I just bought 2001 GLX. It only came with one key. The has no buttons on it. It locks and unlocks the doors and starts the car up. What am I missing? What is the most cost effective way to get a spare keys. Thanks in advance!!
You may have a Valet key?? See if you can open the trunk with it.
Or you may have a locksmith replacement key that was made for the car.
Keys for these cars can be a PITA. You likely will need to get a replacement from the dealer, they will come precut and they are usually 3 separate part numbers for the entire key as I recall?
The immobilizer and programming is where you are likely to have issues? There is a split on the immobilizer and key type somewhere around 2000/2001 where some of the design as changed. Also getting the passcode to program the new key can be tricky, again likely dealer only.
Expect to pay about $300-$350 for a key and programming when all is said and done?
I am sure others will chime in and correct any info I may have wrong.
I bought a key off ebay, it was brand new and it worked. I think it was somewhere around $50 for all three pieces.
But beware,because when I took it to my locksmith he told me that many of these inexpensive keys that come from the Internet cannot be cut by him,because they use a different type of metal. He checked it with a magnet and said mine was okay that I got lucky on the deal. He made a test cut on one of those Valet keys, then cut my new key blank and it works fine. I think he charged me $20 to cut my new key blank, and he was going to throw away the valet key that was used as a tester, so I think I gave him $10 for it! If you take it to a good locksmith, he will know how to program the alarm and everything for you too.
They can't program the immobilizer for you though so you'll need to go to the dealer or get VAG-TACHO and VAG-COM to do it yourself (unless you already have VAG-COM, its cheaper to just go to the dealer). We ordered a key for my husband's '01 Jetta through them. Great customer service and we have a working key for a decent price. Luckily we have VAG-COM at home, and know someone with VAG-TACHO so no dealer visit required!