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How to: Keyless entry for the price of a KEY FOB!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by nchiker1, Mar 8, 2021.

  1. Mar 8, 2021 at 10:41 AM
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    nchiker1

    nchiker1 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I found several different threads hinting that this could be a possibility, but no true write up on it, and no one declaring success. Got it working today! So here's a write up that your 5yo could understand.

    Prerequisites
    - Should work on '01-'04 models. Mine is an '04
    - Must already have electronic locks (duh)
    - Must have RS3200 unit. See instructions below to check.

    Steps
    1. Check to see if you have the RS3200 (receiver) already.
    (From what I gather, this was installed on a lot of Tacoma's in anticipation of the owner requesting the keyless entry upgrade. The unit doesn't even appear as being present in my truck when Tacoma looked up my Taco by the VIN number. But it was there! He said it may have been something unique to southeastern sold Tacos, but who knows)

    a. Take out two-three screws from the baseboard to relieve tension on the kickplate.

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    b. Remove kickplate.

    c. Look to see if you have the square box thing pictured (RS3200)

    IMG_9612.jpg

    d. If you have it you're golden! Put everything back.


    2. Get a key fob
    a. Get it at your local dealer like I did. It was $57. Ask for part #08191-00922

    IMG_9609.jpg

    b. Or get a third party one. This should work, but is not how I went. This is the $25 one I was considering: Third Party Key Fob on Amazon


    3. Go through the crazy pairing sequence. You must follow it to a T! I've copied it for you here:

    Step-By-Step How To Key Fob Remote Programming Instructions

    1. Prepare Vehicle
      With the key OUT of the Ignition, OPEN and UNLOCK the Driver’s door.

    2. Enter Programming Mode – Step 1
      Perform the following steps within 5 seconds:

      a. INSERT key into Ignition (Do NOT turn) and PULL the key out.

      b. INSERT key into Ignition (Do NOT turn) and PULL the key out.

    3. Enter Programming Mode – Step 2
      PERFORM the following steps WITHIN 40 seconds:

      a. CLOSE then OPEN Driver’s door.

      b. CLOSE then OPEN Driver’s door.

      c. INSERT key into Ignition (Do NOT turn) and PULL the key out.

    4. Enter Programming Mode – Step 3
      PERFORM the following steps WITHIN 40 seconds:

      a. CLOSE then OPEN Driver’s door.

      b. CLOSE then OPEN Driver’s door.

      c. INSERT the key into the Ignition and LEAVE it in the Ignition.

      d. CLOSE the Driver’s door.

    5. Enter Programming Mode – Step 4
      TURN the Ignition to ON position (Do NOT crank engine) then back OFF.
      – Do this ONCE to retain existing remotes programmed and ADD NEW remote..
      – Do this TWICE to ERASE all existing remotes programmed and ADD NEW remote.
      – Do this THREE times to CHECK how many remotes are programmed to the vehicle.
      – Do this FIVE times to ERASE all existing remotes programmed.

    6. Enter Programming Mode – Step 6
      REMOVE key from Ignition. The power door locks will respond by cycling the locks from LOCK/UNLOCK to signal successful entry into Programming Mode.

    7. Program Remote
      Perform the following steps within 40 seconds:

      a. PRESS and HOLD the LOCK and UNLOCK buttons on the remote simultaneously for 2 seconds. RELEASE.

      b. PRESS and HOLD the LOCK button and hold for 2 seconds. RELEASE.

      The vehicle will respond by cycling the locks from LOCK to UNLOCK to indicate successful programming of the remote.

    8. Program Additional Remotes
      REPEAT Step 7 for any additional remotes to be programmed, including working ones.

    9. EXIT Programming Mode
      OPEN Driver’s Door to EXIT Programming Mode.

    10. Test Remotes
      TEST all remotes. Programming is complete.

    11. Share
      If these programming instructions helped save you time and money, please consider sharing our website with friends and family so they can do the same.
    Programming Notes:

    • Verify the following prior to following these instructions:
      • Your vehicle is equipped with keyless entry, and
      • You have a key fob remote that is compatible with your vehicle.
    • Obtain ALL remote transmitters for this vehicle.
    • If you have a remote head key with a transponder chip, this procedure will ONLY program the remote portion. You’ll need a Professional Auto Locksmith to cut and program the transponder key that will start the vehicle.
    • If you have a remote head key without a transponder chip, this procedure WILL work for your vehicle.
    • This procedure DOES NOT work for smart proximity remote key fobs.


    I'm no mechanic, and certainly not an expert. So if any of this turns out to be wrong let me know, and I'll update the instructions.

    Enjoy!
     
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2021
  2. Mar 8, 2021 at 4:45 PM
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    hogeyphenogey

    hogeyphenogey Back in a Tacoma

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    I have a viper and sometimes it doesn’t work... I’ll be looking into this!!! Thank you!
     
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  3. Mar 8, 2021 at 5:24 PM
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    nchiker1

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    Happy to help!
     
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  4. Mar 8, 2021 at 7:25 PM
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    Taco2021LB

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    I have keyless, but your shared info regarding the FOB programming is appreciated.
     
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  5. Mar 8, 2021 at 11:00 PM
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  6. Mar 8, 2021 at 11:11 PM
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    Had mine removed and sold. Was a great unit for its time but I moved on to compustar.
     
  7. Mar 9, 2021 at 11:05 AM
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    nchiker1

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    To clarify-the unit does not always show up on the list, even when a dealer looks it up on his database. Neither the dealer database, nor the link you provided actually show mine as having the unit. But when I open up the kick plate, there she is!
     
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  8. Mar 31, 2021 at 10:51 PM
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    dnevels

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    Mine doesn’t show as a DLX. Does that mean mine won’t work?
     
  9. Apr 1, 2021 at 3:43 AM
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    Not necessarily, you have to physically look. Like I said above, mine doesn’t show in the database as having the unit either, but it does.
     
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  10. Apr 1, 2021 at 8:03 AM
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    Gotcha, I removed the kick panel and it had an ABS box and another box in the behind it but the other box didn’t have any markings indicating what it was. There aren’t any boxes under the seats either so I’m going to try your programming and see if that works.
     
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  11. Apr 1, 2021 at 8:29 AM
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    Great Information and Thank you for the detailed write up!!
    Like you stated, the site doesn't list the part, but it's installed on mine.
     
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  12. Apr 1, 2021 at 9:01 AM
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    Yeah man. Glad it helped!
     
  13. Apr 15, 2021 at 3:06 PM
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    Cheap spacers and blocks, 33's, poor man upgrades.
    Mine doesn’t have one. Happen to have a part#?? I have a un used plug sitting there. Wonder if I can rob one from a part out
     
  14. Apr 15, 2021 at 8:27 PM
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    4xdog

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    My 2001 had the Toyota VIP alarm and keyless remote associated with that system. They were installing RS3000 version around then IIRC.

    When I moved to a 2003 three and a half years ago the build-details-by-VIN said it had remote keyless entry as part of the factory build, and no port-installed TVIP (nor control module on the kick panel). So I sold the 2001 with its RS3000. Grrr. I’ve not been able to anything resembling factory RKE to make a peep on the 2003.

    The 2003 had a crap aftermarket alarm when I got it that was flatting the battery. Took that out anticipating the factory RKE would work. Just as well — it was junk.

    But I’m locking and unlocking with the key. I sure wish I had a good remote keyless entry.
     
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  15. Apr 16, 2021 at 8:53 AM
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    I don't have a part number, but if you have electronic locks and find an "RS3200" you should be good to go. Good luck man! Let me know how it turns out.
     
  16. Apr 16, 2021 at 11:27 AM
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    Nessal

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    I was just about to check this as well! What I found when I did a VIN search on the Toyota's official site is that it listed that the vehicle came with KEYLESS ENTRY. However, I never received any remote with my keys. I found this following link that shows the direction as well and purchased the fob for $5 off of rockauto. Going to give this a shot when the fobs come in...but now I'm thinking maybe I should have ponied up for the official Toyota remotes instead since they aren't that expensive.


    http://www.keyfobprogram.com/2003-toyota-tacoma-remote-programming/
     
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  17. Apr 16, 2021 at 7:19 PM
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    Good luck man!
     
  18. Apr 16, 2021 at 9:35 PM
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    @nchiker1, are you the original owner? Is it possible a previous owner just lost the remote rather than the R3200 is installed on every truck?
     
  19. Apr 17, 2021 at 5:18 AM
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    nchiker1

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    I purchased it from the original owner. He told me he never had keyless entry, and gave me the original sticker which listed “electronic locks” but no keyless entry. Like I mentioned above, it MAY have been something unique to southeastern US sold Tacos, but who knows.
     
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  20. Apr 17, 2021 at 9:12 AM
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    I just checked mine as directed by the OP and I have the unit. Stoked for my key fobs to get in! Hope it's still working.
     
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