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$300 Key

Discussion in 'Cars and Transportation' started by PeterW, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. PeterW

    PeterW Member

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    Just wanted to share this.
    We have a 2002 Toyota Corolla Fielder. It has a key with a button to remotely lock and unlock the car. More than a year ago the remote access stopped working. We thought, Okay probably needs a new battery. Leonie went to Manawatu Toyota where we get our car serviced. The man at the service desk took the key out the back, came back a minute or so later and said the the key was a sealed unit. A replacement would cost NZ$300.

    I finally decided to have a look at it yesterday and took it apart. Today I went and found a battery for $7 and put it back together; works like new.
     
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  2. Electroman

    Electroman Active Member

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    Did you go tell the dealer that he should do a better job of scamming people ?
     
  3. PeterW

    PeterW Member

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    Not yet. I may go in and be a bit more diplomatic and tell them you can get into the key and replace the battery. Be interesting to see what sort of response I get
     
  4. int32_t

    int32_t Tesla Spotter

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    Awesome! I SO like it when people just DIY when they're told "It can't be done." :cool:
     
  5. Lloyd

    Lloyd Well-Known Member

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    Replacement key fob for the 2012 Toyota rav 4 EV is ~$400. Then they charge another $100 to program it to your car.
     

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