Hi, thanks for the reply. My car has just spent the best part of 3 weeks at the Alfa Workshop in Royston and your repair bill was around what I was expecting for mine. However, Jamie has done 'something' (his own words !) to the car and it is a bit better. For some reason, i'm finding that if I insert the key slowly, with the Alfa logo on the key facing to the left, then press the brake pedal hard, the warning light tends to stay out! I get a brief 'alarm system not available' warning, which then goes out and doesn't reappear. Touchwood, this will last a couple of months, as i'm trading the car in for a new Giulietta. The total cost for this, plus a loan car for the duration? £Zero! What a great guy - refused to accept any money, as he wasn't sure that the problem was completely fixed. It isn't, but it IS better.