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Is there any other way forking out 170 quid for a new keyfob when my current one only needs a new battery and for th back to come off as to solve this problem!? oh and bypassin the immobilser which my dad doesnt agree with!
It can be very difficult to get at the battery on the Clio key fobs , but it is doable - you just need a fairly strong pair of hands and a lot of patience.
Once you've got the back of the key, it may be worthwhile inspecting the circuit board inside the keyfob, as they're susceptible to cracking (PCBs go brittle with age) and this can cause intermittent immobiliser problems. Despite looking quite chunky, it seems that Clio keys really don't like being dropped.
As regards new keys, if you have the option I suggest ringing around a few of your local dealers to see what they'd charge for a new key - the key components (fob and blade) are a standard price, but the reprogramming takes half an hour and labour charges vary from garage to garage. As an example, one dealer quoted me £160 inc.VAT but another quoted me £135 - still a lot of money, but I know which I'd rather pay ...
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Currently in root-two's garage:
1999 Clio 1.2RN Grande (D7F)