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Old 07-06-15, 12:19 PM   #1
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Just bought my wife a '99 GS400. The key was mangled pretty bad. The transponder works but the keyless part does not. Thanks to another thread here I have found a cheap option for OEM key housings. However I am needing the remote portion also. Where is the best place to locate the remote portion? I really don't want to pay $240+ to a dealer for one. I also need a spare for my '01 IS300 and it should be the same remote. So ideally I will need 2. But if they are too much I will have to rethink this. Is there any drawback to using something like this:
Amazon.com: 2 KeylessOption Replacement Remote Head Master Ignition Key Keyless Entry Combo Transmitter Compatible with HYQ1512V: Automotive Amazon.com: 2 KeylessOption Replacement Remote Head Master Ignition Key Keyless Entry Combo Transmitter Compatible with HYQ1512V: Automotive
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Hate to be "this guy," but it's often the smallest things that get overlooked... Have you taken the key apart and verified that it isn't just a dead battery in the remote?

As far as non-OEM keys, plenty of people here have used them, so I would try searching the forums and getting some more details. I believe the keys can be programmed by you, just by following instructions that come with the keys. I think there's also a couple threads on this forum with programming/pairing instructions, so I would be more concerned with the cost to cut it. Call a couple local automotive locksmiths and see if they can cut it. If not, call your dealer and find out what they charge.
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Hate to be "this guy," but it's often the smallest things that get overlooked... Have you taken the key apart and verified that it isn't just a dead battery in the remote?
It's ok to be "that guy". But I'm pretty sure I need a new key. See the attachment.


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As far as non-OEM keys, plenty of people here have used them, so I would try searching the forums and getting some more details. I believe the keys can be programmed by you, just by following instructions that come with the keys. I think there's also a couple threads on this forum with programming/pairing instructions, so I would be more concerned with the cost to cut it. Call a couple local automotive locksmiths and see if they can cut it. If not, call your dealer and find out what they charge.
I have located what I believe to be a decent set of keys from amazon for $50 for the pair. Plus a local locksmith can cut them for me for $30/key. A lot better than the dealer $200+ per key they want locally.
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Just in case you need to program your key in the future.

KEY PROGRAMMING for 98-05 gs300 400 430 is a thread here in this forums.
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Just an update on this. The keys from amazon work great! It was a little tricky programming the remote part but the trick was to manually lock/unlock the flip next to the handle, not use the switch. At least that worked for me. Hopefully this helps someone.
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Thanks for the update. B-)
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