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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-27-2007, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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A lot of good points here, I'll wager the best defense is a giant iron gate blocking your driveway. Which I'm seriously considering...better safe than sorry.

Also, AsianML, I was thinking the same thing about MB keys, I mean, I have the steel key that comes out of my remote entry but to actually get ignition I have to put the contraption into the ignition slot, I think there's some kind of unique sensor on there. It can't be started with a key, but there's always jump starting the car by whatever means possible. I can only assume, that MB, BMW and other high end cars can't be started unless the unique key is in place...

I'll have to research it, but if any one is 'in the know' do tell...

I'm sure every one who has the same or a similar setup, would like to know as well.
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If the correct key isn't in the ignition, the engine immobilizer will engage and won't start at all.

To get a new key you must show proof of ownership to the dealer. A VIN is not proof of ownership.

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Even though I know the guys at the MB dealer that I do biz with [and have known them for years] I still have to produce driver's license and title to get a set of keys made for any benz. They photocopy and send that in to the regional office which cuts the keys. And that process is for 15 year old cars.

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It is rather hard. My car is registered under my fathers name, as I was 17 when I bought it. I went to go get a key made in an 81 300D and they wouldnt even though my ID stated that we had the same last name and address. However, you cant go to a locksmith with the new cars do to the smart keys. I would recommend lo-jack. Also I've heard of people leaving shotgun shells on the dashboard. They may scare them off.

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