Hi all, I bought my 1999 saab 93 in january, It only came with one key, It is just a flat-ish black key with no buttons. Is this correct or should it have have buttons??
That is normal. The key comes in a transponder style and a remote style. You have the transponder(button-less) style. For future reference, this is the forum you belong in http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=15. You accidentally posted in the 2003+ forum.
Hi. I'm a newbie here. Just bought a 2001 93 hatch and it only has 1 key. It is the remote type with three buttons.Welcome! Yes, the plain transponder key is normal for the '99 cars.
The remote keys are physically larger, but with the included remote, a handier solution I think.
Either key and remote will work and honestly, the remote keys are a less expensive path. (assuming any new keys are available)
Buy a used remote key on line, buy a new bare remote key. Stick the electronics from the used key into the new bare key and have the car programmed to recognize the key. Voila!
The simple transponder keys are the same basic cost for the bare cut key, but you'll also have to buy the other half of the key cover and the transponder chip. Just like the other solution, you'll have to get the car programmed to recognize the key afterwards. Even without a new or used banana remote, the cost of a replacement transponder key is higher than a fully functional remote key.
I do strongly suggest you purchase at least one additional key. Loosing the only key is a very costly mistake.
An alturnitive is to get your existing key cloned. There are some locksmiths that can duplicate the key and clone the existing chip. Certainly a viable option if the SAAB parts network hasn't gotten back up to speed with the collapse of SAAB cars.
+1 Did the same things... except with one key.Be careful not to purchase a UK version of the remote on ebay (unless you have a UK car). I did that twice before I learned the error of my ways. Oddly, both ebay sellers were in the USA and neither had ill intent. I ended up with a key that would start and run my car but would not remotely unlock the doors or trunk.
It's a pity I live in the south-east UK. Oregon is a bit of a trek.There is a locksmith in Oregon I believe that has the ability to laser cut they keys by your vin...I think I have it saved somewhere on my home computer.
I also have a key blank (brand new/never cut) sitting on my desk...