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Lost my only key, no dealership in town, any ideas? --- UPDATE

I lost my only key to my 2000 GLX and I'm 120 miles from the nearest dealership. I called them and they said they could cut me a key and send it to me, but it would have to be programmed (they need the car to program it). No one here in town has the software necessary to program a VW key. I really don't want to get my car towed over 100 miles just to get bent over by whatever overpriced amount the dealership wants to charge me for cutting, programming, etc. Any ideas or am I pretty much screwed? Thanks.
 

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The dealership said the key wouldn't start the car unless it was programmed. So that wouldn't work.


Also, if I get another key fob on ebay or somewhere else, is there any way to make sure I have the right one? I know there's some sort of code on or inside the fob, but obviously I don't know that.
 

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Start organizing everything in you house in hopes you will find your key. If you don't find it at least you're house will be clean.
 

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I guess it's a transponder key? He said I couldn't drive the car without getting it programmed. Is he wrong?
 

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I guess it's a transponder key? He said I couldn't drive the car without getting it programmed. Is he wrong?
Sounds right. Without at least the valet key you cannot reprogram the key.
However, if you wanna save some $$$ sign up for AAA Plus before you get towed ;)
 

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The dealership said the key wouldn't start the car unless it was programmed. So that wouldn't work.


Also, if I get another key fob on ebay or somewhere else, is there any way to make sure I have the right one? I know there's some sort of code on or inside the fob, but obviously I don't know that.
you can find somebody with vag com and reprogram the ecu..

http://www.steve-hall.com/cgi-bin/VAG-Locator.pl
 

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bite the bullet and get the keys done and consider it a lesson learned

Lesson learned? I don't think anyone misplaces a key on purpose. Anyways, I don't need to explain the situation but I've ever lost a key and there's no lesson to be learned. Thanks for your insightful input though.




Yes, the key has a transponder that is checked by the ECU. You have to train the ECU to accept each key.

I'd recommend getting a vag-com and doing the programming yourself. Have the dealer cut & mail the key, then DIY the programming.

http://www.ross-tech.com/vag-com/cars/key-matching.html
http://www.ross-tech.com/vag-com/cars/key-matching-4digit.html
http://www.ross-tech.com/vag-com/cars/vw-remote-matching.html

Thanks for the help Pete1. Is all I need the software liscense for $99?



you can find somebody with vag com and reprogram the ecu..

http://www.steve-hall.com/cgi-bin/VAG-Locator.pl

The closest person to me is farther away than the dealership. Thank you for the suggestion though.
 

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Yes, the key has a transponder that is checked by the ECU. You have to train the ECU to accept each key.

I'd recommend getting a vag-com and doing the programming yourself. Have the dealer cut & mail the key, then DIY the programming.

http://www.ross-tech.com/vag-com/cars/key-matching.html
http://www.ross-tech.com/vag-com/cars/key-matching-4digit.html
http://www.ross-tech.com/vag-com/cars/vw-remote-matching.html
He can only do this withe the SKC, which I doubt he has.
Dealers will no longer give it (they actually cannot with thier current systems)
 

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He can only do this withe the SKC, which I doubt he has.
Dealers will no longer give it (they actually cannot with thier current systems)
X2, as of March 31, 2005 the code retrieval and adaption is done on-line and the 7 digit code is no longer displayed to the techs. So brasskey, if you don't have the code, you'll need to get the car to the dealer.
 

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...as of March 31, 2005 the code retrieval and adaption is done on-line and the 7 digit code is no longer displayed to the techs.
Translation: VW knows they can't trust their service departments either.

What a PITA. :thumbdown
 

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Lesson learned? I don't think anyone misplaces a key on purpose. Anyways, I don't need to explain the situation but I've ever lost a key and there's no lesson to be learned. Thanks for your insightful input though.






I THINK YOUR MISSING THE POINT ,THERE SHOULDNT BE ONLY "ONE KEY" TO LOSE,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A SPARE/BACKUP,THATS ALL,
I HAVE THREE VWS ,ONE MOTORCYCLE,
BETWEEN THEM ALL I HAVE 9 (NINE )KEYS .........,NUFFSAID
 

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If you have a first generation remote, I don't think there is a transponder. I bought a remote off of ebay, got the key cut, and started the car without having it programmed. Only had to program the buttons.
 

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Some "Key" Facts
1) 2000 Models have Imobilizer II system.(Key must be coded)
2) VAGCOM cannot code keys unless you have SKC (and you don't)
3) SKC cannot be obtained thru your dealer. There is special diag equipment than can get it though. $$$$$$$$$$$
4) If you lost your only key the the Dealer will have to order the key using your VIN number. Might take a few days or week.
5) Don't bother having car towed until dealer has new key ready, They will have to still code it to your car.
6) Dealer must have car to code key (actually it's the CAR that's coded to the key, nothing in the key changes)
7) Remote locking systems have nothing to do with the Imobilizer sytem. The remote locks the door, Imobilizer locks the ignition
8) Get extra keys made
 

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I THINK YOUR MISSING THE POINT ,THERE SHOULDNT BE ONLY "ONE KEY" TO LOSE,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A SPARE/BACKUP,THATS ALL,
I HAVE THREE VWS ,ONE MOTORCYCLE,
BETWEEN THEM ALL I HAVE 9 (NINE )KEYS .........,NUFFSAID


No, I'm not missing the point. If you read my previous e-mail I really didn't want to go into it. I said, "I've never lost a key...". I know to have spares, I'm not an idiot. Anyways, long story short, our house got broken into a day before my key was misplaced (by my brother), and my two spares were stolen. So, it all happened within 24 hours. Three keys gone. Also, the caps lock key is located to the left of the "A" key. Hit it once.
 

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Some "Key" Facts
1) 2000 Models have Imobilizer II system.(Key must be coded)
2) VAGCOM cannot code keys unless you have SKC (and you don't)
3) SKC cannot be obtained thru your dealer. There is special diag equipment than can get it though. $$$$$$$$$$$
4) If you lost your only key the the Dealer will have to order the key using your VIN number. Might take a few days or week.
5) Don't bother having car towed until dealer has new key ready, They will have to still code it to your car.
6) Dealer must have car to code key (actually it's the CAR that's coded to the key, nothing in the key changes)
7) Remote locking systems have nothing to do with the Imobilizer sytem. The remote locks the door, Imobilizer locks the ignition
8) Get extra keys made


Thanks for the info everyone. I think I might have lucked out a little as a local foreign car repair center has the diag equipment needed. I ordered the keys and I will have the local place try to program them before towing it 100+ miles. Thanks again everyone.
 
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