Ignition Key cutting <SOLVED>
I have an R50 2001 Cooper.
I noticed the other day that the remote fob on the key has worn through and there is a hole... so I bought a replacement key from an auction site which came with no electronics and a blank key blade which can be cut.
I wrongly thought that the old blade could be removed and fitted to the new fob (which I have done in the past on other cars)... but its fixed and cant be removed.
As I have the electronics I rang the local BMW garage to see if they could cut the blade and the guy told me that they have to send it away and the charge would be about £120 as it needs coding to the vehicle.
Does anyone know if the key blade is chipped in some way which needs registering to the car - or is he thinking that I have a key with new fob which needs coding?
If he is getting confused - does anyone know where I can get the blank key blade cut to work in my car?
I am in Kent/East Sussex area BTW.
Last edited by SlipMat; Mar 2nd, 2014 at 04:20 PM.