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Old 04-27-2014, 07:52 AM
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Do you have to go through the dealer to have a new key? I have the case but need to have it "activated". Any ideas on cost for this? 2008 335i.


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Old 04-27-2014, 08:02 AM
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Old 04-27-2014, 08:12 AM
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The dealer is the only one that can order new keys. And you'll need a drivers license and proof of ownership

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Old 04-28-2014, 12:02 PM
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was curious about this as well, anyone have an idea on cost?
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Old 04-28-2014, 12:17 PM
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buy the key get the car for free?
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Old 04-28-2014, 12:34 PM
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Typically the dealership will only program a key if its bought from them.

If you buy an aftermarket key, you need to find someone that has the program to activate it

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It's a 3 for 2 special. Buy two keys, and get the car for free
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do you have to go through the dealer to have a new key? I have the case but need to have it "activated". Any ideas on cost for this? 2008 335i.


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The dealer is the only one that can order new keys. And you'll need a drivers license and proof of ownership
My indy ordered my key and saved me about $60 off the dealer cost. He did require a copy of my registration as I believe he had to provide it to BMW.
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:04 AM
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So how much was it?
It was about $160. However it was the older style type of key (E53 X5). I don't know if that would have any bearing on the cost.
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:49 AM
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Sorry to jack the thread but I just have a side question regarding getting a new key.

If I currently don't have a smart key (I actually have to put the key in the slot to push the button start) can I purchase a smart key or does the entire car itself have to be programmed to detect the smart key?
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:09 AM
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Sorry to jack the thread but I just have a side question regarding getting a new key.

If I currently don't have a smart key (I actually have to put the key in the slot to push the button start) can I purchase a smart key or does the entire car itself have to be programmed to detect the smart key?
What do you mean by "smart key"? Are you referring to the Comfort Access feature which enables the driver to start the vehicle without putting the key in the slot? If so your car would need to have the Comfort Access option. If it does not have the Comfort Access option then you cannot "obtain" it by purchase a Comfort Access key.

If you have Comfort Access (you do if your car has ridges on the tops of the external door handles) and you have to put the key in the slot it's possible the battery in the key fob has to be replaced. It's easy to do (outlined in the manual) and it takes a standard $1.00 or so battery.
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:19 AM
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What do you mean by "smart key"? Are you referring to the Comfort Access feature which enables the driver to start the vehicle without putting the key in the slot? If so your car would need to have the Comfort Access option. If it does not have the Comfort Access option then you cannot "obtain" it by purchase a Comfort Access key.

If you have Comfort Access (you do if your car has ridges on the tops of the external door handles) and you have to put the key in the slot it's possible the battery in the key fob has to be replaced. It's easy to do (outlined in the manual) and it takes a standard $1.00 or so battery.

Yes that's what I meant, sorry I didn't know what the option was called. Thanks for the answer!
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:06 AM
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A CA fob will cost considerably more than a non-CA fob. My 330 does not have CA and I had to purchase a new one from the dealer - $240.00. I think the CA fob will cost you more like $400
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