KeyFob RKE Programming Procedure: Volkswagen Sharan 1997

Volkswagen Sharan 1997 KeyFob Remote Keyless Entry Programming Procedure



Re-initializing Procedure – Radio frequency key fobs (Type 2)

Note. If battery is replaced inside key fob or if key fob buttons are operated repeatedly whilst vehicle is out of range and central locking / alarm system becomes inoperative, carry out the following reinitializing procedure.


  • Press either the “Lock” or “Unlock” button for 1 second on the key fob

KeyFob RKE Programming Procedure: Volkswagen Sharon 1997


  • Manually “Unlock” or “Lock” the vehicle using the key
  • Repeat above procedure to re-initialize any remaining key fobs.
  • Confirm operation of key fobs by locking and unlocking vehicle using key fob buttons.




About Volkswagen Sharan

The design and technology of the Sharan (including Alhambra and Galaxy) was a mix between both Volkswagen and Ford. The design was a compromise solution, with the front looking similar to a Ford Mondeo Mk1 and the rear like Volkswagen Passat (B4). Each of the three MPV models had its own subtle differences in exterior, and, for the Galaxy, in interior design. The first generation’s initial design was completed under Greg M Greeson, an American designer employed in Volkswagen’s Advanced Design Studio in Düsseldorf, West Germany from 1989 to 1990.

Some small visual changes in 1998 included new door wings derived from the Volkswagen Golf Mk4 and some changes in the dashboard.

The Sharan received a EuroNCAP three star safety rating when it was tested in 1999.

The Sharan and its stablemates received a major facelift in May 2000. At this time, Volkswagen also extended the wheelbase by 6 mm (0.2 in), increased the front and rear track, and gave it the “Volkswagen family” look of the time including a brand new dashboard no longer sourced from Ford. Seven seats now came as standard.

A further minor cosmetic facelift was implemented in September 2003 for the model year of 2004. This changed, primarily, the grille, and tail lights (round). Also, more standard equipment was added, including air conditioning and curtain side air bags. In 2006, Ford independently introduced a new Galaxy which was not based on the Sharan and Alhambra designs from the Volkswagen Group.

The new Galaxy was built at a dedicated Ford plant in Limburg, Belgium. The last first generation Ford Galaxy rolled off the AutoEuropa line at the end of 2005, while the first generation Sharan and SEAT Alhambra continued in production, alongside the Volkswagen Eos and the new Scirocco, until August 2010.

A BlueMotion variant was introduced in 2008 and went on sale in Germany in May 2008, with lower (159g/km) CO2 emissions and average fuel consumption of 38 mpg U.S. In the UK only 60 BlueMotions were expected to shift per year, and it was on sale there until February 2011.

In June 2006, PrinceGas and Volkswagen launched the Sharan with a 2.0 L 85 kW (114 hp) flexible fuel engine, which could work with either petrol or autogas (liquified petroleum gas), providing an additional 450 km (280 mi) range over the regular 2.0L petrol engine. Both fuel tanks, the 70L (18 US gallon) petrol tank and the 60L liquid gas tank combined, give the Sharan enough fuel to cover 730 km (454 mi) between refuels at an average fuel consumption of 9.6 L/100 km.

The liquid gas tank is built into the spare wheel well so it does not compromise on passenger and loading space of the Sharan’s interior, although it does eliminate the spare tyre. (Source Wiki)

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