I have a wonderful 159 that really gets my soul with every ride.
However, Its a car ( altho I love it as a if it was a person ) and it has its moments.
What I am going to tell you know is probably only one of many things that may get on your nerves.
The story goes like this.
You decide to get for a ride in your fancy Alfa. You get out put the key in keyhole and NOTHING happens. Your car does not read your key. "Well it may be the key" - the voice in your head tells you. You go out to get the other key , put 2nd key in keyhole and NOTHING again. Your think of battery, since both keys wont work there is small chance that battery in both of your key forbs is dead at the same time. Try to the on the radio and open the door to see if your car computer welcomes you. If it does not register that you open the door and you cant play any music then it is battery but again you could not even unlock your car if car battery was dead.
Moving on : You again put key back in the keyhole , press brake and/or clutch and try to start your engine. Nothing. Then a message appears : " Vehicle Protection System Not Available "
"Oh damn..." - the voice in your head again.
SOLUTIONS ( the two I know) :
Number 1 : Open your bonnet and disconnect your battery and make sure they wont touch the battery. Clean The terminals and battery poles with emery. Connect the terminals again. The negative terminal first. Go back and see what happens. If it works , make sure you go to see a mechanic as this is not a permanent solution.
Number 2 : No matter if Solution 1 helped you or not , problem will occur again (if it doesn't your a lucky). Lets says it did occur again and you again tried cleaning the battery terminals and poles. Now I don't know about how good mechanics and electricians you got there but this may be a hard thing to remember. They will probably check fuse and relay box to see what happens there. But if everything works there and your engine still does not react when you put the key in the keyhole (i.e. it gives no contact), THIS MAY BE A PROBLEM. Under the steering wheel there is steering lock. It has 2 functions : to unlock the steering wheel and to allow the signal to move on to the car pc and give you contact. This is done automatically within few seconds and you may not even hear that the steering lock has a little electronic switch that does what I have just explained. Well good news is your car works. Bad news is that electronic switch is dead and it cannot unlock your steering wheel and thus it cannot send the signal on to the car computer so it cant give you contact. The things become even worse as no diagnostic program can read this because to run the diagnostic tool you need to give power to your car computer so it can connect to the diagnostic pc/tablet/handheld/laptop. DON'T PANIC - You don't any contact. You need a guy ( or you can do it yourself ) to take out that steering wheel lock and open it. Once its open , you ll see that its switched OFF. Switch it to ON, Close it , and put it back. Your car will work now.
If you don't have a warranty DO NOT BOTHER buying a new steering wheel lock as it will cost you A LOT. This one you have is dead and cant make you any trouble ever again.
THE DIFFERENCE - When something is dead it does make a difference. The only difference here is that your steering wheel wont lock ( as a steering wheel lock is dead) when your key is not a keyhole in your car (i.e. when your car is turned off.). Big Deal. No difference in driving. Car is perfectly save to drive without it.
In case if you wondered the new steering wheel lock (at least in Serbia) cost 1200 euros.
I hope I did help to some of you at least and sorry that I could not provide a more detail explanation as I don't know original names for all the car parts and mechanic expressions in English. If you have any further questions feel free to post here or PM me.
Have fun and enjoy your driving.
Just in case I can't help anyone there.
This has helped me a lot finding the problem to the same issue.
VPS error onscreen or simply nothing happening once I inserted the key.
Of course, the car didn't start at all.
I checked the fuses, the battery, the 2on key, the left mirror (breaking it ;-( )
After dismounting the foot panels and checking the connectors near the fuse box, it didn't work.
The solution in my case has been checking a connector wich is located near the brake and clutch pedals. Is just at the bottom of the steering column.
That connector was loose and then everything failed.
I think it has a bad design, as it can happen that with the foot you incidentaly move the plastic that makes fit hard.
If you move that plastic, then one day or another it finally get loose or get disconnected and then...
aha! You can't start the car!!!
I hope it helps you and you get a great surprise and don't have to call the truck and send the car to a garage.
(Sorry for my English ;-)