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Old 10-29-2012, 04:02 PM   #1
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Spare key

Hi all,

I have a 1997 Box and need a spare key, any ideas where to buy a blank? Would prefer with Porsche logo.

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Old 10-29-2012, 04:48 PM   #2
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You must buy a key head with a transponder coded for your car. And you must buy a blank.

Be careful buying key heads off eBay. If it doesn't have the original hang tag with a barcode on it so the dealer can program it or its not the correct part number, you're screwed.

I'd call sunset imports in Oregon and buy both. Your local dealer will program it for you and cut the blank for about $100.
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:59 PM   #3
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With my car being a basic Boxster I didn't think the key had anything in it other than just the key. I open the car the old fashioned way with the lock in the door. Can I not just buy a black key and get it cut??
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:13 PM   #4
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I don't think so. Your key head has an anti-theft transponder in it even if I doesn't have an alarm system...
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:41 AM   #5
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Its not the transponder "pill" in your key that has to match anything. The "pill" has doesn't matter, the immobilizer has to be programed to match the "pill" to work. Than you just need a key shaft carved to turn the tumblers.

The catch is, if you get a Key off of eBay (for instance), with a(indeed) working "pill" you're only part way home. Your immobilizer Box has to be able to be programed to except a new pill. It only has four slots for such a new pill/codes. If your car has lost soms keys and had new ones programed, you may be out of pill slots. You'll need a new imobilizer.

If you just want to open the door but not start it, that's fairly cheap. Not a bad thing to have around but won't start the car.

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Old 10-30-2012, 11:51 AM   #6
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So do I need to go to a main Porsche garage?
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:58 AM   #7
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Yes...call around and find what they charge. I can get a new one from a dealer here in Florida for $185, cut and programmed.
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