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Old 11-13-2001, 12:05 AM
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anyone interested in converting older standard key to new flip open one??

I'm wondering if this is possible. I called the dealer and they said no way, but i'm sure someone has done it. I've compared the two keys, my 83 300SD's and an older flip open style one and the keys are the exact same size. I know the newest keys are quite a bit smaller then the old old keys but they do have a flip open ky fobber for my sized key. Any thoughts on this? i'd pay quite a bit to have a flip oppen fobber, i just think they are neat! thanks
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Old 11-13-2001, 12:17 AM
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Will this thread help? If it is the little holster shaped leather wallet that holds the key until you want it to swivel out, then it is about $6.00 at my dealer.

http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/showthread.php?threadid=26040&highlight=key+fob
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Old 11-13-2001, 12:18 AM
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thanks, but i'm talking about the key that when you press a button swivels out like a switch blade knife. Similar to the new VW jetta keys. thanks
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Old 11-13-2001, 12:30 AM
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I have a '98 C with the electronic key - you hold down a button and push out the metal key if the electronic key doesn't work. Is there a newer kind, or are they all electronic with metal back up keys like my C class?
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Old 11-13-2001, 01:47 AM
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Ryan,
I know exactly what you are talking about. And I did it once! It worked for about a day, and then I let my brother borrow my car, and he turned the key too hard, and it broke.
Ok, well I had a flip key to a 1997 C280. I don't recall exactly how it came into my possession, but it was my friend who I hadn't seen in years (I actually saw her yesterday for the first time in 2 years! Sorry for her... she just got a new Tahoe). Anyway, I was able to get the key itself out of the silver hinge peice, I remember it taking a long time, and some random tools though.

Now I knew that I just needed to get one of my extra car keys, and get it flat like the peice that had come out.
Basically, I had the regular key (round black) for older Mercedes (my 95 C280 has old style key), and cut off off the black rubbery peice. Then I took it to the hardware store and had them cut off the edges to make it straight; then I had to have them make the end (other end of the key KEY (where the rubber used to be) thinner to fit into the flip key's hinge.

So now I had the flip key with no key, and an old key of mine that was cut to fit. The hardware store man made the end (when he was making it thinner) of the key a little too thin. But I figured that was OK, because I would be using some JBWeld to 'glue' it in to the flip key's hinge.
I let it dry, and it was good to go...... for about 30 hours, or until I let my brother borrow it. That's ok though... because it obviously wasn't strong enough to last then.

I am sorry... it was difficult to describe the process and I don't think I was too clear. But I hope you get the idea.

I know this is very possible, because the physical key of my 95 and 97, for example are the exact same. It's possible, but I don't think MB would make it possible.
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mb makes keys according to vin right? and just to make it more difficult, i think there are 8 different kinds of keys per individual car on the newer cars with the flip-out style. i believe one of them is a complete key and another is just the key part. understably, the dealer will reply with "this does not compute" as he wouldn't know where to start with your request. you will have to be creative and do a variation of what david describes. btw, the complete key with the electronics cost almost $200. the key part by itself is about $15...
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Well the man at the hardware store cut the end of the key too thin, so it broke.. and the weld wasn't strong enough to support it.

I would start over, but now the flip key's hinge is filled with JB Weld... and I wouldn't know how to get that out! Or where to get a new hinge!

I just need a new (not active or whatever) flip key.......!
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2006 C230k (Dad's)
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