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I have just bought a 2005 SLK 350 which came with only one key. So I contacted my local MB dealer in Leicester and they quoted me £227 for a new one, fully programmed. They also said that used keys from another SLK cannot be re-programmed so I needn't bother buying one off ebay!

Firstly, does £227 sound about right or should I be able to get it cheaper? Secondly, I thought I had read that used keys can be re-programmed, so are they telling me porky pies just to get me to spend more money with them?

Any comments/help would be much appreciated.

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There are quite a few posts regarding this. In the meantime:

Yes, the dealership is correct. Keys cannot be EASILY reprogrammed. There are ways, but it requires specialized Chinese hardware that I saw once. Freaky stuff. They are programmed to your car's VIN.

I don't know what the correct cost should be over there, but here across the pond in the states, you can et a key for around $200. Not so sure of what that converts out to.
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There are quite a few posts regarding this. In the meantime:

Yes, the dealership is correct. Keys cannot be EASILY reprogrammed. There are ways, but it requires specialized Chinese hardware that I saw once. Freaky stuff. They are programmed to your car's VIN.

I don't know what the correct cost should be over there, but here across the pond in the states, you can et a key for around $200. Not so sure of what that converts out to.

£121.71!!

Can you order one in the US and get it sent over here. that'd bring the cost down if it is $200.
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Hi All

I have just bought a 2005 SLK 350 which came with only one key. So I contacted my local MB dealer in Leicester and they quoted me £227 for a new one, fully programmed. They also said that used keys from another SLK cannot be re-programmed so I needn't bother buying one off ebay!

Firstly, does £227 sound about right or should I be able to get it cheaper? Secondly, I thought I had read that used keys can be re-programmed, so are they telling me porky pies just to get me to spend more money with them?

Any comments/help would be much appreciated.

Cheers
Hello fellow Leicester owner. I think that price sounds about right. There are a lot of adverts on Ebay for spares and programming> But I am not sure if they work.

I have had a spare metal key cut which I keep hidden outside the car incase I happen to lock my keys in the car ( having done it once with an MX5)
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Price is about right, and it's a theft controlled part. In theory, anyone with Online STAR access and a virgin key can program it. In reality, most dealers won't touch it - they just order a pre-programed key for you. Price sounds about right for the "right" side of the pond, unfortunately. I think I paid about 190 quid for mine a couple of years ago.



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Hello fellow Leicester owner. I think that price sounds about right. There are a lot of adverts on Ebay for spares and programming> But I am not sure if they work.

I have had a spare metal key cut which I keep hidden outside the car incase I happen to lock my keys in the car ( having done it once with an MX5)
Hi there JonB and thanks for the info - had a feeling you were going to say that!

I am waiting for a company in Birmingham who claim to be able to supply a brand new fully programmed key for a fraction of the MB price (but that could be 95% of it ). I'll let everyone know how much they quote.

And I thought the Boxster S I have just got rid of was expensive to own!
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Cars come with 2 keys......if you have completed the purchase, I would convince the seller to at least split the cost with you.

When I purchased Challenge, the dealer tried to convince me that one key was the best they could do....I told them that was a deal breaker......they had a spare key in 2 days.


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And I thought the Boxster S I have just got rid of was expensive to own!
If you have the 7sp AT, just wait 'til that needs repair; $$$$
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If you have the 7sp AT, just wait 'til that needs repair; $$$$
Hmmmmm, I'm very tempted with extending the 6 month RAC warranty the garage gave me to a lifetime one!
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Hmmmmm, I'm very tempted with extending the 6 month RAC warranty the garage gave me to a lifetime one!
"Sounds" like a wise decision Just make sure it covers the power train!
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"Sounds" like a wise decision Just make sure it covers the power train!
Thanks for the tip - just checked the warranty, it does cover it
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