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Old 02-18-2013, 08:21 PM   #1
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Key Programming

I just picked up a 128i and it only came with 1 key fob. What's the best way to pick up a key and have it programmed? I called the dealer and it sounds like they charge 300+ for key and programming.

On ebay I found one with the same FCC# for 28 bucks shipped and was planning to get it programmed.

Does anyone know if this is possible and if so, what is the cost. Also open to other ideas.

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Old 02-21-2013, 09:52 AM   #2
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I am in the same boat with my 135...
It can only be done through the dealer ($400)
I have been looking into this for a while and this is what I found.
If you have Comfort Acess:
The Key must be programmed at the Factory with your VIN, and then programmed to your car at the dealership.

If no CA then possibly is all I have heard, but have not researched as I do have CA.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:41 AM   #3
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Contact these guys: support@rpmmotorsport.net

I believe you have to send in your original key or EWS (it was a long time ago I contacted them).

http://www.rmsonlinestore.com/
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:47 AM   #4
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I'm in need of one as well. Group buy? Might save the $40.00.
It does not look like a cheap way out here and I'm not very comfortable sending them my only key.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:11 PM   #5
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I'm in the same dilemma as I only have one key. I can reach out and setup a group buy if you guys are interested since I really need to get new keys.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:42 PM   #6
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I'm in the same dilemma as I only have one key. I can reach out and setup a group buy if you guys are interested since I really need to get new keys.
I wonder if the dealer would give us a group buy? lol
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:07 PM   #7
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PM Mike ( Maranello , sponsor in here)
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:16 PM   #8
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id be in for the group buy as well.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:45 PM   #9
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I wonder if the dealer would give us a group buy? lol
Doubt it but worth a shot - can you PM Mike about it?

Can you guys also list out the model and year of your car? I will email the rep at RPM and see how much it would be.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:42 PM   #10
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I was just surfing and came cross this:

http://ontario.kijiji.ca/c-ViewAd?Ad...02V6ShDev0pXI*
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:37 PM   #11
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I was just surfing and came cross this:

http://ontario.kijiji.ca/c-ViewAd?Ad...02V6ShDev0pXI*
I just called and he can provide the BMW key fob and cutting for 240$ with an existing key. We should see if he can do a Maxbimmer group buy on this for 200$ or something.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:50 PM   #12
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I just called and he can provide the BMW key fob and cutting for 240$ with an existing key. We should see if he can do a Maxbimmer group buy on this for 200$ or something.
Did you ask how many extra keys that $240 includes?? Does that also include programming for the remote keys?

The one at RPM is: "This is a BMW E46 (3 Series) Remote Key Set Years 1999 to 2006. The Set Comes as 2 Original BMW Remote Keys and 2 Non Remote Spare Keys."

http://www.rmsonlinestore.com/This-i...ey-Set-E46.htm
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:57 PM   #13
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Did you ask how many extra keys that $240 includes?? Does that also include programming for the remote keys?

The one at RPM is: "This is a BMW E46 (3 Series) Remote Key Set Years 1999 to 2006. The Set Comes as 2 Original BMW Remote Keys and 2 Non Remote Spare Keys."

http://www.rmsonlinestore.com/This-i...ey-Set-E46.htm
It sounded like it was just the one key fob and programming for 240$ - I didn't ask about non remote spares though. I've never lost my car keys (knock on wood) lol so I didn't even think to ask about additional spares.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:06 PM   #14
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The one in the US is $280 +++ but you get 2 remotes and 2 keys.
"This is a BMW E46 (3 Series) Remote Key Set Years 1999 to 2006. The Set Comes as 2 Original BMW Remote Keys and 2 Non Remote Spare Keys"
Either way a group buys sounds good
2004 325it
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:19 PM   #15
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I'll email the guy in Etobicoke about a group buy and see if he can arrange some sort of Maxbimmer discount.
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