Make a Replacement Key for 2006 Toyota Camry Solara




Recently purchased a 'new' 2006 Toyota Camry Solara (officially that's it's name - so most Camry instructions will probably work on the Camry Solara), but unfortunately it only came with one key. Since we have lost keys to cars in the past, I didn't want to be stuck with a car without a key, so we needed some backup.

Dealers will cut and program a key for you, but you're clearly going to spend more than $100 per key based on what I've learned from reading on the interwebs. I'm too cheap for that.

So here is the step by step instructions (that I followed) to get a replacement key.

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Step 1: Buy a Transponder Key

You'll need the key that fits the Solara (Solara is essentially a convertible Camry, so keep that in mind when looking up parts, etc). Make sure you're buying a TRANSPONDER key - I saw some listings for what would essentially be a door key, but wouldn't work in the ignition.

I bought two on e-bay for less than $13. They showed up fast. The key's code is "4D-67" so probably just looking for that would be sufficient.

Step 2: Get the Keys Cut for You

Cutting car keys is apparently much more difficult than cutting house keys. I went to ACE hardware and they were reluctant to do it. Once I promised I wouldn't hold them accountable if the key didn't work, they were willing to do it.

They cut four keys for me - three worked. Luckily both for my car worked. My wife will have to be careful with the one backup key I made for her minivan.

You should check the key in both the door and the ignition. It should turn and sound like it's starting the car, but it won't really start.

Step 3: Looks Pretty Close to Me

Step 4: Programming Instructions

Following these rules worked for me, but I did not create them. If it doesn't work the first time, try it again.

Sit in the car with the doors closed and locked.

Put the Master key in and out the ignition five times (without turning it), leaving it in the ignition on the fifth time.

Open and close driver's side door six times.

Pull the Master key out of the ignition

Put the new key into ignition (without turning it).

Wait at least one minute -- you'll see the security light blinking on and off and eventually turn completely off.

Take the newly programmed key out of the ignition and open close the door.

You should now be able to start the car with the newly programmed key.

Step 5: Final Notes

Getting a key cut at a locksmith is supposedly less of a hassle than I thought but probably more expensive than ACE charged me. Still, it was cheaper to have them ruin a $7 key than it was to pay a locksmith to do the other three that worked.

The key supplier I used has a store here:

There are other sellers of the same item, and there is no specific reason I used this seller.

I ordered some key fobs and I'll post another instructable if I get them successfully programmed.

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    8 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Worked like a charm. Bought key on amazon had it cut at walmart. Both the original and new key work. Bought a keyfob also and that worked. Total replacement key+fob about $20.

    2 replies

    Reply 1 year ago

    Glad it worked for you! Always rewarding to hear my efforts from 4 years ago are still helping people. Thank you for letting me know!


    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks so much. Got used car from family member with only 1 key and 1 fob. Thought I was in for a $400+ cost to get second set. Your efforts to put this page together is greatly appreciated. Gotta love the Internet! I'd love to buy you a beer. Now that I think about it I have a 1 day 2 park ticket for you and a significant other to Universal Studios Orlando if you want i (supplies are limited so speak up). Also a 1/2 off discount to on-site hotels (portifino, hard rock, royal pacific) as long as you agree not to trash the room :) And I'd still like to meet you and buy you that beer.

    Thanks again

    PS if you stay at one of those hotels your room key is an express pass which cuts lines more than half. It's awesome.


    4 years ago on Step 4

    Thank you for this! There were a bazillion different methods listed in my internet searches and none worked. Until I found this which did! Sophie (my 2006 Toyota Solara SLEV6 Ragtop) and I are eternally grateful. -Drew

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    Reply 4 years ago

    You're welcome. Glad it worked for you, too.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Sophie when I found her but only having one key. Not good!