xantia key query

Hi All,
The wife and kids spent a thrilling 2hrs at our local main dealer (total c*nts but that's another story ...) this morning getting a new key coded
(£22 key + £45 for coding!) - I decided not to go for a remote thing (+ another £50!) as we just need it as a spare ...
I now find that while it does indeed lock/unlock the doors and start the engine it does not de-mobilise the alarm if the car has been locked with the other (remote) key.
What's going on ??? Have the main dealers been even more c*ntish than I'd originally guessed or is there something deeper going on with the keys of which I am not aware ???
Yours hopefully
Steve
PS - anyone had any joy with complaining to Citroen about their dealers being complete c*nts ?
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Snip stuff about which I know nothing

I did once have cause to complain to Citroen UK because a BX I bought blew its head gasket because the radiator was clogged. The local dealer (Warners of Gloucester) charged me £160 even though the car was under warranty to cover "extras" like getting the head checked for cracks. I got legal advice from the RAC and in the mean time contacted Cit UK to complain. As a result I got my money back and free servicing for a year and a free MOT. I have to say they deserved it cos they really screwed me around, (this tale is considerably abridged).
Mind you Fiat dealers seem to be as bad. A colleague of mine contacted Fiat UK on my advice after his local dealer started being stupid about warranty items and got a good result.
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Malc



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Hi, As far as I know you need the remote to enable & disable the alarm/immobiliser it also activates the deadlocks. If you only use a key then all you can do is lock and unlock the doors.
Neil

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forgot to say ... '99 Xantia Estate 2.0 Hdi if that makes any difference ...

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Ah it might do, mine is a '94 1.9TD.
Neil

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yes they altered things didnmt they. mines a 96n. after the next facelift they got rid of the keypad imob and put the chipin the keys. at least i can just get a key cut for mine without having to have it coded. as for the alarm problem i dont think you can get around that one. although if its just a spare it cant hurt too much to have the alarm go off for a second or so til you get the ignition on and/or button pressed.
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aha ...
ignition on kills the alarm does it? And what is this "button" of which you speak?
Steve

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Got it all sorted today ...
The alarm/immobiliser is ONLY controllable with the remote key fob (which is nothing to do with the key rather bizarrely ..)
I have today bought a stand alone remote fob (with no key - £62!) which I will use for the alarm - and I have a manual key (with coding etc - £67!) which is used to unlock the doors etc ...
It's "intereting "that I had to present full ID to buy the key but nothing to buy the remote fob - all the 'security' is in the key I suppose?
So, for the miserly (not) sum of £129 I now have a spare "key" for when I cycle to work with the car key in my pocket and leave my wife at home with the car .... and two kids ... and no key (doh!)
Steve

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we've all done it :) well no i got a lift to work actually.
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