Why bail? The only problem you've mentioned is a $3 oil gasket. Everything else is maintenance and incidentals - something that all car owners have to deal with.Never realized all the issues going on with the early ml's. Have been researching this situation a little more over the last week and have come to realize that I will be spending a lot more money on this vehicle than I realized. To bail out of it now without telling prospective buyer of the situation would not be something I could do. Real deal breaker I would think. So far nothing major has happened. OEM tires from Sam's ($525), little oil gasket replaced due to constant leaking ($3), right rear passenger window replaced due to break-in ($250) thank goodness the alarm scared them off! Wiper Blades all around from dealer ($75), 2 keys ($275), after market trailer hitch ($250) still need light harness, battery (die hard international $125) Still have to do 100k tune up, drive train fluid changes, not really sure what has been done as the local MB service manager refuses to let me see any service history, parts guys are nice though not very informative. And now the inevitable aam/key refit @$3-4K. Purchase price of $8500.00 And I thought the 2000 e38 740il had problems! Wifes 1998 xk8 convertible has proven to be the most reliable of the three with zero tow-ins and nothing other than a thermostat replacement, tire rotate, balance and oil changes in 3 years of ownership. All vehicles purchased used. I guess the W163 body kit upgrade will be put on hold!
I am aware you have been feverishly pursuing satisfaction from MB on this issue. Now, I sympathize with you and others who've fell into the faulty AAM/DAS problem with 98 and 99 models. However, I have just as valid a counterpoint. IF Mercedes had manufactured a much simpler system that actually lent to a thief's ability to jack our vehicles, would Mercedes not have opened themselves up to an even larger liability problem?Mine keys cost $3600.00 and 2 months, applealed, complained to government, class action suit next, AAA of texas investigating possible legislation in Texas
cmitch, it has never been an issue with respect to theft deterent, the issue is M/B has limited those particular years to 8 keys FOR THE LIFE OF THE VEHICLE. Rolling codes or not, if they were able to design it for 8 keys, why couldn't they design it for 20 keys? I also doubt that when they originally sold these vehicles, they informed the owners of the limit and better yet, what it would cost to get another eight.IF Mercedes had manufactured a much simpler system that actually lent to a thief's ability to jack our vehicles, would Mercedes not have opened themselves up to an even larger liability problem?
I have no idea what he is talking about, but I can tell you that the housing has nothing to do with the theft system. It is a mechanical object that just has an ignition switch in it to start the truck, but again that switch has nothing to do with the theft system.You can replace the key housing? How do you do that? Inquiring minds want to know - Thanks!
The point I'm making is that they could have made a simpler system that took an infinite number of keys, much like GM's infamous early 'key chips' that thieves had a hey day with (found a way to 'reprogram the car's key detection system). I'm not giving MB a free pass. I'm just saying that they could have done something else and then people would be wanting to sue them for that..
cmitch, it has never been an issue with respect to theft deterent, the issue is M/B has limited those particular years to 8 keys FOR THE LIFE OF THE VEHICLE. Rolling codes or not, if they were able to design it for 8 keys, why couldn't they design it for 20 keys? I also doubt that when they originally sold these vehicles, they informed the owners of the limit and better yet, what it would cost to get another eight.
If that's the case, why not relocate the transponder ring and mate it with the guts of a messed up key (a key who's rfid chip still works) behind the dash panel. Then any duplicated key blank would be able to start the car. The downside is obviously bypassing the security system. I Suppose you could rig a hidden kill switch to the transponder that would prevent someone from starting your car. That would be a simple and cheap solution. Does anyone know if any key will sync to operate the central locking. I have the feeling that the das rfid is separate from the central locking.Hi!!
The solution exists -but I'm sure about it, is not welcomed officially by MB dealers.
(probably because it is "60 seconds" way of starting cars)
Original MB computer is cheated by plugged in small PCB (for ML98-01 old type computer, price is 150USD)
Newer versions like last year S klasse or Maybach are more expensive
DAS doesnt work, you can use any key you want!!
There is only one disadvantage - anybody can do that.
Offered locally by so called Automotive Electronic Services
Im also on my #7 and #8 fob btw.