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Old 02-25-2009, 05:34 AM   #1
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Smile key prob?

as many of you know i got a used 02 basic boxster about a month ago. i really love it and how smooth the engine is (although, i keep waiting for the dreaded explosion). in my infinite wisdom i took apart the key which is just the basic key without remote but with capacitor or whatever inside. only a couple of small minor parts fell out and disappeared. so of course the car would not turn over. soooo i used the other key and all was well. where can i get a new key for a relatively reasonable price or can my other key be repaired for an ok price? i hid my embarasment for as long as i can

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Old 02-25-2009, 08:24 AM   #2
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Sounds like you lost the RFID chip in the head of the key. A dealer will be glad to sell you a new key cap (head of the key). You do not need a new blade.

And the dealer will have to program the car to the new key/cap.

Althought you can buy the key cap from SunCoast. A dealer will still have to program the car.

Good luck.
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Old 02-26-2009, 02:58 AM   #3
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I try not to go to my local Porsche dealership. Their prices are just not reasonable. That being said, when I purchased my 2000 Boxster last year the owner only had one key. I checked around, but to make a new functional key, you really have to go to a Porsche dealership. I think the new key, including the door lock/unlock/security programing was about $400. Took about 30 min. But now I have peace of mind in case I loose a key.

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Old 02-26-2009, 08:21 AM   #4
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If you know the general location where the chip may have fallen out, get a strong magnet and pass it over the area. The chip (also known as the 'Pill') is just a transducer coil and so will be attracted to the magnet.

Expect a dealer visit for this to run $90-$150. So, if you expend $89 worth of effort and find it, you're ahead. Good luck.

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Old 02-26-2009, 06:31 PM   #5
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MRFREDSPORTY: " i hid my embarasment for as long as i can"


This is so true! I actually lost the innards in my only key too. My car starts, so I haven't been able to bring myself to spend the money to get a new key. But unfortunately, I set my car alarm off about every other time I manually unlock my car...

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