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A misnomer ...
The FOB is not programed to the car...The car is programed to the fob's transmitted ID number. Each FOB has a unique code and the ECM is programed to "accept" that code as a valid one for that car.
The ECM can only (so far) be programed at a dealership because the programing and stored values are encrypted. Liability wise ...this is smart. An incorrect value placed in the ECM's EEPROM could cause a devastating accident from loss of control.They "lock" it to keep this from happening and the lawsuits that would follow. No one so far has taken the time to "break" the encryption as was done on Hondas and Toyotas as people will pay the hacker(s) to reprogram the ECM for performance and not pollution settings. When KIAs get as popular someone will break and post the information.
I reside in South Florida and the new owner of a 05 Amanti and a new member on this forum. I purchased a key and a fob on line. I took them both to a locksmith in Boynton Beach and they cut the key to where it opens and locks the doors but, alas, they could not program the "chip" in the key. If my Amanti was a 07 or newer they could program it but not the first gen Amanti's. They programed my exsisting and new fob and they both work as intended. The dealership wants 165.00 just to program the key. Am I at their mercy? It sounds outrageous that they can get away with this pricing.
I am very satisfied with my Amanti and eager to learn all I can about it. Any info would help. I have found this forum to be extremly informative and I'm glad I joined.
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