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Old 01-05-2011, 09:10 PM
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Over the past two weeks I have managed to loose two out of three sets of keys to my S2K. So today I went to the nearest honda dealership to buy two keys and then re program them. I thought this was going to cost me about a hundred bucks. To my surprise the cost of the key alone was $180.00 each! Then another $65.00 to program each key to the car. This cant be true! So I called three other Honda dealerships with approx. the same answer. Then I called two locksmiths that specialize in automotive keys and both told me that only the dealer can get the transponder key blanks for the S2K. Please help because this feels like a scam.
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Old 01-05-2011, 10:37 PM
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That seems a little steep for the key blanks. But programming is all about time and dealerships usually charge about $120-$140/hr labor rate. About 1/2 hr is correct. You need a friend at a nearby Honda dealer to cut you a deal on the keys and programming. Do you have a Honda dealer that you take your car in regularly? Try striking up a conversation with the parts guy or service manager.
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Old 01-05-2011, 10:58 PM
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Glenn,. I always service my own cars and...well its a Honda so it has never really had any reason to go into the service dept. The only real problem I have ever had with this car has been in the ignition/key. The key got stuck for the longest time. But all it took was a good cleaning. And now the only problem is with the owner, (me), being an idiot loosing very costly keys.
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Glenn,. I always service my own cars and...well its a Honda so it has never really had any reason to go into the service dept. The only real problem I have ever had with this car has been in the ignition/key. The key got stuck for the longest time. But all it took was a good cleaning. And now the only problem is with the owner, (me), being an idiot loosing very costly keys.
Yeah that sucks will. Same thing happened to my dad. Unfortunately I think the only way to get it done is at the dealer. You could always call another dealer and see if they could get you a better price.
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:38 AM
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^^^ Should be able to get one from ebay and have the stealership or locksmith program it. I had to get some keys made for my 03 MDX a few years back and they only charged $25 for the key and programming!
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Old 01-07-2011, 12:13 PM
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When I first purchased my S2k, the previous owner had told me that he had lost one of the keys.

But, after I had asked the price of the key and the remote, I thought he most probably had sold it. Because, he was in some kind of a debt with the bank

The car was in pretty good condition, though.
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When buying on Ebay what do I look for, cause there are so many different , like T5 , 3Dt5 ,chip 13, and it is confusing ... and could the dealer say "we only cut Honda keys " ???
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For over a year now I my ignition switch has been failing. All the tumblers have fallen out, and the key would no longer stay in. According to the dealerships and the service manual this could not be repaired and the ignition switch would have to be replaced. Two honda dealerships gave me a price of over 2k to do the job. According to the dealerships and manual the steering wheel and steering column yould have to be pulled in order to change the ignition switch. Then after the new ignition switch (approx $500 with new keys) , the ecu would have to be reprogramed. In order to reduce cost I decided to do it myself. I bought a used ignition switch with 2 keys and ecu for about $200 and started on my teardown this morning. I study the new switch and discovered that the actual switch was only held in by a press fit pin. So I drilled it out, remove the old one and did the same to the new one. The removed and replaced the ecu. Put everything back togather and now it is as good as new. Here is the bottom line. It cost me $200 and 2hrs work and saved me about $1800. See sometimes you should just look at things and try it yourself. If anyone has any question on this repair let me know.

P.S. I did this without pulling the streering wheel or column.

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Good job, Will!
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Way to go Will. This applies to a lot of things in life. I had a similar experience with a tankless water heater. So called plumbers didn't have a clue and charged nearly $700 without fixing it. Put a stop pay on the card (always use a credit card if possible). Did some research and fixed it for $100 in parts.
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Nice goin' will.
Budd'azz'a precautionary measure (after havin' lost two settz'a keyz) maybe itt'z time fuh one'a'doze HI-I'M-NAME-HERE stick-on labels worn upside-down on'yer ches' . . jus'fuh occasional reference.
(Works'fuh me.)
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:07 PM
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You're right. I just checked and the key blank is $176.00 up here in Toronto. We charge a $25.00 cutting fee, plus $55.00 to program. So it does add up.
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Awesome Will!!
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I know this is old but need some info and was reading about keys. Wayne I checked in Winnipeg and the master key is $270 plus program of $60 more. Also $200 for a key fob but they will program that one free. LOL. what a rip
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:08 AM
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I know this is old but need some info and was reading about keys. Wayne I checked in Winnipeg and the master key is $270 plus program of $60 more. Also $200 for a key fob but they will program that one free. LOL. what a rip

Holy crap!
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Just remove the programmed chip from the key and have it surgically implanted in your wrist. Then all you need is the mechanical key to get things going. No more expensive programming.
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i just bought a key on ebay for $9 shipped, my dealer cut it for free because i'm always buying parts
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i just bought a key on ebay for $9 shipped, my dealer cut it for free because i'm always buying parts
Would you be so kind as to link the original listing, plz? Thanks.
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When I recently bought my car it came with two keys, one is the one I suppose you all have, the one with the remote on it and the other one looks as a simple key, green head but the owner told me it's not a simple key because it had the special "chip".When i start my car it would not start,i got confused and then i need to call Davie Locksmith,my friend,he replaced me my keys and now i feel satisfied till then.

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Old 10-10-2018, 06:11 AM
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Would you be so kind as to link the original listing, plz? Thanks.
Yes i am also looking for the original listing so that i would get it at cheap. If not then i would hire locksmith Arlington VA to do the job .

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Thanks for taking out the URL's. These clowns are posting in every forum that mentions keys.
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