My 1995 W124 E280 Automatic key jammed one day but I managed to free it. Now, it jams for only a second or two every now and then. However, the missus refuses to drive the car until the problem is fixed. Through Mercedes dealer, I have obtained a new key cylinder (ignition barrel) and a covering black metal shroud. I checked the forum and there are many members who have done it in 2 minutes. I tried myself but sadly, I failed. I used my 2 DIY wires that I manage to introduce all the way in the 2 holes but it still wouldn’t budge. I gave up after many days of endeavour. I was quoted £50 for the job by a London indie and the local Mercedes dealer. For a potentially 2 minute job, and especially that I have already removed the facia, I am unable to swallow it. I may have to bite the bullet at the end but before that, I wanted to check for any helpful suggestions in our forum. I live in Purley (near Croydon, South London) and would travel if necessary.