A Replacement key ?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by rcatterall, Oct 18, 2004.

  1. rcatterall

    rcatterall Guest

    I've a 03 CR - V LX

    I want to buy another key but the dealers want around $90 for them ! I have
    a key presently just want a spare so I can have a key in ignition and lock
    doors when I tow behind my motorhome.
    Any other choices ?
    rcatterall, Oct 18, 2004
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    Jason Guest

    I had the same problem. I went to a store that specializes in keys and was
    told that I had to buy it from the Honda dealership since there was a
    computer chip under the plastic. He said that if he made me a key, that my
    car would not start since it did NOT have the necessary computer chip.
    Jason, Oct 18, 2004
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    michael Guest

    the computer chip key from dealer to start car
    michael, Oct 18, 2004
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    Brian Smith Guest

    To do that, all you need to do is to have a key cut. You don't need the chip
    programmed, the dealer should do that for you for the regular charge of
    cutting the key.

    Brian Smith, Oct 18, 2004
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    slider Guest

    slider, Oct 18, 2004
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    E. Meyer Guest

    Ever since my daughter drove off with my keys in her pocket stranding me at
    a gas station 200 miles from home, I carry a spare from Home Depot ($2)
    that will open the doors. It won't start the car, but I leave the valet key
    hidden in the car for that purpose.
    E. Meyer, Oct 18, 2004
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    Woody Guest

    You not only need the key with the chip cut it also has to be programmed in
    the car along with all other keys. Try several other dealers. You may find
    one cheaper...
    Woody, Oct 18, 2004
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    aljudy Guest

    Thanks for sharing this tip! What a nice way to solve the high price of
    getting another key made: hide this inexpensive key outside and keep the
    driving key inside! Al
    aljudy, Oct 18, 2004
  9. You're key is definitely available at locksmiths who do automotive work.
    It should not cost $90, substantially less. It also can be cloned
    outside of the car, there is a machine that reads the programming of the
    original key and copies it to the new key.

    The other responders were correct in that to simply open the doors, you
    don't need a programmable key, only a plain metal key. Since your key is
    a sidewinder, I believe the aftermarket Ilco key might be the only choice.

    Go to a good locksmith, they can service your needs.

    Norman Koller, Oct 18, 2004
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    L Alpert Guest


    Dealer charges an arm and a leg to program the keys (mine wanted $40 for the
    key and $100 to program it, though the cost is the same to program 1, 2, 3
    or more). If you have an existing one, the guys above, I got with
    programming for about $60 for a 2001 accord.

    The laser cut keys with the remotes in them may be different. Separate
    remotes for the doors and trunk can be had on ebay and are easy to program.

    Make sure these guys above have someone local to you to program the keys
    before you buy.....
    L Alpert, Oct 19, 2004
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    Chip Stein Guest

    It can only be cloned if it's a t5 key. most dealers don't carry
    them because the profit is lost without the labor.
    ask the dealer tu cut you a practice key. it's just a piece of
    metal they used to train on the sidewinder machine, no chip, no
    Chip Stein, Oct 19, 2004
  12. You're key is definitely available at locksmiths who do automotive work.
    The T5 key is what is necessary for cloning a new key. Any factory
    original key can be cloned. Any locksmith with the machine would
    naturally carry the T5 blanks for cloning.

    I wouldn't expect a Honda dealer to carry T5 keys since I don't think
    Honda makes them, and they don't have cloning machines. But why pay
    extra for their programming if the key can be cloned at a locksmith?

    Norman Koller, Oct 19, 2004
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    gts Guest

    Was bummed after reading this topic, but tried dealers in my area. Found
    one that would cut & program a t5 key for $30. Got it today & works

    If anyone is in the SF area, the dealer is Walnut Creek Honda (email
    gts, Oct 28, 2004
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