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Old 12-08-2011, 08:52 PM   #1
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Default Clone Key for Sprinter

I have found this key offer on Ebay. The guy states that the key can be cloned to my sprinter and used to start the van. Has anyone purchased one of these and had success with them? It is Ebay Item number 270795548719.

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Old 12-08-2011, 10:30 PM   #2
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Default Re: Clone Key for Sprinter

Since you'll have to find a locksmith to clone the key, why not just buy a key from the locksmith instead of an ebay vendor?

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Old 12-08-2011, 11:12 PM   #3
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I've been chasing up a spare key for my van for a while. Mercedes wanted an obscene amount (about $320 from memory) to provide and program a new key so went looking for locksmiths.
For some reason, none would/could do a Mercedes key. Not sure if it's a problem in getting blanks or what. I finally found a local guy who will supply/cut/program a key for $160

I found a few suitable blanks on eBay so have have to find out if the locksmith will cut/program a blank I provide.

At the very least, I'mm going to get a non transponder key cut 'just in case'
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Default Re: Clone Key for Sprinter

From the photo, that is the correct conformance to match the 2002-2006 key.
(it's possible it's a VW blank)
It also appears to be the correct "ten tumbler" length.
Certainly i'd be willing to risk $18...

And then i noticed the Interchange number (BYS15TK1) on that eBay listing.
Googling *that* loops us right back to this nice posting here in Sprinter Forum:
http://sprinter-source.com/forum/sho...3&postcount=31

So "Yes", i'd buy the key and have a cooperative local locksmith program it.
"Cooperative" means that they have a Bianchi "Repli-Code 7 TX Programmer",
in which case they may even have that Bianchi Key Blank "BYS15TK1"

(the beginning of the thread http://sprinter-source.com/forum/showthread.php?t=965 has more discussion)

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Default Re: Clone Key for Sprinter

Anyone knows of locksmith in southern California that will make a transponder key like the above post. I have been calling around and there seems to be noone with that type key nor a programmer. Thanks
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:50 PM   #6
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Default Re: Clone Key for Sprinter

Were I a locksmith in the key cloning business (I'm not) I would probably not readily clone a key someone picked up from eBay for me to use. If it doesn't work it makes me look bad even if the supplied eBay key was totally at fault.

It's not right to not just let the guy do the entire job in cases like these. I was on the phone just recently to a locksmith about cloning a key for me. They wanted $75.00 for the job. I wouldn't even consider suggesting that I supply the key. Others may disagree. I don't care. vic

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From the photo, that is the correct conformance to match the 2002-2006 key.
(it's possible it's a VW blank)
It also appears to be the correct "ten tumbler" length.
Certainly i'd be willing to risk $18...

And then i noticed the Interchange number (BYS15TK1) on that eBay listing.
Googling *that* loops us right back to this nice posting here in Sprinter Forum:
http://sprinter-source.com/forum/sho...3&postcount=31

So "Yes", i'd buy the key and have a cooperative local locksmith program it.
"Cooperative" means that they have a Bianchi "Repli-Code 7 TX Programmer",
in which case they may even have that Bianchi Key Blank "BYS15TK1"

(the beginning of the thread http://sprinter-source.com/forum/showthread.php?t=965 has more discussion)

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At the very least, I'mm going to get a non transponder key cut 'just in case'
I had them cut me 3. I really don't want to be locked out...

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Note--some of the MB plain key blanks have a problem with sprinter's ignition, but work just fine in the doors.

There's too much "head" and the stem is not long enough-- but if you trim off the lower part of the head with a grinder, it will go into and turn the ignition.

Not that it'll start, mind, or run for more than a second if you do manage to finagle the starting...
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or run for more than a second if you do manage to finagle the starting...
Actually with the T1N's the key chip need only be present for the initial recognition by the SKREEM module. A "door only" non-chipped key can be used to start the Sprinter by holding the chipped key bow (black plastic head or handle) in close proximity to the ignition switch ring antenna. Once the engine starts the chip can be moved from that proximity to your pocket or other convenient location. I know this is true because that is what I did when my OEM chipped key broke and I used my door only key. vic
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It's not right to not just let the guy do the entire job in cases like these. I was on the phone just recently to a locksmith about cloning a key for me. They wanted $75.00 for the job. I wouldn't even consider suggesting that I supply the key.
I'd only supply a blank if they couldn't supply one themselves. (MB-17's are pretty rare around here too)

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A-aabot in Orange (on Katella at the 55) supplied the blank, cut and programmed it to my 04 sprinter for $ 39 total
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