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Unhappy KEY FOB replacement and programming

So, I finally get my car home after having my shop service it - and runs good - but the one and only key is MIA within 1 hr of it being home and I have looked EVERYWHERE!!!!!

I see key fobs on Ebay for $50 - OEM - but need to be programmed - is there anyone in the Hopewell NJ area that has the software to do this or do I have to have a dealership do it? Secondly - does the car have to go to the dealership too or can they go off the VIN number?

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So, I finally get my car home after having my shop service it - and runs good - but the one and only key is MIA within 1 hr of it being home and I have looked EVERYWHERE!!!!!

I see key fobs on Ebay for $50 - OEM - but need to be programmed - is there anyone in the Hopewell NJ area that has the software to do this or do I have to have a dealership do it? Secondly - does the car have to go to the dealership too or can they go off the VIN number?

HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No one has the software to do it. The used shells on ebay are good only for the shell, the keys cannot be reprogrammed.

You have to get the key from the dealer. You will have to take your title/registration with you to order it, as well as the VIN. Then take it back when you pick it up.

Call all the dealers in your area, since they charge whatever they want.

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its a 2000 C230 - and the ads on ebay say the KEY FOB - can be reprogrammed to start the car - because the actual key part doesnt start the car - its the FOB that turns the ignition.
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its a 2000 C230 - and the ads on ebay say the KEY FOB - can be reprogrammed to start the car - because the actual key part doesnt start the car - its the FOB that turns the ignition.
Um, yeah, I know *exactly* what you're talking about.

Have the guy on ebay give you a specific place where you can get it reprogrammed, because there isn't one. He'll tell you any dealer or some such stupid nonsense. Call your dealer. Call MBUSA. Call NASA for that matter. Believe it or not, sellers actually lie on ebay sometimes.

If you can't find someone to reprogram it before you buy it, you won't be able to find one after, either.

There are several hundred threads on this forum on this exact topic, and not one person has ever been able to get a used key reprogrammed.

But hey, don't believe me. The longer you dink around before calling the dealer to arrange to order one, the longer you won't be able to drive your car. When you get to that point, you might ask if they'll give you a discount if you buy two, then you at least will still have a car if you misplace one in the future.

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Save yourself a lot of time/frustration and believe what Greg is telling you. And regarding ebay and Mercedes in general: there are a lot of other worthless replacement parts peddled on there so be very careful before buying mass air flow sensors, brake light switches and a host of other things.

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Trust us, there is NO other way to replace the fob, must go to dealer.
Ebay fobs are only good for the casing. DO NOT waste your time and money on them.
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I should of looked up BenzWorld before I bought my Benz. I bought a 2004 ML 350 about 6 weeks ago and so far the car is one of the best used cars I have ever driven. I usually drive Jeep Grand Cherokee's, and the Benz is in a different world. I only had one key with the ML and ordered a used key fob with a new flip out key from Ebay, well that was money lost. After three trips to the dealer and almost $ 200.00 I now have an extra key fob. I have worked at car dealerships for the past fourty years and I have never felt so closed off as I have from the Benz dealer. Working in the business I have never paid retail for parts until now. They said no break on parts price no deal. And whats up with service manuals No one sells one that I can find. I bought some out of date dvd from Ebay. and I can't make sense of how it works. It looks like some sort of factory electronic manual but no instructions. Does anyone make a diy manual for the basic task ?
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Try buying a service DVD from MBUSA (1-800-FOR-MERC). But it seems like your dealer could get you one for the same price without paying s/h. I don't know if those come with instructions. Also scroll down from here until you see the ML-Class area. Good luck and welcome to the forum.

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