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23-05-2011, 19:30   #1
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I only have a single key fob for my car, which is the only it came with when I baught it, and today the fob malfunctioned. It took me over 40 mins to unlock the car as the fob is the engine immobiliser as well, and if i use the key to open the door the alarms go off (this is normal on saabs that have remote entry)

I rang up Saab and was told I would have to pay 160+ for a new fob!! I almost died on the spot, thats expensive for a key! I know it has to be programmed to the cars ECU ect but 160??!

Is there anyone who can do this for cheaper? I been told to buy the key blank and fob from ebay myself and just take it to get set up to the car, but I have no idea were to take it, so any suggestions please?
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23-05-2011, 19:35   #2
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If its like Volvo you are screwed, my new key cost more than that. I would join some saab forums for more accurate advice
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24-05-2011, 17:37   #3
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I've just paid 122 today for a fob and have to wait 10 days before they have it in stock then another 70 to have it coded and that's for a C2. I can use key manually but the problem then is it only locks drivers door
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24-05-2011, 17:56   #4
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go to morrisons at hillsbrough he has keys and codes them or try the shop near marks and sparks in meadowhall he cuts keys aswell. dont know cost but it was 120 for a ford key doing that one at meadow hall
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24-05-2011, 22:15   #5
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Try this forum, what year and model is it?

http://www.saabcentral.com/index.htm
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24-05-2011, 23:16   #6
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Ring Phil Smith (0114 244 3440).

He's an independent Saab specialist.

I'm not sure if he has the kit to do keys, but I'm sure he'll be able to advise you on the cheapest option!
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24-05-2011, 23:43   #7
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I've just paid 122 today for a fob and have to wait 10 days before they have it in stock then another 70 to have it coded and that's for a C2. I can use key manually but the problem then is it only locks drivers door
You have a Saab C2???

http://www.g2tcg.com/News-and-Events...nounce-Su.aspx
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25-05-2011, 05:50   #8
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There is a Locksmith at the bottom of Staniforth road (opp Masterchef) that codes car keys etc. worth a trip/trying I should think.
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25-05-2011, 06:31   #9
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Ring Phil Smith (0114 244 3440).

He's an independent Saab specialist.

I'm not sure if he has the kit to do keys, but I'm sure he'll be able to advise you on the cheapest option!
Is that the bloke on East coast road?
Can recommend him for owt to do with saabs, he would be my first point of call x
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25-05-2011, 08:10   #10
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Thanks people for the advice.

I will try ringing round some places and see what they say. I forgot about Phil, I have called him up before and he gave me good advice.
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25-05-2011, 08:25   #11
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This may be a stupid question but have you changed the battery?

This happened on my wife's Seat and we changed the battery and then had to reprogramme the remote. Instructions were in the owners manual.
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25-05-2011, 08:29   #12
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Yes lol I have changed the batterys twice to make sure the first set I replaced them with were not a faulty batch.
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25-05-2011, 08:34   #13
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try this guy he's moble and makes and programs keys for most cars. Charged me 90 last time i used him. I think hes called craig but im not sure . His number is 07811020796
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25-05-2011, 08:47   #14
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My old Vectra fob stopped working, you had to re-sync it to the car which involved holding the button down while turning the key or something. Speak to Phil, if anyone knows it will be him.
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25-05-2011, 08:50   #15
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is it a burgundy p reg saab by any chance ?
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25-05-2011, 13:23   #16
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I'll vouch for Phil, I've used him for years and I once bought a new fob off ebay for about a (10) and he reprogrammed it for me
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25-05-2011, 14:08   #17
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ebay for a blank key then anywhere to programme it, thats if you can i have a mitsubishi and only mitsubishi can do it and again they want way way to much money for basically a key which if i could get blank costs less than 5 quid
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25-05-2011, 15:15   #18
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ebay for a blank key then anywhere to programme it, thats if you can i have a mitsubishi and only mitsubishi can do it and again they want way way to much money for basically a key which if i could get blank costs less than 5 quid
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25-05-2011, 15:29   #19
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Isn't it just the battery?
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25-05-2011, 15:39   #20
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try sentinel locksmiths in barnsley ,just a small shop but seems to be able to get codes for most vehicle types
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