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How to program Mercedes W166 BGA key by VVDI MB

This is a write-up of how to use VVDI Mercedes key programmer to program a remote BGA key to Benz W166 ML250 .



Xhorse vvdi mb bga tool and a laptop to run vvdi mercedes software (here ver.2.1.1)

The steps of w166 key programming… Here you go.


run VVDI-MB Tool software

go to EIS Tools, then read and save EIS data

go to Password calculation for Data acquisition (5 minutes around)

in the process, it’s necessary to insert the key to EIS & VVDI MB Tool; just follow the pop-ups

finish data acquisition.

then Upload data to send acquisition data, and copy the key password for later use

back to EIS Tools

read EIS data and paste the key pass. as EIS key info, then save data

go to Prepare key file

first Load EIS file, then Prepare key file (select v051)

go to Read write key

here you should have a blank key to write data

writing data successfully

then do key identification, the key status is Unuse

inset the new key to the EIS to synchronize

insert the key and turn on for 2 times

try to start

wait for key initialisation

initialised successfully

test the remote… also ok


VVDI MB BGA Tool successfully programmed a key to Mercedes W166!

VVDI MB Tool Program Mercedes W164 all key lost guide

A test report of Xhorse VVDI MB Tool Mercedes key programmer adding keys W164 (2009-) when all key lost.
Test purpose: program/ add new keys to Mercedes-Benz W164 (2009-)
Test via technicians working for
Hardware: vvdi mercedes
Software version: ver. 2.1.6 up
W164 EIS:
Test procedure:
Test result: Vvdi mb bga tool 100% adds new keys to w164. Perfect!
FAQs of VVDI MB & W164 all key lost:
Q: Why VVDI MB cant read W164 EIS OBD on table? cant start communication with EIS
A: You need gateway.
And before 09 read it whit programmer and if after 09 whit nec you can calculate password online.
Lost all keys 2 tokens.
Q: Where to get an chema of gateway with w164 EIS connected on table?
A: Please check it in Starfinder or WIS.
The final note: VVDI Mercedes for W166, W212, W246, W212 (old, with ELV) , W204, W207, W216, W164 (2009-) all key lost

How to Renew Mercedes W164 W221 Gearbox by VVDI MB Tool

Here is the guide to use VVDI MB BGA tool key programmer to renew Mercedes 7G Tronic Gearbox-Virgin (W164 / W221 / W219 etc).
Note: Update your VVDI Mercedes software to latest (current 2.1.7).
After well communication is built, open VVDI MB software,
Select Renew ECU/Gearbox function
Select module: Gearbox
Click on Read
Reading data success
display VIN,P/N, S/N etc info.
Select Renew function
If VVDI MB Tool prompt “Erase password format not correct!!!
Input data error,only accept hexadmecimal data, 8 bytes!”
Click OK to continue
Press Get button to search erase password
Display erase pass, click on Renew again
This time you can see info on the bottom of the left status bar “Erase target unit success”
Press Read again
Mercedes 7G tronic renewal success!

Which tool to Change Benz W204 mileage via OBD

There are lots of threads talking about Mercedes-Benz W204 mileage correction. Some use Digiprog 3 odometer programmer, some use VVDI mercedes or FVDI commander or original AVDI. So, which one should be best for W204 km change? Here you go…
Here list some good questions and answers between forum members. Read them first.
Q: w204 possible only dash?A: NOT possible only dash.
you have to do dash and can-filter.
or use digiprog or elprosys or abritus72 or enigma
Q: Any one done 2014 by OBD?A: Use can blocker, make backups and never will have problems…
Q: Anyone done Mercedes W204 2014 by OBD?
if yes, what tool can do thisA: avdi,fvdi,digiprog…..
Q: digiprog3 and fvdi, which better for W204 mileage?A: I killed one with fvdi, it crashes. the ZGW will need recoding.
I do not recommend using fvdi on w204.
Have better change with digiprog3
I did 2012 with it
Q: How to make right on w204 with fvdi?A: Original equipment or solder can blocker.
Q: Any good experience of digi?A: I did a few 204 212 with digiprog 3 v4.94. ,no problem.
Q: How about AVDI for 204?A: I’ve got AVDI ORG but can’t do 2013 W204
but yesterday i killed also the ZGW of one W204 2011 the First Time.
have Smok tool to repair this until you done backup
I don’t know if you can do it 2014
Q: Cluster was changed in car. How do I have the cluster automatically go back to original mileage? Only tool I have is VVDI MB BGA tool. Thanks
A: for w204 through vvdi mb
if you want to bloack km synchronization between EZS and dashboard, you need backup CGW (gateway0 EEPROM and FLASH before write km
Q: Anyone tried with Smok?A: I’ve got now smok Merc
so I try and cant do first time error when Erase Flash
so I write the flash and eeprom back and then I try again
all GOOD job done
smok tool its the best for this price
AVDI cant write flash back after first problem – smok done easy
In summary,
Digiprog3 programmer should be the best solution of Mercedes W204 Odometer Mileage through OBD. Within 5 minutes and no need dissemble the dashboard.
Attach some photos here.. the W204 2009 model









Mercedes W221 Mileage Correction via FVDI or VVDI MB Tool

Cannot change mileage on a 2009 Mercedes-benz w221 via OBD? Need to fit filter/blocker in EIS and do dash only?


NO! I did 6 merc w221 using FVDI obd without any issues.. there is an instruction on how to do it step by step in the abrites manual…. can do all control unit with it. need like 1.5 to 2 hours to finish it. it block can between IC and EIS.


I only have the R270 programmer at the moment and digiprog 3 so I think can blocker is going to be the cheapest way. If for Mercedes only, vvdi mb tool should be the best choice…program keys and repair dash km..all ok.


Here, two methods i wanna talk about…

(Easiest) Using Fvdi abrites commander obd change mileage:

 Backup important files

Open Special Function ‘CGW (ZGW) Explorer” to read the EEPROM and the flash memories of Central Gateway (CGW) control.  Back up EEPROM and the flash dumps as files in your hardware.

FVDI Mercedes will automatically back up EEPROM and the flash memories file when it reads them. The backup files should be installed on C:/Program Files/ABRITES software for IDXXXXXX/Mercedes.

 back up EEPROM


Select S-class W221


Select EEPROM, click Read EEPROM and save it to a file after EEPROM has been read.



Select Flash and click Read Flash and save it to a file after FLASH has been read.

Select Flash and click Read Flash

Modify ASSYST and ASSYST PLUS service history records


Select the ZGW type “W221”

Click on “Get Current” to see the internal data

Click on “ASSYST PLUS Service Memory” to view different service history

Enter “Main Odometer”, “Operating Time (Days)” and “Number of Oil Changes” to alter all this information.

Click on “Yes” when FVDI ABRITES program asks to set the information for the different service history records.

Enter detail for each record.

For example: If the vehicle has 3 records, you need to enter the details for 3 service intervals. The values for the day cycle counter should be entered in an increasing way.


Change the main Odometer in Dashboard, EZS & CGW

change the odometer in Instrument Cluster as well as in EZS and CGW module

Open “Odometer Correction” special function and select S-class W221

Then click on “Get Odometer”

Select “Set Odometer” to load EEPROM and Flash dumps

NOTE: Make sure the ignition is ON when click “Set Odometer” button


(Good for Mercedes) Using vvdi mb bga tool repair dash mileage:


Vvdi mb tool is a good solution of mercedes read & write keys/CGW (ZGW), EIS & ELS tools, password calculation of working keys and lost all key, prepare key file, renew ECU/gearbox/ISM, repair KM, etc.


It can repair dash km for models as below:

  1. C(W204), GLK(X204), CLK(W207), E(W212), SLS(W197), CLS(W218)
  2. R-Class(W251), GL(X164), ML(W164)
  3. E-Class(W211), CLS(W219)
  4. S-Class(W221), CL(216)
  5. W166, W172, W246, W231
  6. W205


W221 is listed…


If you want block KM synchronization between EZS and dashboard, you need backup CGW(Gateway) EEPROM and FLASH before write KM


block KM synchronization require update Gateway FLASH and EEPROM. You can provide the FLASH and EEPROM that you have. If you don’t provide these files. We will use the FALSH and EEPROM from Gateway, only need some time to read it.

use the FALSH and EEPROM from Gateway


Mercedes Benz W221 All Keys Lost VVDI Solution

Mercedes-Benz W221 is Motorola EIS, about all key lost, vvdi mb bga tool key programmer cannot support online calculation get password directly. Password calculation can get key password through EIS and but need at least one working key (online), incl. W164, W164 (2009-), W166 W197 W212 W218  W246, W169 W209 W211, W172 W204 W207, W216, W221, W639 (2009-)
To add new keys to W221 when it lost all keys, you can do like this:
remove W221 EIS,

get eeprom by programmer (such as VVDI PROG),

then load eeprom to VVDI MB TOOL to prepare key file,

write key and insert to EIS for key learn.


In W221, there was only “DUSSELDORF” on the MCU (“DUSSELDORF”—-NEC chip)


Maybe only parts of W221 is Motorola EIS, you can see the attachment photo its Motorola EIS.
anyway, about W211 all key lost you can change a new EIS do you work.
read all key lost EIS data, then write to new EIS (enter password at random/as you want) then prepare key file with the enter password.



Note: VVDI MB BGA Tool v2.1.7 now can only program new keys to Mercedes W212 W246 W204 W207 W216 W164 when they lost all keys.


W212 W246 W204 W207 W216 W164 all key lost solutions:


VVDI MB BGA Tool All Keys Lost Car List and Guides

Original Xhorse VVDI MB BGA Tool now supports calculating password for Mercedes-Benz W166, W212, W246, W212 (old, with ELV) , W204, W207, W216, W164 (2009-) while lost all key; that is, vvdi Mercedes can add/program new keys for models above when they lost all working keys.


Here is all for solutions of Mercedes all key lost using vvdi mb tool:

W216, W164 (2009-) lost all keys

W246 lost all BGA keys

W204 W207 lost all keys

W212 all key lost

(Updating…more models will be available)


How to add new keys when Mercedes all key lost:

MB W216/ W164 (2009-) all key lost

VVDI MB Tool v2.1.7 (v2.1.6) successfully solved the issue of Mercedes W216/ W164 (2009-) all key lost; that is, vvdi mb can add new keys to W216/ W164.


You need VVDI MB TOOL V2.1.6 at least!



How to do all key lost for W216/ W164 with vvdi bga key programmer:

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So,vvdi mercedes can program new keys when W216/ W164 (2009-) lost all keys!


Mercedes W212 lost all keys

There are 3 things to do for W212 all key lost using vvdi mb:

  • Password calculation get key password from EIS
  • Read and save EIS data
  • Prepare key file and write it to new key

connect device OBD line to car, then connect IR adapter to VVDI MB Tool, after that do as following  s.

  1. Open VVDI MB Tool software, click “Password Calculation”, tick off “Lost all working key”, choose chassis “212” then click “Data Acquisition”.


  1. Turn the IR adaptor and VVDI MB Tool’s red light will blink. Now just several minutes to wait (Data Acquisition needs about 3.5-8 minutes depends on EIS types), after that you will get a data file “VM_NOKEY_586FD7B1_1”, save this file.



  1. Click “Upload Data” and open the data file “VM_NOKEY_586FD7B1_1”. Wait a second, it will show “Upload success”, click “Yes”.



  1. Tick off “Auto reflash” next click “Query result”, just wait a second to VVDI MB Tool will get you the result. Meanwhile create a folder named “212 ALL KEY LOST” on desktop.


  1. Now you can get the key password, click “Copy” and wait a second.


Click “Paste” to paste key password to EIS key information, then click “Save EIS data” and save the EIS data file to “212 ALL KEY LOST” folder on desktop.



  1. Click “Prepare Key File”, then “Load EIS file”. Choose the EIS data file to upload.



  1. Untick both “v041” and “v011”, click “Prepare Key File” and wait a minute. Save key file to “212 ALL KEY LOST” on desktop directly.



  1. Click “Read Write Key” then insert a new blank key into VVDI MB BGA Tool slot, next click “Identification key”.


You can see status of the new key is “Unused”, then click “Load Key File”. Next click “key8…” bin file and click “Write”. Now wait for data writing success.



  1. Click “Read EIS data” you can see there are 2 used keys: key1 and key2.


Plug out IR adapter and insert the new key, click “Read EIS data” again there will be 3 used keys: key1, key2 and key8. It means VVDI MB BGA TOOL successfully programs a new key for W212 all key lost.


Mercedes Benz W246 lost all BGA keys


Here’s the step by step guide to follow:

VVDI MB Tool adds Benz W246 BAG key via OBD Step by Step



Mercedes W204 W207 lost all keys

Xhorse VVDI MB BGA key programmer is verified to add W204 W207 ALL KEY LOST without issues.


Reading EIS data

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Password calculation:

Step 1 – select working key, communicate mode and chassis

Warning: this operation should perform on the bench

Step 2 – press “Data acquisition” to start with the following steps:

1) connect device OBD line to cable OBD head on the bench

2) connect IR adapter to VVDI MB Tool

3) data acquisition

4) 50% complete

5) 100% complete

6) save acquisition data

Step 3 – press “Update data” to send acquisition data

Step 4 – press “Query result” to get result

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1 this operation needs about 2.5 hours. Don’t perform this operation on the car

2 connect EIS to correct cable before continue

3 don’t connect ESL to cable

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Connect EIS with correct cable on the bench. Don’t connect ESL.

Connect device OBD line to cable OBD head


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How long should users take for lost all key data acquisition:

Lost all key data acquisition time depends on EIS type, It needs about 3.5-8 minutes

W204, W207 lost all key data acquisition require 2 hours and 10 minutes

W216, W164 2009- lost all key data acquisition require 2 hours

Lost all key calculate time in server: 30 seconds – 1 minute



Review of VVDI Mercedes all key lost:

made W207 all key lost with VVDI MB. Work perfect, great tool!!


made all keys lost W906 successfully! Just remove EZS, open it, read MCU (0L01Y is there I think) EEPROM, save dump and calculate keys. It’s easy to do it!


Tested W212 all Keys lost OK with VVDI MB tool. Got a W212 EIS to make a key, it needs 2 tokens, one free one paid money.


W209 or W211 all key lost for me is easy to do with VVDI.


W204 W207 all key lost tested ok, get Password from W204 EIS successfully in second attempt, first time failed.


W212, W166 and W256 all key lost are possible for VVDI.


W166, W246, W212, W212 FBS3 all key lost OK


do W221 all key lost last month with VVDI MB TOOL and a second hand EIS W221 lock with a key

How to install W204 ELV Emulator for VVDI MB BGA

Here is the instruction on personalizing and activating Xhorse ELV Emulator for W204 W207 W212 by VVDI MB Tool key programmer.
This is an ELV Emulator.


The ELV is not personalized.


Open VVDI MB BGA Tool software
Select ESL tools

Click on Read ESL data


Read ESL data complete
Untick Personalized and Activated option


Then selet EIS Tools
Select OBD> Chassis

Click on Read EIS data

Click Get to erase EIS key password


Now paste key password
Select Save EIS data

Press OK to save HC05 format file


Select IR mode

click on Renew EIS
Insert IR key to EIS



Insert IR adapter to car. Take out and insert again if already inserted. Remain 28 seconds.

Erasing EIS success

Select OBD mode
Select Read EIS data
Reading data success, EIS is normal.

Click on Load EIS data

Open EIS data saved previously


Click Write VIN
Confirm VIN and press Yes to continue


Write VIN success
Select IR
Select Write EIS data
Click Yes


Writing data, please wait

Writing data success

Select OBD mode
Select Personalize W204 ESL

Personalizing ESL success


Select Read EIS data
Now the ELV is personalized


Select Read EIS data
Reading data success, EIS is normal.

ELV is personalized and activated.


V2.1.4 VVDI MB Tool adds W204 207 EIS

Mercedes Benz VVDI MB BGA Tool users have been waiting for a long time till this new software v2.1.4 update. VVDI MB BGA V2.1.4 will support w204 w207 EIS all keys lost.
VVDI MB BGA V2.1.4 update feature:
*** 2016-09-12
*** Require firmware V2.1.4
===== BENZ V2.1.4 =====
1. Attention: All user update device to firmware v2.1.4, software v2.1.4
2. Support get password from w204, w207 EIS when lost all keys
Free download VVDI MB Tool V2.1.4 software
V2.1.4 VVDI MB BGA Software User Feedback:
Now get password from W204 EZS/EIS all keys lost type process in 2nd attempt.
If all key lost you need 2 tokens.
after 1 minute get back the password….
try now calculate key dumps, write first dump to BE key, use in EZS/EIS…learned quickly…
try to use now Xhorse W204 ELV-emulator…success assigned…new key turn, EMU sound lock/unlock rightly…
all finished success
every W212, where assembled manual transmission or 5G-automatic have W204 EZS/EIS with W204 ELV metal unit
I done already W212 ELV emulator with  for W204. All went quick with no problems whatsoever.
VVDI  MB Tool  V2.1.3 Update Plan:
===== BENZ V2.1.3 =====
1. Attention: All user update device to firmware v2.1.2, software v2.1.3
2. Fix bug for time out when get erase password or key file
*** 2016-09-02
*** Require firmware V2.1.2
VVDI Benz V2.1.2 Update Plan:
===== BENZ V2.1.2 =====
1. Attention: All user update device to firmware v2.1.2, software v2.1.2
2. User manual v1.6 released, overview v1.6 released
3. Support Repair KM: Menu->Special Function->KM Repair, support w204, w207, w212, w211, w166, w246, w231, w205
4. Support read/write gateway: Menu->Special Function->Read/Write CGW(ZGW)
5. Support Read/Activate blank BGA key(0CF4): Read Write Key->Read blank BGA(0CF4) EIS data
6. Support read current HASH in key(Repair key): Read Write Key->Key current HASH (Repair key)
7. Support unlock key track: EIS Tools->IR->Enable Key
8. Support another type (Continental)ISM read/write/erase
9. Bugfix

How to update Benz VVDI MB Tool to V2.1.0

Original Xhorse Mercedes-Benz VVDI MB BGA Tool key programmer software has newly updated to V2.1.0.


Latest version V2.1.0 (2016-05-31)
V2.1.0 Software Download


VVDI MB Tool V2.1.0 Update Feature:

Require firmware V2.0.9
1. Fixbug for write original NEC key via IR
2. Fixbug for show finish error information in IR read password


How to update VVDI Benz BGA key programmer?

1. Update Firmware
The program will read the newest software version from server automatically
Update firmware steps:
1) Connect VVDI – MB TOOL to PC with USB cable
2) Choose VVDI – MB TOOL firmware version from Firmware List
3) Press button Update Online, wait the progress end
4) If failed to get firmware list or get something like “communicate with server error!”
while update your device, close antivirus and firewall programs, try again. Change
your internet provider once failed again
5) DON’T shutdown your PC or disconnect USB cable while update device


Reflash Firmware List
Update Online Tool will connect to server automatically and download the newest firmware information. You can press reflash picture button if there’s no display. After you get information success, will display current support firmware list, the software support by specify firmware and the mainly include update information
Device Information
After connect VVDI-MB TOOL to PC and install USB drivers, Press button Device
Information, will show you VVDI-MB TOOL Serial Number, current firmware version and hardware version etc
Update Online
After connect VVDI-MB TOOL to PC and install USB drivers, choose you expect firmware version from firmware list, Press button Update Online, wait progress finish (about 3 minutes) (Require internet)
2. Update software
This function require internet support
Use “Menu ->Update Online->Software Update” to obtain VVDI MB TOOL latest software version, the software version require firmware version etc. Press Download Link will download the latest software

If there’s no display for software version, shutdown your firewall and antivirus programs, try again

3. Latest Update Information
This function require internet support
Use “Menu->Update Online->Latest Update Information” to obtain VVDI-MB TOOL latest update information
4. History Update Information
Use “Menu->Update Online->History Update Information” to obtain VVDI-MB TOOL history update information
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