03-16-2005, 11:29 PM
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Originally Posted by bunk2000
I have one key for my Toyota Corolla (S-Reg) 98/99. (Gen 8)
The key itself has a big crack in it and although it is still operational, I
need to get a replacement before it snaps in half!
I have spoken to my local Toyota dealer and they say 'because it is a sub-key,
they need to replace the ignigtion barrel and get a new key programmed in....
oh and it will cost about £300 ($450)!!!!!'
I find it difficult to believe that it'll cost that much money to just get a
replacement key. I don't understand why I would need a replacement barrel.
Has anyone else gone through something similar? Are they right in what they say?
Is there a cheaper alternative?
There's a thin wire in the steering column that wears out in time from turning your ingnition on and off and quits sending a complete signal to you module/computer....99% of the time its not your key(with the chip in it) the key replacement(with chip) from the dealer alone costs $35..my friend just had this same problem and paid $25 to a locksmith to bypass this signal going to the computer(took 10 minutes for him to do, this a simple procedure) and now he can use any regular key to start his car with no security light coming on and no problem starting...but if that worries you then the other option is paying the $450 because that's about the going price from a dealer...hope this helps...Radd Guy...