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I lost my car keys to a Oldsmobile 88' 1998, does anyone know if there is a chip in that ignition key? I am trying to figure out how much this is gonna cost me.

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There is a chip and a replacement runs about 100.00 good luck

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Yes it is a coded key, the problem is without the resistance value of the original key (the little piece of resistive wire embedded in the key shaft) you will have re-program the system to the new key value. The keys will run about $20 US each and the programming about 1/2 hr or $50. Do yourself a favor get two keys done.

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