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Hi all.. I'm getting my new SX4 tomorrow.. YEA..

But I'm wondering if any of you out there that have the RF key less entry system can answer a question for me.. I would like to make a few spare keys for my family and my Roomy but can you cut a standard key or does it have to be a RF one???

Thanks for the answer to a probably dumb question.. :rolleyes:
 

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if ya want to just open doors any key will work. If ya wanna start the car with it it has to have the chip in it and programmed for your car.
 

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thanks for the info... :lol:

Now dumb question.. I suppose the only place to get replacement keys is the dealer...

Thanks again..;)
 

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It turns out that the key, at least for the standard keyless remote, isn't a transponder key. You can get it cut at any keyshop without the need for having it programmed to the car. My car came with one key missing so the dealer just mailed me a blank and told me to take it to any key shop to have it cut to match my other key. It worked on both my door and ignition without a problem.
 

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I have the keyless start on my 07 crossover - I had spare keys made -- YOU CANNOT USE A STANDARD KEY!!!!!!! You HAVE TO GET THE SPECIAL KEY THAT FITS IN THE PLASTIC TRANSPONDER!!!! You can get anybody to cut that key to fit (I used the code to have it cut at a different place than my dealer) If you get the standard key and have it cut it will work fine on opening the door BUT it WILL NOT FIT ALL THE WAY IN THE IGNITION SWITCH because the head is too large to fit past the plastic surround on the switch. I tried this already and had to grind the heads off the standard keys so they would fit. They were so ugly after that I got the expensive key blanks ($15 or so) that fit the factory keyless transponder and they work fine. Contrary to popular believe you DO NOT need to have the transponder in the car to make it run with just the standard key - You can leave your transponder at home and take just the key with you and the car will start and drive just fine. This comes in handy when you are out on a boat and do not want to get your transponder wet and carry a bulky bundle of keys with you - all you need is that one little key and leave the rest in the car (except leave the transponder at home). It is quite a good design in real use.
 

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I don't know about keyless start, but with the keyless entry you can use any key blank from any key shop. My wife just recently lost a set of keys for our Suzuki and Acura so I went to my local key shop and got a replacement (all metal, no plastic head) for $3.95 and it works both on the door and ignition. The keyshop had the same key number listed for the SX-4, Grand Vitara, and SX-7. On the other hand I had to go to my Acura dealer to replace the key for our Acura TSX to the tune of $150 for a transponder key plus programming labor. I got replacement remotes off of E-bay for both cars for about $25 each and programmed them myself.
 

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Re: Spare Keys

I have a 2008 SX4 with the keyless entry system transmitter ( not the more expensive keylessstart system) and separate key.

The Suzuki dealer wanted $49.00 for a spare key and he said the key must be programmed for an additional $65.00 - total of $112.00 - to make the spare key work.

Like Ken2007 I went to a key shop where the keyman quickly picked out a key blank, cut it to match, opened up the vehicle door with it, stuck it in the ignition, and started the vehicle. Total cost was $4.00!!! Nice to save $108.00!!!!

I then went hog wild and bought two more spare keys - so have one to keep in my billfold, one for my wife's billfold, and one for our keyboard at home. So the entire cost was a whopping $12.00.

Ken thanks for your input. Actually I did not save $108.00 because after getting the keys made I took my wife out to dinner to celebrate. That cost $45.00!!
 
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