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Thanks for reporting back!

I am glad you got it working. I tried the key in my 2004 and had no problem, but the car was still pretty new. I did check my key in my 2013 when I picked it up from the dealer and it worked fine too. I'll have to carry some lock lubricant spray in case I have to get in with the key.

In my 2004 the charge rate is limited so it does take a while to re-charge the 12Volt battery. Also the 12Volt batteries do not take full discharges well and never seem to fully recover. You man want to keep an eye on the battery. It doesn't really matter if you are driving the car or not. As long as it is in the READY mode and in either Drive or Park the battery will be charging. Keep an eye on the Traction battery level. It will slowly drop down and then engine will turn on when it hits 2 bars. I've noticed that the rate of traction battery charge drop slows down as the 12Volt batter reaches full charge.

I have taken my 2004 out for a couple of hour drive and that seems to completely re-charge it. That is easy to do at rush hour in a big city like Seattle or Portland. I have found my 12Volt battery lasts about 3 years before I have to change it.

One warning: if you try to jumper the car from another vehicle remember to check the polarity of the cables because a reversal is pretty much fatal on the hybrid electronics (from my reading of others that have done so).

Good luck - these are good cars.
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