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Old 02-12-2019, 05:09 PM
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Replacement key FOB online

Has anyone had success with buying a second Mercedes Key FOB from anyone online.


We have lost our second key to our 2003 E320. I believe it's in the house somewhere. Fell behind furniture or got thrown out by mistake, but not by me. I say she did it, she says I did it. It's her car and she drives it 95% of the time. My key, the missing one, always stayed on the top of my desk. I never carried my Mercedes key unless I was driving her car. I prefer to drive my truck. She drives my truck 5% of the time.


I just called our local dealer for a replacement key and it's about $300, which is not that bad if I knew the key was put out with the trash last year.


I just don't want to spend that much and then find our lost key the next day. I asked the dealer if they could program a second key bought online and they said no.


Where did you get your second FOB?

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Old 02-12-2019, 09:44 PM
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i got my chrome key online....before MBUSA put the stop to online Smartkey ordering.
they also updated their Theft Relevant policy and made it clear to dealers that they cannot
do this anymore, and asked owners to bring their car to the dealer with proof of ownership.
they made one exception which was that if the car could not be driven or towed in, that
the dealer could send out an MB qualified locksmith to the location.

http://www.nastf.org/files/public/trp_policy_pac003_5feb.pdf
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Old 02-13-2019, 12:01 AM
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I paid $260 for a 2nd key.
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Old 02-13-2019, 01:13 AM
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... p.s. to give you an idea why MBUSA put an end to this, our group buy in was
able to get the Smartkey shipped to our door, programmed by MBUSA TX
facility, for $61.58 including metal blade key.
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Old 02-13-2019, 06:38 AM
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Not Mercedes but I purchased an active fob for my 2004 Ford F150 on line and it worked fine after programming. Programming requires TWO good fobs.
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:28 PM
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Not Mercedes but I purchased an active fob for my 2004 Ford F150 on line and it worked fine after programming. Programming requires TWO good fobs.
That only works with fords.
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Old 08-13-2019, 04:21 PM
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I paid $260 for a 2nd key.
Just visited the San Francisco dealer where they quoted $350 for a replacement key. No discount, period.
I'll be looking elsewhere, even if I have to drive 50 miles I'll not support that piracy.
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Old 08-13-2019, 05:34 PM
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holy batman the next quote I got is even higher!
quote: " A new key will run $357.20, and there will be an additional $75 paid to the service department to program the key. To order the key you will need to come to the dealership, in person with your driver’s license and proof of ownership. A current registration, or title will both work. If you are not the registered owner, we will need a signed letter from the owner authorizing you to order a key for their vehicle, along with a copy of their driver’s license. Once the key has arrived you will need to schedule the programming with the service department."

last key fob I bought about 2 years ago was $218 and no charge for programming.
I think the dealer above is full you know what
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Old 08-13-2019, 06:50 PM
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holy batman the next quote I got is even higher!
quote: " A new key will run $357.20, and there will be an additional $75 paid to the service department to program the key. . .


I think the dealer above is full you know what
And what is the cost of living / real estate value where the dealer is located ?

Are you going to open up a dealership and charge less?

Have you gotten remote type key prices for a non MB modern car?
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Old 08-13-2019, 07:03 PM
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1 And what is the cost of living / real estate value where the dealer is located ?
The last dealer I refer to was in Fairfield CA, a relatively high crime, lower cost of living than San Francisco (almost any place would be lower than SF)

Are you going to open up a dealership and charge less?
1. wasted bandwidth!

2. Have you gotten remote type key prices for a non MB modern car?
no
1. Get a life!
2. I have no need to do so.
would be more wasted time not relevant
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Old 08-13-2019, 09:47 PM
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My point is that diesel guys are constantly crying about parts pricing for no good reason. These were expensive cars when new and just because they have huge depreciation doesn't mean that the parts should get cheaper too. Be glad that point of entry of these cars is greatly discounted leaving room to pay higher parts cost.

I bought my nice 124 k mile 97 SL320 at then end of 2011 for 6 K then put another 2.5 K in parts into it, Accounting for inflation that is still about what the first owner would have paid in _SALES TAX_. With that kind of deal, I don't complain about a $ 400 radiator.

A remote key for a more mundane car is $ 175 + programming it needed. Don't like parts pricing? Get into the business of making cheaper parts.
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Old 08-14-2019, 12:03 AM
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Uhhh, the key comes in already programmed as far as I know, so additional charge to program it is fraud.



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holy batman the next quote I got is even higher!
quote: " A new key will run $357.20, and there will be an additional $75 paid to the service department to program the key. To order the key you will need to come to the dealership, in person with your driver’s license and proof of ownership. A current registration, or title will both work. If you are not the registered owner, we will need a signed letter from the owner authorizing you to order a key for their vehicle, along with a copy of their driver’s license. Once the key has arrived you will need to schedule the programming with the service department."

last key fob I bought about 2 years ago was $218 and no charge for programming.
I think the dealer above is full you know what
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Old 08-14-2019, 12:26 AM
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yup I didn't fall for that.
The key I got for $250 was already programmed, the dealers all use one source in Houston.
I am no dummie, I knew the buyer at a dealership and before he retired I usually got 15% off everything.

I will keep looking and report here.
I may have to stoop so low as to use my local dealer or I should say STEALer, They got caught selling non OEM parts. everyone got a pittance back after a class action lawsuit nailed them on it.. I'd rather not give them a dime, thats why I am willing to drive 30, 50, even 90 miles to get a key.
If I save a buck it will pay for the diesel fuel, if not then at least I won't feel I am supporting my local STEALER!
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Old 08-15-2019, 12:50 PM
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Dieselguy, give Mercedes of Scottsdale a look. They were half the price of the Palm Springs dealer. When I asked "why", they said they were trying to expand their parts biz. I needed radiator hoses for a '97 Cl600. Mine were original! They arrived in about a week from Germany (not made of Chinesium!) I am very pleased.
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Old 08-15-2019, 12:55 PM
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thanks anzi but the problem with buying a key is one must present their vehicle with ownership papers and ID for them to proceed with ordering the FOB.
I'm a long way from Aridzona

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