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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-17-2009, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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Post W210 Key Fob Faulty

First post from me as I just joined. Greetings from Sunny Singapore where there are more Mercs than most other makes but few well versed mercaholics...

My switchblade key fob (single button) for my March 1996 W210 E200 just died and upon opening the plastic case to reveal the pcb inside, i realised the switch did not work cos the rubber part you press down on actually clicks on to a metal switch on the pcb (metal with four legs) and this had come off the soldering points...due to age and past rough handling or drops presumably.
To solder it back on would take micro soldering and an expert hand to say the least, as once you burn or bridge other contact points, I'm sure it will short circuit the other components so I'm not game to try that. These gizmos were probably factory machine soldered
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In the meantime, I have to open the passenger side door. lean over and open the drivers side door, just to get in the car

Now the replacement from the local Sole Distributorship here in Singapore costs S$510 (equivalent approx US$370) and takes two weeks to ship in from Germany.

So all you folks complaining in past posts about US$140 fob replacements, you have it cheap!

Just some information for all you W210ers out there...
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By the way,anyone out there with early W210 fob problems?
i am sure given the age of the earlier 210s and the flimsy engineering of the early fobs...many owners would have similarly cracked, falling apart, "sometimes working sometimes not" fobs...
Someone should come out with a classier looking replacement that doesn't cost an arm and a leg; and most importantly that works!
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