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Replacement Alarm Fobs (7 replies)

cris_19010689
11 years ago
cris_19010689 11 years ago
surfblue63
11 years ago
surfblue63 11 years ago

Is the fob for a Rover Mini or a BMW MINI?

If it is Rover than any automotive locksmith should be able to help. If it is BMW then it is dealer only.

hawaiianblue
11 years ago
hawaiianblue 11 years ago

Yes rover ones can be done by most auto locksmiths for a small fee, many garages also have the facility to do this with their diagnostic kit.

The Sykes ACR hand sets can do the 2 button Rover Fobs without problems, you can code up to 4 handsets to a car.

I would imagine most auto locksmiths can do the BMW's too, the programming kit is updated all the time. The Mk1 BMW minis, just used the same Valeo keys as used on Rover 75's, Range-Rover, Land-Rover Discovery's it's just the branding that's different. I also suspect the MK1 Bmw Mini keys are the same as Peugeot, Citroen, the blades are the same, i think it's just the plastic casing is a different shape.

I'm not sure about MK2 BMW mini's but i would ask a couple of locksmiths anyway, they can probably do it for you. Some manufacturers fobs are one shot things though, so you can't use a second hand one. Volvo for example, once the key is coded it can't be coded to another car, so you have to buy the blank key from the dealer anyway. The Rover fobs can all be recoded though.

cris_19010689
11 years ago
cris_19010689 11 years ago

Hi all,

Looking at a car at the minute which only has one set of keys and 1 alarm fob. The seller mislaid the other set of keys 🙁

I can source a replacement set of keys relatively cheaply and can also get a fob relatively cheap. However, what I am confused about is the reprogramming of an alarm fob.
I get the bit about needing to re-sync the fob to the car if you change the battery, but is there any way/ anyone who knows how to reprogram a new/ replacement fob to the cars particular frequency??? :confused:

Cheers

cris_19010689
11 years ago
cris_19010689 11 years ago

[quote=surfblue63;107437]Is the fob for a Rover Mini or a BMW MINI?

If it is Rover than any automotive locksmith should be able to help. If it is BMW then it is dealer only.[/quote]

Thanks for the advice. It's a mini cooper sport 500 that I am looking at. I doubt there will ever be a day on this earth when I own a BMW 'mini' (no offence to the bmw mini lovers out there - just personal preference)

hawaiianblue
11 years ago
hawaiianblue 11 years ago

Then you shouldn't have a problem getting a second hand fob for your car. To avoid possible problems match up the model number from the fob casing, it will either be 3TXA, 3TXB or 17TN.

There are some listed on ebay as 'new' many of them are just old PCB's fitted to new casings. Rover sold a repair kit for their fobs, which consisted of new rubber buttons and a new casing. Many people just refurb old ones then sell them in the MG-Rover box the repair kit came in.

surfblue63
11 years ago
surfblue63 11 years ago

[quote=hawaiianblue;107439]
I would imagine most auto locksmiths can do the BMW's too, the programming kit is updated all the time. The Mk1 BMW minis, just used the same Valeo keys as used on Rover 75's, Range-Rover, Land-Rover Discovery's it's just the branding that's different. I also suspect the MK1 Bmw Mini keys are the same as Peugeot, Citroen, the blades are the same, i think it's just the plastic casing is a different shape.[/quote]

I had to go to BMW for my R50 Cooper. The keys are not the problem, it is the software and coding that is, and BMW don't seem to release theirs! I tried a few local auto locksmiths and they all gave the same answer.

PS It also took 5 visits to my local dealer to get the problem sorted. One to diagnose fault, 2 to repair fault incorrectly and then order new key, 3 collect key and book in for programming, 4 visit to get programmed which took longer to be done than quoted, 5 to complete programming (it took 1.5 hours).

hawaiianblue
11 years ago
hawaiianblue 11 years ago

The various coding machines are usually updated on a monthly basis though.
So it's always worth checking back.

It makes sense to make security systems hard to access though. Most of the software isn't 'released' by manufacturers, it's retro engineered, or 'cracked' if you like by the aftermarket systems manufacturers.

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