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Have any of you US members replaced your key shell on your r171? I ordered one off eBay, it looked good, seemed well made, fit together OK, but the metal key wouldn't latch in properly and thus kept falling off my key ring. I'd you've replaced yours successfully I'd love to know what vendor you used. Search was not very helpful here.
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I have one oh those since 3 years
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3283...chweb201603_55
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How about US members (apparently the keys are different US vs other countries).
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I got a replacement for Christmas bought off amazon. Fits and works well.
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@RNVSLK can you share an Amazon link?
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The keys are different state-side? Have you got a picture of yours (just out of curiosity).
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Here is a us key
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Amazon order

Key Fob Keyless Entry Remote Shell Case & Pad fits Mercedes C Class, CLK, CLS, E Class, G Class, Slk Class, AMG, Set of 2
by USARemote

$16.95 for a set of two with batteries.

Good quality. No MB star since they are aftermarket.
Ordered March 2019.
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I bought one of these:
https://nl.aliexpress.com/item/32807...f-c3166dad4658

I have a plastic only-key and wanted the chrome version...for the looks.
I put the internals from the old plastic one in the new chrome one......and it didn't work!
Lock/unlock: no problem....but I couldn't turn the key to start the engine.
Took the key apart again and a tiny part fell out of the case....it was 1 of the 2 IR Tx....now the car can't "see" the key.

As a new key is 350 euro's, I looked for someone that can solder the tiny SMD Tx.
Luckily I found someone that soldered the part for 25 euro's....and now it works again....tried the new case again....very carefully....but I didn't manage to get the PCB in without forcing.
Still with the old black, plastic case....
I bought mine from Amazon (same type and brand) and it should be a modified case for the 3 button old skool key.
The pics matched with my internals....but still didn't fit....
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Here is a us key
It is quite different then - unusual to use different parts in different territories unless they absolutely have to.

The Euro one looks much nicer imo :P
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Try one of those
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-...4-64a7f515b29c

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I ordered one and the USAREMOTE shell sold on Amazon worked perfectly! Live and learn - the first one I ordered just was poorly made.
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