Lost My remote Key today: Dealer wants $500 to replace it!

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  1. cirruspete

    cirruspete Junior Member

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    Today we went river rafting and the remote key to my 2017 Prime Advanced was in a waterproof baggie deep down in my pocket. Somewhere along the way, I lost it. I always hide a spare key, so we were not stranded... and then we called Modesto Toyota to see about obtaining a replacement.

    I was shocked at how expensive this little mistake of mine will cost me! They charge $265 for the remote - unprogrammed - and then require a service appointment with the car to program the remote. Estimated cost for the service to program the remote.... $217.!

    With taxes, the total cost will be about $500. Moral of the story - treat that key as carefully as you would $500 cash - and more so, since you'll kill a half-day waiting for the service!
     
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    Buy online and shop around for programming rates with local locksmiths

    Also if you have AAA plus or premier, they pay for a portion of the lost key
     
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  3. schja01

    schja01 One of just a few in Chicagoland

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    I believe programming is done with a Techstream. Do Locksmiths have those?
     
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    ETC(SS) The other One Percenter.....

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    Yes. Many do.

    Replace the dealer.
     
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  5. cirruspete

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    Well, I am pleased to report that I found the key in the picnic basket! I had taken the baggie out to get a Band-aid I had put in the bag, along with the remote key, and mindlessly tossed them into the basket.

    But I think I better get another remote and see about getting it programmed.

    I would love to hear from others as to whether an independent locksmith can in fact program the key. The dealer said they had to have the car in order to do it....
     
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    I avoid Modesto Toyota like the plague! Check with Merced Toyota. They’ve treated us better than most dealerships we’ve dealt with.

    PS, nice to see another prime advanced around here. Ours is white.


    iPad ?
     
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    $200 or $500, it's still a big ripoff. What's wrong with having a simple ignition key! I carried one for 45 years. Never lost it, and it never failed me.
     
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    ETC(SS) The other One Percenter.....

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    It's obscene that they charge $200 for for $15 worth of hardware and 15 minutes of time.....AND that they're 'better than average' with even that price!!!
     
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    this may be the first gen4 fob go around. good luck! will be interesting to see if anything is different from prior gen's.
     
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    Mendel Leisk Obtuse Angler

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    Good news! Consider putting some sort of identification tag on your fob, say with your phone number on it. If you have lock nuts on your rims, tape your phone number to the special socket too.

    Meh, don't do it.
     
  11. schja01

    schja01 One of just a few in Chicagoland

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    I've had key fobs in all my cars since my Gen 2 Prius. I always have an extra fob included as part of the purchase "deal".
    What I found out is a good portion of the cost is related to the mechanical key. Cutting the replacement key was part of "programming".
    When they were cutting the key for my spare '04 Prius fob only their Lexus dealership had the machine.
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    PS. So far I've never needed one of the spares. Knock on wood.
    PPS. I've wondered if fobs are year or model dependent. They all have 4 buttons so I wonder
    if my extra Camry Hybrid fob would work (after pairing) for the Prime? Granted the Camry has
    a rear trunk button whereas the Prime has an A/C button instead. No simple way to test.
     
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    Mendel Leisk Obtuse Angler

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    So: cargo cult. I would wait till you're down a fob before doing that
     
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    schja01 One of just a few in Chicagoland

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    Need two fobs. One for me one for the spouse. Loss of a fob without a spare would be a deluxe PITA. My spare at time of sale was a throw in at $0. Cheap insurance.
     
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    Can the car accept more than two programmed fobs? I'm not sure, but I don't think so.

    A local locksmith told me that he can supply the fob and program it for about half what the stealership charges.

    I'm waiting for a multi-car fob. I want ONE fob for both my Toyota and my Mazda.
     
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    schja01 One of just a few in Chicagoland

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    Yes it can. It’s in the Smart Key design. I’m getting a 3rd fob with my prime.
    My gen 2, Camry, Camry Hybrid and 2 Venzas all had 3 fobs paired simultaneously.
     
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    Yeah get some sort of contact info (phone number, email) on your fob. Just picture if it had dropped out of your pocket: someone finds it, now what?
     
  18. cirruspete

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    You raise a very good point - the eBay remote keys for around $150 do not include the metal key, typically
     
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    Thanks to all for the replies and advice!

    This Prime Advanced is my third Prius - had a 2004, the 2012 Plug-In, and now my 2017 "leftover" purchased from Dianne Whitmire. I have always stressed over losing my key and getting locked out; my Dad taught us to always carry a spare key in your wallet... which I updated to "hiding" a spare on the car.

    Here's what I have done with all three Priuses:

    I take out the "blade" or metal key from my daily-carry remote, and using one of those Velcro "Hide-A-Key" pouches, I attach the pouch to a nice hidden and protected spot on the car (I'll leave it up to you to decide where.... my place is a "secret" :) ).

    I then take the second remote, with its metal key installed, and wrap it in several layers of aluminum foil so it cannot be detected by the Prius' wireless key sensors, and I store the foil-wrapped remote in the armrest compartment.

    When we misplaced our remote this past Tuesday, I simply accessed the hidden metal key, unlocked the driver's door, and then unwrapped the spare remote... and voila! - the Prime was ours to command.

    Yesterday I modified my daily-carry remote to increase what I'll call "pocket friction", to limit its propensity to slip out. With its metal key removed and hidden elsewhere on the car, I drilled a 3/16" hole through one of the two plastic sides that are exposed when the blade key is out. I then looped a 5" long sturdy rubber band through the hole. This creates a kind of lanyard that is "grabby" against pocket cloth. I also applied a small patch of Velcro hook material to the logo side of the key. Even though my "lost" key didn't actually fall out of my pocket, the new Prime fob is rather slippery and streamlined so to speak. I wanted some cheap insurance against the chance it might escape from its permanent place deep down in my right front pocket.

    I have lost many small Swiss Army "Executive" pocket knives over the years- their smallest model- and now employ the rubber-band lanyard and velcro spot tricks. I've had the same knives for at least ten years now!

    Great weekend to all, Peter
     
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    Have you guys heard of TILE. I have it and works very well. It also helps in locating my phone, if lost.

    http://ssqt.co/meejFRo

    You will never again lose your wallet, phone or key. It is a nice investment into peace of mind
     
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