High Usage Vehicles May Experience Ignition Lock and Tumbler Failures on Mercedes-Benz SLK230

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Due to wear, high usage vehicles can experience ignition lock and tumbler failures. The ignition lock cylinder will generally require replacement to correct this concern.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 92,165 (51,500–137,648)
7 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004
23 people reported this problem
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Ignition stuck; key will not turn
the key is hard to remove
The key will not turn on the ignition. Had to replace tumbler and sterring lock.
steering locked up and ignition key will not turn
Have not fixed the problem yet, but both new and old keys stick, and lock has not failed yet. Local dealer will replace cylinder and steering column lock for $700+, so still considering whether to have them do it or just replace the cylinder for <$50.
replaced cylinder lock.
ignition tumbler problem
Had them replace ignition Lock and Tumbler
the key will not turn , it will go one click and sticks so that car cannot be started