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    I purchased a 2011 CM RW in October and have been considering a remote starter that requires a key in the module (I'm guessing that they all do). The installer, who doesn't work for the dealership but does a lot of jobs for them, told me that I should have received two regular keys and one valet key with my truck. I only received two keys and one metal tag with an ID number so I asked my sales person about the third key and he said that Toyota quit giving three keys. I'm not sure if he's just blowing smoke or if Toyota has changed their process--has anyone else who bought a 2011 or newer received three keys?

    I'm tempted to just use my second key in the remote starter because I don't tend to lose keys and will still have the key fob to get into the truck and, if necessary, remove the key from the module if I do lose my main key.

    I appreciate any input.

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    I believe that I received the same as you (no valet) with my 2007 when I purchased it brand new 5 years ago.
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    My '07 came with a valet key. I believe the valet key was one of the many standard features that were deleted at the end of 2010.
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    If you're going to leave the key in the module, you can then just get a steel key cut to keep as a spare. No need to worry about the chipped one any more.
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    Better yet, have your installer use a "learning" bypass module that doesn't need a key installed. Otherwise you're just removing the advantage of the factory immobilizer. Key in box type bypass modules are the previous generation of parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyMB View Post
    I purchased a 2011 CM RW in October and have been considering a remote starter that requires a key in the module (I'm guessing that they all do). The installer, who doesn't work for the dealership but does a lot of jobs for them, told me that I should have received two regular keys and one valet key with my truck. I only received two keys and one metal tag with an ID number so I asked my sales person about the third key and he said that Toyota quit giving three keys. I'm not sure if he's just blowing smoke or if Toyota has changed their process--has anyone else who bought a 2011 or newer received three keys?

    I'm tempted to just use my second key in the remote starter because I don't tend to lose keys and will still have the key fob to get into the truck and, if necessary, remove the key from the module if I do lose my main key.

    I appreciate any input.
    I just purchased a new 2011 DC. A valet key didn't come with my truck either. It appears Toyota quit giving out the valet keys in 2010 or 2011.

    If you need a 3rd key there are usually some OEM Toyota transponder keys for sale on eBay. Got to be careful and buy the right OEM Toyota key with the right part number (has to have the letter "G" stamped on the uncut metal portion). I just purchased one on eBay ($25), had it cut and programmed (about $50) and it worked fine. If you only need to unlock the door, you can just have a simple blank cut (without programming).

    As a sidenote, I don't feel comfortable having only 2 keys. I usually have one set for everyday use, one well hidden on the vehicle (if locked out or lose keys), and one kept at home in a safe place. If your Tundra has an immobilizer (most do) and you lose your keys, you cannot have a copy made without one of the original "master" keys and the truck available. I may be mistaken, but it's my understanding that you cannot get a key "programmed" with only the 5-6 digit key code given to you when you purchase your vehicle. This code is only good for cutting the key and cannot be used to program the key which is necessary to start the engine. If for some reason you lose all your keys (or your spare is 1500 miles away at home), you must have your immobilizer reprogrammed and new keys cut/programmed. I've heard quotes as high as $1000++ to do this!!
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    To, OP yes that method of putting the old chip key is old school, tell the installer you rather not do that and get them to use some of the new learning bypass module no loss of a key.
    As for getting keys cheaper I suggest getting the beat deal on a chipped blank key on eBay or other choice usually around 5-20 bucks. Go you local home depot or Lowes tell them to cut the key, mine offered to do it free but didn't give me any guarantees. It all worked fine. Have dealer program immobilizer chip into the truck via the techstream computer. I didn't have to pay for this since I have my own Techstream setup . Dealer usually charges maybe 25-50 bucks to do this real quick, less than 5 minutes of work.
    So for around 75.00 you have a working key. Oh on a side note you can also get a spare remote to have programed at the same time if you want and get that done free at the same time since they have the laptop hooked up already. Make sure you get one with a matching FCC ID on the back of the remote.

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    My 2011 DC didn't come with a valet key (sounds like they really cheapened out is 2011 on some features), anyway I ordered one (Grey) and had it programmed. It won't open the tail gate or the glove box (I wish the center console was the locking area, that's where most of the good stuff is stored due to it's size!). I travel allot so there is a spare key hidden on the vehicle, but since I have a hard tonneau cover it's nice to keep stuff out of sight when I do have to use a valet.

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    I had an installer tell me that he does not recommend using the key anymore and to make certain you use a brand that works well with Toyota. He claimed that some brands such as compustar 'throw' the key and you cannot start the truck until all is restarted/re-booted. He recommended the learning type such as a viper as it seemed to not throw the key in Tundras. All this was from a sales person so take it with a grain of salt. My opinion is to make sure you use current technology and a device that has a history in a Tundra!
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