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Old 02-29-2012, 10:14 AM
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My car only came with 1 'normal' key and the valet key. I would like to have a second normal key cut, but how do I find the part number? There are no references whatsoever on my existing key.

There are plenty of uncut keys on eBay, but how do I know which one to get?

Also, how can I get it cut and/or programmed?

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The blank is the only cheap part of the process. The last XK8 key I got from Jaguar was delivered overnight from Browns Lane to my local dealer already pre-cut.

Because there's a transponder chip in the key head, it has to be paired with the car on the Jaguar dealer equipment. Unfortunately keys are not like the fobs which you can program yourself.

Looks like a trip to Jaguar Lille or Paris.

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Found the invoice for this - it was £40 for the pre-cut key and a further £50 to 'tune in' to the car.

The only difference between a black headed key and a green headed valet key is at the very end where it tapers to a 'V'. There's a collar machined around this section of the black key which is missing from the green one. A locksmith could therefore convert your green key to the same profile as the black one and it would then work like the black one and unlock the luggage compartment.

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Thanks, Graham. I have just bought the blank from eBay above and will take it to a Jaguar dealer when I next get the chance.
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I literally JUST got home from getting a set of keys made for mine at the dealer this afternoon. On the work ticket, the valet key (2004 XK8) is C2N1967, and the regular key is C2N1966.

I was charged a mint for them, cutting, and programming. But, I have full spare set now! MC
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I literally JUST got home from getting a set of keys made for mine at the dealer this afternoon. On the work ticket, the valet key (2004 XK8) is C2N1967, and the regular key is C2N1966.

I was charged a mint for them, cutting, and programming. But, I have full spare set now! MC
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From examples I read on the forum, spares costs seem very high in the US compared with UK. The £90 I paid for one black key is equivalent to $143. Mind telling us what you had to pay for your keys?

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Be glad to-- but almost embarrassing.

I was quoted $169 per key blank and $130 per for cutting and programming.

I complained because of the particular history of this car. The PO bought it there, had it religiously serviced there, and traded it in there. But, strangely, the keys disappeared between the trade in and the wholesaler. Makes me suspect they get thrown in the garbage so the next customer has to pay for a new set. Just saying (my observation).

Anyway, they gave me the blanks for $125 each, and waived one programming and cutting fee. It was $404.70 out the door for a pair....

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And I thought were a thing of the past.

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Y'all are kidding, right?? Wow!

Cheaper if you don't care if there's a kitty on the key head: Jaguar TBE1T5 '97-'99 Master Cloning Key
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Code reading "Tibbe" keys for Jaguar

How to decode Jag/tibbe key:
Code reading "Tibbe" keys for Jaguar

Even if the dealer charges you $100 to program (call your local locksmiths, they can probably help you or tell you of someone that will) you'll still be money ahead.

If you absolutely have to have a growler on your key:
Jaguar Factory Master Chip Key - 8 Cut (Factory Original)
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Beav--

I actually did some legwork on this before I dropped 4 large for a set of keys.

Now that I have the part #'s, you could buy the blanks wholesale for about $75 each. I also found a local locksmith that "could" do the programming. But, the problem is getting the keys cut. It seems the later years have "harder" key blanks and it seems "dealer only" to get them cut. I did the "one stop shopping" option, and made an appointment yesterday. Even so, it took about 2 hours. Just glad to have this dark chapter behind me.

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Update! I had to have a bunch of fobs cut and programmed for my Chyrsler 300. I found a small independant locksmith Ninja. I talked to him about the Jag keys. He says he can do them, and has done them in the past-- gets one request about every 6 months. He said he can do them with generic blanks for $95 a copy. So, it is possible if you can find the right person.
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