1st Gen "How To" Re-program Remote Key, 3 Methods

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This article describes three ways to program the remote control portion of a MINI Cooper key without any software.
By Canusrufis · Jun 1, 2019 ·
  1. Canusrufis
    The remote control portion of the key can be programmed without any software. These are all the methods I know to reprogram a key:

    Method 1:

    Working from within the vehicle and with the doors shut:

    • Turn ignition to position 1 and back to off within 5 seconds.
    • Remove the key from ignition and press and hold the unlock button for 15 seconds. During this time press the key lock button 3 times within 5 seconds.
    • Release both buttons.
    • Doors will lock and unlock to show correct programming has occurred.

    Method 2:

    For this procedure, you need to have one working key and another key that needs to be programmed.

    • Get in and close all doors.
    • Turn on the ignition and turn off quickly (no more than 5 seconds). Next action must take place within 30 seconds.
    • Remove the 1st key.
    • Hold the key up near your left shoulder (so it is closer to the remote receiver antenna).
    • Hold down the unlock button and press the lock button 3 times. Release the unlock button and the doors lock which confirms the operation.
    • Quickly repeat steps 4 & 5 for key #2 etc.
    If it does not work, try doing the keys in the opposite order. Key 2 then key 1, vs 1 then 2.

    Method 3:

    Alternate if you do not have a working remote:

    • Turn key to position 1 five times very quickly.
    • Remove key.
    • Hold the unlock button, then press the lock button 3 times. Release the unlock button.
    • If you have another key, perform the same button-pressing sequence within 30 seconds.
    • Turn on ignition to finalize.

    Hope this helps.

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