"No start" Due to Anti-Theft System Fault on Mercedes-Benz ML350

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 100,853 (34,000–203,560)
4 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009
21 people reported this problem
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Our 2009 MB ML350 has an intermittent problem which started a few weeks ago. When the smart key is inserted in the ignition a message appears which says the key may not belong to this vehicle. Up until today, the message appeared, but the car started with no problem. Today, the message appeared and nothing happened when I turned the key, no lights, no sound. After removing the key and trying several more times, the car started. My husband tried his key (which is not used as often as mine) and the message didn't appear, but it took several tries to get the car to start. That tells me the issue is not with the smart key, but with the ignition itself. Suggestions?
Car wouldn't crank after replacing starter and battery.. inserted key like 10 tens then it cranked and ran. shut it off and now same problem
Intermittent no-start at times, as if loss of electrical power/switch. Dash lights up, but no "crank". After several attempts at re-turning key, all goes back to normal, but window(s) full up/down function does not work right away. ??
The car dash lights came on momentarily when accelerating from rest the first day then the next day it cut out at traffic lights and would not start it was checked at one dealer scanned P2071-8 and P1999- start enable das not sent .it has started once since and is now being assessed at a specialist electrician so will let you know what the diagnosis is
My 2004 350ML shuts down when I turn the key to start my SUV. At On position everything seems to be working fine. The radio works find. When I turn the ignition key further to start the car, everything shuts down. I think the car computer is thinking the car is being stolen. Everything worked fine the day before I parked my car in the garage. The day after it won't start. I want to reset whatever I touched in the consul. Is there a way I can fix this myself?