BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: Apr 2006
Vehicle: 12E350, 12ML350, 08C350
Location: So. Cal. (OC)
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Bully, I bought on eBay a key for $20.00 year ago (like a fool), take it to Fletcher Jones, they said NO, they can NOT reprogram, take it to CALIBER .answer is the same, end up I bought a new key at Fletcher Jones ($165 + tax), that with a discount of $30.00. Anyone said that the Start Key can be reprogram is SCAM, be aware. I still have a almost NEW Smartkey in my drawer, if anyone needed it (for a broken plastic cover) for $10.00 (half of what I paid on eBay year ago).
xSPes If you work @ Fletcher Jones, may be moving car around the yard (or what ?), not as the part department or SA.
Dragoncoach : do not waste your time, if you need a new Smartkey, MB dealer is a way to go, no other way around for the Smartkey and the way MB design, Smartkey had a limit (I believe 8 keys), if more than 8 keys is used, the whole system need to be replace (cost $$$ thousand ), and ONLY MB dealer can do that (I have not hear any indi can replace the smartkey system, because they can not access to MB VMI database).
My car's key is early 2000 key pad (bigger than later 2000), I can not swap the key cover (broken), because all the location of the buttons are different, that why I end up with the new Smartkey at Fletcher Jones (The part men also remove the 2nd key that I do not have (when I bought the car) from MB VMI database, so if someone call the 800 #, they will not activate the car with a wrong key (that what the part man explain to me, when I got my new key).
I hope that with my experience, it will help MBWorld member, not to buy the smartkey off eBay, with the intend to reprogram it, IT WILL NOT WORK.