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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 05-23-2013, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Replacement Key Cheap?

Hi,

I purchased my vehicle (2012 Skyactive) used and so the key situation was AS IS which meant sadly ONE KEY. What is my cheapest good option for getting myself a spare key or two?

The dealership quoted me that they'd order/cut/program a 2nd flip key with remote for $250.

Is it possible to bypass such a hefty purchase by using something like the plain $20 key from a 3rd party website like I've found via google? They even offered the Flip/Remote style for $100 on this after market site.

My worries are:

1) DIY programming seems to have mixed results for some people.
2) some threads indicate that you need 2 keys already to do the programming, I only have one.
3) even if I can program the key myself, I'd need it cut. Does anyone know what a typical locksmith would charge to cut a key for a modern car?

If anyone has any experience replacing keys, cutting, programming, and can lend advice on the costs and where to save I'd really appreciate it!

Thanks!
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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 05-23-2013, 04:42 PM
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I wasn't aware it was possible to program keys on your own. I had a key made by the dealer, and haven't gotten it programmed yet. They said they need all keys to the car and the car itself for the programming. Doing it yourself sounds risky, you might make a mistake and then not be able to start your car!
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I wasn't aware of it either until looking around on this forum and google and it seems like people have had some success with it. I obviously do share some of your concerns, also, so I thought I'd reach out and see.

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I lost one of the keys for my 2012 CX-9. I got a replacement off eBay for $90 (After the dealer wanted $350) I took it to them, and the manager had originally quoted me $100 for programming + $30 for the re-cut ket. He ended up not charging me for the re-program so it only cost me the $30 for replacement cut key.

I also have the smart key on the CX-9.
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You have to have 2 programmed keys

to self program a 3rd Fob.

However, "cheaper" methods exist than using a dealer.

Buy a FOB on ebay- an easy $70 saved. Make sure the key is uncut so you don't have to also buy a replacement key.

A locksmith will be cheaper than the dealer. Explain what you need specifically so he doesn't charge you for his service should he not be able to program and cut the key- let him know you only have the one key.

Here are the part #'s I was given by http://monsterfactoryparts.com/ (I haven't found better prices anywhere....!)

Switchblade Key- G2YA762GXB (53.64) includes the head
Transmitter-BBM4-67-5RY (151.70) (Base)
Standard Key w/Chip – F1Y1-76-2GX (48.23)

My remote #FCC# BGBX1T478SKE12501
IC: 662F-SKE12501
Model ID: SKE125-01
Battery#: Panasonic CR1620 3 Volts

After trying to unsuccessfully program the key for a 4th FOB I called the dealer and he informed me that 3 FOBS were the most that can be stored in memory to start the car. (I was able to self program a 4th FOB to lock and unlock the doors, but not start the car....).

So, since the dealers are less than truthful about the ability to selfprogram a FOB, I am going to do more searches on the web before I throw in the towel on programming a key for a 4th FOB......but I think there is a consensus here that a locksmith will be cheaper..........

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Ah, thanks for your experiences and all the info!

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Talking Under 20!

I ebay'd the keyfob used for 13.00.. Then bought an insert uncut key for 9$ i think. And the reprogramming was easy. I cant quit remember the exact process. Something like turn the key to accessory, open the door three times, and unlock on the key fobs one after another. I just had the two keys and they both unlock my car, i have yet to get the second one cut. I'll try to find the exact directions. It was EaSy


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This video shows you how to program the keyfob. Worked for me on my 2012 3 Skyacticv Hatch

http://www.youtube.com/embed/mShU9jRAsIU


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eBay!

I was in the exact same situation as you. When I called the dealer to get a second key, they quoted me $280 just for the key+fob switchblade and then another $42.98 to get it programmed and cut. I said the hell with that! It's not even that much for my Acura's Smart Key system...

I found the key+fob switchblade on ebay for only $39. They are on there all the time, you can find them easily. Search for 4 button Mazda 3 key. It will come with an uncut blade. then just take it to the dealer and have them rape you for the cut and program. ~$80 was definitely better than ~$320 though!!

Also, make sure you match up your FCC ID and model number on your current FOB to the one you buy. Nearly all eBay listing will tell you this and also list the ID numbers of the FOB they are selling. You can find this on your fob by opening the switchblade and using a paper clip to push the release inside where the blade folds in to release the top portion of the key where the blade is. Hard to explain I guess.... but when you get the top portion off the ID information is on the bottom of it.


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Extra Key

YES you can program the car to accept another key.
Problem is you NEED two original or an extra programed key before you lost one.
You have one key then the dealer you have to go.
When I bought my Mazda 3 I immediately got another key fro eBay and had it cut at the dealer.
They stood there smirking since I'd told them I would be doing the programing.
I did it in their lot and it took five minutes.
There are two steps in the programing; first is to get the car to accept the key to start. After that is done second step is to get the car to accept the remote on the key.
The instructions are here and on the net on how to do it..
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