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Mercedes Remote Engine Start DIY Kits using factory key fob

With the winter just around the corner, you may be wondering if it is possible to install remote engine starter on your Mercedes-Benz. If you have Mercedes-Benz mbrace then you are lucky as you can use your smartphone to remote start your Mercedes-Benz. Even if you don’t have mbrace installed, you can still install an aftermarket kit that will allow you to remote start your Mercedes-Benz.

Due to the security features installed on your car, you can’t install a universal $50 remote engine start kit. Most installation shops won’t even be able to install remote engine start on your MB if they don’t have a kit that is designed specifically for Mercedes-Benz cars.

List of remote engine starts kits that work on Mercedes-Benz

1. iDatalink ADSBZ

remote engine start mercedes benz e c s classOne remote engine start kit that works on Mercedes-Benz and will allow you to remote start you Mercedes-Benz is the iDatalink ADSBZ1 two-way MB Remote Starter Kit. The main  advantage of this kit is the fact that it is a plug and play remote starter kit. It comes with its own remote that has a coverage of up to 3000 ft or you can use the factory Mercedes-Benz key fob. If you use the factory keyfob the range is limited and you will need to press the LOCK button three times to start or stop your car.

If you need to download the installation manual for iDatalink ADSBZ1.

While this remote starter kit is plug and play you will still need to know how to locate the different components on your car to plug this unit. You will also need a flash link adapter to flash your specific Mercedes-Benz model on the remote starter kit. Some sellers can flash the correct firmware for you before they ship the unit.

Below is a video on how to remote start a Mercedes-Benz C-class with the iDatalink kit installed.

You could also use the iDatastart ADS-BZ3 if you would like to use your smartphone to start your Mercedes-Benz. If you go this route you will also need to install the Drone Mobile app which allows you to control your Mercedes-Benz via your smartphone.  Watch how this setup works.

These instructions work on newer Mercedes-Benz including models such as the C-Class, S-Class, E-Class, ML-Class, CLS-Class etc.

2. SmartKey Starter

The SmartKey Starter systems allow you to enable remote start capability to most Mercedes-Benz cars from 2003 to present. It uses the factory remote and the panic button to start the remote. This is also a plug and play unit and can be installed by independent shops that can be near you. You will need to have an experienced technician to install this kit for you. You may be able to install this kit yourself as well if you are technically inclined.


Have you used an aftermarket Mercedes remote engine start kit? Use the comments below to let us and other Mercedes-Benz owners know of other possible options.

One comment

  1. Can you give me the names of some installers for the above remote starters for a 2014 Mercedes E350
    in the Hampton, NH area of 03842.

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