Hi guys, I have been messaging on the forum in regard to obtaining a duplicate key for my second hand 156 2.5 V6 sedan (2000 model). There are several posts from Chris, Minirib and yourself with dire warnings about the expense and complexity of the process as I have a Philips ID46 transponder chip in the old style red key fob.
To summarise my progress so far, the Alfa Service guys wanted $250 - $750 plus programming to make me a new key (All the way from Italy no less), for a vehicle that cost $2000. I approached several local locksmiths (in Australia) to cut just an emergency key, but the blanks are according to them unobtainable in this country. (Bugger!)
Plan B : Try somewhere else. Behold "Keys In The Post", a UK based locksmith firm, have cut and sent me an unchipped key to open the doors and boot using my code card (supplied with the car when purchased in Australia) for £12.50. I have also purchased a (supposedly) blank Philips ID46 chip, this is still on the way from Europe.
So the big question is, if I combine the cut blade and the blank chip, is it technically possible to marry the 2 electronically, and create a new key capable of starting my car?. The door remote is a secondary problem, because as far I can glean from the information in the forum, the remote only locks the doors and is not linked to the immobiliser system. Am I right so far, or am I missing the point?
P.S. if Chris the keyman is reading this thread, could you PM me the email address of your ECU code guy, so I have a "Plan C" if this idea dosn't work.
Also many thanks for the hints and suggestions provided so far. http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/image...t_thumbsup.png