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Good day:

I am working temporarily in the British Virgin Islands, and a coworker imported a 2011 VW Jetta from the US. At one point, he lost his key and order a new one. He provided the VIN number and a new key was cut and send. The key opens the doors, the ignition switch can be turned but the car will not start.

There is no VW dealership in BVI. What type of troubleshooting can be done on my part to try to assist this gentleman and what will be needed so his keys work?

Any help is appreciatted,
 

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I just tried and the key when trying to start the car, will engage the starter motor, the engine will start and immediately will cut off. So it seems to be a programming issue. How can this be done correctly?
 

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It can only be programmed by a dealer who has direct access to VW computer online, No hand held plug in laptop will do it. It will start for a second or two then stop that's the immobilizer kicking in. Does the immobilizer light on the dash light up?
 

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Yes. Immobilizer is the issue. I have contacted a gentleman and he agreed to program the keys. The only thing is that he requires the key, as well as the instrument cluster to be able to program it. I will be shipping it very soon. I will keep you posted.
 

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Ok, problem solved. I removed the instrument cluster and send it along with the keys and shipped them to a Gentleman known in the as Jetta97 on some forums. He proceeded to pair the cluster with the inmobilizer and shippped it back. No details as of how he did it but there was no need to have the vehicle taken physically to be programmed by a dealer who has direct access to VW computer online.

Again, the details as of how precisely he did it were not shared.

I presume he "powered" the instrument cluster somehow in order to pair the key with it. From my understanding, the key uses the same technology badges use to open doors, called RFID. The cluster has a reader and the key has a chip with a code that needs to match the cluster.

He might have used a wrecked vehicle like the one in the video and swapped the cluster? Just my assumption.

 

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It can only be programmed by a dealer who has direct access to VW computer online
In most cases, you'd be correct... but there are a (very) few specialists out there (like this fellow in Texas) who can override the limitations that we mortals have...

Yuri
 

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It can only be programmed by a dealer who has direct access to VW computer online
He did state today that he has a bench where he can power up the cluster. Does he have the SW with access to a VW computer online is something that is feasible. Again, the car IS running around the British Virgin Islands. If anyone is coming as a tourist in a Cruise stopping at Tortola, be sure to add as part of the tour package a sight seen of the "hacked jetta". If you are lucky you may be able to take pictures of it on its natural habitat.
 
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