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Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: United Kingdom
156 Black Key saga
I am trying to put together some definitive answers to some of the questions we have regarding the 156 black keys. I have drawn some conclusions from my own experiences.
When I purchased my 156 from a main dealer (Allams), it came with 2 keys. This is correct. There is no master key for the 156. It also came with a code card. This is not normal due to the UK insurance company restrictions, but not unheard of. It is however, a bonus if you have the key code card.
When testing the keys, I found one fob did not work due to a stuck button. The dealer ordered a brand new key at cost to them. When the key arrived, they took the car, the new key, the old working key, and the key code card. When the job was completed, I had a brand new key, working old key and a new code card. Soon after however, the old key stopped working! The dealer ordered another brand new key. (10/10 for Allams for customer care by the way)
The new key was delivered to my house. Interestingly, it came with a key code card. It seems that there is no such thing as a blank key. I think any key can be reprogrammed as long as the original code is known. The downside is of course that as already said, code cards are not usually issued so I doubt if any of those ebay keys will have a known code. If you can get hold of a key from a scrapped vehicle that you know the registration number of, or the chassis number, Alfa should be able to get the original key code, although they will charge for this.
Hope this may be of use or interest to someone.