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    Programming key causes car to go into security lockdown?

    My locksmith just told me that Jaguar's software is now set to put the car into security lockdown if a new keyfob is programmed using an aftermarket programmer (like locksmiths use). He said he would try but if that happened, they are not responsible, and I would need to get it towed to Jaguar to fix.

    Is this true? Is there any way to confirm what software level this was introduced to see if I would be effected with my 2014 XJ?

    BTW: They charge $85 and Jaguar charges $160.

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    I have no idea if that is true or not, however I can confirm that the KVMs are finicky devices and can sometimes lock up and need reflashing. I have only ever used SDD to program keys to all of my cars. On my 2010 XJ I had to reflash the KVM twice to get it to accept it. My F-Type was fine though and uses a version not long after yours should be so it may just have been a faulty one - I don't know. There are some TSBs about earlier KVM issues but nothing that jumped out when I last looked into it.

    If your locksmith is not using SDD (which really they should be if they are working on JLR vehicles as it will pay for itself after a dozen customers) then I would feel hesitant to use them. It may work fine, but if it doesn't accept it you'll be paying for someone who does have it anyway. The locksmith must have told you their concerns for a reason - I'm sure they'd happily take your money if they didn't see any risk.

    Do you have a trusted independent jag specialist who can do this for you?
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    I could take it to the dealer which is a 40 minute drive (locksmith is 10 minutes) and I have to wait several hours for them to do it or leave it and come back later meaning I need someone to take me. Plus the Jag dealer is fairly rude.

    It is just funny I have not heard of this anywhere and can't find any mention of it across the net. Perhaps they just do not want to do it? He said it has never happened to them but he has heard of it happening. They don't get many Jags however. I guess if he it this wishy-washy about programming a new Fob I will take it to the dealer.

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    If the locksmith doesn't want the work, look for a good independent who will do it. It should be less than $160 (although that doesn't sound too bad, although obviously you have the extra travel and time costs).

    Can you arrange a test drive of another car at the same time form the dealer? Maybe get an hour in a different model claiming you are looking to buy?
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    What about a Jag independent specialist ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Googsy View Post
    What about a Jag independent specialist ?
    Not sure what this is but for the extra $80 I will just go to the dealer and eat the extra cost. Not worth the hassle.

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    I wouldn't let anybody mess around with a 2014 X351 other than a Jag Dealer with the proper Diagnostics kit.

    I would happily buy the Diagnostics myself and so it myself however.

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    It is just programming a keyfob. I've seen the youtube videos doing it - it's pretty idiot-proof. But if they feel uncomfortable, then so be it.

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