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E46 replacement key?

Postby Nathan Pitt » Thu, 27 Aug 2009 21:11:28 UTC

Hi. I've only one key for my car and the buttons don't work at all. How do i go about getting a working replacement? Is it main dealer only and how much will it cost. Many thanks.
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Postby tenchiten » Thu, 27 Aug 2009 21:16:34 UTC

Have you tried re-initialising the key ? lots of threads on this subject just do a search.
I enquired about a spare key for mine at the dealer (yes you need to go to a dealer) and cost was about £90 if memory serves correctly, you will also need to prduce your V5 document and another form of ID at the time of ordering (and pay in advance, at my dealer anyway).
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Postby Nathan Pitt » Thu, 27 Aug 2009 21:44:28 UTC

Thanks. I'll try re-initialising if I can find the correct thread. If not I can live with £90 or so;)
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Re: E46 replacement key?

Postby pursang » Thu, 27 Aug 2009 21:45:02 UTC

Nathan Pitt wrote:Hi. I've only one key for my car and the buttons don't work at all. How do i go about getting a working replacement? Is it main dealer only and how much will it cost. Many thanks.


Yes, main dealer only at around £100. :shock:

You will need V5 (logbook) and second proof of address. (I used my licence)

Key normally takes a 1-2 days to arrive then needs programming to your car via the other key.
(There's some instructions somewhere on the forum, I think)

The dealer did mine for me at the time of collection :)

I've just noticed tenchiten has mention the same thing :oops:
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Postby pursang » Thu, 27 Aug 2009 21:49:05 UTC

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Postby Taro » Sun, 30 Aug 2009 13:24:12 UTC

I bought reinitialisation instructions from ebay but it's free on this website, just do a search. I also bought a blank key from a seller on ebay operating out of Hong Kong and a used spare for around £10 also on ebay. I dismantled the used spare and put the electronic bits into the new blank, reinitialised it and it works great.
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Postby rukhgha » Sun, 30 Aug 2009 19:38:16 UTC

i got a quote for £80 from my local dealer
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