Vauxhall Corsa 2001-2006 Car Keys Price and Problems

Looking for information about Vauxhall Corsa car keys? Here is our Vauxhall Corsa 2001-2006 Car Keys Factfile. We cover quality, price and how easy they are to replace when lost.

Vauxhall Corsa 2001-2006

Basic Information

First of all, the Corsa uses two types of car key. The remote key with buttons is only used on the Corsa C, Combo Van and Vauxhall Meriva. The blade does not fold back and the key splits into two parts so the key battery can be changed.  The Blade part, or ‘horseshoe’ holds the transponder chip and this is very important because without it the car will not start.

Vauxhall Corsa transponder chips

The key has two buttons and unfortunately, it’s very common for both buttons to become worn out. When this happens, the electronic switches underneath the rubber buttons also get damaged, as seen in the photo.


The second type of key is the non-remote type that has the transponder chip inside. The earlier models from 2001 – 2004 have the simple double sided key. We think these keys wear less, but are more likely to snap in the lock.

Corsa C key earlier type

The later model from 2004 – 2006 uses the modern Z-series key. We think these are less likely to break off in the lock, but wear faster than the older type. This means that they cause more problems, not being able to turn the lock.

Corsa C later type of key

Vauxhall Corsa Car Keys Factfile Scores


Most Vauxhall Car keys are reasonably priced and the Vauxhall Corsa 2001-2006 is cheap in our opinion. The parts are fairly cheap to buy and they are easy to programme. Expect to pay around £130 for the remote key and around £70 for a key without buttons.


These keys do wear out. The rubber buttons wear through as shown above, and the blades wear out causing problems with not being able to turn the ignition lock. They normally last between  five and six years, which earns three stars.


If codes are needed to cut and programme the key, there are a few hoops to jump through to get them from the dealer.

Vauxhall Car Pass Style 1

Vauxhall Car Pass Style 2

In order to get the codes from the dealer, you’ll need to present the V5 ( logbook), driving licence and a utility bill. All three documents will need the same name and address on. Then the codes will need to be paid for in advance, at around £30, and you’ll normally be waiting 24 hours.


Again, this can go two ways. If the codes are available then it’s one of the quickest jobs. However if there are no codes and the Auto Locksmith you choose has little experience, then they’ll need to wait for the codes. You may be waiting a couple of days overall. Therefore we give it an average of three stars.


We score this with three stars simply because it can be a tricky job, depending on which type of key and how experienced the Auto Locksmith is. The stumbling block for Vauxhall Corsa lost keys is cutting the key. If the key number is available then a small child from nursery school could cut it without any problems! However, if there are no codes available, or the lock has been changed, then this is a difficult job, depending on experience.

Once you have a key that turns the ignition, the rest of the job is easy, as every Auto Locksmith in the UK, should have the equipment to extract the security code from the car memory.

Watch Out For

The most common problem we see involves the ignition lock. Eventually, these keys become difficult to turn in the ignition lock. You don’t even get much warning, one day it’s fine,  then it will catch a few times and soon it’s stuck for good.

Read more about the problem here

Another common problem is that when a new key is cut, the insides of the lock are so worn, that it won’t turn the lock. If this is the case, then a new ignition is needed.

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