HOW TO GUIDE: Toyota Estima RKE Keyfob Programming

Toyota Estima 1995-1997 RKE Keyfob Programming

A easy guide to programming the RKE Keyfob for the Toyota Estima from 1995, 1996, and 1997. Please follow the steps provided below.

  1. Locate ECU Programming Receiver

    LOCATE the ECU Programming Receiver.

  2. Insert Key into Ignition

    INSERT key into Ignition and TURN to the ON position.

  3. Enter Programming Mode

    PRESS and HOLD the ECU’s Programming Switch for 3 seconds using a paperclip or small screwdriver. The Status Monitor LED light will turn on for 5 seconds to indicate successful entry into Programming Mode..

  4. Program Remote

    WITHIN 5 seconds, PRESS and RELEASE ANY button on the remote. The Status Monitor LED light will turn OFF, the piezo chirper will chirp ONCE and the exterior lights will flash ONCE to indicate successful programming of the remote. IF you hold the button too long and the vehicle alarm sounds, simply press the TOP button on the remote to reset the alarm.

  5. EXIT Programming Mode

    TURN OFF the Ignition to EXIT Programming Mode.

  6. Test Remotes

    TEST all remotes. Programming is complete.

Programming Notes:

  • Verify the following prior to following these instructions:
    • Your vehicle is equipped with keyless entry, and
    • You have a key fob remote that is compatible with your vehicle.
  • Obtain ALL remote transmitters for this vehicle.
  • Important: For MOST vehicles, the ECU Programming Receiver is located UNDERNEATH either the Driver or Passenger front seats. For SOME vehicles, it is located BEHIND the Driver’s Dash and can be accessed by prying out the black faceplate (5”x3”) BEHIND the mirror control switch. It is a BLACK box with 3 connectors and a recessed GREEN RESET button. Refer to the Owner’s Manual for your vehicle’s ECU location.


1. Sit in vehicle with all doors closed (including boot).
2. Open driver’s door.
3. Insert and remove key from ignition barrel twice (In-Out In-Out).
4. Close and open driver’s door twice. (Close-Open Close-Open).
5. Insert and remove key from ignition barrel once (In-Out).
6. Close and open driver’s door twice (Close-Open Close Open).
7. Close the door (keep it closed).
8. Insert key in to ignition barrel till the tachometer needle goes up (approx 2 seconds) then turn the key to the
Off/Lock position and remove from ignition barrel.
The door locks should now lock and unlock. You are now in learn mode.
9. On the new remote, press and hold Lock and Unlock together for 4 seconds then release.
10. Then press Lock by itself for 4 seconds.
11. If successful, the door locks will lock and unlock.
12. If door locks sequence twice, this indicates the timing of the buttons hasn’t been performed correctly. Simply
repeat steps 9+10.
13. Repeat steps 9+10 for any additional remotes. Old remotes do not need to be re-learnt.
14. To exit learn mode, simply open and close driver’s door.

Toyota Estima 1998-2019 RKE Keyfob Programming

To successfully program the RKE key fob on a Toyota ESTIMA produced in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2022, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, or 2022, an OBD 2 scan tool that supports keyfob/RKE programming is necessary. The Launch X431 Pro Series is simply one of several scanning equipment on the market today.

Learning More About Toyota Previa

The Toyota Previa is a car that was produced from 1990 until October 2019 across three generations.

The first generation Previa was 4,750 mm (187.0 in) long and 1,800 mm (70.9 in) wide.

The two received small redesigns in 1994 and a facelift in 1996. The first generation Previa was available in both rear- and front-wheel drive versions (called) and was powered by a 135 PS (99 kW) four-cylinder 2.4-liter fuel injection engine.

Available with a four-speed or five-speed gearbox, this Previa also seated seven or eight people, with three seating configurations offered (North America only received the seven passenger configurations, however). All configurations have a driver and front passenger seat forward, and a three-seat bench seat at the rear that splits and folds flat against the sides of the cabin.

In the US, the Previa was sold from March 1990 (for the 1991 model year) until 1997.

It was imported from Japan to compete with the successful minivan and its twins, the and .

The Chrysler CEO accused Toyota of marketing the Previa in the United States in order to take market share in the minivan segment from Chrysler.

While the Previa proved more popular than the model it replaced, it did not acquire significant market share from Chrysler—due to its higher price, controversial styling (for its time), lower fuel economy and engine performance—and also due to Chrysler launching redesigned minivans around the same time.

At the same time, this layout gave the Previa greater interior space than its Chrysler competitors.

Initially, the S/C engine was only available as an option on the LE for the 1994 model year and on all models for 1995. The United States version of the Previa was discontinued after the 1997 model year, replaced by the more traditionally designed, US-designed and built, and based. They gave the Toyota Previa a “poor” rating.

The first market Previas were sold in September 1990, with one trim level called GL, followed by GX and GS in later years.

No diesel engine Previas were made for the UK market.

The first generation Previa was marketed in the Netherlands between 1991 and 1994.

In 1994, the supercharged or SC model was made standard on all Previas.

When the later-style update models came out in Australia, the top-of-the-line GLS model was renamed “Ultima,” and the Getaway became a standard trim level and was renamed “Getaway II.”The five-speed manual Previas (North American models) were made from 1990 through to 1993 (model years 1991 to 1993); none of these had a supercharger.

Starting in 1991 for model year 1992, Previas (North American models) came with a driver’s side airbag and a third brake light, with dual airbags becoming standard in September 1993 for model year 1994, becoming the first minivan to offer a passenger airbag as standard.

From 1991 to 1997 (from 1992 to 1997 model years), North American Previas also came with a swivel feature on the optional middle-row captain’s chairs; 1990 to 1991 production (1991 model year) had fixed optional captain’s chairs.

Available on Previas outside the U.S. was an ice-maker/refrigerator that doubled as a beverage heater called the Hot/Cool Box.

The engine management system computer (the Engine Control Unit, or ECU) tells an electromagnetic clutch when to turn on the supercharger.Previas have optional dual moonroofs: a power horizontal-sliding glass moonroof above the middle row of passengers, and a pop-up glass moonroof above the front seats.

Previas were also the first vans to pass all US safety standards as pertaining to front impact, driver airbag, passenger airbag, center-mounted brake light, ABS, daylights, etc. is below average (11–13 L/100 km or 18.1–21.4 mpg city, 10–11 L/100 km or 21.4–23.5 mpg highway); the small engine needs to work a bit harder owing to the power-to-weight ratio of the vehicle, compared with today’s 6-cylinder engines.

The Previa gives a practically panoramic view, excluding the pillars behind the front doors.

This also turns the van into a greenhouse, accumulating extreme heat in a short period of time, although solar control glass later became an option to help alleviate the problem.

Previas are affectionately called “eggvans”, “eggs”, or “beans” because of their shape.

In Australia, they have been referred to as “Wombats”, because they somewhat resemble the marsupial.

In New Zealand, they are very popular and are referred to as “Bucky” buses.

In the United States, the first generation Previa model variations are: DX, DX, DX S/C, LE, LE, LE S/C, LE S/C (where S/C = Supercharged and AllTrac = 4WD), LE S/C (where S/C = Supercharged and AllTrac = 4WD).Because there isn’t enough room to remove spark plug leads or spark plugs, the front passenger seat and a section of the floor pan must be removed to perform a tune-up.

The first generation Previa was sold outside the United States until January 8, 2000, when a newer front-wheel drive second generation replaced it.

The second generation Previa had a slightly longer wheelbase (2900 mm) and was both narrower (1790 mm) and lower (1770 mm) than the first one; it switched to and was based on the . It was produced with sliding rear passenger doors on both sides and offered space for up to six, seven or eight passengers, and, as with the first generation, was sold as the Estima in Japan and as the Tarago in Australia.

The third-generation model was introduced in 2006 in the Japanese and Australian markets as the Estima and Tarago, respectively, and as the Previa in other markets.

In some markets, such as Hong Kong and Taiwan, Toyota announced the 3.5-liter V6 model in January 2007, but it was dropped from the lineup after its major facelift in 2016. In the Philippines, the XR50 replaced the XR40 Previa in 2009. (source:wiki)

Thank you very much! This tutorial was compiled and researched by Erwin Salarda.