Just recently I needed to replace a key. $300 CAD post tax. It took a while to arrive (it arrives precut and from what I understand, pre-programmed), but then the shop "programmed" it in 15 minutes.
Was your last key lost? All authorized keys lost and alarm activated is a completely different situation than just getting another key.Just recently I needed to replace a key. $300 CAD post tax. It took a while to arrive (it arrives precut and from what I understand, pre-programmed), but then the shop "programmed" it in 15 minutes.
Then you are not in the same situation. If the alarm is set off and there are zero authorized keys, then the BCM is shut down. Since you had a spare you have an authorized key. When FIAT programmed your new key, I guarantee the first thing they asked you for was that authorized spare key.Yes, my key was lost (I still had a spare though). The shop only neeeded my VIN to order a new one.
If the BCM is alarm activated, it will not respond to a new key request unless there is an already authorized key even if the new key introduced is properly precoded.Yeah, it might be the case. However how does the system know that there are zero authorized keys?
If the manufacturer knows the code to BCM, they can produce a new electronic key just like they precut the key before shipping.
Early Toyota's transponder keys were the same thing on 99-2004 models with those type of keys, you lose the last "master" key the main ECU had to be replaced and the car rekeyed at a tune of $1500+ now i dont know any sane person who would pay that for a old Toyota.It's exactly as I described. You will have to get a new Body Control Module installed and have 2 new keys cut. $1400 is about the right price for that service from the dealer.
This is why I posted the warning to never activate the alarm with the last key. The damage is catastrophic when the last key is lost.
While I understand the frustration of the payout, it is a security measure designed to make the car inoperable on theft without a valid key.
Search through "Fiat all keys lost." and you'll see the same discussion over and over. The BCM must be replaced and only the dealer can do it.
I hope you can get your situation resolved.
That’s just a key code from what I hear from the parts guys at Hyundai near us. It is nothing transponder related.Well there ARE some classic Toyotas that might be worth it, like maybe a 2001 MR2 Spyder. I wonder why Fiat is still using a system that Toyota dumped 15 years ago.
My friend's new Hyundai came with an extra little fob attached to the key, with a scanner code, but probably also a transponder. The salesman said do NOT lose it, or it would be VERY expensive to get a replacement key!
No that’s just a “dog tag” that has detailed information on key codes on the locks. Toyota has the same thing except it’s in plain English numbers instead of a QR code . It doesn’t contain anything that related to the transponder though.So if the little paper scanner code sticker wears off you're screwed!? That seemed so crazy that I figured it must have a chip in the plastic.
That’s may not be true, when I worked and Nissan and now Toyota there is a database that has recorded key codes on most all cars made from 80s up. I can still retrieve key codes on 1988 Toyota’s from people who had wore out keys. When I was at Nissan my 1990 300ZX database was also still there and at that time the car was already 22yrs old.With Tesla, your phone's bluetooth can be your key for unlocking & then pushbutton starting. I think some models have or are working on facial recognition unlocking.
What I meant about Hyundai was that since it's crazy to be screwed by a little paper tag wearing off, I figured the plastic it was stuck to had a chip in it, that could be scanned to make a replacement transponder key.