High Usage Vehicles May Experience Ignition Lock and Tumbler Failures on Mercedes-Benz E300

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: 20,000 (20,000–20,000)
5 model years affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999
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145,000 ignition is broke with the key and tumbler stuck inside ignition
sometimes when i put the key in the ignition switch and wait for the glow plug lite i turn it to start and nothing happens i turn it back off take the key out and put it back in it will start sometimes i have to do this 2 or3 times before it will start. any ideas?