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We have lost one of our key fobs.

A new one is... wait for it...


£241.68

That includes a full hour to program it!!!

I am gobsmacked tbh.
 

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Search online (ebay?) and you should find some replacements for much less. You can do the programming yourself; there are instructions in the Volt manual (don't know about the Ampera).
 

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Nice idea. about DIY but I can't find anything online. I think I will just have to bite the bullet on this one.

Home insurance? Our excess is £250! :) Good idea tho... :)
 

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Paul Churchley said:
We have lost one of our key fobs.

A new one is... wait for it...


£241.68

That includes a full hour to program it!!!

I am gobsmacked tbh.
Staggering is right Paul. Unfortunately this sort of cost isn't restricted to the Ampera, there are plenty of modern cars where you wouldn't want to lose a key fob for the same reason.
 

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Paul Churchley said:
Nice idea. about DIY but I can't find anything online. I think I will just have to bite the bullet on this one.

Home insurance? Our excess is £250! :) Good idea tho... :)
$49.99 but ships to US only: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-OEM-CHEVY-V ... 20cffe205c
$47.50 ships to many countries but blade already cut: http://www.ebay.com/itm/OEM-CHEVY-VOLT- ... 43bd0a4eca
$99, ships worldwide, uncut blade and you get another 8 for spares: http://www.ebay.com/itm/LOT-OF-9-CHEVRO ... 1139813249 (and not sure it has the open charge port button)

Also Amazon.com, not sure about international shipping: $100 http://www.amazon.com/2012-Chevrolet-Vo ... B00D60CN5Q
 

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Anyone want to do a group buy on that bunch of 9?
I wasn't sure after looking at it whether it really was the Volt key or a generic Chevrolet one without the charge flap button. It listed a lot of manufacturer part numbers and one of those is the Volt part but others aren't. That's the thing with ebay, you may not get exactly what you expect.

BTW, I also found http://www.reliablegmparts.com/ which seems to do just about any part, at least for the US Volts. I'm not sure if they'll ship internationally or not. See https://consumerlink.oeconnection.com/9 ... Id=5016650 for the locking parts they have as an example (an image but the forum won't display it).
 

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Are you sure the USA ones will work - I think the EU frequencies are different from North America
 

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The USA keys probably use 315Mhz whereas the EU cars should use 433Mhz
 

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I'll test it with a spectrum analyser on Monday :)

By the way, most of the 9 in the picture have a boot/trunk opening icon where our plug is. I expect they used the same code for that though.
 

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On the cost matter I recall, over ten years ago, being told a replacement key for a Fiat being over £500.00

Something I guess I will always remember!

Big Paul
 

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proddick said:
The USA keys probably use 315Mhz whereas the EU cars should use 433Mhz
I must admit that hadn't occurred to me. Oh well, it was a good idea while it lasted.
 

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Ok so I bought a USA Chevy remote and opened it up I found what looks like a crystal 9.3448 MHZ. Has any one done an autopsy on an Opel or Vauxhal or Holden Volt Ampera remote?
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