[quote=yakev724;11207637]Well as far as I can tell, the newer columns are just missing the mechanism entirely, so replacing your column with a newer one is similar to just unplugging your mechanism (given the lock is permanently open or removed). My car didn't like me unplugging the lock and wouldn't start unless it was connected. If my car worked with the lock unplugged, I would have posted a more "permanent" solution
Purchased a 2nd hand column - 07 model with electronic lock (in locked position)
Installed - still showing red symbol.
Mobile mechanic friend came round with a computer coder - removed error, but came back straight away.
Going to try cleaning up old lock and plugging in whilst the new column is still in situ, to see if this resolves the issue.
Following that it will be transported to a dealer