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Mercedes-Benz 300E High Usage Vehicles May Experience Ignition Lock and Tumbler Failures

Mercedes-Benz 300E Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993

Average Mileage: 166,968 mi (102,000 mi - 194,872 mi)


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.

  • , , 194,872 mi

    Can't get key to turn to unlock steering and shifter.

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  • , , 102,000 mi

    Still trying to get ignition apart; key broke off! Lock cylinder spins around about 270 degrees but doesn't stop in the right spot to undo the cylinder lock! Now I know why I prefer BMW's! Removed assembly from another MB to use as a test fixture to get mine apart.

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  • , , 191,000 mi

    replacing ignition lock cylinder

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