Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Boston, Lincs
Re: My s/h GTV only came with 1 red key can i get another?
Again back to the hairy question of keys. Before I bought my 98 GTV did a lot of research and got a lot of help fom AROC. Seems that there was no definitve answer but I decided that I would NOT buy a car without the ' Master ' key. The car came with three keys, the Master and two Reds, one of the Reds did not work and the previous owner had been using the Master as his daily key, that horrified me.
Anyway I put the Master key away safely and used the one working key... until the actual key broke, visions of having to cut down on essentials like beer until I could afford a new key. Went on eBay and found two blank Red keys for about £20.00 and then went up to the local market to get them physically cut. To my surprise he then offered to ' code ' them for me, which he did successfully. Result, two working keys and the Master again safely tucked away all for a total bill of £30.00. Of course this does depend on having the Master, I'm told that you cannot clone a Red key FROM a Red key.
Interestingly I then played around with the two duff keys, I used the physically unbroken one to turn the engine and tried to get the electronically working one to switch off the immobilizer but no matter where I placed this I couldn't get it to work so the quick fix of taping the two keys together was literally a non starter.
Aware that this does not help with the original question but hope that anyone who gets a problem similar to what I had my find the info useful.