Fixing all your keys
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: United Kingdom
County: Tyne and Wear
The replacement cases are all over Ebay like a rash. I've seen a few variants and, well, they work fine if you aren't too fussy. The plastic is a bit cheap and they aren't anywhere near as good as the later Alfa cases with the rubberised patch around the buttons, but as a replacement for the earlier plastic Alfa cases they are ok.
Changing the blade is easy enough, chuck away the 'new uncut blade' and put the entire blade assembly in from the old case.
One word of warning; you need all the internal parts from your old case, which means the two internal prongs of metal for batter contacts. One of these is often lost and one is not easy to remove and refit without it becoming loose, and a nuisance when it shifts and looses contact in your new case. Also, despite the pictures on Ebay, don't think you will get a nice enamelled Alfa badge, because you won't.
So, yes they are fine if you have lost your battery holder or damaged a spare case, but IMO if you are getting a replacement case for a daily key them buy a second-hand case in the later design with rubberised buttons and swap your blade, circuit and immobiliser chip as the original Alfa cases are a far superior design in many ways, including appearance.