I've just bought a 10 plate Galaxy and am looking for some help regarding keys...
The car only came with one key fob. I'd like to get a second, so that we have a spare in case the first gets lost/broken. Ideally without forking over £200+ to a Ford dealer, if this can be avoided. But it seems that the hard part is programming the new transponder to the car's immobiliser system (PATS).
I've found various places selling replacement fobs with the (apparently) correct 4D63 transponder chip for around £25-£30. And it appears that, using the paid version of Forscan (£16.55 for 3 years) and a suitable OBD2 adapter (another £25), the new fob can be programmed to the immobiliser. So in theory, I could have a new and fully functional fob for £70 + whatever the cost of cutting the blank key is, at a guess another £10-£15. And into the total price I end up with full Forscan functionality for 3 years.
Am I missing any steps here? From what I gather the common problems are keys with the wrong type of transponder chip, used keys whose transponder chips are already programmed with codes for another vehicle, and using the wrong type of ODB2 adapter (i.e. one that cannot do HS/MS CAN switching, or anything that uses bluetooth/wifi). I've seen reference on some sites to certain Ford vehicles requiring "Incodes" from Ford via their ETIS system before you can program a new transponder, but it looks like this doesn't apply to the Galaxy - can anyone confirm?
Alternatively, has anyone had a new fob supplied, cut and programmed by an automotive locksmith, and if so what was the total cost of this?
Any help much appreciated.