Ok, just came across my first "major" problem with my 156 this morning.
The remote central locking has been a little dodgy for about a week or so, i.e. pressing the button on the fob - light flashes, but car doesn't unlock. I tried a few times, and then the button pressed in so far, it got stuck.
It's a 2001 156 2.0 TS with the black "flip" type key.
I needed to get in my car anyhow so i manually unlocked the car and opened the door (of course the alarm goes off, time after time after time.) After a bit of fiddling with the remote boot lid button on the fob, the alarm has stopped....for now.
I've been in touch with my local Alfa Dealer (Preston) and they've quoted me somewhere near £350 inc. VAT for a new key, re-programme and code
. Apparently the new key is £219 inc. VAT and the re-programme is £111 inc. VAT.
Now, to me, this seems like outright extortion, or are keys really that expensive for Alfa's?? I've read about people getting new keys for around £100 + VAT. + programming etc.
Since the heart-breaking phone call to Alfa, i've taken the key apart to fix the "pushed in" button and found the micro-switch had come away from the solder points on the chip, so i've re-soldered it and the button SEEMS to work ok (red light flashes), but i'm currently at work and i'm not near my car so i haven't tested it.
Does anyone know anywhere i could get a new key/programme/code for substantially less than £350?? I'm up in Blackpool and a "local" or "mobile" expert will be useful.