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    Thread: Who's lost their keys?

    1. 05-02-2012 02:29 AM #1
      When you loose your keys, how do you get a pair of new ones?

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      05-02-2012 02:37 AM #2
      As far as I know,if you loose BOTH sets of keys,you have to go to the dealer with the car's vin and all registrations at hand,and they'll order one for you.It is expensive and it will take a while also!I'm talking about cars with immobilizer after '93 or so.For ancient models,that people just connect 2 wires in the movies,that's another story

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      05-02-2012 02:42 AM #3
      go to a locksmith.
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      05-02-2012 03:08 AM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by n0rdicalex. View Post
      go to a locksmith.

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      05-02-2012 04:10 AM #5
      Used to be $25 at the dealership if with vin and proof of ownership.

      Just a thought when you call the locksmith.
      You shouldn'ta done that, he's just a boy.

    6. 05-02-2012 04:32 AM #6
      Just a thought when you call the locksmith.
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    7. 05-02-2012 08:21 AM #7
      Pull the driver side door handle and get the for digit code that is lazer printed on the lock cylinder housing. Take that number along with your proof of ownership to your dealer and they should be able to cut it off of that code. I work in the parts dept at vw and thats how we have to do it for anything older then 99.5.

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      05-02-2012 08:27 AM #8
      I thought I lost my keys once 8 years ago. Called the locksmith and $190 later I had a brand new key only to find out that the key was in the car the whole time. if the dealer does it for cheaper I would def go that route.


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      05-02-2012 08:50 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by volkspapa View Post
      Used to be $25 at the dealership if with vin and proof of ownership.

      Just a thought when you call the locksmith.
      In Europe it's a lot more expensive!No less than 90 euros for a new programmed key.

    10. 05-02-2012 08:57 AM #10
      Our keys are $25 and I dont charge people to cut it. As long as the locks havent been changed and you can still read the number off of either driver or passanger lock cylinder the dealer should be able to make a key.
      And im assuming this is a MK3 with out an immobilizer key and not a MK3.5 with one
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      05-02-2012 09:26 AM #11
      MKIII's have immobilizers in europe
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      05-02-2012 09:46 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by sk8too View Post
      MKIII's have immobilizers in europe
      Yes, it even shows the components in the Bently Manual.

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      05-02-2012 01:03 PM #13
      Trying to get keys cut off codes from the back of a close to 20 year old doorhandle when the doorhandles are swappped and changed all the time is a risky proposition. The doorhandles could have been changed, or the lock cylinders could have been rekeyed several times by now.

      I'd suggest another method.

      If the the ignition and the doors still all use the same key, take one of the door handles off, and remove the lock cylinder. You can remove the tumblers from the lock cylinder and read the numbers on the tumblers which represent the size of the the tumblers.

      Make a few calls to locksmiths who advertise as working on foreign (european) automotive locks and find one who makes replacement keys from the numbers. Go to the locksmith, and provide the numbers. The locksmith will have a handheld keycutting machine that can cut a key from the numbers. Take the doorhandle with you and check the new key before you leave the locksmith's.

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      05-02-2012 02:28 PM #14
      Or Buy this:
      http://www.germanautoparts.com/Volks...tta/Body/394/7
      then rekey your , doors, trunk. center console and glove box.

    15. 05-02-2012 02:40 PM #15
      Id say if all the locks still use the same key then chances are that the lock cylinders havent been recoded since it would be cheaper to buy a new lock set then to recode each individual lock cylinder. But like I did say it might be dificult getting the numbers off of the cylinders.

    16. 05-03-2012 12:33 AM #16
      It is an mk3 :p I've been having the worst luck with mine lately. Thanks for the replys.

      My belt loop broke and my keys on a clip dropped. Either at the BECU center in Tukwila Wa
      or in my friend garage.

    17. 05-03-2012 12:44 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by csrgti View Post
      Or Buy this:
      http://www.germanautoparts.com/Volks...tta/Body/394/7
      then rekey your , doors, trunk. center console and glove box.
      would I just switch them out? or what else would I need?

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      05-03-2012 03:28 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by csrgti View Post
      Or Buy this:
      http://www.germanautoparts.com/Volks...tta/Body/394/7
      then rekey your , doors, trunk. center console and glove box.

      I believe you need the key to be able to release the lock cylinder after you drill the hole in the steering column lock housing, and push the lock cylinder release button.

    19. 05-05-2012 08:11 PM #19
      Are there any instructions?

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      05-05-2012 09:07 PM #20
      You will need the Bentley factory VW MKIII Service Manual for the instructions and photos showing where you need to drill the hole to release the lock cylinder.

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      05-05-2012 10:42 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by germancarnut51 View Post
      I believe you need the key to be able to release the lock cylinder after you drill the hole in the steering column lock housing, and push the lock cylinder release button.
      Correct. I replaced my cylinder a few years ago and you need the key in it to pull the cylinder out. Might be able to break the cylinder out if you don't have the key, but at that point, I would just do the housing, cylinder and ignition switch all at once.

      My cylinder was worn out and sloppy so I replaced it, and I got lucky with the new one that came. I opened it up and re-arranged the pins in the tumbler and got my old key to work in it.. only because my old key is so worn.
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