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Hi i lost my only key for my alfa 147 last week, i called in a auto locksmiths and they came to look at the car, after about an hour of trying the guys said they were unable to read the data from my Ecu to programme the key, is this a common problem aand are there any known fixes. its been over a week without my car now and they are saying if they cannot read it it will have to go to the main dealers who want to charge me £800 for the please. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated, thanks :)
 

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It is times like these that make you realise it was a mistake not to get a spare key made...!

However, £800 for a key is a bit OTT, I expect there are recovery charges in there, etc..

You will need to order a new key from Alfa and then get an Alfa Specialist or main dealer to program the car to accept the new key.
 

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you should be able to get a main dealer to factory order you a key and then they can program it for you you will have to get the car to them somehow .Early alfas with red master keys need new keys and a ecu I don't think any 147 had these good luck
 

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...Early alfas with red master keys need new keys and a ecu I don't think any 147 had these good luck
Master Key system was "Code1", 147 will be "Code3".

Re old Code1 (doesn't apply to ANY 156/147/GT), you can just suck the code out of the ECU and clone a key, no need for anything else on those.
 

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I expect your locksmiths have the kit to clone Code1 keys.
Completely different to the Code2/3 systems.
So no surprise they can't connect to it!
 
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if the car was locked & alarmed you WILL need a new body computer as well as a new key. If oyu only order the key, once its fitted to into the ignition barrel & turned to MAR the body computer will lock itself up & will not allow the new key to be added. I know this as I learned the hard way. Perhaps thats why its £800
 

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yes the car was locked and alarmed, guess i'm just gonna have to suffer the consequences of being so stupid and not having spares. oh well life goes on :)
 
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As you car is a mJET the injectors are coded to your engine ECU so you don;t really have an alternative
 

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You can however purchase a second hand Ecu - body comp and Key kit from a salvage car for about £170 - Autolusso sell them
 

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Thats brilliant advice, thanks for that, will give auto lusso a call in the morning if they are about and not still in a drunken state from crimbo. just can't justify spending £800 because i lost my key, yes i was stupid but £800 is a very expensive lesson. thanks once again
 

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Hi,

£800 is about right I think, maybe less. I had this not too long ago when I lost my key and to get another key(s) ordered and coded, it cost me £480. Unfortunately the keys would not communicate with the car because the body computer was not the original body computer. This meant the car had to be transferred from Milton Keynes to Northampton meaning I had to pay another £300+ to have a body computer replaced (refurbed), coded and up and running again. I then got half a refund for the coding for the first attempt as they Days MK came to my house but couldnt do it.

In terms of moving the car from one place to another, I have breakdown cover with my banks so I used one banks recovery service to take it from my house to Days MK in Milton Keynes and when they couldnt do it, I had another banks recovery service take it from Milton Keynes to Northampton otherwise they were charging £70 (Days MK) to do it.
 
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