No. Key must be precoded to the car. I spent 6 months trying to find alternatives. Get it from the dealer and spend the money.Lost one of my keys. Any suggestions how to get a replacement? I'm assuming new OEM is a ripoff. Can I get a used one and have it reprogrammed.
I ordered 2 chip keys off the internet, and I guess I got lucky, because the locksmith I went to made them work.Thanks. How much did they charge?
I'm going to explain the entire process to ensure that future searchers coming across this are not fooled into thinking this is as easy as 1,2,3. In short you were lucky.I ordered 2 chip keys off the internet, and I guess I got lucky, because the locksmith I went to made them work.
He had just received the proper codes. He rekeyed my existing lone fob at the same time.
They were not push-button keys, but if you unlock twice, it doesn't set off the alarm.
I'm thinking it was under $100.
It seems the risks are so high with not having a second key — and being sure that both of them have good batteries — that I will have to cough up. I want to make sure I spend as little as possible, and this conversation seems to have petered out. So, just to make sure: Can anyone give the name of a Fiat dealership in Southern California that gouges people less on this? OC Fiat charged half what the LA dealerships were on a pre-purchase inspection. I’m hoping it might work that way with keys, too. OC Fiat wants $280 per key. Does anybody beat that price? Secondly, did anyone have any recent success with Ace Hardware or any other locksmith in getting an infallible key, purportedly at 60% dealereship rates? Thanks in advance.Lost one of my keys. Any suggestions how to get a replacement? I'm assuming new OEM is a ripoff. Can I get a used one and have it reprogrammed.
Consumer Reports did a good article on key replacement cost. For true "keyless" entry, it can cost $600 and up. The factory cost of a Fiat unprogrammed transmitter is $169. Add 20% dealer markup, plus the cost of cutting the key, plus 1/2 to 1 hour to program. Online you can buy that same key for around $110 from a dealer... $43 from 2012 - 2016 Fiat 500 Remote Flip Key 4B FCC# LTQFI2AM433TXOne of the laughable things about any serious probing on this is that these Fiat dealerships don't know their backsides from their elbows when it comes to pricing.
These dealership guys, including a lot of their service departments, act like they're skedaddling tomorrow. I don't believe that. I don't think they can get away with that legally. I know I'm thumping my chest here, so go ahead and deflate me if I'm wrong. But from what I've seen in working this problem, I think they're going to have to come through with prices that are sane.
I have AlfaOBD and there is key programming ability in the software.Consumer Reports did a good article on key replacement cost. For true "keyless" entry, it can cost $600 and up. The factory cost of a Fiat unprogrammed transmitter is $169. Add 20% dealer markup, plus the cost of cutting the key, plus 1/2 to 1 hour to program. Online you can buy that same key for around $110 from a dealer... $43 from 2012 - 2016 Fiat 500 Remote Flip Key 4B FCC# LTQFI2AM433TX
1) Can you avoid BCM melting by disconnecting the 12V battery?...do not break or lose your last key. A Fiat with the alarm activated and no valid key will melt the BCM... I'd likely bypass all the security by embedding the last working fob in the car and driving and locking the car with non transponder keys.
Sort of a catch-22. If you are outside the car with it locked and the alarm armed and no valid key, there's no easy way to get into the car to get the hood latch to disable the 12V battery. Any opening of any door while the alarm is armed will cause the failure. I'm not sure if there's a window between activation and disabling the 12V that will save the BCM.1) Can you avoid BCM melting by disconnecting the 12V battery?
The transponder needs to be within a few cm of the transponder reading ring that's mounted around the ignition. And any key that starts the car has to have a transponder with it. It's possible to mount a transponder near the ring, then a non-transponder key can be used to start the car. It's one solution to the single key problem. But be careful. I made an attempt at this and broke off the antenna on the transponder causing it to fail. Ended up transplanting the authorized chip onto a board for a used key. Finally abandoned the effort and ended up getting a second key from the dealer. If anyone is thinking about going this route, plan to mount the entire transponder board with everything intact.2) Does anyone know how close the transponder needs to be, in order to start the car with a non-transponder key? For example, could it be hidden under the hood, or in the back of the hatch?
That's what I'm unsure of. Still stuck though because the car will never be started again without an authorized key and one has to have an authorized key in order to program new keys into the BCM.Thanks.
1) I meant get a cheap non-transponder copy made just in case, so that after loosing your only transponder, you could open the door with the copy, alarm sounds, pop hood, disconnect 12V. Still possible BCM destruction?
I did that for a while before I got my second key. One advantage is that locking the car using a key doesn't activate the alarm system. But what I really was talking about was essentially permanently mounting the remaining authorized key in the car, then only using non transponder keys to turn the ignition and lock the car. This loses all alarm protection and makes the car more susceptable to theft. But a permanently mounted transponder is much less likely to be lost and non-transponder keys cost one tenth the price of properly programmed transponder ones.2) In this scenario with one remaining transponder key, I guess you could just USE that one to start & drive, then always use cheap non-transponder keys to lock it in the car, hidden in the glovebox, under a cup in a holder, under a seat or mat, etc, etc, etc...