Yes, it can be pricey.I have yet to find anyone who can do this on the newer AKE fob. Only those licensed key operators (which aren't going to give up their secrets easily) have the ability. :laugh2: Shopping around for a locksmith who does cars might save you some money from the stealership...
On my 2013, as mentioned in previous post, there is a way to insert the key (but not turn). You have to remove a cover and insert the key, THEN push the start button. On some models (my dad does NOT have the AKE on his 2014 CX5), you do what you described in the event of a dead battery in the FOB.However, with the 14+ and push button ignition, there is no longer a place to insert the keys. I wonder if just bringing the keys close enough to "push" the ignition on would be sufficient for programming?
No. Not under the start button. But some models (like mine), have a slot (it has a cover) near the start button. It is about the same size. You have to remove the cover with a small screwdriver by prying it off. I wouldn't recommend using this unless your key fob battery has died.Not sure I fully understand. Are you saying there is an ignition key slot under the "Engine Start Stop" button cover?
It's as Texan describes. I can't recall exactly where without going outside and looking. I only know about it because my salesman showed me when I picked up my 15 GT sedan a couple months ago.Not sure I fully understand. Are you saying there is an ignition key slot under the "Engine Start Stop" button cover?
I noticed that a friend of mine who has a 2015 I-Touring does not have this. They may have done away with it and the car can only be started with the key being placed next to the start button (when the fob battery has died).The 14+ does have a keyed ignition that's just covered by a blank. You put in the key you still have to push the button to start.
I didn't think my 2015 i Touring had this either, but if Squisher's 2015 has it then maybe we are both wrong on this account. Or, the salesman is wrong and just assuming it is the same as the 2013 and earlier. ;-)I noticed that a friend of mine who has a 2015 I-Touring does not have this. They may have done away with it and the car can only be started with the key being placed next to the start button (when the fob battery has died).
pffft, crow tastes terrible this early. You are exactly right. My apologies, Texans description was so spot on to me the salesman must have showed me in the '13, I could've sworn it was on delivery of the fifteen. I finally got off my arse and looked and no there is no plug for the key.IIRC the manual says you just hold the key right up against the start button if the fob has a dead battery. Although, perhaps the hidden key slot is for if the car's proximity system somehow otherwise has failed? I don't know. I'll have to look for it.
My sales rep did show me the key that pulls out of the fob. The only keyhole I knew of was in the driver's door though.
If you could be the pioneer and try it and let us all know, we would be very appreciative. :nerd:.Makes me wonder if the same instruction set for the earlier AKE cars (with the removable cap over the key slot) would work; ie substitute bringing each key to the push button and "pushing" the ignition to "on" for inserting the keys and "turning" the ignition to "on".