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Totally agree with you regarding security being important and is often overlooked. If designed in at the start of any project it is pretty cheap. However, I think there is an awful lot of profit being made here and other areas which are perceived as being hi-tech.
A lot of electronics kit is made for buttons in the far east & shipped to the UK where it is charged a fortune for. Just look at the number of Renault CLIP suppliers from China!
If the Renault system is decent, it will be built with industry standard protocols & components. Standards which have been pawed over by many security experts looking any and every vulnerability. Yes, it is fair that a reasonable cost is attributed to recovering the security code for your car from the Renault data system, and a reasonable cost for the card. However, I think £100 is over the top.
Another area which appears to have the "black magic" applied to them and people are prepared to pay OTT prices are is engine management units. Not that you have much of a choice in not buying them. You are litterally over a barrel.
Rolling code alarm systems have been about for ages so there's nothing new there.
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Family car - 2004 3.0dCi Grand Espace. Fun car - Calibra 4x4 Turbo