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Old 12-31-2016, 06:50 PM   #1
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Best Key And Fob replacement option

Element I am looking at only has 1 key and fob and no valet key

I looked at multiple threads

What are the best key options?
Ebay Honda OEM China?

For the Fob...I see after market and Honda
Difference in either?

Any problems with non Honda Fobs? I saw I can program these myself.
When I program new remotes, will a remote that was not included in my car sale still be able to get into the car if the seller still had it?

What does the Valet Key really do?

once I have replacement keys, then I go to dealer or certified locksmith and have them reprogram all keys?

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Old 02-22-2017, 03:58 PM   #2
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Did you ever get an answer to your question? I too only have one key and bout a key and fob on line. I programmed the remote which does work however, when I place the key in the ignition and try to start the car , the engine just turns over and never starts.

i was told it was because it does not have a chip in it and to program the key to start the car is $150!

So i guess it is back to the drawing board.
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Old 02-23-2017, 12:14 AM   #3
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some answers:
valet key allows a valet to unlock door and use ignition, but not unlock the glovebox. a master key is needed for the glovebox. not sure about the rear hatch lock. some day i'll have to try my valet key in it to see if it works. on a sedan, the valet key cannot unlock the trunk.

when you start a vehicle programming session to get it to accept key fobs, it forgets all previous programmed fobs and only programs the fobs that are used during that programming session.
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Old 03-04-2017, 08:40 PM   #4
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I just purchase a 2004 SOP with only one key
I got a used honda fob and will try programing it when it comes.
will update when it shows up
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Old 03-08-2017, 10:57 PM   #5
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This entire thread is honestly useless because everything mentioned here has been repeatedly covered in multiple threads. Using the search function along with Google can go a long way.

Jrbz88, as research would show you, you must've purchased the wrong key so you're likely better off just ordering the correct one or one thats conpatible and easy to swap chips.
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Old 03-09-2017, 04:53 PM   #6
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I agree that its been mentioned many times before
I have looked over many threads
But since I have joined I put this out to see if there were any new options
Lots of Fobs on Ebay, maybe there is a cheaper solution that has come about since many of these were not available in the past.
Thanks for your input
its all about helping other element owners out
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Old 03-09-2017, 11:54 PM   #7
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If thats your reasoning then it make all the more sense that you should've posted that more accurate question in an existing thread, so as to keep the related and potentially updated information in one place. You have yet to even provide your vehicle info.
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Old 03-10-2017, 09:18 AM   #8
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Vehicle information is posted in signature and in bio on left.
I read your thread too. but you didnt ask questions that I wanted answered
I have since bought a honda remote and programmed it successfully
Again looking for additional information regarding newer options for keys and remotes
I like you have read many threads E.Honda.
And wanted a updated version based on newer options not available before, if any
Please post responses to thread and not critiques
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My response is that there is an existing thread with attention and responses from many members who have knowledge in your topic that is directly related to that thread. My opinion is that itd be in your best interest to have this thread merged into that one so all the info is kept concise instead of scattered around multiple threads, creating clutter for future researchers.

I've looked into other remote options and it seems newer ones wont be compatible enough to make them work on our Elements. Even the aftermarket replacements dont seem any better in quality although Ive seen some offer aftermarket shells with OEM used or refurbished internals.

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Old 04-05-2019, 07:27 AM   #10
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I have done replacement through locksmith arlington tx and their charges are very reasonable.
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