A tired topic - 147 keys, and immobiliser transponders
It's been a long time but like many do, I came back. And I'm back with a problem. The 2002 147 we bought had only one working key and a "spare" which is cut correctly, but the immobiliser rejects it.
We were trusting to fate but it came unstuck today - the key dropped from my pocket at a busy local market. Searched for an hour, made enquiries, nothing. The car has been opened and then towed home. I have used the "spare" to lock it up, but it can't be started.
I've been quoted $280 for a new key from Italy and a programming fee, taking it over $400. Obviously with a key that can turn the lock, I would like to know if there is a less expensive way to get the immobiliser to recognise this key. I've looked through the forum posts but there is a lot of confusing and conflicting advice.
In particular this isn't about alarm codes, and the 147 is different to the 156 - there is no master key. I am talking about the immobiliser transponder which activates the ignition, not the remote door unlock etc.
Does anyone have a clear answer on this? I am in Australia so my options may be limited unfortunately. Thanks for taking the time to read.