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If the dealer does not require you to tow the car to them, and back, maybe.
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First, Thank you for the links, and I personally do not need any keys for any of my cars. I got two or three for each car.

These "Chrome Key" most high-end car-locksmiths can do these all day long, but the blade keys with the transponder in the fob, or on the ring of a bare key...

The first link has some FISHY stuff going on. I live in California, and I know alot of little towns from all the driving for my past jobs from the Mexican Border to the Oregon Border..

This first link the guy resides in San Diego as we can see from his business card on ebay, and the rest of the stuff he is selling comes from San Diego, but the chrome key come from(Ship From on Ebay) "North Highlands" (north of Sacramento, but still in the Sacramento County) I live in the town next to "North Highlands", and San Diego is 10hrs or 500 miles away from North Higlands, so obviously this guy does not do the actual key thing in San Diego. These keys are not like an item being "Drop-Shipped" from Harbor Frieght..

I need to investigate who is doing it in North Highlands...

The last review does not add confidence either

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https://www.luxeauto.net/services

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Little update: I took out the EIS module and sent it to some place that I found online and two key fobs were made. The old one still opens and closes the doors, but the new ones start, open and close the doors. Thank you for all the help provided!
So, the issue was in the original key.

It can still be fixed for cheap, giving you 3 keys.
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First, Thank you for the links, and I personally do not need any keys for any of my cars. I got two or three for each car.

These "Chrome Key" most high-end car-locksmiths can do these all day long, but the blade keys with the transponder in the fob, or on the ring of a bare key...

The first link has some FISHY stuff going on. I live in California, and I know alot of little towns from all the driving for my past jobs from the Mexican Border to the Oregon Border..

This first link the guy resides in San Diego as we can see from his business card on ebay, and the rest of the stuff he is selling comes from San Diego, but the chrome key come from(Ship From on Ebay) "North Highlands" (north of Sacramento, but still in the Sacramento County) I live in the town next to "North Highlands", and San Diego is 10hrs or 500 miles away from North Higlands, so obviously this guy does not do the actual key thing in San Diego. These keys are not like an item being "Drop-Shipped" from Harbor Frieght..

I need to investigate who is doing it in North Highlands...

The last review does not add confidence either

Here is the actual website:

https://www.luxeauto.net/services

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Well the guy (Arthur) has a phone number, and he may be able to explain why he has the Ebay entry in two places (one in North CA and one in San Diego), and two different prices (199 vs 220). The feedback does not make sense to me. Complains that the key does not fit ??? I am sure the shop tests it after it is programmed. Maybe a wrong key was sent accidentally ?

Doesn't Deplore offer this service also ?
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Fixing the ignition is pretty tricky and I had maybe not direct, but bad experience.
I recommend the locksmith in Poland for fixing the ignition and one of former (?) forum members used it.
But the guy cancel PayPal payment before ignition had a chance to come back to US.
Than he could not make the engine running with rebuild ignition, but he could not get it running with 2 visits (flatbed) to dealer and couple more to Florida key experts.
So final conclusion had to be that the problem was not ignition, but that did not stop the member from blaming the locksmith and me as helping person for not running car.
This is very tricky business and when Deplore is having different ways to make living, I consider that good decision.
Polish locksmith repaired the ignition switch and program 2 keys for it for less than $120 BTW.


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I do offer this service, but I don't advertise it online on ebay or craiglist like these guys. I'm primarily B2B -- businesses request my services, not the public.

EIS repair is really quite tricky, and I've ruined enough EIS trying to repair it that I just don't bother repairing it. If an EIS is damaged, I just clone it over to a used EIS and make sure it works with new key, then send it out.

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I think the OP needed replacement keys, not EIS repair.

I see that the key replacement service is done by mobile services, while you wait, at a fraction of the dealer cost in the UK.

I wonder how they do that.

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So, the issue was in the original key.

It can still be fixed for cheap, giving you 3 keys.
Haha, I'll keep that in mind for next time.
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Do you mind sharing the place you sent it too? How much was it?

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I will go through my youtube history and try to see if I can find the video where I found those guys. It was $300.00 for two keys.
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I saw those on Ebay as well but I did not see their actual work nor did I come across reviews for keys that were made by them. I was watching a video on youtube of NEC chips being transferred from a faulty key fob to a working key fob and then it turns out that they sell the tool that can be used to make the keys from the EIS module. I contacted them and instead of transferring the chip, he suggested that it'd probably be a better idea to just have a key fob made from the EIS module. I had two keys made for $300.00. The local dealer wanted $345.00 and they wanted me to bring the car to them. I did not want to have to bring the car because prior to the key not working, I just replaced the head gasket in the car and it was in the process of starting it for the first time after the head gasket job that I realized that the key fob would not turn.
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