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I bought a used key/remote off of ebay and my dealer is telling me they need a code or the vin from the car this came from in order to match it to my car. Seems kind of backwards to me. I thought I read that it was possible, but now I'm having trouble finding that again. Maybe I imagined it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by TheKeyMaster at 9:40 AM 4-23-2009</i>
 

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Re: Can someone confirm that there is no way to reprogram a remote wit ... (TheKeyMaster)

The dealer is right. The key fob needs to be programmed by them.
 

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Yep, toss it. I did the same thing. Those who sell used Volvo key remotes on Ebay are scamming you or just plain stupid. There is no way to reprogram them without the bar code that came with them when new. You're stuck buying one from your dealer and paying for the fob, and the labor charge to program it and a software download from VIDA.
 

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Thanks. I'll just have them cut me a key and attach it to this now non-functional remote. It's just going to be a spare anyways. Spending $100 for the key cut is enough, I don't need to spend another $200 for the remote just to have it sit in a drawer.
 

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IIRC, they have to program the key as well to work with your car. No problem, just more $. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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you're the key master, aren't you supposed to know the answer to that question??? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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They do have to "pair" the key to your car. There is also a limit to how many keys can be paired... it's either 3 or 4. <p>If you're replacing a remote, take the circuit board out of your old one and swap it with the new one. You'll still need to have the key cut and the immobilizer chip and paired to the car. Other than that, there's not really much else you can do.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>GiRaff3</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">you're the key master, aren't you supposed to know the answer to that question??? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><br> <br>Touché <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Where's the Gate Keeper? (movie?)
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>T5 for Life</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Where's the Gate Keeper? (movie?)</TD></TR></TABLE><br><IMG SRC="http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/ss162/TWMn/10588237_gal1.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>here I am <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I replaced my normal keys with the fob style keys. Instead of reprogramming i just cut up the old keys and removed the transponder. Then I made a hole in the fob and secured the transponder. (I think I read it on this forum somewhere)<br>So cheap fob + old transponder + newly cut key = relatively cheap conversion.<p>Different story if you don't have a spare key to begin with of course
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>TWMn</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br><IMG SRC="http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/ss162/TWMn/10588237_gal1.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>here I am <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>that is AWESOMENESS right there!!! <p>Vince Klotor "Many shubs and zulls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!"
 

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"We're gonna need a sample of your brain tissue"<br>"Okay..."<br>Who ya gonna call? Rick Moranis in his Prime! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Can someone confirm that there is no way to reprogram a remote wit ... (TheKeyMaster)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>TheKeyMaster</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I bought a used key/remote off of ebay and my dealer is telling me they need a code or the vin from the car this came from in order to match it to my car. Seems kind of backwards to me. I thought I read that it was possible, but now I'm having trouble finding that again. Maybe I imagined it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><br><i>Modified by TheKeyMaster at 9:40 AM 4-23-2009</i></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Even if you had the VIN the remote may have come from, no way to program it.<p>Only the original remotes that came with your car could be reprogrammed without the 16 digit and 8 digit codes. One possible scenario would be if your CEM is replaced, the codes would need to be put back in the CEM. When the CEM software is Reloaded, those codes are VIN specific and put back as if the car was new again. Supposedly if you ever had a new remote programmed or replaced, and the CEM is replaced, the remote codes are supposed to be downloaded with the software reload. However, I can say this doesn't work 100% of the time and the dealer will usually warranty any remote that fails to work after a CEM reload. <p>Ignition keys can be reprogrammed if CEM S/W is reloaded but remotes need the codes and usually the codes are thrown away after initial programming. At the dealer I worked at, I used to peel the code stick off the remote package and put it on the back of the ticket. Tickets were scanned and stored for future reference and notes. So we could actually look up the remote codes if something such as a CEM reload didn't load the replaced remote codes. <p>Frankly, its more of a revenue generator for the factory and the dealer. Requires the customer to visit a dealer and lets them charge pretty much whatever they want. A key and remote with separate programming for each could cost some people $400 or more. Think about that the next time you let a little one play with your keys!<p>There are some Independents that possible could program new key and remotes but they still have to buy the parts from the dealer and the software from Volvo and pass the cost of leasing the Volvo Diagnostic Program VIDA which allows communication from the car to computer. So the cost would likely be the same. Sux <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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