Mazda 3: Program a Flip Key

New toy, new hacks! I void warranties... When I bought my Mazda 3 I was pretty upset that it didn't come with the cool switch blade like key that the Mazda 6 has. But 3 months later and I'm getting myself one! A few clicks and apparently its possible to use the Mazda 6 key fob and program it to work with a Mazda 3. My dealer however sounded like I said i was going to drive my Mazda to the moon when I said I just wanted a 'quote' for the Mazda 6 key & remote parts and not installation/programing since I was going to program the key myself. "you'll program the key...... yourself???!!!!" Goes to show - some people are really ignorant or greedy gumps.. So, instead I got in touch with a DIY friendly dealer in Toronto and he shipped me the key and remote. Part Numbers: G2YA-76-2GXB - Flip Key ($37.93) GP7A-67-5RYB - Remote ($25.50) My dealer was charging 50.57 (key) & 34.00 (remote) , I guess thats the non-discount price.

A little Info:

Cutting the Key: To make a copy of your key you could take it to any key cutting place to get a copy. Or you could give the Mazda dealer either your VIN number or the Key number (that you find on that little plate on your key ring when u got the car). However, this key will be able to ONLY open doors UNTIL you program the transponder inside the key. Programing The Key: Inside the key (the grip part) there is a transponder that the car is programed to recognise. The car had a device that, on ignition, reads the transponder in the key to validate the key (So that no one can just borrow your keys and make a copy.) If a valid key is detected then the car will start. Else the car starts and dies. The Remote: The remote is the unlock/lock fob part of the key.

Mazda 3: Program a Flip Key

Taken from: TM3

Programming the key

Items needed:
  • 2 pre-programmed transponder keys.
  • 1 new transponder key
The timing is critical to this procedure, please read through the entire procedure before attempting. Procedure:
  1. Insert one of the pre-programmed transponder keys and turn the ignition to "on", leave on for at least one second (wait until the red key symbol in the instrument cluster extiinguishes), remove the key from the ignition.
  2. Within 5 seconds insert the second pre-programmed key and turn the ignition to "on" for at least one second but no more than 5 seconds (use the key symbol for this as well) then remove the second key.
  3. within 10 seconds insert the new key in the ignition and turn the ignition to "on", if you are successful the red key symbol will illuminate then extinguish after about a second.
If you are not successful the red key symbol will flash repeatedly to indicate that you have inserted an invalid key. Remove the key, wait a minute and try it again, it takes a few times to get it perfect.

Programming the Remote

Have all the remotes that you are going to be using, maximum of 3, with you when you do this programming as all of them have to be reprogrammed into memory.
  1. Open driver side door and leave open.
  2. Lock and Unlock the drivers door using the power door lock switch on the door
  3. Insert key into the ignition.
  4. Turn Key to ON position and return to Lock (off) position. Do this 3 times within 10 seconds. LEAVE key in the ignition in Lock (off) position.
  5. Close and open the drivers door 3 times. Leave door open after this step
  6. ECU should respond by locking and unlocking the doors once.
  7. Press any button on remote #1 twice. ECU responds by locking and unlocking the car doors.
  8. Additional remotes, repeat Step 7 for up to 3 remotes total.
  9. Remove the key from the ignition and the ECU will respond a final time with a series (about 4) of door locks and unlocks. You're done!

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does this work for 2008 US model Mazda3?

gwyneth said...

Not sure. You might want to ask your question here: http://www.torontomazda3.ca/
Thats where I got my info from. There are Mazda dealers in the forum who might have a better idea..
Hope this helps!

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Josh said...

What year is your car? Do all the buttons work properly and will this remote work for an 08 Mz3?

David said...

Do you know of a way to reprogram the transponder if you only have one of the original transponder keys?

jay said...

What year is your car? Will this work on a 2006 Mazda3? Thanks.

gwyneth said...

My Mazda 3 is a 2007. I'm not sure about the 2006 Mazda. You might want to ask your question here: http://www.torontomazda3.ca/

Anonymous said...

Amazing research, detailed posting and commentary. I just bought a 2007 Mazda 3 Hatchback for my kid and was growing wearing of online searches resulting in "no" for switchblade keys for '07 Mazda 3. I'm off to purchase and follow your instructions. Thank-you! Gary

Anonymous said...

What month and year was your Mazda 3 manufactured and where: US or Canda? I've been told this will not work on US Manufactured 2007 Mazda 3's.

gwyneth said...

My Mazada was manufactured in Canada. I'm not sure about this US model restriction. Maybe some of the guys at http://www.torontomazda3.ca/ can answer your question.

Anonymous said...

Will it work for a Mazda3 Hatchback 2004? And is it easy to program it to your Mazda?

Pedro said...

HI!
Have a question for you.
The 2007 mazda 3 that i bought came with 2 remote flip keys.
Last week i had lost one of them.
I saw this blog about ptogram a flip key and have some doubts:
1 - What is the 2 pre-programmed transponder keys? is the 2 that came with the car?
2 - 1 new transponder key is the one you bought?
3 - In my case, can i order a new key like u did, and then how to program it?
4 - How can i make the lost key with no remote acess? and no ignition acess? is it possible to change the codes for the car only work with a new key a the remaing original key?
Hope my english is understadble.
Regards from Portugal!

gwyneth said...

1 - What is the 2 pre-programmed transponder keys? is the 2 that came with the car?
***** Yes - You need two programmed keys before you can program a new one

2 - 1 new transponder key is the one you bought?
***** Yes

3 - In my case, can i order a new key like u did, and then how to program it?
***** You said you had 2 keys and lost one. So you dont have 2 programmed keys. I dont think you can proceed. You might need to go to the dealer and have them program the key for you.

4 - How can i make the lost key with no remote acess? and no ignition acess? is it possible to change the codes for the car only work with a new key a the remaing original key?
***** I'm not sure I understand you. You dont have access to the inside of the car?!

Pedro said...

1 - What is the 2 pre-programmed transponder keys? is the 2 that came with the car?
***** Yes - You need two programmed keys before you can program a new one

Do u think it's possible that i can insert my pre-programed key twice so the car thinks i got two and then insert the 3 new key?

About question nº 4 was if its possible to erase all keys and give a new code to all of them
thanks for the help

Pedro said...

Another question for you:
I contacted a ebay seller of flip keys and he's not sure that the key is going to work on my car.
do u know if mazda keys chips are all the same? how can i tell if its going to work or not?
thanks

gwyneth said...

Do u think it's possible that i can insert my pre-programed key twice so the car thinks i got two and then insert the 3 new key?
**** No I don't think its possible. Imagine if you gave one key to a valet then they would be able to copy it.

About question nº 4 was if its possible to erase all keys and give a new code to all of them
thanks for the help
*** I think you'll need to go to the dealer to erase all the keys. Again this is a security issue and so you'll probably need to go to the dealer.


I contacted a ebay seller of flip keys and he's not sure that the key is going to work on my car.
do u know if mazda keys chips are all the same? how can i tell if its going to work or not?
*** You'll need to ask a mazda dealer. For my 2007 these are the Part Numbers: G2YA-76-2GXB - Flip Key ($37.93) GP7A-67-5RYB - Remote ($25.50)

You can ask a dealer on this forum for more deatails on what your options are: http://www.torontomazda3.ca/
They are really helpful and can offer good deals on OEM products.

Robert said...

It Worked on My 2010 Mazda 6!

Just make sure you open the keyfob and make sure that the FCC ID numbers are the same. There are a few out there and if you buy one with the wrong FCC ID number it wont work.
Examples:
FCC BGBX1T478SKE12501
FCC KPU41788

Anonymous said...

Works on a 2007 Mazda 5 too!

Robert said...

Fantastic.

This works on a 2010 Madza 6 too!

So Simple.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I have a Mazda 6 2005. It doesnt have a flip key and i bought a blank one. I cant seem to program it. Do you have any ideas??

Pedro said...

Hi everyone!
I have a 2 button remote! does anyone know if i can program the 3 or 4 button remote to my car? the dealer said is not possible. And i can't find a 2 button remote anywhere! if u know where can i buy this, please let me know!
best regards

Anonymous said...

Will this work for 2010 Mazda3 hatchback?

Chase said...

Hi, I found a key on eBay that is like the Mazda6 flip key but it does not have the trunk release button. Do you think it would be able to be programmed to be used with my Mazda3 just like in the article? (Only mine would not have the trunk release button?)

Aftab Sultan said...

Hey, where did you get the remote for $25? I can't find it any cheaper than $36.

gerryd3 said...

Dealer quoted $270 for key and programming on 2007 CX7. I will try to find alternate solution.
Any idea how to change the battery in the fob? the keyless buttons no longer work.

Anonymous said...

i have a 2007 Mazda 6 with a flip key remote. I dropped the key and it fell apart. when I put it back together the remote works but the car wont start. When I started to use the spare key, the car started but the remote doesnt. Is it possible to reprogram my two keys.

stewart g said...

i cannot get it to go it into program
mode it does recognize the sequence but does not do the lock unlock when i pull the key out it then goes out of program mode

Robert said...

I only needed to add an additional FOB and it worked just fine on my 2005 Mazda 3.
The only Change was that my car lock and unlocked twice at the end.
Got it done in less than 2 minutes.

Thanks.

Samuel Mitgang said...

No :( I tried with both FCCID#s too. I'm a locksmith and I carry hear keys and own an 08 speed3

Brad S said...

Instructions for "Programming the Remote" worked for me on a 2010 Mazda 3. Thank you!