Thanks to all of you I have managed to salvage a three-button remote that I had kept from my Ford Freestar as a trade-in for my recently bought Mercury Mariner. Owner's manual was not in car when I bought it. I did manage to DL a PDF of the owner's manual just the other day but after my original post. And yes the procedure was listed in there. My fault for not getting the manual online before my post here. Amazingly, the three-button remote from my '04 Freestar does, indeed, work( perhaps, not so amazing, since the functions are limited and very basic and the remote works a vehicle in the Ford family). But what really concerns me now is how all mfg-ers now are going to transponder-chip keys and all the hoops you have to jump through to get spare keys anymore. The alternative of spending anywhere of up to $200 per cut and programmed key by the dealer is downright criminal. Is it not enough that almost all vehicles from 2005 to present come with an extensive security/anti-theft feature set (both passive and active) already built into the vehicle not counting the X-ponder key itself? Is society so paranoid that it accepts this kind of over-reaction built into our everyday appliances? What's next? Biometric scan of the thumbprint on the door handles? And then a retinal scan once in the driver's seat (just incase the would-be thief cut your thumb off). Oooops, that wouldn't be enough. He could easily dig your eyeball out too just to steal your car. Yeah I saw "Minority Report"