Lost key, need help

Lost key, need help

Postby Cozy9 [OP] » July 1st 2021, 1:42pm

Hi everyone! I'm in crisis and need help! I have lost my key fob from my 2004 Astro. I contacted dealer and they quoted like $600. plus gotta tow the car there!!! This is way too expensive... Any cheaper solutions that anyone has come across maybe? Any advice highly appreciated! Thanks in advance
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Re: Lost key, need help

Postby chevymaher » July 1st 2021, 2:14pm

Coat hanger to get in. e bay for a key fob. And having a key made should only be 50 bucks tops. Google is your friend. Use the force luke.
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Re: Lost key, need help

Postby sixsix » July 1st 2021, 2:42pm

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Re: Lost key, need help

Postby markmitch » July 1st 2021, 2:47pm

Yes you can get a keyfob online and reprogram it yourself its pretty easy. I had to do it a while back for a 03 I owned but since sold.
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Re: Lost key, need help

Postby AstroWill » July 2nd 2021, 7:52pm

Cozy9 wrote:Hi everyone! I'm in crisis and need help! I have lost my key fob from my 2004 Astro. I contacted dealer and they quoted like $600. plus gotta tow the car there!!! This is way too expensive... Any cheaper solutions that anyone has come across maybe? Any advice highly appreciated! Thanks in advance


Can get two keyfobs for less than $20 and you can program them yourself. Easy as pie must program them at the same time and all previous pairings will be removed. https://amzn.to/3dDk483
https://sites.google.com/site/astrosafa ... ote-keyfob

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Re: Lost key, need help

Postby Cozy9 [OP] » July 4th 2021, 7:40am

sixsix wrote:
chevymaher wrote:... Google is your friend.

LOL

Thank you for your help, I already found a solution!
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Re: Lost key, need help

Postby Cozy9 [OP] » July 4th 2021, 7:41am

AstroWill wrote:
Cozy9 wrote:Hi everyone! I'm in crisis and need help! I have lost my key fob from my 2004 Astro. I contacted dealer and they quoted like $600. plus gotta tow the car there!!! This is way too expensive... Any cheaper solutions that anyone has come across maybe? Any advice highly appreciated! Thanks in advance


Can get two keyfobs for less than $20 and you can program them yourself. Easy as pie must program them at the same time and all previous pairings will be removed. https://amzn.to/3dDk483
https://sites.google.com/site/astrosafa ... ote-keyfob

thanks, took me a while but finally I figured this out
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Re: Lost key, need help

Postby Cozy9 [OP] » July 4th 2021, 7:42am

markmitch wrote:Yes you can get a keyfob online and reprogram it yourself its pretty easy. I had to do it a while back for a 03 I owned but since sold.

I appreciate your help.
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Re: Lost key, need help

Postby Cozy9 [OP] » July 4th 2021, 7:43am

Hi again everyone,
I wanted to post and update about what I found out.
Not a nice situation to be in and unfortunately, its expensive to get a replacement key.
This is why you should know a few things before you make your decision.

There are 3 options to get a replacement key (for key fobs and transponder keys)
1.Call an automotive locksmith- the easiest and fastest and most chances, the cheapest as well. If not, try a few local locksmiths to get a quote from.
2.Tow the car to the dealer.
3.Order a key online and have the dealer or locksmith cut and program it for you (if necessary).
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don’t forget to mention to them all these details to make sure they have the right key for you.
1.Year, make and model of the car
2.Your exact location including street address and zip (for the locksmith to find you easily)
3.VIN number of the car located on the dashboard – very important
4.Make sure you can show them proof of ownership – otherwise they will not make you a new replacement key.

Now, maybe the most important thing, which is the cost
There are 3 main types of keys:
Non-chip keys: for older models – very old keys around 1998 and older. Most chances not relevant to you.
Transponder chip keys – have hidden chip inside – so make sure the locksmith have the tools to program the key for you.
Remote Key fob – push to start – chances are that this is the type of key you have. Very common for most makes and models made after 2010 or so.
The average cost is somewhere between $220-$400. Of course, do your research, this is only relevant for what I checked!
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don’t be lazy, believe me there is a huge difference between the dealer and locksmith. And, maybe the most important thing: ASK TO GET A SPARE KEY AS WELL!
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Re: Lost key, need help

Postby AstroWill » July 4th 2021, 6:41pm

Just a couple of things. Looks like we have been referring to different things.

Seems like a lot of that information that you linked to is kinda generic and NOT specific to our vehicles, kinda leaning more towards an advertisement(edited above post to be less of an advertisement).
The keyfob = remote, not part of the key at all.
We don't have push to start, or transponders/etc.
There isn't a difference between a code cut key from the dealer and a code cut key from a locksmith.
You shouldn't have to take the vehicle in to get a key made, proof of ownership should be enough, try a different dealer.
Costs should be about $15-40 to get a code cut key for our vans, the above quoted prices of an 'average $220-$400' is CRAZY(if you have an existing key the dealer shouldn't charge you for the code lookup), though it is cheaper to have your existing key copied. But there are other reasons for getting a code cut key over having your existing key copied.

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Re: Lost key, need help

Postby MI_Ghost » July 5th 2021, 2:24am

Ace hardware. $10-$15 chip key programed in the parking lot.
ebay key fob 2/$20 programed in driveway Note: These are typical Chinese quality. OEM definitely better..

The only thing you might need from a dealer is the code lookup.
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Re: Lost key, need help

Postby Rod's Trucks » July 5th 2021, 5:38am

About 3 years ago, I began having crank-but no start issues, with an occasional 'bump or two' of ignition.
The 1998 chassis had 210K on it. The keys ( non-chipped) were badly worn, and after a lot of diagnostic effort I decided the problem was most likely in the security part of the key switch.
I went to the local GM dealer with proof of ID. They used the VIN to look up the original code, and cut me a brand new key from the factory code.
That was the best 15 minutes, and $10, I ever expect to spend on my van! The problem was gone immediately.
I would highly recommend anybody with a high mileage van, to spend the money for a new key cut from the original factory code.....and then have a copy made for the time it might be needed.


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