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Old 03-14-2008, 10:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Guess Who Just Spent $372.75!

Me!

My door key cylinder broke - it was just spinning away in there I ordered a new one ($180 installed - tumblers cut). But here's the catch - it takes 5-10 days to get in from Germany

So, needing to lock my doors until the new cylinder gets in.... I had to buy a master key fob ($120). I got a used one (in somewhat beaten condition - but it works) so I can now lock/unlock my doors. Problem: Used Key chip wasn't working with the car's immobilizer....

So, now I have half a master key (just the fob - no actual key). The other half of the key was ordered (an extra $50)...

$180 for Key Cylinder
$170 for Master Key Fob (key blade cut, new chip, used fob everything programmed)
$22.75 tax
$372.75 Total

But, a new master key, cut and programmed from the stealership = ~$350 all by itself

Woo! At the very least, maintenance costs has been pretty good otherwise - nothing has really broken (despite a few things being broken).

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Old 03-14-2008, 11:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All that money just for a key repair? Holy smoke!

It better be the nicest, best-feeling locking mechanism on the planet for that kind of coinage.
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Old 03-14-2008, 11:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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All that money just for a key repair? Holy smoke!

It better be the nicest, best-feeling locking mechanism on the planet for that kind of coinage.
Hey, that's German engineering!
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Old 03-14-2008, 11:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 03-15-2008, 12:10 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 03-15-2008, 12:12 AM   #6 (permalink)
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All that money just for a key repair? Holy smoke!

It better be the nicest, best-feeling locking mechanism on the planet for that kind of coinage.
Only half of it The other half went into a key - ya, it's expensive - but having the immobilizer is nice (buying an expensive key is much cheaper than replacing the entire car )

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That's the joy of owning a VW...
Meh, I'm only slightly unhappy (I've been telling myself to lube the lock for many of weeks :/). The only other maintenance I've had in the past 2 years (other than oil and tires) was the accessory belt, drain plug (pan is stripped - replaced with over sized drain plug bolt) - and that's about it. I did recover the headliner and old route 66 knocked out my headlights though...

I do think it's kinda stupid that the key cylinder of all things would break. I looked at the price of similar year cylinders for other cars - and I don't feel too bad about the price considering it's not within my personal capabilities to custom cut tumblers to match my key...
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Old 03-15-2008, 05:25 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Ouch. I'm glad you're only slightly unhappy.

I had a mechanic who would lube his car every year. *Every* moving part got the appropriate lube. Even the glove box hinge. On the key cylinders, he would blast them out with WD40. Not just a squirt, but a complete flushing to get out the metal shavings/dust. Now you've got me thinking, when's the last time I lubed my car?

I lucked out on my wife's Taurus key recently. She only had one key when I married her. It's about $40 for the key, plus another $40 - 60 for programming at dealer. For self programming, most Taurii need two working keys. But for two model years, the Taurus only needs one working key to program a new one. So, $15 for a key on eBay, $3 to get it cut at Ace, and a few minutes programming it myself, and we now have a spare key. (And I don't have to borrow her 3Lb key chain to drive her car )
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Old 03-15-2008, 06:34 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Keys are a surprising PIA.

My passenger side lock doesn't work, I can pull the key out of the ignition when the car is on, and I only have one key and it's getting worn by the day. Sometimes I can feel the driver side door hesitate to unlock since it's so worn.

I should probably take care of that...I'm sure my ghetto American rig will be cheaper, but this thread isn't very motivating...

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Old 03-17-2008, 04:27 PM   #9 (permalink)
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VW keys are tough
Always keep the Valet key (I've been told)
you can get the key cut at many locksmiths with internal cutters, and then you can re-program the key using a procedure (found on vortex) and the Valet key.
That's how I made my spare key . . .
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I lubed my locks not too long ago mmm, marvel mystery oil.. good stuff. good for hinges and the like. low speed bearings too.

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