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Hey guys I'm new here with an 06 solstice and one key, no fob. I purchased these on eBay and want to take them to my local hardware and get cut, will this work for me or do they need programmed? I did not think they had chips in them but I think I may have got lucky and got the right ones plus it said solstice!馃槉
 

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Hey guys I'm new here with an 06 solstice and one key, no fob. I purchased these on eBay and want to take them to my local hardware and get cut, will this work for me or do they need programmed? I did not think they had chips in them but I think I may have got lucky and got the right ones plus it said solstice!馃槉
I also have an 06 and I think you're right about the key itself not being "chipped". Only the seperate FOB has to be programmed. My car came with one factory key, one aftermarket key, and one working FOB. I was able to get a second FOB and program both FOBs using the Dorman kit on Amazon. Amazon.com

I'm not sure if there are any consequences (besides conveinience) to not have a working FOB.
 

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I have an '06 and its keys are transponder-enabled. There is a small chip buried inside the plastic head of the key. I don't believe there ever were any Kappas without chip keys.

My keys have the circle-cross symbol embossed on the blade (same as the photo above). This means the above key is likely to be compatible to your car.

You will need to have your key cut and then program it into your car using either the 30 minute programming procedure or a Tech2.

The keyless entry fob is a separate system to the key. The transponder on the key is used for the immobiliser function where there is a ring antenna installed around your ignition cylinder that "talks" via radio signals to the chip inside the key.

The fob is an entirely separate system, it sends a radio frequency signal to a module inside the car called the RCDLR (remote control door lock receiver, located behind the center console if I'm not mistaken) and has to be programmed separately to the key. The Dorman kits are known to work well but not all '06 cars will work with the Dorman kit for a Solstice. Some '06 cars came with the same fob system as the 2002 Yukon. There's no way of knowing which one you have except going to the dealer.

If you don't want to go to the dealer, and you don't have at least one working fob, you will have to order both types of fobs and try to return the one that doesn't work.

For a Solstice/Sky fob look for a Dorman kit compatible to FCC ID KOBGT04A, GM P/N #22733524 .
For an '02 Yukon fob that will work on early '06's look for a Dorman kit compatible to FCC ID KOBLEAR1XT, GM P/N #10443537 .
 

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Get them cut at a local auto key shop. I actually bought 1 key and 2 fobs from a shop that I had used before and I got the second fob at 1/2 price. Programming the key and the fobs was part of the purchase price. I think it totaled $85 for all 3. GM dealership wanted $125 for one fob.
 

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Get them cut at a local auto key shop. I actually bought 1 key and 2 fobs from a shop that I had used before and I got the second fob at 1/2 price. Programming the key and the fobs was part of the purchase price. I think it totaled $85 for all 3. GM dealership wanted $125 for one fob.
This is wise advice IMO. Just would like to add the caveat for '06's that I described above. Have your keysmith know that if the fob for a Solstice doesn't work, he should try a fob for a 2002 Yukon.
 

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Hey guys I'm new here with an 06 solstice and one key, no fob. I purchased these on eBay and want to take them to my local hardware and get cut, will this work for me or do they need programmed? I did not think they had chips in them but I think I may have got lucky and got the right ones plus it said solstice!馃槉
The keys (as noted above) do have transponders. If you have one working key, however, you can "program" additional keys quite easily by yourself, so getting them cut anywhere is a viable option.

Once you have the new keys:
  1. Insert your working key in the ignition and power the car, but do not start the engine.
  2. Turn the key to OFF and remove it.
  3. Within 10 seconds, insert a new key and power the car without starting the engine
  4. Turn the key to OFF.
  5. The new key should work.
  6. Repeat as necessary.
Fobs require a separate programmer or a Tech2.
 

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The keys (as noted above) do have transponders. If you have one working key, however, you can "program" additional keys quite easily by yourself, so getting them cut anywhere is a viable option.

Once you have the new keys:
  1. Insert your working key in the ignition and power the car, but do not start the engine.
  2. Turn the key to OFF and remove it.
  3. Within 10 seconds, insert a new key and power the car without starting the engine
  4. Turn the key to OFF.
  5. The new key should work.
  6. Repeat as necessary.
Fobs require a separate programmer or a Tech2.
This sounds easy enough, I just need to take them and get em cut hopefully tomorrow. Thanks John!
 

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I also have an 06 and I think you're right about the key itself not being "chipped". Only the seperate FOB has to be programmed. My car came with one factory key, one aftermarket key, and one working FOB. I was able to get a second FOB and program both FOBs using the Dorman kit on Amazon. Amazon.com

I'm not sure if there are any consequences (besides conveinience) to not have a working FOB.
Yep I figured I could do without the fob since I heard I'd have to have the dealer program it. The convenience of popping the trunk would be nice but the tops going to be down 90% of the time. 100% if we never get caught in the rain!馃
 

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I have an '06 and its keys are transponder-enabled. There is a small chip buried inside the plastic head of the key. I don't believe there ever were any Kappas without chip keys.

My keys have the circle-cross symbol embossed on the blade (same as the photo above). This means the above key is likely to be compatible to your car.

You will need to have your key cut and then program it into your car using either the 30 minute programming procedure or a Tech2.

The keyless entry fob is a separate system to the key. The transponder on the key is used for the immobiliser function where there is a ring antenna installed around your ignition cylinder that "talks" via radio signals to the chip inside the key.

The fob is an entirely separate system, it sends a radio frequency signal to a module inside the car called the RCDLR (remote control door lock receiver, located behind the center console if I'm not mistaken) and has to be programmed separately to the key. The Dorman kits are known to work well but not all '06 cars will work with the Dorman kit for a Solstice. Some '06 cars came with the same fob system as the 2002 Yukon. There's no way of knowing which one you have except going to the dealer.

If you don't want to go to the dealer, and you don't have at least one working fob, you will have to order both types of fobs and try to return the one that doesn't work.

For a Solstice/Sky fob look for a Dorman kit compatible to FCC ID KOBGT04A, GM P/N #22733524 .
For an '02 Yukon fob that will work on early '06's look for a Dorman kit compatible to FCC ID KOBLEAR1XT, GM P/N #10443537 .
Thanks for that info agent008 < Fixed it! Couldn't have ya Agen on us.. if you even caught that..lol
 

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Glad to know. Would you mind telling what was your solution? Did you solve just the key or the fob too? Did you go to an auto keysmith or did you order a Dorman kit? Which FCC ID worked for your particular 2006 car? (I am personally curious on this last question.)

It would be nice if you told us for future users' reference. Thanks.
 

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I have not got the keys done yet but may run up to get them cut today. No key fob, really no need.
My post above where I said I fixed it was your user name.. I had Agen instead of agent008. Either way I'll let you know if the keys I got work after getting cut. I just looked up my local hardware and they sell the exact same keys for $42.99 and I'm not sure that's after cutting it. I paid $12 for 2.. we'll see what happens. They may not want to even do them since I don't get them there.
 

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Oof. I'm sorry.
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I blame language barrier (a very convenient thing to blame whenever I don't catch someone's meaning 馃榿 )

Now that I got the joke, thanks, I sure don't want to be agen too fast.

I recommend you get the FOB. If anything it will be a backup for the glovebox trunk release button which is known to fail and require replacement or internal cleaning and it is a pain in the back to remove...
 

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Lol.. yeah at my age I miss a lot! Don't ever get old! Anyways I just got back from getting the key cut. I only done one just to make sure it would work and guess what.. It Worked! I was trying in the doors first with no luck, well it worked once but I did not want to keep trying so I figured I would try it in ignition and it worked flawlessly. So I commenced to programming it.. all 5 seconds worth. Dunno if I can go through all that again!馃榿

I think as I use it , it will smooth out any of the rough edges and will eventually work in doors. I figure the key fob by previous owners was used most of the time and the tumblers in the doors were just stiff. Now that typed that in I'm sitting here realizing.. the one key that came with the car works in them just fine. I may try the other key somewhere else but it seems the ignition just has a little more tolerance for newly cut keys. Time will tell..
 

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I also have an 06 and I think you're right about the key itself not being "chipped". Only the seperate FOB has to be programmed. My car came with one factory key, one aftermarket key, and one working FOB. I was able to get a second FOB and program both FOBs using the Dorman kit on Amazon. Amazon.com

I'm not sure if there are any consequences (besides conveinience) to not have a working FOB.
since I do not have a fob with mine and if I purchased one like you got would I be able to program it to the car.. or do I need to have one to copy a code from. Only other choice I think is going to the dealer?? 馃檮
 

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The keys (as noted above) do have transponders. If you have one working key, however, you can "program" additional keys quite easily by yourself, so getting them cut anywhere is a viable option.

Once you have the new keys:
  1. Insert your working key in the ignition and power the car, but do not start the engine.
  2. Turn the key to OFF and remove it.
  3. Within 10 seconds, insert a new key and power the car without starting the engine
  4. Turn the key to OFF.
  5. The new key should work.
  6. Repeat as necessary.
Fobs require a separate programmer or a Tech2.
This worked.. Thanks again!
 

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since I do not have a fob with mine and if I purchased one like you got would I be able to program it to the car.. or do I need to have one to copy a code from. Only other choice I think is going to the dealer?? 馃檮
Unlike with keys, you don't need a working fob to program a new one. What you need is a GM Tech2 or compatible scanner.... or, easier, the Dorman kits. They come with a programmer that you plug into the car's diagnostics port and lets you program the fobs.

The only risk with the DIY approach is that we are not sure which FCC ID your car's receiver is compatible with. KOBGT04A or KOBLEAR1XT? If your dealer gets it wrong they probably won't charge you for the wrong fob, rather they will get the right ones and charge you for thise only.

With the Dorman DIY kit here is a chance you will buy one kit and it won't work and you'll have to buy the other kit. The programmers that come with the kit have a limited number of uses so they become unusable after you program fobs 3 or 4 times.
 

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Lol.. yeah at my age I miss a lot! Don't ever get old! Anyways I just got back from getting the key cut. I only done one just to make sure it would work and guess what.. It Worked! I was trying in the doors first with no luck, well it worked once but I did not want to keep trying so I figured I would try it in ignition and it worked flawlessly. So I commenced to programming it.. all 5 seconds worth. Dunno if I can go through all that again!馃榿

I think as I use it , it will smooth out any of the rough edges and will eventually work in doors. I figure the key fob by previous owners was used most of the time and the tumblers in the doors were just stiff. Now that typed that in I'm sitting here realizing.. the one key that came with the car works in them just fine.

since I do not have a fob with mine and if I purchased one like you got would I be able to program it to the car.. or do I need to have one to copy a code from. Only other choice I think is going to the dealer?? 馃檮
Happy that it worked for you.

Are you certain that you car was sold with RKE (Remote keyless Entry? You may have said this before, but I do not recall. If it did, the code ZQ2 and/or AU0 will appear in the RPO code list on the inside of the glovebox door.
 

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Happy that it worked for you.

Are you certain that you car was sold with RKE (Remote keyless Entry? You may have said this before, but I do not recall. If it did, the code ZQ2 and/or AU0 will appear in the RPO code list on the inside of the glovebox door.
I'm glad you mentioned this because when I got the car I was wondering if it may not have come with any from the factory. Then I read something that said they all came with it but now I think they meant the keys all had chips!馃檮

I'll be checking on that too!
 

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Unlike with keys, you don't need a working fob to program a new one. What you need is a GM Tech2 or compatible scanner.... or, easier, the Dorman kits. They come with a programmer that you plug into the car's diagnostics port and lets you program the fobs.

The only risk with the DIY approach is that we are not sure which FCC ID your car's receiver is compatible with. KOBGT04A or KOBLEAR1XT? If your dealer gets it wrong they probably won't charge you for the wrong fob, rather they will get the right ones and charge you for thise only.

With the Dorman DIY kit here is a chance you will buy one kit and it won't work and you'll have to buy the other kit. The programmers that come with the kit have a limited number of uses so they become unusable after you program fobs 3 or 4 times.
Oh ok I got ya now, I did read that somewhere that there were two different ones in 06. Thanks agent!
 

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Jon has a point. Open your glovebox, there should be a sticker on the lid with info about your car including a series of 3 digit codes. Check if codes AU0 or ZQ2 are on the list. If not, then your car didn't come with keyfobs from the factory, though I think Solstices without it are rare.
 
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