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#197486 - 21st Jan 2008 10:21pm Mini Cooper Key Programming
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hello guys and girlies think,
i needed a spare key for my mini so phoned up Halliwell jones the mini garage near chester and they quoted me £125 omg for a new key and for it to be programmed and cut for my mini. i nearly dropped the phone when they said the price coz i had in my mind about 30 quid and thought that was a lot lol.
anyways i got home and went on good old ebay and have bought a key for £11 and it needs a new blade part and cutting to fit my car then reprogramming. i dont mind all this messing coz its gonna save me a lot of money but does anyone know where i can get it cut and know how to programme it?
mini garages charge £60 to programme keys which is a joke lol. i will be greaful for any help. thumbsup
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#197489 - 21st Jan 2008 10:27pm Re: Mini Cooper Key Programming [Re: Scoobys b*tch]
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nope...had exactly the same problem with the audi key..nowhere but dealers or bmw specialists can do it...you need the software to match it up..and BMW keep a very tight lid on key programming to stop key duplication = car theft...hence why you pay lots of cash.....

you can get the blade cut from a decent digital foto of the original on ebay tho...but it will just open locks and not start the engine...

think your gonna be handing over the cash unfortunately!
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#197490 - 21st Jan 2008 10:27pm Re: Mini Cooper Key Programming [Re: Scoobys b*tch]
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Try Lates - http://www.lates600.com/plips.htm - they specialise in MG Rover fobs, but of course the MINI was designed and developed by Rover and may have a similar system as the Rover 75 since they were both developed at the same time and both under the then BMW-owned Rover.

Drop them a line, see what they say. They are usually a lot cheaper then advertised prices anyway, most people I know have got fobs programmed for like £15 - £30.

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#197495 - 21st Jan 2008 10:33pm Re: Mini Cooper Key Programming [Re: MattLFC]
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thank you guys its worth a call isnt it. will let you know how i get on. eek £125 for a key is so expensive especially when im saving for new wheels lol.


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#197497 - 21st Jan 2008 10:37pm Re: Mini Cooper Key Programming [Re: MattLFC]
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Try Newhall cars in West Kirby (625 3838).They sell new BM's and Mini's. But not a franchised dealer.They also have a place on Durley Drive in Prenton. Trim technik or something like that..May well be just as expensive but worth a Try

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#197532 - 21st Jan 2008 11:08pm Re: Mini Cooper Key Programming [Re: Colgo]
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Why cant Ja help you?
I would have thought he knows about them?
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#198077 - 22nd Jan 2008 8:32am Re: Mini Cooper Key Programming [Re: Mark]
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i have asked jay and he is unsure how you programme the key but he said he knows that i will be able to get it cut somewhere because they just take the blade out and put a new one in then cut it for your car but i dont know wheres the best place to do this.
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