order, you will have the key the next day.

If you do not want to spend the money on a keyfob, order a "replacement" key. This key is the same price as a Valet key, however, it opens the trunk and glovebox. Why would anyone want a Valet key if they did not have a complete set of keys?? What do you do when your drivers door lock linkage is broken, you lock your only keyfob in the trunk and you only have a Valet key?? Your SOL!!!

Replacement key is about $60, however, if you only have a single key, pony up the $160 and buy another keyfob and make sure your drivers door lock linkage is working.

You will not be in the same situation again and when your keyfob dies and your door lock linkage is broken your extra, functional keyfob should get you in the car.
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jfoj...sorry...I didn't even think of that. I have a plastic key that opens everything (I think) and just got used to calling it a valet key.

I won't make that mistake again...promise! LOL :MichelleObama whyyoumadtho gif:

Anyway, this plastic key of mine is the one I keep in my wallet...and now I have to check to see what kind of key I have...unless you happen to know if the plastic one is 'valet' or 'replacement.'

BTW, I was thinking of suggesting to OP that he uses a magnet to fish the key out of drain, but then was wondering if the magnet would mess up the chip inside. Anyone know?

Also, in '01 I don't know if you have the diamond key or old style key. Mine is old and although it's survived getting wet before, I'm not sure how long it would handle water.

You might want to be patient when you get it...open it up if old style...and let it dry out thoroughly. Wrap it in a paper towel and put it in a bag of raw rice overnight.

I suspect the chip/key part would be fine but the fob buttons might not.

Anyway, let us know how you make out! Glad you found it..hope it works...and get that replacement key anyway!
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Got the key! I just used a long plastic piece used to hold my blinds in and taped a paper clip made into a hook shape to the end of the pole and got it out first try! Now when I get home I'll see if it has been damaged which I'm sure it has been. Atleast I have a key though.
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Congrats! You'll have to let us know how it survived!
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And the key works perfectly!!! Such luck!
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And the key works perfectly!!! Such luck!
I would consider this my one lucky time to pull this off. I'd go now and order a spare key to put in a safe location.
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