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Sorry for the repost, I haven't worked out how to delete old post.
It's been up for a few days, but no replies, so trying again.

Hi guys, new member hear.
I've just bought a 156 2006 model today.
It only came with a plain key, not the remote locking one.
I've been reading through some threads, but can't quite make out the info I need.
I do not have ( that I know of anyway ) the key code.
What are my options? Replacing the ecu and locks all round seem a little excessive.
Can I buy a 2nd hand key and reprogram. From what I read, I can as I have the later model????
Or can I buy a cheap replacement without going through the dealer?
If I was to get a 2nd hand key, could I reprogram it with a diagnostic tool, if so, which one?
Sure I will have many more questions, but that is my main one right now.

Oh, I'm in Perth Australia.
Thanks.
 

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A decent auto locksmith should be able to clone a new key for you (no remote locking, just unlock the doors, start the car, olden day style). Is your current key an original Alfa key or something else?
 

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Thanks. I have called to "specialist car key locksmiths " and they can't do it. I have an orginal alfa key, but it isn't a remote key sadly. Every one I spoke to has mentioned that I need to go to Alfa. $850. I think I can live with out it. On a facebook group, some one has mentioned getting a generic key remote, but I don't see how I could program it to my car.
I've had a couple of new problems arise over night too, so going to post up new problems.
 

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Second place I called said yeah no problem, come down and we'll sort it. 15 mins and I have a new key. This is in Lower Hutt, NZ, so literally the a r s e end of nowhere.

Somebody in Perth must be able to clone it. My aftermarket key is a Silca, if that helps?
 

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Second place I called said yeah no problem, come down and we'll sort it. 15 mins and I have a new key. This is in Lower Hutt, NZ, so literally the a r s e end of nowhere.

Somebody in Perth must be able to clone it. My aftermarket key is a Silca, if that helps?
I don't have a remote key to clone, I only have a plain ignition key.
The immobiliser is separate system / transmitter to the alarm / locks.
The transmitter or transponder is easy to get for the immobiliser, but the alarm works on a rolling code, and without that code, I keep getting sent back to Alfa.
Looks like I'll be doing the old fashioned way for a while. Can't justify nearly $1000 for a new key, just so I can press the button.
 

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Yep - I'm only talking about the immobiliser system. I don't have any remote locking/alarm functionality on my cloned key - it will only unlock the door manually and start the car. The way they cloned the key seemed to be to run it through 3 "starts" using the original key with some sensor device strapped around the key, which I guess was enough to work out the rolling code, then they transferred this to the new key and it's worked perfectly for the last 3 or 4 years now. I did not provide any key code or similar, just a working key and the car itself were required. As it happens, my 156 has no alarm and the (1 only) original key I got when I bought the car had broken buttons so the remote locking didn't work anyway.

Note - I think this will only work for a code 3 key, not code 2. Check the number stamped on your key blade.

And yes, if you want a fully functioning remote key, then Alfa is your best bet, but you can also swap out ECU/Code box/ key chips from a matching scrap car with 2 keys if you like.
 
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