The genuine Vagtacho is expensive ($500)? You can rent it instead; from fixmyvw.com for $25 and this would give you, the secret key code and then you could use VCDS to match the keys. ($250-$350) Some have been able; to use Vagtacho to do the whole process and match all the keys. Using VCDS with the SKC; seems to be the most reliable method and recommended process. On the other hand; a local auto locksmith, could do the same thing for you as well. Unless, you really want to lean the process; it might be quicker and more cost effective, to have a locksmith with his special immobilizer/key scan tool, do it for you.
Thank you for the information. I am about to
rent the kit from the Rodriquez site because the local
locksmiths have referred me to one that will make a
key and his equipment is down and cannot do it. From
what I have studied, the VAG Tacho kit is supposed to
be able to get the PIN and synch the keys. I will study
your references and maybe give it a try. Dealer price is
$250 and that is not acceptable.
I have been told that the genuine version of Vag Tacho; is safer, than most of the Chinese copies out there. I have used a Chinese VT; to get my SKC and then, I used VCDS to do everything else. Some claim; you can really screw up your car or your speedo/ecu (I don't know if this is the case; I didn't want to chance it); thats why I opted to do the VT/VCDS process. Keep in mind; that I was ALSO, changing my speedo cluster odometer reading and that supposedly, can actually brick a new beetle speedo cluster, using Vag Tacho (speedo; seems to have some sort of checksum security built into the immobilizer chip, which can cause a error, requiring a speedo replacement or reflashing of the software on the chip).
Smiley and Bill,
I am in touch with a key seller in California who will
sell me a transponder key and cut it for me. I have contacted
Mark at Sidewinder and he tells me I can use the VAG Tacho
to get the SKC and synch the immobilizer and keys with that
package. Rodriquez site also advises that will work too. I
will prepare a summary with contact information when I have
finalized my action plan and have results. Thank you for the
information to date.
Yes, it seems; that either fixmyvw.com or sidewinderkeys.com; BOTH will sell or rent you a Vag Tacho, that according to them, will do the whole process. I would buy the key; from either of those vendors and get the VT from them, in case you need some support or something goes wrong. SWK's is $50 to purchase a VT/cable/software copy or $25 from fixmyvw, for renting the real thing.
I have completed my key search quest and have attached
the results of getting a new key. It is quite clear that we
are at a distinct disadvantage when we deal with dealerships.
It is well worth your time to look at alternatives to getting
VW related products should cost be a factor in your life as it
is in mine. I appreciate the information given by forum
members and do hope this paper will contribute to the forum
members' ability to "Save a buck".