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Portland Auto Locksmith Recommendations

Discussion in 'North West' started by plurpimpin, Jul 21, 2021 at 4:40 PM.

  1. Jul 21, 2021 at 4:40 PM
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    plurpimpin

    plurpimpin [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So we're in a bit of a pickle. My lady had only had 1 key for her 2010 VW golf since she bought it. I've been nagging her to get an extra key for the last 6 years but she never did.

    Fast forward to now the key portion broke off of her fob and she lost it. Now we only have the fob with the transponder chip in it but no key for the ignition.

    Can anybody recommend a good locksmith that might be able to make a new key? VW wants $200 to order the key and then another $200 to program it after we get it towed to the dealer.

    They claim they have to have the car at the dealer to program the key (which sounds like BS to me) since we already have a programmed fob.
     
  2. Jul 21, 2021 at 10:22 PM
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    I don’t know any locksmiths. But I owned a 2010 Jetta. My key never broke but I do remember reading that the key reprogramming is a headache. IIRC, it can be done with a functioning original fob. No car needed.
    You might poke around here. Very helpful message board during my ownership. https://forums.tdiclub.com/index.php
     
  3. Jul 22, 2021 at 8:43 AM
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    Yeah we had a feeling the guy was wrong about programming. It was the parts guy who didn't seem to know much.

    I'll do some digging on tdiclub. Was already reading on the vortex and you are spot on about the key programming being a pain.

    Worst case we might order a key and hold off on getting it programmed. Will try putting her old fob on the keychain for the chip and then hopefully at least be able to drive it the dealer since they were very adamant on the phone about not programming it without the car. We were able to use the broken off piece of key as long as the fob was in the car to get home before she lost it so I don't see why that wouldn't work.
     
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  4. Jul 22, 2021 at 4:27 PM
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    Check with Harry’s locksmith in Vancouver. I work for the city and we get all our keys made there. Good company.

    And they do auto keys too
     
  5. Jul 22, 2021 at 6:40 PM
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    TDIclub is awesome.

    If you have a key, the blanks are about 30 bucks... https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XR56757/

    You can order the blank without the immobilizer and swap that into the new blank, too.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XR56757 is the fob without the immobilizer. Since you have the bits and they still work, just gotta pry it out and put it in the blank fob. Then get the mechanical bits recopied over.

    ..

    Oh - rereading - since you have the part with the immobilizer, the key itself is just metal and cheap to get cut.
     
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