Last month, the key wouldn't turn in the car. The RACQ eventually towed it to an auto electrician who said that the barrel had failed (a pin falls down or something to that effect or they get worn over time). As it has the newer type keys (1998 model), they ordered a new barrel and two new keys and installed it.
I was relaying this to my dad today, and he smugly told me that his key (an older style key (1990), ie. not a programmed key) had got stuck in the ignition, and he had taken it to a locksmith, who replaced the barrel for $40 and that I got ripped off.
My dad's claims are often implausible, and I'm thinking he must be talking about something different?
Has anybody else had a failed barrel where they needed a new barrel and keys? How much did it cost? Was it a new type of key or an old one?