High Usage Vehicles May Experience Ignition Lock and Tumbler Failures on Mercedes-Benz C220

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.

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Average mileage: 217,000 (175,000–259,000)
3 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996
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1996 Mercedes-Benz C220 175,000 mi,
HAve not fixed it yet. MEchanic said I must show proof of ownership, etc to order parts. But, same issue, key won't engage unless I wiggle, twist, the key and then hold my breath.
1996 Mercedes-Benz C220 259,000 mi,
Today, May 27, 2012. I purchased this car Oct 2011 with 20,000 less miles. This is the 3rd time that the ignition key became "stuck", unable to turn the ignition. This time, I cannot manage to find a way to turn the ignition key to the ON position. I've tried rocking the car, simultaneously jiggling the key while rocking the locked steering steering wheel counter-clockwise, then clockwise, then counter, then clock, repeat until I am exhausted. As soon as possible, I'll GO TO MERCEDES and ask them the cost to replace the tumbler matching the existing, same key. I already have an order in for a NEW KEY, factory direct. I figure I should replace both, the ignition key and the tumblers. They're both probably worn beyond acceptable working condition. Brian A Everling Montevallo, AL USA
My car has a security breech, i used a new key and my ignition frooze and when i got it fixed the car will not start, the lights in the rearveiw mirror blinks indication of security problem, i have the remote that came with the vehicle, i took it to Tiffin Ohio the closest Mercedes dealer, they charged me $275 and i still had to pay the tow back home, the car has been setting for almost 1 year.