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- car lock smith Hello. Did you lost or broken the key to your Saab? Do you want to copy smart-key, fobic key or high sec? Scanning for a reasonable price and convenience keys replacement services?


Okey DoKey Locksmith offer 24/7 fast and affordable Saab key replacement. Call (832)408-0006 for immediate assistance, free estimate and scheduling. Our expert mobile car locksmith come to you to duplicate or replace your lost keys on-site.

Furthermore, we can solve all your Saab key, ignition and locks obstacles.

Does Saab use transponder keys?

Saab transponder key In 1999 Saab started using encrypted laser cut transponder keys on the 9-3 and 9-5 models. The first vehicles (1999-2002) usually have a separate remote control and key which then superseded to the later style remote head key. The remote consist of the transponder chip and the car will not start without it.

Saab FOB key In 2003, Saab 9-3 began to use a plastic fobic key which fits into a socket on the dash.

What is a Saab transponder key used for?

Vehicle Anti theft During the 90's stealing cars became as simple as touching together two wires under the ignition. This process colloquially known as ‘hot wiring’ used all over the world to steal millions of cars. Saab transponder keys were invented as a solution against car theft.

Transponder key programmed with a code to match the car’s computer and without this key, the engine will not start. Even if a thief can get access inside your car, he will not be able to start the engine.

How does Saab immobilizer works?

Saab immobilizer is an electronic security device fitted to prevents the engine from running unless a specific programmed key is present.

Saab TWICE An immobilized Saab uses a TWICE (Theft Warning Integrated Central Electronics) device located under the left-hand front seat. The TWICE is screwed to the floor and connected to the wiring harness and a receiver reside on the ignition switch (ISM). Each transponder key is programmed with a unique code and the TWICE module programmed to recognize the key.

When the key turn in the ignition, the chip in the key emit an RFID signal with it's identification code. The ISM receives the code from the transponder and passes it to the TWICE. If the TWICE recognize the code, the car is allowed to start.

Can I program a duplicate Saab transponder key myself?

There is no on-board interface to duplicate keys by yourself for a Saab. Only the dealer or a licensed locksmith using dedicated programmers can program the keys.

How do I know if I have a transponder key?

Following are the list of Saab models that use transponders:

  • Saab 9-4X 2010-2011
  • Saab 9-5 1999+
  • Saab 9-3 1999+
  • Saab 9-7 2006-2009
  • Saab 9-2X 2005-2008

How to duplicate Saab keys and remotes?

All Saabs come with two keys when new and can have up to five duplicate keys. To duplicate a key to an immobilized Saab you must have at least one functional key/remote. Additional keys require a dedicated programmers and and key blanks are typically mail-order, so will take 3-5 days to arrive.

You can get a duplicate key from the local dealer, a car locksmith or online. If you decide to purchase the key online, remember to buy the key blank and the remote with the buttons. Look for a SAAB service center , or find a local locksmith that has a Tech 2 programmer. You will need to have all the current keys and the car present when you add a new key fob.

The dealer or locksmith can duplicate the key by VIN or by a cloning process:

Duplicate Saab key by VIN

To duplicate a key the dealer/locksmith will use the VIN to cut the key and a Tech-2 computer to program the chip. The car computer has to be programmed to recognize the new key, start the engine and unlock/lock the doors. The vehicle does has to be onsite.

Prices slightly vary from dealer to dealer, so you better call more than one provider for the best price. Call the dealer and provide them your VIN to get a quote.

Saab key cloning

Cloning is the process of duplicating the key without having the vehicle onsite. Saab key cloning is a job that very few locksmith can perform (the dealer only copy by VIN). All Saabs which use the key type with the blade may be cloned, buyt the fobic keys cannot be cloned.

A locksmith with Saab key programmer and diagnosis tool can create cloned key using 2 methods:

  1. Reading the key - scan the key to get it's data and copy it to a new blank
  2. Vehicle OBD port - read the key data from the vehicle and copy to a new blank

Price to add a key runs between $300-$500 for a remote head key at the dealer. If you’re resourceful, lucky to get some used parts you might get it for $200 less.

Can I program Saab key FOB myself?

There is no onboard interface to program keys and remotes. Only the dealer or a locksmith can program keys and remote to all Saab immobilized models.

Lost/stolen key replacement! What to do?

lost key made If all keys have been lost to a key ignition Saab, the dealer will replace the TWICE module. If all keys have been lost to a fobic ignition Saab, the dealer will replace the CIM (Column Integrated Module). In both 2 new style remote keys/FOBs should be purchased with the TWICE and learned to the vehicle.

Dealers don't have any programming equipment available to them other than to replace the TWICE or the CIM. They are actually passing along the expense of those new parts to you.

Saab locksmith finder

Some locksmiths have a Tech-2 device and the security access level needed to recover lost Saab key without replacing the TWICE/CIM. To find one near you check on this Tech-2 locator website. The car need to be onsite with the tech2 programmer, so you will have to tow the vehicle. Some of them might offer a house calls which will cost around $100 extra.

Replace Saab lost keys online

Lost Saab Keys Is a website dedicated to Saab key replacement service using mail packaging and shipping. The process involed with removing the alarm module (TWICE/CIM) from the car and ship it to them. The company will send you back a pre-programmed, disarmed module for a small fraction of dealer price.

My Saab ignition key wont turn! What to do?

There are many reasons for ignition problems! Please check our article about ignition repair and replacement.

How much is a replacement Saab key?

Service Price
Car Lockout $60-$120
Locked keys in trunk $70-$350
Door lock rekey/repair/change $250-$350
Lost key replacement $250-$2000
Duplicate car key $195-$400
Ignition repair $195-$350
Key extraction $95-$150
Ignition replacement $800-$1000

* Estimates above includes the technician coming out to you the parts and the labor.

Final price depends on:

  • The state of the lock and the computer in the vehicle.
  • The type of equipment that the technician need to use.
  • The type of key that you would like to have.
  • The chip configuration.

The tech will diagnose the vehicle and provide a price for you to approve before doing anything.

How long does it takes to make a key?

emergency mobile locksmith Our emergency mobile motor vehicle lock smith are operative 24 seven. Ready to handle all your Saab locks and ignition issues. We usually arrive at customer location fast.

Our service van is ultimately decked with latest diagnostic, cutting and programming appliances able to restore keys onsite. A key replacement process for a vehicle in most cases done same day.

We taking pride in administering a reasonable price cost and reliable services. Give us a call at (832)408-0006 for a FREE ESTIMATE and our Saab expert will arrive to your place ASAP. Okey DoKey Locksmith is always here to meet your needs in a professional way.


  2. saabcentral - The largest online community dedicated to all things Saab.
  3. edmunds - American online resource for automotive information.

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