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Old September 17th, 2012, 09:46 PM
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bmw 328i key fob w/ ca

My primary question is does anyone have any recommendations on getting a cheaper replacement key with comfort assist for a 2008 BMW 328i. The local dealer wants something like 305 for the key and 130 for programming. Seems a little steep to me although I do want the proper physical key cut and the ca to work. I believe its model KR55WK49147

I lost the second key a while ago and the other one needs another battery. So here is my second question. I was told by the dealer that the battery was rechargeable, not user serviceable, and we should put the key in the dash periodically to keep it charged which we honestly never do. However having popped it open I see it simply has a cr2032 3v lithium battery. Wtf. This thing can't be rechargeable. So I am very skeptical about all the stuff I have read about them needing custom programming as well.

Anyone have any experience with these?
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Old September 17th, 2012, 11:31 PM
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Try pelican parts?
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Old September 17th, 2012, 11:46 PM
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You can order the battery on line and solder it in. Be VERY careful if you try this. I just did a friends LR2 key, it was a bitch. The battery is like 7 bucks
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E90 right?

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=549021

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=447096
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Old September 18th, 2012, 09:41 AM
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Try http://getbmwparts.com/ they are a discount BMW parts supplier.
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Old September 18th, 2012, 02:54 PM
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Need the same for wife's 03 MINI. I wonder if the same suppliers will work?
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Old September 18th, 2012, 10:14 PM
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Thanks, but both suppliers listed don't show them online, although I haven't tried contacting them yet. I believe the bigger issue is the programming.

My existing key/fob has a user replaceable battery. No soldering needed. It's just that I was told it was rechargeable when we bought the car and it would just have been nice to have known there was no need/benefit to putting it in the dash. I actually prefer it this way - a $3 battery every 3/4 years is fine.

I lost one of the fob's and I'd like to get back to having a spare, but can't bring myself to spend $50 on a F'ng key. And if they will give misinformation about a simple thing like the battery, I suspect they give misinformation about what it takes to get another key made/programmed as well, even if maybe it's in the name of security.

Oh Jeff, the comfort assist is too appealing to pass up, but I guess for a pure spare a valet key would do.
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The programming is the issue, as I believe the new programming has to take place with all your keys as it is self cancelling. ( went through that with the 750IL ).
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