Originally Posted by DEATH2000
Ive never heard of being able to program your key yourself. The key has a chip in it as part of the EWS system. That chip sends a unique code to the EWS system, and if that code isnt recognized by the system the ignition lock wont disable. Thats why everyone says its a dealer only item. The chips need to programmed using your VIN number or a computer with the proper software.
There were a couple of people who ordered from this guy, and they all seemed satisfied. I emailed him that I could not program the key, and he responded with a video link to that same process I already knew, about holding down the unlock and click lock 3 times inside the car. He said to call him if further trouble, but it always goes right to voicemail, so I'll try again Monday.
One thing, my original key that did not work, I WAS able to "program" a few times and make the remote work, but it always reverted back to dead after that day. Then I tried replacing the battery, and I think I ruined it because on the last cu of the plastic, I severed a part, and I soldered it back, but its possible I missed another piece I may have damaged. So now that one cant be "programmed" either, so I cant even test if something else is wrong.
So much for this being painless and saving money.