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Old 12-15-2015, 06:13 PM
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Cardinal Sin

I've barely had this car for two months and have already committed one of the cardinal sins I had hoped to avoid. That's right, fellow 'festers, I have washed my key.
The damn thing fits so nicely in the little change pocket of my jeans that I should have known it was only a matter of time. And with CA, it never comes out so I keep forgetting it's there. When I bought the car it came with two fobs...only one works. My wife found it in the dryer and returned it to me with an evil smirk. Seeing dollar signs run through my vision I pulled the battery and buried the remote in rice overnight. Need a "praying" emoji here. Put the battery back in this afternoon and all seems to be working fine. I'm still afraid that now that it's been exposed to water, the electronics inside will corrode and still fail sooner rather than later. I think I'll take the non functioning fob to the dealership and see if it can be resurrected. If not, I'll buy a new one. Peterson BMW in Boise, Idaho quoted me $378 for the key and programming. Seems a reasonable amount from what I have researched and I want two working fobs. This will be my first experience with our dealer so I will do my best to get the relationship started on the right foot.
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Old 12-15-2015, 07:23 PM
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I've barely had this car for two months and have already committed one of the cardinal sins I had hoped to avoid. That's right, fellow 'festers, I have washed my key.
The damn thing fits so nicely in the little change pocket of my jeans that I should have known it was only a matter of time. And with CA, it never comes out so I keep forgetting it's there. When I bought the car it came with two fobs...only one works. My wife found it in the dryer and returned it to me with an evil smirk. Seeing dollar signs run through my vision I pulled the battery and buried the remote in rice overnight. Need a "praying" emoji here. Put the battery back in this afternoon and all seems to be working fine. I'm still afraid that now that it's been exposed to water, the electronics inside will corrode and still fail sooner rather than later. I think I'll take the non functioning fob to the dealership and see if it can be resurrected. If not, I'll buy a new one. Peterson BMW in Boise, Idaho quoted me $378 for the key and programming. Seems a reasonable amount from what I have researched and I want two working fobs. This will be my first experience with our dealer so I will do my best to get the relationship started on the right foot.

I wouldn't say $378 is reasonable but it is in line with my dealer in Colorado. They lost our key on a X3 and had to order a new one. I believe the invoice was for $374 plus another smaller fee for programming (I don't remember how much, maybe $35). I didn't pay for it, the dealer did, but I did get the invoice. Then, a couple days later they found my key and gave it to me so I now have a spare.
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Old 12-15-2015, 08:45 PM
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I've barely had this car for two months and have already committed one of the cardinal sins I had hoped to avoid. That's right, fellow 'festers, I have washed my key.
The damn thing fits so nicely in the little change pocket of my jeans that I should have known it was only a matter of time. And with CA, it never comes out so I keep forgetting it's there. When I bought the car it came with two fobs...only one works. My wife found it in the dryer and returned it to me with an evil smirk. Seeing dollar signs run through my vision I pulled the battery and buried the remote in rice overnight. Need a "praying" emoji here. Put the battery back in this afternoon and all seems to be working fine. I'm still afraid that now that it's been exposed to water, the electronics inside will corrode and still fail sooner rather than later. I think I'll take the non functioning fob to the dealership and see if it can be resurrected. If not, I'll buy a new one. Peterson BMW in Boise, Idaho quoted me $378 for the key and programming. Seems a reasonable amount from what I have researched and I want two working fobs. This will be my first experience with our dealer so I will do my best to get the relationship started on the right foot.

Naw, won't corrode. Unless....salt water. Even then, should have a conformal coating, PCB.

Try dis-assembly; distilled water wash & dry. Dessicant + jar may be of use. OK? Um....fresh battery, please.
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Old 12-16-2015, 07:51 AM
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I usually do a good spray of WD40 and a new batt like Cal said.

Now if you really want to get in trouble, blame the wife for not checking.

Lastly...if you have anew fangled washer like I do, it might not have received too much exposure to water. Clothes are not soaking wet when they come oyut of my washer and being stuffed in that pocket and reasonably watertight construction, probably ok inside. $378 for a spare fob?
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Old 12-16-2015, 08:35 AM
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What are the other cardinal sins you wish to avoid?

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Old 12-16-2015, 01:01 PM
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While cruising some threads I read the fobs are water tight from factory. Like I said above it would not surprise me, especially after seeing how they are made when I replace the bat.
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Old 12-16-2015, 02:16 PM
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Did the same thing, washed my key/fob. Can't remember if it saw the dryer or not. Did nothing special to it after finding it, just started using it again. Has been working no problem for I think about a year now.
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Old 12-17-2015, 06:32 PM
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What are the other cardinal sins you wish to avoid?

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Excellent question:
1. When something needs to be done, don't try to figure out how to do it cheap, just do it right. The former usually ends up costing more anyway.

2. Don't worry about adding bling or performance until all possible repair issues have been properly sorted.
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Old 12-17-2015, 06:56 PM
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I'll contribute a couple.

3. Don't scratch the paint, stain the seats, or leave crumbs in the car.

4. Don't use the valet.

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+1 re valet use.

Sensible planned maintenance and quality evidenced servicing.

5. Lend it to no-one.
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Old 12-17-2015, 07:16 PM
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Duly noted and added to the list. Thank you, gentlemen.
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Old 12-18-2015, 05:18 AM
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Am I missing something here? When I got my car it only came with one key, dealership ordered a new one for me, service guy walks out to the car with me, puts it in the key slot and says have a nice day. I asked him if it needed to be coded, he said nope, car reads the key and away you go. So how does a dealership justify charging for something it does not do???
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:16 AM
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Am I missing something here? When I got my car it only came with one key, dealership ordered a new one for me, service guy walks out to the car with me, puts it in the key slot and says have a nice day. I asked him if it needed to be coded, he said nope, car reads the key and away you go. So how does a dealership justify charging for something it does not do???
That's a good question.
Here's what my invoice said for a replacement key for a 2014 X3 last month. There was no other work done to the car at all on the invoice and they new that the dealership was paying the bill - they lost the key.

Replace Key Lost on Lot
Installed 66 12 9 266 843 : B1SA-Radio remote contr 1@307.16 Amount $307.16
Installed 51 21 7 268 293 : B1RRSA-Integrated key 1@49.58 Amount $49.58
Parts Total $356.74
Tax $17.84
Total Due $374.58

They handed me the key and the car at the same time so I don't know what programming was done.
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Old 12-21-2015, 10:11 AM
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If its working fine, don't worry about. Just open the key fob and see if there is any excess water left. Wipe it down and put the key back together and be done with it. Don't worry to much. We have to many other worries as it is in this world.
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Old 12-21-2015, 10:14 AM
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I'll contribute a couple.

3. Don't scratch the paint, stain the seats, or leave crumbs in the car.

4. Don't use the valet.

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why shouldn't we use the Valet ? Just a question. I only my original key.
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Old 12-21-2015, 10:17 AM
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6. Park your car farthest and park away from any other car when possible at, any shopping malls, grocery stores, etc. To many dents and scratches on out beloved cars from making this "cardinal sin".
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Old 12-21-2015, 03:25 PM
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That's a good question.

Here's what my invoice said for a replacement key for a 2014 X3 last month. There was no other work done to the car at all on the invoice and they new that the dealership was paying the bill - they lost the key.



Replace Key Lost on Lot

Installed 66 12 9 266 843 : B1SA-Radio remote contr 1@307.16 Amount $307.16

Installed 51 21 7 268 293 : B1RRSA-Integrated key 1@49.58 Amount $49.58

Parts Total $356.74

Tax $17.84

Total Due $374.58



They handed me the key and the car at the same time so I don't know what programming was done.

Programming the key is a separate charge on a separate invoice. If the replacement was on their dime they may not have generated an invoice for the work, though it would be odd not to do so.
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Old 12-21-2015, 03:28 PM
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why shouldn't we use the Valet ? Just a question. I only my original key.
Because the valet is not a key, it's a person. A person who is moving too fast to care about your car, and who knows you'll be out of their life in about 90 minutes.

Fun fact, as a youngster I applied for a job as a valet. I was turned down because of my out of state license. I envisioned thrashing rich people's awesome cars a la ferris bueller.

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That's a good question.
Here's what my invoice said for a replacement key for a 2014 X3 last month. There was no other work done to the car at all on the invoice and they new that the dealership was paying the bill - they lost the key.

Replace Key Lost on Lot
Installed 66 12 9 266 843 : B1SA-Radio remote contr 1@307.16 Amount $307.16
Installed 51 21 7 268 293 : B1RRSA-Integrated key 1@49.58 Amount $49.58
Parts Total $356.74
Tax $17.84
Total Due $374.58

They handed me the key and the car at the same time so I don't know what programming was done.
If your car does not have CA, they simply 'paired' the key to your car.
If your car has CA, they did the above, PLUS they programmed the CA and key to recognize each other.
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