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Key Fob......Dealer or Aftermarket, or.......?

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Just bought a 2006 ForTwo. It came with only one key. I'm needing another. What are my "options"?

 

.........Buying a new key fob from the the MB dealer [ Three Point Motors ]  and having them program it? Cost at the end of the day? 

..........Getting a used key fob from a 1998-2007 donor car and having the locksmith cut a new blank and reprogram the fob? Will this work? I can source a used key......

............Buying a new *aftermarket* key fob and having the locksmith cut a blank and program it to my car. He said it can be done, but, he has yet to find an aftermarket key fob for the 1st gen fortwo that is of a decent quality that he is happy with. So........what / who makes a decent quality key fob for my smart car?? I'm guessing that most will be coming out of China, possibly all from the same factory......... Any real-1st hand experience / feedback with this is welcome!  Please and thank you. 

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i think its safe to say that most locksmiths wont have the proper programs to reset the electronics

 

personally ive bought some chinese keys but am still trying to figure out how to connect the software i have 

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Welcome to CsC.

 

The dealer will be likely be the most expensive option.

 

Auto recyclers may have used fobs.

 

For someone without a STAR machine, I would just buy a Chinese made replacement fob and have the locksmith cut the key and do the programming if they are able. 

 

Searching for "key fob" on the site may bring up some existing threads on the subject.

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The lock smith I spoke to says he does.......and *thinks* he can reprogram a used key for me. 

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1 minute ago, Huronlad said:

Welcome to CsC.

 

The dealer will be likely be the most expensive option.

 

Auto recyclers may have used fobs.

 

For someone without a STAR machine, I would just buy a Chinese made replacement fob and have the locksmith cut the key and do the programming if they are able. 

 

Searching for "key fob" on the site may bring up some existing threads on the subject.

 

 

 Thanks for your reply. 

 I tried searching for "key fob" on here and no posts turned up. Weird. You'd think.......

 

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forum search engines tend to ignore small words with 3 letters

 

ask the locksmith if he's done any before

 

id go with aftermarket key from china...and then if the locksmith cant do it youll at least get ripped off a little less because the dealer wont be selling you an overpriced key

 

when looking at keys i suggest getting the one with the sealed rubber buttons ...if the buttons look flimsy skip it and look for a different supplier

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Sounds like sound advice LugNuts. Thank you. 

 

 At a glance, all of the 1st gen ebay key fobs look exactly the same........ thus my guess that they all come from the same chinese factory. I'll look around elsewhere on the net. One would *think* that these keys are made in elsewhere in the world........say........France, perhaps, Italy or Belgium, or some place other than China. I know.....not all chinese stuff is junk, but we DO tend to import the bottom of the barrel stuff from China, even tho they can and do make better. Go figure. 

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I bought a fob shell for my third key from China.  I just needed the bit with the buttons on it and it snapped beautifully into place on the OE other half.  The only issue is that there's a pictogram of an open hatch on the third button instead of an opening top.

 

As far as programming, when my SAM failed TPM had to reactivate all the TAN codes (including cruise control, but that's another discussion!) and I gave them the third fob from our written off first smart and now I have three working keys.  The cost was high for SAM replacement but the extra key cost nothing.

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China fob cases do not last as long as originals.  Wife broke one yesterday.  Its eye broke off after only a few months in service.

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Mine's been good for three years and still looks good too.

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