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Old Feb 28th, 2014, 02:50 PM
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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.

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Old Feb 28th, 2014, 05:07 PM
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hi
if its just a new case and blade then it wont be possable to have it coded the idea of a new case is to swop the insides of your old key to the new case then have your new blade cut at any locksmith to match your old key
your key will then work as it did on the car
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OK - I had the new blade cut and it fits and turns on... all the dash lights come on - but when you turn the key to start, nothing happens! It is as though the engine is immobilised.

If I out the original key in and start the car - then turn it of and remove the original key and put the new one in, it starts OK - then when you stop driving and turn it off, then try and start it again with the new key still in the ignition - nothing happen.

You have to start it with the original then switch the keys over.

Any ideas?? I dont want to move the remote electronics from the old key to the new one if it wont work... or will moving the electronics cure it??

I cant see that the blade is chipped in any way - so cant work out why it wont start :-(
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The original key has your imobilser chip in it, you will need to cut the Fob open on both keys and transfer the chip.
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Thanks Burnstar

Is the chip actually in the fob plastic or is it part of the unlocking circuit, so when I move the circuit over it will start working?
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Ok now I have actually opened the fob its obvious.

The new fob had the cut-out for the chip... so moved it over and now it works fine.

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