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Old 10-11-2002, 09:11 PM
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Anyone heard of this???

I just bought a 1988 300E with 81K from my brother, who has owned it for 3 years with no problems.
Drove the car home from his place, took the key out, went in for the night.
This morning I start the car, realize I need to go back inside, and whoa....I CAN'T GET THE KEY OUT OF THE IGNITION!!!!! Engines on, and I can't shut it down. (I'm sort've waiting for the bomb blast if you can imagine!)
Try as I might, that thing wouldn't budge in either direction!
I called the nearest dealer, and after looking at it, they said I need a new ignition block. Total with labor: $650.
I still am not sure if they got the engine to shut off or just let the bugger run out of gas.
So...anyone had a similar experience? or heard of one? EVER?

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Old 10-11-2002, 09:48 PM
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did you have it done yet?

tumbler and column lock
1993 300e-2.8
- gone now <sigh>
"Do not adjust your mind, it's reality that's malfunctioning"
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Old 10-11-2002, 09:59 PM
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No I didn't have it done yet. But what are the options?
I tried EVERYTHING; jiggled til I got blistered fingers, tweaking the wheel, push, pull, softly, gently, whack the mother!!!
The techs(?) at the dealer couldn't get the thing out!
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Old 10-11-2002, 10:03 PM
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Beides, the engine was ON! The steering wheel lock BETTER be disengaged!
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Old 10-11-2002, 10:47 PM
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Lightbulb Good, good, good, good, vibrations!!

Search under lock and vibrations!!!! Good luck!

Or start looking hear:
Gonna cut W123 ignition lock...key won't turn

Last edited by Billybob; 10-11-2002 at 10:54 PM.
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