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)