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Hi All,

I've had my '92 300SL for only about two months now. I absolutely love it. Its arctic white with palomino interior, and it has 63K miles (sorry, no pix yet).

The problem is that occasionally it won't start - meaning the starter doesn't engage at all. The dash lights come on and they don't flicker or dim. It's just that nothing happens when I turn the key all the way to start. No sound, nothing, nada.

The first time it happened it started on the next try, and I gave it no more thought. Then one day it did it when I stopped for gas. I must have tried it 30 times. I was just about ready to call for a tow when it started.

It took it straight to my mechanic, and like a dog that won't do tricks, it started fine for him every time. And it kept starting fine for another two weeks. Then another episode like the first.

I know it's not due to the shifter - I have tried holding the key in start and moving the shifter back and forth from Park to Neutral with no change.

It's starting ok right now, but I want to find out what this is before I get stranded somewhere. And I'm not real keen on just replacing parts until it's solved.

Has anyone had this problem? Any ideas on where to start looking?

Thanks,
 

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Thanks for the ideas, guys. I did have to replace the ingition switch on my SEL awhile back, but that was due to the key not turning - just like using the wrong key. It does make sense that the ig switch could be the problem. That may be the place to start.

There were a couple of interesting suggestions I gleaned from the links you gave. One was to turn everything off, and exit the car, then lock and unlock the door. It resets the security system. The other was to move the steering wheel up/down and in/out. The next time it happens I'll try both of these and let you know if either works.

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It happened again - only this time the car wouldn't start despite repeated attempts. So I had it towed to my mechanic. He diagnosed the problem as the starter switch. $350 later it seems to be working fine. Hopefully this is the end of it.
 
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