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  1. Solved. I used a heat gun and after a few minutes the key turned and it started Thanks for the help saved me some big bucks. And I did hear a click when I pressed the brake pedal. I should have thought about applying heat directly to the key slot.
  2. I have a 2006 Smartfortwo CDI Pure - as basic as you can get. I left it out in the cold and there was a thaw and then a quick freeze. I tried to start the car but the key wouldn't turn and it appears the transmission shift lever is stuck in neutral. I thought that maybe it was frozen so I pushed it into the garage and warmed the car up but to no avail. Since I did not have a block heater cord I went to the Mercedes dealer to buy one ($172) hoping that may help but the service department folks didn't think that would work so I didn't try that. They suggested that it may be the brake lock switch and had the replacement part but that requires getting under the car to do the work which I am not quite ready to do. The only option I see at this point is to either wait until spring or have the car towed to the Mercedes dealer. I would appreciate any suggestions as to how to get this car going. The battery seems fine and it started and ran well prior to this.