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Anyone had to replace their key (FOB) for the 2016 Volt? I lost one of my FOB yesterday and now I am finding out that the the Southern California dealerships are charging $114 for it plus $70 to program it. They said even three times as much if I didn't have my spare. I couldn't find anywhere online on how to program it myself for this model so I asked them and they said it used to be easier to program but now the newer models they have to do it.

Anyone has any experience with this? I saw some FOBs on ebay but there were $55 and $75 so not sure it's taking a risk when not saving that much. Thanks

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I bought one on eBay and was able to program it myself per manual no problem.


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I just paid $131 to have a "secondary" FOB programmed at the dealer. Luckly, the out of state dealer did include one of the original FOBs.

Keep in mind, there might be two different FOBs for the 2016 -2017 VOLT. One is a 375 megahertz version and the other is a 433 megahertz version.

My 2017 Volt had the 433 megahertz version as noted on a small white sticker on the back of the FOB.
 

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Slave to Opec,

Is $131 just the cost of the programming alone or included in the cost of the replacement FOB.

Yes, they did tell me there are two versions of the FOB for the 2016 model. I have to go pickup the spare FOB in a bit to find out.
 

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Slave to Opec,

Is $131 just the cost of the programming alone or included in the cost of the replacement FOB.

Yes, they did tell me there are two versions of the FOB for the 2016 model. I have to go pickup the spare FOB in a bit to find out.
The $131 was the cost of programming (minimum charge to have a tech conduct the programing).

I tried to manually link the secondary FOB by following the instructions in the manual and it didn't work. The manual sort of implies that you need two FOBs to link a third one...
 

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Thanks Slave to Opec,

$70 isn't too bad then. How much did you have to pay for your 3rd FOB? and where did you get it?
 

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I'll try to find it. I know I paid less than $65 for it and I followed the instructions in the car's manual. You only need one existing fob to do the programming of the spare one that you buy. I had one existing fob at the time available. I lost the other fob (temporarily turns out I later found that one) now I have three fobs, but I only had to pay the $65 or so for the fob. Note that the fob only came with the actual transmitter not with the metal key insert which is a separate thing....

Here is one (with the uncut metal key):

https://www.ebay.com/itm/142234340007


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So, is the white QR-code-like sticker the one that tells you the FOB frequency? Cause I removed it long time ago thinking it was just like a serial number for inventory purposes. Is there another way I can determine which FOB type I have for future replacement?
 

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The $131 was the cost of programming (minimum charge to have a tech conduct the programing).

I tried to manually link the secondary FOB by following the instructions in the manual and it didn't work. The manual sort of implies that you need two FOBs to link a third one...
The critical thing, unless Chevy changed the process a lot, is that no matter how many fobs are involved, you have to have all the ones you want to work on hand at the same time, because the process generates a new secret code and programs ALL the fobs to use that code. Any that aren't there during the ceremony stop working.
 

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The critical thing, unless Chevy changed the process a lot, is that no matter how many fobs are involved, you have to have all the ones you want to work on hand at the same time, because the process generates a new secret code and programs ALL the fobs to use that code. Any that aren't there during the ceremony stop working.
Yes I think when I found my lost one later I had to reprogram it per the manual instructions.


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So, is the white QR-code-like sticker the one that tells you the FOB frequency? Cause I removed it long time ago thinking it was just like a serial number for inventory purposes. Is there another way I can determine which FOB type I have for future replacement?
No it is an inventory code I think.


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So, is the white QR-code-like sticker the one that tells you the FOB frequency? Cause I removed it long time ago thinking it was just like a serial number for inventory purposes. Is there another way I can determine which FOB type I have for future replacement?
You can open the fob and locate the FCC ID #. Do a google search for that number and you should find the frequency.
 

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I got the part number on the quote from a dealer. Quote was 119.70 for fob, 54.60 for the key, plus programming. Service quoted something like $132 but then dropped it to around $69...but still hybrid highway robbery. $250!?????

marcusm. Thanks. Was debating dealer v. Ebay, not knowing anyone having bought this on ebay. But you did it and survived, so Ebay won out at $55 (fob with key), free programming by me...willing to try it. FYI, the seller on ebay "yourkeylessremote" has you check your car specs to be sure the key fob will work with your model.

I'm sure the lost fob will show up tomorrow, now that I've placed the order, or the day after the new one arrives. Magic!
 

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Ah, completely forgot you can open the FOB. >_< Thanks for the re-education! And thank you FCC for mandating such ID numbers.
 

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I got the part number on the quote from a dealer. Quote was 119.70 for fob, 54.60 for the key, plus programming. Service quoted something like $132 but then dropped it to around $69...but still hybrid highway robbery. $250!?????

marcusm. Thanks. Was debating dealer v. Ebay, not knowing anyone having bought this on ebay. But you did it and survived, so Ebay won out at $55 (fob with key), free programming by me...willing to try it. FYI, the seller on ebay "yourkeylessremote" has you check your car specs to be sure the key fob will work with your model.

I'm sure the lost fob will show up tomorrow, now that I've placed the order, or the day after the new one arrives. Magic!
My lost fob showed up a month later. Fell off my dresser into my overnight bag so I didn't find it until I went on my next trip! Now I have 3 fobs. I think this might be the place I got mine from but you are getting a better deal since you are also getting the metal key. Just follow the instructions in the manual.
 

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Next to the QR code on mine FOB is says 5722 so I assume that the model I would get. It also looks like the one that the eBay one you are referring to is selling. I'm still looking through my manual to find where it tells me how to program it but I still can't find it.
 
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