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E34 Replacement Keys

Postby gffoulkes » Mon, 01 Oct 2007 16:57:51 UTC

Hi all, Im trying to get a replacement car key for my E34 525. Ive been quoted £100 from my local Stealer, is this my only option?
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Postby ferret » Mon, 01 Oct 2007 20:34:31 UTC

What year is it?

If it's post '92 then yes - these cars are fitted with key based transponders that need to be coded to the car!
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Postby Nick & Lynn » Mon, 01 Oct 2007 20:46:56 UTC

Ive got that same problem too
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Postby gffoulkes » Tue, 02 Oct 2007 08:10:44 UTC

its a 1994 model
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Postby machinehead525 » Tue, 02 Oct 2007 12:29:36 UTC

mines a 93 and there is nothing in the key?! <£20 from Wood BMW 01722 325 325
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Postby gffoulkes » Tue, 02 Oct 2007 12:37:49 UTC

I only have the spare key not the master key. which is why i want a replacement- Quoted £100 from main dealer and they require the V5 my driving licence and two utility bills to show its my car
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Postby bjakhu » Tue, 02 Oct 2007 13:09:56 UTC

yes, they require documentation for security reasons. i recently got mine from Scothall Stanmore for my '95 e34, it was around the £20 figure
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Postby ferret » Tue, 02 Oct 2007 14:16:52 UTC

What the heck? They're supposed to be fitted with transponders after 92 or 93 by default! bjakhu, does yours actually start the car or just get you in and out of it?

The £100 cost is basically the key + labour charge of having to plug your car into the computer to reprogramme it to the new key.
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Postby bjakhu » Tue, 02 Oct 2007 15:19:03 UTC

Mine opens the doors and starts the car too. The guy at the parts desk said that BMW make about 5 original keys, supply 2 with the car and keep 3 in a safe somewhere till required. He also advised that if the locks had ever been changed during the life of the car, then the new key obviously won't work.

But yes the new key works just as my old key does and was around £20.
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Postby ferret » Tue, 02 Oct 2007 16:00:51 UTC

Ahh, well that surprises me, was that the original dealer you were working with, or did you not know?
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Postby dognosh » Tue, 02 Oct 2007 17:28:09 UTC

if they have to reprogram it with a new code then it is a programming jobbie
if it is a spare only and you have at least one other key that has a transponder in it then all they do is press some keys and is cheaper to do

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Postby bjakhu » Wed, 03 Oct 2007 08:19:12 UTC

the new key worked straight away from the packaging without any programming. They weren't the supplying dealer if thats what you mean ferret.
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Postby machinehead525 » Wed, 03 Oct 2007 12:19:57 UTC

mine too - worked straight off, no coding required whats so ever. the remote locking/alarm is a separate fob and this does need programming at dealer cost (although an Indi can do this too if they have the equiment, which mine does).

As far as I know the main key I use and the spare are both Masters, I have the plastic thingy and the velet key at home too, full set when I got the car. I know E39 models are different, maybe post-facelift E34s are too?

btw it was not the original dealer either, that was in Maidenhead.

Needed proof of ID but when I got the 3rd key in the space of about 6-weeks (long story) they didn't bother and gave me discount!! They did not cut the key, they sent off for it and it came from Germany - no mention of any limit to the number of keys though, although I have read this somewhere on another thread. The 5-key limit might be down to the ECU rather then keys - my Honda can only have a certain number of keys programmed after which a new ECU is needed + keys.

BMW must have a huge room if they keep 3-keys for every car sold world-wide - its got to be an Urban BMW Myth!
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