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Old 03-11-2006, 10:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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:huh: Replacement Key, can it be cut?

SO I need to get a replacement key, but I'm wondering if it can be cut by a "professional" locksmith etc, since BMW keys are no longer standard. Someone said I woudl have to have it laser cut, but I did a little search and doesn't seem ike there is anyone in LA that does it? Hmmm? Can I have it doen or not, or do I need to contact a dealer and go through them?

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Most ignition keys have to come from the dealer because they have that EWS security chip inside. They're about $50 at the dealer. You will need your vehicle registration or title and the ID of whose ever name is on it, in person, at the dealer parts department. It only takes a day to get them.





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SO I need to get a replacement key, but I'm wondering if it can be cut by a "professional" locksmith etc, since BMW keys are no longer standard. Someone said I woudl have to have it laser cut, but I did a little search and doesn't seem ike there is anyone in LA that does it? Hmmm? Can I have it doen or not, or do I need to contact a dealer and go through them?

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get ur VIN + Registration+ ID and go to the dealer, they charge $35 for a copy...btw where in LA are u?
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It depends on the year. If you have a 96+ it has to come from the dealer. Anything older than that can be cut anywhere, but it will take a lot of calling in the phone book to find someone who is capable of making a copy.
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It depends on the year. If you have a 96+ it has to come from the dealer. Anything older than that can be cut anywhere, but it will take a lot of calling in the phone book to find someone who is capable of making a copy.
really? from my experiance anything 91/92 (E36) + has to go to dealer
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OK cool cool cool, thanks guys. appreciate it!!! Will see dealer tomorrow then:-) That's good news!
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get ur VIN + Registration+ ID and go to the dealer, they charge $35 for a copy...btw where in LA are u?
I'm in Hollywood, Highland Melrose area
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mine is a 93' and i didnt have to go to the dealer. but yeah has to be laser cut, any professional locksmith will be able to do it!
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really? from my experiance anything 91/92 (E36) + has to go to dealer
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I'm in Hollywood, Highland Melrose area
awsome, u should meet up with us sometime, there are 3-4 bmw owners in culver city/west la, we randomly meet up and just hang out..u should come through sometime...

good luck with the key, hit up santa monica bmw or beverly hills bmw...
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so me and my bf were driving back and noticed a BMW Dealership in North Hollywood. Pulled in and went in to ask about the replacement key. First of guy behind the counter was a dumb ass, not only was he bluntly checking the girl in front of me each time she turned around but he was totally clueless about my car. Anyhoo ... when he asked me if I wanted my key with or without light, to which I said without, since I find this light quite useless anyways ... and figured I could save a buck or two, he quoted me with $75 for a replacement key!@! hell no. I will try tomorrow Santa Monica BMW or/and Beverly Hills .... I was expecting $50 but $75 seems a little bit steep to me.

Anyways just wanted to share my 10c with you guys!!
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so me and my bf were driving back and noticed a BMW Dealership in North Hollywood. Pulled in and went in to ask about the replacement key. First of guy behind the counter was a dumb ass, not only was he bluntly checking the girl in front of me each time she turned around but he was totally clueless about my car. Anyhoo ... when he asked me if I wanted my key with or without light, to which I said without, since I find this light quite useless anyways ... and figured I could save a buck or two, he quoted me with $75 for a replacement key!@! hell no. I will try tomorrow Santa Monica BMW or/and Beverly Hills .... I was expecting $50 but $75 seems a little bit steep to me.

Anyways just wanted to share my 10c with you guys!!
santa monica should only be like 35$
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santa monica should only be like 35$
thanks!!! Yeah I think I will go there and compare prices and service!
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Call around....

Call the dealers in your area before you waste your gas driving there, and the frustration. $35-$50 would be about right.






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Here's the quote I got today for a key. These are Canadian funds.
Looks like my valet key will be my spare for now.
When I'm in Calgary this summer I will try the 2 dealerships there.


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