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      03-29-2011, 12:02 PM   #1
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BMW key fob price

Ok i was looking into getting a spare bmw fob for my 2008 E90. Just wanted some insight as to how much dealers charge for a key and the programming. also I have seen many key fobs on ebay for $25 that claim all you need to do is have a dealer program it. but i also have heard that many dealers say you must order the key fob directly from them. Any advice on this? thanks
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      03-29-2011, 12:19 PM   #2
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i think programming with comfort access is around $750ish. without comfort access is about 500ish including key. This was sometime last year when i asked them about it. i wont really trust ebay, who knows what kind cheap IC, and caps and transistors they're using.
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      03-29-2011, 12:35 PM   #3
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The ebay ones won't work. I lost my key fob before and had to get it replaced. It was around $500 programmed with CA.
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A friend of mine had his keyfob replaced at the dealer for his E92. It costed him $315 including the keyfob and programming.

He does not have Comfort Access.
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      03-29-2011, 12:40 PM   #5
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Concensus seems to be $250~350 w/o comfort access and around $500 with to have it done right. So why waste $25 on ebay junk?

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      03-29-2011, 12:43 PM   #6
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thanks for all the replies guys. i will save myself the headache and skip ebay.
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thanks for all the replies guys. i will save myself the headache and skip ebay.
good boy!

yea it'll prolly be cheaper to get a key programmed on the east cost(my price was washington)
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Definitely avoid the eBay route.

As others have said, if you don't have Comfort Access you can buy the key from your dealer and program it yourself. I got mine from the dealer for about $140 (BMW of Arlington/Alexandria), and to 'program' it you can just stick the fob in the hole and hold it there for a few seconds.
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Definitely avoid the eBay route.

As others have said, if you don't have Comfort Access you can buy the key from your dealer and program it yourself. I got mine from the dealer for about $140 (BMW of Arlington/Alexandria), and to 'program' it you can just stick the fob in the hole and hold it there for a few seconds.
seriously? If that's all it really takes to program it, dealers should be ashamed of themselves. I'm all for capitalism, but that's just ridiculous.
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Correct. I got a new replacement key from dealer and all it takes is to use the other key to unlock the car and insert the new key. No need to "program". I dont have CA thou.
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seriously? If that's all it really takes to program it, dealers should be ashamed of themselves. I'm all for capitalism, but that's just ridiculous.
Yup, that's all.

Obviously if you have comfort access it's a different story - but for non-CA, that's all you have to do. It takes two seconds.
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Definitely avoid the eBay route.

As others have said, if you don't have Comfort Access you can buy the key from your dealer and program it yourself. I got mine from the dealer for about $140 (BMW of Arlington/Alexandria), and to 'program' it you can just stick the fob in the hole and hold it there for a few seconds.
where is that place? hell if airfare is cheap, i'd fly there to get a spare key made
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Oh shit. My brother lost my extra key fob and I have CA. He's gonna buy me a new one. I guess he is screwed.
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I about to have to replace my CA key fob, my grandma is buying me a new one for my bday since I went swimming with my only one. Haven't gotten a figure yet tho.
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don't these cars come with two fobs???

i bought mine at 3 yrs old, it only had one fob, i looked at my CA and said, really, one key fob??? he went over to the parts bin and made me an extra fob right there.

is that the general way these cars are coming? one fob, whether new or used?

there'd better be two key fobs when i go buy my 335d!
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This place is amazing...learned something new again. Glad I don't have CA but honestly sometimes I do walking up to the car and just wish I had those ribbed on the handle bar

I would bitch if the car did not come with 2 KF.
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