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when you change the battery, does everything then have to be reprogrammed? on 2008 Mini Cooper Clubman

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We were told by the dealership that if the battery is removed than everything needs reprogramming which of course we would need rhe dealer to do but I sort of feel scammed? This cost $276.00 & was not covered under our extended wauranty.
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no but the theft system may require your personal PIN code for radio.I bet if you let it set 24 hrs it will work rediculace to tell you car needs to be reprogramed you didn't change the computer .Hope you have code for radio