£230 for a key with a chip and remote in it is outrageous! Probably costs about 50p to make in some factory in Taiwan! I also think it's pretty crap that you don't get two proper keys. My wife (Who doesn't drive) has our spare key so she can get into the car if she gets back before me. She invariably sets off the alarm when she opens the door with the key in the keyhole. Is there any way to lock the car without setting the alarm? I only ever press the lock button once, which, in my last car with an alarm, locked it only. A second press activated the deadlocks and set the alarm. With the Cmax, the alarm seems to come on with the first press.
My opinion of car alarms is pretty low, as no-one seems to pay the slightest attention to them when they go off, and it's usually something daft like next doors cat, which used to set the other one off by jumping on the car bonnet, usually at about three in the morning!
2008 2.0 TDCi Zetec