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 Posted: Jul 11, 2019 03:53AM
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Well, I know the 2005 U.S. model has a fob sealed by the manufacturer. They don't want you to be able to replace the battery. It's a rechargeable battery that charges in the ignition switch. But, you can cut around the middle of the fob with a thin blade to break the seal. The battery is soldered to the board. The new battery has the required prongs to be soldered on. But I think there's two different types, with the prongs in different locations. I didn't want to tear mine apart and order the battery until I knew which one I needed.
This is not a factory procedure and we've never tried this so we are unable to advise....  
Well it sounds like the factory procedure is to hand them a pile of your hard earned cash. What's to loose, give it a try, cut it open already.
We have read cases where customers have successfully replaced the battery in the key fob for the 1st generation MINIs, we just don't have the details on which battery it takes ....  

 Posted: Jul 10, 2019 06:38AM
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hehe.  dan. yea.. I missed that..  up drinking Cuban Expresso now.. fully awake..  it is never endless. with the STUPIC questions from BMW MINI owners is it??

 Posted: Jul 10, 2019 05:04AM
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Dan.. when my key FOB went dead on the MGF.. I had to call www.remotealarms.co.uk in england.   and get the tool to reset the password..  cost about 100 quid..  later bc
Bill: it must have been too early in the morning for you to get my joke: my mini is a 1981 classic which has no electronic fob. The fob I have is an old-fashioned key fob - just plain metal. Thus it works for any car.

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 Posted: Jul 10, 2019 04:18AM
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Originally Posted by Culchie
Well, I know the 2005 U.S. model has a fob sealed by the manufacturer. They don't want you to be able to replace the battery. It's a rechargeable battery that charges in the ignition switch. But, you can cut around the middle of the fob with a thin blade to break the seal. The battery is soldered to the board. The new battery has the required prongs to be soldered on. But I think there's two different types, with the prongs in different locations. I didn't want to tear mine apart and order the battery until I knew which one I needed.
This is not a factory procedure and we've never tried this so we are unable to advise....  
Well it sounds like the factory procedure is to hand them a pile of your hard earned cash. What's to loose, give it a try, cut it open already.

 Posted: Jul 10, 2019 03:44AM
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Well, I know the 2005 U.S. model has a fob sealed by the manufacturer. They don't want you to be able to replace the battery. It's a rechargeable battery that charges in the ignition switch. But, you can cut around the middle of the fob with a thin blade to break the seal. The battery is soldered to the board. The new battery has the required prongs to be soldered on. But I think there's two different types, with the prongs in different locations. I didn't want to tear mine apart and order the battery until I knew which one I needed.
This is not a factory procedure and we've never tried this so we are unable to advise....  

 Posted: Jul 9, 2019 04:29PM
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culchie..  check out www.ebay.co.uk for the BMW MINI key FOB. or www.remotealarms.co.uk 

 Posted: Jul 9, 2019 01:31PM
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Well, I know the 2005 U.S. model has a fob sealed by the manufacturer. They don't want you to be able to replace the battery. It's a rechargeable battery that charges in the ignition switch. But, you can cut around the middle of the fob with a thin blade to break the seal. The battery is soldered to the board. The new battery has the required prongs to be soldered on. But I think there's two different types, with the prongs in different locations. I didn't want to tear mine apart and order the battery until I knew which one I needed.

 Posted: Jul 9, 2019 09:57AM
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Dan.. when my key FOB went dead on the MGF.. I had to call www.remotealarms.co.uk in england.   and get the tool to reset the password..  cost about 100 quid..  later bc

 Posted: Jul 9, 2019 08:55AM
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The fob on the keys to my Mini don't require batteries. It is also interchangeable between vehicles without reprogramming. It is impossible for any thief's scanner to steal any codes from it too.

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 Posted: Jul 8, 2019 06:47PM
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guess.. you have to go the BMW mini dealer.. I heard battery is mere $ 2 FIDDY.. hehe  later bc

 Posted: Jul 8, 2019 03:56PM
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Does anyone know if the 2005 R52 Key Fob takes the 90 degree or 180 degree VL2020 battery ? Thanks.