High Usage Vehicles May Experience Ignition Lock and Tumbler Failures on Mercedes-Benz E320

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: 148,786 (140–245,000)
10 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004
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37 people shared problem details
key wont turn to start position.
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Tumbler -lock failure Very important: The first time you have a problem teying to turn the key get it repair ASAP. The ignignition key has to be 'on'position in order to remove the tumbler which is a 15 mintute job. IF you leave it to the point as to where you can not turn- BIG JOB- They them habe to drill the thing out and it is not an easy process due to the bullet prove material Benz uses to differ theft. The most in expensive way to do it is to purchase an after market tumbler which comes comple with 2 keys. I paid $35.00 for mine online. Again ..Ve!ry iimportant that you repair at the first sign change it
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Key wont turn ignition keeps saying "take key"
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I drove to work, parked and when I tried to start the car to leave the key would not turn. I tried to move the steering wheel while turning the key, but that did not help. I purchased a new ignition lock cylinder, but cannot find instructions on how to change the part. I believe the key needs to be turned to get the old one out. Can anyone help?
Inserting key does not unlock the ignition. I have Googled till my eyes bled and all I can come up with for sure is I either need a new key fob $300+ or replace entire ignition system $1200+!OUCH! Currently Unable to even afford the tow to the MB Stealership let alone the key! Stranded and collecting dust...
same thing, ignition switch will not click over, whats the name of part and what website can i find it
Unable to get key out of ignition sometimes. It usually comes out, but it takes about half a minute.
I believe there was a light bulb malfunction and I thought I fully turned my car off but come to find out it did not turn off now I can't start my car and even turn the ignition
Lock tumblers failed. Key stuck wouldn't start. Replaced
Key wont turn. Took switch out to take to dealer as no one wants to work on these. Looking to bypass switch as this is rediculous crappy to leave a lady with two kids under 7 stranded because car ignition will not turn.
key wont turn
Key won't turn when placed in ignition
Key will turn once in awhile when you hear a electronic click sound it will start. Otherwise sticks when key inserted will not turn to start. Where can I find a new Ignition key tumbler & How to fix it instructions?
Car ignition won't turn over. I insert key and it remains at starting point in ignition switch where system message say to "Remove Key". Called dealer 9/10/15 and they said I have to tow vehicle to dealer and pay $340 plus tax to purchase new key. Cost is for one key only. It will take 2 business days for key to arrive to dealer.
I have this problem ignition switch locked.lm trying to find out what I have to do to repair the problem. Do u know a mechanic near Talladega that can help me.
Turning right and mid turn my steering wheel became really stiff and I was going on to hit a taxi waiting at the light but fortunately I just pulled the steering wheel really hard to the right and I hit the curb pretty hard and from there my right back tire and front right tire were on the side walk . From that my right back wheel is kinda bent in ward. And the front tire is just blown out and rim is pretty ruined
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The car won't start and the key can not be inserted
$1800+ to repair. Very costly and lengthy repair. Even the dealership didn't want to do it!
ignition lock and tumbler willnot turn
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