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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Aug 31st, 2006, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Price of a replacement ignition key

Right, my dozy girlfriend has managed to lose her key for the MINI

Does anyone have any experience of getting a replacement ordered, does it take long? I assume they need the car to program the new key to it. Also how much is it likely to cost HER?
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I think your g/f will be looking at around £50 upwards depending where in the country you are!

My dealership in Watford quote £80 per replacement key!
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That's not too bad then, I was expecting at least £100
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i was quoted around £80 for a remote key and some1 on here posted a couple of days ago he got a non remote key for around £17

you need to go to your dealer with your V5 (logbook) and proof of ID - when ordered it takes a couple of days as the key comes pre cut + programmed to your car
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Thanks for the replies

I've found this thread with more info.

http://www.mini2.com/forum/general-d...lost-help.html
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I think your g/f will be looking at around £50 upwards depending where in the country you are!

My dealership in Watford quote £80 per replacement key!
hi just read that you got a new key for your mini... I'm from st albans so i got to go to the same mini branch in watford... Just wondering if you can help me because i also lost my keys & i wanted to know that if your car had central locking and the key you bought was it the remote key the locks with the button & if it was did you just buy that for £80 and it worked staight way because i don't want to spenp loads of money getting the car towed there to get it coded and stuff like that
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Gen 1/Mk1 Mini remote key will be about £100-150 today for the remote key and about £50 for a non-remote spare. The 1st Gen remote needs programming to the car which adds a min. half hour labour charge. You need your V5 reg document to prove ownership at Mini dealer before they will order in key from BMW.

However 2nd Gen/Mk2 Mini remote key is ordered for the specific car (to chassis number) so the code will be stored on BMW's system, the remote will have the code programmed before it is dispached to the dealers, just like the key part is pre-cut to the car before the dealer gets it
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I have just bought a mini one 2002, the key fob needs refurbishment and ideally I'd like a spare. The only place I've found near me is Croydon BMW they won't refurb the fob I have, and want to charge me £126 for one key, plus 1/2 hr programming time! So basically £200+, does anyone know of a place in south London that refurbs and does less expensive new keys?
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I have just bought a mini one 2002, the key fob needs refurbishment and ideally I'd like a spare. The only place I've found near me is Croydon BMW they won't refurb the fob I have, and want to charge me £126 for one key, plus 1/2 hr programming time! So basically £200+, does anyone know of a place in south London that refurbs and does less expensive new keys?
I refurb first generation keys but I'm in Seattle, Washington USA. I could certainly work on your key and it will be much cheaper than a new one. My advice is to order the "general" non remote key from the dealer. It will take about a week, then you will have a spare when you send your remote fob out. There may be a place in the U.K. that works on first generation key fobs but I have not discovered one.

The only place that you can get a valid, working key (remote or non-remote) is the dealer. If you have much spare time, programming experience and luck you can cobble one together out of used eBay keys but in many cases it's just easier to get one from the dealer.

Let me know if you need my help.

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i have just called my local BMW / MINI dealer in Rochdale to get a replacement key with remote unlocking etc and they have just quoted me £170!
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ive just spoke with Martin in the parts department at Williams BMW manchester 0161 907 1290 and he has just quoted me £127 with no 1/2 hour labour charge etc... RESULT!!

Still expensive but i've just saved £50!
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I have a 2003 Mini, the rubber lock/unlock buttons are worn out to holes, the rest of the key still works fine. Is there any way to put it in a new "case", to cover up the chip part and have a key with working remote buttons?
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I have a 2003 Mini, the rubber lock/unlock buttons are worn out to holes, the rest of the key still works fine. Is there any way to put it in a new "case", to cover up the chip part and have a key with working remote buttons?
Yes-

I have posted a how-to here at MINI2.com:

http://www.mini2.com/forum/first-gen...air-guide.html

If you are not feeling handy enough to do this, I have done dozens of key refurbishments and would be happy to work on yours as well. E-mail me directly at "valvashon (at) earthlink (dot) net" and I will be happy to discuss pricing, etc. I guarantee that my work will be cheaper than getting a new remote key at a dealer (really the only place you can get one) and my turnaround time is pretty short.

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