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Key question

Hi guys,

I've seen a few posts on here, and I'm still not clear on this whole key issue and would like some definitive advice.

I'm looking at a 51 plate GTV 2.0 TS Lusso at the moment, and have put down a returnable deposit. But I'm worried about keys as it's only got two red ones and the black remote.

The garage have said that as it's an '01 model it never had the brown master key, and that the code card was withheld by the original dealer. Is this true?!?

I'm worried now that if I buy it I will get stitched by not having the master key. Either by a dead ECU and £££ to get it fixed, or not being able to sell it on because I don't have all the keys.

Please please please let me know as quickly as possible if I should buy the car as I'm meant to be giving a definitive answer tomorrow.


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Re: Key question

Hi and welcome

Others may have there own horror stories, but in my view the master key issue is not really a big issue anymore. Technology has caught up, several key specialists can get around it for about £2-300 should the worse happen (doubtful).

I have owned 2 Alfas that had the transponder fitted, and neither had the burgundy master key. Both were fine. One only had one key, I took the key to a local keycutter and 2 minutes and £18 quid later I had another working key. Go back 7 or so years and the keys were main dealer only and cost a small fortune. Time and technology have moved on.

Having said that, I would, and have, used the lack of one as a bargaining tool to haggle price down a tad !

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Re: Key question

I agree with michael.

I had a 146 which I had the master key for, but never needed it. I had a 97 GTV for 7 years which I only got one key for.

Like Michael I got another copy from a locksmith for about 20 euro, and never had a situtation where I needed a master key.

I would not worry too much about it.
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Re: Key question

Hi All, and Thanks Michael!

I just spoke to a guy at my local alfa dealer, and he was very helpful indeed. Apparently the keys offered are right for the car, and there was no master key.

Thanks for looking.

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