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Currently I have 1 key/remote combo, and I also have one key that does not have the remote on it, and is just a regular saab key. My question is where should I get an additional key? From what I understand there is a certain amount of programming that needs to be done to a new key in order to get it to interface with the car. Im sure I could go to the dealership, but I am hoping there is a better way(read not a total ripoff).

I don't really need a second key, but I am worried that if I lose the only one I have with the remote, I will be in a world of hurt and need to get the whole security system replaced or something.
 

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DougR said:
Currently I have 1 key/remote combo, and I also have one key that does not have the remote on it, and is just a regular saab key. My question is where should I get an additional key? From what I understand there is a certain amount of programming that needs to be done to a new key in order to get it to interface with the car. Im sure I could go to the dealership, but I am hoping there is a better way(read not a total ripoff).

I don't really need a second key, but I am worried that if I lose the only one I have with the remote, I will be in a world of hurt and need to get the whole security system replaced or something.
I don't know whether there is another way of getting an additional remote and the key for your car. I used my local dealership, and the experience was quite painful:( I had to pay $250 to get this stuff--plain rip off--This is why I do not go to Saab stealerships anymore to have my work done on my car. By ripping us off dealers lose more money that they gain, but they so bloody slow witted that they never learn that if they don't overcharge us for small stuff, then we will go to see them about the bigger stuff. I guess God does not dispense to everyone business intelligence equally:eek:

Ta-ta, janusz
 

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I agree about the dealerships. It really is a racket. I have not taken a car of mine to a dealership in many years, even cars I purchased new. My wife takes hers to the dealership, and on cleaning her car I noticed a receipt for her last trip. They charge $80 an hour labor! That is absolutely rediculous. Im sorry but this work is not rocket science. There is no reason to be paying the equivelent of a person making over 160k a year to work on your car, unless it is a ferrari. And this is on top of the major overcharge for parts.
 

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If you have 2 keys but only one remote, you need a remote, not a key.

Buy a remote from Ebay and have the dealer program it. Just tell them the battery died in your remote and you just got around to replacing it, many moons later and now it seems to have lost it's programming.
Remote $25 on Ebay, programming $30-40 @ dealer/specialist. They may do it for free.
You have any other Tech2 options you want taken care of, do it then. No additional charge.
DO NOT continue using that remote (this goes for ANYONE that has only ONE) until you get another. If you never heed one word I say, please take heed here.
You lose or damage that thing while it's locked...just a world of hurt you don't want to get into.
 

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So I would just buy something like THIS

And then take it to the dealer and have it programmed? Would they cut the key too?

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p.s. Advice taken, I just pulled it off my key ring.
 

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Hi,
I purchased three remotes on ebay for around $20 each. My shop, New Age Motors, ordered the key which was $65 and then programed both for $15. Perhaps you can call them and have them order a key. My key was cut when it was ordered since it is a laser cut key. The last time I was there he said he had a few remotes if I ever needed another one maybe they have one for your car. BTW make sure you bring all keys and remotes when you go to program them as they all have to be re-programed
Good luck
 

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My key has the remote and key all in one peice, I would like to get another one like that.
 

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Ah. I was thinking you had a 900 DougR.
In the case of the 9-3:
You need to order an extra key from the dealer so they can put that key inside that remote. Did this on my 9-3.
I bought the all-in-one fob off Ebay for my 1999. (Keeping in mind the 99's didn't come with that one).
Then ordered a new key to go inside the fob from the dealer ($44). When it came in I took the fob to them and they insert the key into the fob and programmed it for free (since I spent money on the key). If you order a key from them MAKE SURE they know you need the one that goes inside the all-in-one fob and not just the plain old spare.
 

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So I can't just get the fob/key from ebay and have the blank that is with it cut? It needs to come cut from the factory?
 

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What post are you reading, Doug? I never mentioned "cutting" the key IN the fob.
Hehehe J/k bud.

NO. You need to order a new key that goes inside that fob from the dealer. I was told only Saab can get this for you. It is not the same as the spare key, which is why you need to make sure you order the right one from them.
They will open your fob and insert the new key piece, and probably not charge you any extra to program it.
 

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Ok, I will just pick up a used one off ebay, and then get a replacement insert from the dealer. Thanks a lot.

wiseguy:p
 

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I just purchased a '97 900 SE with no remotes and just one key. The dealer tells me I need at least one remote for the car in order to make another one, otherwise an on board computer needs to be replaced for $1,500! Is this true, or can I go the ebay route and get one to be programmed?
 

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prodigital said:
I just purchased a '97 900 SE with no remotes and just one key. The dealer tells me I need at least one remote for the car in order to make another one, otherwise an on board computer needs to be replaced for $1,500! Is this true, or can I go the ebay route and get one to be programmed?
Better than my wifes mazda which requires 2 remotes to make a duplicate.
 

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prodigital said:
I just purchased a '97 900 SE with no remotes and just one key. The dealer tells me I need at least one remote for the car in order to make another one, otherwise an on board computer needs to be replaced for $1,500! Is this true, or can I go the ebay route and get one to be programmed?
It's true. Better off to just get an aftermarket alarm.
 
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My cousin bought a 94 900SE with 1 key and no remote, and the key looked like it was going to break off in the door. He bought another one at the dealer for about $40, not too bad. My car only came with 1 key/remote when I bought it, and now I'm fearing how much a second one will cost.

Off the topic slightly, was the remote range on the 9-3 always really short or is my battery just dying. It seems like I have to be right next to the car to unlock the doors or open the trunk. Really annoying!!!
 

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My remote range sucks, I have to be right near the driver side, or else hold it to my chin, then I get about 5 feet :)
 
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