Originally Posted by Scoggin Dickey
Go to a dealer that doesn't charge $30 to get the code. Most do it free and just charge you for the key. $10-$15.
He is right, do it by code. If you make a copy, you'll be copying a bad copy and end up with another bad key.
yeah i think i went to a bad dealer. when my dad's 04 impala's BCM went bad at a shop near that dealer the shop told us to take it to the pontiac dealer and not that chevy dealer. i should have just gone to the pontiac dealer instead but i figured only the chevy dealer would have chevy logo'd keys.
I just called the pontiac dealer and they also want $40. $30 to get the code and $9.20 for the key. i could see spending the $10 but $40 is a bit steep. he said those malibu's are known for having issues with the ignition and that if the key works ok in the door, which it does, that it might just be the ignition cylinder acting up. but it's been doing it since the car was about 4 years old so i think it might have more to do with the keys being copies. i wonder if the car was reposessed at some point and thats why all the keys are copies.