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I think Renault got their fingers burnt a few years back regarding cloned keys, etc - so maybe they are being extra careful. It's the old story if you want security they make you pay and if it waas dead easy anyone could walk up to your car write down the Reg No. and Vin No. and walk into the nearest dealer and your car would be gone. Renault ain't the only manufacturers to have this type of security
I f I was buying a second hand car now-a-days and there was only one key rpvided I would be looking for a good discount to ensure the cars security system was secure and therefore no disputes with the insurers in the event of theft
I'm all for the security side of it. But surely other locksmith company's should be able to get these at a cheaper price. After all, a locksmith has to have some kind of security as they can get past any lock quite easily anyway.
It's a rip-off, and precisely why I only have one plip for my car.
I did get a copy of the key itself cut, and have stashed it safely along with the code to disable the immobiliser. It'll have to do, I guess...
An interesting point that, whether it's even worth spending money on these things is even worth it for an old, high-mileage vehicle. .
I only have one key for mine too. I am going to keep the original fob and get another key cut as an auto-lock specialist said they can sometimes repair them. Worth a try, then at least I will have 2 keys.
That is why i have made the How To in the Articles thread about telling if it is the fob dying or not. It might give people time to start saving to get it replaced.
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An LPG powered Ford Focus ST170.