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When I took delivery of my 2008 RX350 the only thing missing was the "wallet" key. The dealer told me he would "look into it." He finally tells me that they stopped offering them for the 2008. I say BS......who's right?

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Can't say for 2008 - but I got one for 2009RX

...as I suspected - amd the maunual clearly states they are supplied....so any thoughts as to how I go about getting a replacement?

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Can't say for 2008 - but I got one for 2009RX

...as I suspected - amd the maunual clearly states they are supplied....so any thoughts as to how I go about getting a replacement?

Actually - let me re-think that. I got four items: 1. two keys with remote; 2. one key that contains electronics (a chip) to allow the user to drive the car (is that the 'valet' key? I've never used it and don't know if it operates the glove-box) but no remote capability; and 3. an electronic credit-card-sized-but-thicker 'card' that contains two elements: one is a metal 'stem' (that can be separated from the card) that allows the opening of the door but not the start-up of the engine, except - for the latter - when a side of the 'card' containing the chip is held in close proximity to the ignition switch. [since I am concerned about being locked out the one day when it is most inconvenient, i.e when I have lost the key while out, I have hidden the 'stem' around the outside of the car, and hidden the stemless card somewhere inside the car. Thus, I will be able to open the car with the stem, then get the card, then start the engine if need be, and make my way home.] I don't know if any of those keys/card qualify as a 'valet' key. The one key that contains an electronic chip but is not 'remote' has a plastic covered head, and the head is about 1/2 - 2/3 the size of the 'remote' key. I have always thought of the key with chip but not remote as the 'valet' key. And the credit-card-sized 'combo' as the 'wallet' key. -- I hope this helps.

Of course, the easy way to check is to call a Lexus dealer and advise you wish to order the 'wallet' key for your vehicle. If they accept the order - bingo!

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I received the credit card key with my 08 RX.

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Can't say for 2008 - but I got one for 2009RX

...as I suspected - amd the maunual clearly states they are supplied....so any thoughts as to how I go about getting a replacement?

Actually - let me re-think that. I got four items: 1. two keys with remote; 2. one key that contains electronics (a chip) to allow the user to drive the car (is that the 'valet' key? I've never used it and don't know if it operates the glove-box) but no remote capability; and 3. an electronic credit-card-sized-but-thicker 'card' that contains two elements: one is a metal 'stem' (that can be separated from the card) that allows the opening of the door but not the start-up of the engine, except - for the latter - when a side of the 'card' containing the chip is held in close proximity to the ignition switch. [since I am concerned about being locked out the one day when it is most inconvenient, i.e when I have lost the key while out, I have hidden the 'stem' around the outside of the car, and hidden the stemless card somewhere inside the car. Thus, I will be able to open the car with the stem, then get the card, then start the engine if need be, and make my way home.] I don't know if any of those keys/card qualify as a 'valet' key. The one key that contains an electronic chip but is not 'remote' has a plastic covered head, and the head is about 1/2 - 2/3 the size of the 'remote' key. I have always thought of the key with chip but not remote as the 'valet' key. And the credit-card-sized 'combo' as the 'wallet' key. -- I hope this helps.

Of course, the easy way to check is to call a Lexus dealer and advise you wish to order the 'wallet' key for your vehicle. If they accept the order - bingo!

Precisley: I have the two fully functional remote keys as well as the "valet" key, but the card that holds a metal key that can be popped out and used to gingerly open the door if you lock your keys inside is what's missing. And - yes they do work as I needed to engage it once (silly me). I was not aware of the "hold the wallet in proximity to the ignition switch" properties but shoudl I actually get this wallet key it will be worth a try.

Thanks

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Can't say for 2008 - but I got one for 2009RX

...as I suspected - amd the maunual clearly states they are supplied....so any thoughts as to how I go about getting a replacement?

Actually - let me re-think that. I got four items: 1. two keys with remote; 2. one key that contains electronics (a chip) to allow the user to drive the car (is that the 'valet' key? I've never used it and don't know if it operates the glove-box) but no remote capability; and 3. an electronic credit-card-sized-but-thicker 'card' that contains two elements: one is a metal 'stem' (that can be separated from the card) that allows the opening of the door but not the start-up of the engine, except - for the latter - when a side of the 'card' containing the chip is held in close proximity to the ignition switch. [since I am concerned about being locked out the one day when it is most inconvenient, i.e when I have lost the key while out, I have hidden the 'stem' around the outside of the car, and hidden the stemless card somewhere inside the car. Thus, I will be able to open the car with the stem, then get the card, then start the engine if need be, and make my way home.] I don't know if any of those keys/card qualify as a 'valet' key. The one key that contains an electronic chip but is not 'remote' has a plastic covered head, and the head is about 1/2 - 2/3 the size of the 'remote' key. I have always thought of the key with chip but not remote as the 'valet' key. And the credit-card-sized 'combo' as the 'wallet' key. -- I hope this helps.

Of course, the easy way to check is to call a Lexus dealer and advise you wish to order the 'wallet' key for your vehicle. If they accept the order - bingo!

Precisley: I have the two fully functional remote keys as well as the "valet" key, but the card that holds a metal key that can be popped out and used to gingerly open the door if you lock your keys inside is what's missing. And - yes they do work as I needed to engage it once (silly me). I was not aware of the "hold the wallet in proximity to the ignition switch" properties but shoudl I actually get this wallet key it will be worth a try.

Thanks

I wish you luck. Let us know.

I had first purchased a 3-year old 99RX300, CPO, some seven or eight years ago. They gave me one remote key, one 'valet' key, one 'wallet' key, telling me this was the complete set. Only a couple of years later, when my girl-friend had her keys stolen and I had new 'locks and keys' put in, did I realize that in fact two (not one) remote keys were normally provided! They try to get away with what they can.

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Can't say for 2008 - but I got one for 2009RX

...as I suspected - amd the maunual clearly states they are supplied....so any thoughts as to how I go about getting a replacement?

Actually - let me re-think that. I got four items: 1. two keys with remote; 2. one key that contains electronics (a chip) to allow the user to drive the car (is that the 'valet' key? I've never used it and don't know if it operates the glove-box) but no remote capability; and 3. an electronic credit-card-sized-but-thicker 'card' that contains two elements: one is a metal 'stem' (that can be separated from the card) that allows the opening of the door but not the start-up of the engine, except - for the latter - when a side of the 'card' containing the chip is held in close proximity to the ignition switch. [since I am concerned about being locked out the one day when it is most inconvenient, i.e when I have lost the key while out, I have hidden the 'stem' around the outside of the car, and hidden the stemless card somewhere inside the car. Thus, I will be able to open the car with the stem, then get the card, then start the engine if need be, and make my way home.] I don't know if any of those keys/card qualify as a 'valet' key. The one key that contains an electronic chip but is not 'remote' has a plastic covered head, and the head is about 1/2 - 2/3 the size of the 'remote' key. I have always thought of the key with chip but not remote as the 'valet' key. And the credit-card-sized 'combo' as the 'wallet' key. -- I hope this helps.

Of course, the easy way to check is to call a Lexus dealer and advise you wish to order the 'wallet' key for your vehicle. If they accept the order - bingo!

Precisley: I have the two fully functional remote keys as well as the "valet" key, but the card that holds a metal key that can be popped out and used to gingerly open the door if you lock your keys inside is what's missing. And - yes they do work as I needed to engage it once (silly me). I was not aware of the "hold the wallet in proximity to the ignition switch" properties but shoudl I actually get this wallet key it will be worth a try.

Thanks

I wish you luck. Let us know.

I had first purchased a 3-year old 99RX300, CPO, some seven or eight years ago. They gave me one remote key, one 'valet' key, one 'wallet' key, telling me this was the complete set. Only a couple of years later, when my girl-friend had her keys stolen and I had new 'locks and keys' put in, did I realize that in fact two (not one) remote keys were normally provided! They try to get away with what they can.

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I purchased a 2008 recently from Coliseum Lexus in Oakland, CA and they made me a brand new wallet key which, of course, included new programming.

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I just bought a 2007 rx 350 and have only one main key.  However I found in the glove box a stem key removable form another plastic holder.

the stem key opens the door and fits in ignition however will not turn even while holding the plastic case close to the ignition.

 

any ideas?

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