Does My BMW use a High Security Laser Cut Key?

High Security Keys

High Security Keys


The following is an alphabetical list of automobiles made by BMW that use a high security laser cut key. The make, model and year are listed below. Some model years may overlap and the manufacturer may use different types of keys within the same year. Because of this overlap, we suggest you call the dealer or local automotive locksmith with your VIN number to find out which system your particular vehicle uses.

High Security Laser cut keys are also known as Sidewinder keys due to the snakelike groove cut into the key. They are made of a thicker metal than a normal key and will have the groove cut into both sides of the key by a machine known as a laser cutter.

Some high security laser cut keys also contain a transponder chip and require programming as well. Some transponder keys use what is known as a Phillips Rolling Code system. Vehicles that require programming using the Phillips Rolling Code System can only be programmed by the dealer. Phillips Rolling Code Transponder keys must be pre-programmed, because they contain pre-programmed binary encryption information that requires a dealer key, which can only be ordered based on the vehicles VIN. Previously deleted keys for these vehicles cannot be programmed again. We have listed this type key as Dealer Key.

Some BMW’s use only a remote that can be purchased only at the dealership as they also contain binary information ecrypted. We have indicated these keys by using Dealer FOB. . We will indicate remotes requiring programming by the dealer as Dealer FOB. Some vehicles will use a dealer FOB and a high security key, all of which need to be programmed. We indicicate those vehicles by using Dealer Key/FOB.

You can get more information for your particular vehicle, download an owners manual and learn about other features and functions for your particular BMW from the Official BMW Website.




      Model                                                         Year                                               Key                                     

1 Series 128i, 135i 2008-2011 Dealer Fob
1 Series 2004-2011 High Security/Transponder
3 Series 328i, 328xi, 335i, 335xi 2008-2011  FOB/Dealer Key
3 Series 318i, 323i, 323iC, 323iS,335i 1992-1994 High Security
3 Series 318i, 323i, 323iC, 323iS,335i 1995-2007 Dealer Key
3 Series 2005-2011 High Security/Transponder
5 Series, 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i 2008-2009 Dealer FOB
5 Series, 524Td, 525i, 525xi, 528e, 530xi,533i,535i,550i,M5 1988-1994 High Security
5 Series, 524Td, 525i, 525xi, 528e, 530xi,533i,535i,550i,M5 1995-2007 Dealer Key
5 Series 2003-2010 High Security/Transponder
6 Series, 630i, 633i,633CSi,
2005-2007 Dealer Key
6 Series 2004-2011 High Security/Transponder
7 Series, 750i, 750Li, 760Li 2008-2009 Dealer FOB
7 Series, 733i, 735i, 735Li,
740i, 760i 760Li
1988-1994 High Security
7 Series, 733i, 735i, 735Li,
740i, 760i 760Li
1995-2007 Dealer Key
7 Series 2002-2008 High Security/Transponder
8 Series, 840Ci 1990-1994 High Security
8 Series, 840Ci 1995-1997 Dealer Key
M3 & M5 Series 2000-2007 Dealer Key
M5 & M6 Sedan, Convertible 2008 Dealer FOB
X3, 3,0si 2007 Dealer Key
X3 2.5i & 3.0i 2004-2007 Dealer Key
X3, X5, X6 2008-2009 Dealer FOB
X5 3.0si, 4.8i 2007 Dealer Key
X5 3.0i, 4.4i, 4.8is 2000-2007 Dealer Key
Z3, Z3 Coupe 1995-2002 Dealer Key
Z4, 2.5i, 3.0i 2003-2011 Dealer Key
Z4 2003-2011 High Security/Transponder
Z4, M Roadster, M Coupe 2008 Dealer FOB


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