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Is dealer magic required to get a new valet key to work?


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Lost the original valet key. Ordered a new one from dealer and picked it up today. I didn't drive the car to the dealer so was able to test only upon returning home. The new valet key unlocks the door but, although it turns in the ignition switch it doesn't start the engine. Also, 10 sec. after unlocking the door the horn alarm goes off, regardless of whether the valet key is in the ignition switch. Also, after opening the door the OBC display says "Key 1", which is what it says for my full, fobbed key.

The dealer hasn't returned my call as yet. Does the dealer have to program the car to accept the new valet key?

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Apparently, given the built-in transponder does not correspond to the reciever of the vehicle, i would say do it.

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I found the valet key under the passenger carpet...but after have reprogramming the other fobs at a dealer...meaning i need to take the valet key to a dealer to program.

Before i shell out the $100 for programming, could someone share with me how they use the valet key in real life, and how it is difference that the fob (other than the remote feature)?

Thanks in advance

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I have a MY98 Boxster and the valet key works exactly like the other key fobs except no radio/wireless access to doors and rear trunk. 

 

The valet key is cheaper to replace.  Anytime a new key is added to the vehicle the dealer will want all keys.  They program them to the car and remove any keys that are missing.  Most Porsches can have up to 6 keys.  That way if you lose a key and add a new key to replace it the old lost key gets removed from the system and your car can't be stolen or taken for a joy ride.  If the lost key gets replaced the dealer may need to have the 40 digit code to add the lost key back to the car.

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