Ford Transit 2006-2013 Van Key Factfile
Looking for information about Ford Transit van keys? If you have Transit, odds on you’re going to need a new key. Here is our Ford Transit Van Keys Factfile. It’s our honest opinion on the Ford Transit 2006-2013 keys. We cover quality, price and how easy they are to replace when lost, so you can make a good decision on what to do if you have problems.
Ford Transit 2006-2013 Basic Information
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The Transit uses two types of van key. For some strange reason, Ford changed from using the reliable, proven, standard remote Ford key and they introduced a new Blue Ford Remote key.
This key is let down by the quality of the battery inside. The problems are as follows.
The key has a rechargeable battery. Although they should be commended for going ‘green’, the principle doesn’t really work with this van. The battery inside lasts an average of 4-5 years. Now this is fine for an iPhone, but not much good for a second-hand van key. When new, it charges up as the van drives along. Unfortunately, once the battery is past it’s best, it needs to be changed.
The battery is inside a sealed key. When the key’s made, it’s molded inside. This means that it doesn’t open.
The electric switches that they chose, are not as good quality as the traditional Ford switch and they fail quicker. This means they won’t work when pressed. We think this is because when the battery gets worn out, the button gets pressed harder and harder to get it to work. This causes extra wear and damage.
The key ring loop looks like it has been added as an afterthought. It breaks, and then some people drill a hole through the remote. You shouldn’t really do this because it will damage the key and the van might not start. There isn’t room.
The Spare Key
The second type of key is the non-remote type that has the transponder chip inside. They’ve left this type of key alone thank goodness and the standard Ford problems include.
- They wear out quickly, especially if the locks become stiff to turn.
- The locks are easy to pick using an Amazon lock pick, available for around £20. Thousands of vans are being robbed of all power tools without any damage.
Ford Transit 2006-2013 Van Keys Scores
Prices of spare Ford Transit are dependent on whether you want a genuine Ford part, or an aftermarket one. This is much like choosing between a Ford or a Halfords oil filter. Expect to pay around £150 for genuine remote key using Ford parts. If you go for the aftermarket version, then you may save £20-30. The non-remote key, averages around £55-£75. The good news is that the remote keys can be re-used from other vans! So, if you had a Transit and you no longer have the van, the blue part of the remote can be recoded to another van.
Ford remote car keys are normally the highest quality. However on this occasion, they messed up. The keys last 5-6 years which earns just three stars.
The style of lock used on the Ford Transit 2006-2013 is very basic. Most Auto Locksmiths should be able to make keys with their eyes closed. Therefore, most Auto Locksmiths will be able to do this job. This should bring the price down as everyone wants this easy job.
Also, they’re quick to programme when compared to other vehicles. You should expect to pay somewhere between £170-£220 for two keys, one of which will have buttons. This should include the cost of someone coming out to you in a van, which will save you the cost of recovering the car to the dealer.
There is an exception to this 5 star rating. If the van has an alarm, then it’s very difficult to programme a new key. It’s a stupid idea. A new key cannot be programmed if the alarm is sounding, however you cannot stop the alarm if you haven’t got a programmed key. Like we said, a stupid design. If this happens, Ford will want to change the computer that the keys are programmed into. If you find an independent, they can reset the computer. However whichever you choose, it’s going to be expensive. The good news is that very few vans have alarms.
Most Auto Locksmiths won’t need codes to programme the Mondeo, making it nice and simple.
Again, because this job is usually simple and most Auto Locksmiths will keep the parts in stock, you shouldn’t have to wait long to get new keys. Waiting more than one working day is a long time.
They score very high because they are relatively cheap and easy. Unfortunately the quality lets them down. Van security is also a really big concern, caused by the simple design of the door lock. To read more click here
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