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in 50 years, can you still order '01 Smartkey from Mercedes?

I stopped by my favourite indy Mercedes mechanic today and had him check out an annoying
exhaust rattle. He fixed it in a few minute by replacing rubber mount.

While I was there, I noticed a 1956 Mercedes 220 in near mint condition.(well, near mint for
a car that's 53 years old ) The owner was there and I asked if I could have a ride in
one of the oldest Mercedes I've personally seen. He agreed and we drove around the block
a few times. Something caught my eyes immediately. He started the car using a remote
start remote controller.(like a keyfob) Apparently he doesn't have any keys to this car
and hardwired the ignition to the remote start.

This made me thing... all three of my MBs use Smartkeys and everybody knows what a pain
it is to get one of these expensive keys.

What if I want to keep one of my W210s for 50 years? Say 2051? I highly doubt the
original Smartkey will still work.... Will I or any future owner still be able to order a
Smartkey from Mercedes in 2051? Since each MB can only have up to 8 Smartkeys, it's not
unreasonable to think that I'll go through 8 keys in 50 years.... What then? Will the
car become useless in 50 year?

The longest time I've kept a car is 21 years, with almost 300,000 miles.(but it was a Volvo)
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I'm sure technology will catch up and Mercedes will improvise for replacement keys. I just wonder if we're going to make it past 2012. lol..
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I'm sure technology will catch up and Mercedes will improvise for replacement keys. I just wonder if we're going to make it past 2012. lol..
well... if we dont' make it past 2012 our Mercedes cars/SUVs will still be here...
whichever species (or aliens) end up running this planet will have to come up
with a way to start these vehicles, no?
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Actually the mechanical locks are the ones that cost big troubles with the age.
Why electronic key should not work in 50 years?
As long as you can buy batteries.
BTW my 1973 bus conversion has electronic alternator regulator, what is like 2x5x10" box.
Still working like a charm.

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well... if we dont' make it past 2012 our Mercedes cars/SUVs will still be here...
whichever species (or aliens) end up running this planet will have to come up
with a way to start these vehicles, no?
Nah, I'm sure the vehicles they come with will be near eternal light years ahead of ours.


Hey look what I found! Those gay things have enthusiasts!


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Nah, I'm sure the vehicles they come with will be near eternal light years ahead of ours.


Hey look what I found! Those gay things have enthusiasts!
What are you saying?

John Roberts, the current Chief Justice of The United States Supreme Court
drives one of those PT Cruisers.... (when he was nominated, I saw him drive
his PT Cruiser to the White House on CNN)
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What are you saying?

John Roberts, the current Chief Justice of The United States Supreme Court
drives one of those PT Cruisers.... (when he was nominated, I saw him drive
his PT Cruiser to the White House on CNN)



I think it's funny. Sorry. LOL
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Well, so far mercedes is doing better on support than Honda. My previous honda, when 10 years old had a remote that failed. Honda said, we no longer support them, and checking around there were NO dealers in the country that had one. So I was stuck with 1 remote, what a PITA. It was unique enough none to be had on ebay, and like the Mercedes, universal remotes wouldn't work.

So if my wife locked the car with the remote, and I used the key to open it guess what, alarm goes off and car won't start with key! Had to crawl under the dash and push the alarm reset button to drive.

Needless to say, that, along with a long list of problems and anoyances on that and a previous Honda soured me on Honda.


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Well, so far mercedes is doing better on support than Honda. My previous honda, when 10 years old had a remote that failed. Honda said, we no longer support them, and checking around there were NO dealers in the country that had one. So I was stuck with 1 remote, what a PITA. It was unique enough none to be had on ebay, and like the Mercedes, universal remotes wouldn't work.

So if my wife locked the car with the remote, and I used the key to open it guess what, alarm goes off and car won't start with key! Had to crawl under the dash and push the alarm reset button to drive.

Needless to say, that, along with a long list of problems and anoyances on that and a previous Honda soured me on Honda.

I'm surprised... you sure there's isn't
a class action lawsuit against Honda
because of this?
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I'm surprised... you sure there's isn't
a class action lawsuit against Honda
because of this?
Why? Honda didn't do anything wrong or illegal. May not be the best business practice, but that's another issue, not a legal issues.

IIRC federal vehicle laws only require mfg to provide "best effort" support for 10 years after mfg. that's exactly what Honda did in my case. The fact that mercedes provides (a) parts for so long and (b) to the detail they do for small parts is enviable but certainly not anything that is legally required.

And IMHO there are way to many "class action lawsuits" for anybody's good.


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