Do you know the procedure? I plan on getting Vida soon and maybe sooner since I have two useless keys from a Volvo dealer sitting on my desk until I get the software upgrade that the dealer wants $100 for.It's not about programming a key to the car, it's about adding/entering the key to the car. To do this you need the original key code as shipped with the new key from Volvo or a quality supplier of choice. this can indeed be done via Vida.
It'd just be so much easier to get an entire brand new key than dealing with trying to hack it apart, getting the RFID chip out without breaking it and putting it back together.If you have your broken key, this may be an option:
Where did you get that price? Last I checked, it was $270. I ran out of service department all bent out of shape and few days later, I started up the Dremel.Just buy a new blank key from Volvo for under 30 bucks, have them cut and re program. I just had this done this morning and it cost 87.92 out the door at the dealer. I thought it was fair. Includes parts labor and cutting.
Oh good point, I wonder if it needs to download something or connect to something external that the Chinese version can't do. Anyone with VIDA/DICE know?Is a software purchase/download from Volvo Corporate required? If not, then the Chinese knockoff can do it.
i bought a oem transponder ring from a junk yard for $10, had the dealer punch me out two old skool style keys for $11 each.
took off the 3 torx screws off the bottom of my steering column.
unplugged the OEM transponder ring
plugged in the new transponder ring
took one of the transponder key RFID pellet out of one of the busted "R" switchblades
glued the pellet to the new transponder ring and shoved it back under the dash
now my car starts with old skool key. $32 fix and i still have 3 keys that will start my car, two old skool and one "R" switch blade.
but i did add in two way alarm remote starter with pager, drone mobile unit, and EZ-Go RFID proximity keyfob