Sorry to say But that is correct you only get 8 keys, more then likely there where a few key problems in the past with the previous owner, or owners. Not only do you get the AAM( all activities module ) but you can get up to 8 new keys, They also put in new door tumblers and an ignition tumbler. Sorry to say there is no other way around this because the AAM can only be put in by the Dealer. It has to be programed to your car and only the Dealer has the computer to do this. A this point you can call different dealers, (they do have different pricing from dealer to dealer ) maybe you can save a few hundred from one to the next.
Sorry for the bad news. Good luck with your new purchase other wise.
Wow, I didn't think that was possible and still have a running vehicle.
But what about the key, is there somone who remakes keys ? Because he still can't get a spare through Mercedes if they see that the AAM was not replaced ?
I agree with both of you on how stupid the system really is.
But unfortunately thats the way Mercedes made it to be theft proof for that error of the vehicle.
You can call 1-800-for mercedes.
And see what they say.
New revelation, It might be possible for you to get a duplicate key through Mercedes. You have to go back to the dealer and ask to see if you can get a duplicate key of one of the first seven keys. first they have to check through your vehicle through the AAM to see if there was a perminate block on any of the first seven keys.
Down side, if there was a problem with the AAM's part the duplicate will not work, but if there was a problem with the key it self, A good chance you will have your spare.
Another Down side, they will not know if it will work until they have the key and try to program it, you will have to buy each key one at a time and hope the next one works, with any luck you will wind up with a spare. If not seven new Christmas tree ornimats.
You cannot get a duplicate for the key (#8) you already have, well not at this time, cause that will disable the key you have now. you cannot have two keys working on the same track.
This a slim chance but its all there is right now.
you are more than welcome, i am glad to help and i hope it works out for you.
and thaanks again for useing J A.