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Old 04-28-2013, 11:57 AM
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Key Programming for E83

Can one program a new key for a 2006 X3 E83? I have a working key and a new key that needs to be program.
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:52 PM
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No, only the dealer can.
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:01 PM
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Thanks...just as I thought
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:15 PM
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You can program a new key for locking and unlocking the doors (in the DIY compilation sticky under Miscellaneous Documents) but not for starting the vehicle.
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:20 PM
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Key Programming for E83

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No, only the dealer can.
Not 100% true. Up to 4 keys can be initialized but they have to go in original order. Instructions below:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/att...0&d=1231280426



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Old 04-28-2013, 01:22 PM
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You can program a new key for locking and unlocking the doors (in the DIY compilation sticky under Miscellaneous Documents) but not for starting the vehicle.
I didn't realize that. I thought the instruction covered dme initialization. It's worth a try though.

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Old 04-28-2013, 03:21 PM
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Many thanks x3Brian, it worked. I had purchased a new key from a local lock shop ($209) and the programming was not correct. The hatch opened every time I started the car. Again my thanks.
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:32 PM
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Do you have to re-initialize the original key as well as the new one?
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:00 AM
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Yes, everything has been taken care of. Both work properly. Do you know where the receiving unit is located?
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:47 AM
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George, may I ask how you got the transponder programmed? My local locksmith said he can't do anything but "cut" the key.
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Old 05-27-2013, 03:02 PM
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George, may I ask how you got the transponder programmed? My local locksmith said he can't do anything but "cut" the key.
Take a look at this: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/att...0&d=1231280426

it will tell you how to program your key. Also, this was address at the top of this thread. It may take you a couple of times, but it does work.
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:02 AM
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Thanks. I guess what I am asking is did it also program the chip so you could start the car? I have always heard that the above process was only for the locking system?

Thanks George.
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:54 AM
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Thanks. I guess what I am asking is did it also program the chip so you could start the car? I have always heard that the above process was only for the locking system?

Thanks George.
That I don't know. I purchased the key from a key shop that programed the key and cut the key. I just reprogrammed it. Try the procedure as descrubed above.
By the way, the key cost $209.
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:36 PM
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Thanks for replying. I think I am going to have to bite the bullet and get one from a dealer. No lock smiths around my area that can program the chip as far as I know Damn these things are expensive!
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:10 AM
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Thanks for replying. I think I am going to have to bite the bullet and get one from a dealer. No lock smiths around my area that can program the chip as far as I know Damn these things are expensive!
You can buy the purse key for say $50 and peel off the black sticker and swap the chip into a remote key, if you can get it dismantled without damaging it.
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Old 06-02-2013, 03:21 PM
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Just wondering .... what is the cheapest anyone has gotten another key from BMW for? Is there a standard cost? I see BimmerNav says they can get them for $249
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Old 07-03-2014, 10:43 AM
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Got my key for $150 just the other day. (used by bmw cca discount from the $182 they quoted)
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