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Programming new key/remote

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I bought 2 brand new keys off ebay. Came with Pin codes and are combo key/remote. 04 xc70 only came with valet key when I bought at auction 2 years ago. Going to attempt to program mysrlf. I realize I'll have to purchase legit vida software. Which I'm fine with. I just would like to know how difficult it is if I go that route. Dealer won't even touch it since keys not bought from them. They want 500 plus for keys and programming and that's more then I paid for the car...
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If you have a DiCE unit, Yagger can program them over the internet. You need to ask him what he charges for the service. He might have a commercial customer in your area that you can take it to. You will need to find a local locksmith to cut the blades.
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RickHaleParker wrote: Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:10 pm If you have a DiCE unit, Yagger can program them over the internet. You need to ask him what he charges for the service. You will need to find a local locksmith to cut the blades.
I called both local loxksmiths. As soon as I said Volvo. They both said nope. Everyone is afraid of these cars. Thanks. I'll send him a message. May have to travel to bigger city locksmith..
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FordTaurus00 wrote: Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:15 pm Everyone is afraid of these cars.
Ace hardware will cut and program keys but not for Volvo.

There is a option of pulling the CEM and mailing it along with the keys and remotes to a place that has programing services. They will bench program the keys and remotes into the CEM then mail it all back to you. This might be a viable option if you can do without the car for a period of time.
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RickHaleParker wrote: Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:29 pm
FordTaurus00 wrote: Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:15 pm Everyone is afraid of these cars.
Ace hardware will cut and program keys but not for Volvo.

There is a option of pulling the CEM and mailing it along with the keys and remotes to a place that has programing services. They will bench program the keys and remotes into the CEM then mail it all back to you. This might be a viable option if you can do without the car for a period of time.
That's an option. I rarely drive this car anyway. (Only put about 600 miles on it the past year) I drive my taurus,vw, or lincoln
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Here is one, no feedback on Volvo, however

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2005-2013-Volv ... 3395014691


You are going to be spending $300-500 any way you do this, so get out now if that’s not acceptable.
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Contact Jagger.

See this post: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=91720

look at link in his signature and poke around - it appears he can do it remotely.

Cutting a Volvo key is the same as any car key that uses the same design. The tough part will be getting the programming of the remotes done correctly. You have the valet key as a template so it is just a matter of copying.
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volvo dealerships here dont cut keys, they call in a mobile guy that comes in and cuts the key while they are programming it. find who their guy is and viola ..
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just saw this, program keys from smartphone with this module, not for volvo yet but in development.

http://www.acdpmaster.com/?gclid=CjwKCA ... 7IQAvD_BwE
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Re: Programming new key/remote

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Hi, I just went through this and did it myself. I had the keys programmed by a place in Kansas City that specializes in car keys (https://www.brandtlocksmiths.com). They cut the key for $10 using my valet key to copy it -- though it will be more if they have to look up the key code based on your vin (shipping was about $16 roundtrip). I would call the ahead of time to verify they'll do this for you. I live in a rural area where the only 2 locksmiths here wanted $100 to copy the key, so I found another alternative online.

I bought a key from eBay vendor "wholesale-24-7" and verified beforehand that it came with the seed codes, which it did. The key actually came with a "remotes remotes" card with it, which is an online vendor that shows they sell the keys too. Not sure though if that will be the same item though.

I then programmed it using Volvo's current Vida (downloaded from volvotechinfo.com) on a Windows 10 machine using my DICE clone (which I had been using with the older, Windows 8 VIDA on a virtual machine). As long as you have a seed code with the key you can use the current VIDA to program the key. It costs $75 for a 3-day subscription to activate VIDA through volvotechinfo.com, $87 for the key programming and remote programming (each is an independent purchase through volvotechinfo.com -- one for the key to car and one for the remote).

Fair warning -- the volvotechinfo/VIDA system isn't intuitive but it is workable if you spend some time learning the system and read their directions. The current main VIDA software is very similar to the older version we all use w/ the clones, so if you know that you'll be quickly familiar with the new version. The system to get a username/password is very wonky -- IIRC you have to immediately change your password to it or something weird the first time you log in -- just getting past some of that weirdness takes some doing and a definite understanding that this isn't a consumer-friendly, intuitive system.

IIRC you buy software downloads to VIDA with a separate login and purchase those w/ a credit card, then when you login to VIDA with another login, it will "see" that you have purchased downloads to use. You then run the downloads within VIDA and first program the key to the car, then program the remote to the car. The volvotechinfo.com/VIDA system isn't terrible but it's clearly been cobbled together from two different systems so it is wonky. They do have tech support to help with issues you may encounter, such as failed software downloads and things. The DICE clone was no issue during the entire process FYI.

Edit: The applications you need within VIDA are under Purchase Software > Function Changes > "Ignition key appl." for the key and programming, and then "Remote key application" for the remote programming. Also make sure your battery is fully charged when you do this, the VIDA software will download the software and when you use it it will do something that appears to "reboot" the car -- everything will shut off for a second, then reboot up and it'll go through its routine. Also when you buy the above software make a note of your order reference number, it's useful to use within VIDA to lookup your order I found.
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