IPD sale XeMODeX - Experts in Volvo Electronics
Did you know? 🤔
Logged in users can get email notification of topic replies Log in or register (free).
Amazon Link Buy anything with this and it helps MVS!

New Remote and key - ouch, any alternative?

Help, Advice and DIY Tutorials on Volvo's extremely popular car line -- Volvo's 1990s "bread and butter" cars -- powered by the ubiquitous and durable Volvo inline 5-cylinder engine.

1992 - 1997 850, 850 R, 850 T5-R, 850 T5, 850 GLT
1997 - 2000 S70, S70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70, V70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70-XC
1997 - 2004 C70

tombrisk
Posts: 23
Joined: Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:10 am
Year and Model: 2000 V70XC AWD
Location: WoodyVille Wa USA
Has thanked: 2 times
Been thanked: 0
United States of America
tombrisk

New Remote and key - ouch, any alternative?

Post by tombrisk » Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:02 pm

Bought a sweet 2000 V70XC with one key.
Is there any way I can keep costs down?

Ordered a used remote ($36, decent, right?)
Call Volvo dealership:
New key, cut is free!
Add:Download software for key, remote- not too unreasonable
Add: Hour+ Shop charge for the tech: Wow, WhAt?!
Oh- But the remote ONLY works on the car it came with! New one, $300!?!
HELP!

Cailin
Posts: 8
Joined: Wed Jun 10, 2020 6:35 pm
Year and Model: 1996 850
Location: Georgia
Has thanked: 0
Been thanked: 0
United States of America
Cailin

Re: New Remote and key - ouch, any alternative?

Post by Cailin » Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:31 pm

I don’t know if it will help, but when I needed a new spare key for my 850 I found it was cheaper to call a dealer out of state. (Found that tip here, I think.) Overland Park in KS was able to copy my key from the vin number. Local dealers wanted close to $100. I think I paid $25 with shipping. Definitely worth calling to ask.

tombrisk
Posts: 23
Joined: Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:10 am
Year and Model: 2000 V70XC AWD
Location: WoodyVille Wa USA
Has thanked: 2 times
Been thanked: 0
United States of America
tombrisk

Re: New Remote and key - ouch, any alternative?

Post by tombrisk » Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:43 pm

Hmmm interesting, thanks. Thought they needed the vehicle, software download to the car, yada yada.
I'll keep hoping for a reasonable amount of $$

scot850
Posts: 6062
Joined: Mon Apr 05, 2010 2:46 pm
Year and Model: 2000 V70 R
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Has thanked: 12 times
Been thanked: 230 times
Canada
scot850

Re: New Remote and key - ouch, any alternative?

Post by scot850 » Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:08 pm

A 2000 has different keys to 98 and earlier in North America. They have a built in chip that needs to be programmed to the car or it won't start.

I can't recall if the fobs on pre-2000's can be re-programmed. 2001- are unique to the car unless someone kept the program key which no-one does. I ended up fitting a remote start system with a hidden chipped key.

Neil.
These users thanked the author scot850 for the post:
tombrisk
2000 V70 R - still being an endless PITA
2006 XC70
2003 Toyota 4Runner V8 Limited
2015 Kia Sportage EX-L
1993 850 GLT -Sold
1998 V70 XC - Sold
1997 Volvo 850 SE NA - Went to niece in California - Sold
2000 V70 SE NA - New project and test bed - Sold

Cailin
Posts: 8
Joined: Wed Jun 10, 2020 6:35 pm
Year and Model: 1996 850
Location: Georgia
Has thanked: 0
Been thanked: 0
United States of America
Cailin

Re: New Remote and key - ouch, any alternative?

Post by Cailin » Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:40 pm

Yeah oops, I’ve always had older cars, so forgot about the chip. Sorry about that.

tombrisk
Posts: 23
Joined: Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:10 am
Year and Model: 2000 V70XC AWD
Location: WoodyVille Wa USA
Has thanked: 2 times
Been thanked: 0
United States of America
tombrisk

Re: New Remote and key - ouch, any alternative?

Post by tombrisk » Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:32 pm

scot850 wrote:
Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:08 pm
A 2000 has different keys to 98 and earlier in North America. They have a built in chip that needs to be programmed to the car or it won't start.

I can't recall if the fobs on pre-2000's can be re-programmed. 2001- are unique to the car unless someone kept the program key which notit-one does. I ended up fitting a remote start system with a hidden chipped key.

Neil.
Good reminder/tip. So, I'll inquire locally for an aftermarket solution for the remote/lock/unlock, unless Volvo is so locked up they can't interface...

User avatar
abscate
MVS Moderator
Posts: 21493
Joined: Sun Feb 17, 2013 5:54 pm
Year and Model: 99T5 ,99S70,2005V70
Location: NYC, ALBANY NY
Has thanked: 333 times
Been thanked: 1035 times
Trinidad & Tobago
abscate

Re: New Remote and key - ouch, any alternative?

Post by abscate » Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:59 am

On a 1999 and later, the tithe to the Church of the Volvo God for a fob is indeed steep.

Keys can be had for under $50, fobs are a lot more

Both require a visit to the dealer ( or High Priest/ess with VIDA subscription )with the car physicallypresent.
Empty Nester
A Captain in a Sea of Estrogen
1999-V70-T5M56 2005-V70-M56 1999-S70 VW T4 BMW
Link to Maintenance record thread
Link To Volvo Glossary

tombrisk
Posts: 23
Joined: Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:10 am
Year and Model: 2000 V70XC AWD
Location: WoodyVille Wa USA
Has thanked: 2 times
Been thanked: 0
United States of America
tombrisk

Re: New Remote and key - ouch, any alternative?

Post by tombrisk » Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:35 am

I kinda knew that I was joining a cult when I pulled the trigger on this thing, but diddly dang! Worse than paying my 'BMW tax'!

Side note: Vashon Island, just off West Seattle is known as granola/Birkenstock/hairy-legged wymmen Volvo-land.

scot850
Posts: 6062
Joined: Mon Apr 05, 2010 2:46 pm
Year and Model: 2000 V70 R
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Has thanked: 12 times
Been thanked: 230 times
Canada
scot850

Re: New Remote and key - ouch, any alternative?

Post by scot850 » Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:11 pm

Could be worse. 5 years ago we bought a 2 year old Kia Optima from the local dealer. Picked it up to find only one fob. Not happy but they would not budge on a second key. To buy in Canada at the time was $415 CDN + tax for the fob, an additional $85 for a cut mechanical door key, and then another $100 for the programming of the fob!!

Fob and key bought from US dealer was $140 US. Key not cut, but local locksmith cut it for $15. Still had the programming cost.

What was worse was that the same fob and uncut key could be had from South Korea with airmail shipping for $100 CDN!!

It just sucks.

Neil
2000 V70 R - still being an endless PITA
2006 XC70
2003 Toyota 4Runner V8 Limited
2015 Kia Sportage EX-L
1993 850 GLT -Sold
1998 V70 XC - Sold
1997 Volvo 850 SE NA - Went to niece in California - Sold
2000 V70 SE NA - New project and test bed - Sold

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post