Hi, I'm hoping someone can suggest a reasonably cheap solution to this problem.
When I bought my T reg 156 I was told there was a problem with the key but I could easily get a replacement from Alfa for about £50. I stupidly accepted this and bought the car because I had already decided that I wanted it!
I only have one key. It has a red plastic moulding which contains the immobiliser coding. At some point the key part has broken off and someone has had a standard door key type replacement made up so that now you have to hold the two close together in the ignition when turning the key in order for the car to start. This has worked fine (with one or two exceptions, having to take the key out and put it back in again) for the last six months. However it has recently decided not to work for some reason and I have had to try it 50+ times before the code light goes out on the dash and I can start the car. There doesn't seem to be any reason why it works some times and not others - I always put the key and the immobiliser together the same way.
I have gone to a couple of Alfa dealerships and they say they can order a new key at a cost of £120+VAT!
plus the cost of them recoding it. And even then they can't guarantee it would work as the problem could be something else!
I've tried a few locksmiths who can make up new keys and match the coding but they can't do it for Alfas. This car has cost me nearly £1000 since I bought it so hoping I can sort this without having to pay hundreds more. Any suggestions would be really appreciated! Thanks