No power when turning the key - R129 SL500

Discussion in 'Electronics' started by IMD, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. IMD

    IMD Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Hi all,

    I looked at a very nice SL500 today - 1997 model.

    On a couple of occasions, I turned the ignition key and nothing came on - no dash lights, and obviously no start.

    Took key out and tried again and everything was fine. This happened twice whilst looking - all other times (maybe 4 or 5 starts) were fine.

    What could this be?

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. BTB 500

    BTB 500 MB Club Veteran

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    Dodgy ignition switch/lock, I should think.
     
  3. BlackC55

    BlackC55 Authorised Forum Sponsor Authorised Forum Sponsor

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    Yep, they suffer from it.
     
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    IMD

    IMD Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Thanks guys.

    Expensive to fix?

    I may be negotiating the price tomorrow....
     

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