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Hi, long time (jealous) reader and now T5 owner!

Wondering if anyone can help out. We use the T5 a lot when surfing. In the past I have got an electrics free key cut for my cars so that I can hide the chipped key in the car, lock the car from the outside, stash the key in the puch in my leash, and go off and freeze to death in the North Sea for a few hours.

Have tried to do the same for the T5, but no locksmiths in Aberdeen have blanks for the key, and the dealer can't supply one (tired to sell me a spare chipped key for £50).

Any ideas where I can get a blank for a t5 key without any electrics in it?

(I know there are waterproof pouches, but I like the low-tech approach).

Any suggestions

Thanks

Chris
 

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Does the T5 not have a chip in the door locks as well? Don't know for sure but most new cars these days seem to
 

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Hi Chris

I know exactly your problem, as I had the same issue for exactly the same reason.
I have found a spare key from EBay, which cost me less than £10 and then got it cut from my local locksmith (not all of them could cut it, but i did found one that could do it with a laser cutting system), the blade on VW keys are slightly thicker than the one you can get from the locksmith.
I will try to see of I can find the reference, the key did have a chip moulded inside, but you don't need to do anything to open the doors. I have used mine for nearly a year now, around my neck in the wetsuit and it work a treat. I have read somewhere that it is still advisable to use a water proof pouch though, even with the moulded key as the salt in the lock from the key might not be so much a good idea long term.

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Sorry can't find the exact ref in my EBay history, but it look similar to these:

400006587149

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250323775288

My key doesn't have a chip, nor light, it look similar to the first one and only can open the drivers and tailgate doors (also open the central locking) but not the engine which I don't need too.
Good luck
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Chris F,

Same deal with me, mate. I went into Timpson in edinburgh and they ordered me the correct blank and cut it for me for about £15 all-in. I think it only took a day for the blank to arrive. I've been using mine since last march without any problems so maybe worth going in if you have one up in the 'deen.

If you're stuck then let me know and I can maybe order one for you in edinburgh and post it up or something.
 

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Or if you definately have a spare, get yourself an Aquapac, normally for phones but i used to stash my car key in it when sailing. Obviosuly I had a bouancy aid to put it in so never got in the way, but something small like this maybe:
 

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Thanks for all the useful responses. Stupidly I didn't think of Timpsons, as the one I went to claimed to be Aberdeen's "specialist" locksmith. Will try them and see what they say. Failing that, will keep an eye on the ebay route.

Rad, I did have a look at the aquapack option, but as i said originally, am not too keen on the waterproof pouches, as I don't have complete faith in them, and need sure if I would be happy having it stashed on my person, cosidering the wipeouts I perform.
 

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you should have got a plastic key with all the other bumf
from the dealers
this key will open the doors but not start the engine
this key is perfect for surfers as you just tie the key to
you safe and secure on then carry on surfing
not having to worry about the key getting wet
 
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Or if you definately have a spare, get yourself an Aquapac, normally for phones but i used to stash my car key in it when sailing. Obviosuly I had a bouancy aid to put it in so never got in the way, but something small like this maybe:
Totally agree rad.. Use one of these myself, must be two years old now and she's still waterproof...

Also had a look at the keylocks that lock onto suspension coils etc, but when i went to buy one everywhere had stopped selling them as people had worked out how to get into them really really easily... Was even told that there's youtube vids that show you how to get into them!!!!

Jono :ILU:
 

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you should have got a plastic key with all the other bumf
from the dealers
this key will open the doors but not start the engine
this key is perfect for surfers as you just tie the key to
you safe and secure on then carry on surfing
not having to worry about the key getting wet
I think I have such a key, but think it still has a chip in it, and i am not totally convinced it will stay waterproof, and don't want to get stuck if it all goes wrong? We onlt got two keys - a flick out one with immobiliser buttons and a standard key with chip in it.

dick.tracy, no I don't think insurance would cover it, but I have a very safe hidey spot that would probably nver be found, so hopefully all good there.
 

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I got my self a key pod thingy put my key in it and then watched my brother in law open it in less than a minute......so i lost my faith in it got a normal key cut at my local market and it works a treat.

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I've got a padlock safe thingy from Masterlock that seems pretty good but my T5 key will only just fit in it at a squeeze. Works though.
I went to Timpsons in Aberdeen to try and get a non-electric key cut and they told me they couldn't do it. They told me the only thing I could do was go to VW and get a proper key cut and then take it in the water anyway and ruin it but it would still unlock the door. Oh and they reckoned I'd have to pay £140 for a key to ruin.
I went to a locksmith in Exmouth who found the right blank in his catalogue, phoned up for a quote and I was told £40 + cutting. It's still a bit expensive but I might have been tempted if I was going to be there long enough to get it delivered.
I'd be interested to know if you find anywhere in Aberdeen (I'll keep looking too).
 

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I've had a Key cut by a guy down in Newquay, he'd done loads before so knew exactly what was needed, though he did say it may take a few attempts, however his first key that he did worked first time.

It's not a chiped key so is safe in the water, but you need to blip the electronic key within about 10 seconds of opening the van or the alarm goes off.
 

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Hi,

Not sure I should admit it but I'm a locksmith. I use an old key, with a flat battery in it, on my T4. Would be straightforward to cut this type of key. As I'm about to buy a T5 I need to find the answer to this problem of the new 'worm' key. I say 'worm' as it looks like a wood worn has eaten its way up your key. I'll post to this topic once I've taken delivery of my T5 and cut a key for it.

I'll look into the key blank situation but in the meantime is there any name, logo or number on any of the cheaper keys that any of you have managed to get cut?

George
 

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Hi George,

Not sure if that help, but on my key the logo is JMA
No number but a ref: HU HAAP1
Th key is with no battery what so ever just hard black plastic (only use it to open the manually and can't start the engine!) Good luck
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Thats a great start. Thanks Exo.

JMA make keys blanks.

HUF make car locks. Hence the HU.

HAAP 1 is the blank reference.

Anyone else have any different details?

George
 

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Hi George, me again, different subject...
could really do with standard non battery type key, so bear me in mind if you manage to get them sorted

P.S get up as early as me & there is a fast lane.........!!!
 
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