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Old 03-16-2003, 07:45 AM
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Talking BIG $$$'s SAVED

My ignition key started to hang up occasionally so I had the MB dealer here check it out when I took the wagon in for annual radiator flush. Got a call later in the afternoon and the service guy says the ignition swich needs changing. Quoted $780.00 to fix. After I picked myself up off the floor I did a quick search on this forum and presto, found my answer. Ordered a new ignition tumbler with keys and it arrived the next day. Took all of 15 minutes to change it out and it now works perfectly.
Bottom line, this forum saved me big $$$'s. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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Old 03-16-2003, 08:15 AM
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I think I may be in the same boat. Once in a while when I go to start my 91 500SL none of the dash lights will go on, only the SRS light, and the car will crank but not turn over. If I cycle the key a bunch of times eventually the dash ligths go on and the car starts no problem. It is a very intermittent problem and the dealer said they could not even diagnose it since it did not happen often.

Is this similar to your problem? You think its worth it for me to replace my ignition tumbler and see if that works? I wouldhave to replace my regular key and my boxed key though.

Thanx much, any advice would be much appreciated.
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Old 03-16-2003, 08:15 AM
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I'm getting a new tumbler tomorrow, my ignition is starting to lock up on me too.

dealer quoted me $150 canadian for the tumbler.

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