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1999 e300 key

Discussion in 'Mercedes Benz Diesels' started by rodroyle2131, Aug 23, 2019.

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    rodroyle2131 Registered User

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    When I bought my diesel I got only 1 key. Is there an alternative to going to the dealer?
    There isn't a Mercedes dealership in town.
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    Ok. Here's how it goes. You go to the Mercedes dealership and provide proof that you own the car. Have the vin and they'll make your key(s). Haven't found out the cost.
    The story goes something like this. Criminals had someone that would make keys and they would steal the cars. All they needed was the vin. The police eventually caught on and arrested the culprits. So Mercedes now won't make a key unless the car is owned by the person asking for a duplicate and can provide proof.
    Personally I wouldn't show up at the dealership until I got the lay of the land meaning find out if the dealership has the ability, key blank, and someone who knows how to make the replacement.
    Just in case anyone else needs a spare key.
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    Called my local Mercedes dealership and a replacement key cost $298. Comes from Texas in 2 days.
    But I was informed that the key self programs when installed in the car. So programming isn't required until 2015 models. That's what the service manager told me. If someone can confirm this then a replacement key can be bought on eBay a lot cheaper than $298. Also heard that a local locksmith can program the key if needed. Still need conformation if a locksmith can do the programming.
    I'll update when I can confirm what works.
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