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I recently decided I wanted a flip key for my car and went searching. I found several options, but couldn't decide exactly what I wanted. I figured I would post some information on the ones I got, and answer some possible questions if anyone has any. This is extremely easy. They use the electronic components of your current key, and our keys are not chipped.

Our keys are essentially the same as Camry keys, so that opens some options up.

These are the two I got:


note: scratches are the result of my 3 year old throwing it across the driveway.

First, the ebay one. This one is available with different rubber fronts for remotes with 2, 3, or 4 buttons. The buttons feel a bit cheap, and the button for the flip sticks out a little farther, so it has flipped open in my pocket a couple times. It is a little smaller though, I think because instead of putting all of the guts in, it is just the chip/battery part. The plastic case around them doesn't go in. The transformers logo on the back screams Chinese knock off, but it is a nice key, and feels pretty solid.




The Toyota branded one * (I am pretty sure it is still a knock off) looks a little more OEM. The black brushed aluminum face is a nice touch, and it actually comes with two. Unfortunately, if you want to open it up to change the battery, you have to take off the face, which is held on with an adhesive, so the face will probably be junk. The foam insert that holds the guts of your old key holds them upside down, so the button for the panic button doesn't line up. The foam was flexable enough that I was able to basically jam it in the right way, and all of the buttons work. I like the feel of these buttons more, especially the flip button.





I took the blank blades to a local locksmith, and they cut them for $1 a piece.

I got each of them for under $14 shipped.
The "Transformers" key was from ebay, seller id: fourocean888
The "Toyota" key was from dinodirect.

Expect to wait a couple weeks for shipping, however the price is great, and I dig the keys.
Let me know if you have any questions. I will try my best to answer.

* I have no ties to any sellers, there are other people who sell these, just telling you where I got them
 

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Yes, lock, unlock, and panic work on both remotes. On the Toyota one I had to push the foam out of the way a little bit to get panic to line up, but it was an easy fix.
 

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I recently decided I wanted a flip key for my car and went searching. I found several options, but couldn't decide exactly what I wanted. I figured I would post some information on the ones I got, and answer some possible questions if anyone has any. This is extremely easy. They use the electronic components of your current key, and our keys are not chipped.
I was told by the parts dept. of my Toyota Stealership that the 2011 keys do have a "chip".
 

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Mine is a 2011, and it is not chipped. I have been using the Toyota branded one for the last week with no issues. I know the TC is chipped. Maybe they were confused.
 

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Mine is a 2011, and it is not chipped. I have been using the Toyota branded one for the last week with no issues. I know the TC is chipped. Maybe they were confused.
My xB is also a 2011 and it is not chipped. I recently had a spare key made at OSH for it. Their machine did not detect a chip, and I used the spare key to start my xB. So, no chip on 2011 xB key.
 
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