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I need to make a backup key for my 2004 Titan but the Nissan dealer tells me its going to cost $125 due to the computer chip. Does anyone have any suggestions about a cheaper way to do this?? Thanks!!
 

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I HATE not being able to copy these keys. I don't know why they do this. My truck came with 1 "normal" key and 1 "valet" key. The normal key works everything, the valet key will just do the doors and ignition, not glovebox, bedside storage, etc. Is this what everybody else got?

Who besides Nissan does this? (I haven't purchased a vehicle in awhile, maybe everybody does these days?)

What I usually do is just take the normal key to a locksmith and have them make a few copies, I figure at least I can use these to get in to retrieve the normal key if I lock the keys in the truck. Valet key stays at home for emergency loss of normal key, etc.
 

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baseballfanz said:
Did you buy new? You should have gotten 2 regular keys and one valet key.
Baseball is correct. Your dealer ows you a key.
 

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I bought it used with only 2500 miles, from a dealer. Original owner traded it on an '08 since the '07 didn't "match his boat" - must be nice.

They sold the truck to the original owner, but I don't think they got everything back from the guy. I guess I'm missing 1 normal key and a key fob too (even though I don't use those things).

I wonder if this is grounds for them getting me another key for free...wish I woulda known it at purchase time...

The normal key has a silver Nissan emblem, the valet key has a blacked out Nissan emblem - right?
 

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I bought it used with only 2500 miles, from a dealer. Original owner traded it on an '08 since the '07 didn't "match his boat" - must be nice.

They sold the truck to the original owner, but I don't think they got everything back from the guy. I guess I'm missing 1 normal key and a key fob too (even though I don't use those things).

I wonder if this is grounds for them getting me another key for free...wish I woulda known it at purchase time...

The normal key has a silver Nissan emblem, the valet key has a blacked out Nissan emblem - right?
My normal key (for an 06) is black. The valet key is gray.
 

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I recently inquired with my dealer about the cost of buying a third "normal" key to keep as a back-up spare. He quoted me $14.30. That doesn't seem to jive with the much higher cost others have posted. I'll post again (and with a part number if possible) if $14.30 is for real.
 

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I have 2 normal keys and no valet key (bought it used).

Oh well, I guess I'll have to remember not to keep naked pictures of my girlfriend in the glovebox when I'm having it valet parked.
 

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I need to make a backup key for my 2004 Titan but the Nissan dealer tells me its going to cost $125 due to the computer chip. Does anyone have any suggestions about a cheaper way to do this?? Thanks!!
Do you have an XE? I don't know on the later models but my 04 XE does not have a chip so I got charged $20 for a spare. I know it works, I've had to use it.
 

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I recently inquired with my dealer about the cost of buying a third "normal" key to keep as a back-up spare. He quoted me $14.30. That doesn't seem to jive with the much higher cost others have posted. I'll post again (and with a part number if possible) if $14.30 is for real.
My key was $15 plus $40 for programming.

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You can find the keys for $15-20 shipped on ebay then have them cut and truck programed for a fraction of the cost.

I also believe most locksmiths now carry the keys and will do it all for cheaper than the dealers.
 

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HUH? My dealer told me when I bought the truck that these don't have chips...mine is an 06 LE...is this for sure that they do?
 

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rjterpstra said:
I recently inquired with my dealer about the cost of buying a third "normal" key to keep as a back-up spare. He quoted me $14.30. That doesn't seem to jive with the much higher cost others have posted. I'll post again (and with a part number if possible) if $14.30 is for real.
The keys are cheap, it's the programming where they get you.:D

Krodad said:
HUH? My dealer told me when I bought the truck that these don't have chips...mine is an 06 LE...is this for sure that they do?
Yeah they have it especially if you have an LE.
 

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Hmmm... the used SE I bought only came with one key( no valet, no spare ) Would they be able to make a valet key also?
 

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Just last week my dealership looked up by my vin and it will cost me $63 and some change for a new programed key. That is a chip key, don't let them charge you more than that. The keyless entry is $100+ though. I have bought the keyless entries from ebay that have programed fine. Just take the new keyless entry when you order the key to get them all programed at the same time, including the old key and entry device. I just bought a new entry off of ebay for $20 plusS&H Just don't tell them where you got the entry they may try to charge for the programing, dealerships! JW
 

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Krodad said:
HUH? My dealer told me when I bought the truck that these don't have chips...mine is an 06 LE...is this for sure that they do?
I was told the same, I have a 06 se came with 2 regular keys and fobs and one valet
 

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You can have a mechanical key only (opens the door, but won't start the truck) made for about $4. 04-08 XE crew cab, all SE and LE models have the transponder chip in the head of the key. XE King cab does not have the transponder. The dealer charges an arm and a leg, the local locksmith charges at least half of that typically!!!!

I use original Nissan keys, as well as some aftermarket blanks. Most of them are made by the same manufacturer, so they are essentially the same. As for programming, we have to decode the ECU pin code. Which is different for each vehicle. We can do it, just takes a few minutes. I would recommend buying the keys, and remotes from a locksmith. We are CONSIDERABLY less expensive than the dealer. Ebay is fine, but you still have to pay to have the key cut and programmed.

Most every car manufacturer uses transponder technology now! Some are really not owner friendly. If you own a BMW for instance. The car was manufactured with 10 keys. They send 4 with the car, and hold the others in reserve. If all keys are ordered from the maker, then they have to replace the computer and all the locks. Not cheap!!! Volkswagen gets ugly too. Many of the car makers care more about money than they do about there customers being stuck on the weekend. Some are good, Nissan is about in the middle, there are many that are worse!!! Let me know if you have any questions about the keys, or the programming. I can answer any questions about the keyless fobs also.
 

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Titanic9 said:
I HATE not being able to copy these keys. I don't know why they do this. My truck came with 1 "normal" key and 1 "valet" key. The normal key works everything, the valet key will just do the doors and ignition, not glovebox, bedside storage, etc. Is this what everybody else got?

Who besides Nissan does this? (I haven't purchased a vehicle in awhile, maybe everybody does these days?)

What I usually do is just take the normal key to a locksmith and have them make a few copies, I figure at least I can use these to get in to retrieve the normal key if I lock the keys in the truck. Valet key stays at home for emergency loss of normal key, etc.
My expedition was the same way.
 
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