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Old 12-12-2017, 11:23 AM
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1997 key fob

I have a 1997 sl and my only key that I got with the car 4 years ago just broke.I went to the dealer and they said they no longer make them.Know I have a sl that I can no longer drive.What do I do now just junk it, I cant believe Mercedes would do this to all the r129 owners
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Old 12-12-2017, 06:37 PM
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You should still be able to can get a clipped head wallet key for about $ 45 This will open the door and start the car.

What broke on your fob? The metal blade or did the plastic come apart?

There are replacement cases / blank keys on E bay. You transfer the remote circuit board and the wedge shaped security chip into the new housing.
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Old 12-13-2017, 10:17 AM
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the metal key actually broke
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Old 12-13-2017, 04:39 PM
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Oh, that's an easy fix.

Get a pocket from the dealer + E bay key case / flip key ( the wide one, C class and E used a narrow key ) then take the whole mess to a locksmith and have then cut the e bay blank using the pocket key as a pattern. They also might have a flip key blank saving you from getting a e bay unit.

The metal key comes out of the flip hinge by removing the small roll pin.
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Old 12-15-2017, 10:34 AM
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I got the new key blank but the dealer says I need the chip which isn't working. They are telling me I have to order a whole new key but Mercedes isn't shipping them at this time they are on back order.I have a car that is useless.I will never buy another Mercedes vehicle
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Old 12-15-2017, 01:42 PM
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Lets take this one bit at a time, read carefully and please give me very specific answers as you are all over the place with this. Solving this is a _NON_ issue that you are turning into a big deal then placing blame on others.

What is back ordered, the complete flip key or the clipped head pocked key?

The key blank you got, is this to replace the one in the flip key or is this a clipped head pocket key that the dealer sent away for after taking your VIN and ownership information?

The "chip" is in the flip key housing. If you change the metal blade, the chip will still work. If the plastic housing fell apart, Google PCF7935 and look to see if this is laying around somewhere. This is the RFID "chip" required to trigger the anti theft, it is about 3/8" long and 3/16" tall / thick .

If you got a clipped head pocket key _PROGRAMMED SPECIFIC TO YOUR VIN_ , it will work right away.

If this is a clipped head pocket key that wasn't _PROGRAMMED SPECIFIC TO YOUR VIN_ , putting the old flip key next to the new key while cranking will run the car. If this is the case, get another ignition antenna ring ( same as similar year S, C and E class + probably more ) , tape the flip key ( or just the chip ) inside the antenna, plug it into the DAS box ( left under dash, follow the wire from the existing antenna ring. this will now run the car.
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Old 12-19-2017, 10:07 AM
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Let me try and explain every dealer in the usa does not have a key for the 1997 and newer r129 Mercedes sl. They are on back ordered from the factory and no one knows if they will have them again.This is not as easy as going to a locksmith and having a new key made.I have tried that a few times the dealers all say they are sorry but have to wait on Mercedes.this sucks. no more Mercedes for me that's for sure
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Old 12-19-2017, 05:32 PM
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Let me try and explain every dealer in the usa does not have a key for the 1997 and newer r129 Mercedes sl.
Again, What is back ordered, the complete flip key or the clipped head pocket key?
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Old 12-21-2017, 06:18 PM
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The complete key. I went to the dealer and had my title with vin number to order a new key.didn care what cost was. The dealer came back and told me the key is back ordered and they really don't know when or if they will be back in stock
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Old 12-22-2017, 08:52 AM
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Why do you refuse to try to get a clipped head pocket key? This will open the drivers door and start / run the car. Last I checked they were $ 45.
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Old 12-24-2017, 01:32 PM
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Where can I buy this clipped head key.thanks for all your help
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Old 12-24-2017, 07:23 PM
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I got mine at the MB dealer. They will need proof of ownership and will send to the parts depot to have it made. ( Mine came from TX last time I ordered. )

All of the assumes ( even for a flip key ) that no one changed the locks , DAS box and engine computer. In this case the MB data won't match. There are still ways around this.
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