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Old 08-26-2012, 12:42 PM
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Lots of times the locks have been rekeyed once before, or replaced.
So even if the dealer gets it right by VIN, its wrong.
Are yours original? If you aren't the original owner, you might not even know the answer.


Their attempt is pretty far off your original.

The key that Porsche cut from my VIN was closer, but obviously sloppy, and it didn't work the first time. Worked when they recut the second time though.
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Old 08-26-2012, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by thezonster View Post
I ordered keys from the guy in Australia, with just a photo of my key, and they worked fine.
+1. Both worked perfectly. $55 shipped.
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Old 08-26-2012, 08:42 PM
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Originally Posted by waynestrutt View Post
Rob not correct if you cut the key code for the alarm on a non alarm key your code is off by about a 1/2" in the length of the key, and vice versa.
I had a short key cut for the hell of it on a Porsche red-headed key blank along with a couple of long key Huf blades for my '89. It works fine in the locks (including gas cap).

I'm guessing the shop who cut the key know to ignore the pair of digits at the end of the code for the alarm switch (I got them from Stuart of keys4classics in Oz
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Hilton View Post
I had a short key cut for the hell of it on a Porsche red-headed key blank along with a couple of long key Huf blades for my '89. It works fine in the locks (including gas cap).

I'm guessing the shop who cut the key know to ignore the pair of digits at the end of the code for the alarm switch (I got them from Stuart of keys4classics in Oz
Yes Stuart knows to cut the key so the hills and valleys align the wafer pins accordingly, whether alarm or no alarm. The key stops when the end of the key bottoms out . So it is possible for the alarm section and part of that alarm code that follows to match the code of a nonalarm lock. Those of you who have taken them apart know what I mean.
Those unfamiliar this will help
https://rennlist.com/forums/928-foru...ne-strutt.html
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by James Bailey View Post
He was probably thinking you had "borrowed" a key from your father's 928 and wanted a "spare" key for some unauthorized late night runs
Uhm....could we delete this comment? lol. This is too good of an idea and might have the kids running to the local Porsche dealerships if they see this.
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:26 AM
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Hi All

So, I could finally close this topic. Here's how I did it:

1.) The Porsche dealer decided to go ahead and make a third key. The third key was cut exactly like the first 2 and of course didn't work. I predicted that.
2.) The Porsche dealer said that in fact after long discussions with Porsche, Porsche admitted the record of my key code was not 100% legible. (This I had also predicted.)
3.) I gave them the key and key code from keys4classics, and after about 3 months, they got back to me with keys that then worked.

Anyway, now I have more keys than I need. But, I have to say that Isringhausen Imports did their homework, and in the end the whole problem wasn't their fault. Porsche should not have just cut the keys, if the key code they had on file was not clearly legible.

I guess this is just the consequence of owning a semi-handbuilt car... Funny thing was that the Porsche key code and the keys4classics key code were not the same code. What I did like, was that Isringhausen wrote the correct Porsche key code on the order form / invoice. So, now I have it...

End analysis: I can recommend Isringhausen Imports.

John
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Old 11-18-2013, 07:17 AM
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Wish all topics were closed as neatly as this - well done!
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Porsche has a very poor record cutting 928 keys from key codes. Just don't use them.

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'91 928GT S/C 475hp/460lb.ft
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:53 AM
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FYI Stuart from Keys4Classics made me an alarm key from a photo of my existing one and it worked perfectly in every lock despite the car having 117k miles on it. I'm not convinced the locks will wear out and similarly machine an original key such that only that unique combination works, I think it's just an excuse for sloppy key cutting so the locksmith doesn't get stuck with the replacement costs.
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Old 11-20-2013, 02:28 AM
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I have to agree - never buy stuff like that from a dealer. I got mine from keys for classics, worked better than the old ones, My lock cylinders are worn as well but the new keys were perfect - all from a picture of the old worn ones.
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