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1999 ML430 lost only key dealer wants $350???

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Yep, lost my one and only key to the ML430. Called the dealer and she says i have to have my Merc towed there (how they do that when i cant get it out of Park is beyond me). So, i have to have it towed, bring my Title, registration and ID. She said they can order the key will take less than 24 hours and they program it and im good to go.

Certainly there has to be a cheaper way and a way i dont have to tow my freaking vehicle?? Please.
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Im wondering if im the only person this has ever happened to. I dont know why the vehicle needs to be towed to MB. I should be able to program the key myself.
I got ya. I was just hoping there was a way i could program it myself. Programming the key fob is very easy, but if there is something additional the dealer can only do then yes towing is the only option. Thats what im trying to confirm.
Thanks for the tip!!

Insert a pencil through the small flap adjacent to the "D" on your shifter. When you hit the right spot, you can move the stick out of Park.

Instructions are in your owner's manual.
I was just told no need to tow my vehicle as the key that will be sent to my dealer is for my VIN # and already pre-programmed. Nothing for the dealer to do. Does that sound right?
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