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Old 01-11-2017, 12:59 PM
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Really, how do I get a new key?

Yea, I know it has been hashed out a hundred times on here but I can't seem to reconcile all the answers. Can anybody tell me with absolute certainty what I HAVE to do to get a spare key fob, with a cut metal key, for my 2011 328i? It does NOT have Comfort System. I have one working fob now.

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Old 01-11-2017, 01:09 PM
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Go to the dealer show proof of ownership
dump out your wallet.
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Old 01-11-2017, 01:12 PM
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Dang. What are we talking for cost?
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Old 01-11-2017, 01:30 PM
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for a non ca key around 300.
Mashman is the guy that has the process down but its
not easy to do it right. Several people have reported having
trying to buy key of the Internet and not getting one that works.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=903551

see the Mashman entrys in the above link.

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Old 01-11-2017, 01:32 PM
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Dang. What are we talking for cost?
The absolute certainty for both your questions are easily answered by calling the dealership, but...

on the first, as someone mentioned, proof of ownership. On the second, something like $350+.

Is the remote just not working? Has it been sitting unused for a long time?
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Old 01-11-2017, 02:35 PM
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We only got one key when we bought the car. Fortunately, we are 3 hours from where we bought the car so I am not worried about a previous owner still having the key. I just fear locking the one key we have in by accident or losing it.

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Old 01-11-2017, 03:05 PM
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Yep you always want two or more keys.

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Old 01-11-2017, 04:00 PM
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The true fact s: Dealer is the only way to go. See if your dealer will accept proof of ownership via a fax and ask if they offer a BMW CCA discount if you are a member of the BMW CCA. It is a small discount anywhere from 10 to 20%. I had the same issue on my 08 and since it was older it "only" cost me $130.
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Old 01-12-2017, 12:28 PM
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Yea, I know it has been hashed out a hundred times on here but I can't seem to reconcile all the answers. Can anybody tell me with absolute certainty what I HAVE to do to get a spare key fob, with a cut metal key, for my 2011 328i? It does NOT have Comfort System. I have one working fob now.

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go to your dealer and with proof of owner ship. They will take the VIN and in 2-3 days you have yourself a cut key My dealer gave me the instructions on how to program for free. it cost me $180 (central PA dealer). I also have 20% discount since I have a shop registered with BMW.
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Old 01-12-2017, 01:15 PM
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Non comfort access Fob at dealership was 180+tax. Cut key an additional 40


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Go to the dealer show proof of ownership
dump out your wallet.
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Yep you always want two or more keys.
Only way I know to get 2 is to buy new or CPO. Both, from what I've read, obligate BMW to provide 2 keys, and I won't be surprised if they start charging for a second key.

Always negotiate up front if there's only 1 being offered.

Lesson learned. I've been there-done that. Never again.
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Old 01-13-2017, 07:34 AM
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Non comfort access Fob at dealership was 180+tax. Cut key an additional 40


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I only have the FOB (1), what does the cut metal key do or needed for?
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I only have the FOB (1), what does the cut metal key do or needed for?
1) It's a "fob" not a "FOB" (reference).
2) The key blade can be used to lock/unlock the driver's door (or trunk/boot, on cars built before BMW stopped building them with a lock cylinder there) if the remote won't open the car for some reason (e.g., dead battery). It's also useful if you want to exit and lock the car while it's running (with the fob locked in its dashboard slot). Finally, unless you have a cabrio, the key blade is the only way to lock/unlock the glove compartment.

The blade itself, and that last point about the glovebox, is extremely useful when leaving the car with a valet. I keep my house keys, etc. on a ring attached to the blade, not the main body of the remote fob. When I hand over the car, the valet gets the fob and I keep the blade with all my keys. If there are valuables in the trunk, I'll also disable the trunk locks with the valet switch in the glovebox, then lock the glovebox with the blade. This routine is in fact why the blade is provided in the first place.
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1) It's a "fob" not a "FOB" (reference).
2) The key blade can be used to lock/unlock the driver's door (or trunk/boot, on cars built before BMW stopped building them with a lock cylinder there) if the remote won't open the car for some reason (e.g., dead battery). It's also useful if you want to exit and lock the car while it's running (with the fob locked in its dashboard slot). Finally, unless you have a cabrio, the key blade is the only way to lock/unlock the glove compartment.

The blade itself, and that last point about the glovebox, is extremely useful when leaving the car with a valet. I keep my house keys, etc. on a ring attached to the blade, not the main body of the remote fob. When I hand over the car, the valet gets the fob and I keep the blade with all my keys. If there are valuables in the trunk, I'll also disable the trunk locks with the valet switch in the glovebox, then lock the glovebox with the blade. This routine is in fact why the blade is provided in the first place.
Thanks for this. Car is new to me and just noticed the lock cylinder on driver door. It is a cabrio.
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Thanks for this. Car is new to me and just noticed the lock cylinder on driver door. It is a cabrio.
Happy to help. I know most people don't bother with the owner's manual, but it's really worthwhile to spend an evening or two with it. These cars have a lot of convenient little features that may not be easily discovered otherwise. Enjoy!
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1) It's a "fob" not a "FOB" (reference).
2) The key blade can be used to lock/unlock the driver's door (or trunk/boot, on cars built before BMW stopped building them with a lock cylinder there) if the remote won't open the car for some reason (e.g., dead battery). It's also useful if you want to exit and lock the car while it's running (with the fob locked in its dashboard slot). Finally, unless you have a cabrio, the key blade is the only way to lock/unlock the glove compartment.
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Let's not forget:

3) If you are at the beach or somewhere else where you may get wet, remove the metal key, leave your fob in the car, and lock the door with the key. The key can go swimming in your pocket, the fob cannot. Ask me how I know this.
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Let's not forget:

3) If you are at the beach or somewhere else where you may get wet, remove the metal key, leave your fob in the car, and lock the door with the key. The key can go swimming in your pocket, the fob cannot. Ask me how I know this.
Indeed--an epic cautionary tale from the E90's glory days on the 'Fest!

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As someone noted, be very careful of the claims online. I bought a couple of key/fob combos for an e39. While the fob part might have been legit, the blade apparently needs to have some distinguishing slots / alignment marks that I had no idea about, and neither did the key cutter. So, money, time wasted. For nothing. Would have been more reliable going to dealer.


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