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Old 07-08-2019, 08:35 PM
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New ignition switch from dealer for 2000 c class came with blue programmer key

Installed the new switch. Have no idea how to use the programer key to make it all work now
Any tech help would make a world of difference for me
Thanks in advance
P.s. I know it's not a diesel
But let's be real the smart ones are here lol
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Old 07-08-2019, 09:16 PM
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Installed the new switch. Have no idea how to use the programer key to make it all work now
Any tech help would make a world of difference for me
Thanks in advance
P.s. I know it's not a diesel
But let's be real the smart ones are here lol
We appreciate the compliment, but the forum you need is quite literally called tech help.
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Old 07-10-2019, 12:21 PM
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I posted over there and haven't got any replies
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Old 07-10-2019, 10:44 PM
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Old 07-10-2019, 11:01 PM
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I need a new ignition switch for a 2009 E Class. I have learned from several sources that MB dealers are not allowed to sell an ignition switch to a customer and further, a new switch must be installed by a MB dealer. MB list price is $540. This switch is an important item in the MB anti-car-theft program. Where were you able to purchase an ignition switch?
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Old 07-11-2019, 05:00 AM
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I can add some info to this. My 1998 E300 had the original (black plastic) first generation SmartKey (the first year for this was 1998). When I bought the car the previous owner had the dealer provide a second key. This was the chrome and membrane button, round panic button style key.

When my son had the car, the chrome key went missing. So I went to the dealer and ordered him another key (for almost $400). They provided one of the newest style smart keys (with the discrete buttons and triangle panic button). It worked the first time we tried to start the car, but then the next time he went to use the car, it would open the doors but would not handshake with the anti-theft. The console displayed a red message regarding a key error. I connected my Xentry and the engine controller had a bunch of stored faults for DAS failure.

I called the dealer and they said, oh yeah, the newest smart keys don’t always work with those first generation switches. We will be happy to sell you a new switch $700 for the part plus over a thousand in labor to pull the dash apart and install it. And because it’s a Theft Relevant Part, we can’t sell it to you over the counter. And you’ll have to buy another $400 key, if you want 2 keys, because now your original black key won’t work with the new switch. Which all would cost more than the car was worth.

My solution was to buy a 2013 E350 BT, give my son the 2008 E320 BT, and sell the E300 to TimFreeh with only one functional key. Well I did give him the nice new shiny chrome key but warned him to never stick it in the switch.

So long story short, I am curious too how you managed to get your hands on a switch with the workshop key. I suspect that MBUSA would be very curious too.

http://www.startekinfo.com/StarTek/outside/153624/?requestedDocId=153624
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Im also interested in how you got a dealer to give you a new EIS (all new EIS come with the programmer key, its some sort of bootloader for the EIS).
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Old 07-11-2019, 10:48 AM
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I can add some info to this. My 1998 E300 had the original (black plastic) first generation SmartKey (the first year for this was 1998). When I bought the car the previous owner had the dealer provide a second key. This was the chrome and membrane button, round panic button style key.

When my son had the car, the chrome key went missing. So I went to the dealer and ordered him another key (for almost $400). They provided one of the newest style smart keys (with the discrete buttons and triangle panic button). It worked the first time we tried to start the car, but then the next time he went to use the car, it would open the doors but would not handshake with the anti-theft. The console displayed a red message regarding a key error. I connected my Xentry and the engine controller had a bunch of stored faults for DAS failure.

I called the dealer and they said, oh yeah, the newest smart keys donít always work with those first generation switches. We will be happy to sell you a new switch $700 for the part plus over a thousand in labor to pull the dash apart and install it. And because itís a Theft Relevant Part, we canít sell it to you over the counter. And youíll have to buy another $400 key, if you want 2 keys, because now your original black key wonít work with the new switch. Which all would cost more than the car was worth.

My solution was to buy a 2013 E350 BT, give my son the 2008 E320 BT, and sell the E300 to TimFreeh with only one functional key. Well I did give him the nice new shiny chrome key but warned him to never stick it in the switch.

So long story short, I am curious too how you managed to get your hands on a switch with the workshop key. I suspect that MBUSA would be very curious too.

http://www.startekinfo.com/StarTek/outside/153624/?requestedDocId=153624
thats pretty bad that old W210 owners etc cannot buy new keys anymore, I know that locksmiths in EU can make new keys for them easily, I wonder if we can somehow get them to rework a USA model EIS and write new keys for it.
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:31 AM
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I'm not getting any help on the tech forum
I am a Diesel guy, but sometimes I have a gas car related question, and rarely do I get an answer from the Tech Help Forum. I feel your pain......Rich
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Old 07-11-2019, 01:16 PM
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I am a Diesel guy, but sometimes I have a gas car related question, and rarely do I get an answer from the Tech Help Forum. I feel your pain......Rich
This forum seems to be heavily concentrated on the diesel end of things. All the gasser guys are over at Benzworld
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