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E320 Wagon Stupid Question (probably)

I am new to this board and have what is probably a stupid question.

Before leaving for the weekend on Friday, I left my key in the ignition of my 2000 E320 Wagon which stayed behind in my driveway. When I returned on Sunday, the battery was dead, and the key feels really weird in the ignition -- it's hard to turn it.

Will getting the battery charged solve this problem? Is there something electric in the key/car interface that makes it difficult to turn when dead (the car, that is, not the driver). I've read a few posts and see that there's some mystical union between the car and key, so I'm hoping when there's juice that the key thing will get better.

Is jumping the battery with cables the best way to charge it, or is there a better way? We used to jump our old BMW 1982 733i (RIP) constantly.

I bought the car in 2003 at an auction and have had not any problems.

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I would start with charging the battery. I think you can jump, or charge, your battery using some posts under the engine hood. If yours is under your backseat as mine is, that should be much easier for you. Good Luck!

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If it's the original battery, I would replace it. Mercedes-Benz will send someone out and only charge for the battery if you call them at the 800 number. Lastly, I wouldn't jump that car if you can avoid it. Jumping a car can be very hard on the electrical system.
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7-years old battery might be close to the end of it's life, although our 9-years old battery is still running strong.
I don't know what exactly is it, but when you turn smart key, you can hear something working inside the column. Might be electrically operated wheel blockade. I wouldn't worry about it, unless the problem still exist with charged battery. There is a jumping post on left inner fender, but if you want to jump very low battery, clamping on battery terminal is much safer. Battery works as electric shock absorber.
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Mark me down with Marcus and Kajtek1.

Even if the battery *wasn't* at the end of it's life, running it dead will hasten it's demise. At 7 years you've done well, just replace it. If you have a Sam's club nearby they have a replacement in the $50 range, you'll have to reroute the vent tube but that is easy enough. Otherwise you can find an Interstate dealer, they're about $115 (same vent issue). If you decide to go that way, check the DIY I did in the W210 forum, otherwise just call MB Roadside assistand have them come change it. They'll hook everything up and it will be the same cost as if you took it in to the dealer anyway.

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My mistake, I didn't notice the car was 7 years old (and presumably the battery too). Since you bought the car at auction in 2003 when only ~3 years old it is safe to assume you still have the original. Just for the peace of mind, if for no other reason, buy a new battery.

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If it's the original battery, I would replace it. Mercedes-Benz will send someone out and only charge for the battery if you call them at the 800 number. Lastly, I wouldn't jump that car if you can avoid it. Jumping a car can be very hard on the electrical system.
Most definately agree.

Just phone 1-800-FORMERCEDES and Mercedes Benz will send out a truck at no charge, with a new battery, and they will replace it for you (at 7 years you are probably due for one) with no charge for labor, just the cost of a new Mercedes Battery.

I actually had this done, they came out in the rain to where I lived and put in a new Mercedes Benz battery right there, on the spot, for just the price of the battery!!!

As a Mercedes owner, even if you are the 4th or 5th one, anytime you need a battery jump, run out of gas, or have a flat
tire, simply call that number and they will send out the truck to help you. Doesn't matter if you are the original owner or how old the car is.

It's available to ALL US Mercedes owners, but not all know about it. Like free AAA service with the car.

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