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  1. #1
    Tim Reidy
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    I have a 2001 Grand Prix with the wonderful (hah!)
    microship/resistor/whatever theft deterrent key. I locked my keys in the
    car today, so figured I would just go to Wal-mart and get a key made that
    would just open the door, but not start the car. I would then keep that
    key in my wallet for emergencies. The person at Wally said that the
    company that made the key cutting machine told them to not duplicate this
    type of key, as using it could damage the car. I explained that I would
    need it strictly open the door, but no deal. This sounded like utter BS to
    me. Can using a key like this just to open the door possibly do any
    damage? I don't feel like paying another $40 for another spare key (had to
    get one for my wife, as I got the car used and it only came with one).

    Thanks for any help,
    Tim Reidy



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    Shep
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    It will not do anything just to open the door, try to start it and it will
    set the security system.
    "Tim Reidy" <tgreidy@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
    news:Xns9AB1B89B2876Btgreidysbcglobal@207.115.33.1 02...
    >I have a 2001 Grand Prix with the wonderful (hah!)
    > microship/resistor/whatever theft deterrent key. I locked my keys in the
    > car today, so figured I would just go to Wal-mart and get a key made that
    > would just open the door, but not start the car. I would then keep that
    > key in my wallet for emergencies. The person at Wally said that the
    > company that made the key cutting machine told them to not duplicate this
    > type of key, as using it could damage the car. I explained that I would
    > need it strictly open the door, but no deal. This sounded like utter BS
    > to
    > me. Can using a key like this just to open the door possibly do any
    > damage? I don't feel like paying another $40 for another spare key (had
    > to
    > get one for my wife, as I got the car used and it only came with one).
    >
    > Thanks for any help,
    > Tim Reidy
    >





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    Tom S.
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    On Mon, 2 Jun 2008 20:07:35 -0400, "Shep" <djsljsrn@capital.net>
    wrote:

    >It will not do anything just to open the door, try to start it and it will
    >set the security system.
    >"Tim Reidy" <tgreidy@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
    >news:Xns9AB1B89B2876Btgreidysbcglobal@207.115.33. 102...
    >>I have a 2001 Grand Prix with the wonderful (hah!)
    >> microship/resistor/whatever theft deterrent key. I locked my keys in the
    >> car today, so figured I would just go to Wal-mart and get a key made that
    >> would just open the door, but not start the car. I would then keep that
    >> key in my wallet for emergencies. The person at Wally said that the
    >> company that made the key cutting machine told them to not duplicate this
    >> type of key, as using it could damage the car. I explained that I would
    >> need it strictly open the door, but no deal. This sounded like utter BS
    >> to
    >> me. Can using a key like this just to open the door possibly do any
    >> damage? I don't feel like paying another $40 for another spare key (had
    >> to
    >> get one for my wife, as I got the car used and it only came with one).
    >>
    >> Thanks for any help,
    >> Tim Reidy
    >>


    My '97 Firebird came with a key that would open the door, but had no
    chip in it. It would set off the alarm, if it had been set, and it
    wouldn't start the car. Pontiac suggested you carry it in your
    wallet, in case you locked your keys in the car, etc.

    Tom S.

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    Tim
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    Tom S. wrote:
    > On Mon, 2 Jun 2008 20:07:35 -0400, "Shep" <djsljsrn@capital.net>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >>It will not do anything just to open the door, try to start it and it will
    >>set the security system.
    >>"Tim Reidy" <tgreidy@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
    >>news:Xns9AB1B89B2876Btgreidysbcglobal@207.115.33 .102...
    >>
    >>>I have a 2001 Grand Prix with the wonderful (hah!)
    >>>microship/resistor/whatever theft deterrent key. I locked my keys in the
    >>>car today, so figured I would just go to Wal-mart and get a key made that
    >>>would just open the door, but not start the car. I would then keep that
    >>>key in my wallet for emergencies. The person at Wally said that the
    >>>company that made the key cutting machine told them to not duplicate this
    >>>type of key, as using it could damage the car. I explained that I would
    >>>need it strictly open the door, but no deal. This sounded like utter BS
    >>>to
    >>>me. Can using a key like this just to open the door possibly do any
    >>>damage? I don't feel like paying another $40 for another spare key (had
    >>>to
    >>>get one for my wife, as I got the car used and it only came with one).
    >>>
    >>>Thanks for any help,
    >>>Tim Reidy
    >>>

    >
    >
    > My '97 Firebird came with a key that would open the door, but had no
    > chip in it. It would set off the alarm, if it had been set, and it
    > wouldn't start the car. Pontiac suggested you carry it in your
    > wallet, in case you locked your keys in the car, etc.
    >
    > Tom S.


    How come my 2007 didn't come with one? That is exactly what I want.

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    David Courtney
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    I ordered "blank" Jeep keys with the chip in them for $22 from
    remotesandkeys.com and had them cut at the local hardware store for $1.
    The Jeep can "learn" the new key chip as long as you have the original
    key and the vehicle... the owner's manual shows how to re-program the system
    to recognize the new keys. Worked like a charm.
    They have '00 - '03 Grand Prix keys for $19... and say you can program
    them yourself; as long as you have one original:
    http://remotesandkeys.com/chipkeys/pontiac.html
    I would rather have a hide-a-key that will start the vehicle... in case
    I lose the keys when I'm out of town or something. A "dead" key would be
    fine if you lock the keys in the car... but not if you lose them.



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    Tim
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    David Courtney wrote:
    > I ordered "blank" Jeep keys with the chip in them for $22 from
    > remotesandkeys.com and had them cut at the local hardware store for $1.
    > The Jeep can "learn" the new key chip as long as you have the original
    > key and the vehicle... the owner's manual shows how to re-program the system
    > to recognize the new keys. Worked like a charm.
    > They have '00 - '03 Grand Prix keys for $19... and say you can program
    > them yourself; as long as you have one original:
    > http://remotesandkeys.com/chipkeys/pontiac.html
    > I would rather have a hide-a-key that will start the vehicle... in case
    > I lose the keys when I'm out of town or something. A "dead" key would be
    > fine if you lock the keys in the car... but not if you lose them.
    >
    >

    I have two keys, I just want a flat one so I can keep it in my wallet.
    It will be just for when I leave the key in the car by mistake and lock it.

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    Ron Seiden
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    "Shep" <djsljsrn@capital.net> wrote in message news:1212451194_3717@isp.n...
    > It will not do anything just to open the door, try to start it and it will
    > set the security system.
    > "Tim Reidy" <tgreidy@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
    > news:Xns9AB1B89B2876Btgreidysbcglobal@207.115.33.1 02...
    >>I have a 2001 Grand Prix with the wonderful (hah!)
    >> microship/resistor/whatever theft deterrent key. I locked my keys in the
    >> car today, so figured I would just go to Wal-mart and get a key made that
    >> would just open the door, but not start the car. I would then keep that
    >> key in my wallet for emergencies. The person at Wally said that the
    >> company that made the key cutting machine told them to not duplicate this
    >> type of key, as using it could damage the car. I explained that I would
    >> need it strictly open the door, but no deal. This sounded like utter BS
    >> to
    >> me. Can using a key like this just to open the door possibly do any
    >> damage? I don't feel like paying another $40 for another spare key (had
    >> to
    >> get one for my wife, as I got the car used and it only came with one).
    >>

    When my local WallyMart refused to copy my chip key, despite my telling them
    I knew it wouldn't run the car, they told me they were under instructions to
    not duplicate chip keys because the company was tired of idiots who
    complained to them that the non-chip key wouldn't work...



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    If we are talking about buying a new wallet, it seems to me that I can help. I know one pretty cool brand of wallets. Here is a link to their website https://wallor.co/collections/wallor-2-0-accessories. These wallets have a gps tracking function, as well as an anti-theft system. Try it, in my opinion this is a good option.

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