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Spare Key FOB

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2021 6:00 am
by ooopie
Has anybody tried the discount online sources for obtaining a spare key fob? For example https://replacemyremote.com/ ?

Re: Spare Key FOB

Posted: Sun May 29, 2022 5:38 pm
by ishiyakazuo
I wasn't too sure about my key fob part # (posted elsewhere about it), since mine was a very late 2017 27kWh model, and it seems like maybe the late 2017 and newer had a different fob, depending on where one looks up the info. I ended up just ordering an aftermarket fob from Ace Hardware (in the USA), should be getting it programmed some time this week, if I can get my smart key code from a dealer.

Re: Spare Key FOB

Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2022 9:47 pm
by Mesasand
How do you program it to your car? I only got one with my new Soul. I previously had a Spark EV, and it required programming by the dealer.

Re: Spare Key FOB

Posted: Tue Jun 07, 2022 5:41 am
by ishiyakazuo
Mesasand wrote: Sat Jun 04, 2022 9:47 pm How do you program it to your car? I only got one with my new Soul. I previously had a Spark EV, and it required programming by the dealer.
I'm dealing with the same thing myself. The simple answer is "I'm not yet sure." I had placed an order with Ace Hardware (for around $270 if I remember correctly), who claims they can supply aftermarket fobs for various vehicles, and when they got the fob, it said a PIN code was needed for programming. They contacted the dealer, who told them to get lost. Then I contacted the dealer, noting that in the manual it states that the code should be delivered with the vehicle and 2 fobs. They told me they could recover the code but can't give it out, and it would cost $165 to cut the key and program the fob (and charge something like $279 for the fob and key).
So, long story short, I ended up canceling my order with Ace, and I ordered the OEM fob and a replacement key from eBay, and once I receive them, I will schedule an appointment with the dealer and let you know how it goes...

Re: Spare Key FOB

Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2022 4:33 pm
by ishiyakazuo
OK, I said I would follow up when my key fob adventure came to an end, so here it is.
I got my second fob today. Unfortunately, due to not getting any responses from anyone about which fob model # to get, the one I got from eBay seems to have been the wrong one for my 2017, so I had to bite the bullet and buy the fob from the dealer. However, the dealer took pity on me and sold it to me for only like a 100% markup over the prices I see online for the fob, because I just couldn't not have a fob for my wife anymore. (Correct P/N was 95440-B2AC0 for my 2017 27kWh model, BTW. The one I got from eBay was 95440-E4000 -- I'd be happy to sell it for a good price to anyone here if they find that's the correct one for them. Something I saw online seems to indicate they may be interchangeable? The dealer said they could try to program it to the car, but if it failed, they'd charge me for the labor anyway, so I wasn't going to take that risk.)
Anyway, all told, I ended up paying around US$400 (not including the fob I bought from eBay) for the fob, the key cutting and the programming. Took about 90 minutes (was supposed to just take an hour, but apparently GDI crashed while trying to program it the first time, so they had to start over again).
The dealer didn't have any problem cutting an aftermarket key that goes into the fob, so it seems wise to bring one along, because they wanted something like $40 for the key, and you can get them on eBay for well under $10. Key P/N is 81996-A2010 (this is definitely correct, regardless of year for gen 1 Soul EV). The aftermarket one I got was from a seller called SF Fobs -- the key was shorter than the OEM one, but the OEM key sticks out of the Soul by inches, so it was no big deal. Fits perfectly into the OEM fob.
Anyway, my wallet is significantly lighter as a result of this mess, but at least I got a refund for the aftermarket one I tried to get from Ace Hardware, so that's something. Hope you all have a smoother experience than I did.