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Old 10-18-2012, 02:18 PM
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... That's a little misleading...

The physical part of the key is based on the locks installed on the vehicle. BMW uses the VIN to get this pattern and put it on a key. They also have a chip inside the key, but they're individual to the key. When the dealer gets your new key from Germany, they perform a procedure, using the old key, to tell the car to use this new key as well, for VKM. I watched them perform this procedure, and it could be done on your own. It required no tools other than the working key, and the new key. Since it was free, and they performed this before even giving me the key, I didn't care.

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this jared guy sounds intimidating lol.
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