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I have a 1993 W140 400SE with a 4-battery infrared remote control key which does not work (the key works, not the infrared part). A local MB dealer quoted me AUD$500 to $600 to replace the remote but this seems excessive to me (I heard in the UK they were about 60 pounds sterling or AUD$110). What options do I have to replace this remote?

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Go to the other dealer, these items are priced area specific. If you travel you can get another price.

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