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    Thanks for the reminder. I remember reading about the 2-key thing for programming in the manual when I bought the car, and resolved to buy a third transponder key and program it ASAP. Three months later... I even work at a place that manufactures key duplication machines....

    Fun fact: the actual metal key blank profile for the Mirage is the same as one used for some Geo cars, including the Tracker and Metro (Ilco B69 X180). I'll use one of those plain metal blanks we have laying around to make an emergency lockout key. It won't start the car, but it will unlock the door.

    MIT17A-PT is the Ilco part number for the transponder blank that will also start the car (once programmed). Ilco is the biggest key maker in the world, so everyone uses their part numbers to identify key blanks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fc321 View Post
    Don't let it happen to you.
    If you still have the 2 original keys do yourself a favor and clone yourself a 3rd and 4th key.
    Maybe you just saved someone else the same grief. If I had a normal key for my Mirage (instead of a proximity key) I would go get this done.

    That being said, $95 is not criminal. The computer hardware (and more importantly...the $$$ annual software updates) is what that $95 is paying for.

    Locksmitshs (and dealers) deal with a lot of junk "eBay" keys that people bring them. Some of them work OK, some don't. I had a Nissan dealer program 2 extra proximity keys for my wife's Nissan. I got the keys on eBay, but they were OEM keys with the correct FCC ID. The dealer charged me $100 to program both of them. They also warned me up front...if you bring us crappy aftermarket keys that we can't program, we're still charging you $100. I was OK with that and it worked out fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scratchpaddy View Post
    Thanks for the reminder. I remember reading about the 2-key thing for programming in the manual when I bought the car, and resolved to buy a third transponder key and program it ASAP. Three months later... I even work at a place that manufactures key duplication machines....

    Fun fact: the actual metal key blank profile for the Mirage is the same as one used for some Geo cars, including the Tracker and Metro (Ilco B69 X180). I'll use one of those plain metal blanks we have laying around to make an emergency lockout key. It won't start the car, but it will unlock the door.

    MIT17A-PH is the Ilco part number for the transponder blank that will also start the car (once programmed). Ilco is the biggest key maker in the world, so everyone uses their part numbers to identify key blanks.
    Hi Are you sure you dont mean to say MIT17A-PT ?

    http://mysecuritypro.com/MitsubishiM...KeyBlanks.aspx

    Ref: https://mirageforum.com/forum/showth...eys-with-chips
    Last edited by fc321; 04-16-2019 at 03:04 PM.
    2015 Mirage DE 5 speed Manual (no bluetooth) nickname: "Agile Grey Rat"

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc321 View Post
    Oops, yes, good catch! I edited my post. PH would be plain "Plastic Head" with no transponder. PT is "Plastic head, Transponder", which is what you need.

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    I made more phone calls and still cant find anyone that will do it for less than $95. I wish I knew the name of the machine. I would rather buy the actual key programming machine used and then sell it after I finish cloning my key.

    Update: That strategy was not feasible. Sigh. Im screwed. Will have to pay $35 for the key on the Internet + $95 fee to locksmith to program and cut the key.

    Darn. Hope this thread helps others and warns you to clone the keys WHILE YOU STILL HAVE your 2 originals. Dont be a fool like I was ........and believe me that you can lose your keys when you least expect it. Now I have to pay thru the nose.

    I called over 6 places. I think all the locksmiths in my city have made an agreement together to charge around $100 or more for this service. Price collusion.


    Last edited by fc321; 04-17-2019 at 09:30 PM.
    2015 Mirage DE 5 speed Manual (no bluetooth) nickname: "Agile Grey Rat"

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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2015 Mirage DE 1.2 manual: 44.9 mpg (US) ... 19.1 km/L ... 5.2 L/100 km ... 53.9 mpg (Imp)


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