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post #1 of 17 Old 03-11-2011, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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cheapest place to get a spare key made?

I was told because our keys have a chip in them that only the dealership can make spare keys. is this true? or is there a way to get past the dealership and their rediculous expence?Thanks, trying to save as much money as i can.
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You can still get a key made without the chip but it's only going open the doors. Good to have invade u lock ur key in the car
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i know there are the keys on ebay which are a lot cheaper, however, they need to be programmed to your car
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yeah thats what i told em i wanted it for but they still wouldnt cut it. Lowes, nor walmart. so i went to a locksmith and he said he could cut it but not program it for $115-125. So i think im just gonna buy another keyless remote and keep it at home and have someone bring it to me if I lock my keys in.
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If you only want to cut it, buy one off ebay for $12, and go to home depot. The guy cutting keys told me it wouldn't work with my car because it needs to be programmed (I knew that), I asked him to cut it anyway, I just needed to open doors. He ended up cutting it for free. Lol.

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I used a spare key to start my car and the black part doesn't look like the factory one at all
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I used a spare key to start my car and the black part doesn't look like the factory one at all
This just means you don't have the NATS system.

If you dont have NATS, you don't need to program your key. There are a lot of different ideas on how to tell if you have NATS, and I'm not sure what's true now. But I believe if you have the little red blinking bulb on your dash (by the windshield on the passenger side) after you lock your car with your key FOB, you have NATS

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so does that youtube vid work? if so im definately gonna order a key or two off ebay. i just wanna make sure i can program it. but if i cant oh well, just to have a set for emergency door opening is good! Thanks guys!
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so does that youtube vid work? if so im definately gonna order a key or two off ebay. i just wanna make sure i can program it. but if i cant oh well, just to have a set for emergency door opening is good! Thanks guys!
In the video I was trying to use a non programmed key to start the car with my programmed key near the ignition. this did NOT work, as you can see. Lol.

The non programmed key is off ebay however. It was cut at home depot. Home depot doesn't usually carry keys this long in stock, another reasons they wouldn't cut a key for our cars, but if you bring the key they should be able to do it.

Also, the non programmed key supposedly has a transponder chip inside it ready to be programmed. I haven't confirmed this because my dealer still wants $120 for the 5 minutes it takes to program it. Lol. Programming the key can only be done with ConsultII, there is no diy method.

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ok, i was at work and couldnt check the video out, but atleast i"ll have a spare lol!
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Hey do you still have your unprogrammed key? a guy ii worked with told me his dad did one on his monte carlo, and all he did was put the key in the ignition press lock unlock, lock on his key pad and it programmed it. could you try this for me? Thanks
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there are a fwe places to get the key cut for free. i know sears hardware and lowes will do it for you. usually they try to make you buy the key from them, but i doubt they have a nissan key for you, btw, hope you meant $1.15 - $1.25 to cut
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Hey do you still have your unprogrammed key? a guy ii worked with told me his dad did one on his monte carlo, and all he did was put the key in the ignition press lock unlock, lock on his key pad and it programmed it. could you try this for me? Thanks
Still have it, and I can try it. I'm 99% sure it wont work though. Lol. Nissans are different

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Still have it, and I can try it. I'm 99% sure it wont work though. Lol. Nissans are different
Yes they are lol! I've been reading around the web and i guess the only way to do it is with a consult 2 or 3.
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ACE Hardware makes keys with chips. I got it done and it only costs about $80 plus tax.
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