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Old 09-21-1999, 08:31 PM
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I just bought my first mercedes, a '90 300E (Incredible car!)but only got one set of keys. What is involved with getting another set made up so that they work with the alarm system, etc.?

Old 09-21-1999, 08:40 PM
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Go to the dealer near you and give them the VIN and they will get you some new keys.

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Old 09-21-1999, 09:13 PM
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If I remember correctly, the keys are about $28/each. Like Benzmac said, give your local dealer the VIN # and they will have new ones cut. It takes about 2 weeks for the keys to arrive.

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Old 09-23-1999, 11:31 PM
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If you have an original key, you can get a copy made at a key clone shop for less than most dealers will charge you for a new original.

In my case, one dealer wanted to charge me $50.00 for one original, and another dealer wanted $19.95 for an original, (the price of a clone key somewhere else). Needless to say I went with the more reasonable dealer. I was told it would take a week, but it only took 2 days.
Old 09-24-1999, 12:23 AM
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My 1983 300SD's keys only took a few days, and cost $26 each from the dealer. They are "laser cut" keys, and I've heard that some clone keys are softer metal (brass vs. nickel steel (?)) than the MB originals.

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Old 09-24-1999, 11:29 AM
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If you're lucky enough to live in an area with several dealers, try all of them. Our dealer in Tampa has the equipment to cut keys on site at a reasonable price, while the dealer in Clearwater has to order them at a higher price. In this instance it really pays to shop around. Of course, I found this out after a six week ordeal trying to get a key for the 190 and locking my one key in the car during that time. Yes, indeed. I have a sad story for every occasion.

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Old 09-24-1999, 11:38 AM
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To expand on the point made by Robert Roe, the dealer keys are indeed laser cut and the clone keys are usually a softer material such as nickel plated brass. I have been told that this softer material will damage the tumblers in your ignition and door locks over time.

If you plan to use this key on a regular basis, get the one from the dealer.

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