EnclaveForum.net: Buick Enclave Online Community banner

1 - 9 of 9 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
17 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
So I lost the spare set of keys to my Wife's Enclave :banghead:, and I am trying to avoid the wrath that will come if I reveal to her that I lost the keys.

So I contacted our local dealer who wants $30 for the key, $155 for the remote plus $50 to program the keys and remotes all over again. Sounds a little steep to me. Plus I have to show up with two forms of ID that identify me as the owner of the car. It all sounded a bit big brotherish to me. Not to mention very expensive for the same keys and remotes that they have been selling since the early 90's.

So I can get what looks to be the same remote and the correct "circle plus" key from Ebay for $28.99. Granted it will not have the fancy buick shield, but I am not concerned a bit about that.

So on to programming.

I checked and the owners manual very clearly says in section 2-13 that I can reprogram keys to the car, so I am not worried that much about reprogramming the keys. I have also found directions online that indicate that for up to 2010 Enclaves you can also program the remotes yourself as well. But all the places online stop at 2010 Enclaves with the instructions for programming the remotes with the DIC. I have reviewed both the 2010 Owners Manuals and my 2014 Owners Manual and the only difference in the one paragraph that talks about programming remotes seems to be that in my 2014 they took out the phrase "programmed through the DIC". Sounds like classic dealer price gouging, and I am not buying that there was some feature taken out of the vehicles from 2010 to 2014. But maybe I am wrong and someone knows for sure?

Saving $200 bucks and a needless trip to the dealer seems to me to be the way to go, but has anyone already done this that can confirm that you can program keys and remotes on a 2014 Enclave without needing to go to the dealer? Or at least a 2011- 2014?

Thanks for reading if you made it this far!

So I tried to post links to the key/remote on Ebay, as well as the online instructions and was advised that I cannot do so. Guess I will have to edit this once I get my post count up!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,797 Posts
the newer models- have to have the FOB programmed by the dealer.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,797 Posts
Key Fob Programming
By Blog Post on January 1, 2011 7:41 PM
If the owner of a 2011 Impala, Escalade model, Avalanche, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, Sierra, Yukon, Yukon Denali, Yukon XL, or Yukon Denali XL requests to have a Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter (key fob) programmed, a scan tool must be used. This does not apply to Impala and Tahoe fleet vehicles.

TIP: Starting in the 2011 model year, key fobs can only be programmed using a scan tool.

In previous model years, it was possible to program key fobs for these vehicles using the vehicle's Driver Information Center (DIC), if equipped. Programming key fobs through the DIC is no longer an option on the 2011 model year vehicles.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Thanks for the information rbarrios.

So I guess my next follow up question, if anyone even knows.

Is the scantool to relearn the remotes a dealer only item, or is it something that a competent indy shop would have access too?

Maybe I will call my local shop and see if they know.

Thanks everyone for reading and responding.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,797 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
9 Posts
Hey Bigpoppapitts, what ended up happening? I just lost the only ignition key to my wife's 2012 Enclave last night :banghead: I have the Keyfob, just no ignition key. Were you able to program the key yourself? Any tips? :facepalm:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
140 Posts
Baylor:

I think how to program a microchip key to the vehicle is stated in the owner's manual and is as simple as putting the key in the lock or ignition where it can sync with the pass lock system.

Microchip keys are available on EBay for under $20.00.

The expense if you buy a key blank is that only the dealer or a well setup locksmith can cut the key pattern using the information from your VIN# since you don't have a duplicate to copy.

Duplicate key fobs are also available from EBay, usually from $20 to $75.00. Make sure the GM part# and FCC code on the back of your existing fob match to be sure the new fob will work on your vehicle.

Again the expense is that you are going to have to pay someone--- dealer, lock smith or mechanic shop--- to program the new fob. And don' forget to take your existing fob with you as both fobs have to be programmed together for them to work.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
So I lost the spare set of keys to my Wife's Enclave :banghead:, and I am trying to avoid the wrath that will come if I reveal to her that I lost the keys.

So I contacted our local dealer who wants $30 for the key, $155 for the remote plus $50 to program the keys and remotes all over again. Sounds a little steep to me. Plus I have to show up with two forms of ID that identify me as the owner of the car. It all sounded a bit big brotherish to me. Not to mention very expensive for the same keys and remotes that they have been selling since the early 90's.

So I can get what looks to be the same remote and the correct "circle plus" key from Ebay for $28.99. Granted it will not have the fancy buick shield, but I am not concerned a bit about that.

So on to programming.

I checked and the owners manual very clearly says in section 2-13 that I can reprogram keys to the car, so I am not worried that much about reprogramming the keys. I have also found directions online that indicate that for up to 2010 Enclaves you can also program the remotes yourself as well. But all the places online stop at 2010 Enclaves with the instructions for programming the remotes with the DIC. I have reviewed both the 2010 Owners Manuals and my 2014 Owners Manual and the only difference in the one paragraph that talks about programming remotes seems to be that in my 2014 they took out the phrase "programmed through the DIC". Sounds like classic dealer price gouging, and I am not buying that there was some feature taken out of the vehicles from 2010 to 2014. But maybe I am wrong and someone knows for sure?

Saving $200 bucks and a needless trip to the dealer seems to me to be the way to go, but has anyone already done this that can confirm that you can program keys and remotes on a 2014 Enclave without needing to go to the dealer? Or at least a 2011- 2014?

Thanks for reading if you made it this far!

So I tried to post links to the key/remote on Ebay, as well as the online instructions and was advised that I cannot do so. Guess I will have to edit this once I get my post count up!
Hey , bigpoppapitts.
Unfortunately I had the same situation before. Here is some useful information that’s helped me save a lot of time and money. Hope it will help you as well:
I guess there is a huge difference between different keys, models, etc.
Also locksmiths and dealers charge different amounts for the very same key.
It helped me save a lot of money (more than $150).

Generally speaking, to get a replacement key, you have three options:
1.Call an automotive locksmith that offers a mobile service for cars. Here is a phone number for a company that have many different locations and locksmiths: 800-223-1453. I think they work all around the US but not sure. Give them a call and ask.
2.Tow the car to the dealer.
3.Order a key online and have the dealer or locksmith cut and program it for you (if necessary).
Here is the link to read more:
Buick Enclave Replacement Keys - What To Do, Options, Cost & More

If you do call a locksmith or the dealer, don’t forget to mention some important information so they will check if they have the key blank and the necessary tools to code you the new key:
1.Year, make and model of the car
2.Your exact location including street address and zip (for the locksmith to find you easily)
3.VIN number of the car located on the dashboard – very important
4.Make sure you can show them proof of ownership – otherwise they will not make you a new replacement key.

Regarding the cost, it really depends on the type of key you had.
There are 3 main types of keys:
Non-chip keys: for older models (mostly 2000 and older)
Transponder chip keys – these types of keys must be coded on site with a special machine, otherwise the car wont start. These are more expensive to make
Key fob – push to start – these are the most expensive types of keys. Mostly made for models made after 2015.
The average cost is somewhere between $200-$460. It also depends on your location, time of day, weekend, etc etc.
Here is the link for some additional information:
2021 Car Keys Replacement Cost - Locksmith, Dealer, Online. Tips & More

good luck!
 
1 - 9 of 9 Posts
Top