Problem Description and Possible Solution
A no start condition may develop due to an anti-theft system fault. If the drive authorization module fails to recognize the keys, the engine will not start. In many cases, a new module and keys will be needed to correct this problem.
Average mileage: 140,571 (40,000–235,000)
30 people reported this problem
Like the others, my ML has an intermittent problem starting -- after turning the key in the ignition, the engine turns over but fails to engage and after a few seconds, shuts down. Call it a long (non)start. My good friend who is a mechanic told me that there is a fault in the ignition housing and electronics that is causing the system to not recognize the chip in the keys. Supposedly a major repair, requiring new keys (several hundred $), dismantling of the steering wheel, airbag, etc., and something that only a MB dealer can handle...
sometimes my 430ml won't start because of the security system dose not recognize my key. But, if I wait for a while (20 or 30 minutes) It will start. I don't know how to fix this very aggravating problem. Can anyone help?