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  1. ANTHONY MCNAMER

    Feb 16, 2020
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    Just bought a beautiful 308 GTS I and on the first day I got it someone broke into it and tried to use the gas key to start the ignition and broke it off in the ignition. So far no locksmith has been able to extract the key so it looks like I’m going to need to replace the ignition column. I have two questions. The first one is would it make more sense to just replace it with a remote starter and is that a pretty simple thing (and upgrade locks to keyless entry)? If the answer above is no, can someone recommend aftermarket Ignition lock/chamber? It looks like OEM ignition locks are $1500.
     
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  3. thorn

    thorn F1 Rookie
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    A remote starter + keyless is oversolving the problem by a few magnitudes.
     
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  4. miketuason

    miketuason F1 World Champ
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    Hi Anthony first I like to say welcome and congrats to your new 308, really sorry to hear about what happened specially on the first day of ownership that really sucks. But anyway, if you can remove the steering column assembly off then car, you can then remove the ignition switch out (I think) and either take it to a locksmith or buy new ignition switch. Image Unavailable, Please Login
     
  5. Rifledriver

    Rifledriver Two Time F1 World Champ

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    Bad idea. I have seen keys broken off in those many times and never once did it cross anyones mind to take either of those actions. Real locksmiths can be hard to find. Most really just cut keys. Take it off and take it to a real locksmith.
     
  6. Rifledriver

    Rifledriver Two Time F1 World Champ

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    No reason to pull the column. The lock comes out rather easily with everything in place. Don't take the car apart to do simple things.
     
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  8. miketuason

    miketuason F1 World Champ
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    Copy that Brian, thanks
     
  9. jacques

    jacques Formula Junior

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    Just a thought...It happened to me several years back, and I was able to remove the key at home by removing the little black ignition module in the back of the ignition switch..the key was stuck in there. It is only held in place by two machine screws. You will recognize it by the ignition wires that simply pull off. Be sure to make notes of their locations. This can be your very first up-side down and backwards-standing-on- your- head project. Welcome to Ferrari, and good luck. Jq.
     
  10. mike996

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    Agree, I have removed the lock from the column and it wasn't much of a chore as I recall. Unfortunately, it was several years ago and I don't remember the particulars.
     
  11. ragtop1

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    Sorry about your luck. I always look for a silver lining though. If the thief chose the right key, your car would be gone.
     
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  13. thorn

    thorn F1 Rookie
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    How did they acquire the key(s)?
     
  14. Dr Tommy Cosgrove

    Dr Tommy Cosgrove Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Had they actually started it with the correct key, I bet they wouldn't have had a clue as to why the hell it has 3 pedals and no "D" on that weird looking gear selector.
     
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  15. waymar

    waymar Formula 3

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    FWIW - I use a gear shift lock (locks in reverse) and a kill switch (fuel pump and ignition coils) rarely lock the doors as a thief can cause real damage trying break in (window,etc).... just saying.
     
  16. Dr Tommy Cosgrove

    Dr Tommy Cosgrove Three Time F1 World Champ
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    I never EVER lock my doors. In fact the passenger side has never worked since i bought the car in 1997.

    Just open the door to see there is nothing in it to steal. Please God dont break something.
     
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