Date registered: Sep 2017
Vehicle: 2008 CLK-350 Convertible
Location: East Coast Florida
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I don't think it was anything as difficult to accomplish as a cloned key. It is my understanding that these keys are pretty darn secure, and I base that on the multiple threads about keys on this forum, 99% of which result in the last post containing the dreaded phrase "see your dealer, and take your wallet." The few successful key repairs - not clones, repairs - invariably start with a legitimate key and involve de-soldering and re-soldering surface mount chips which skills are light years beyond the capabilities (or even the wildest fever dreams) and level of pre-planning abilities of someone whose criminal activities (to date) consist of shoplifting, simple assault, purse snatching, bicycle theft and similar crimes of simple opportunity. Perhaps he has raised his game, but I doubt it . . . this would be kind of a LARGE leap.
(In this corner, we have Mercedes-Benz's large, long established team of well paid captive wild-eyed mad scientists, electronics experts, and security experts, well funded, decades of experience and subject to severe consequences if they screw up, holding innumerable patents and trade secrets, and in that corner, we have Team B, a junior grade petty criminal with utterly zero discernible skills or qualifications. Team A's task is to make a secure system to guard their product, cost is no object, Team B's task is to find a way to defeat Team A's best efforts in ten or fifteen seconds, using no technology more advanced, more expensive than, or harder to acquire than a paper clip and with no technical or "inside" knowledge whatsoever. Ladies and gentlemen, place your bets . . . )
He either found or stole the key fob, or this was an inside (a/k/a "insurance theft") job.
Maybe I'll buy the salvage and get an un-cracked trunk lid brake light from it. Sic transit gloria mundi.