Thought I'd write up my findings on getting a spare key cut for my Mk2 MX5.
Mazda wanted a total of £110 for a new key to supply, cut and code the transponder chip
My local Timpsons shoe/key shop supplied, cut, and were able to read & code the transponder for my car - cost £30
Elsewhere on the forum other members with mk1's + transponder also had theirs successfully cut and coded.
So far we know that the following cars can have new keys made successfully by non-main dealer:
1996 Mk1 with Transponder
1997 Mk1 with Transponder
1998 Mk1 with Transponder
1999 Mk2 with Transponder
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