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    Don't lose a Mini Key

     I lost one of my two mini keys and soon found out that it can only be replaced by a dealer. Since I have an early version of the 2004 mini, the key will cost $192.13 and another $139-$150 to have it program by the dealer. $343 to replace one fricken mini key????Smiley

    I had a key made for my Ferrari and it was $6.00.Smiley


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    Re: Don't lose a Mini Key

     Porsche charges $500 for the Cayenne key FYI...


    Re: Don't lose a Mini Key

    nberry:

     I lost one of my two mini keys and soon found out that it can only be replaced by a dealer. Since I have an early version of the 2004 mini, the key will cost $192.13 and another $139-$150 to have it program by the dealer. $343 to replace one fricken mini key????

    I had a key made for my Ferrari and it was $6.00.Smiley

     

    It´s not the key itself that is so expensive but the electronics inside. You certainly haven´t paid 6 $ for a Ferrari key incl. electronics, not even on Ebay... Smiley


    Re: Don't lose a Mini Key

    Ney Nick, we are talking about a Mini, which is not some Italian car, so what did you expect? 


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    Re: Don't lose a Mini Key

    THe key I had made for the Ferrari was $6. It was for my 360. The key worked though it did not open and lock the car remotely. I replaced a Cayenne key and I believe it was less than $200.

    I believe the reason for the more expensive keys are twofold. First, they are laser cut and second the electronics. I am also told that other than the early 2004 Mini's replacement keys need not be programmed. That saves up to $150.00 of dealer labor.


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    Re: Don't lose a Mini Key

    i love older cars. My key blank was $0.99. I cut the key myself at work :)

    But yes new keys are expensive due to electronics but charging $100+ is just a rip off either way you spin it.


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