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      03-03-2018, 01:36 PM   #23
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Strange, did they have you as the owner in their system? For me they had the previous owner's name still. Had to change it to mine before ordering.
maybe that is why.. How do I change the system?
I just purchased a Mini Cooper that came with one key. All I had to do was go to a BMW/Mini dealer to register my name with the vehicle. Afterwards I called the number to order another key. It was $245+tax. The dealer quoted me $350! Saved $100 by going thru the 1-800 number.
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I did the same thing and called the 800 number. They mailed me the key and picked up from dealership. Key did not work and car will not recognize it. I called back and 800 number / BMW key group told me I have to get the car to the dealer so the dealer can "sync" it.

Can you please share what you did to make the car recognize the key? I tried several methods I found online and none worked for me. Mine is '07 E93 with CA. Thanks.
Try inserting an original key into the key slot and turn car on then off. Then take out original key and insert new key and hold new key in the slot for 20 seconds. Then press start button.
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FYI: My post on buying a factory non-CA remote and cut key for $211.50 shipped.
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I would love to get a fresh key. Starting to get tired of my scratched up key.
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      10-12-2018, 09:00 PM   #28
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Just picked up a 335is and it came with only one Comfort Access key so I decided to give this a try. Called this morning and here is how it went:

Since the car hadn't been registered to my name with BMW yet, first they verified who I was using Experian ("which of these streets have you lived on?"... Etc...) and then asked for the last seven of the VIN to verify the car.

Then they asked which key I wanted and asked why I wanted it.

Then she quoted me the price ($250 plus tax) and took my credit card info. Here is where it got a bit squirrelly: my card company (Chase) has very tight Anti-Fraud guidelines so it declined my card. So she locked in my info and I said I'd call back after I talked to my card company. Called them and told them it was legit, so they reset my card. I then called BMW back and the key has been ordered.

If you need a key and you're in Cali, don't hesitate to use this service while it's still in effect. The only thing I'll have to worry about now is getting the key coded to Comfort Access. I'm hoping since my car will be getting scanned and the software updated, they'll give me a break (wishful thinking), but if they won't, I'll try to get ahold of Alex@Alpine to code the key for me.
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Plan on doing this by the end of the year. Here's a bit more info about the replacement:

https://www.bmwusa.com/contact-us/key-replacement.html
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Called Alex at Alpine and he coded comfort access for $25.
Whoa, you can do this? I need a new spare key anyway as my battery on it died... But seriously, hook me up with this guy I'll gladly pay him got two cars without comfort access and if you can really just code it in like that I'm amazed.

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