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Nissan Altima Smart Key



  • After reading all the post about problems with the 2007 Altima I-Keys, I am wondering if anyone knows about any issues with the 2008 Altima. I tried to purchase additional key fobs from my dealership ($30 each), to protect myself against potential problems. After special ordering the the new fobs for me, the dealership just informed me that only 2 I-Keys can be active at any one time. (They did not know previously). Since I have 3 other drivers in my immediate family, and I always carry a spare with me, this creates a problem. I am hoping that the cell phone issues are resolved on the 2008 I-keys. Also, I can't understand why Nissan would limit the number of keys for a customer who is willing to pay for spares. Is my dealership correct on this issue?
  • I just made a related post in the I-Key thread. I bought the 2008 Altima 2 weeks ago, and was told by the dealer not to keep my Key within 1 inch of my cell phone. I immediately ordered 2 spare fobs (for contingency protection). They came in and the dealer attempted to program them today. They then discovered that only two I Keys can be programmed at one time. I was willing to pay $30 each for the additional fobs for more spares, but the dealer can't do it. They promised to asked their factory rep about these issues over the next couple of weeks. I will post again if I hear anything. Meanwhile, my wife and kids have to take my only spare, if they use my new car (which, they of course, enjoy doing at every opportunity).
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    they are not telling you the truth. 2008 altima has an updated I-key, and will not be affected by cell phones. any altima made after about march-april of last year will be fine. Nissan knew about the problem, corrected it, and will replace keys for people who bought earlier.

    And yes, you can have more than 2 I-keys programed. not sure exactly how many, but it's deffinitly more than three.
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    there is a limit to how many I-keys can be programed, but it isn't 2. and the cell phone problem has been corrected. no 2008 models suffer from that issue.

    Your dealership is either lazzy, stupid, or both. I'd call somewhere else, or contact nissan directly.
  • ken75ken75 Posts: 52
    I would like something cleared up if possible. We just purchased a 2008 Altima and have been advised be the sales person that a new key fob will cost $230.00 and not the $18.00 posted here. Paying that kind of money for a wireless key seems sacriligeous and sort of bothers me, if true. Who has the correct story?
  • That's great news on both questions. Surely the factory rep will be able to help the dealership figure out how to program the extra keys. Thanks for the response.
  • I purchased additional key fobs for my 2008 Altima for $30 each, thru a dealership in GA who sold me the car. I think this is their cost, with no labor for programming the keys. They are trying to accomodate me (and why wouldn't they, I just bought a $30K car). So far, they have not figured out how to program them, since I was the first to request additional I-Keys. These fobs do not have the Door/glove box key that inserts into the two fobs that came with the car. My dealership told me they were not available (I guess he means yet). He also said, I could have any key-maker make additional door keys if I needed some. I am waiting for the dealer to get a factory rep to tell them why their computer system will only program two I-keys for my car.
  • greanpea68greanpea68 Posts: 1,996
    We just purchased a 2008 Altima and have been advised be the sales person that a new key fob will cost $230.00 and not the $18.00 posted

    Yeah that sounds right. i tell people $250. Definatley not $18.00 and it hasn't been $18.00 for a number of years.

    You are also able to program up 4 or 5 keys I believe.

  • ken75ken75 Posts: 52
    It appears that getting straight forward information from the dealers is difficult to do. I still have not gotten my second key fob because one of the weekend workers evidently has it for some reason. I am told it will be mailed to me but no mention of when and what kind of environments will it be subject to in the US mail. All of your postings have opened my eyes to a few interesting items. I still enjoy the car and will have to work through any issues that arise. Thanks
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    If I were you, I'd contact nissan (not the dealership) immediately. There is absolutly no reason or excuse for one of their employees to be in possion of a key to YOUR car. In fact, I'd contact the dealership and tell them they have 1 hour to produce your key or you will be contacting the cops.
  • ken75ken75 Posts: 52
    You know, I had'nt even given it a thought about the ramifications of another key outside of my possession and your comment makes a lot of sense. Time to raise hell with someone. Why am I getting that sinking feeling in the pit of my oversized tummy? Thank you for the heads up.
  • I had my 2008 Altima at the dealership today for some warranty work to be done on my drivers door (a hole had worn in the rubber seal around the door, which they replaced), and I asked them to try again (2nd try) to program two additional spare keys for me. They were successful today. The cost including labor was $140 for two keys ($70 each). I now have 4 I - Keys for my car, which means I can carry a spare with me at all times, my wife can carry a key to my car with her (great when we are travelling), plus leave one at the house for other family members to grab when they need to use my car.
  • muledoggmuledogg Posts: 1
    What dealership is this... Mine just quoted me $170 for a singe key and FOB. They also said they had to have the real key insert otherwise wothe the new fob or it would not work, sounds like I am being fed a line. I would like to contact a dealership that knows what they are doing..
  • My dealer is in Donalsonville, GA (Cramer Motor Co.). The additional FOB's do not have key inserts (to lock and unlock the glove box). I have been told that those keys can be copied by any key maker. My primary concern was the I-key to start the car and lock and unlock the doors.

    When the spares are made, you must have both original keys with you. They program all four keys at the same time. The key insert stays the same. It works like any physical key.

    My dealer may have charged me his cost for the spare FOB's. I have bought several cars there, and they have always tried to accomodate my needs. It doesn't take much time to program the keys, once they learn how to do it.
  • acesk8eracesk8er Posts: 16
    I just bought a 2009 Nissan Altima, sweet ride. Anyway, I would like to get a couple of extra key FOBs to have as spares.


    1. How do you tell the difference between the old ones that were recalled and the new ones? (There are lots of them being sold on ebay and elsewhere, I'm thinking that many of those may be older bad stock.)

    2. I wasn't supplied with an "intelligent key number plate" per the manual. I was only given two PROX key FOBs when I took delivery of the car. Does Nissan still supply a metal "number plate" with new cars?

    Thanks in advance for replies.
  • gooddeal2gooddeal2 Posts: 749
    Does Nissan still supply a metal "number plate" with new cars?

    I got it w/ my '07.
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    1. you probably can't. I definitely wouldn't take a chance, especially since you won't save that much money. even if you get the fob's from ebay, you'll have to go to the dealership to get them and your current fobs reprogrammed. plus, you'll be unable to get door keys that will unlock your doors.

    2. the key number plate isn't for the intelligent key per se, but rather for the metal door key.
  • acesk8eracesk8er Posts: 16
    I called the salesman and asked him about the metal key plate and a couple of other things. At first he asked me to look for it in the case that the various manuals came in. When he called me back he said that NIssan no longer supplies one. Yeah, right... I probably won't ever need it but it's annoying that they managed to lose it.

    The salesman offered to sell me extra key FOBs at $30 each, this would be for FOBs without the metal keys. The metal keys are $76 each, I don't know if that includes cutting them for my car. He estimated re-programming all of my FOBs would cost me $50. WTF??? I figure that the programming should be gratis since I just bought a $30k car. Anyway, what do the FOBs and programming normally cost?

    Thanks for replies.
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    Well, 30 doesn't sound bad for the fob. not sure on the programming. if they will do all the fobs for 50, then it sounds like a good deal to me. they can't just program the new ones, they will have to do all of them.

    I own a 2007 atlima, so I had to take mine in for the Ikey recall. And just to do 2 fobs took them about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. From what I understand its a fairly complicated process that can take awhile. (they do it to make the system more secure). so given that, I would consider $50 more than fair.
  • yocolyocol Posts: 1
    this has been very helpful to me.last evening at 7pm I bought a used 2004 armada.we drove home,showed it to our adult children at their homes and went home and parked in the drive way.about 1pm today one of our sons wanted to test drive the car but it would not start.we went out and tried different things..we searched the manual,called the dealer(he had no idea what it could be other than we must have done something to the keys or security sx.said we would have to wait until monday because parts and sevice are closed. stated hehad no idea what could have happened. I think you have shed light on the situation.I plan to return the car because I donot want to get stuck somewhere because I forgot and put the keys near my phone.thanks so much.
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