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Old 10-28-08, 07:38 PM   #1
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Default Lexus Switchblade Key. Where to get it cut? Or any better ideas?

So coming from a Ml320 I miss the Switchblade key; I found one on eBay, but it doesn't come cut. Does anyone know will the Lexus dealer or any other place cut it for me? And how much will it cost? Or does anyone have any other key ideas which are cool.


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Old 10-28-08, 09:01 PM   #2
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I'm not sure where your able to get it cut specifically, but your best bet would be the dealer. Keep in mind you still have to program the key so your able to lock the car with the lock button.
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Check with your local locksmith.
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Old 10-31-08, 09:09 AM   #4
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The blade cutting part is easy. Dealer/locksmith should be able to get it done. Hearing words around here is around $10-20. The transponder fit is biggest issue here. Does this case hold our transponder perfectly, w/out having to mod the case? Keep us update if it work - always looking for different upgrade.
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Old 10-31-08, 09:14 AM   #5
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Do the home work and ask your local dealer if they will cut any key.

Do not be surprised if they say no ... machine can be damaged by non-oem key blank etc.

Also not every locksmith is equipped with the machine to cut Lexus keys.

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Old 10-31-08, 09:54 AM   #6
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Do the home work and ask your local dealer if they will cut any key.

Do not be surprised if they say no ... machine can be damaged by non-oem key blank etc.

Also not every locksmith is equipped with the machine to cut Lexus keys.

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I'm confused by the 'machine can be damaged by non-oem key blank'. Do you mean the lock? If the key does not fit properly or turn, we just throw them away (of course get the transponder back). I'm sure most of us here is not going to try and muscle it to work. I guess anything can happen, but I haven't heard any member here stating that car is broken because they use Non OEM blade.
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Old 10-31-08, 10:27 AM   #7
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I meant ... The key duplicator machine at the dealership.
(that might be the excuse for not cutting the non-oem key blank)

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Old 11-04-08, 12:25 PM   #8
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ok so one dealer said they would and the other dealer said, no. anyways they told me it would be $100 to cut and $30 to program. He said the only condition is that it fits in the machine and they will not be liable if the key break while cutting or breaks in the ignition I will be responsible to repair any damages. According to parts it has happend.
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Old 11-07-08, 02:38 AM   #9
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$100 to cut a key. What a rip-off! $30 to program what? The original working transponder just get move to a new casing (No re-programming required as nothing has changed). Typical Stealership.
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Old 11-09-08, 03:55 PM   #10
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My valet key (gray key) only work with the window and doors but not to
start my RX I called the dealer at first a guy I talked to will reprogram the key no charge when I get there the guy I spoke over the phone is not around, and they want 50 bucks for every half hour labor this is lexus at Bellevue WA, No wonder they have a nice new facility. I explained to them that the guy I talked would do it for me with no charge since
my gray key just need to reprogram I did not make this up they wanted me to talked to the manager but I opted not to, I have my 2 kids with me 1 year and 3 years old not only that they already let us got out of the car and waited about 10 minutes in their classy lobby then they talked to me about 50 bucks every half an hour labor charge I got
out there real fast and I will never bring my Lexus in that store again.
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Old 11-23-08, 04:08 PM   #11
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I bought the flip key(switchbland type) from ebay.

It took just 2 minutes to take out inside of the original Lexus remote key
and place it inside the new flip key. That was the simple part.

Next, I went to the Home Deport. The keycutting guy didn't want to do it.
He didn't seem very confident about it...

I went across the street to Lowe's. The keycutting girl(I said girl because
she turned out to be only 20-years-old) took both keys and cut it for me
while I waited. She asked me to try it in my car first, so we both went
to the dark parking lot. I first tried the front doors, and then the ignition.
It was a perfect fit. I started the car up without any problems. We went
back inside and I paid the keycutting fee. It was only $14.

The story didn't have a happy ending, however. Two weeks later, I dropped
my car off at Lexus to get the 200,000-mile service done. (yes, 200,000-mile)
$1400 service, but it included a ton of stuff... anyway, I went back that
evening around 11pm to pick it up.(the dealer is open 365 days a year,
5AM-12 midnight EVERY single day, including Christmas!) They lost my key.
Apparently a couple of mechanics was really amused by my non-OEM key
and they passed it around. Eventually, it went missing. They had tried to
call me, but I didn't have my cell with me at work that day. It was 11:20PM
and the service advisor apologized. She gave me a loaner RX hybrid and I
went home. I came back the next afternoon and drove away in my car with
a spare remote key.

Two days later, the service advisor called me and said that the replacement
remote key had arrived. It was free of charge, but it was still just the
original Lexus remote key. I spoke with the service manager who refused to
pay for the lost flip key. However, he finally gave me and agreed to give me
$100 off my next service visit. I made sure he put it in writing...
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That's good to hear that someone tried the switch blade non OEM key route. Good to know that our RX transponder fit perfectly with a non OEM casing without mod. Pretty gutsy by the way to get the key cut in Lowe's. When I go this route I will get the key cut by a locksmith - Someone said the cost is around $20.
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Old 09-23-11, 02:00 PM   #13
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GOT MINE FROM nycautoparts.net GREAT KEY AND GOT IT FAST
SPOKE WITH RICKY THE OWNER NEW WHAT I NEEDED QUICK . GOOD GUYS
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Can someone please post some picture of the switchblade key ?
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This was 15 bucks or so on eBay. The key blade is longer than an OEM blade and one guy said the length kept his transponder from letting the car start. I'll get it cut one of these days and try it out.

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