Nissan Xterra Lost Car Key Replacement – All the Information You Need to Get a New Nissan Xterra Key. Tips, Cost, Your Options and More.
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The Nissan Xterra was introduced in 1982. This model has three types of keys.
Transponder Chip Key: 2002-2016 – Two types of keys.
Non-Transponder Key: 2000-2004 – One type of key.
- Please keep in mind that while some keys/key fobs may look the same they have different capabilities/frequencies/keyways and therefore it is important to have the right key/fob.
- Already have your key? Need programming information on how to program Nissan Xterra transponder key? Click here for more information.
Quick access or go to FAQ
Click on the type of key you had/ year below to get the most accurate information:
2002, 2003, 2004: (NI01T or NI02T)
Already have a key? Click HERE for programming information.
Q: I lost my Nissan Xterra car keys, have no spare and need a replacement. How and where can I get a replacement key?
A: For a more detailed explanation including tips on how to SAVE TIME AND MONEY please visit our blog post: How to get a replacement key.
Generally speaking, you have three options:
- First, call an automotive locksmith that offers a mobile service for Nissan Xterra cars. We can help you with that.
- Second, tow the car to the dealer.
- Third, order a key online and have the dealer or locksmith cut and program (if necessary) it for you.
A word of caution: The type of key you need will depend on the year and model of your Nissan Xterra. Therefore, the options on how to get a new key made and programmed depending on whether you need a remote, an intelligent fob, push to start button, a transponder or a regular key.
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Q: What should I tell the locksmith or dealer when I call for the service?
A: First, make sure you have the exact year, make and model, e.g. 2015 Nissan Xterra.
In addition, write down the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) of the car located on the left side of the dashboard near the mirror (Click here for more information). That would help the locksmith or dealer verifying the year, make and model of the car and the type of key you had.
Finally, make sure you can show ownership of the car by having the necessary documents. The title, ID, insurance card etc.
Q: Nissan Xterra key replacement cost – How much does it cost to replace a Nissan Xterra key without the original? What is the average price?
A: The answer below is a short explanation. For a more detailed explanation and GREAT TIPS on how to save money, please visit our blog post: Car keys replacement cost
In short, to replace a Nissan Xterra key can cost between $50-$260. It depends on a few factors:
- Type of key
- The year manufactured
- Time of day & your location
- Where you get a key replacement (dealer, automotive locksmith, online, etc.)
- Availability of code to cut a new key
- Original ignition or not
The type of key you had and the year the car was manufactured are maybe the most important factors (chip, intelligent fob, “push to start”, remote, regular “non-transponder” key). The newer the car is, the better security features the key had and therefore you can expect to pay more than $250 for a replacement key. Click here to see this model type of key you had for a more accurate price and information.
In addition, it depends on where you get a key replacement. The dealer, automotive locksmith or get it online. Click here to get a more detailed explanation of how to get a replacement key.
The dealer usually charges about 10%-15% less than a locksmith would for the key. However, most chances you will have to tow the car there to program the new key or remote and therefore the total price is usually higher.
Furthermore, consider that if you are looking to have a locksmith to come out and make you a new key outside regular business hours, the price may go up.
Finally, in case your ignition cylinder was changed before (usually with older cars), that probably means that the code for the key may not be useful and the key will have to be either cut manually by a locksmith or to change the ignition again which in this case the dealer can’t be of help.
Q: Can I get a Nissan Xterra key replacement by VIN?
A: That depends on the year of your car and type of key you had.
The VIN allows the dealer or an automotive locksmith the option to access the key code on file, i.e. to cut you a replacement key by code which makes the process very fast and easy. There are however two things to consider:
- For Nissan Xterra vehicles that are older than 10 years: There are no codes available. Therefore, an automotive locksmith is your only option to get a replacement key.
- For Nissan Xterra vehicles that are equipped with a transponder system and/or remote/ intelligent key/ fob key: Codes are available. However, programming is necessary and therefore you will have to either tow the car to the dealer or have an automotive locksmith come and program the key on site.
Q: Nissan Xterra key programming – which keys you can program yourself, which keys require programming tool & more
A: Nissan Xterra has different types of keys. Some require programming and some don’t. All transponder chip keys and/or smart key fobs need to be programmed with a special programming machine that only an automotive locksmith or the dealer has. There is no need to program non-transponder metal keys.
To make things simple we divided all Nissan Xterra keys into 2 categories:
- No programming needed (non-transponder keys)
- Keys that need to be programmed and you will need an automotive locksmith or the dealer (transponder or remote keys)
No Programming needed:
Nissan Xterra non-transponder keys are metal keys that have no chip in them and therefore no programming is needed:
Nissan Xterra keys that needs to be programmed and you will need an automotive locksmith or the dealer:
These keys, also known as remote smart keys, intelligent keys or key fobs, as well as transponder keys, have a security chip in them and programming is needed. In addition, a special machine is needed to program them and therefore an automotive locksmith or dealer should do it for you (Usually for models made after 1998).
NI04T, NI01T or NI02T.
Q: I have a Nissan Xterra key and would like to get a keyless entry system to unlock all doors as well. Can you tell me which one should I get? Will it need to be programmed and can I program it myself or not?
A: The Nissan Xterra has a few keyless entry system options. For newer models, the key you have contains a built-in keyless entry system (a remote master key or key fob/smart key). Some need to be programmed by a professional locksmith or dealer and some don’t. Below you will find all the information relevant for Nissan Xterra entry system.
Keyless entry information for the Nissan Xterra:
Nissan Xterra has 4 keyless entry remotes. Choose the year of your car:
2005-2016: CWTWBU733(415) (Choose Method A)
2002-2004: KBRASTU15 (Choose Method A)
2001: KBRASTU10 (Choose Method A)
2000: KOBUTA3T (Choose Method A)
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