Mercedes-Benz 2000 SL 500 Operator`s manual

SL
Operator’s Manual
SL 500
SL 600
Our company and staff congratulate you on the purchase of your new Mercedes-Benz.
Your selection of our product is a demonstration of your trust in our company name. Further, it exemplifies your desire
to own an automobile that will be as easy as possible to operate and provide years of service.
Your Mercedes-Benz represents the efforts of many skilled engineers and craftsmen. To ensure your pleasure of
ownership, and for your safety and that of your passengers, we ask you to make a small investment of your time:
• Please read this manual carefully before putting it aside. Then return it to your vehicle where it will be handy for
your reference.
• Please abide by the recommendations contained in this manual. They are designed to acquaint you with the
operation of your Mercedes-Benz.
• Please abide by the warnings and cautions contained in this manual. They are designed to help improve the safety
of the vehicle operator and occupants.
We extend our best wishes for many miles of safe, pleasurable driving.
DaimlerChrysler AG
Introduction
Product information .......................... 7
Operator’s manual ............................. 8
Where to find it ................................ 13
Problems with your vehicle ........... 14
Reporting Safety Defects ................ 15
Instruments and controls
Instruments and controls ............... 18
Door control panel ....................... 20
Overhead control panel ............... 21
Dashboard .....................................22
Center console ..............................24
Operation
Vehicle keys ...................................... 28
Remote control with folding
master key .....................................28
Central locking system ................... 30
Remote control .............................30
Locking and unlocking ................ 31
Contents
Choosing global or selective mode
on remote control ........................ 32
Opening the trunk ....................... 32
Panic button ................................. 33
Start lock-out .................................... 34
General notes on the
central locking system ............... 34
Doors ................................................. 35
Central locking switch .................... 37
Automatic central locking .......... 38
Emergency unlocking in case of
accident ........................................ 39
Trunk ................................................. 39
Trunk lid release switch ................ 40
Power windows .................................41
Antitheft alarm system ................... 42
Tow-away alarm ............................... 43
Power seats ....................................... 44
Storing position in memory ....... 46
Backrest ............................................ 48
Multicontour seats .......................... 49
Seat heater ........................................ 50
Seat belts and integrated
restraint system .......................... 52
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Seat belts ........................................... 52
Seat belt nonusage
warning system ............................53
Fastening of seat belts ................. 54
BabySmart TM airbag deactivation
system ........................................... 58
Self-test BabySmart TM without
special child seat installed ........59
Supplemental restraint
system (SRS) ................................59
Emergency tensioning retractor
(ETR) ............................................. 60
Airbags ..............................................60
Front airbags ................................62
Side impact airbags .....................63
Safety guidelines for the seat belt,
emergency tensioning retractor
and airbag .....................................66
Infant and child
restraint systems ..........................67
Adjusting steering column .............70
Storing steering column
position in memory .....................70
Rear view mirrors ............................ 71
Inside rear view mirror ............... 71
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Antiglare night position .............. 71
Exterior rear view mirrors ..........72
Storing mirror positions in
memory .......................................... 73
Instrument cluster ........................... 74
Indicator lamps in the
instrument cluster ....................... 76
Additional function indicator
lamps ..............................................77
Instrument lamps .........................77
Display illumination ....................77
Coolant temperature gauge ........78
Outside temperature
indicator ........................................ 78
Trip odometer ............................... 79
Clock ..............................................79
Tachometer ....................................79
Flexible service system (FSS) ........80
Engine oil level indicator in
odometer display field ............... 82
Fuel consumption gauge ................ 83
Engine oil temperature gauge ....... 83
Engine oil consumption ................. 83
Exterior lamp switch ....................... 84
Standing lamps ............................ 85
Night security illumination ....... 85
Combination switch ........................ 86
Blocked windshield wiper .......... 88
Windshield wiper smears .......... 88
Windshield and headlamp
washer fluid mixing ratio .......... 88
Hazard warning flasher switch ..... 89
Automatic climate control .............. 90
Display and controls ................... 92
Basic setting - automatic mode . 93
Economy ........................................ 93
Special settings ............................ 94
Audio and telephone, operation ....98
Power windows ................................116
Express opening of
door windows ...............................117
Synchronizing power
windows ........................................117
Roll bar .............................................118
Interior lighting ............................. 120
Interior lamps ............................. 120
Reading lamps ............................120
Entrance lamps in footwells,
exit lamps in doors .................... 120
Sunshade, manual ......................... 121
Power sunshade ............................. 122
Sun visors ....................................... 123
Illuminated vanity mirror ............123
Interior ............................................124
Storage compartment
(eyeglasses compartment)
in the dashboard .......................124
Interior central
locking system ............................125
Integration with vehicle
central locking system .............. 126
Separate locking of storage
compartments ............................. 126
Armrest ........................................... 127
Console storage
compartments ............................127
Cup holder ...................................... 128
Parcel net in
passenger footwell ....................128
Door pockets ...................................129
Rear storage compartment ...........129
Ashtray with lighter ...................... 130
Lighter ............................................. 131
Telephone, general ........................ 132
Garage door opener ....................... 133
Hardtop or panorama roof ............ 137
Removing hardtop ...................... 137
Attaching hardtop ...................... 140
Contents
Soft top ............................................ 143
Lowering soft top ....................... 144
Raising soft top .......................... 145
Wind screen ................................... 148
Antenna ...........................................151
Driving
Control and operation of radio
transmitters ................................153
Radio, telephone and
two-way radio ..............................153
Telephones and
two-way radio ..............................153
The first 1 000 miles
(1 500 km) ..................................154
Maintenance ...................................154
Tele Aid ............................................155
Catalytic converter .........................163
Emission control .............................164
Steering lock ...................................165
Starting and turning off
the engine ...................................167
Before starting .............................167
Starting .........................................167
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Turning off .................................. 167
Automatic transmission ............... 168
Driving ......................................... 168
Accelerator Position ................... 169
Selector lever positions ............. 169
Maneuvering ............................... 172
Stopping ....................................... 172
Program mode
selector switch ............................ 173
Emergency Operation ................ 174
Parking brake ................................. 175
Driving instructions ...................... 176
Drive sensibly - Save fuel .......... 176
Drinking and driving ................. 176
Pedals ........................................... 176
Power assistance ........................ 177
Brakes .......................................... 177
Driving off ................................... 178
Parking ........................................ 178
Tires ............................................. 179
Aquaplaning ............................... 180
Tire traction ................................ 180
Tire speed rating ........................ 181
Snow chains ................................ 181
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Vehicles with sport
package ........................................ 181
Winter driving
instructions ................................. 182
Winter driving ............................ 183
Block heater ................................ 183
Deep water .................................. 184
Traveling abroad ........................ 184
Cruise control ................................. 185
Brake assist system (BAS) ............ 188
Antilock brake system (ABS) ....... 190
ABS control ................................. 191
Electronic Stability Program
(ESP) ........................................... 192
Synchronizing ESP .................... 193
ESP Control Switch .................... 194
Level control system ...................... 196
Level control switch
positions ...................................... 196
Normal Level ............................... 197
Wheel Change Switch ............... 198
Adaptive Damping System
(ADS) ........................................... 199
Adaptive damping system
adjustment ...................................199
What you should know at the gas
station ......................................... 200
Fuel supply ................................. 200
Fuel .............................................. 200
Check regularly and before
a long trip .................................. 202
Instrument cluster display
Malfunction and indicator
lamps in the instrument
cluster ......................................... 204
On-board diagnostic system
Check engine malfunction
indicator lamp ............................ 204
Brake warning lamp .................. 204
Brake pad wear
indicator lamp ............................ 205
Seat belt warning lamp ............. 206
Supplemental restraint
system (SRS) indicator lamp .... 206
Fuel reserve and fuel cap
placement warning ................... 207
Electronic stability program
(ESP) - warning lamp .................207
BAS-/ESP malfunction
indicator lamp .............................207
ABS malfunction
indicator lamp .............................208
Low engine coolant
level warning lamp ....................209
Low windshield and headlamp
washer system fluid level
warning lamp .............................. 210
Low engine oil level
warning lamp .............................. 210
Charge indicator lamp ............... 211
Exterior lamp failure
indicator lamp ............................. 211
Roll bar warning lamp ............... 212
ADS indicator lamp .................... 212
High beam indicator lamp ........ 213
Additional function
indicator lamps
(in the odometer display) .......... 213
Malfunction and indicator
lamp (in the dashboard) .......... 213
Passenger airbag
indicator lamp ............................. 213
Practical hints
First aid kit ..................................... 215
Stowing things in the vehicle ...... 215
Vehicle tools .................................... 216
Vehicle jack ..................................... 217
Fuses ................................................ 218
Hood ................................................. 219
Automatic transmission
fluid level ...................................221
Checking engine oil level .............221
Coolant level ...................................223
Adding coolant ...............................224
Windshield and headlamp
washer fluid mixing ratio ........225
Wheels .............................................226
Tire replacement ............................226
Rotating wheels ..............................227
Spare wheel ....................................228
Changing wheels ...........................230
Tire inflation pressure ..................234
Battery .............................................236
Contents
Battery Recycling ....................... 237
Jump starting ................................. 238
Towing the vehicle ........................ 240
Exterior lamps ............................... 242
Headlamp assembly
(Halogen) .................................... 243
Taillamp assemblies .................. 249
Changing batteries in
the remote control .................... 251
Synchronizing ............................ 252
Raising soft top manually ............ 253
Replacing wiper blade insert ...... 257
Manual release of
fuel filler flap ............................ 259
Trunk lamp ..................................... 259
Vehicle care
Cleaning and care
of the vehicle ............................. 261
Power washer ............................. 262
Tar stains .................................... 262
Paintwork, Painted Body
Components ................................ 262
Engine cleaning ......................... 263
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Vehicle washing .........................263
Ornamental moldings ................263
Headlamps, taillamps,
turn signal lenses ......................263
Window cleaning .......................264
Light alloy wheels ......................264
Instrument cluster .....................264
Steering wheel and
gear selector lever ......................264
Cup holder ...................................264
Seat belts .....................................265
Headliner, shelf behind
roll bars, and other hard
plastic trim items .......................265
Soft top .........................................265
Headliner .....................................266
Wind screen ................................266
Automatic antenna .....................266
Wiper blade .................................266
Headlamp cleaning system .......266
Leather upholstery .....................267
Plastic and rubber parts ............267
Illuminated door sill panels .....267
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Technical data
Spare parts service ........................269
Warranty coverage .........................269
Identification labels .......................270
Layout of poly-V-belt drive ............ 271
Engine ..............................................272
Rims - Tires .....................................273
Weights ............................................275
Main Dimensions ...........................275
Fuels, coolants, lubricants etc. capacities ....................................276
Engine oils ...................................... 278
Engine oil additives ...................... 278
Air conditioner refrigerant .......... 278
Brake fluid ...................................... 278
Premium unleaded gasoline ........ 279
Fuel requirements ........................ 279
Gasoline additives ......................... 280
Coolants .......................................... 280
Consumer information ................. 282
Index
Index ................................................285
Product information
Kindly observe the following in your own best interest:
We recommend using Mercedes-Benz original parts as well as conversion parts and accessories
explicitly approved by us for your vehicle model.
We have tested these parts to determine their reliability, safety and their special
suitability for Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
We are unable to make an assessment for other products and therefore cannot be held responsible
for them, even if in individual cases an official approval or authorization by governmental or other
agencies should exist. Use of such parts and accessories could adversely affect the safety, performance
or reliability of your vehicle. Please do not use them.
Mercedes-Benz original parts as well as conversion parts and accessories approved by us are available
at your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center where you will receive comprehensive information, also on
permissible technical modifications, and where proper installation will be performed.
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Operator’s manual
This Operator’s Manual contains a great deal of useful information. We urge you to read it carefully and familiarize
yourself with the vehicle before driving.
For your own safety and longer service life of the vehicle, we urge you to follow the instructions and warnings
contained in this manual. Ignoring them could result in damage to the vehicle or personal injury to you or others.
Vehicle damage caused by failure to follow instructions is not covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
Your vehicle may have some or all of the equipment described in this manual. Therefore, you may find explanations
for optional equipment not installed in your vehicle. If you have any questions about the operation of any equipment,
your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center will be glad to demonstrate the proper procedures.
Service and warranty information
The Service and Warranty Information Booklet contains detailed information about the warranties covering your
Mercedes-Benz, including:
• New Car Limited Warranty,
• Emission System Warranty,
• Emission Performance Warranty,
• California, Massachusetts, and Vermont Emission Control System Warranty
(California, Massachusetts, and Vermont only),
• State Warranty Enforcement Laws (Lemon Laws).
Important notice for California retail buyers of Mercedes-Benz automobiles
Under California law you may be entitled to a replacement of your vehicle or a refund of the purchase price, if
Mercedes-Benz USA,LLC or its authorized Mercedes-Benz Center fails to conform the vehicle to its express warranties
after a reasonable number of repair attempts during the period of one year or 12 000 miles from original delivery of
the vehicle. A reasonable number of repair attempts is presumed for a retail buyer (1) if the vehicle is out of service by
reason of repair of substantial nonconformities for a cumulative total of more than 30 calendar days or (2) the same
substantial non-conformity has been subject to repair four or more times and you have at least once directly
notified us in writing of the need to repair the non-conformity and have given us an opportunity to perform the
repair ourselves. Notifications should be sent to the nearest Mercedes-Benz Regional Office listed in the
Service and Warranty Information Booklet.
Maintenance
The Service Booklet describes all the necessary maintenance work which should be performed at regular intervals.
Always have the Service Booklet with you when you take the vehicle to your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center for
service. The service advisor will record each service in the booklet for you.
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Roadside assistance
The Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance Program provides factory trained technical help in the event of a breakdown.
Calls to the toll-free Roadside Assistance number:
1-800-FOR-MERCedes (in the USA)
1-800-387-0100 (in Canada)
will be answered by Mercedes-Benz Client Assistance Representatives 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
For additional information refer to the Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance Program brochure in your glove box.
Change of address or ownership
If you change your address, be sure to send in the “Change of Address Notice” found in the Service and Warranty
Information Booklet, or simply call the Mercedes-Benz Client Assistance Center (in the USA) at
1-800-FOR-MERCedes, or Customer Service (in Canada) at 1-800-387-0100. It is in your own interest that we can
contact you should the need arise.
If you sell your Mercedes, please leave all literature with the vehicle to make it available to the next operator.
If you bought this vehicle used, be sure to send in the “Notice of Purchase of Used Car” found in the Service and
Warranty Information Booklet, or call the Mercedes-Benz Client Assistance Center (in the USA) at
1-800-FOR-MERCedes, or Customer Service (in Canada) at 1-800-387-0100.
Operating your vehicle outside the USA or Canada
If you plan to operate your vehicle in foreign countries, please be aware that:
• Service facilities or replacement parts may not be readily available,
• unleaded gasoline for vehicles with catalytic converters may not be available; the use of leaded fuels will damage
the catalysts,
• gasoline may have a considerably lower octane rating, and improper fuel can cause engine damage.
Certain Mercedes-Benz models are available for delivery in Europe under our European Delivery Program. For details,
consult your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center or write to:
In the USA:
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
European Delivery Department
One Mercedes Drive
Montvale, NJ 07645-0350
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In Canada:
Mercedes-Benz Canada, Inc.
European Delivery Department
849 Eglinton Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario M4G 2L5
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We continuously strive to improve our product, and ask for your understanding that we reserve the right to make
changes in design and equipment. Therefore, information, illustrations and descriptions in this Operator’s Manual
might differ from your vehicle.
Optional equipment is also described in this manual, including operating instructions wherever necessary. Since they
are special-order items, the descriptions and illustrations herein may vary slightly from the actual equipment of your
vehicle.
If there are any equipment details that are not shown or described in this Operator’s Manual, your authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center will be glad to inform you of correct care and operating procedures.
The Operator’s Manual and Service Booklet are important documents and should be kept with the vehicle.
Where to find it
The Operator’s Manual is divided into eight sections:
• Instruments and controls: An overview of all the controls that can be operated from the driver’s seat.
• Operation: Information on the vehicle’s equipment and its operation.
• Driving: Important information on driving.
• Instrument cluster display: Displays and indicator lamps on the instrument cluster with brief instructions.
• Practical hints: Assistance and instructions in the event of an emergency.
• Car care: Instructions on caring for your vehicle.
• Technical data: All the important technical data for your vehicle as well as consumer information such as fuels,
coolants, lubricants etc. is contained here.
• Index: Key terms to help you find a topic quickly.
Other documents may also be supplied, depending on your vehicle’s equipment.
Explanation of color used:
Warning notices for the protection of yourself and
others appear on red background.
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Problems with your vehicle
If you should experience a problem with your vehicle, particularly one that you believe may affect
its safe operation, we urge you to immediately contact your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center to
have the problem diagnosed and corrected if required. If the matter is not handled to your
satisfaction, please discuss the problem with the Mercedes-Benz Center management, or if
necessary contact us at the following addresses:
In the USA:
In Canada:
Client Assistance Center
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
One Mercedes Drive
Montvale, NJ 07645-0350
Customer Relations Department
Mercedes-Benz Canada, Inc.
849 Eglinton Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario, M4G 2L5
For the USA only:
The following text is published as required of manufacturers under Title 49, Code of U.S. Federal Regulations,
Part 575 pursuant to the “National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966”.
Reporting Safety Defects
If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause a crash or could cause injury or
death, you should immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) in addition to notifying Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC.
If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation, and if it finds that a safety
defect exists in a group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy campaign. However, NHTSA
cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your retailer, or Mercedes-Benz USA,
Inc.
To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-800-424-9393
(or 366-0123 in Washington, D.C. area) or write to: NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation,
Washington, D.C. 20590. You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from
the Hotline.
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Instruments and controls
Instruments and controls ............... 18
Door control panel ....................... 20
Overhead control panel ............... 21
Dashboard .....................................22
Center console ..............................24
Contents – Instruments and controls
Instruments
and controls
Operation
Driving
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Instrument
cluster display
Practical hints
Car care
Technical
data
Index
Instruments
and controls
Operation
Driving
Instruments and controls
Instrument
cluster display
Practical hints
Car care
Technical
data
Index
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Instruments and controls
1
2
3
1 Door control panel, see page 20
3 Dashboard, see page 22
2 Overhead control panel, see page 21
4 Center console, see page 24
Instruments and controls
Instruments
and controls
Operation
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Driving
Instrument
cluster display
Practical hints
Car care
Technical
data
Index
Instruments
and controls
Operation
Instruments and controls
Door control panel
Driving
Instrument
cluster display
Practical hints
Car care
Technical
data
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1 Door handle, pull to open, see page 35
2 Front seat adjustment, see page 44
Memory function (for storing seat, head restraint,
steering wheel and exterior rear view mirror
settings), see page 46
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Overhead control panel
1 Hands-free microphone for Tele Aid, and optional
telephone with voice recognition system
2 Interior lighting, see page 120
3 Tele Aid (emergency call system), see page 155
4 Rear view mirror, see page 71
5 Garage door opener, see page 133
Instruments and controls
Instruments
and controls
Operation
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Driving
Instrument
cluster display
Practical hints
Car care
Technical
data
Index
Instruments
and controls
Operation
Instruments and controls
Dashboard
Driving
Instrument
cluster display
Practical hints
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Car care
Technical
data
Index
16 Non-heated/cooled air supply button - center air
outlet, see page 91
1 Side air outlet, adjustable, see page 91
2 Level control switch and wheel change switch,
see page 196
17 Storage/eyeglasses compartment, see page 124
3 Exterior lamp switch, see page 86
18 Air volume control for left air outlet, see page 91
4 Parking brake release, see page 175
19 Air volume control for center air outlets, see page 91
5 Hood lock release, see page 219
20 Air volume control for right air outlet, see page 91
6 Parking brake pedal, see page 175
21 Airbag off indicator lamp, see page 213
7 Combination switch, see page 86
22 Automatic climate control, see page 90
Rear window defroster switch, see page 95
8 Cruise control switch, see page 185
23 Audio system, see page 98
9 Horn
24 Trunk lid release switch, see page 40
10 Airbag, see page 60
25 Switch for tow-away alarm, see page 43
Indicator lamp for antitheft alarm system,
see page 42
11 Voice recognition system switch, see separate
operating instructions
12 Instrument cluster, see page 74
26 Central locking switch, see page 37
13 Steering lock with ignition/starter switch,
see page 165
27 Hazard warning flasher switch, see page 89
14 Center air outlets adjustable, see page 91
28 Adaptive damping system adjustment switch,
see page 199
15 Heated air supply button - center air outlet,
see page 91
29 ESP control switch, see page 194
30 Roll bar operation switch, see page 118
Instruments and controls
Instruments
and controls
Operation
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Driving
Instrument
cluster display
Practical hints
Car care
Technical
data
Index
Instruments
and controls
Operation
Instruments and controls
Center console
Driving
Instrument
cluster display
Practical hints
Car care
Technical
data
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31 Ashtray with lighter (to open press bottom of cover),
see page 130
32 Mirror adjustment switch, see page 72
33 Soft/hardtop operation switch, see page 143
34 Seat heater switch, see page 50
35 Power window switch, see page 116
Index
Instruments
and controls
Operation
Instruments and controls
Driving
Instrument
cluster display
Practical hints
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Car care
Technical
data
Index
Instruments
and controls
Operation
Driving
Contents – Operation
Operation
Vehicle keys ...................................... 28
Remote control with folding
master key .....................................28
Central locking system ................... 30
Remote control .............................30
Locking and unlocking ................ 31
Choosing global or selective mode
on remote control .........................32
Opening the trunk ....................... 32
Panic button ..................................33
Start lock-out ....................................34
General notes on the
central locking system ...............34
Doors .................................................. 35
Central locking switch ....................37
Automatic central locking ..........38
Emergency unlocking in case of
accident ........................................ 39
Trunk .................................................39
Trunk lid release switch .................40
Power windows ................................. 41
Antitheft alarm system ................... 42
Instrument
cluster display
Practical hints
Car care
Technical
data
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Tow-away alarm ............................... 43
Power seats ....................................... 44
Storing position in memory ....... 46
Backrest ............................................ 48
Multicontour seats .......................... 49
Seat heater ........................................ 50
Seat belts and integrated
restraint system .......................... 52
Seat belts .......................................... 52
Seat belt nonusage
warning system ............................ 53
Fastening of seat belts ................ 54
BabySmartTM airbag deactivation
system .......................................... 58
Self-test BabySmartTM without
special child seat installed ........ 59
Supplemental restraint
system (SRS) ............................... 59
Emergency tensioning retractor
(ETR) ............................................. 60
Airbags .............................................. 60
Front airbags ................................ 62
Side impact airbags ..................... 63
Safety guidelines for the seat belt,
emergency tensioning retractor
and airbag .....................................66
Infant and child
restraint systems ..........................67
Adjusting steering column .............70
Storing steering column
position in memory .....................70
Rear view mirrors ............................ 71
Inside rear view mirror ............... 71
Antiglare night position .............. 71
Exterior rear view mirrors .......... 72
Storing mirror positions in
memory ..........................................73
Instrument cluster ........................... 74
Indicator lamps in the
instrument cluster ....................... 76
Additional function indicator
lamps ..............................................77
Instrument lamps .........................77
Display illumination ....................77
Coolant temperature gauge ........78
Outside temperature
indicator ........................................78
Index
Trip odometer ............................... 79
Clock ..............................................79
Tachometer ....................................79
Flexible service system (FSS) ........80
Engine oil level indicator in
odometer display field ................ 82
Fuel consumption gauge .................83
Engine oil temperature gauge ........83
Engine oil consumption ..................83
Exterior lamp switch ....................... 84
Standing lamps .............................85
Night security illumination ........85
Combination switch ........................86
Blocked windshield wiper ..........88
Windshield wiper smears ...........88
Windshield and headlamp
washer fluid mixing ratio ...........88
Hazard warning flasher switch .....89
Automatic climate control .............. 90
Display and controls ....................92
Basic setting - automatic mode .. 93
Economy ........................................ 93
Special settings ............................ 94
Audio and telephone, operation .... 98
Power windows ............................... 116
Express opening of
door windows .............................. 117
Synchronizing power
windows ....................................... 117
Roll bar ............................................. 118
Interior lighting ............................. 120
Interior lamps ............................. 120
Reading lamps ............................ 120
Entrance lamps in footwells,
exit lamps in doors .................... 120
Sunshade, manual ..........................121
Power sunshade ............................. 122
Sun visors ....................................... 123
Illuminated vanity mirror ............ 123
Interior ............................................ 124
Storage compartment
(eyeglasses compartment)
in the dashboard ...................... 124
Interior central
locking system ........................... 125
Integration with vehicle
central locking system .............. 126
Contents – Operation
Instruments
and controls
Operation
Separate locking of storage
compartments ............................. 126
Armrest ........................................... 127
Console storage
compartments ............................127
Cup holder ......................................128
Parcel net in
passenger footwell .................... 128
Door pockets ...................................129
Rear storage compartment ...........129
Ashtray with lighter ...................... 130
Lighter ............................................. 131
Telephone, general ........................ 132
Garage door opener ....................... 133
Hardtop or panorama roof ............ 137
Removing hardtop ...................... 137
Attaching hardtop ...................... 140
Soft top ............................................ 143
Lowering soft top ........................ 144
Raising soft top ........................... 145
Wind screen .................................... 148
Antenna ........................................... 151
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Driving
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Remote control with folding master key
Included with your vehicle are:
• 2 remote controls with folding master keys,
• 1 valet key.
Warning!
1
When leaving the vehicle always remove the key
from the steering lock, and lock your vehicle. Do
not leave children unattended in the vehicle, or
with access to an unlocked vehicle. Unsupervised
use of vehicle equipment may cause serious
personal injury.
The remote control operates all locks on the vehicle.
To release the key, press button (1). The key unfolds
from the holder by itself.
The transmitter for the remote control is located in the
key holder.
The infrared receivers are located in the door handles.
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To prevent access to trunk by using the valet key (2), the
luggage cover must be open.
Notes:
Do not give the master key to an unauthorized person.
Obtaining replacement keys
Your vehicle is equipped with a theft deterrent locking
system requiring a special key manufacturing process.
For security reasons, replacement keys can only be
obtained from your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
The valet key (2) works only in the driver’s door lock
and the steering lock.
The valet key (2) will not work in the trunk and storage
compartment locks.
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Remote control
Due to the extended operational range of the remote
control, it could be possible to unintentionally lock or
unlock the vehicle by pressing the transmit button.
The vehicle doors, trunk, storage compartment in
armrest, and fuel filler flap can be centrally locked and
unlocked via remote control.
1 Transmit button
‹ Locking
ΠUnlocking
Š Opening trunk
2 PANIC button
3 Release button for master key
4 Transmitter eye and lamp for battery check
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Locking and unlocking with remote control
If within 40 seconds of unlocking with the remote
control, neither door is opened, the key is not inserted
in the steering lock, or the central locking switch is not
activated, the vehicle will automatically lock.
Unlocking:
Press transmit button Œ. All turn signal lamps blink
once to indicate that the vehicle is unlocked.
Locking:
The remote control can be programmed for two kinds of
unlocking modes (see below):
Press transmit button ‹ once. All turn signal lamps
blink three times to indicate that the vehicle is locked.
Selective unlocking mode –
Press transmit button Œ once to unlock driver’s door,
storage compartment in armrest, and fuel filler flap.
Press transmit button Πtwice to unlock both doors,
storage compartment in armrest, fuel filler flap, and
trunk.
Note:
If the vehicle cannot be locked or unlocked by pressing
the transmit button, then it may be necessary to change
the batteries in the remote control (if ok, battery check
lamp in transmitter will light briefly when transmitting)
or to synchronize the remote control, see page 251 and
page 252.
Global unlocking mode –
Press transmit button Πonce to unlock both doors,
storage compartment in armrest, fuel filler flap, and
trunk.
Notes:
If the trunk was previously locked separately, it will
remain locked, see page 39.
The presently active unlocking mode (selective or
global) can only be determined by unlocking the vehicle
with the remote control (see below for changing mode).
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Choosing global or selective mode on remote control
Opening the trunk
Press and hold transmit buttons ‹ and Œ
simultaneously for five seconds to reprogram the
remote control. Battery check lamp will blink two times
indicating the completed mode change.
Press the transmit button Š until the trunk lid is
open.
Important!
Do not place remote control in trunk since trunk is
locked when the lid is closed if the vehicle is centrally
locked.
Note:
If the trunk was previously locked separately, it will
remain locked. See page 39.
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Panic button
Note:
For operation in the USA only: This device complies
with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Any unauthorized modification to this device could void
the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
To activate press and hold button (1) for at least one
second. An audible alarm and blinking exterior lamps
will operate for approximately 3 minutes.
To deactivate press button (1) again, or turn key in
steering lock to position 2.
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Start lock-out
Important!
Removing the key from the steering lock activates the
start lock-out. The engine cannot be started.
Turning the key in the steering lock to position 2
deactivates the start lock-out.
Note:
In case the engine cannot be started (vehicle’s battery is
in order), and Á and î are shown in the
odometer display field, the system is not operational.
Contact an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center or call 1800-FOR-MERCedes (in the USA), or 1-800-387-0100 (in
Canada).
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General notes on the central locking system
• If the key in the steering lock is in position 2, the
vehicle cannot be locked or unlocked with the
remote control.
If the vehicle cannot be locked or unlocked:
• Aim transmitter eye at a receiver of either door
handle and press button ‹ or Œ.
• Check the batteries of the remote control,
see page 251.
• Synchronize the central locking system,
see page 252.
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Doors
1 Opening – pull handle
The entire vehicle may be locked or unlocked by either
using the master key in driver’s door or trunk locks, or
central locking switch located in center console. The
master key also locks or unlocks the storage
compartment in the armrest, and the fuel filler flap.
2 Unlocking
3 Locking
4 Individual door from inside:
Note:
• Push lock button down to lock.
If the fuel filler flap cannot be opened, see page 259.
• Pull inside door handle to unlock.
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When you lock the vehicle, both door lock buttons
should move down. If any one stays up, the respective
door is not properly closed.
Notes:
You should then unlock the vehicle, open and reclose
this door, and lock the vehicle again. Each individual
door can be locked with door lock button – the driver’s
door can only be locked when it is closed.
To lock, turn key in driver’s door lock to position 3 or
push down lock buttons.
If the vehicle has previously been locked from the
outside, only the door being opened from the inside will
unlock, and the alarm will come on. The other door, the
trunk, the interior storage compartments, and fuel filler
flap remain locked.
In case of a malfunction in the central locking system
the doors can be locked and unlocked individually.
To unlock, turn key in driver’s door lock to position 2 or
pull inside door handles.
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Central locking switch
Notes:
If the vehicle was previously locked with the remote
control or key, the doors and trunk cannot be unlocked
with the central locking switch.
Opening a door with the inside door handle will cause
the alarm to come on. To switch the alarm off,
press Πbutton or insert key in steering lock and
turn it to position 1.
1
If the vehicle was previously locked with the central
locking switch, while in the selective remote control
mode, only the door opened from the inside is unlocked.
2
If the vehicle was previously locked with the central
locking switch, while in the global remote control mode,
the complete vehicle is unlocked when a door is opened
from the inside.
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1 Locking
2 Unlocking
Note:
The central locking switch is located in the center
console.
The storage compartment in the armrest as well as the
fuel filler flap cannot be locked or unlocked with the
central locking switch.
The doors and trunk can only be locked with the central
locking switch, if both doors are closed.
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Automatic central locking
The central locking switch also operates the automatic
central locking.
With the automatic central locking system activated, the
doors and trunk are locked at vehicle speeds of approx.
9 mph (15 km/h) or more. The fuel filler flap remains
unlocked.
To activate:
With key in steering lock position 2 hold upper portion
of switch (1) for a minimum of 5 seconds.
To deactivate:
With key in steering lock position 2 hold lower portion
of switch (2) for a minimum of 5 seconds.
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If a door is opened from the inside at speeds of approx.
9 mph (15 km/h) or less with the automatic central
locking activated, the door will again be automatically
locked at speeds of approx. 9 mph (15 km/h) or more.
Important!
When towing the vehicle, or with the vehicle on a
dynamometer test stand, please, note the following:
With the automatic central locking activated and the
key in steering lock position 2, the vehicle doors will
lock if the left front wheel as well as the right rear
wheel spin are turning at vehicle speeds of approx.
9 mph (15 km/h) or more.
To prevent the vehicle door locks from locking,
deactivate the automatic central locking.
Notes:
Emergency unlocking in case of accident
If doors are unlocked with the central locking switch
after activating the automatic central locking, and
neither door is opened, then the doors remain unlocked
even at vehicle speeds of approx. 9 mph (15 km/h) or
more.
The doors unlock automatically a short time after a
strong deceleration is detected, such as in a collision
(this is intended to aid rescue and exit). Driving on
rough roads may cause the vehicle to unlock. If
necessary, the vehicle can be locked again with the
interior central locking switch.
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Trunk
When the trunk is separately locked, it remains locked
when centrally unlocking the vehicle.
To deny any unauthorized person access to the trunk,
lock it separately with the mechanical key. Leave only
the valet key with the vehicle.
Notes:
In case of a malfunction in the central locking system
the trunk can be locked and unlocked individually.
To lock, turn key to position 2 or 3.
To unlock and open the trunk lid, turn key to position 1,
hold and push to open.
If the fuel filler flap cannot be opened, see page 259.
0 Neutral position – push to open (arrow)
Important!
1 Unlocking
2 Locking (detent)
Do not place key inside trunk, since trunk is locked
again when closing the lid.
3 Separate locking of trunk – remove key in this
position.
Lower trunk lid using handle and close it with hands
placed flat on edges on trunk.
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Trunk lid release switch
Notes:
With vehicle centrally locked, the trunk can also be
released by using the remote control. Press Š button
one second.
The trunk lid cannot be released by the switch when
previously locked separately with the key. To open,
see page 39.
1
1 Indicator lamp in switch located in center console
To release the trunk lid, the vehicle must be at standstill
and unlocked with the remote control. Press symbol
side of switch until trunk lid is released.
The indicator lamp (1) in the switch remains on with
trunk lid released.
The trunk lid cannot be opened with the trunk lid
release switch when the vehicle was previously locked
with the remote control. To unlock vehicle with the
remote control. see page 30.
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Power windows
When unlocking doors or trunk, turn key in door lock or
trunk lock to position 1 and hold. The windows begin to
open automatically after approximately 1 second.
To interrupt the opening procedure, turn key to
position 2.
Warning!
Never operate the windows if there is the
possibility of anyone being harmed by the
procedure.
In case the procedure causes potential danger, the
procedure can be immediately reversed by turning
the key to the reversed operational direction within
10 seconds:
1 Opening
• for opening position (1),
2 Interrupting
• for closing position (3).
3 Closing
Note:
When locking doors or trunk, turn key in door lock or
trunk lock to position 3 and hold. The windows begin to
close automatically after approximately 1 second.
If the opening/closing procedure is interrupted, it can
only be continued by first turning the key to the
interrupting position (2) and then again to the opening/
closing position (1 or 3) and hold.
To interrupt the closing procedure, turn key to
position 2.
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Operation:
Once the alarm system has been armed, the exterior
vehicle lamps will flash and an alarm will sound when
someone:
• opens a door,
• opens the trunk,
• opens the hood,
• opens the storage compartment between the front
seats,
• attempts to raise the vehicle.
The antitheft alarm is automatically armed or disarmed
with the remote control or any of your vehicle’s keys by
locking or unlocking the vehicle.
The alarm will last approximately 3 minutes in form of
flashing exterior lamps. At the same time an alarm will
sound for 30 seconds. The alarm will stay on even if, for
example, an opened door is immediately closed again. If
the alarm stays on for more than 20 seconds, an
emergency call is initiated automatically. See Tele Aid
on page 155.
The antitheft alarm is armed within approx. 10 seconds
after locking the vehicle.
The antitheft alarm system is switched off automatically
if the vehicle is unlocked with the electronic main key.
1 Indicator lamp in switch located in center console
A blinking lamp (1) indicates that the alarm is armed.
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Tow-away alarm
The alarm will last approximately 3 minutes in the form
of flashing exterior lamps. At the same time an alarm
will sound for 30 seconds. The alarm will stay on even if
the vehicle is immediately lowered.
The tow-away alarm system is switched off automatically
if the vehicle is unlocked with the electronic main key.
If the alarm stays on for more than 20 seconds, an
emergency call is initiated automatically. See Tele Aid
on page 155.
To prevent triggering the tow-away alarm feature, switch
off the tow-away alarm before towing the vehicle, or
when parking on a surface subject to movement, such
as a ferry or auto train.
To do so, turn key in steering lock to position 1 or 0, or
remove key from steering lock. Press tow-away alarm
switch (1). The indicator lamp (2) illuminates briefly.
The switch is located in the center console.
1 Press to switch off
Exit vehicle, and lock vehicle with key or remote
control.
2 Indicator lamp
Once the alarm system has been armed, the exterior
vehicle lamps will flash and an alarm will sound when
someone attempts to raise the vehicle.
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vehicle is locked again with key or remote control, at
which time it is automatically reactivated.
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Power seats
We recommend to adjust the power seat in the following
order:
1 Seat, up/down
Press the switch (up/down direction) until
comfortable seating position with still sufficient
headroom is reached.
2 Seat adjustment, fore/aft
2
3
2
1
Press the switch (fore/aft direction) until a
comfortable seating position is reached that still
allows you to reach the accelerator/brake pedal
safely.
3 Seat cushion tilt
The switches are located in both doors.
Turn key in steering lock to position 1 or 2 (with either
door open, the power seats can also be operated with the
key removed or in steering lock position 0).
The position should be as far rearward as possible,
consistent with ability to properly operate controls.
Press the switch in the direction of the arrow until
your legs are lightly supported.
4 Backrest tilt
Press the switch in the direction of the arrow until
the backrest is in an almost upright position. Adjust
the steering wheel until your arms are slightly
angled when holding the steering wheel. For
steering wheel adjustment see page 70.
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5 Head restraint
(with shoulder belt height adjustment)
Do not adjust the driver’s seat while driving.
Adjusting the seat while driving could cause the
driver to lose control of the vehicle.
Adjust the head restraint so that the upper portion
of the shoulder belt is located as close as possible to
the middle of the shoulder. The head restraint can
be tilted forward by hand.
Never ride in a moving vehicle with the backrest
reclined.
Sitting in an excessively reclined position can be
dangerous. You could slide under the seat belt in a
collision. If you slide under it, the belt would apply
force at the abdomen or neck. That could cause
serious or even fatal injuries. The backrest and seat
belt provide the best restraint when the wearer is
in an upright position and the belt is properly
positioned on the body.
Note:
To prevent the backrest from touching the soft top
storage compartment cover when the seat is moved
back, the backrest will automatically move to a more
upright position.
When reclining the backrest, the seat will automatically
move forward to prevent the backrest from touching the
soft top storage compartment cover.
The rear storage area should never be occupied by
passengers since the vehicle is a 2 seater.
Furthermore, there is a risk of injury in the rear by
adjusting the power assisted front seats.
Warning!
Never place hands under seat or near any moving
parts while a seat is being adjusted.
When leaving the vehicle always remove the key
from the steering lock, and lock the vehicle.
The power seats can also be operated with a door
open. Do not leave children unattended in the
vehicle, or with access to an unlocked vehicle.
Unsupervised use of vehicle equipment may cause
serious personal injury.
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Storing position in memory
Using the same position button, the steering wheel
position and exterior rear view mirror positions will
also be stored together with the seat position. For
adjusting steering wheel and mirrors see page 70.
Recalling stored positions
Press position button “1”, “2” or “3” and hold until seat/
head restraint/steering wheel/exterior rear view mirror
movement has stopped.
Note:
2
3
2
1
6 Memory button
7 Position buttons “1”, “2” and “3”
After the seat and head restraint are positioned, push
memory button (6), release, and within 3 seconds push
position button “1”. Two additional sets of positions
may be stored into memory using position buttons “2”
and “3”.
For safety reasons, the seat/head restraint/steering
wheel/exterior rear view mirror movement stops after
releasing the position button.
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Important!
Warning!
Prior to operating the vehicle, the driver should adjust
the seat height for proper vision as well as fore/aft
placement and backrest angle to insure adequate
control, reach, operation, and comfort. The head
restraint should also be adjusted for proper height.
Adjust head restraint to support the back of the head
approximately at ear level. See also airbag section for
proper seat positioning on page 60.
Children 12 years old and under must never ride in
this vehicle, except in a Mercedes-Benz authorized
BabySmartTM compatible child seat, which operates
with the BabySmartTM system installed in the
vehicle to deactivate the passenger side front
airbag when it is properly installed.
Otherwise they will be struck by the airbag when it
inflates in a crash. If this happens, serious or fatal
injury will result.
In addition, also adjust the steering wheel to ensure
adequate control, reach, operation, and comfort.
Infants and small children must be seated in an
appropriate infant or child restraint system, which
is properly secured with the vehicle’s seat belt,
fully in accordance with the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
Both the inside and outside rear view mirrors should be
adjusted for adequate rearward vision.
Fasten seat belts. Infants and small children should be
seated in a properly secured restraint system that
complies with U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213 and Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213.
A child’s risk of serious or fatal injuries is
significantly increased if the child restraints are
not properly secured in the vehicle and the child is
not properly secured in the child restraint.
All seat, head restraint, rear view mirror, and steering
wheel adjustments as well as fastening of seat belts
should be done before the vehicle is put into motion.
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Backrest
Warning
The seat belts provide protection only with the
backrest locked in place and, therefore, it must be
locked in place with the vehicle in motion. Do not
drive the vehicle when the backrest is not locked in
place.
Note:
If the backrest and seat belt warning lamp < does
not go out, but is instead lit continuously, then a
backrest is not engaged in its lock.
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Folding forward:
Lift lever and fold forwards.
Folding back:
Fold backrest back until it audibly locks in place.
Always provide sufficient room behind the backrest and
fold the backrest all the way back until it can be heard
locking in place.
The warning lamp goes out as soon as both backrests
are locked in place.
If both backrests are locked in place and the warning
lamp does not go out, have the system checked at your
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center immediately.
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Multicontour seats (optional)
Some models may be equipped with multicontour seats.
These seats have movable seat cushions, and inflatable
air cushions built into the backrest to provide additional
lumbar and side support.
The seat cushion movement and amount of backrest
cushion height and curvature can be continuously
varied with regulators (1, 2 and 3) after turning the key
in steering lock to position 2.
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2
3
4
The side bolsters of the backrest can be adjusted with
rocker switch (4):
• press down forward end increase side support,
• press down rearward end decrease side support.
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Switch is located on side of seat.
If the engine is turned off, the last cushion setting is
retained in memory, and automatically adjusts the
cushion to this setting when the engine is restarted.
We recommend to adjust the multicontour seat in the
following order:
1 Seat cushion depth
2 Backrest bottom
3 Backrest center
4 Side bolster adjustment
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Seat heater (SL 500 optional)
Press switch to turn on seat heater:
1 Normal seat heating mode. One indicator lamp in
the switch lights up.
1
2
2 Rapid seat heating mode. Both indicator lamps in
the switch light up. After approximately 5 minutes
in the rapid seat heating mode, the seat heater
automatically switches to normal operation and only
one indicator lamp will stay on.
Turning off seat heater:
If one indicator lamp is on, press upper half of switch.
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The seat heater switches are located on the center
console.
The seat heaters can be switched on with the key in
steering lock positions 1 or 2.
If both indicator lamps are one, press lower half of
switch.
If left on, the seat heater automatically turns off after
approximately 30 minutes of operation.
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Note:
When in operation, the seat heater consumes a large
amount of electrical power. It is not advisable to use the
seat heater longer than necessary.
The seat heaters may automatically switch off if too
many power consumers are switched on at the same
time, or if the battery charge is low. When this occurs,
the indicator lamp in the switch will blink (both
indicator lamps blink during rapid seat heating mode).
The seat heaters will switch on again automatically as
soon as sufficient voltage is available.
If the blinking of the indicator lamps is distracting to
you, the seat heaters can be switched off.
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Seat belts and integrated restraint system
Warning!
Your vehicle is equipped with lap-shoulder seat belts,
emergency tensioning retractors for the seat belts, as
well as airbags and knee bolsters.
The seat belts provide protection only with the
backrest locked in place. If the seat belt warning
lamp < does not go out, but is instead lit
continuously, then a backrest is not engaged in its
lock.
Seat belts
Important!
Laws in most states and all Canadian provinces require
seat belt use.
All states and provinces require use of child restraints
that comply with U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213 and Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213.
All child restraint systems are designed to be secured in
vehicle seats by lap belts or the lap belt portion of a lapshoulder belt.
For your safety and that of your passenger we strongly
recommend their use.
Note:
For cleaning and care of the seat belts, see page 265.
Never ride in a moving vehicle with the backrest
reclined. Sitting in an excessively reclined position
can be dangerous. You could slide under the seat
belt in a collision. If you slide under it, the belt
would apply force at the abdomen or neck. That
could cause serious or even fatal injuries. The
backrest and seat belt provide the best restraint
when the wearer is in an upright position and the
belt is properly positioned on the body.
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Seat belt nonusage warning system
Warning!
With the key in steering lock position 2, a warning
sounds for a short time if the driver’s seat belt is not
fastened.
Children 12 years old and under must never ride in
this vehicle, except in a Mercedes-Benz authorized
BabySmartTM compatible child seat, which operates
with the BabySmartTM system installed in the
vehicle to deactivate the passenger side front
airbag when it is properly installed. Otherwise they
will be struck by the airbag when it inflates in a
crash. If this happens, serious or fatal injury can
result.
Warning!
Failure to wear and properly fasten and position
your seat belt greatly increases your risk of
injuries and their likely severity in an accident.
You and your passenger should always wear seat
belts.
Infants and small children must be seated in an
appropriate infant or child restraint system, which
is properly secured with the vehicle’s seat belt,
fully in accordance with the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
If you are ever in an accident, your injuries can be
considerably more severe without your seat belt
properly buckled. Without your seat belt buckled,
you are much more likely to hit the interior of the
vehicle or be ejected from it. You can be seriously
injured or killed.
A child’s risk of serious or fatal injuries is
significantly increased if the child restraints are
not properly secured in the vehicle and the child is
not properly secured in the child restraint.
In the same crash, the possibility of injury or death
is lessened if you are wearing your seat belt.
Never let more people ride in the vehicle than there
are seat belts available. Be sure everyone riding in
the vehicle is correctly restrained with a separate
seat belt.
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1 Latch plate
2 Buckle
3 Release button
Pull belt with latch plate (1) across shoulder and lap.
Push latch plate (1) into buckle (2) until it clicks.
To help avoid severe or fatal injuries, the lap belt should
be positioned as low as possible on your hips and not
across the abdomen.
Warning!
Always fasten your seat belt before driving off.
Always make sure your passenger is properly
restrained.
Do not twist the belt. A twisted seat belt may cause
injury.
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The inertia reel stops the belt from unwinding during
sudden vehicle stops or when quickly pulling on the
belt.
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The locking function of the reel may be checked by
quickly pulling out the belt.
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Press switch (4) to adjust the height of the seat belt
outlet so that the shoulder portion is located as close as
possible to the middle of your shoulder.
The shoulder portion of the seat belt must be pulled
snug and checked for snugness immediately after
engaging it and during driving. Tighten the lap portion
to a snug fit by pulling shoulder portion up.
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Caution!
Warning!
For safety reasons, avoid adjusting the seat or backrest
into positions which could affect the correct seat belt
positioning.
USE SEAT BELTS PROPERLY.
Unfastening of seat belts
Push the release button (3) in the belt buckle (2).
Allow the retractor to completely rewind the seat belt by
guiding the latch plate (1).
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times, because seat belts help reduce the
likelihood of and potential severity of injuries
in accidents, including rollovers. The
integrated restraint system includes "SRS"
(driver airbag, passenger airbag, door mounted
side impact airbags), "ETR" (seat belt
emergency tensioning retractors), and front
seat knee bolsters. The system is designed to
enhance the protection offered to properly
belted occupants in certain frontal (front
airbags) and side (side impact airbags) impacts
which exceed preset deployment thresholds.
• Never wear belts over rigid or breakable
objects in or on your clothing, such as
eyeglasses, pens, keys etc., as these might
cause injuries.
• Position the lap belt as low as possible on your
hips and not across the abdomen. If the belt is
positioned across your abdomen, it can cause
serious injuries in a crash.
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• Never wear the shoulder belt under your arm,
against you neck or off your shoulder. In a
crash, your body would move too far forward.
That would increase the chance of head and
neck injuries. The belt would also apply too
much force to the ribs or abdomen, which
could severely injure internal organs such as
your liver or spleen.
Warning!
USE CHILD RESTRAINTS PROPERLY.
Children 12 years old and under must never ride in
this vehicle, except in a Mercedes-Benz authorized
BabySmartTM compatible child seat, which operates
with the BabySmartTM system installed in the
vehicle to deactivate the passenger side front
airbag when it is properly installed. Otherwise they
will be struck by the airbag when it inflates in a
crash. If this happens, serious or fatal injury will
result.
• Each seat belt must never be used for more
than one person at a time. Do not fasten a seat
belt around a person and another person or
other objects.
Infants and small children must be seated in an
appropriate infant or child restraint system, which
is properly secured with the vehicle’s seat belt,
fully in accordance with the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
• Belts should not be worn twisted. In a crash,
you wouldn’t have the full width of the belt to
manage impact forces. The twisted belt against
your body could cause injuries.
A child’s risk of serious or fatal injuries is
significantly increased if the child restraints are
not properly secured in the vehicle and the child is
not properly secured in the child restraint.
• Pregnant women should also use a lapshoulder belt. The lap belt portion should be
positioned as low as possible on the hips to
avoid pressure on the abdomen.
Adjust the passenger seat as far as possible
rearward from the dashboard when the seat is
occupied.
• Never place your feet on the instrument panel
or on the seat. Always keep both feet on the
floor in front of the seat.
BabySmart TM is a trademark of Siemens Automotive Corp.
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BabySmartTM airbag deactivation system
Special BabySmartTM compatible child seats, designed
for use with the Mercedes-Benz system and available at
any authorized Mercedes-Benz Center are required for
use with the BabySmartTM airbag deactivation system.
With the special child seat properly installed, the
passenger side front airbag will not deploy. The 7
indicator lamp located in the dashboard will be
illuminated, except with key removed or in steering lock
position 0. The system does not deactivate the door
mounted side impact airbag.
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Please be sure to check the indicator every time
you use the special system child seat.
Should the light go out while the restraint is
installed, please check installation. If the light
remains out, do not use the BabySmartTM restraint
to transport children on the front passenger seat
until the system has been repaired.
Self-test BabySmartTM
without special child seat installed
Warning!
After turning key in steering lock to position 1 or 2, the
7 indicator lamp located in the dashboard comes on
for approx. 6 seconds and then extinguishes.
The BabySmartTM airbag deactivation system will
ONLY work with a special child seat designed to
operate with it. It will not work with child seats
which are not BabySmartTM compatible.
If the indicator lamp should not come on or is
continuously lit, the system is not functioning. You must
see an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center before seating
any child on the front passenger seat.
Never place anything between seat cushion and
child seat (e.g. pillow), since it reduces the
effectiveness of the deactivation system.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for
installation of special child seats.
The passenger front airbag will not deploy only if
the 7 indicator lamp remains illuminated.
BabySmartTM is a trademark of Siemens Automotive Corp.
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Emergency tensioning retractor (ETR)
Airbags are intended as a supplement to seat belts.
Airbags alone cannot protect as well as airbags plus
seat belts in impacts for which the airbags were
designed to operate, and do not afford any protection
whatsoever in crashes for which the airbags are not
designed to deploy.
The seat belts are equipped with emergency tensioning
retractors. These tensioning retractors are located in
each belt’s inertia reel and become operationally ready
with the key in steering lock position 1 or 2.
The emergency tensioning retractors are designed to
activate only when the seat belts are fastened during
frontal and front-angled impacts and rear impacts
exceeding the first threshold of the SRS and in rear
impacts exceeding a preset severity level. They remove
slack from the belts in such a way that the seat belts fit
more snugly against the body restricting its forward
movement as much as possible.
The SRS uses two crash severity levels (thresholds) to
activate either the emergency tensioning retractor (ETR)
or front airbag or both. Activation depends on the
direction and severity of the impact exceeding the
preset thresholds and whether the seat belt is fastened.
Seat belt fastened
In cases of other frontal impacts, rollovers, certain side
impacts, rear collisions or other accidents without
sufficient frontal or rear impact forces, the emergency
tensioning retractors will not be activated. The driver
and passenger will then be protected by the fastened
seat belts and inertia reel in the usual manner.
• first threshold exceeded:
ETR activates
• second threshold exceeded:
airbag also activates
Seat belt not fastened
For seat belt and emergency tensioning retractor safety
guidelines see page 66.
• first threshold exceeded:
airbag activates, but not ETR
Driver and passenger systems operate independently of
each other.
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1 Driver airbag
2 Passenger front airbag
3 Side impact airbags
The most effective occupant restraint system yet
developed for use in production vehicles is the seat belt.
In some cases, however, the protective effect of a seat
belt can be further enhanced by an airbag.
In conjunction with wearing the seat belts, the driver
and passenger airbags can provide increased protection
for the driver and passenger in certain frontal impacts
exceeding preset thresholds. Door mounted side impact
airbags can provide increased protection to belted
occupants on the impacted side of the vehicle in side
impacts exceeding its preset thresholds.
The operational readiness of the airbag system is
verified by the indicator lamp "SRS" in the instrument
cluster when turning the key in steering lock to
position 2. If no fault is detected, the lamp will go out
after approximately 4 seconds: after the lamp goes out,
the system continues to monitor the components and
circuitry of the airbag system and will indicate a
malfunction by coming on again. If the lamp does not
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come on at all or if it fails to extinguish after
approximately 4 seconds or if it comes on thereafter, a
malfunction in the system has been detected.
Have the system checked at your authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center immediately.
The following system components are monitored or
undergo a selfcheck: crash-sensor(s), airbag ignition
circuits, seat belt buckles, emergency tensioning
retractors, seat sensor.
Warning!
In the event a malfunction of the “SRS” is indicated
as outlined above, the “SRS” may not be
operational. For your safety, we strongly
recommend that you visit an authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center immediately to have the
system checked; otherwise the “SRS” may not be
activated when needed in an accident, which could
result in serious or fatal injury, or it might deploy
unexpectedly and unnecessary which could also
result in injury.
Initially, when the key is turned from steering lock
position 0 to positions 1 or 2, malfunctions in the crashsensor are detected and indicated (the “SRS” indicator
lamp stays on longer than 4 seconds or does not come
on). In the operational mode, after the indicator lamp
has gone out following the initial check, interruptions or
short circuits in the airbag ignition circuit and in the
driver and passenger seat belt buckle harnesses, and
low voltage in the entire system are detected and
indicated.
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Front airbags
Side impact airbags
The driver and passenger front airbags are designed to
activate only in certain frontal impacts exceeding a
preset threshold.
The side impact airbags are designed to activate only in
certain side impacts exceeding a preset threshold. Only
the side impact airbag on the impacted side of the
vehicle deploy.
The passenger front airbag deploys only if the front
passenger seat is occupied, and the 7 indicator lamp
in the dashboard is not illuminated.
Note:
Heavy objects on the passenger seat can appear to the
“SRS” to indicate the presence of an occupant in that
seat which causes the passenger front airbag to deploy
in a crash exceeding the appropriate threshold.
The passenger side impact airbag deploys only if the
passenger seat is occupied.
Side impact airbags operate best in conjunction with a
properly positioned and fastened seat belt.
Note:
Heavy objects on passenger seat can cause the
passenger door side impact airbag to deploy in a crash.
Important!
Airbags are designed to activate only in certain
frontal (front airbags) impacts, or side (side impact
airbags) impacts which exceed preset thresholds.
Only during these types of impacts, if of sufficient
severity to meet the deployment thresholds, will
they provide their supplemental protection.
The driver and passenger must always wear their
seat belts, otherwise it is not possible for the airbags
to provide their intended supplemental protection.
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In cases of other frontal impacts, angled impacts,
roll-overs, other side impacts, rear collisions, or
other accidents in which the airbags are not
designed to deploy, the airbags will not be activated.
The driver and passenger will then be protected by
the fastened seat belts.
Warning!
Airbags are designed to reduce the potential of
injury in certain frontal (front airbags) impacts,
and side (side impact airbags) impacts which may
cause significant injuries, however, no system
available today can totally eliminate injuries and
fatalities.
We caution you not to rely on the presence of the
airbags in order to avoid wearing your seat belt.
The activation of the “SRS” temporarily releases a
small amount of dust from the airbags. This dust,
however, is neither injurious to your health, nor
does it indicate a fire in the vehicle. The dust might
cause some temporary breathing difficulty for
people with asthma or other breathing trouble. To
avoid this, you may wish to get out of the vehicle as
soon as it is safe to do so. If you have any breathing
difficulty but cannot get out of the vehicle after the
airbag inflates, then get fresh air by opening a
window or door.
Your vehicle was originally equipped with airbags
which are designed to activate in certain impacts
exceeding a preset threshold to reduce the potential
and severity of injury. It is important to your safety
and that of your passenger that you replace deployed
airbags and repair any malfunctioning airbags to
ensure the vehicle will continue to provide crash
protections for occupants.
The service life of the airbags extends to the date
indicated on the label located on the driverside
door latch post. To provide continued reliability
after that date, they should be inspected by an
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center at that time and
replaced when necessary.
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To reduce the risk of injury when the front airbags
inflate, it is very important for the driver and front
passenger to always be in a properly seated
position and to wear your seat belt.
For maximum protection in the event of a collision
always be in normal seated position with your back
against the backrest. Fasten your seat belt and
ensure that it is properly positioned on your body.
For unobstructive inflation of door side impact
airbags, keep door pocket lids closed.
Since the airbag inflates with considerable speed
and force, a proper seating and hands on steering
wheel position will help to keep you at a safe
distance from the airbag.
Occupants who are unbelted, out of position or too
close to the airbag can be seriously injured by an
airbag as it inflates with great force in the blink of
an eye:
• Sit properly belted in an upright position with
your back against the backrest.
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• Adjust the driver seat as far as possible
rearward, still permitting proper operation of
vehicle controls. Adjust the driver seat as far
as possible rearward, still permitting proper
operation of vehicle controls. The distance
from the center of the driver’s breastbone to
the center of the airbag cover on the steering
wheel must be at least ten inches (25 cm) or
more. You should be able to accomplish this by
a combination of adjustments to the seat and
steering wheel. If you have any problems,
please see your authorized Mercedes-Benz
Center.
• Do not lean with your head or chest close to the
steering wheel or dashboard.
• Keep hands on the outside of steering wheel
rim. Placing hands and arms inside the rim
can increase the risk and potential severity of
hand/arm injury when the driver front airbag
inflates.
• Do not lean against doors.
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• Occupants, especially children, should never
lean their heads in the area of the door where
the side airbag inflates. This could result in
serious injuries or death should the airbag be
triggered.
• Adjust the passenger seat as far as possible
rearward from the dashboard when the seat is
occupied.
• Children 12 years old and under must never
ride in this vehicle, except in a Mercedes-Benz
authorized BabySmartTM compatible child seat,
which operates with the BabySmart TM system
installed in the vehicle to deactivate the
passenger front airbag when it is properly
installed. Otherwise they will be struck by the
airbag when it inflates in a crash. If this
happens, serious or fatal injury can result.
Failure to follow these instructions can result in
severe or fatal injuries to you or other occupants.
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Safety guidelines for the seat belt, emergency
tensioning retractor and airbag
Warning!
• Damaged seat belts or belts that were highly
stressed in an accident must be replaced and
their anchoring points must also be checked.
Use only belts installed or supplied by an
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
• Do not pass belts over sharp edges.
• Do not make any modification that could
change the effectiveness of the belts.
• Airbags and ETR’s are designed to function on
a one-time-only basis. An airbag or emergency
tensioning retractor (ETR) that was activated
must be replaced.
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• No modifications of any kind may be made to
any components or wiring of the “SRS”. This
includes changing or removing any component
or part of the “SRS”, the installation of
additional trim material, badges etc. over the
steering wheel hub, passenger airbag cover, or
door trim panels, and installation of additional
electrical/electronic equipment on or near
“SRS” components and wiring. Keep area
between airbags and occupants free of objects
(e.g. packages, purses, umbrellas, etc.).
• An airbag system component within the
steering wheel gets hot after the airbag has
inflated. Do not touch.
• Improper work on the system, including
incorrect installation and removal, can lead to
possible injury through an unintended
activation of the “SRS”.
• In addition, through improper work there is
the risk of rendering the “SRS” inoperative or
causing unintended airbag deployment. Work
on the “SRS” must therefore only be performed
by an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
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• For your protection and the protection of
others, when scrapping the airbag unit or
emergency tensioning retractor, our safety
instructions must be followed. These
instructions are available at your authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center.
Infant and child restraint systems
• Given the considerable deployment speed and
the textile structure of the airbags, there is the
possibility abrasions or other injuries
resulting from airbag deployment.
The passenger lap-shoulder belt has a special seat belt
retractor for secure fastening of a child restraint.
Use only a BabySmart TM compatible child restraint in
this vehicle.
We recommend that all infants and children be properly
restrained at all times while the vehicle is in motion.
To fasten a child restraint follow child restraint
instructions for routing. Then pull shoulder belt out
completely. Slide switch located on side of passenger
seat to position N. Let the belt retract. During the
seat belt retraction a ratcheting sound can be heard to
indicate that the special seat belt retractor is activated.
The belt is now locked. Push down on child restraint to
take up any slack.
When you sell the vehicle we strongly urge you to give
notice to the subsequent owner that it is equipped with
an “SRS” by alerting him to the applicable section in the
Operator’s Manual.
To deactivate, release seat belt buckle and let seat belt
retract completely. The seat belt can again be used in
the usual manner.
Warning!
Never release the seat belt buckle while vehicle is
in motion, since the special seat belt retractor will
be deactivated.
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Important!
The use of infant or child restraints is required by law in
all 50 states and all Canadian provinces.
Infants and small children should be seated in an
appropriate infant or child restraint system properly
secured by a lap-shoulder belt, and that complies with
U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 and
Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213.
A statement by the child restraint manufacturer of
compliance with this standard can be found on the
instruction label on the restraint and in the instruction
manual provided with the restraint.
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When using any infant or child restraint system, be sure
to carefully read and follow all manufacturer’s
instructions for installation and use.
Please read and observe warning labels affixed to inside
of vehicle and to infant or child restraints.
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Since 1986 all U.S. child restraints comply with
U.S. regulations without the use of a tether strap.
Warning!
Children 12 years old and under must never ride in
this vehicle, except in a Mercedes-Benz authorized
BabySmartTM compatible child seat, which operates
with the BabySmartTM system installed in the
vehicle to deactivate the passenger front airbag
when it is properly installed. Otherwise they will
be struck by the airbag when it inflates in a crash.
If this happens, serious or fatal injury can result.
Infants and small children must be seated in an
appropriate infant or child restraint system, which
is properly secured with the vehicle’s seat belt,
fully in accordance with the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
Infants and small children should never share a
seat belt with another occupant. During an
accident, they could be crushed between the
occupant and seat belt.
When the child restraint is not in use, remove it
from the vehicle or secure it with the seat belt to
prevent the child restraint from becoming a
projectile in the event of an accident.
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Storing steering column position in memory
The steering column position is stored in memory
together with the seat/heat restraint/exterior rear view
mirror position and can be recalled when necessary,
see memory recalling on page 46.
Warning!
Do not adjust the steering wheel while driving.
Adjusting the steering wheel while driving, or
driving without the telescoping adjustment locked
could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
Turn key in steering lock to position 1 or 2 (with either
door open, the steering column can be operated with the
key removed or in steering lock position 0).
To extend or retract:
Move switch (1) in desired direction.
To raise or lower:
Move switch (1) in desired direction.
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Note:
Inside rear view mirror
The automatic antiglare function does not react, if
incoming light is not aimed directly at sensors in the
mirror.
Manually adjust the mirror.
Use your inside mirror to determine the size and
distance of objects seen in the passenger side convex
mirror.
Warning!
In the case of an accident liquid electrolyte may
escape the mirror housing when the mirror glass
breaks.
Antiglare night position
Electrolyte has an irritating effect. Do not allow the
liquid come into contact with eyes, skin, clothing,
or respiratory system. In cases it does, immediately
flush affected area with water, and seek medical
help if necessary.
With the key in steering lock position 2, the mirror
reflection brightness responds to changes in light
sensitivity.
With gear selector lever in position “R”, or with the
interior lamp switched on, the mirror brightness does
not respond to changes in light sensitivity.
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Exterior rear view mirrors
With the key in steering lock position 2, the driver’s
side mirror reflection brightness responds to changes in
light sensitivity.
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With gear selector lever in position “R”, or with the
interior lamp switched on, the driver’s side mirror
brightness does not respond to changes in light
sensitivity.
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mirror. The passenger-side exterior mirror is
convex (outwardly curved surface for a wider field
of view). Objects in mirror are closer than they
appear. Check your inside rear view mirror or
glance over your shoulder before changing lanes.
The switch is located on the center console.
Turn key in steering lock to position 2.
Notes:
First select the mirror to be adjusted - turn switch:
The exterior mirrors have electrically heated glass. The
heater switches on automatically, depending on outside
temperature.
1 Left mirror
2 Right mirror
To adjust, toggle the switch forward, backward or to
either side.
If the mirror housing is forcibly pivoted from its normal
position, it must be repositioned by applying firm
pressure until it snaps into place.
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Warning!
Storing mirror positions in memory
In the case of an accident liquid electrolyte may
escape the mirror housing when the mirror glass
breaks.
The exterior rear view mirror positions are stored in
memory with the seat/head restraint/steering column
position and can be recalled when necessary,
see memory recalling on page 46.
Electrolyte has an irritating effect. Do not allow the
liquid come into contact with eyes, skin, clothing,
or respiratory system. In cases it does, immediately
flush affected area with water, and seek medical
help if necessary.
Important!
Electrolyte drops coming into contact with the vehicle
paint finish can only be completely removed while in
their liquid state, by applying plenty of water.
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8 EPS warning lamp (yellow), see page 207
1 Fuel gauge with reserve and fuel cap placement
warning lamp (yellow), see page 207
9 Odometer display field, see page 82
2 Coolant temperature gauge, see page 78
10 Main/trip odometer, see page 79
or FSS indicator, see page 80
or engine oil level indicator, see page 82
3 Fuel consumption gauge, see page 83
4 Engine oil temperature gauge, see page 83
11 Outside temperature indicator, see page 78
5 Left turn signal indicator lamp (green),
see combination switch on page 86
12 Right turn signal indicator lamp (green),
see combination switch on page 86
6 Knob for intensity of instrument lamps, see page 77,
for resetting trip odometer, see page 79 and
for calling up FSS indicator, see page 80
13 Tachometer, see page 79
14 Knob for setting clock, see page 79
7 Speedometer
15 Clock, see page 79
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Indicator lamps in the instrument cluster
BAS/ESP malfunction, see page 207
Fuel reserve and fuel cap placement
warning, see page 207
High beam, see page 86
ABS malfunction, see page 208
ABS
Brake pads worn down, see page 205
Battery not being charged properly,
see page 211
Low windshield and headlamp washer
system fluid level see page 210
Coolant level low, see page 209
Brake fluid low (except Canada)
Parking brake engaged, see page 204
Brake fluid low (Canada only)
Parking brake engaged, see page 204
SRS malfunction, see page 206
Engine oil level low, see page 210
Fasten seat belt, see page 206
Exterior lamp failure indicator lamp,
see page 211
Roll bar warning lamp, see page 212
ESP warning lamp. Adjust driving to road
condition, see page 207
ADS indicator lamp, see page 212
If the lamp comes on when the engine is
running, it indicates a malfunction of the
fuel management system or the emission
control system, or the fuel cap is not closed
tight. In all cases, we recommend that you
have the malfunction checked as soon as
possible, see page 204.
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(in the odometer display)
Instrument lamps
FSS indicator (distance, Service A),
see page 80.
FSS indicator (distance, Service B),
see page 80.
FSS indicator (days, Service A),
see page 80.
FSS indicator (days, Service B),
see page 80.
Start lock-out malfunction, see page 34.
1 Adjusting knob
Rotate adjusting knob (1) to vary intensity of instrument
lamps.
Display illumination
Press adjusting knob (1) to briefly illuminate the display
(with key removed or in steering lock position 0 or 1).
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Coolant temperature gauge
Outside temperature indicator
During severe operating conditions and stop-and-go city
traffic, the coolant temperature may rise close to the red
marking.
The temperature sensor is located in the front bumper
area. Due to its location, the sensor can be affected by
road or engine heat during idling or slow driving. This
means that the accuracy of the displayed temperature
can only be verified by comparison to a thermometer
placed next to the sensor, not by comparison to external
displays (e.g. bank signs etc.).
The engine should not be operated with the coolant
temperature in the red zone. Doing so may cause
serious engine damage which is not covered by the
Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
Warning!
• Driving when your engine is badly overheated
can cause some fluids which may have leaked
into the engine compartment to catch fire. You
could be seriously burned.
• Steam from an overheated engine can cause
serious burns and can occur just by opening
the engine hood. Stay away from the engine if
you see or hear steam coming from it.
Turn off the engine, get out of the vehicle and do
not stand near the vehicle until it cools down.
Adaptation to ambient temperature takes place in steps
and depends on the prevailing driving conditions (stopand-go or moderate, constant driving) and amount of
temperature change.
Warning!
The outside temperature indicator is not designed
to serve as an Ice-Warning Device and is therefore
unsuitable for that purpose. Indicated
temperatures just above the freezing point do not
guarantee that the road surface is free of ice.
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Trip odometer
Clock
Adjusting clock one minute ahead or back:
Pull out adjustment knob (2), briefly turn to the right
respectively left and release knob.
Adjusting clock more than one minute ahead or
back:
Pull out adjustment knob (2), turn to the right
respectively left and hold until the desired time is set.
Within the first 2 seconds, the minute hand advances
8 minutes and advances another 8 minutes every
additional second thereafter.
Tachometer
To reset:
• Press adjusting knob (1) once (with key in steering
lock position 2).
The red marking on the tachometer denotes excessive
engine speed.
• Press adjusting knob (1) twice (with key removed or
in steering lock position 0 or 1).
Avoid this engine speed, as it may result in serious
engine damage that is not covered by the
Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
To help protect the engine, the fuel supply is interrupted
if the engine is operated within the red marking.
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Flexible service system (FSS)
(service indicator)
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The symbols 9 or ´ indicate the type of service
to be performed:
9 Service A
´ Service B
The message is displayed for approximately 10 seconds
when turning the key in steering lock to position 2, or
while driving when reaching the service warning
threshold. It can be canceled manually by pressing
button (1).
Once the suggested term has passed, the message plus
symbol 9 or š, preceded by a – (minus symbol)
blinks for approx. 30 seconds and a signal sounds every
time when turning the key in steering lock to position 2.
The FSS permits a flexible service schedule that is
directly related to the operating conditions of the
vehicle.
The symbol 9 or š appears in the main odometer
display field prior to the next suggested service.
Depending on operating conditions throughout the year,
the next service is calculated and displayed in days
š or distance 9 remaining.
The FSS display can also be called up for approx.
10 seconds with display illuminated by pressing
button (1) twice within 1 second.
Following a completed
A or B service the Mercedes-Benz Center sets the
counter to 10 000 miles (Canada: 15 000 km) and
365 days.
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The counter can also be set by any individual. To do so:
Note:
When disconnecting vehicle battery for one or more
days at a time, such days will not be counted. Any such
days not counted by FSS can be added by your
Mercedes-Benz Center.
1. Turn key in steering lock to position 2.
2. Within 4 seconds press button (1) twice.
3. The present status for days or distance is displayed.
Within 10 seconds turn key in steering lock to
position 0.
The interval between services is determined by the kind
of vehicle operation. For example driving at extreme
speeds, and cold starts combined with short distance
driving in which the engine does not reach normal
operating temperature, reduce the interval between
services.
4. Press and hold button (1), while turning key in
steering lock to position 2 again. The present status
for days or distance is displayed once more.
Continue to hold button (1).
Model SL 500
After approx. 10 seconds a signal sounds, and the
display shows 10 000 miles (Canada: 15 000 km) for
approx. 10 seconds.
The FSS allows for distances between 10 000 miles
(Canada: 15 000 km) and 20 000 miles (Canada:
30 000 km), or from 365 to 730 days between services.
5. Release button (1).
If the FSS counter was inadvertently reset, have a
Mercedes-Benz Center correct it.
Model SL 600
The FSS allows for distances between 10 000 miles
(Canada: 15 000 km) and 16 000 miles (Canada:
25 000 km), or from 365 to 730 days between services.
However you choose to set your reference numbers, the
scheduled services as posted in the Service Booklet
must be followed to properly care for your vehicle.
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Checking engine oil level indicator
Engine oil level indicator in odometer display field
(Model SL 500)
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The following messages are available:
“OK”
“-1.0 Q” (Canada: -1.0 L)
“-1.5 Q” (Canada: -1.5 L)
“-2.0 Q” (Canada: -2.0 L)
If the message “-2.0 Q” (Canada: -2.0 L) blinks and a
signal sounds, add oil to upper (max) mark of the
dipstick.
“HI”
The message “HI” blinks and a signal sounds.
Do not overfill the engine.
Turn electronic key in steering lock to position 2 and
wait until the symbols : and I appear in the
odometer display field.
Within 1 second press button “1” twice.
Excessive oil must be drained or siphoned. It could
cause damage to engine and catalytic converter not
covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
The symbol I flashes in the odometer display field if
a proper oil level check cannot be performed.
The oil level check can be repeated after a short time.
Perform the oil level check with the dipstick, if it cannot
be completed via the odometer display field.
In this case we recommend that you have the system
checked at a Mercedes-Benz Center.
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Notes:
Engine oil temperature gauge
If the symbols : and I are continuously
illuminated after pressing button (1) twice and there is
no change in the odometer display field or the low
engine oil level warning lamp comes on, a malfunction
has occurred to the system. Perform the engine oil level
check with the dipstick.
Normal operating engine oil temperatures are from
175 F (80 C) to 250 F (120 C).
During severe operating conditions and stop-and-go
traffic, the engine oil temperature may rise close to the
red marking.
The engine should not be operated with the engine oil
temperature in the red zone. Doing so may cause
serious engine damage which is not covered by the
Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
If no oil leaks are noted continue to drive to the nearest
Mercedes-Benz Center to have the system checked.
Observe the engine oil temperature gauge.
When the engine oil temperature is close to the red
marking, relieve the load on the engine by decreasing
vehicle speed to lower engine oil temperature.
Fuel consumption gauge
While driving, instantaneous fuel consumption is
indicated in miles per gallon (mpg), or in Canada liters
per 100 kilometers (l/100 km).
Once the engine oil temperature returns to the normal
temperature range, the engine oil level should be
checked. See page 82 or 221.
With the engine switched off, the needle reads “0”.
Due to system design, minimum consumption is
indicated at idle speed.
Engine oil consumption
Engine oil consumption checks should only be made
after the break-in period. During the break-in period,
higher oil consumption may be noticed and is normal.
Frequent driving at high engine speeds results in
increased consumption.
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… Front fog lamps (pull out one stop) with parking
lamps and/or low beam headlamps on. Green
indicator in lamp switch comes on.
„ Rear fog lamp (pull out to second detent) in
addition to the front fog lamps. Yellow indicator in
lamp switch comes on.
Note:
With the key removed and a door open, a warning
sounds if the vehicle’s exterior lamps (except standing
lamps) are not switched off.
D Off
C Parking lamps (also side marker lamps, taillamps,
licence plate lamps, instrument panel lamps)
Canada only: When the engine is running, the low
beam is additionally switched on.
B Parking lamps plus low beam or high beam
headlamps (combination switch pushed forward).
ˆ Standing lamps, right (turn left one stop)
‚ Standing lamps, left (turn left two stops)
Fog lamps will operate with the parking lamps and/or
the low beam headlamps on. Fog lamps should only be
used in conjunction with low beam headlamps. Consult
your State or Province Motor Vehicle Regulations
regarding allowable lamp operation.
Fog lamps are automatically switched off when the
exterior lamp switch is turned to position D.
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Standing lamps
Night security illumination
When the vehicle is parked on the street the standing
lamps (right or left side parking lamps) can be turned
on, making the vehicle more visible to passing vehicles.
When exiting the vehicle after driving with the exterior
lamps on, they switch on again for added illumination
for approximately 30 seconds after closing the last door.
The lamp-on time period can be changed at your
Mercedes-Benz Center.
The standing lamps cannot be operated with the key in
steering lock position 2.
Daytime running lamp mode
When the engine is running and the selector lever is in
a driving position, the low beam headlamps (includes
parking lamps, side marker lamps, taillamps and
license plate lamps) are automatically switched on.
When shifting from a driving position to position “N”
or “P”, the low beam switches off (2 seconds delay).
For nighttime driving the exterior lamp switch should
be turned to position B to permit activation of the
high beam headlamps.
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To signal minor directional changes, such as changing
lanes on a highway, move combination switch to the
point of resistance only and hold it there.
To operate the turn signals continuously, move the
combination switch past the point of resistance (up or
down). The switch is automatically canceled when the
steering wheel is turned to a large enough degree.
Turn signal failure
If one of the turn signal lamps fails, the turn signal
indicator system flashes and sounds at a faster than
normal rate.
1 Low beam (exterior lamp switch position B)
2 High beam (exterior lamp switch position B)
3 High beam flasher (high beam available
independent of exterior lamp switch position)
4 Turn signals, right
5 Turn signals, left
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7 Windshield wiper
7
0 Wiper off
I
Intermittent wiping
One initial wipe, pauses between wipes are
automatically controlled by a rain sensor
monitoring the wetness of the windshield.
Notes:
With switch in this position, one wipe occurs
when turning the key in steering lock from
position 0.
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Do not leave in intermittent setting when vehicle
is taken to an automatic car wash or during
windshield cleaning. Wiper will operate in
presence of water spray at windshield, and wiper
may be damaged as a result.
6 Press switch briefly:
One wipe without washer water
(select only if windshield is wet).
Press switch past resistance point:
Windshield washer, windshield wiper;
headlamp cleaning system only in exterior lamp
switch positions C or B (except xenon
lamps).
Canada only: also in position D when the engine
is running.
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III Fast wiper speed
Note:
The windshield washer reservoir, hoses and nozzles are
automatically heated.
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Blocked windshield wiper
Windshield and headlamp washer fluid mixing ratio
If the windshield wiper becomes blocked (for example,
due to snow), switch off the wiper.
For temperatures above freezing:
For safety reasons before removing ice or snow, remove
key from steering lock. Remove blockage.
Activate combination switch again (key in steering lock
position 1).
Windshield wiper smears
If the windshield wiper smears the windshield, even
during rain, activate the washer system as often as
necessary. The fluid in the washer reservoir should be
mixed in the correct ratio.
MB Windshield Washer Concentrate “S” and water
1 part “S” to 100 parts water
(40 ml “S” to 1 gallon water).
For temperature below freezing:
MB Windshield Washer Concentrate “S” and
commercially available premixed windshield washer
solvent/antifreeze
1 part “S” to 100 parts solvent
(40 ml “S” to 1 gallon solvent).
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Hazard warning flasher switch
The hazard warning flasher can be activated manually
via the switch located in the dashboard.
To activate hazard warning flasher, press switch once.
To deactivate, press switch again.
Note:
With the hazard warning flasher activated, and the
combination switch in position for either left or right
turn with key in steering lock position 2, only the
respective left or right side turn signals will operate.
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1 Air volume control for left air outlet, turn left to
open.
The system is always at operational readiness, except
when manually switched off.
2 Air volume control for center air outlets, turn left to
open.
The automatic climate control only operates with the
engine running.
3 Air volume control for right air outlet, turn left to
open.
The temperature selector should be left at the desired
temperature setting. The temperature selected is
reached as quickly as possible.
4 Center air outlets, adjustable
The system will not heat or cool any quicker by setting a
higher or lower temperature.
5 Side air outlet, left and right, adjustable
The automatic climate control removes considerable
moisture from the air during operation in the cooling
mode. It is normal for water to drip on the ground
through ducts in the underbody.
Push-buttons for center air outlets
6 Heated air supply
7 Non-heated/cooled air supply
Important!
Basic mode:
None of the push-buttons (6 or 7) is pressed.
This vehicle is equipped with an air conditioner system
that uses R-134a (HFC: hydrofluorocarbon) as a
refrigerant. Repairs should always be performed by a
qualified technician, and refrigerant should be collected
in a recovery system for recycling.
8 Display and controls, see page 92
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Press the desired button to activate, indicator lamp is on
while activated.
U Automatic mode
f Raise temperature
g Lower temperature
P Defrost
O Air recirculation
F Rear window defroster
b Air distribution, manual
S Economy mode
ï Air volume, manual
T Residual engine heat utilization
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Basic setting - automatic mode
Economy
Press U button for automatic mode.
The function of this setting corresponds to the
automatic mode. However, because the air conditioning
compressor will not engage (fuel savings), it is not
possible to air condition in this setting.
Simultaneously press both f and g buttons for
temperature setting of 72°F.
Press S button to activate.
Press S button once again to return to previous
setting.
Air volume and distribution are controlled
automatically.
This setting can be used all year around.
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Special settings (use only for short duration)
Defrosting
Defogging windows
Turn wheels (1 and 3) left to open left and right side air
outlets (5).
Switch off O button.
Press U button.
Press b button repeatedly until air is directed
upward.
Turn wheels (1 and 3) left to open left and right side air
outlets (5).
Press P button. Maximum heated and automatically
controlled amount of air is directed to the windshield
and side windows.
Press P button once again to return to previous
setting.
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Rear window defroster
(only functions with hardtop installed)
Air distribution
Turn electronic key in steering lock to position 2.
To select, press F button.
Press b button repeatedly until the requested
symbol is displayed.
To cancel, press F button again.
Note:
Air volume
Heavy accumulation of snow and ice should be removed
before activating the defroster.
Press “-” or “+” side of rocker switch ï until the
requested blower speed is attained. A choice of 7 blower
speeds is available.
The rear window defroster uses a large amount of power.
To keep the battery drain to a minimum, turn off the
defroster as soon as the window is clear.
To switch the automatic climate control off, press “-”
side of rocker switch ï until symbol OFF is
displayed.
The defroster is automatically turned off after a
maximum of 12 minutes of operation.
If several power consumers are turned on
simultaneously, or the battery is only partially charged,
it is possible that the defroster will automatically turn
itself off. When this happens, the indicator lamp inside
the switch starts blinking.
The fresh air supply to the car interior is shut off.
While driving, use this setting only temporarily,
otherwise the windshield could fog up.
As soon as the battery has sufficient voltage, the
defroster automatically turns itself back on.
To switch the automatic climate control on again,
press U, P, or “+” side of ï.
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Air recirculation
Residual engine heat utilization
This mode can be selected to temporarily reduce the
entry of annoying odors or dust into the vehicle’s
interior.
With the engine switched off, it is possible to continue
heating the interior for a short while.
Outside air is not supplied to the car’s interior.
To select, press O button.
To cancel, press O button again.
The system will automatically switch from recirculated
air to fresh air
• after approx. 5 minutes at outside temperatures
below approx. 40°F (5°C),
Air volume and distribution are controlled
automatically.
To select:
Turn electronic key in steering lock to position 1 or 0 or
remove electronic key.
Press T button.
This function selection will not activate if the battery
charge level is insufficient.
• after approx. 30 minutes, at outside temperatures
above approx. 40°F (5°C),
To cancel:
• after approx. 5 minutes, if button S is pressed.
Press T button.
Notes:
The system will automatically shut off
If the windows should fog up from the inside, switch
from recirculated air back to fresh air.
• If you turn electronic key in steering lock to
position 2,
At high outside temperatures, the system automatically
engages the recirculated air mode thereby increasing
the cooling capacity performance, switching to partially
fresh air within 20 minutes.
• after approx. 30 minutes,
• if the battery voltage drops.
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Dust filter
Nearly all dust particles and pollen are filtered out
before outside air enters the passenger compartment
through the air distribution system.
Notes:
Do not obstruct the air flow by placing objects on the air
flow through exhaust slots below the rear window.
Also keep the air intake grille in front of windshield free
of snow and debris.
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Audio and telephone, operation
Operating safety
These instructions are intended to help you become
acquainted with your Mercedes-Benz vehicle radio.
They contain useful tips and a detailed description of
the user functions.
Warning!
Any alternations made to electronic components
can cause malfunctions
Warning!
In order to avoid distraction which could lead to an
accident, system settings should be entered with
the vehicle at standstill and systems should be
operated by the driver only when traffic conditions
permit. Always pay full attention to traffic
conditions first before operating system controls
while driving.
Bear in mind that at a speed of just 30 mph
(approximately 50 km/h), your vehicle is covering
a distance of approximately 50 feet (approximately
14 m) every second.
The right to correct errors and make technical amendments is
reserved.
The radio, cassette deck, CD changer 1 and
telephone 1 are interconnected. Therefore, when
one of the components is defective or has not been
removed/replaced properly this may impair the
function of other components.
These malfunctions might seriously impair the
operating safety of your vehicle.
We recommend that you have any service work or
alternations on electronic components done in an
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
1 Optional equipment
Dolby and the double-D symbol Ù are trademarks of Dolby
Laboratories Licensing Corporation. The Dolby noise reduction
system is manufactured under licence from Dolby Laboratories
Licensing Corporation.
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Operating and display elements
1 On/off, volume, see page 102
7 Display panel, see page 106
2 Telephone mode selector, see page 113
8 Alpha-numeric keypad for
station storage and frequency entry, see page 105
optional telephone, see page 113
Tape eject, see page 107
Tape track select, see page 107
Dolby, see page 108
CD Random/repeat, see page 112
3 Seek, see page 104, 107 and 111
4 Radio mode selector, see page 104
5 Tune, see page 104 and 105
Fast Forward/Reverse, see page 108 and 111
6 CD mode selector, see page 110
9 Function button, see page 105 and 112
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10 Soft keys for
radio band selection, see page 104
tone controls, see page 102
scan, see page 105
11 Tape mode selector, see page 106
Anti-theft system
If the power supply to the
radio has been
interrupted,“CODE” will
appear on the display when it
is next switched on. The radio
will only work after the five-digit code has been entered
using the buttons on the right-hand control panel.
The code number is shown on the Radio code card,
supplied with the radio.
Important!
Never leave the Radio code card in the vehicle. Keep it in
a safe place.
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Entering the code number
Button and soft key operation
Switch on the radio.“CODE” will appear on the display.
Using the buttons on the alpha-numeric keypad, enter
the five digit code. Confirm by pressing the “OK” key.
In these instructions, the alpha-numeric keypad (right
side of radio face) and the function buttons (left side of
the radio face) are referred to as “buttons” and the four
keys under the display are referred to as “soft keys”
If an incorrect code has been entered and confirmed,
“CODE” will reappear on the display. The correct code
must be entered once again.
Note:
Do not press directly on the radio display face.
If an incorrect code is entered
three times, “WAIT” will
appear on the display and the
radio will be locked out for
about 10 minutes.
Note:
The lock out time will only count down if the radio is left
switched on.
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Audio functions
Switching on and off
Press the control knob
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The radio is switched off when the ignition key is turned
to position 0 or removed from the ignition. The radio is
switched on again when the ignition key is turned to
position 1 or 2.
The AUD key is used to select the BASS, TREBLE and
BALANCE functions. Settings for bass and treble are
stored separately for the radio, cassette and CD modes.
Tone level settings are identified by the vertical bars.
The center (flat) setting is shown by one longer bar in
the center of the display.
Bass
Note:
Press the AUD key repeatedly
until “BASS” appears in the
display.
The radio can also be switched on even if the ignition
key is not inserted, but will switch itself off
automatically after one hour to conserve vehicle battery
power.
Adjusting the volume
Turn the control knob - Turning the knob clockwise will
increase the volume, counterclockwise will decrease the
volume.
Treble
Press the AUD key repeatedly
until “TREBLE” appears in the
display.
Press the “+” key to increase
or the “-” key to decrease the level.
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Centering all audio functions
Balance
Push and hold down the
“AUD” key. All audio
functions (bass, treble,
balance and fader) are set to
center or flat positions, and
the volume is adjusted to a pre-set level.
Press the AUD key repeatedly
until “BALANCE” appears in
the display.
Press the “L” key to move the
sound to the left speaker or the “R” key to move the
sound to the right speaker.
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Radio mode
Manual tuning
Press either the
or
button. Step-by-step tuning in
ascending or descending
order of frequency will take
place.
Selecting radio mode
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Selecting the band
Press the key located below
the desired band. The band
selected is shown in the top
line of the display.
Frequency ranges:
The first three tuning steps will take place without
muting. The radio will then be muted and high-speed
tuning will take place until the button is released.
The following tuning intervals will be shown on the
display:
FM
200 kHz
AM
10 kHz
WB
Channels 1-7
FM
87.9 - 107.9 MHz
AM
530 - 1710 kHz
Seek tuning
WB
approx. 162 MHz
Press either the
or
button. The radio will tune
to the next receivable station.
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Scan tuning
Storing stations
Press the SC key. Each strong
receivable station on the band
selected will be tuned in for
8 seconds. The first scan will
tune only the stations with a
high signal strength. The second scan will tune every
receivable station. By pressing either the
,
,
or
buttons, or the “SC” key the scan mode
can be cancelled.
Hold the number button down for approximately
2 seconds. The currently displayed frequency is stored
on the selected station button. The storage procedure is
confirmed by a short signal tone.
Retrieving a station from memory
Press the desired station button.
Direct frequency input (AM and FM only)
Station memory
Select the band. Press the
“ button and enter the
desired frequency using the
alpha-numeric keypad.
Frequencies outside of the
frequency ranges (frequencies specified on page 104)
will not be accepted. The frequency input mode is
cancelled if no button is pressed within 4 seconds.
Ten stations can be stored in
the AM and FM bands via the
alpha-numeric keypad. The
“0” button corresponds to
location 10. Weatherband
(WB) channels 1 to 7 can be retrieved via the alphanumeric keypad and are preset at the factory.
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Playing cassettes
Press the “TAPE” button. When the eject (EJ) key is
pressed, the display folds down and the cassette slot
becomes visible. Push the cassette into the slot until it
engages. The cassette will be pulled in automatically.
Note:
Do not press directly on the radio display face.
Return the display panel to its normal position by
folding it back up and pressing gently on the display
frame to lock in place.
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The radio will switch to
cassette mode. Track 1 will be
played and “SIDE 1”
displayed. Track 1 is the side
of the cassette which is facing
upwards. The cassette deck will automatically detect the
type of tape and switch the equalization automatically.
A cassette symbol in the display indicates that a tape is
in the mechanism. This symbol appears in all modes but
not in cassette mode.
The cassette will not be ejected when the radio is
switched off or another mode is selected.
If a cassette is in the
mechanism, cassette mode
can be selected by using the
“TAPE” button. If no cassette
has been inserted, the display
Important:
If the display is in the down position for more than
20 seconds, 2 successive beeps will be heard. This will
continue at 5 second intervals until the display is
returned to its normal position.
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Track search forwards/backwards
Press the eject (EJ) key. The display will fold down and
the cassette will be ejected. Remove the cassette, then
fold the display back up manually. The radio will switch
back to radio mode automatically.
Press the
button.
“SEEK FWD” will be shown on
the display and the track
search will run the tape
forwards to the start of the
next track.
Note:
The cassette will not be ejected when the radio is
switched off.
Press the
button.
“SEEK RWD” will be shown
on the display and the track
search will run the tape
backwards to the start of the
track currently playing. Track search can be interrupted
by pressing the same button again.
Important:
If the display is in the down position for more than
20 seconds, 2 successive beeps will be heard. This will
continue at 5 second intervals until the display is
returned to its normal position.
Note:
Track selection
The beginning of a track can only be located if there is a
break of at least 4 seconds between tracks.
Press the track selection
(TRK) key. The current track
will be displayed as “SIDE 1”
or “SIDE 2”. The track will be
changed automatically at the
end of the tape.
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Fast forward/reverse
Scanning
Press the
button.
“FORWARD” will appear on
the display and fast forward
will start.
Press the
button.
“REWIND” will appear on the
display and fast reverse will
start.
Fast forward/reverse is stopped by pressing the same
button again, or it will stop automatically at the
beginning or the end of the tape. The track will
automatically change at the end or beginning of the tape
and play will begin.
Press the “SC” key. Each track
on the cassette will be played
for 8 seconds in ascending
order.
Note:
The beginning of a track can only be located if there is a
break of at least 4 seconds between tracks.
Scan will be interrupted if the
,
buttons or the “SC” key is pressed.
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,
Dolby NR 1 (noise reduction system)
To enable optimum
reproduction of cassettes
recorded using the Dolby B
system, press the “AUD” key
followed by the NR key so the
“NR” in the display is not highlighted. To turn off
Dolby B noise reduction, press the “NR” key so the “NR”
in the display is highlighted.
1 Dolby and the double-D symbol Ù are trademarks of Dolby
Laboratories Licensing Corporation. The Dolby noise reduction
system is manufactured under licence from Dolby Laboratories
Licensing Corporation.
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CD mode
Replace the CD in its container after use. Protect CDs
from heat and direct sunlight.
General notes on CD mode
Warning!
The CD changer 1 is a Class 1 laser product. There
is a danger of invisible laser radiation if the cover
is opened or damaged.
Should excessive temperatures occur while in CD mode,
“TEMP HIGH” will appear in the display and muting
will take place. The unit will then switch back to radio
mode until the temperature has decreased to a safe
operating level.
Do not remove the cover. The CD changer 1 does not
contain any parts which can be serviced by the
user. For safety reasons, have any service work
which may be necessary performed only by
qualified personnel.
Should temperatures occur while in CD mode which are
too low, “TEMP LOW” will be displayed, but the CD will
play. It will be sensitive to skipping if you are driving
over rough roads.
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Handle CDs carefully to prevent interference during
playback.
Avoid fingerprints and dust on CDs. Do not write on the
CDs or apply any label to the CDs.
Clean CDs from time to time with a commercially
available cleaning cloth. No solvents, anti-static sprays,
etc. should be used.
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Loading/emptying the CD magazine
CD changer installed
Slide the changer door to the right and press the eject
button
. The magazine will be ejected. Remove the
magazine. Pull out the CD tray until its stop is reached
and place the CDs in the recess of the tray, label side up.
Push the tray into the magazine in the direction shown
by the arrow. Insert the loaded magazine into the
changer.
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Important!
Close the door after the magazine has been inserted.
2
Playing CDs
1 CD changer
1
2 CD magazine
3 CD tray
4 CD
If a CD changer 1 is installed, it can be operated from the
front control panel of the radio. A loaded magazine must
be installed for CD playing.
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Press the CD button. The CD most recently played will
start at the point where it was last switched off. CDs
stored in the magazine can be selected by using the
station preset buttons 1-6.
The magazine slot number of
the selected CD will then be
displayed after “CD”. The
number of the track being
played will be displayed after
“TRACK”.
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Fast forward/reverse
If there is no CD in the
selected magazine slot,
“NO CD” and the
corresponding slot number
will be displayed
(e.g.“NO CD3”). After the last track on a CD has been
played, the next CD will automatically be selected and
played.
button. The next track on the CD will be
Press the
button. If the track has been playing for
more than 10 seconds, it will revert to the start of that
track. If it has been playing for less than ten seconds it
will revert to the preceding track. To skip several tracks,
the respective button must be pressed until the desired
track is reached. If the beginning or end of the CD is
reached during the search, the first or last track will be
played.
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button and hold it down for audible fast
Press the
reverse.
button and hold it down for audible
The search will stop when the
button is released. The
relative time of the track will
be displayed during the
search. The search mode will
cancel if the beginning or end of the CD is reached.
Skipping tracks forwards/backwards
Press the
played.
Press the
forward.
Scanning
Press the SC key. Each track will be played for 8 seconds
in ascending order. The search will stop at the track in
question if the
,
,
,
buttons or the
“SC” key is pressed.
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Random play/repeat function
Direct track selection
The tracks of the current CD are played in random order
when the random feature (RDM) is selected. Press the
RDM key to switch on, and press RDM again to switch
off.
Tracks can be selected directly using the buttons on the
alpha-numeric keypad. Press the “ function button,
followed by the track number.
When the repeat function
(RPT) has been selected, a
particular track can be played
for as many times as desired.
Press the RPT key to switch
on, and press RPT again to switch off.
Note:
Both functions cannot be used simultaneously.
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Entering telephone number and starting dialing
process
Telephone operation
Various functions of the Mercedes-Benz integrated
cellular telephone 1 can be performed and displayed via
the car radio. Further instructions for operating the car
telephone can be found in the operation guide for the
cellular telephone 1 .
Enter the desired telephone
number using the alphanumeric keypad. The number
can have up to 32 digits, but
only 13 of these can be
displayed. The dialing process is started by pressing the
SND button. The entered number can be corrected using
the “CLR” key.
Switching the telephone on and off
Switching on: Press the
button, “TEL” appears in the
corner of the display.
Press the CLR key briefly and the last digit will be
deleted.
Switching off: Press and hold
the
button until the telephone symbol “TEL” no
longer appears in the display, or press the “PWR” button
on the phone’s keypad.
Press the CLR key longer - and
the complete number will be deleted.
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Calling up the phone book
The numbers stored in the telephone memory can be
called up via either name or number entries. The
memory contents from the portable phone must be
downloaded and the telephone menu must be selected
in order to call up the phone book. Refer to the
“Memory download” section of the cellular telephone
operation guide for more information.
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Switching between name search and number search
Press ABC key - Name search
Press NUM key - Number search
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Placing a call
When a number or a name
has been selected using the
method described above,
press the SND key.
Searching and selecting phone book entries by name
Press the ABC key. The current name is shown on the
display. The stored entries in alphabetical order can be
selected using the
or
button. By pressing the
or
buttons, the stored entries can be selected
according to alphabetical initial letters (e.g. A-Adam,
B-Brown, M-Miller).
Searching and selecting phone book entries by
number
Press the NUM key. The current number is shown on
the display. The stored entries can be selected in
numerical order using the
or
button. By
pressing the
or
buttons, the stored entries
can be selected in increments of 5 (e.g. Entry no. 2,
Entry no. 7, etc.).
Manual repeat dialing (redial)
The last number entered can be re-selected by pressing
the SND key once and the call can be placed be pressing
the SND key a second time. The last dialed telephone
number is shown on the display. Using the
,
,
or
button, the numbers stored in the re-dial
memory of the telephone can be selected.
The abbreviation L and the
number in the memory are
shown in the top line of the
display.
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Accepting incoming call in telephone mode
Component malfunctions
With an incoming call, the ringing tone will be heard
and the message “CALL” appears in the display. Press
the SND key to answer the call.
The radio, CD changer 1 , and Mercedes-Benz integrated
cellular telephone 1 are part of a fiberoptic networked
system. Failure of one of the components can lead to
malfunctions of the other components. Please contact
your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center or call
1-800-FOR-MERCedes for more information in the event
of a malfunction.
Accepting incoming call in tape, CD or radio mode
If the telephone is activated in the background
(telephone symbol in the display), then a switch is made
automatically to telephone when an incoming call is
received. The audio source is muted, the ringing tone is
heard and the message “CALL” appears. After the call
has been terminated, the previously selected audio
source is resumed.
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Terminating call
A current call can be terminated by pressing the END
button.
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Power windows
Turn key in steering lock to position 1 or 2.
Press switch in to resistance point:
k to open
j to close
Release switch when window is in desired position.
Warning!
When closing the windows, be sure that there is no
danger of anyone being harmed by the closing
procedure.
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Power window switches located on center console
When leaving the vehicle, always remove the key
from the steering lock, and lock the vehicle. Do not
leave children unattended in the vehicle, or with
access to an unlocked vehicle. Unsupervised use of
vehicle equipment can cause serious personal
injury.
The closing procedures can be immediately
reversed by either pressing the switch k,
turning the key to the unlocking position, or
pressing button Πon the remote control, and
holding it.
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Express opening of door windows
Synchronizing power windows
Press switch k past resistance point and release –
window lowers to fully open position. To interrupt
procedure, briefly press j or k.
When opening a door after the power supply was
interrupted (battery disconnected or low), the window
will open slightly, indicating that the Express feature
should be resynchronized.
Note:
Press j side of power window switch until the
window is completely closed and hold for additional 2
seconds. Repeat procedure for each window.
The power windows can also be closed with the key or
infrared remote control while locking the vehicle doors
or trunk, see page 41.
The automatic full opening procedure of the windows
should now be restored.
Important!
Do not close a door with the windows fully closed while
the power supply is interrupted (battery disconnected or
empty). Doing so could damage the window frame.
The power windows should first be resynchronized.
After a power interruption, first synchronize the
windows to enable activation of the soft top.
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Roll bar
If the roll bar was raised using the switch, it will be
automatically lowered when activating the soft top
switch.
The roll bar will be automatically raised in an accident
or in a potentially dangerous driving situation. A ratchet
noise can be heard when the roll bar is automatically
raised.
The roll bar can be lowered again after an automatic
deployment by pressing the upper half of the roll bar
switch (for at least 5 seconds) until the roll bar drive
mechanism audibly engages. Then press the lower half
of the switch to lower the roll bar.
P91.59-0202-26
The switch is located in the center console.
Turn key in steering lock to position 2.
Press switch
Upper half = to raise
Lower half = to lower
The lowering or raising procedure is immediately
interrupted by releasing the roll bar switch.
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Warning
Note:
This vehicle is a two occupant vehicle. The rear
storage area should never be used by any persons.
Raising or lowering of the roll bar could injure rear
seated occupants.
If the indicator lamps in the switch are blinking or if the
warning lamp in the instrument cluster comes on, then
a malfunction has been detected.
In this case, drive only with the roll bar raised until the
problem has been corrected. Raise the roll bar by
pressing the upper half of the roll bar switch. The
indicator lamps in the switch will go out, however, the
warning lamp in the instrument cluster will stay on.
Before operating the roll bar switch make sure that
the roll bar’s path is clear and no persons due to
inattention are injured by the moving roll bar.
For your own safety we recommend to drive with
the roll bar raised, if
Have the system checked at your authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible.
• the outside temperature is below +5°F (-15°C)
Important!
• the soft top is closed and pets are placed in the
rear storage area.
The roll bar is intended to be a safety enhancement to
the other features designed into the vehicle. No system
in any vehicle can eliminate the possibility of serious
injury or fatality in an accident. Properly fastened seat
belts and child restraints must be used!
Items being transported in the area behind the seats
should be placed in such a manner as not to affect the
movement of the roll bar when being raised.
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Interior lighting
2 Interior lamps switched off
3 Interior lamps switched on continuously
Reading lamps
1 2 3
4 Left reading lamp switched on
4 5 6
5 Reading lamps switched off
6 Right reading lamp switched on
Entrance lamps in footwells, exit lamps in doors
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These lamps are switched on and off by the door contact
switches.
Interior lamps
Note:
The switches are located above the inside rear view
mirror.
To prevent the vehicle battery from being discharged, do
not leave doors open for a long period of time.
1 Interior lamps are switched on, and off (soft fade)
delayed, when unlocking or locking the vehicle, or
when opening or closing either door. However, there
will be no (soft fade) delay when the key is in
steering lock position 2.
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Warning
Do not operate the sunshade while driving.
Adjusting the sunshade while driving could cause
the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
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To close:
Slide handle of sunshade along Panorama roof and
engage in lock.
To open:
Disengage handle from lock, and guide sunshade until
fully retracted. Do not let the sunshade snap back.
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Warning
Do not operate the sunshade while driving.
Adjusting the sunshade while driving could cause
the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
In case the procedure causes potential danger, the
procedure can be immediately halted by releasing
the sunshade switch.
The switch is located above the inside rear view mirror.
Turn key in steering lock to position 2.
1 Press and hold to close.
2 Press and hold to open.
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Illuminated vanity mirror
1
1
2
2
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P68.00-0507-26
Swing sun visors down to protect against sun glare.
With the visor engaged in its inner mounting (1), the
lamp can be switched on by opening the cover (2).
If sunlight enters through a side window, disengage
visor from inner mounting (1) and pivot to the side.
Warning!
Do not use the driver’s vanity mirror while driving.
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Storage compartment (eyeglasses compartment) in
the dashboard
Warning!
To help avoid personal injury during a collision or
sudden maneuver, exercise care when stowing
things. Put luggage or cargo in the trunk if
possible.
Luggage nets cannot secure hard or heavy objects.
1 Storage compartment (eyeglasses compartment)
2 Button for storage compartment
3 Lock
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Opening compartment (1):
Interior central locking system
Press button (2).
Locking:
Turn master key in lock (3) to the right and remove.
Unlocking:
Turn master key back to vertical position.
Caution!
Keep compartment lids closed. This will prevent stored
objects from being thrown about and injuring vehicle
occupants during an accident or sudden maneuver.
Note:
1 Initial position (integrated with vehicle central
locking system)
The storage compartments may be locked and unlocked
by using the master key in lock (3).
2 Separate locking of storage compartments
3 Emergency operation
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The following storage compartments are part of the
interior central locking system:
• eyeglasses compartment in the dashboard
• console storage compartments,
• rear storage compartments.
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Separate locking of storage compartments
Locking:
Turn master key to position 2 and remove from lock. The
storage compartments remain locked- even if the vehicle
is unlocked from the outside.
Unlocking:
Integration with vehicle central locking system
Turn master key to position 1 and remove from lock.
When locking or unlocking the vehicle from the outside
by using the master key, the interior storage
compartments are also locked or unlocked (with lock in
position 1).
If the vehicle was locked from the outside, the storage
compartments remain in the locked mode until the
vehicle is unlocked again from the outside.
Note:
If the interior storage compartments are to remain
locked (for example while in a repair shop), leave only
the valet key with the vehicle.
When unlocking a door from the inside, on a vehicle
previously locked from the outside, the storage
compartments still remain locked.
In case of a malfunction the eyeglasses compartment
can still be opened. To do so, turn the master key to
position 3, return it to position 1, remove it from the
lock and press button p.
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1
To adjust:
To open front compartment:
Press button (1) and slide armrest forward or backward.
Slide cover (1) back.
Opening rear compartment:
Press button (2).
The compartments can be locked and unlocked with the
central locking system.
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Warning!
Keep cup holder closed while traveling. Place only
containers that fit into the cup holder to prevent
spills.
Do not fill containers to a height where the
contents could spill during vehicle maneuvers,
especially hot liquids.
Parcel net in passenger footwell
A small convenience parcel net is located in the
passenger footwell. It is for small and light items, such
as road maps, mail, etc.
To open compartment:
Slide cover (1) back.
To open cup holder (2):
Lift handle in direction of arrow.
To close cup holder (3):
Lift handle in direction of arrow.
Warning!
Do not place heavy or fragile objects, or objects
having sharp edges, in the parcel net.
In an accident, during hard braking or sudden
maneuvers, they could be thrown around inside
the vehicle, and cause injury to vehicle occupants.
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Rear storage compartment
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1
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P72.10-0418-26
To open:
To open compartment:
Lift cover.
Press button (1) and lift cover.
Caution!
Warning!
Keep compartment lids closed. This will prevent stored
objects from being thrown about and injuring vehicle
occupants during an accident or sudden maneuver.
For unobstructive inflation of side impact airbags,
keep door pocket lids closed.
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Warning!
Remove front ashtray only with vehicle standing
still. With the gear selector lever in position “N”,
turn off the engine and set the parking brake.
Otherwise the vehicle might move as a result of
unintended contact with the gear selector lever.
To remove ashtray:
Push sliding knob (1) toward the right to eject the
insert.
To install ashtray:
Install insert into ashtray frame and push down to
engage.
Ashtray in center console
By touching the bottom of the cover lightly, the ashtray
opens automatically.
Prior to removing the ashtray insert, move the gear
selector lever to position “N”.
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Lighter
Warning!
Never touch the heating element or sides of the
lighter, they are extremely hot, hold at knob only.
When leaving the vehicle always remove the key
from the steering lock. Do not leave children
unattended in the vehicle, or with access to an
unlocked vehicle. Unsupervised use of vehicle
equipment may cause serious personal injury.
Note:
The lighter socket can be used to accommodate
electrical accessories up to a maximum 85 W.
1 Lighter
Turn key in steering lock to position 1 or 2.
Push in lighter (1); it will pop out automatically when
hot.
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Telephone, general
Warning!
Your concentration on the road and traffic
conditions must take priority. Only use the
telephone 1 when road and traffic conditions
permit.
Park if you wish to use the handset rather than the
hands-free device to make a call.
Bear in mind that at a speed of just 30 mph
(approximately 50 km/h), your vehicle is covering
a distance of approximately 50 feet (approximately
14 m) every second.
Never operate radio transmitters equipped with a
built-in or attached antenna (i.e. without being
connected to an external antenna) from inside the
vehicle while the engine is running. Doing so could
lead to a malfunction of the vehicle’s electronic
system, possibly resulting in an accident and
personal injury.
See separate instruction manual for instructions on how
to operate the telephone.
1 Observe the legal requirements in all countries concerned.
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Garage door opener
The built-in remote control is capable of operating up to
three separately controlled objects.
Warning!
When programming a garage door opener, the door
moves up or down.
2
When programming or operating the remote
control make sure there is no possibility of anyone
being harmed by the moving door.
1
Notes:
Certain types of garage door openers are incompatible
with the integrated opener. If you should experience
difficulties with programming the transmitter, contact
your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center, or call
Mercedes-Benz Client Assistance Center (in the USA
only) at 1-800-FOR-MERCedes, or Customer Service (in
Canada) at 1-800-387-0100.
3
1 Signal transmitter keys
2 Indicator lamp
3 Portable remote control transmitter
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For operation in the USA only: This device complies
with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Any unauthorized modification to this device could void
the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
Programming or reprogramming the integrated
remote control:
1. Turn electronic key in steering lock to position 1
or 2.
2. Hold the end of the hand-held transmitter of the
device you wish to train approximately 2 to 5 inches
(5 cm to 12 cm) away from the surface of the
integrated remote control located on the inside rear
view mirror, keeping the indicator lamp in view.
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3. Using both hands, simultaneously push the handheld transmitter button and the desired integrated
remote control button. Do not release the buttons
until completing step 4.
4. The indicator lamp on the integrated remote control
will flash, first slowly and then rapidly. When the
indicator lamp flashes rapidly, both buttons may be
released (the rapid flashing lamp indicates
successful programming of the new frequency
signal). To program the remaining two buttons,
follow steps 1 through 4.
Note:
If, after repeated attempts, you do not successfully
program the integrated remote control device to learn
the signal of the hand-held transmitter, the garage door
opener could be equipped with the “rolling code
feature”.
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Rolling code programming:
3. Firmly press and release the programmed
integrated remote control transmit button. Press
and release same button a second time to complete
the training process. (Some garage door openers
may required you to do this procedure a third time
to complete the training.)
To train a garage door opener (or other rolling code
devices) with the rolling code feature, follow these
instructions after completing the “Programming”
portion of this text. (A second person may make the
following training procedures quicker and easier.)
4. Confirm the garage door operation by pressing the
programmed button on the integrated remote
control transmitter.
1. Locate training button on the garage door opener
motor head unit. Exact location and color of the
button may vary by garage door opener brand. If
there is difficulty locating the transmitting button,
reference to garage door opener operator’s manual.
Canadian programming:
During programming, your hand-held transmitter may
automatically stop transmitting. Continue to press and
hold the integrated remote control transmitter button
(note steps 2 through 4 in the “Programming” portion)
while you press and re-press (“cycle”) your hand-held
transmitter every two seconds until the frequency
signal has been learned. The indicator lamp will flash
slowly and then rapidly after several seconds upon
successful training.
2. Press “training” button on the garage door opener
motor head unit (which activated the “training
light”).
Note:
Following step 2, there are 30 seconds to initiate
step 3.
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Operation of remote control:
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Erasing the remote control memory:
1. Turn electronic key in steering lock to position 1
or 2.
1. Turn electronic key in steering lock to position 1
or 2.
2. Select and press the appropriate button to activate
the remote controlled device. The integrated remote
control transmitter continues to send the signal as
long as the button is pressed – up to 20 seconds.
2. Simultaneously holding down the left and right side
buttons for approximately 20 seconds, or until the
control lamp blink rapidly, will erase the codes of all
three channels.
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Hardtop or
panorama roof (optional)
Removing hardtop
The removal or attachment of the hardtop can be carried
out by 2 persons.
1
Warning!
Do not place your hands between the hardtop and
the car body while the hardtop is being locked or
unlocked. Serious personal injury may occur.
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1. Engage parking brake.
2. Open doors.
3. Disconnect plug (1) for rear window defroster.
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The unlocking procedure begins after approx.
2 seconds:
• The roll bar lowers.
2
• The indicator lamp in the soft top switch lights
up.
• The hardtop unlocks.
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4. Within 10 seconds of turning key in steering lock to
position 2 (engine not running), slide soft top
switch (2) back and hold.
Please note, if soft top switch is activated after
10 seconds have expired, turn the key back to
position 0 first before the hardtop removing
procedure can be started again at step 4.
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5. After the hardtop has unlocked, remove the key
from the steering lock and turn radio and telephone
off to lower antenna. The indicator lamp in the soft
top switch should go out.
6. Lift the hardtop vertically from its attachment points
(3) and locating points (4) and carefully remove to
the rear. Exercise caution when maneuvering the
top. To avoid paint damage, the top’s mounting pins
must not be allowed to contact the body.
Important!
Removal of the key from the steering lock is a safety
measure ensuring that the key cannot be turned to
position 2 and the soft top switch is without
function should anybody push the switch forward
causing the roof locking mechanism to work. If
hands are at that moment between roof and car
body they can be badly injured.
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To prevent possible accidents, drive the vehicle
only with the hardtop either completely closed and
locked, or fully lowered into its storage
compartment.
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Attaching hardtop
1. Engage parking brake and turn key in steering lock
to position 2.
2. Lower roll bar, see page 118.
3. Open doors.
4. Turn radio and telephone off to lower power
antenna, turn key in steering lock to position 0 and
remove.
5. From the rear of the vehicle, lift the hardtop
carefully over the attachment points (1) and locating
points (2). First guide the rear pins of the top
vertically into the rear attachment points, then
lower the roof onto the vehicle and locate the front
locking pins. Exercise caution when maneuvering
the top. To avoid paint damage, the top’s mounting
pins must not be allowed to contact the body.
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8. Connect plug (4) for rear window defroster.
6. Turn key in steering lock to position 2. The indicator
lamp in the soft top switch lights up.
7. Slide soft top switch (3) forward - the hardtop should
lock and the indicator lamp in the switch should go
out.
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Warning!
Notes:
The raising or lowering procedure of the soft top is
not completed if the indicator lamp in the soft top
switch:
For safety reasons, the hardtop can only be unlocked
while the vehicle is standing still, and within
10 seconds after turning the key to steering lock
position 2 or beyond.
• does not go out (with key in steering lock
position 2),
• blinks when starting to drive and an alarm
sounds.
When safe to do so, immediately stop the vehicle
and lock the soft top:
• Turn key in steering lock to position 2,
• Slide soft/hardtop switch forward.
Do not drive the car with the hardtop not locked, as
that could cause personal injury to you or your
passenger, or personal injury or property damage
to others.
If the indicator lamp in the soft top switch blinks while
activating the switch, the battery voltage may be
insufficient - start engine to charge battery before
shutting engine off and attempting to unlock the roof
again.
If the indicator lamp continues to blink, remove the
hardtop (see page 137), and have the system checked at
your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as
possible.
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Soft top
Warning!
A minimum height clearance of 6.5 ft (2 m) is required
to lower or raise the soft top.
Before operating the soft top switch make sure that
no persons due to inattention are injured by the
moving parts (roll bar, soft top frame and soft top
lid).
Do not lower a frozen soft top until thawed and dry.
Doing so may result in damage not covered by the
Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
Hands must never be placed near the roll bar, soft
top frame, upper windshield area or soft top storage
compartment while the soft top is being locked or
unlocked. Serious personal injury may occur.
To prevent mildew, the soft top must be dry before
lowering it into the storage compartment.
The soft top should not be lowered or raised at outside
temperatures below +5°F (-15°C), since the material
becomes less pliable with lower temperatures.
The lowering or raising procedure is immediately
interrupted by releasing the soft top switch.
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Lowering soft top
• The soft top is lowered into the soft top storage
compartment.
• The storage compartment cover closes and locks.
• The indicator lamp in the switch goes out - the
lowering procedure is completed.
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If the soft top switch is held or is released and slid back
again within approx. 2 seconds, the side windows will
close. If the roll bar was previously in the upright
position, it will return to that position.
However, the side windows and the roll bar can also be
activated using their respective switches.
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1. Engage parking brake.
2. Turn key in steering lock to position 2.
3. Slide soft top switch (1) back and hold:
• The side windows lower
• The roll bar lowers.
• The indicator lamp in the soft top switch lights
up.
Note:
A wet or frozen soft top must not be folded until thawed
and dry.
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Raising soft top
1. Engage parking brake
2. Turn key in steering lock to position 2.
3. Fold down sun visors.
4. Slide soft top switch (2) forward and hold:
• The side windows lower.
• The roll bar lowers.
• The indicator lamp in the soft top switch lights
up.
• The soft top closes and locks.
2
Note:
If the soft top does not engage in the windshield
header attachment points, then release the soft
top switch. Reach into the grip (3) and guide the
pins into their respective locks while pulling
down, slide soft top switch (2) forward again.
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• The indicator lamp in the soft top switch goes
out - the closing procedure is completed.
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Warning!
The soft top is not locked:
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• if the indicator lamp in the soft top switch does
not go out (key in steering lock position 2),
• if the indicator lamp blinks, and a warning
sounds for 10 seconds when starting to drive.
Stop the vehicle and before continuing to drive,
lock the soft top:
The key should be in steering lock position 2.
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If the soft top switch is held or is released and slid
forward again within approx. 2 seconds, the side
windows will close. If the roll bar was previously in the
upright position, it will return to that position.
However, the side windows and the roll bar can also be
activated using their respective switches.
Slide soft top switch forward.
If the soft top is not locked, it may fold back or
forward when driving.
During soft top operation, do not place your hands
near the roll bar, soft top frame, upper windshield
area or soft top storage compartment. Serious
personal injury may occur.
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For safety reasons, the soft top cannot be unlocked
while driving.
If the indicator lamp continues to blink, lock the soft top
manually. See page 253.
However, if the soft top is not completely locked, it can
be locked while driving by pushing the soft/hardtop
switch forward.
Have the system checked at your authorized MercedesBenz Center as soon as possible.
Note:
If the indicator lamp in the soft top switch blinks while
activating the switch,
If the roll bar was raised automatically, the process of
raising or lowering the soft top will take somewhat
longer, as the roll bar must first be lowered.
• the battery voltage may be insufficient - start engine
and let run while activating switch,
Whenever possible, park vehicle in the shade as
continuous exposure to sun rays can prematurely
deteriorate the soft top material.
• the system may be overloaded (for example after
lowering or raising the soft top approx.
5 consecutive times) - after approx. 2 minutes the
soft top switch may be activated again,
Permanent creases in the plastic window, caused by
storage of the soft top in the storage compartment,
cannot be avoided.
• and the power supply was interrupted (battery
disconnected or empty), the soft top cannot be fully
raised or lowered.
The soft top may become moldy if it is kept in the
storage compartment for an extended period.
To raise the soft top, for safety reasons, first remove key
from steering lock. Lower soft top by hand into
compartment, and resynchronize the power windows.
See page 116.
Therefore, we recommend raising and airing it
thoroughly with the side windows open (do not expose
it to the sun) at regular intervals during the wet and
cold seasons.
To lower the soft top, first resynchronize the power
windows. See page 116.
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Installation
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The wind screen is stored in a trunk mounted
container (1) which is fastened by clamps (arrows).
1. Raise roll bar partially using switch on center
console, see page 118.
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2. Position top end of wind screen at bottom of roll bar.
The hooks at bottom of wind screen must point
rearward.
5. Wrap attachment straps around roll bar and insert
tabs into latches (3).
6. Tighten straps (4).
3. Slide wind screen up into roll bar (1), using care not
to get the attachment straps (2) caught.
7. Lower roll bar.
4. Raise roll bar completely.
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Removal
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Push top of wind screen fully forward against internal
stop.
Warning!
The rear storage area should never be occupied by
passengers since the vehicle is a 2 seater.
Furthermore, with the wind screen in place there
is a risk of injury, should the roll bar be deployed.
1. Fold down top of wind screen.
2. Raise roll bar using switch on center console.
3. Disconnect attachment strap latches by squeezing
latch.
4. Lower roll bar partially.
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Antenna
The antenna extends when switching on the radio and/
or telephone.
Note:
To retract the antenna (e.g. when entering a car wash)
both radio and telephone must be switched off.
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5. Pull wind screen down (5) and remove from roll bar.
The wind screen can be stored in a trunk mounted
container.
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Contents – Driving
Driving
Control and operation of radio
transmitters ............................... 153
Radio, telephone and
two-way radio .............................. 153
The first 1 000 miles
(1 500 km) ................................. 154
Maintenance ................................... 154
Tele Aid ........................................... 155
Catalytic converter ........................ 163
Emission control ............................ 164
Steering lock ................................... 165
Starting and turning off
the engine .................................. 167
Before starting ............................ 167
Starting ........................................ 167
Turning off .................................. 167
Automatic transmission ............... 168
Driving ......................................... 168
Accelerator Position ................... 169
Selector lever positions ............. 169
Maneuvering ............................... 172
Stopping ....................................... 172
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Program mode
selector switch ........................... 173
Emergency Operation ................174
Parking brake ................................ 175
Driving instructions .......................176
Drive sensibly - Save fuel .......... 176
Drinking and driving .................176
Pedals ...........................................176
Power assistance ........................ 177
Brakes .......................................... 177
Driving off ................................... 178
Parking ........................................ 178
Tires ............................................. 179
Aquaplaning ................................180
Tire traction .................................180
Tire speed rating ........................181
Snow chains ................................181
Vehicles with sport
package ........................................181
Winter driving
instructions .................................182
Winter driving .............................183
Block heater .................................183
Deep water ...................................184
Traveling abroad ........................ 184
Cruise control ................................. 185
Brake assist system (BAS) ............ 188
Antilock brake system (ABS) ....... 190
ABS control ................................. 191
Electronic Stability Program
(ESP) ........................................... 192
Synchronizing ESP .................... 193
ESP Control Switch .................... 194
Level control system ...................... 196
Level control switch
positions ...................................... 196
Normal Level ............................... 197
Wheel Change Switch ............... 198
Adaptive Damping System
(ADS) ........................................... 199
Adaptive damping system
adjustment .................................. 199
What you should know at the gas
station .........................................200
Fuel supply ..................................200
Fuel ...............................................200
Check regularly and before
a long trip ...................................202
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Control and operation of radio transmitters
Radio, telephone and two-way radio
Warning!
Never operate radio transmitters equipped with a
built-in or attached antenna (i.e. without being
connected to an external antenna) from inside the
vehicle while the engine is running. Doing so could
lead to a malfunction of the vehicle’s electronic
system, possibly resulting in an accident and
personal injury.
Warning!
Please do not forget that your primary
responsibility is to drive the vehicle. Only operate
the radio, telephone1 or two-way radio1 if road and
traffic conditions permit.
Bear in mind that at a speed of just 30 mph
(approximately 50 km/h), your vehicle is covering
a distance of approximately 50 feet (approximately
14 m) every second.
Radio transmitters, such as a portable telephone or a
citizens band unit should only be used inside the
vehicle if they are connected to an antenna that is
installed on the outside of the vehicle.
1 Observe all legal requirements.
Refer to the radio transmitter operation instructions
regarding use of an external antenna.
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The first 1 000 miles (1 500 km)
Maintenance
The more cautiously you treat your vehicle during the
break-in period, the more satisfied you will be with its
performance later on. Therefore, drive your vehicle
during the first 1 000 miles (1 500 km) at moderate
vehicle and engine speeds.
Approximately 30 days or 2000 miles (2000 km) prior to
the next recommended service, the remaining distance
or days are displayed in the main odometer field. See
Flexible service system on page 80.
During this period, avoid heavy loads (full throttle
driving) and excessive engine speeds.
Avoid accelerating by kickdown. It is not recommended
to brake the vehicle by manually shifting to a lower gear.
We recommend that you select positions “3”, “2” or “1”
only at moderate speeds (for hill driving).
After 1 000 miles (1 500 km) speeds may be gradually
increased to the permissible maximum.
We strongly recommend that you have your vehicle
serviced by your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center, in
accordance with the Service Booklet at the times called
for by the FSS.
Failure to have the vehicle maintained in accordance
with the Service Booklet at the designated times/
mileage may result in vehicle damage not covered by
the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
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System self-check
Important!
Initially, after turning the key in steering lock to
position 2, malfunctions are detected and indicated (the
indicator lamps in the “SOS” button, the Roadside
Assistance button • and the Information
button ¡ stay on longer than 5 seconds or do not
come on).
The initial activation of the Tele Aid system may only be
performed by completing the subscriber agreement and
placing an acquaintance call using the “SOS” button.
Failure to complete either of these steps will result in a
system that is not activated.
If a malfunction is indicated as outlined above, have the
system checked at the nearest Mercedes-Benz Center as
soon as possible.
If you have any questions regarding activation, please
call the Response Center at 1-800-756-9018 (in the USA)
or 1-888-923-8367 (in Canada).
Important!
(Telematic Alarm Identification on Demand)
Always make sure that the indicator lamp in the
“SOS” button remains illuminated for approx. 5 seconds
during the system self-check after turning key in
steering lock to position 2.
The Tele Aid system consists of three types of response;
automatic and manual emergency, roadside assistance
and information.
The Tele Aid system is always operational, providing
that the vehicle’s battery is charged and properly
connected. To activate, press the “SOS” button, the
Roadside Assistance button • or the Information
button ¡, depending on the type of response
required.
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An emergency call is initiated automatically following
an accident in which the Emergency Tensioning
Retractors (ETR’s) or airbags deploy. An emergency call
can also be initiated manually by opening the cover next
to the interior rear view mirror labeled “SOS”, then
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pressing the button (for longer than 2 seconds) located
under the cover. See below for instructions on initiating
an emergency call manually.
Once the emergency call is in progress, the indicator
lamp in the “SOS” button will begin to flash. All
information relevant to the emergency, such as the
location of the vehicle (determined by the GPS satellite
location system), vehicle model, identification number
and color are generated.
A voice connection between the Response Center and
the occupants of the vehicle will be established
automatically soon after the emergency call has been
initiated. The Response Center will attempt to determine
more precisely the nature of the accident provided they
can speak to an occupant of the vehicle.
The Tele Aid system is available if:
• it has been activated and is operational. Activation
requires a subscription for monitoring services and
cellular air time,
• the relevant cellular phone network and GPS signals
are available.
Note:
Location of the vehicle on a map is possible if the
vehicle is able to receive signals from the GPS satellite
network.
Warning!
If the indicator lamp in the “SOS” button is
illuminated continuously and there was no voice
connection to the Response Center established,
then the Tele Aid system could not initiate an
emergency call (e.g. the relevant cellular phone
network is not available).
Should this occur, assistance must be summoned
by other means.
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Initiating an emergency call
Manually:
Press the emergency call switch (2) briefly (for longer
than 2 seconds). The indicator lamp in the emergency
call switch (2) will flash until the emergency call is
concluded. Wait for a voice connection to the Response
Center.
Briefly press on cover (1) – the cover will open.
Close the cover (1) after the emergency call is
concluded.
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Warning!
If you feel at any way in jeopardy when in the
vehicle (e.g. smoke or fire in the vehicle, vehicle in
a dangerous road location), please do not wait for
voice contact after you have pressed the emergency
button. Carefully leave the vehicle and move to a
safe location. The Response Center will
automatically contact local emergency officials
with the vehicle’s approximate location if they
receive an “SOS” signal and cannot make voice
contact with the vehicle occupants.
Roadside Assistance button •
Located below the center armrest cover is the Roadside
Assistance button •. Pressing and holding the
button (for longer than 2 seconds), will initiate a call to
a Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance dispatcher. The
button will flash while the call is in progress. The
Tele Aid system will transmit data generating the
vehicle identification number, model, color and location
(subject to availability of cellular and GPS signals).
A voice connection between the Roadside Assistance
dispatcher and the occupants of the vehicle will be
established. The nature of the need for assistance can
then be described. Sign and Drive services (jump start, a
few gallons of fuel or the replacement of a flat tire with
the vehicle spare tire) are available.
If the vehicle requires more than Sign and Drive
services, the Mercedes-Benz Roadside assistance
dispatcher will either dispatch a qualified
Mercedes-Benz technician or arrange to tow your
vehicle to the nearest Mercedes-Benz Center.
For other than Sign and Drive services, labor and/or
towing charges may apply. Refer to the Roadside
Assistance manual for more information.
Notes:
The indicator lamp in the Roadside Assistance
button • remains illuminated in red for approx.
5 seconds during the system self-check after turning
key in steering lock to position 2 (together with the
“SOS” button and the Information button ¡).
See system self-check on page 155 when the indicator
lamp does not light up in red or stays on longer than
approximately 5 seconds.
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Information button ¡
Notes:
Located below the center armrest cover is the
Information button ¡. Pressing and holding the
button (for longer than 2 seconds), will initiate a call to
the Client Assistance Center. The button will flash while
the call is in progress. The Tele Aid system will transmit
data generating the vehicle identification number,
model, color and location (subject to availability of
cellular and GPS signals).
The indicator lamp in the Information button ¡
remains illuminated in red for approx. 5 seconds during
the system self-check after turning key in steering lock
to position 2 (together with the “SOS” button and the
Roadside Assistance button •).
See system self-check on page 155 when the indicator
lamp does not light up in red or stays on longer than
approximately 5 seconds.
A voice connection between the Client Assistance
Center representative and the occupants of the vehicle
will be established. Information regarding the operation
of your vehicle, the nearest Mercedes-Benz Center or
Mercedes-Benz USA products and services is available
to you.
Important!
If the indicator lamps do not illuminate or remain
illuminated (in red) at any time, the Tele Aid system has
detected a fault or the service is not currently active,
and may not initiate a call. Visit your Mercedes-Benz
Center and have the system checked or contact the
Response Center at 1-800-756-9018 (in the USA) or
1-888-923-8367 (in Canada) as soon as possible.
If you have chosen the Route Guidance Service (an
optional service available at additional cost in the USA
only), your communication will be transferred to our
Response Center, who will provide the appropriate
information.
For more details concerning this optional service,
please contact the Response Center at 1-800-756-9018.
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Important!
Tele Aid system processes calls using the following
priority.
If the indicator lamp continues to flash or the system
does not reset, contact the Response Center at
1-800-756-9018 (in the USA) or 1-888-923-8367 (in
Canada), or Mercedes-Benz Client Assistance at
1-800-FOR-MERCedes (1-800-367-6372) in the USA or
Customer Service at 1-800-387-0100 in Canada.
• Automatic emergency – First priority
• Manual emergency – Second priority
• Roadside assistance – Third priority
• Information – Fourth priority
Should a higher priority call be initiated while you are
connected, an upgrade (alternating) tone will be heard,
and the appropriate indicator lamp will flash. If certain
information such as vehicle identification number or
client information is not available, the operator may
need to retransmit. During this time you will hear a
chirp and voice contact will be interrupted. Voice
contact will resume once the retransmission is
complete. Once a call is concluded, a chirp will be heard,
the appropriate indicator lamp will stop flashing and a
tone will be heard indicating that the system has reset.
The audio system operation will resume.
Notes:
The indicator lamp in the respective button flashes until
the call is concluded and this can only be completed by
a Response Center or Client Assistance Center
representative.
When a Tele Aid call has been initiated, the audio
system is muted and the selected mode (radio, tape or
CD) pauses. The optional cellular phone (if installed)
switches off. If you must use this phone, the vehicle
must be parked. Disconnect the coiled cord and place
the call. A message will appear in the radio display to
indicate that a Tele Aid call is in progress.
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Vehicle location /stolen vehicle tracking services
In the case you have your vehicle locked unintentionally
(e.g. key inside vehicle), and the reserve key is not
handy, contact the Mercedes-Benz Response Center at
1-800-756-9018 (in the USA) or 1-888-923-8367 (in
Canada). You will be asked to provide your password
which you provided when you completed the subscriber
agreement.
Should you wish to locate your vehicle, contact the
Mercedes-Benz Response Center at 1-800-756-9018 (in
the USA) or 1-888-923-8367 (in Canada). You will be
asked to provide your password which you provided
when you completed the subscriber agreement.
In the event your vehicle was stolen, report the incident
to the police who will issue a numbered incident report.
Pass this number on to the Mercedes-Benz Response
Center.
Then return to your vehicle and press trunk lock for a
minimum of 20 seconds.
The Response Center will then unlock your vehicle with
the remote door unlocking feature.
The Response Center will then attempt to covertly
contact the vehicle’s Tele Aid system. The key in the
steering lock must be in position 1 or 2 and the cellular
and GPS signals must be available. The Response Center
will contact you at the phone number(s) provided in the
agreement once the vehicle is located. The Response
Center will attempt to contact the vehicle until located,
up to a maximum of 14 days or until the vehicle location
incident report is cancelled by you.
Note:
The remote door unlock feature is available if the
relevant cellular phone network and GPS signals are
available.
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Important!
Warning!
Tele Aid utilizes the cellular network for
communication and the GPS (Global Positioning
System) satellites for vehicle location. If either of these
signals are unavailable, the Tele Aid system may not
function and if this occurs, assistance must be
summoned by other means.
The Tele Aid control unit is located under the
driver’s seat. If there is accumulation of water or
other liquid in this area, the Tele Aid control unit
could suffer an electrical short circuit making the
system inoperative. In this case the indicator lamp
in the “SOS” button does not illuminate during or
remains illuminated after the system self-check.
Have the system checked at the nearest
Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible.
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Catalytic converter
Warning!
Your Mercedes-Benz is equipped with monolithic type
catalytic converters, an important element in
conjunction with the oxygen sensors to achieve
substantial control of the pollutants in the exhaust
emissions. Keep your vehicle in proper operating
condition by following our recommended maintenance
instructions as outlined in your Service Booklet.
As with any vehicle, do not idle, park or operate
this vehicle in areas where combustible materials
such as grass, hay or leaves can come into contact
with the hot exhaust system, as these materials
could be ignited and cause a vehicle fire.
Caution!
To prevent damage to the catalytic converters, use only
premium unleaded gasoline in this vehicle.
Any noticeable irregularities in engine operation should
be repaired promptly. Otherwise, excessive unburned
fuel may reach the catalytic converter causing it to
overheat, which could start a fire.
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Emission control
Warning!
Certain systems of the engine serve to keep the toxic
components of the exhaust gases within permissible
limits required by law.
Inhalation of exhaust gas is hazardous to your
health. All exhaust gas contains carbon monoxide,
and inhaling it can cause unconsciousness and
lead to death.
These systems, of course, will function properly only
when maintained strictly according to factory
specifications. Any adjustments on the engine should,
therefore, be carried out only by qualified MercedesBenz authorized Center technicians. Engine
adjustments should not be altered in any way. Moreover,
the specified service jobs must be carried out regularly
according to Mercedes-Benz servicing requirements.
For details refer to the Service Booklet.
Do not run the engine in confined areas (such as a
garage) which are not properly ventilated. If you
think that exhaust gas fumes are entering the
vehicle while driving, have the cause determined
and corrected immediately. If you must drive under
these conditions, drive only with at least one
window fully open.
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1 Steering is unlocked.
(If necessary, move steering wheel slightly to allow
the key to be turned clockwise to position 1.)
0
Most electrical consumers can be operated. For
detailed information see respective subjects.
1
2 Driving position.
3 Starting position.
2
See page 167 for instructions on starting and stopping
the engine.
3
Warning!
When leaving the vehicle always remove the key
from the steering lock, and lock the vehicle. Do not
leave children unattended in the vehicle, or with
access to an unlocked vehicle. Unsupervised use of
vehicle equipment may cause serious personal
injury.
0 The key can be withdrawn in this position only. The
steering is locked when the electronic key is
removed from the steering lock. If necessary, move
steering wheel slightly to allow the locking
mechanism to engage.
The key can be removed only with your foot off the
brake pedal and the selector level in position “P”.
After removing the key or with the key in steering
lock position 0, the selector lever is locked in
position “P”.
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Notes:
Caution!
A warning sounds when the driver’s door is opened
while the key is in steering lock position 1 or 0.
To prevent accelerated battery discharge and a possible
dead battery, always remove the key from the steering
lock. Do not leave the key in steering lock position 0.
With the engine at idle speed, the charging rate of the
alternator (output) is limited.
It is therefore recommended that you turn off
unnecessary electrical consumers while driving in stopand-go traffic. This precaution helps to avoid draining of
the battery.
Unnecessary strain on the battery and charging system
may be minimized by turning off the following power
consumers, for example: Heated seats, rear window
defroster.
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Starting and turning off the engine
Important!
Before starting
Due to the installed starter nonrepeat feature, the key
must be turned completely to the left before attempting
to start the engine again.
Ensure that parking brake is engaged and that selector
lever is in position “P” or “N”. Turn key in steering lock
to position 2.
In areas where temperatures frequently drop below
-4°F (-20°C) we recommend that an engine block heater
be installed. Your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center will
advise you on this subject.
Starting
Do not depress accelerator. Briefly turn key in steering
lock clockwise to the stop and release. The starter will
engage until the engine is running.
Turning off
Turn the key in the steering lock to position 0 to stop the
engine.
If engine will not run, and the starting procedure stops,
turn key completely to the left and repeat starting the
engine.
Vehicles with automatic transmission:
The key can only be removed with your foot off the
brake pedal and the selector lever in position “P”.
After several unsuccessful attempts, have the system
checked at the nearest authorized Mercedes-Benz
Center.
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• Selector lever position
Shift selector lever to the desired position only when the
engine is idling normally and the service brake is
applied. Do not release the brake until ready to drive.
The vehicle may otherwise start creeping when the
selector lever is in drive or reverse position.
• Program mode selector
Warning!
• Accelerator position
It is dangerous to shift the selector lever out of “P”
or “N” if the engine speed is higher than idle speed.
If your foot is not firmly on the brake pedal, the
vehicle could accelerate quickly forward or in
reverse. You could lose control of the vehicle and
hit someone or something. Only shift into gear
when the engine is idling normally and when your
right foot is firmly on the brake pedal.
The automatic transmission selects individual gears
automatically, dependent upon
• Vehicle speed
The gear shifting process is continuously adapted,
dependent on the driving style, the driving situation
and the road characteristics.
Important!
When parking the car or before working on the vehicle
with the engine running, firmly engage the parking
brake and shift the selector lever into “P”.
Driving
The selector lever is automatically locked while in
position “P”. To move the selector lever out of position
“P”, the service brake pedal must be firmly depressed
before the shift lock will release.
Important!
After selecting any driving position from “N” or “P”,
wait a moment to allow the gear to fully engage before
accelerating, especially when the engine is cold.
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Selector lever positions
Partial throttle = early upshifting = normal acceleration
Full throttle = later upshifting = rapid acceleration
Kickdown (depressing the accelerator beyond full
throttle) = downshifting to a lower gear = maximum
acceleration. Once the desired speed is attained, ease up
on the accelerator – the transmission shifts up again.
The automatic gear shifting process can be adapted to
specific operating conditions using the selector lever.
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Park position
Neutral
The park position is to be used when parking the
vehicle. Engage only with the vehicle stopped.
The park position is not intended to serve as a
brake when the vehicle is parked. Rather, the
driver should always use the parking brake in
addition to placing the selector lever in park to
secure the vehicle.
No power is transmitted from the engine to the
drive axle. When the brakes are released, the
vehicle can be moved freely (pushed or towed). Do
not engage “N” while driving except to coast
when the vehicle is in danger of skidding (e.g. on
icy roads, see page 182).
Note:
Coasting the vehicle, or driving for any other
reason with selector lever in “N” can result in
transmission damage that is not covered by the
Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
The key can be removed from the steering lock
only with the foot off the brake pedal and the
selector lever in position “P”. With the key
removed, the selector lever is locked in
position “P”.
Reverse gear
Shift to reverse gear only with the vehicle
stopped.
Depending on the program mode selector switch
position “S” or “W” the maximum speed in the
reverse gear is different. However, it is not
possible to change the program mode while in
reverse.
Important!
The transmission automatically upshifts through
5th gear. Position “D” provides optimum driving
characteristics under all normal operating
conditions.
Upshift through 4th gear only. Suitable for
performance driving. To shift from position “D”
to “4”, push selector lever to the left.
Upshift through 3rd gear only. Suitable for
moderately steep hills. Since the transmission
does not shift higher than 3rd gear, this gear
selection will allow use of the engine’s braking
power downhill.
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Upshift through 2nd gear only. For driving in
mountainous regions or under extreme operating
conditions. This gear selection will allow use of
the engine’s braking power when descending
steep grades.
To avoid overrevving the engine when the selector lever
is moved to a lower driving range, the transmission will
not shift to a lower gear, if the engine’s speed limit
would be exceeded. In this case there will be no
downshift, even when the vehicle speed reaches the
engine’s speed limit of that gear, e.g. by applying the
service brakes. Continue driving in the usual manner.
The transmission will then shift down automatically.
Use this position, which makes maximum use of
the engine’s braking effect, while descending
very steep or lengthy downgrades and only at
speeds below 40 mph (60 km/h).
To prevent the engine from laboring at low RPM when
driving uphill gradients or with your vehicle heavily
loaded, the automatic transmission will downshift when
necessary to maintain engine RPM within the best
torque range.
Important!
With selector lever in position “D”, “4” or “3”, upshifting
from 1st to 2nd to 3rd gear is delayed depending on
vehicle speed and engine temperature. This allows the
catalytic converter to heat up more quickly to operating
temperatures.
Warning!
On slippery road surfaces, never downshift in order
to obtain braking action. This could result in drive
wheel slip and reduced vehicle control. Your
vehicle’ s ABS will not prevent this type of loss of
control.
During the brief warm-up period this delayed upshift
and increased engine noise might be perceived as a
malfunction. However, neither the engine nor
transmission are negatively affected by this mode of
operation.
The delayed upshift is effective with vehicle speeds
below 31 mph (50 km/h) at partial throttle and engine
temperatures below 95°F (35°C).
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Maneuvering
Warning!
To maneuver in tight areas, e.g. when pulling into a
parking space, control the vehicle speed by gradually
releasing the brakes. Accelerate gently and never
abruptly step on the accelerator.
Getting out of your vehicle with the selector lever
not fully engaged in position “P” is dangerous.
Also, when parked on an incline, position “P” alone
may not prevent your vehicle from moving,
possibly hitting people or objects.
To rock a vehicle out of soft ground (mud or snow),
alternately shift from forward to reverse, while applying
only slight partial throttle.
Rocking a vehicle free in this manner may cause the
ABS malfunction indicator lamp to come on. Turn off
and restart the engine to clear the malfunction
indication.
Stopping
For brief stops, e.g. at traffic lights, leave the
transmission in gear and hold vehicle with the service
brake.
For longer stops with the engine idling, shift into “N”
or “P” and hold the vehicle with the service brake.
When stopping the vehicle on an uphill gradient, do not
hold it with the accelerator, use the brake. This avoids
unnecessary transmission heat build up.
Always set the parking brake in addition to shifting
to position “P”.
When parked on an incline, also turn front wheel
towards the road curb.
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Program mode selector switch
Always be certain of the program mode selected since
the vehicle driving characteristics change with the
selection of the program mode.
S
Standard mode
Press switch on symbol “S”. Use this mode for all
regular driving.
The vehicle starts out in 1st gear.
Accelerator Operation:
Fast on = depressing the accelerator pedal quickly
(not into kickdown position) while driving
continuously, rather than depressing the
accelerator pedal in the usual manner, will cause
the automatic transmission to shift down into a
lower gear. This gear shifting process is
dependent on the current vehicle speed.
The transmission is provided with a selector switch for
Standard “S” and Winter/Wet (snow and ice) “W”
program modes.
Fast off = there will be no upshift when releasing
the accelerator pedal quickly, e.g. using the
engine’s braking power during performance
driving.
Caution!
Never change the program mode when the selector lever
is out of position “P”. It could result in a change of
driving characteristics for which you may not be
prepared.
Important!
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Winter/Wet (snow and ice) mode
Press switch on symbol "W". The vehicle starts
out in 2nd gear, except with selector lever in 1st
gear, or with accelerator pedal in kick-down
position.
The "W" mode helps to improve traction and
driving stability of the vehicle.
The gear shifting process occurs at lower vehicle
and engine speeds than in the "S" program mode.
Important!
Dependent on the program mode selector switch
position “S” or “W” and the gear selector lever in
position “R”, the ratio of power transmission changes.
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Emergency operation
(Limp Home Mode)
If vehicle acceleration worsens, or the transmission no
longer shifts, the transmission is most likely operating
in Limp Home Mode which engages when there is a
malfunction of the transmission. This condition may be
accompanied by the “CHECK ENGINE” malfunction
indicator lamp in the instrument cluster coming on.
In this mode only the 2nd gear or reverse gear can be
activated.
To engage 2nd gear or reverse:
1. Stop the vehicle.
2. Move selector lever to position “P”.
3. Turn off the engine.
4. Wait approx. 10 seconds.
5. Restart the engine.
6. Move selector lever to position “D” (for 2nd gear), or
move selector lever to position “R” (for reverse gear).
Have the transmission checked at your authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible.
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Parking brake
To engage, firmly depress parking brake pedal. When
the key is in steering lock position 2, the brake warning
lamp in the instrument cluster should come on brightly.
P
To release the parking brake, pull handle on instrument
panel. The brake warning lamp in the instrument
cluster should go out.
A warning sounds, if you start to drive without having
released the parking brake.
Also see brake warning lamp test on page 204.
Warning!
When leaving the vehicle always remove the
electronic key from the steering lock, and lock the
vehicle. Do not leave children unattended in the
vehicle, or with access to an unlocked vehicle.
Children could release the parking brake, which
could result in an accident or serious injury.
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Driving instructions
Drinking and driving
Drive sensibly - Save fuel
Warning!
Fuel consumption, to a great extent, depends on driving
habits and operating conditions.
Drinking or taking drugs and driving can be a very
dangerous combination. Even a small amount of
alcohol or drugs can affect your reflexes,
perceptions and judgement.
To save fuel you should:
• keep tires at the recommended inflation pressures,
• remove unnecessary loads,
• allow engine to warm up under low load use,
• avoid frequent acceleration and deceleration,
• have all maintenance work performed at regular
intervals by an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
Fuel consumption is also increased by driving in cold
weather, in stop-and-go traffic, on short trips and in hilly
country.
The possibility of a serious or even fatal accident is
sharply increased when you drink or take drugs
and drive.
Please don‘t drink or take drugs and drive or allow
anyone to drive after drinking or taking drugs.
Pedals
Warning!
Keep driver‘s foot area clear at all times. Objects
stored in this area may impair pedal movement.
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Power assistance
The condition of the parking brake system is checked
each time the vehicle is in the shop for the required
maintenance service.
Warning!
When the engine is not running, the brake and
steering systems are without power assistance.
Under these circumstances, a much greater effort is
necessary to stop or steer the vehicle.
If the parking brake is released and the brake warning
lamp in the instrument cluster stays on, the brake fluid
level in the reservoir is too low.
Brakes
Have the brake system inspected at an authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center immediately.
Warning!
All checks and service work on the brake system should
be carried out by an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
Brake pad wear or a leak in the system may be the
reason for low brake fluid in the reservoir.
After driving in heavy rain for some time without
applying the brakes or through water deep enough
to wet brake components, the first braking action
may be somewhat reduced and increased pedal
pressure may be necessary to obtain expected
braking effect. Be sure to maintain a safe distance
from vehicles in front.
Install only brake pads and brake fluid recommended by
Mercedes-Benz.
Warning!
If other than recommended brake pads are
installed, or other than recommended brake fluid
is used, the braking properties of the vehicle can be
degraded to an extent that safe braking is
substantially impaired. This could result in an
accident.
Resting your foot on the brake pedal will cause
excessive and premature wear of the brake pads.
It can also result in the brakes overheating thereby
significantly reducing their effectiveness. It may
not be possible to stop the vehicle in sufficient time
to avoid an accident.
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Caution!
When driving down long and steep grades, relieve the
load on the brakes by shifting into a lower gear to use
the engine’s braking power. This helps prevent
overheating of the brakes and reduces brake pad wear.
After hard braking, it is advisable to drive on for some
time, rather than immediately parking, so the air stream
will cool down the brakes faster.
Driving off
Apply the service brakes to test them briefly after
driving off. Perform this procedure only when the road
is clear of other traffic.
Warm up the engine smoothly. Do not place full load on
the engine until the operating temperature has been
reached.
When starting off on a slippery surface, do not allow one
drive wheel to spin for an extended period with the ESP
switched off. Doing so may cause serious damage to the
drive train which is not covered by the Mercedes-Benz
Limited Warranty.
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Parking
Warning!
To reduce the risk of personal injury as a result of
vehicle movement, before turning off the engine
and leaving the vehicle always:
1. Keep right foot on the service brake pedal.
2. Firmly engage parking brake.
3. Move the selector lever to position “P”
4. Slowly release the service brake pedal.
5. Turn front wheels towards the road curb.
6. Turn the key to steering lock position 0 and
remove.
7. Take the key and lock vehicle when leaving.
Important!
Always engage the parking brake whenever parking or
leaving the vehicle. In addition, move selector lever to
position “P”.
When parking on hills, always set the parking brake.
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Warning!
If you feel a sudden significant vibration or ride
disturbance, or you suspect that possible damage to
your vehicle has occurred, you should turn on the
hazard warning flashers, carefully slow down, and
drive with caution to an area which is a safe
distance from the roadway.
Inspect the tires and under the vehicle for possible
damage. If the vehicle or tires appear unsafe, have
it towed to the nearest Mercedes-Benz Center or
tire dealer for repairs.
Do not allow your tires to wear down too far. As
tread depth approaches 1/16 in (1.5 mm), the
adhesion properties on a wet road are sharply
reduced.
The tread wear indicator appears as a solid band across
the tread.
Depending upon the weather and/or road surface
(conditions), the tire traction varies widely.
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Tread wear indicators (TWI) are required by law. These
indicators are located in six places on the tread
circumference and become visible at a tread depth of
approximately 1/16 in (1.5 mm), at which point the tire is
considered worn and should be replaced.
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Specified tire pressures must be maintained. This
applies particularly if the tires are subjected to high
loads (e.g. high speeds, heavy loads, high ambient
temperatures).
Warning!
Do not drive with a flat tire. A flat tire affects the
ability to steer or brake the vehicle. You may lose
control of the vehicle. Continued driving with a flat
tire or driving at high speed with a flat tire will
cause excessive heat build-up and possibly a fire.
Aquaplaning
Depending on the depth of the water layer on the road,
aquaplaning may occur, even at low speeds and with
new tires. Reduce vehicle speed, avoid track grooves in
the road and apply brakes cautiously in the rain.
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Tire traction
The safe speed on a wet, snow covered or icy road is
always lower than on a dry road.
You should pay particular attention to the condition of
the road whenever the outside temperatures are close to
the freezing point.
Warning!
If ice has formed on the road, tire traction will be
substantially reduced. Under such weather
conditions, drive, steer and brake with extreme
caution.
We recommend M+S rated radial-ply tires for the winter
season for all four wheels to insure normal balanced
handling characteristics. On packed snow, they can
reduce your stopping distance as compared with
summer tires. Stopping distance, however, is still
considerably greater than when the road is not snow or
ice covered.
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Snow chains
Vehicles without Sport Package:
Your vehicle is factory equipped with “W”-rated tires,
which have a speed rating of 168 mph (270 km/h).
Use only snow chains that are tested and recommended
by Mercedes-Benz. Your authorized Mercedes-Benz
Center will be glad to advise you on this subject.
Vehicles with Sport Package:
Your vehicle is factory equipped with “V”-rated tires,
which are permissible for speeds over 149 mph
(240 km/h).
Chains should only be used on the rear wheels. Follow
the manufacturer’s mounting instructions.
Snow chains should only be driven on snow covered
roads at speeds not to exceed 30 mph (50 km/h).
Remove chains as soon as possible when driving on
roads without snow.
Despite the tire rating, local speed limits should be
obeyed. Use prudent driving speeds appropriate to
prevailing conditions.
When driving with snow chains, press the ESP control
switch to OFF, see page 194.
Warning!
Vehicles with Sport Package
Even when permitted by law, never operate a
vehicle at speeds greater than the maximum speed
rating of the tires.
Use of snow chains is not permissible with tire sizes
245/40 ZR 18 or 275/35 ZR 18.
Exceeding the maximum speed for which tires are
rated can lead to sudden tire failure causing loss of
vehicle control and resulting in personal injury
and possible death.
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Warning!
The most important rule for slippery or icy roads is to
drive sensibly and to avoid abrupt acceleration, braking
and steering maneuvers. Do not use the cruise control
system under such conditions.
If the vehicle becomes stuck in snow, make sure
that snow is kept clear of the exhaust pipe and
from around the vehicle with engine running.
Otherwise, deadly carbon monoxide (CO) gases may
enter vehicle interior resulting in unconsciousness
and death.
When the vehicle is in danger of skidding, move
selector lever to position “N”. Try to keep the vehicle
under control by corrective steering action.
Road salts and chemicals can adversely affect braking
efficiency. Increased pedal force may become necessary
to produce the normal brake effect. We therefore
recommend depressing the brake pedal periodically
when traveling at length on salt-strewn roads. This can
bring road salt impaired braking efficiency back to
normal. A prerequisite is, however, that this be done
without endangering other drivers on the road.
If the vehicle is parked after being driven on salt treated
roads, the braking efficiency should be tested as soon as
possible after driving is resumed while observing the
safety rules in the previous paragraph.
To assure sufficient fresh air ventilation, open a
window slightly on the side of the vehicle not
facing the wind.
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Note:
Have your vehicle winterized at your authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center before the onset of winter.
In winter operation, the maximum effectiveness of the
antilock brake system (ABS) or electronic stability
program (ESP) can only be achieved with M+S rated
radial-ply tires and/or snow chains recommended by
Mercedes-Benz. Snow chains maximize performance.
• Change the engine oil if the engine contains an oil
which is not approved for winter operation. For
viscosity (SAE/CCMC class) and filling quantity,
see page 276.
Block heater (for Canada only)
• Check engine coolant anticorrosion/antifreeze
concentration.
The engine is equipped with a block heater.
The electrical cable may be installed at your authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center.
• Additive for the windshield washer and headlamp
cleaning system: Add MB Concentrate “S” to a
premixed windshield washer solvent/antifreeze
which is formulated for below freezing
temperatures, see page 88.
• Test battery: Battery capacity drops with decreasing
ambient temperature. A well charged battery helps
to ensure that the engine can be started, even at low
ambient temperatures.
• Tires: We recommend M+S rated radial-ply tires on
all four wheels for the winter season. Observe
permissible maximum speed for M+S rated
radial-ply tires and the legal speed limit.
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Deep water
Traveling abroad
Caution!
Abroad, there is a widely-spread Mercedes-Benz service
network at your disposal. If you plan to travel into areas
which are not listed in the index of your Center
directory, you should request pertinent information
from your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
Do not drive through flooded areas or water of unknown
depth.
If you must drive through deep water, drive slowly to
prevent water from entering the engine compartment or
passenger compartment, being ingested by the air
intake, possibly causing damage to electrical
components or wiring, to engine or transmission that is
not covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
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Cruise control
Any given speed above approximately 25 mph
(40 km/h) can be maintained with the cruise control by
operating the lever.
1 Accelerate and set:
Lift lever briefly to set speed. Hold lever up to
accelerate.
2 Decelerate and set:
Depress lever briefly to set speed.
Hold lever down to decelerate.
Normally the vehicle is accelerated to the desired
speed with the accelerator.
Speed is set by briefly pushing the lever to
position 1 or 2. The accelerator can then be
released.
The cruise control allows you to drive in a more relaxed
manner, for example over long distances, as it
automatically maintains the set speed by actively
regulating the throttle setting.
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The speed can be increased (e.g. for passing) by
using the accelerator. After the accelerator is
released, the previously set speed will be resumed
automatically.
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If a set speed is to be increased or decreased
slightly, e. g. to adapt to the traffic flow, hold lever in
position 1 or 2 until the desired speed is reached, or
briefly tip the lever in the appropriate direction for
increases or decreases in 0.6 mph (1 km/h)
increments. When the lever is released, the newly
set speed remains.
3 Canceling
To cancel the cruise control, briefly push lever to
position 3.
When you step on the brake pedal or the vehicle
speed drops below approx. 25 mph (40 km/h), for
example when driving upgrade, the cruise control
will be canceled.
If the cruise control cancels by itself and remains
inoperative until the engine is restarted, have the
system checked at your authorized Mercedes-Benz
Center as soon as possible.
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4 Resume
If the lever is briefly pushed to position 4 when
driving at a speed exceeding approx. 25 mph
(40 km/h), the vehicle resumes the speed which
was set prior to the cancellation of the cruise
control. The last memorized speed is canceled when
the key in the steering lock is turned to position 1
or 0.
Important!
Moving gear selector lever to position “N” switches the
cruise control off.
Warning!
Only use the cruise control if the traffic and
weather conditions make it advisable to travel at a
steady speed.
• The use of cruise control can be dangerous on
winding roads or in heavy traffic because
conditions do not allow safe driving at a steady
speed.
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Notes:
• The use of cruise control can be dangerous on
slippery roads. Rapid changes in tire adhesion
can result in wheel spin and loss of control.
If the engine does not brake the vehicle sufficiently
while driving on a downgrade, the speed you set on the
cruise control may be exceeded. In this case the
automatic transmission shifts down (max. to 3rd gear)
to maintain the set cruise control speed by using the
engine’s braking power.
The “Resume” function should only be operated if
the driver is fully aware of the previously set speed
and wishes to resume this particular preset speed.
As soon as the grade eases, the automatic transmission
shifts up again dependent on the selector lever position.
Nevertheless, in some cases you may have to step on the
brake pedal to slow down. In this case the cruise control
is switched off.
Use the lever to resume the previously set speed.
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Brake assist system (BAS)
Warning!
BAS cannot prevent the natural laws of physics
from acting on the vehicle, nor can it increase
braking efficiency beyond that afforded by the
condition of the vehicle brakes and tires or the
traction afforded. The BAS cannot prevent
accidents, including those resulting from excessive
speed in turns, following another vehicle too
closely, or aquaplaning. Only a safe, attentive, and
skillful driver can prevent accidents. The
capabilities of a BAS equipped car must never be
exploited in a reckless or dangerous manner which
could jeopardize the user’s safety or the safety of
others.
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The BAS is designed to maximize the vehicle‘s braking
capability during emergency braking maneuvers by
having maximum power boost applied to the brakes
more quickly in emergency braking conditions than
might otherwise be afforded solely by the driver‘s
braking style. This can help reduce braking distances
over what ordinary driving and braking style might do.
The BAS complements the antilock brake system (ABS).
Applying the brakes very quickly results in maximum
BAS assistance.
To receive the benefit of the system you must apply
continuous full braking power during the stopping
sequence. Do not reduce brake pedal pressure.
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Once the brake pedal is released, the BAS is deactivated.
If the charging voltage falls below 10 volts, the
malfunction indicator lamp comes on and the BAS is
switched off. When the voltage is above this value again,
the malfunction indicator lamp should go out and the
BAS is operational.
The malfunction indicator lamps for the ESP are
combined with the BAS malfunction indicator lamp.
The BAS/ESP malfunction indicator lamps in the
instrument cluster come on with the key in steering lock
position 2 and should go out with the engine running.
With the ABS malfunctioning, the BAS and ESP is also
switched off. Both malfunction indicator lamps come on
with the engine running.
If the BAS/ESP malfunction indicator lamp comes on
permanently while the engine is running, a malfunction
has been detected in either system. As a result, it is
possible that now only partial engine output will be
available, and pressing the accelerator pedal will
require more effort. If the BAS malfunctions, the brake
system functions in the usual manner, but without BAS.
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If a BAS warning message is displayed, have the BAS
and ESP checked at your authorized Mercedes-Benz
Center as soon as possible.
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Antilock brake system (ABS)
Warning!
Do not pump the brake pedal, rather use firm,
steady brake pedal pressure. Pumping the brake
pedal defeats the purpose for ABS and significantly
reduces braking effectiveness.
Important!
The ABS improves steering control of the vehicle during
hard braking maneuvers.
The ABS prevents the wheels from locking up above a
vehicle speed of approximately 5 mph (8 km/h)
independent of road surface conditions.
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At the instant one of the wheels is about to lock up, a
slight pulsation can be felt in the brake pedal,
indicating that the ABS is in the regulating mode. Keep
firm and steady pressure on the brake pedal while
experiencing the pulsation.
Continuous steady brake pedal pressure results in
applying the advantages of the ABS, namely braking
power and ability to steer the vehicle.
In the case of an emergency brake maneuver keep
continuous full pressure on the brake pedal. In this
manner only can the ABS be most effective.
On slippery road surfaces, the ABS will respond even
with light brake pedal pressure because of the
increased likelihood of locking wheels. The pulsating
brake pedal can be an indication of hazardous road
conditions and functions as a reminder to take extra
care while driving.
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ABS control
Warning!
The ABS malfunction indicator lamp - in the
instrument cluster comes on with the key in steering
lock position 2 and should go out with the engine
running.
ABS cannot prevent the natural laws of physics
from acting on the vehicle, nor can it increase the
traction made available by the road conditions. The
ABS cannot prevent accidents, including those
resulting from excessive speed in turns, following
another vehicle too closely, or aquaplaning. Only a
safe, attentive, and skillful driver can prevent
accidents. The capabilities of an ABS equipped
vehicle must never be exploited in a reckless or
dangerous manner which could jeopardize the
user’s safety or the safety of others.
When the ABS malfunction indicator lamp symbol and
warning in the instrument cluster comes on while the
engine is running, it indicates that the ABS has detected
a malfunction and has switched off. In this case, the
brake system functions in the usual manner, but
without antilock assistance.
With the ABS malfunctioning, the BAS and ESP are also
switched off. Both malfunction indicator lamps come on
with the engine running.
Note:
To alert following vehicles to slippery road conditions
you discover, operate your hazard warning flashers as
appropriate.
If the charging voltage falls below 10 volts, the
malfunction indicator lamp comes on and the ABS is
switched off. When the voltage is above this value again,
the malfunction indicator lamp should go out and the
ABS is operational.
If the ABS malfunction indicator light stays illuminated,
have the system checked at your authorized MercedesBenz Center as soon as possible.
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Electronic stability program (ESP)
Warning!
ESP cannot prevent the natural laws of physics
from acting on the vehicle, nor can it increase the
traction afforded. The ESP cannot prevent
accidents, including those resulting from excessive
speed in turns, or aquaplaning. Only a safe,
attentive, and skillful driver can prevent accidents.
The capabilities of an ESP equipped vehicle must
never be exploited in a reckless or dangerous
manner which could jeopardize the user’s safety or
the safety of others.
The ESP enhances directional control and reduces
driving wheel spin of the vehicle under various driving
conditions.
Over/understeering of the vehicle is counteracted by
applying brakes to the appropriate wheel to create a
countervailing vehicle movement. Engine torque is also
limited. The ESP warning lamp, located in the
speedometer dial, starts to flash when ESP is in
operation.
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Important!
If the ESP warning lamp v flashes:
• During take-off apply as little throttle as possible.
• While driving ease up on the accelerator.
• Adapt your speed and driving to the prevailing road
conditions.
• Do not switch off the ESP.
Caution!
If the vehicle is towed with the front axle raised
(see page 240), the engine must be shut off (key in
steering lock position 0 or 1). Otherwise, the ESP will
immediately be engaged and will apply the rear wheel
brakes.
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Notes:
Driving the vehicle with varied size tires will cause the
wheels to rotate at different speeds, therefore the ESP
may activate (yellow ESP warning lamp in speedometer
dial comes on). For this reason, all wheels, including the
spare wheel, must have the same tire outside diameter.
The malfunction indicator lamp for the ESP is combined
with that of the BAS.
The yellow BAS/ESP malfunction indicator lamp in the
instrument cluster and the yellow ESP warning
lamp v in the speedometer dial come on with the
key in steering lock position 2. They should go out with
the engine running.
When testing the parking brake on a brake test
dynamometer, the engine must be shut off. Otherwise,
the ESP will immediately be engaged and will apply the
rear wheel brakes.
If the BAS/ESP malfunction indicator lamp comes on
permanently with the engine running, a malfunction
has been detected in either system. Pressing the
accelerator pedal will require greater effort. Only partial
engine output will be available.
In winter operation, the maximum effectiveness of the
ESP is only achieved with Mercedes-Benz recommended
M+S rated radial-ply tires and/or snow chains.
Synchronizing ESP
If the BAS malfunctions, the brake system functions in
the usual manner, but without BAS.
If the power supply was interrupted (battery
disconnected or empty), the BAS/ESP malfunction
indicator lamp may be illuminated with the engine
running.
If the BAS/ESP malfunction indicator lamp come s on,
have the BAS or ESP checked at your authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible.
Turn steering wheel completely to the left and then to
the right. The BAS/ESP malfunction indicator lamp
should go out.
With the ABS malfunctioning, the ESP is also switched
off.
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Warning!
When the ESP warning lamp is illuminated
continuously, the ESP is switched off.
Adapt your speed and driving to the prevailing road
conditions.
With the ESP system switched off, the engine torque
reduction feature is cancelled. Therefore, the enhanced
vehicle stability offered by ESP is unavailable.
Adapt your speed and driving to the prevailing road
conditions.
A portion of the ESP system remains active, even with
the switch in the OFF position.
ESP control switch located in center console.
To improve the vehicle‘s traction when driving with
snow chains, or starting off in deep snow, sand or gravel,
switch off ESP by pressing the upper half of the ESP
switch. The ESP warning lamp v located in the
speedometer dial, is continuously illuminated.
If one drive wheel loses traction and begins to spin, the
brake is applied until the wheel regains sufficient
traction. The traction control engages at vehicle speeds
up to approximately 24 mph (40 km/h), and switches off
at 50 mph (80 km/h).
Note:
Avoid spinning of one drive wheel. This may cause
serious damage to the drive train which is not covered
by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
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Important!
The ESP warning lamp, located in the speedometer dial,
starts to flash at any vehicle speed as soon as the tires
lose traction and the wheels begin to spin.
If the ESP warning lamp flashes:
• during take-off, apply as little throttle as possible,
To return to the enhanced vehicle stability offered by
ESP: press lower half of the switch (the ESP warning
lamp in the speedometer dial goes out).
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• while driving, ease up on the accelerator.
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Level control system
(SL 600 only)
Level control switch positions
Press upper half of switch once for option 1. One
indicator lamp lights up.
Press upper half of switch twice for option 2. Both
indicator lamps light up.
1
Note:
2
The indicator lamps blink at first, and stay on
continuously once the selected level is attained.
Press lower half of switch once:
From option 2, system switches to option 1. Only one
indicator lamp is illuminated.
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The switch is located next to the exterior lamp switch
From option 1, system returns to Normal Level. Indicator
lamp goes out.
Press lower half of switch twice:
1 Level control switch
2 Wheel change switch
From option 2, system returns to Normal Level. Both
indicator lamps go out.
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Normal level
Notes:
Used for normal operation of the vehicle.
When exceeding approximately 60 mph (95 km/h), the
system switches from option 1 back to Normal Level.
The indicator lamp will go out.
At speeds above approximately 60 mph (95 km/h) the
vehicle chassis is lowered automatically by about one
half inch (15 mm).
Level increases one half inch (15 mm)
If speed exceeds 35 mph (60 km/h) but does not exceed
60 mph (95 km/h), the vehicle chassis will be
automatically raised again by one half inch (15 mm)
when vehicle speed drops below approx. 35 mph
(60 km/h).
This setting may be used when road surface conditions
are rough.
Option 2
Option 1
When option 1 is selected, the vehicle chassis is raised
by one half inch (15 mm) at vehicle speeds up to approx.
35 mph (60 km/h).
Level increases one inch (30 mm)
This setting may be used when road surface conditions
are very rough for increased ground clearance.
At speeds between approximately 35 mph (60 km/h)
and 60 mph (95 km/h) the vehicle chassis is lowered to
its normal level.
Upon selection of option 2 the vehicle chassis is raised
by one inch (30 mm). This option can only be selected at
vehicle standstill, and the raised level is only retained
up to speeds of approximately 15 mph (25 km/h).
At speeds above approximately 60 mph (95 km/h) the
vehicle chassis is lowered an additional one half inch
(15 mm).
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At speeds between approximately 15 mph (25 km/h)
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one half inch (15 mm).
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At speeds between approximately 35 mph (60 km/h)
and 60 mph (95 km/h) the vehicle chassis is lowered to
its normal level.
At speeds above approximately 60 mph (95 km/h) the
vehicle chassis is lowered an additional one half inch
(15 mm).
Notes:
When exceeding approximately 35 mph (60 km/h), the
system will switch from option 2 to option 1. Only one
indicator lamp will be illuminated.
When exceeding approximately 60 mph (95 km/h) the
system will switch from option 1 to Normal Level. The
indicator lamp will go out.
If speed exceeds approx. 35 mph (60 km/h) but does not
exceed 60 mph (95 km/h), the system will switch from
option 2 to option 1 when vehicle speeds drop below
approximately 35 mph (60 km/h).
If speed does not exceed 35 mph (60 km/h), the system
will switch from option 2 to option 1 when driving on
after the vehicle has been stopped.
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Wheel change switch (2)
Prior to changing a wheel, depress wheel change switch
with engine running. The indicator lamp in the switch
and ADS malfunction indicator lamp light up. The
presently selected level option cannot be changed now.
After activating the wheel change switch turn off the
engine.
Warning!
Do not drive the vehicle while the wheel change
switch is activated since the vehicle suspension
will not function properly.
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Adaptive Damping System (ADS)
(SL 600 only)
Adaptive damping system adjustment
Depending upon road surface conditions, load, driving
style, ADS will automatically adjust the optimal ride
firmness.
The malfunction indicator lamp comes on with the key
in steering lock position 2 and should go out with the
engine running.
If the malfunction indicator lamp stays on after the
engine is running or comes on while driving, then the
system has detected a malfunction.
Have the ADS checked at your authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible.
Note:
The switch is located in the center console.
If the power supply was interrupted (battery
disconnected or empty), the malfunction indicator lamp
will light up when the engine is running.
1 Firm dampening program. This setting should be
used for sporty driving. During the setting for sporty
driving the indicator lamp in the switch lights up.
Turn the steering wheel from full left to full right lock
position. The light should go out.
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2 Soft dampening program. This setting should be
used for regular driving.
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Fuel
To prevent fuel vapors from escaping into open air, fully
insert filler nozzle unit.
Only fill fuel tank until the filler nozzle unit cuts out —
do not top up or overfill.
Warning!
Fuel supply
Open flap by pushing near front (arrow). Turn fuel cap
to the left and hold on to it until possible pressure in
tank has been released, then remove cap. Failure to
remove slowly could result in personal injury.
Warning!
Gasoline is highly flammable and poisonous. It
burns violently and can cause serious injury.
Whenever you are around gasoline, avoid inhaling
fumes and skin contact, extinguish all smoking
materials. Never allow sparks, flame or smoking
materials near gasoline!
Overfilling of fuel tank may result in creating
pressure in the system which could cause a gas
discharge such as the gas spraying back out upon
removing the filler nozzle which could cause
personal injury.
Leaving the engine running and the fuel cap open can
cause the “CHECK ENGINE” lamp to illuminate.
Fuel tank capacity approx. 21.1 US gal (80.0 l).
This includes approx. 2.6 US gal (10.0 l) reserve.
Use premium unleaded gasoline:
Posted Octane Index 91 (Average of 96 RON/86 MON).
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• Bulbs
• Engine oil
High and low beams: Halogen type 9004,
low beam: Xenon, for model SL 600 (SL 500
optional)
high beam (models with Xenon): H 1 (55 W)
fog lamps: H1 (55 W),
turn signal, standing, side marker and parking
lamps, front: 2357 NA (28.5/8.3 W/30/2.2 cp), tail,
parking, standing and driver’s side rear fog lamp:
21/4 W,
turn signal lamps, rear: 21 W/32 cp,
side marker lamps, rear: 10W/6 cp,
stop lamps: 21 W/32 cp,
backup lamps: 21 W/32 cp,
license plate lamps: 5W/4 cp.
Engine oil level check, see page 82 or 221.
Fill quantity between upper and lower dipstick
marking level: 2.1 US qt (2.0 l).
Recommended engine oils, see page 276.
• Coolant
For normal replenishing, use water (potable water
quality).
For further information (e.g. anticorrosion/
antifreeze), see page 224.
• Spark plugs
Approved spark plugs, see page 275.
• Tire pressure
For tire pressure, refer to tire pressure label inside
the fuel filler flap.
• Air conditioner
R-134a refrigerant and special PAG lubricant,
see page 276.
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1 Coolant level
See “Adding coolant” on page 223.
2 Windshield washer and
headlamp cleaning system
For refilling reservoir see page 225.
3 Engine oil level
See “Checking engine oil level” on page 221 and
“Engine oil level indicator” on page 82.
4 Brake fluid
See “Brake fluid” on page 278.
Opening hood, see page 219.
Vehicle lighting: Check function and cleanliness. For
replacement of light bulbs, see “Exterior lamps” on page
242.
Exterior lamp switch, see page 84.
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Malfunction and indicator
lamps in the instrument
cluster .........................................204
On-board diagnostic system
Check engine malfunction
indicator lamp .............................204
Brake warning lamp ..................204
Brake pad wear
indicator lamp .............................205
Seat belt warning lamp .............206
Supplemental restraint
system (SRS) indicator lamp ....206
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placement warning ................... 207
Electronic stability program
(ESP) - warning lamp ................ 207
BAS-/ESP malfunction
indicator lamp ............................ 207
ABS malfunction
indicator lamp ............................ 208
Low engine coolant
level warning lamp .................... 209
Low windshield and headlamp
washer system fluid level
warning lamp ..............................210
Low engine oil level
warning lamp ..............................210
Charge indicator lamp ............... 211
Exterior lamp failure
indicator lamp ............................. 211
Roll bar warning lamp ............... 212
ADS indicator lamp .................... 212
High beam indicator lamp ........ 213
Additional function
indicator lamps
(in the odometer display) .......... 213
Malfunction and indicator
lamp (in the dashboard) .......... 213
Passenger airbag
indicator lamp ............................. 213
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General information:
If a bulb in the instrument cluster fails to light up
during the bulb self-check when turning the electronic
key in steering lock to position 2, have it checked and
replaced if necessary.
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Check engine malfunction indicator lamp
The Sequential Multiport Fuel Injection
(SFI) control module monitors emission
control components that either provide
input signals to or receive output signals from the
control module. Malfunctions resulting from
interruptions or failure of any of these components are
indicated by the “CHECK ENGINE” malfunction
indicator lamp in the instrument cluster and are
simultaneously stored in the SFI control module.
If the “CHECK ENGINE” malfunction indicator lamp
comes on, have the system checked at your authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible.
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With some exceptions, the control module switches off
the “CHECK ENGINE” malfunction indicator lamp if the
condition, causing the lamp to come on, no longer exists
during three consecutive cycles.
An on-board diagnostic connector is located in the
passenger compartment near the engine hood release,
allowing the accurate identification of system
malfunctions through the readout of diagnostic trouble
codes.
Brake warning lamp
Except Canada
Canada only
With the key in steering lock position 2, the brake
warning lamp will come on. It should go out when the
engine is running.
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Brake pad wear indicator lamp
The brake warning lamp will come on:
• when there is insufficient brake fluid in the
reservoir (engine running and parking brake
released), or
With the key in steering lock position 2, the
brake pad wear indicator lamp comes on. It
goes out when the engine is running.
• when the parking brake is set (engine running).
If the indicator lamp lights up during braking, this
indicates that the brake pads are worn down.
Warning!
Have the brake system checked at your authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible.
Driving with the brake warning lamp illuminated
can result in an accident. Have your brake system
checked immediately if the brake warning lamp
stays on. Don‘t add brake fluid before checking the
brake system. Overfilling the brake fluid reservoir
can result in spilling brake fluid on hot engine
parts and the brake fluid catching fire. You can be
seriously burned.
Note:
If you find that the minimum mark on the brake fluid
reservoir is reached, have the brake system checked for
brake pad thickness and leaks.
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Seat belt warning lamp
Supplemental restraint system (SRS) indicator lamp
With the key in steering lock position 2, the
seat belt warning lamp comes on, and a
warning sounds for a short time if the
drivers seat belt is not fastened.
The operational readiness of the airbag
system is verified by the indicator lamp
“SRS” in the instrument cluster when
turning the key in steering lock to position 1 or 2. If no
fault is detected, the lamp will go out after
approximately 4 seconds; after the lamp goes out, the
system continues to monitor the components and
circuitry of the airbag system and will indicate a
malfunction by coming on again.
If a backrest is not engaged in its lock, a warning will
sound intermittently for up to approx. 20 seconds.
After starting the engine, the seat belt warning lamp
blinks for a brief period to remind the driver and
passengers to fasten seat belts before driving off.
If the warning lamp does not go out after blinking
briefly, but is instead lit continuously, then a backrest is
not engaged in its lock.
The warning lamp goes out as soon as the backrest is
engaged in its lock.
If the backrest is locked and the warning lamp does not
go out, have the system checked at your authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible.
Warning!
In the event a malfunction of the “SRS” is indicated
as outlined above, the “SRS” may not be
operational. For your safety, we strongly
recommend that you visit an authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center immediately to have the
system checked; otherwise the “SRS” may not be
activated when needed in an accident, which could
result in serious or fatal injury, or it might deploy
unexpectedly and unnecessarily which could also
result in injury.
See page 60 for notes on airbags, see page 59 for belt
tensioners and page 67 for infant and child seat
restraint.
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Fuel reserve and fuel cap placement warning
Electronic stability program (ESP) — warning lamp
With the key in steering lock position 2, the
fuel reserve warning lamp comes on. It
should go out immediately when the engine
The yellow ESP warning lamp in the
speedometer dial comes on with the key in
steering lock position 2. It should go out
with engine running.
is running.
If the warning lamp does not go out after starting the
engine, or if it comes on while driving, it indicates that
the fuel level is down to the reserve quantity of
approximately 2.6 gal (10 liters).
See page 192 if the warning lamp lights up or flashes
when the vehicle is moving.
BAS-/ESP malfunction indicator lamp
The warning lamp blinks when the fuel cap is not
closed, or a fuel system leak has been detected.
Retighten cap and see if warning lamp goes out after
restart and next OBD selfcheck.
The malfunction indicator lamp for the ESP
is combined with that of the BAS.
The yellow BAS/ESP malfunction indicator
lamp in the instrument cluster come on with the key in
steering lock position 2. They should go out with the
engine running.
If the warning lamp continues to blink after closing the
fuel cap correctly, have the fuel system checked at your
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible.
If the BAS/ESP malfunction indicator lamp comes on
permanently with the engine running, see page 188
and 192.
Leaving the engine running and the fuel cap open can
cause the “CHECK ENGINE” lamp to illuminate (see also
page 204).
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ABS malfunction indicator lamp
The ABS malfunction indicator lamp in the
instrument cluster comes on with the key in
steering lock position 2 and should go out
with the engine running.
ABS
When the ABS malfunction indicator lamp symbol and
warning in the instrument cluster come on while the
engine is running, it indicates that the ABS has detected
a malfunction and has switched off. In this case, the
brake system functions in the usual manner, but
without antilock assistance.
With the ABS malfunctioning, the BAS and ESP are also
switched off. Both malfunction indicator lamps come on
with the engine running.
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If the charging voltage falls below 10 volts, the
malfunction indicator lamp comes on and the ABS is
switched off. When the voltage is above this value again,
the malfunction indicator lamp should go out and the
ABS is operational.
Have the system checked at your authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible.
See page 190 for notes on antilock brake system (ABS).
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Low engine coolant level warning lamp
In cases of major or frequent minor coolant loss, have
the cooling system checked at your authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible.
With the key in steering lock position 2, the
warning lamp comes on. It should go out
when the engine is running.
Note:
If the warning lamp does not go out after starting the
engine, or if it comes on while driving, then the coolant
level has dropped below the required level. If no leaks
are noticeable and the engine temperature does not
increase, continue to drive to the nearest service station
and have coolant added to the coolant system,
see page 224.
Do not drive without coolant in the cooling system. The
engine will overheat causing major engine damage.
Monitor the coolant temperature gauge while driving.
Warning!
Do not spill antifreeze on hot engine parts.
Antifreeze contains ethylene glycol which may
burn if it comes into contact with hot engine parts.
You can be seriously burned.
The low engine coolant level warning light should not be
ignored. Extended driving with the light illuminated
may cause serious engine damage not covered by the
Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
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Low windshield and headlamp washer system fluid
level warning lamp
With the key in steering lock position 2, the
warning lamp comes on. It should go out
when the engine is running.
If the warning lamp does not go out after starting the
engine, or if it comes on while driving, the level of the
reservoir has dropped to approx. 1/3 of the total volume.
The reservoir should be refilled with MB Windshield
Washer Concentrate "S" and water (or commercially
available premixed windshield washer solvent/
antifreeze, depending on ambient temperature - see
page 88) at the next opportunity. The reservoir for the
windshield and headlamp washer systems is located in
the engine compartment.
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Low engine oil level warning lamp
With the key in steering lock position 2, the
oil level warning lamp comes on. It should
go out immediately when the engine is
running.
If the warning lamp does not go out after starting the
engine, or comes on with the engine running and at
operating temperature, the engine oil level has dropped
to approximately the minimum mark on the dipstick.
When this occurs, the warning lamp will first come on
intermittently and then stay on if the oil level drops
further.
If no leaks are noted, continue to drive to the nearest
service station where the engine oil should be topped to
the “full” mark on the dipstick with an approved oil.
The low engine oil level warning light should not be
ignored. Extended driving with the light illuminated
could result in serious engine damage that is not
covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
In addition to the warning lamp, the engine oil level
should be periodically checked with the dipstick, for
example during a fuel stop, or before a long trip,
see page 221.
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Charge indicator lamp
Exterior lamp failure indicator lamp
Should the charge indicator lamp fail to
come on prior to starting when the key is in
steering lock position 2 or should it fail to go
out after starting or during operation, this indicates a
malfunction which must be repaired immediately at an
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
With the key in steering lock position 2, an
indicator lamp comes on. It should go out
when the engine is running.
If the warning lamp does not go out after starting the
engine, or if it comes on while driving, this lamp
indicates a failure in the parking lamp, taillamp, stop
lamp, or low beam headlamp.
If the charge indicator lamp comes on, or a loss of power
steering assistance is noticeable while the engine is
running, this may indicate that one of the two poly-Vbelts has broken. Should this condition occur, the polyV-belt must be replaced before continuing to operate the
vehicle. Otherwise, the engine may overheat due to an
inoperative water pump which may result in damage to
the engine.
If an exterior lamp fails, the indicator lamp will come on
only when that lamp is switched on.
If a brake lamp fails, the lamp failure indicator will
come on when applying the brake and stays on until the
engine is turned off.
Note:
Do not continue to drive the vehicle with the charge
indicator lamp illuminated. Doing so could result in
serious engine damage that is not covered by the
Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
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If additional lighting equipment is installed (e.g.
auxiliary headlamps etc.) be certain to connect into the
fuse before the failure indicator monitoring unit in
order to avoid damaging the system.
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Roll bar warning lamp
With the key in steering lock position 2, the
roll bar warning lamp comes on and goes out
with the engine running.
Warning!
If the warning lamp does not go out after starting
the engine, or if it comes on while driving, and the
indicator lamps in the roll bar switch blink
simultaneously, then the roll bar system is not
operating properly and may not activate in an
accident. In this case, raise the roll bar manually
(see page 118) before continuing to drive.
Have the roll bar system checked at your authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible.
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ADS indicator lamp
If the malfunction indicator stays on after
the engine is running, then the oil level in
the reservoir is low or the system has
detected a malfunction.
Have the ADS checked at your authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible.
For detailed information see page 199
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High beam indicator lamp
Malfunction and indicator lamp
(in the dashboard)
High beam indicator lamp, see page 86
Passenger airbag indicator lamp
ü Passenger airbag automatically switched off,
see page 60.
Additional function indicator lamps
(in the odometer display)
FSS indicator (distance, Service A),
see page 80.
FSS indicator (distance, Service B),
see page 80.
FSS indicator (days, Service A),
see page 80.
FSS indicator (days, Service B),
see page 80.
Start lock-out malfunction, see page 34.
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First aid kit ..................................... 215
Stowing things in the vehicle ...... 215
Vehicle tools .................................... 216
Vehicle jack ..................................... 217
Fuses ................................................ 218
Hood ................................................. 219
Automatic transmission
fluid level ...................................221
Checking engine oil level .............221
Coolant level ...................................223
Adding coolant ...............................224
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Windshield and headlamp
washer fluid mixing ratio ....... 225
Wheels ............................................ 226
Tire replacement ........................... 226
Rotating wheels ............................. 227
Spare wheel .................................... 228
Changing wheels ........................... 230
Tire inflation pressure ................. 234
Battery ............................................. 236
Battery Recycling ....................... 237
Jump starting ................................. 238
Towing the vehicle ........................ 240
Exterior lamps ................................242
Headlamp assembly
(Halogen) .....................................243
Taillamp assemblies ..................249
Changing batteries in
the remote control .................... 251
Synchronizing ............................252
Raising soft top manually .............253
Replacing wiper blade insert .......257
Manual release of
fuel filler flap .............................259
Trunk lamp .....................................259
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First aid kit
Stowing things in the vehicle
The first aid kit is located in the storage compartment
behind the seats.
Warning!
To help avoid personal injury during a collision or
sudden maneuver, exercise care when stowing
things. Put luggage or cargo in the trunk if
possible.
First aid kit
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1 Trunk floor
2 Strap
3 Structured spare wheel
4 Wing nut and washer
5 Jack arm
6 Jack base
7 Tool kit
Roll back the floor mat, lift the trunk floor (1) and
engage strap (2) in the hooks on the upper edge of the
trunk lid.
First remove the vehicle jack, then the spare wheel;
reinstall in reverse order.
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Vehicle jack
Warning!
See illustration for proper storage of jack.
The jack is designed exclusively for jacking up the
vehicle at the jack tubes built into either side of the
vehicle. To help avoid personal injury, use the jack
only to lift the vehicle during a wheel change.
Never get beneath the vehicle while it is supported
by the jack. Keep hands and feet away from the area
under the lifted vehicle. Always firmly set parking
brake and block wheels before raising vehicle with
jack.
Before storing the jack, the jack arm (5) must be lowered
almost to the base (6) of the jack.
Note:
First remove the vehicle jack, then the spare wheel;
reinstall in reverse order.
Do not disengage parking brake while the vehicle is
raised. Be certain that the jack is always vertical
when in use, especially on hills. Always try to use
the jack on level surface. Be sure that the jack arm
is fully inserted in the jack tube. Always lower the
vehicle onto sufficient capacity jackstands before
working under the vehicle.
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Fuses
1 Main fuse box in engine compartment
2 Auxiliary fuse box in trunk on rear wall
Before replacing a blown fuse, determine the cause of
the short circuit.
Spare fuses are supplied inside the fuse box. Observe
amperage and color of fuse.
Always use a new fuse for replacement. Never attempt to
repair or bridge a blown fuse.
A fuse chart can be found inside the corresponding fuse
box cover.
After replacing a blown fuse, close fuse box cover.
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Hood
3
3
2
P68.00-0514-26
P88.40-0312-26
Pull handle (2) to its stop out of radiator grill, and open
hood (do not pull up on handle).
To open:
To unlock the hood, pull release lever under the driver’s
side of the instrument panel.
Note:
Pull handle (2) up and open hood.
Do not lift hood at louvers of grill! Make certain the
windshield wiper arm is not folded forward.
Caution!
To avoid damage to the windshield wipers or hood, open
the hood only with wipers in the parked position.
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Engine compartment
To close:
Lower hood and let it drop into lock from a height of
approx. 1 ft. (30 cm), assisting with hands placed flat on
edges of hood (3).
To avoid hood damage, please make sure that hood is
fully closed. If not, repeat closing procedure. Do not
push down on hood to attempt to fully close it.
Warning!
To help prevent personal injury, stay clear of
moving parts when the hood is open and the engine
is running. Be sure the hood is properly closed
before driving. When closing hood, use extreme
caution not to catch hands or fingers.
The radiator fan may continue to run another
approximate 30 seconds or even restart after the
engine has been turned off. Stay clear from fan
blades.
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The engine is equipped with a transistorized
ignition system. Because of the high voltage it is
dangerous to touch any components (ignition coils,
spark plug sockets, diagnostic socket) of the
ignition system
• with the engine running,
• while starting the engine,
• if ignition is “on” and the engine is turned
manually.
If you see flames, steam or smoke coming from the
engine compartment, or if the coolant temperature
gauge indicates that the engine is overheated, do
not open the hood. Move away from vehicle and do
not open the hood until the engine has cooled. If
necessary, call a fire department.
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Automatic transmission fluid level
Checking engine oil level
The transmission has a permanent fill of automatic
transmission fluid.
Regular automatic transmission fluid level checks and
changes are not required. For this reason the dipstick is
omitted.
If you notice fluid loss or gear shifting malfunctions,
have your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center check the
transmission fluid level.
SL 500
1 Oil dipstick
2 Oil filler cap
To check the engine oil level, park vehicle on level
ground, with engine at normal operational temperature.
Check engine oil level approximately 5 minutes after
stopping the engine, allowing for the oil to return to the
oil pan.
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Checking engine oil level
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Oil level must be between the lower
(min) and upper (max) mark of the
dipstick.
Fill quantity between upper and lower dipstick marking
level is approximately 2.1 US qt (2.0l).
1
P18.40-0258-26
SL 600
1 Oil dipstick
2 Oil filler cap
Wipe oil dipstick clean prior to checking the engine oil
level. Fully insert dipstick in tube, and remove after
three seconds to obtain accurate reading.
Do not overfill the engine.
Excessive oil must be drained or siphoned. It could
cause engine damage not covered by the Mercedes-Benz
Limited Warranty.
For low engine oil level warning, see page 210.
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Coolant level
The coolant level can be checked visually at the
transparent coolant reservoir.
To check the coolant level, the vehicle must be parked
on level ground.
Check coolant level only when coolant is cold:
The coolant should reach the rib in the filler neck. Also
see marking (arrow) on reservoir.
1 Cap for coolant reservoir
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Adding coolant
Warning!
If coolant has to be added, a 50/50 mixture of water and
MB anticorrosion/antifreeze should be added.
In order to avoid possible serious burns or injury:
Model SL 500
The drain plugs for the cooling system are located on
the right side of the engine block and at the bottom of
the radiator.
Model SL 600
The drain plugs for the cooling system are located on
the right and left sides of the engine block and at the
bottom of the radiator.
Anticorrosion/antifreeze, see coolants on page 280.
• Use extreme caution when opening the hood if
there are any signs of steam or coolant leaking
from the cooling system, or if the coolant
temperature gauge indicates that the engine is
overheated.
• Do not remove pressure cap on coolant
reservoir if engine temperature is above 194°F
(90°C). Allow engine to cool down before
removing cap. The coolant reservoir contains
hot fluid and is under pressure.
• Using a rag, slowly open cap approximately 1/2
turn to relieve excess pressure. If opened
immediately, scalding hot fluid and steam will
be blown out under pressure.
• Do not spill antifreeze on hot engine parts.
Antifreeze contains ethylene glycol which may
burn if it comes into contact with hot engine
parts.
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Windshield and headlamp washer fluid mixing ratio
The reservoir should be refilled with MB Windshield
Washer Concentrate and water (or concentrate
commercially available premixed windshield washer
solvent/ antifreeze, depending on ambient
temperatures).
For temperatures above freezing:
1
MB Windshield Washer Concentrate “S” and water.
1 part “S” to 100 parts water
(40 ml “S” to 1 gallon water)
For temperature below freezing:
MB Windshield Washer Concentrate “S” and
commercially available premixed windshield washer
solvent/antifreeze.
P82.35-0231-26
1 Windshield washer/headlamp cleaning system
fluid reservoir
1 part “S” to 100 parts solvent
(40 ml “S” to 1 gallon solvent).
Vehicles without ADS:
Capacity approx. 5.3 US qt (5.0 l)
Vehicles with ADS:
Capacity approx. 3.2 US qt (3.0 l)
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Wheels
Tire replacement
Replace rims or tires with the same designation,
manufacturer and type as shown on the original part.
See your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center for further
information.
Front and rear tires should be replaced in sets.
Furthermore - in the event of tire replacement - the
spare wheel (except Sport Package version), if possible,
should be used on the rear axle. Rims and tires must be
of the correct size and type. For dimensions, see
page 273.
See your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center for
information on tested and recommended rims and tires
for summer and winter operation. They can also offer
advice concerning tire service and purchase.
We recommend that you break in new tires for approx.
60 miles (100 km) at moderate speed.
It is imperative that the wheel mounting bolts be
fastened to a tightening torque of 80 ft.lb. (110 Nm)
whenever wheels are mounted.
For rim and tire specifications, see page 273.
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Warning!
Rotating wheels
When replacing a tire on the 9 1/2 J x 18 H2 (Sport
Package SL 500) or 10 J x 18 H2 (Sport Package
SL 600) wheel rim, removal or mounting must only
be done over the back flange. Removal or
installation over the front flange will cause rim/
tire failure leading to serious or fatal injury.
Wheel rotation applies only when winter tires are
mounted on all four wheels.
The wheels can be rotated according to the degree of
tire wear while retaining the same direction of travel.
Rotating, however, should be carried out as
recommended by the tire manufacturer, before the
characteristic tire wear pattern (shoulder wear on front
wheels and tread center wear on rear wheels) becomes
visible, as otherwise the driving properties deteriorate.
Worn, old tires can cause accidents. If the tire tread
is badly worn, or if the tires have sustained
damage, replace them.
When replacing rims, use only genuine MercedesBenz wheel bolts specified for the particular rim
type. Failure to do so can result in the bolts
loosening and possibly an accident.
Important!
Unidirectional tires must always be mounted with arrow
on tire sidewall pointing in direction of vehicle forward
movement.
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Thoroughly clean the inner side of the wheels any time
you rotate the wheels or wash the vehicle underside.
Spare wheel
(except Sport Package)
The use of retread tires is not recommended. Retread
tires may adversely affect the handling characteristics
and safety of the vehicle.
The spare wheel rim size is 8 1/4 J x 17 H2.
Dented or bent rims can cause tire pressure loss and
damage to the tire beads. For this reason, check rims for
damage at regular intervals. The rim flanges must be
checked for wear before a tire is mounted. Remove
burrs, if any.
Unidirectional tires must always be mounted with arrow
on tire sidewall pointing in direction of vehicle forward
movement.
Check and ensure proper tire inflation pressure after
rotating the wheels. For tire inflation pressure see
page 234.
In the case of a flat tire, or breakdown, you may
temporarily use the spare wheel.
If the arrow on tire sidewall does not point in direction
of vehicle forward movement when using the spare
wheel, observe the following restrictions:
• Drive to the nearest repair facility to have the flat
tire repaired or replaced as appropriate.
• Do not operate vehicle with more than one spare
wheel mounted.
For additional information, refer to page 273.
Warning!
The spare wheel rim is for temporary use only. Use
for over a total of 12 000 miles (20 000 km)
(aggregate of all uses) may cause wheel rim failure
leading to an accident and possible injuries.
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Spare Wheel
(with Sport Package)
Warning!
The spare wheel rim is for temporary use only. Use
for over a total of 12 000 miles (20 000 km) may
cause wheel rim failure leading to an accident and
possible injuries.
The spare wheel rim size is 8 1/4 J x 17 H2 with tire size
245/45 R 17 95W.
In the case of a flat tire or breakdown, you may
temporarily use the spare wheel.
The dimensions of the spare wheel are different
from those of road wheels. As a result, the vehicle
handling characteristics change when driving with
a mounted spare wheel.
Unidirectional tires must always be mounted with arrow
on tire sidewall pointing in direction of vehicle forward
movement. If the arrow on tire sidewall does not point
in direction of vehicle forward movement when using
the spare wheel, observe the following restrictions:
The spare wheel should only be used temporarily,
and replaced with a regular road wheel as quickly
as possible.
• Do not exceed vehicle speed of 50 mph (80 km/h).
• Drive to the nearest repair facility to have the flat
tire repaired or replaced as appropriate.
• Do not operate vehicle with more than one spare
wheel mounted.
For additional information, refer to page 273.
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Changing wheels
The jack is designed exclusively for jacking up the
vehicle at the jack tubes built into either side of the
vehicle. To help avoid personal injury, use the jack
only to lift the vehicle during a wheel change.
Never get beneath the vehicle while it is supported
by the jack. Keep hands and feet away from the area
under the lifted vehicle. Always firmly set parking
brake and block wheels before raising vehicle with
jack.
Do not disengage parking brake while the vehicle is
raised. Be certain that the jack is always vertical
when in use, especially on hills. Always try to use
the jack on level surface. Be sure that the jack arm
is fully inserted in the jack tube. Always lower the
vehicle onto sufficient capacity jackstands before
working under the vehicle.
Before working on the vehicle, e.g. when changing
wheels, the roll bar should be raised with the
switch, and the key be removed from the steering
lock, to prevent possible injury.
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Move vehicle to a level area which is a safe distance
from the roadway.
1. Firmly set parking brake, raise roll bar, and turn on
hazard warning flasher.
2. Move selector lever to position “P”.
3. While engine is running, depress wheel change
switch for level control. The indicator lamp in the
switch and the ADS malfunction indicator lamp light
up.
4. Turn off engine.
5. Prevent vehicle from rolling away by blocking
wheels with wheel chocks (not supplied with
vehicle) or sizable wood block or stone. When
changing a wheel on a hill, place chocks on the
downhill side blocking both wheels of the other
axle. On a level road, place one chock in front of and
one behind the wheel that is diagonally opposite to
the wheel being changed.
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6. Using the wrench, loosen but do not yet remove the
wheel bolts.
7. Remove the protective cover from the jack support
tube opening by inserting the screwdriver in the
opening and prying it out.
The tube openings are located directly behind the
front wheel housings and in front of the rear wheel
housings.
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8. Insert jack arm fully into the tube hole up to the
stop. Place jack on firm ground. Position the jack so
that it is always vertical (plumb-line) as seen from
the side (see arrow), especially if the vehicle is
parked on an incline.
9. Jack up the vehicle until the wheel is clear of the
ground. Never start engine while vehicle is raised.
10. Unscrew upper-most wheel bolt and install
alignment bolt (1) supplied in the tool kit. Remove
the remaining bolts. Keep bolt threads protected
from dirt and sand.
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11. Remove wheel. Grip wheel from the sides. Keep
hands from beneath the wheels.
12. Clean contact surfaces of wheel and wheel hub.
Install spare wheel on wheel hub. Insert wheel bolts
and tighten them slightly.
To avoid paint damage, place wheel flat against hub
and hold it there while installing first wheel bolt.
Unscrew the alignment bolt (1) to install the last
wheel bolt.
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13. Lower vehicle. Remove jack and insert jack tube
cover.
Before storing the jack, the jack arm must be
lowered almost to the base of the jack.
Store the spare wheel first and then the vehicle jack.
Warning!
Always replace wheel bolts that are damaged or
rusted.
Never apply oil or grease to wheel bolts.
Damaged wheel hub threads should be repaired
immediately.
14. Using the wrench, tighten the five bolts evenly,
following the sequence illustrated, until all bolts are
tight.
Incorrect mounting bolts or improperly tightened
mounting bolts can cause the wheel to come off.
This could cause an accident. Be sure to use the
correct mounting bolts.
Observe a tightening torque of 80 ft.lb. (110 Nm).
15. Ensure proper tire pressure.
16. Depress wheel change switch for level control. The
indicator lamp in the switch and the ADS
malfunction indicator lamp will go out.
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Warning!
Tire inflation pressure
Do not drive the vehicle while the wheel change
switch is activated since the vehicle suspension
will not function properly.
A table (see fuel filler flap) lists the tire inflation
pressures specified for Mercedes-Benz recommended
tires as well as for the varying operating conditions.
Important!
Warning!
The spare wheel rim is for temporary use only. Use
for over a total of 12 000 miles (20 000 km) may
cause wheel rim failure leading to an accident and
possible injuries.
Vehicles with Sport Package:
The dimensions of the spare wheel are different
from those of road wheels. As a result, the vehicle
handling characteristics change when driving with
a mounted spare wheel.
The spare wheel should only be used temporarily,
and replaced with a regular road wheel as quickly
as possible.
Tire pressure changes by approx. 1.5 psi (0.1 bar) per
18°F (10°C) of air temperature change. Keep this in
mind when checking tire pressure inside a garage especially in the winter.
Example:
If garage temperature = approx. +68°F (+20°C) and
ambient temperature = approx. +32°F (0°C) then the
adjusted air pressure = specified air pressure +3psi
(+0.2 bar).
Tire pressures listed for light loads are minimum values
offering high driving comfort. Increased inflation
pressures for heavy loads produce favorable handling
characteristics with lighter loads and are perfectly
permissible. The ride of the vehicle, however, will
become somewhat harder.
Tire temperature and pressure increase with the vehicle
speed. Tire pressure should therefore only be checked
and corrected on cold tires. Correct tire pressure in
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warm tires only if pressure has dropped below the
pressure listed in the table and the respective operating
conditions are taken into consideration.
Do not overload the tires by exceeding the specified
vehicle capacity weight (as indicated by the label
on the driver’s door latch post). Overloading the
tires can overheat them, possibly causing a
blowout.
An underinflated tire due to a slow leak (e.g. due to a
nail in the tire) may cause damage such as tread
separation, bulging etc. Regular tire pressure checks at
intervals of no more than 14 days are therefore
essential.
If a tire constantly loses air, it should be inspected for
damage.
The spare tire should be checked periodically for
condition and inflation. Spare tire will age and become
worn over time even if never used, and thus should be
inspected and replaced when necessary.
Warning!
Do not overinflate tires. Overinflating tires can
result in sudden deflation (blowout) because they
are more likely to become punctured or damaged
by road debris, potholes etc. Follow recommended
inflation pressures.
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Battery
Warning!
Failure to follow these instructions can result in
severe injury or death.
Never lean over batteries while connecting, you
might get injured.
Battery fluid contains sulfuric acid. Do not allow
this fluid to come in contact with eyes, skin or
clothing. In case it does, immediately flush affected
area with water and seek medical help.
A battery will also produce hydrogen gas, which is
flammable and explosive. Keep flames or sparks
away from battery, avoid improper connection of
jumper cables, smoking etc.
Important!
Battery replacement information:
The maintenance-free battery is located in the trunk
behind the right side cover panel.
The service life of the battery is dependent on its
condition of charge. The battery should always be kept
sufficiently charged, in order to last an optimum length
of time.
Therefore, we strongly recommend that you have the
battery charge checked frequently, and corrected if
necessary, especially if you use the vehicle less than
approximately 200 miles (300 km) per month,
mostly for short distance trips, or if it is not used for
long periods of time.
Only charge a battery with a battery charger after the
battery has been disconnected from the vehicle’s
electrical circuit.
Always disconnect the battery negative lead first and
connect last.
When removing and connecting the battery, always
make sure that all electrical consumers are off and the
key is in steering lock position 0. The battery must
always be securely installed when the vehicle is in
operation. During removal and installation always
protect the disconnected battery positive (+) terminal
with the cover attached to the battery.
While the engine is running the battery terminal clamps
must not be loosened or detached, otherwise the
generator and other electronic components will be
damaged.
Important!
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Battery Recycling
Do not close a door with the windows fully closed while
the power supply is interrupted (battery disconnected or
empty).
Batteries contain materials that can harm the
environment with improper disposal.
Doing so could damage the window frame.
Large 12 Volt storage batteries contain lead.
Note:
Recycling of batteries is the preferred method of
disposal.
After reconnecting the battery also set the clock,
resynchronize the express feature of the power
windows, the electronic stability program (ESP) and the
adaptive damping System (ADS).
See page 79 for setting clock, page 41 for power
windows, page 193 for ESP and page 199 for ADS.
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Jump starting
Warning!
Failure to follow these directions will cause
damage to the electronic components, and can lead
to a battery explosion and severe injury or death.
Never lean over batteries while connecting or jump
starting, you might get injured.
Battery fluid contains sulfuric acid. Do not allow
this fluid to come in contact with eyes, skin or
clothing. In case it does, immediately flush affected
area with water, and seek medical help if
necessary.
A battery will also produce hydrogen gas, which is
flammable and very explosive. Keep flames or
sparks away from battery, avoid improper
connection of jumper cables, smoking etc.
Read all instructions before proceeding.
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Important!
A discharged battery can freeze at approx. +14°F
(–10°C). In that case, it must be thawed out before
jumper cables are used. Attempting to jump start a
frozen battery can result in it exploding, causing
personal injury.
Jumper cable specifications:
• Minimum cable cross-section of 25 mm 2 or approx.
2 AWG
• Maximum length of 11.5 ft. (3.5 m).
If the battery is discharged, the engine should be started
with jumper cables and the (12 V) battery of another
vehicle.
Only use 12 V battery to jump start your vehicle. Jump
starting with more powerful battery could damage the
vehicle’s electrical systems, which will not be covered
by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
The battery is located in the trunk behind the right side
cover panel.
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Important!
Proceed as follows:
1. Position the vehicle with the charged battery so that
the jumper cables will reach, but never let the
vehicles touch. Make sure the jumper cables do not
have loose or missing unsulation.
5. Start engine of the vehicle with the charged battery
and run at high idle. Make sure the cables are not
on or near pulleys, fans, or other parts that will
move when the engine is started. Allow the
discharged battery to charge for a few minutes. Start
engine of the disabled vehicle in the usual manner.
2. On both vehicles:
• Turn off engine and all lights and accessories,
except hazard warning flashers or work lights.
6. After the engine has started, remove jumper cables
by exactly reversing the above installation
sequence, starting with the last connection made
first. When removing each clamp, make sure that it
does not touch any other metal while the other end
is still attached.
• Apply parking brake and shift selector lever to
position “P”.
Important!
3. Clamp one end of the first jumper cable to the
positive (+) terminal of the discharged battery and
the other end to the positive (+) terminal of the
charged battery. Make sure the cable clamps do not
touch any other metal parts.
Note:
4. Clamp one end of the second jumper cable to the
grounded negative (-) terminal of the charged
battery and the final connection to the negative (-)
terminal of the discharged battery.
Excessive unburned fuel may damage the catalytic
converter.
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starting attempts, have it checked at the nearest
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
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Towing the vehicle
P88.20-0315-26
P31.10-0300-26
All except Sport Package
Sport Package
The rear towing eye is located at the right, below the
bumper. The front towing eye is located on the
passenger side behind a flap in the bumper panel.
Cover installation for all except Sport Package version:
Engage cover at bottom and press in top securely.
Cover removal for all except Sport Package version:
Insert finger in recess of flap and pull flap out.
Cover removal for Sport Package version: Pull cover
away from bumper.
Cover installation for Sport Package version: Engage
right cover end, and press in left cover end securely.
We recommend that the vehicle be transported using
flat bed equipment. This method is preferable to other
types of towing.
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The vehicle may be towed with all wheels on the ground
and the selector lever in position “N” for distances up to
30 miles (50 km) and at a speed not to exceed 30 mph
(50 km/h). The key must be in steering lock position 2.
When transporting vehicle on flat bed equipment, the
front end of the vehicle must be loaded first. Additional
ramping may be required for loading to protect bumper
fascia.
To be certain to avoid a possibility of damage to the
transmission, however, we recommend the drive shaft
be disconnected at the rear axle drive flange for any
towing beyond a short tow to a nearby garage.
Warning!
With the engine not running, there is no power
assistance for the braking and steering systems. In
this case, it is important to keep in mind that a
considerably higher degree of effort in necessary to
brake and steer the vehicle.
Do not tow with sling-type equipment. Towing with
sling-type equipment over bumpy roads will damage
radiator and supports.
The use of wheel lift equipment will damage engine oil
pan.
Note:
To signal turns while being towed with hazard warning
flasher in use, turn key in steering lock to position 2 and
activate combination switch for left or right turn signal
in usual manner – only the selected turn signal will
operate.
Important!
When towing the vehicle, please, note the following:
With the automatic central locking activated and the
key in steering lock position 2, the vehicle doors lock if
the left front wheel as well as the right rear wheel are
turning at vehicle speeds of approx. 9 mph (15 km/h) or
more.
Upon canceling the turn signal, the hazard warning
flasher will operate again.
To prevent the vehicle door locks from locking,
deactivate the automatic central locking.
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Replacing bulbs
To prevent a possible electrical short circuit, switch off
lamp prior to replacing a bulb.
When replacing bulbs, install only 12 volt bulbs with
the specified watt rating.
When replacing halogen bulbs do not touch glass
portion of bulb with bare hands. Use plain paper or a
clean cloth.
Warning!
Bulbs and bulb holders can be very hot. Allow the
lamp to cool down before changing a bulb.
Halogen lamps contain pressurized gas. A bulb can
explode if you:
• touch or move it when hot,
• drop the bulb,
• scratch the bulb.
Wear eye and hand protection.
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Warning!
Because of high voltage in Xenon lamps, it is
dangerous to replace the bulb or repair the lamp
and its components. We recommend that you have
such work done by a qualified technician.
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Headlamp assembly (Halogen)
1 Headlamp horizontal adjustment screw
5 Turn signal, parking, side marker and standing
lamp bulb
2 Headlamp vertical adjustment screw
6 Electrical connector for high and low beam
headlamp bulb
3 High and low beam headlamp cover
4 Squeeze latches for high and low beam headlamp
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7 Clamping ring for high and low beam headlamp
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Bulb for high and low beam (Halogen type 9004)
Squeeze latches (4) and remove cover (3) upwards. Pull
off electrical connector (6). Turn clamping ring (7)
counterclockwise and pull out bulb together with
clamping ring. Remove bulb.
Insert new bulb (flat side facing up), mount clamping
ring (7) (with tab facing down) and turn clockwise. Push
electrical connector on securely.
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Turn signal, parking, side marker and standing
lamp (2357 NA (28.5/8.3 W/30/2.2 cp) (bulb)
Open hood.
Turn bulb socket (5) with bulb counterclockwise and
pull out. Push bulb into socket, turn counterclockwise
and remove.
Insert new bulb in socket, push in and twist clockwise.
Reinstall bulb socket, push in and twist clockwise.
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Headlamp assembly (Xenon)
1 Headlamp horizontal adjustment screw
2 Headlamp vertical adjustment screw
3 Adjuster for horizontal adjustment scale
4 Cover for low beam headlamp
5 Latch for cover (4)
6 Cover for high beam headlamp
7 Latch for cover (6)
Warning!
Because of high voltage in Xenon lamps, it is
dangerous to replace the bulb or repair the lamp
and its components. We recommend that you have
such work done by a qualified technician.
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8 Turn signal, parking, side marker and standing
lamp bulb
9 Electrical connector for high beam headlamp bulb
10 Electrical connector for low beam headlamp bulb
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Adjusting headlamp aim
1. Park vehicle on level surface approximately 25 ft.
(7.6 m) from a vertical test screen or wall. The
centerline of the vehicle must be at a 90° angle to
the test screen.
2. (Low beams on):
Using a carpenter‘s level, align and mark a vertical
centerline (8) on the test screen using the vertex of
the angle formed in each beam image. As a check,
the distance between centerlines should be 49 5/8
inches (1260 mm). If the distance does not check,
have the system verified by an authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center.
3. Open hood.
4. Vertical headlamp aim (Low beams on):
Turn adjusting screw (2) (counterclockwise to adjust
headlamp downward, clockwise upward) until
bubble in the level (6) is centered on the “0” mark.
Graduations: 0.18° pitch.
Correct headlamp adjustment is extremely important.
To check and readjust a headlamp, follow steps 1
through 7. Please note:
• Adjustments to low beam simultaneously aim the
high beam.
• Vehicle should have a normal trunk load.
• Vertical aim adjustments change horizontal aim.
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5. Horizontal headlamp aim (Low beams on):
Turn adjusting screw (1) (Right front headlamp:
counterclockwise to adjust to the left, clockwise to
the right; left front headlamp: counterclockwise to
adjust to the right, clockwise to the left.) until the
headlamps (low beam) illuminate the test screen as
shown. The vertex of the angle formed in each beam
image should align with the vertical centerline (8) of
each lamp. The left and right headlamps must be
adjusted individually.
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6. This indicator (7) in the sight glass should align
with the “0” mark after any horizontal adjustment.
If it does not, depress latch (5) and remove access
cover (4) from the headlamp (left side only). Insert
and turn screwdriver on adjuster (3) until scale (7)
is centered on the “0” mark.
Graduations: 0.38° pitch.
7. Reinstall access cover (4).
Note:
If it is not possible to obtain a proper headlamp
adjustment, have the system checked at your authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center.
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Taillamp assemblies
1 Side marker lamp
(10 W/6 cp bulb)
2 Turn signal lamp
(21 W/32 cp bulb)
3 Tail, parking and standing lamp
(21/4 W/32/2 cp bulb)
Driver’s side:
Tail, parking, standing and rear fog lamp
(21/4 W/32/2cp bulb)
4 Backup lamp
(21 W/32 cp bulb)
5 Stop lamp
(21 W/32 cp bulb)
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P82.10-0711-26
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To replace bulbs:
License plate lamps (5 W/4cp bulb)
Push the locking button (1) on the rear of the lamp
support inward and swing open lamp support. Push
down the bulb to be changed, turn counterclockwise and
remove.
Loosen both securing screws (1), remove lamp and take
out bulb.
Insert new bulb in socket, push in and twist clockwise.
Close lamp support.
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Changing batteries in the remote control
Checking batteries
Changing batteries
If the transmit button Œ or ‹ is pressed longer
than 1 second, the battery check lamp in the transmitter
eye (1) lights up briefly – indicating that the batteries
are in order.
Unfold master key from holder by pressing key release
button (2). Pull off battery cover (3).
Change batteries if the battery check lamp does not light
up briefly.
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Important!
Batteries contain materials that can harm the
environment if disposed of improperly. Recycling of
batteries is the preferred method of disposal. For
disposal, please follow manufacturer‘s recommendation
on battery package.
Replacement Battery:
Lithium, type CR 2025 or equivalent.
Synchronizing remote control
The system may have to be resynchronized, if the
transmitter is without voltage for several minutes.
Change batteries, inserting new ones with plus (+) side
facing up.
Press battery cover onto housing until locked in place.
To synchronize system, aim transmitter eye at vehicle
and briefly press transmit button Œ or ‹ twice.
Within approx. 30 seconds insert key in steering lock
and turn it to position 2.
The remote control should once again be operational.
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Raising soft top manually
1
In case of malfunction, the power soft top can also be
raised manually. This procedure should be performed
with great care by 2 persons.
A combination open-end/Allenhead wrench in the
vehicle tool kit is required for this job.
1. Open doors or lower windows.
2. Lower roll bar with roll bar switch. If the roll bar
cannot be lowered, the soft top can be carefully
guided over the roll bar.
P77.30-0332-26
3. For safety reasons, remove key from steering lock.
4. Unlock soft top storage compartment lock, located
on vehicle right side:
Place open-end wrench on bolt between roll bar and
storage compartment cover. Turn wrench (1)
towards rear of vehicle.
Warning!
Do not place your hands near the roll bar, soft top
frame, upper windshield area or soft top storage
compartment while the soft top is being locked.
Serious personal injury may occur.
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Open storage compartment cover and place in
upright position (2).
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3
4
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5. Pull soft top (3) out of compartment and place it in
its vertical position.
6. Pull soft top bow (4) out of compartment.
7. Place soft top frame (5) onto windshield header.
8. Place soft top bow (4) in its vertical position.
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P77.30-0336-26
9. Pivot sun visors to side. Remove left and right
caps (6).
10. Using Allen-head wrench, lock left and right of soft
top frame (5) to windshield header - turn wrench in
3 stages towards center of vehicle:
1. Left lock to first notch.
2. Right lock to second notch.
3. Left lock to second notch.
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11. Close storage compartment cover (2). - Lock storage
compartment lock on right side: Place open-end
wrench on bolt between roll bar and storage
compartment cover. Turn wrench (1) towards front
of vehicle.
12. Lower soft top bow (4). The rear section of the soft
top cannot be locked during manual operation.
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Replacing wiper blade insert
Notes:
Do not open engine hood with wiper arm folded forward.
Do not allow the wiper arm to contact the windshield
glass without a wiper blade inserted. The glass may be
scratched or broken.
1
Make certain that the wiper blade is properly installed.
An improperly installed wiper blade may cause
windshield damage.
2
3
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Windshield wiper blade
Removal:
Fold wiper arm forward. Press safety tab down (1), push
wiper blade downward (2) and remove.
Installation:
Press down safety tab of new wiper blade. Insert wiper
blade between the tabs (3) on the wiper arm. Then press
safety tab upward until it locks in place.
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Headlamp wiper blades
(Halogen lamps)
Headlamp wiper blades
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2
3
1
2
1
P82.30-0344-26
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Removal:
Removal:
Fold wiper arm forward. Pull out pin (1) and remove
wiper blade (2).
Fold wiper arm forward. Rotate wiper blade (2) in
direction of arrow (1) until it releases from the wiper
arm.
Installation:
Insert wiper blade and install pin.
Installation:
Insert wiper blade (2) onto arm, perpendicular to arm,
and rotate in direction of arrow (3) until it engages.
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Manual release of fuel filler flap
Trunk lamp
1 Switching off
The manual release knob is located behind cover (2) in
the right slide trunk panel.
2 Switching on
In case the central locking system does not release the
fuel filler flap:
Switch off trunk lamp if the trunk is to remain open for
a long period of time. This prevents the vehicle battery
from being discharged.
1. Unscrew wing nut (1)
When the trunk lid is closed, the switch will reset and
turn on the lamp the next time the lid is opened.
2. Pull panel (2) away from trunk wall.
3. Pull the manual release knob (3) (arrow) while
simultaneously opening the fuel filler flap.
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Cleaning and care
of the vehicle ............................. 261
Power washer ..............................262
Tar stains .....................................262
Paintwork, Painted Body
Components ................................262
Engine cleaning ..........................263
Vehicle washing .........................263
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Ornamental moldings ............... 263
Headlamps, taillamps,
turn signal lenses ...................... 263
Window cleaning ....................... 264
Light alloy wheels ..................... 264
Instrument cluster ..................... 264
Steering wheel and
gear selector lever ..................... 264
Cup holder .................................. 264
Seat belts ..................................... 265
Headliner, shelf behind
roll bars, and other hard
plastic trim items ....................... 265
Soft top .........................................265
Headliner .....................................266
Wind screen ................................266
Automatic antenna .....................266
Wiper blade .................................266
Headlamp cleaning system .......266
Leather upholstery .....................267
Plastic and rubber parts ............267
Illuminated door sill panels .....267
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More frequent washings are necessary to deal with
unfavorable conditions; for example, near the ocean, in
industrial areas (smoke, exhaust emissions), or during
winter operation.
Warning!
Many cleaning products can be hazardous. Some
are poisonous, others are flammable. Always follow
the instructions on the particular container.
Always open your car’s doors or windows when
cleaning the inside.
You should check your vehicle from time to time for
stone chipping or other damage. Any damage should be
repaired as soon as possible to prevent the start of
corrosion.
Never use fluids or solvents that are not designed
for cleaning your car.
In doing so, do not neglect the underside of the vehicle.
A prerequisite for a thorough check is a washing of the
underbody followed by a thorough inspection. Damaged
areas need to be reundercoated.
In operation, your vehicle is subjected to varying
external influences which, if gone unchecked, can
attack the paintwork as well as the underbody and
cause lasting damage.
Your vehicle has been treated at the factory with a waxbase rustproofing in the body cavities which will last for
the lifetime of the vehicle. Post-production treatment is
neither necessary nor recommended by Mercedes-Benz
because of the possibility of incompatibility between
materials used in the production process and others
applied later.
Such damage is caused not only by extreme and varying
climatic conditions, but also by air pollution, road salt,
tar, gravel and stone chipping. Grease and oil, fuel,
coolant, brake fluid, bird droppings, insects, tree resins
etc. should be removed immediately to avoid paint
damage. Frequent washing reduces and/or eliminates
the aggressiveness and potency of the above adverse
influences.
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recommendations which are specially matched to our
vehicles and which always reflect the latest technology.
You can obtain Mercedes-Benz approved car-care
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Scratches, corrosive deposits, corrosion or damage due
to negligent or incorrect care cannot always be removed
or repaired with the car-care products recommended
here. In such cases it is best to seek aid at your
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
The following topics deal with the cleaning and care of
your vehicle and give important “how-to” information as
well as references to Mercedes-Benz approved car-care
products.
Additional information can be found in the booklet titled
“Vehicle Care Guide”.
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Tar stains
Quickly remove tar stains before they dry and become
more difficult to remove. A tar remover is
recommended.
Paintwork, painted body components
Mercedes-Benz approved Paint Care should be applied
when water drops on the paint surface to not “bead up”;
normally in 3 to 5 months, depending on climate and
washing detergent used.
Mercedes-Benz approved Paint Cleaner should be
applied if paint surface shows signs of dirt embedding
(i.e. loss of gloss).
When using a power washer for cleaning the vehicle
always observe manufacturers’ operating instructions.
Do not apply any of these products or wax if your car is
parked in the sun or if the hood is still hot.
Caution!
Use the appropriate MB-Touch-Up Stick for quick and
provisional repairs of minor paint damage (i.e. chips
from stones, car doors, etc.).
Never use a round nozzle to power wash tires. The
intense jet of water can result in damage to the tire.
Always replace a damaged tire.
Always keep the jet of water moving across the surface.
Do not aim directly at soft top, electrical parts, electrical
connectors, seals, or other rubber parts.
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If the vehicle has been run through an automatic car
wash – in particular one of the older installations rewipe the recessed sections in the taillamps (designed
to prevent soiling) if necessary. No solvents (fuels,
thinners etc.) must be used.
Prior to cleaning the engine compartment make sure to
protect electrical components and connectors from the
intrusion of water and cleaning agents.
Corrosion protection, such as MB Anticorrosion Wax
should be applied to the engine compartment after
every engine cleaning. Before applying, all control
linkage bushings and joints should be lubricated. The
poly-V-belt and all pulleys should be protected from any
wax.
In the winter thoroughly remove all traces of road salt
as soon as possible.
When washing the underbody, do not forget to clean the
inner sides of the wheels.
Ornamental moldings
Vehicle washing
For regular cleaning and care of very dirty chromeplated parts, use a chrome cleaner.
Do not use hot water or wash your vehicle in direct
sunlight. Use only a mild car wash detergent, such as
Mercedes-Benz approved Car Shampoo.
Headlamps, taillamps, turn signal lenses
Thoroughly spray the vehicle with a diffused jet of
water. Direct only a very weak spray towards the
ventilation intake. Use plenty of water and rinse the
sponge and chamois frequently.
Use a mild car wash detergent such as Mercedes-Benz
approved Car Shampoo, with plenty of water.
To prevent scratches, never apply strong force and use
only a soft, non-scratchy cloth when cleaning the lenses.
Do not attempt to wipe dirty lenses with a dry cloth or
sponge.
Rinse with clear water and thoroughly wipe dry with a
chamois. Do not allow cleaning agents to dry on the
finish.
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Use a window cleaning solution on all glass surfaces. An
automotive glass cleaner is recommended.
Use a gentle dishwashing detergent or mild detergent
for delicate fabrics as a washing solution. Wipe with a
cloth moistened in lukewarm solution. Do not use
scouring agents.
Note:
For safety reasons, switch off wiper and remove key
from steering lock before cleaning the windshield,
otherwise the wiper motor can suddenly turn on and
cause injury.
Light alloy wheels
Mercedes-Benz approved Wheel Care should be used for
regular cleaning of the light alloy wheels.
If possible, clean wheels once a week with
Mercedes-Benz approved Wheel Care, using a soft
bristle brush and a strong spray of water.
Follow instructions on container.
Note:
Use only acid-free cleaning materials. The acid could
lead to corrosion.
Steering wheel and gear selector lever
Wipe with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly or clean
with Mercedes-Benz approved Leather Care.
Cup holder
Use a gentle dishwashing detergent or mild detergent
for delicate fabrics as a washing solution. Wipe with a
cloth moistened in lukewarm solution. Do not use
scouring agents.
Note:
For ease of cleaning, the cup holder between the front
seats can be removed by pulling it up when in its closed
position.
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Dry cleaning:
The webbing must not be treated with chemical
cleaning agents. Use only clear, lukewarm water and
soap. Do not dry the webbing at temperatures above
176 F (80 C) or in direct sunlight.
Brush top (always from front to rear) with a soft-bristled
brush.
Wet cleaning:
Brush the dry top. Wash with a mild detergent and an
ample supply of lukewarm water by wiping with a softbristled brush or sponge from front to rear. Then rinse
thoroughly with clear water.
Warning!
Do not bleach or dye seat belts as this may severely
weaken them. In a crash they may not be able to
provide adequate protection.
If only parts of the top have been washed, wet the entire
top and allow it to air-dry before lowering it into the
storage compartment.
Headliner, shelf behind roll bars, and other hard
plastic trim items
Wipe the rear window with a cloth soaked with a mild,
non-abrasive detergent, rinse and rub dry.
Pour Mercedes-Benz approved Interior Care onto soft
lint-free cloth and apply with light pressure.
Soft top
Notes:
Clean soft top with soft top raised and locked. Lower the
soft top into the storage compartment only if the top is
completely dry. If the top is kept in the storage
compartment for a lengthy period, raise it and air it out
with the windows down about every 4 months.
Never run the vehicle through an automatic car wash
with the soft top in place or use a power washer to clean
it, as you may damage the soft top material.
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ice and snow.
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Remove bird droppings immediately. The organic acid
damages the material and causes the soft top to leak.
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In general, regular spraying or cleansing with clear
water is sufficient to keep the top clean.
Wash the top only when heavily soiled.
Light colored soft tops should be cleaned frequently to
prevent spots and dirt from setting in, which could stain
and discolor the soft top material permanently.
Caution!
Never use any gasoline, thinner, tar and stain removers,
glass cleaner, or similar organic solvents to clean the
soft top, plastic window or wind screen. They will cause
damage which is not covered by the Mercedes-Benz
Limited Warranty.
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Wind screen
Use only water or mild detergent to clean the wind
screen.
Automatic antenna
For trouble-free operation of the automatic antenna, we
recommend that you clean the antenna mast
periodically.
Wiper blade
Clean the wiper blade rubber with a clean cloth and
detergent solution.
Headliner
Note:
Soft top:
For safety reasons, remove key from steering lock before
cleaning the wiper blade, otherwise the wiper motor
can suddenly turn on and cause injury.
Clean with soft bristle brush, or use a dry-shampoo
cleaner in case of excessive dirt.
Headlamp cleaning system
The condition of the wiper blades is important for
satisfactory cleaning of the headlamp lenses. We
therefore recommend that the blades be inspected
regularly.
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Plastic and rubber parts
Using aftermarket seat covers or wearing clothing that
have the tendency to give off coloring (e.g. when wet
etc.) may cause the upholstery to become permanently
discolored. By lining the seats with a proper
intermediate cover, contact-discoloration will be
prevented.
Do not use oil or wax on these parts.
Illuminated door sill panels
Use a gentle dish-washing detergent or mild detergent
for delicate fabrics as a washing solution. Wipe with a
cloth moistened in lukewarm solution. Do not use
scouring agents.
Wipe leather upholstery with a damp cloth and dry
thoroughly or clean with Mercedes-Benz approved
Leather Care. Exercise particular care when cleaning
perforated leather as its underside should not become
wet.
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Spare parts service ........................269
Warranty coverage .........................269
Identification labels .......................270
Layout of poly-V-belt drive ............ 271
Engine ..............................................272
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Rims - Tires .................................... 273
Weights ........................................... 275
Main Dimensions .......................... 275
Fuels, coolants, lubricants etc. capacities ....................................276
Engine oils ...................................... 278
Engine oil additives ...................... 278
Air conditioner refrigerant ...........278
Brake fluid ......................................278
Premium unleaded gasoline ........279
Fuel requirements .........................279
Gasoline additives .........................280
Coolants ...........................................280
Consumer information ..................282
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Spare parts service
Warranty coverage
All authorized Mercedes-Benz Centers maintain a stock
of original spare parts required for maintenance and
repair work. In addition, strategically located parts
distribution centers provide quick and reliable parts
service.
Your vehicle is covered under the terms of the
“warranties” printed in the Service and Warranty
Information booklet and your authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center will exchange or repair any
defective parts originally installed on the vehicle in
accordance with the terms of the following warranties:
More than 300 000 different spare parts, for
Mercedes-Benz models, are available.
1. New vehicle limited warranty
Mercedes-Benz original spare parts are subjected to
stringent quality inspections. Each part has been
specifically developed, manufactured or selected for and
adapted to Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
2. Emission systems warranty
3. Emission performance warranty
4. California, Massachusetts, and Vermont emission
control systems warranty
Therefore, Mercedes-Benz original spare parts should
be installed.
Replacement parts and accessories are covered by the
Mercedes-Benz Spare Parts and Accessories warranties,
copies of which are available at any Mercedes-Benz
Center.
Important!
The use of non-genuine parts and accessories not
authorized by Mercedes-Benz could damage the vehicle
which damage is not covered by the Mercedes-Benz
Limited Warranty or compromise its durability or safety.
Loss of Service and
Warranty Information Booklet
Should you lose your Service and Warranty Information
booklet, have your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center
arrange for a replacement. It will be mailed to you.
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Identification labels
1 Certification label
(left door pillar)
2 VIN, visible (lower edge of windshield)
3 Vehicle Identification No. (VIN)
Note:
4 Engine number
When ordering spare parts, please specify vehicle
identification and engine numbers.
5 Body number and paintwork number
6 Emission control label
7 Information label
California version
Vacuum line routing for emission control system
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Layout of poly-V-belt drive
SL 600
SL 500
1 Automatic belt tensioner
5 Generator (alternator)
2 Crankshaft
6 Idler pulley
3 Air conditioner compressor
7 Power steering pump
4 SL 500: Coolant pump
SL 600: Fan
8 Air pump
9 Coolant pump
For dimensions of the poly-V-belts, see page 272.
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Technical data
Model
SL 500 (129.068)1
SL 600 (129.076)1
Engine
113
120
Mode of operation
4-stroke engine,
gasoline injection
4-stroke engine,
gasoline injection
No. of cylinders
8
12
Bore
3.82 in (97.00 mm)
3.50 in (89.00 mm)
Stroke
3.30 in (84.00 mm)
3.16 in (80.20 mm)
3
Total piston displacement
303 cu.in. (4966 cm )
365.4 cu.in. (5987 cm3)
Compression ratio
8.8:1
10:1
Output acc.
to SAE J 1349
302 hp/5600 rpm
(225 kW/5600 rpm)
389 hp/5200 rpm
(290 kW/5200 rpm)
Maximum torque acc.
to SAE J 1349
339ft.lb/2750 rpm
(460 Nm/2750 rpm)
420ft.lb/3800 rpm
(570 Nm/3800 rpm)
Maximum engine speed
6000 rpm
6000 rpm
Firing order
1-5-4-2-6-3-7-8
1-12-5-8-3-10-6-7-2-11-4-9
Poly-V-belts length
2390 mm
2585 mm
1 The quoted data apply only to the standard vehicle. See an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center for the corresponding data of all special bodies
and special equipment.
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Rims and summer tires
(except Sport Package)
Spare wheel
Rims (light alloy)
Wheel offset:
81/4 J x 17 H 2
1.33 in (34 mm)
All season tires:
Radial-ply tires
245/45 R17 95 W
Winter tires:
Radial-ply tires
245/45 R 17 45 H M+S2
Rim (light alloy)
Wheel offset:
81/4 J x 17 H 2
1.33 in (34 mm)
All season tires:
Radial-ply tires
245/45 R 17 95 W2
2 Must only be used with special MB authorized snow chains.
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Rims and summer tires
(Sport package)
Model
SL 500
SL 600
Rims front axle
AMG light alloy rims
Wheel offset:
81/2 J x 18 H 2
1.0 in (25 mm)
81/2 J x 18 H 2
1.0 in (25 mm)
Rims rear axle
AMG light alloy rims
Wheel offset:
91/2 J x 18 H 2
0.9 in (23 mm)
10 J x 18 H 2
1.0 in (25 mm)
Radial-ply tires
front axle
rear axle
245/40 ZR 18
275/35 ZR 183
245/40 ZR 18
275/35 ZR 183
Rim (light alloy)
Wheel offset:
81/4 J x 17 H 2
1.33 in (34 mm)
81/4 J x 17 H 2
1.33 in (34 mm)
All season tire:
Radial-ply tire
245/45 R 17 95W2
245/45 R 17 95W2
Spare wheel
2 Must only be used with special MB authorized snow chains.
3 Must not be used with snow chains.
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Electrical system
Weights
(see certification tag)
Generator (alternator)
14 V/150 A
Battery
12V/100 Ah
Starter motor
SL 500:
SL 600:
Spark plugs
SL 500:
Trunk load max.
12V/1.7 kW
12V/2.2 kW
66 lb (30 kg)
220 lb (100 kg)
Main dimensions
Bosch F 8 DPER
Beru 14 FGH 8 DPUR X 2
Overall vehicle length
177.1 in (4499 mm)
Overall vehicle width
71.3 in (1812 mm)
SL 600:
Beru 14 FGH 8 DPUR X 2
Overall height
51.3 in (1303 mm)
Electrode gap
Tightening torque
0.039 in (1.0 mm)
15 – 22 ft.lb (20 – 30 Nm)
Wheel base
99.0 in (2515 mm)
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Track, front
60.4 in (1535 mm)
Track, rear
60.0 in (1523 mm)
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Fuels, coolants, lubricants etc. - capacities
Vehicle components and their respective lubricants must match. Therefore use only brands tested and recommended
by us. Please refer to the Factory Approved Service Products pamphlet, or inquire at your Mercedes-Benz Center.
Model
Capacity
Fuels, coolants, lubricants etc.
SL 500
SL 600
8.5 US qt (8.0 l)
10.6 US qt (10.0 l)
Recommended engine oils
Automatic transmission
9.6 US qt (9.1 l)
Automatic transmission fluid
Rear axle
1.5 US qt (1.4 l)
Hypoid gear oil SAE 90, 85 W 90
Hydraulic system for
adaptive damping
system (ADS)
approx. 4.8 US qt (4.5 l)
MB Hydraulic fluid
Power steering
approx. 1.1 US qt (1.0 l)
MB Power steering fluid
Front wheel hubs
approx. 2.1 oz (60 g) each
High temperature roller bearing grease
Engine with oil filter
Accelerator control
linkage
Brake system
Hydraulic fluid
approx. 0.5 US qt (0.5 l)
MB Brake fluid (DOT 4)
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Windshield washer
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system
Capacity
Fuels, coolants, lubricants etc.
Vehicles without ADS:
approx. 5.3 US qt (5.0 l)
MB Windshield washer concentrate “S” 1
Vehicles with ADS:
approx. 3.2 US qt (3.0 l)
Cooling system
SL 500
SL 600
Fuel tank
including a reserve of
approx. 13.2 US qt (12.5 l)
approx. 21.1 US qt (20.0 l)
MB Anticorrosion/antifreeze
approx. 21.1 US gal (80.0 l)
approx. 2.6 US gal (10.0 l)
Premium unleaded gasoline:
Posted octane 91 (Avg. of 96 RON/86 MON)
Air conditioner system
R-134a refrigerant and special PAC lubricant
(Never R-12)
1 Use MB Windshield Washer Concentrate “S” and water for temperatures above freezing or MB Windshield Washer Concentrate “S” and
commercially available premixed windshield washer solvent/antifreeze for temperatures below freezing. Follow suggested mixing ratios,
see page 225.
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Engine oils
Air conditioner refrigerant
Engine oils are specifically tested for their suitability in
our engines. Therefore, use only engine oils
recommended by Mercedes-Benz. Information on
recommended brands is available at your authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center.
R-134a (HFC) refrigerant and special PAG lubricating oil
is used in the air conditioner system.
Please follow Service Booklet recommendations for
scheduled oil changes. Failure to do so could result in
engine damage not covered by the Mercedes-Benz
Limited Warranty.
Engine oil additives
Do not blend oil additives with engine oil. They may be
harmful to the engine operation.
Damage or malfunctions resulting from blending oil
additives are not covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited
Warranty.
Never use R-12 (CFC) or mineral-based lubricating oil,
otherwise damage to the system will occur.
Brake fluid
During vehicle operation, the boiling point of the brake
fluid is continuously reduced through the absorption of
moisture from the atmosphere. Under extremely hard
operating conditions, this moisture content can lead to
the formation of bubbles in the system thus reducing
the system‘s efficiency.
The brake fluid must therefore be replaced every two
years, preferably in the spring.
It is recommended to use only brake fluid approved by
Mercedes-Benz. Your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center
will provide you with additional information.
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Premium unleaded gasoline
Fuel requirements
Caution!
Use only Premium unleaded meeting ASTM
standard D 439:
To maintain the engine‘s durability and performance,
premium unleaded gasoline must be used. If premium
unleaded is not available and low octane fuel is used,
follow these precautions:
The octane number (posted at the pump) must be
91 min. It is an average of both the Research (R) octane
number and the Motor (M) octane number: [(R+M)/2].
This is also known as ANTI-KNOCK INDEX.
• have the fuel tank filled only partially with unleaded
regular and fill up with premium unleaded as soon
as possible,
Unleaded gasoline containing oxygenates such as
Ethanol, IPA, IBA and TBA can be used provided the
ratio of any one of these oxygenates to gasoline does not
exceed 10%, MTBE not to exceed 15%.
• avoid full throttle driving and abrupt acceleration,
• do not exceed an engine speed of 3000 rpm, if the
vehicle is loaded with a light load such as two
persons and no luggage,
The ratio of Methanol to gasoline must not exceed 3%
plus additional cosolvents.
Using mixtures of Ethanol and Methanol is not allowed.
Gasohol, which contains 10% Ethanol and 90% unleaded
gasoline, can be used.
• do not exceed 2/3 of maximum accelerator pedal
position, if the vehicle is fully loaded or operating in
mountainous terrain.
These blends must also meet all other fuel requirements
such as resistance to spark knock, boiling range, vapor
pressure etc.
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Gasoline additives
Coolants
A major concern among engine manufacturers is carbon
build up caused by gasoline. Mercedes-Benz
recommends the use of only quality gasoline containing
additives that prevent the build up of carbon deposits.
The engine coolant is a mixture of water and
anticorrosion/antifreeze, which provides:
After an extended period of using fuels without such
additives, carbon deposits can build up especially on the
intake valves and in the combustion area, leading to
engine performance problems such as:
• warm-up hesitation,
• unstable idle,
• knocking/pinging,
• misfire,
• power loss.
Do not blend other specific fuel additives with fuel.
They only result in unnecessary cost, and may be
harmful to the engine operation.
Damage or malfunctions resulting from poor fuel
quality or from blending specific fuel additives are not
covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
• corrosion protection,
• freeze protection,
• boiling protection (by increasing the boiling point).
The cooling system was filled at the factory with a
coolant providing freeze protection to approximately
-22°F (-30°C) and corrosion protection.
If the antifreeze mixture is effective to -22°F (-30°C), the
boiling point of the coolant in the pressurized cooling
system is reached at approx. 266°F (130°C).
The coolant solution must be used year round to provide
the necessary corrosion protection and increase in the
boil-over protection. You should have it replaced every
3 years.
To provide the important corrosion protection, the
solution must be at least 45% anticorrosion/antifreeze
(equals a freeze protection to approx. - 22°F [-30°C]). If
you use a solution that is more than 55% anticorrosion/
antifreeze (freeze protection to approx. - 49°F [-45°C]),
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the engine temperature will increase due to the lower
heat transfer capability of the solution. Therefore, do not
use more than this amount of anticorrosion/antifreeze.
Before the start of the winter season (or once a year in
the hot southern regions), you should have the
anticorrosion/antifreeze concentration checked. The
coolant is also regularly checked each time you bring
your vehicle to your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center
for service.
If the coolant level is low, water and MB anticorrosion/
antifreeze should be used to bring it up to the proper
level (have cooling system checked for signs of leakage).
Anticorrosion/antifreeze quantity
The water in the cooling system must meet minimum
requirements, which are usually satisfied by normal
drinking water. If your are not sure about the water
quality, consult your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
Model
Approx. freeze protection
-35°F
(-37°C)
-49°F
(-45°C)
SL 500
6.6 US qt
(6.25 l)
7.3 US qt
(6.9 l)
SL 600
10.6 US qt
(10.0 l)
11.6 US qt
(11.0 l)
Anticorrosion/antifreeze
Your vehicle contains a number of aluminum parts. The
use of aluminum components in motor vehicle engines
necessitates that anticorrosion/antifreeze coolant used
in such engines be specifically formulated to protect the
aluminum parts. (Failure to use such anticorrosion/
antifreeze coolant will result in a significantly
shortened service life).
Therefore the following product is strongly
recommended for use in your car: Mercedes-Benz
Anticorrosion/Antifreeze Agent.
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Consumer information
This has been prepared as required of all manufactures
of passenger cars under Title 49, Code of U.S. Federal
Regulations, Part 575 pursuant to the “National Traffic
and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966”.
Uniform tire quality grading
Quality grades can be found where applicable on the
tire sidewall between tread shoulder and maximum
section width. For example:
Tread wear 200
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Temperature A
All passenger car tires must conform to federal safety
requirements in addition to these grades.
Treadwear
The treadwear grade is a comparative rating based on
the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled
conditions on a specified government test course. For
example, a tire graded 150 would wear one and one-half
(1 1/2) times as well on the government course as a tire
graded 100. The relative performance of tires depends
upon the actual conditions of their use, however, and
may depart significantly from the norm due to
variations in driving habits, service practices and
differences in road characteristics and climate.
Traction
The traction grades, from highest to lowest are AA, A, B,
and C. Those grades represent the tire’s ability to stop
on wet pavement as measured under controlled
conditions on specified government test surfaces of
asphalt and concrete. A tire marked C may have poor
traction performance.
Warning!
The traction grade assigned to this tire is based on
straightahead braking traction tests, and does not
include acceleration, cornering, hydroplaning, or
peak traction characteristics.
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Temperature
Warning!
The temperature grades are A (the highest), B, and C,
representing the tire‘s resistance to the generation of
heat and its ability to dissipate heat when tested under
controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory
test wheel. Sustained high temperature can cause the
material of the tire to degenerate and reduce tire life,
and excessive temperature can lead to sudden tire
failure. The grade C corresponds to a level of
performance which all passenger car tires must meet
under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
No. 109. Grades B and A represent higher levels of
performance on the laboratory test wheel than the
minimum required by law.
The temperature grade for this tire is established
for a tire that is properly inflated and not
overloaded. Excessive speed, underinflation, or
excessive loading, either separately or in
combination, can cause excessive heat build up
and possible tire failure.
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CD mode .....................................................................109
Operating and display elements ...............................99
Operating safety ..........................................................98
Operation ............................................................. 98, 102
Radio mode ................................................................104
Telephone operation ................................................. 113
Automatic climate control ..............................................90
Air distribution ............................................................95
Air recirculation ..........................................................96
Air volume ....................................................................95
Basic setting - automatic mode .................................93
Defogging windows .....................................................94
Defrosting .....................................................................94
Display and controls ...................................................92
Dust filter .....................................................................97
Rear window defroster ...............................................95
Residual engine heat utilization ...............................96
Automatic transmission ................................................168
Emergency operation ............................................... 174
Fluid level ...................................................................221
Maneuvering ..............................................................172
Program mode selector switch ................................173
Selector lever positions ............................................169
A
ABS (Antilock brake system) ....................................... 190
Malfunction indicator lamp .....................................208
Adjusting steering column
Storing steering column position in memory ........ 70
ADS indicator lamp ....................................................... 212
ADS warning lamp ......................................................... 212
Air conditioner refrigerant ...........................................278
Airbags ..............................................................................60
Airbag OFF indicator lamp ...................................... 213
SRS indicator lamp ...................................................206
Antenna ........................................................................... 151
Antilock brake system (ABS) ....................................... 190
Antitheft alarm system ................................................... 42
Aquaplaning ................................................................... 180
Armrest ........................................................................... 127
Ashtrays ..................................................................130, 131
Audio system
Anti-theft system ...................................................... 100
Button and soft key operation ................................. 101
Cassette mode ........................................................... 106
CD changer .................................................................110
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B
BabySmartTM airbag deactivation system .....................58
Self-test .........................................................................59
Backrest ............................................................................. 48
BAS (Brake assist system) ............................................ 188
Malfunction indicator lamp .....................................207
Battery .............................................................................236
Charge indicator lamp .............................................. 211
Recycling ....................................................................237
Brake assist system (BAS) ............................................ 188
Brake fluid ......................................................................278
Capacity ...................................................................... 276
Brake pad wear indicator lamp ....................................205
Brake warning lamp ......................................................204
C
Catalytic converter ........................................................ 163
Central locking system ................................................... 30
Automatic central locking ......................................... 38
Central locking switch ...............................................37
General notes ............................................................... 34
Locking and unlocking with remote control .......... 31
Remote control ..................................................... 28, 30
Remote control – changing batteries .....................251
Vehicle keys .................................................................28
Changing wheels ........................................................... 230
Charge indicator lamp ................................................... 211
Check engine malfunction indicator lamp ................ 204
Check regularly and before a long trip ...................... 202
Checking engine oil level .............................................221
Checking engine oil level indicator ..............................82
Cleaning and care of the vehicle .................................261
Clock ..................................................................................79
Combination switch .........................................................86
Console storage compartments ....................................127
Consumer information ................................................. 282
Control and operation of radio transmitters .............. 153
Coolant
Adding coolant .......................................................... 224
Anticorrosion/antifreeze quantity .........................281
Checking level .......................................................... 223
Coolants ..................................................................... 280
Low engine coolant level warning lamp ............... 209
Temperature gauge .....................................................78
Cruise control .................................................................185
Cup holder ..............................................................128, 264
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Engine oil
Additives .................................................................... 278
Capacities ...................................................................276
Checking level ...........................................................221
Consumption ................................................................83
Engine oils ................................................................. 278
Low level warning lamp ........................................... 210
Engine oil level indicator ................................................82
Engine oil temperature gauge ........................................83
Entrance lamps in footwells, exit lamps in doors .....120
ESP (Electronic Stability Program) .............................192
Control Switch ........................................................... 194
Malfunction indicator lamp .................................... 207
Synchronizing ........................................................... 193
Warning lamp ........................................................... 207
ETR (Emergency tensioning retractor) .........................60
SRS indicator lamp .................................................. 206
Exterior lamp switch .......................................................84
Exterior lamps ............................................................... 242
Adjusting headlamp aim ......................................... 247
Bulb for high and low beam ................................... 244
Failure indicator lamp .............................................. 211
Headlamp assembly (Halogen) .............................. 243
Headlamp assembly (Xenon) .................................. 245
License plate lamps ................................................. 250
Replacing bulbs ........................................................ 242
Display illumination ........................................................77
Door control panel ...........................................................20
Door pockets ...................................................................129
Doors .................................................................................. 35
Drinking and Driving .....................................................176
Drive sensibly - Save Fuel .............................................176
Driving instructions .......................................................176
Block heater ............................................................... 183
Brakes ......................................................................... 177
Deep water ................................................................. 184
Pedals ...........................................................................176
Traveling abroad ....................................................... 184
Winter driving ........................................................... 182
Driving off ....................................................................... 178
E
Economy ............................................................................93
Electronic stability program (ESP) .............................. 192
Emergency tensioning retractor (ETR) ......................... 60
Emergency unlocking in case of accident ...................38
Emission control ............................................................ 164
Engine compartment ..................................................... 219
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Taillamp assemblies .................................................249
Turn signal, parking, side marker
and standing lamp ...............................................244
F
First aid kit ..................................................................... 215
Flexible service system (FSS) ........................................80
FSS indicator lamp ..................................................... 77
Fuel consumption gauge .................................................83
Fuel filler flap, manual release ...................................259
Fuel requirements .........................................................279
Fuel reserve and fuel cap placement warning ..........207
Fuel supply .....................................................................200
Fuels, coolants, lubricants etc. - capacities ............... 276
Fuses ................................................................................ 218
G
Garage door opener ....................................................... 133
Gasoline
Additives ....................................................................280
Fuel requirements ....................................................279
Premium unleaded ...................................................279
H
Hardtop
Attaching hardtop .....................................................140
Removing ....................................................................137
Hardtop or panorama roof ............................................137
Hazard warning flasher switch .....................................89
Head restraints .................................................................44
Headlamp assembly (Halogen) ................................... 243
Headlamp cleaning system .............................................87
High beam indicator lamp ............................................ 213
Hood ................................................................................. 219
I
Identification labels ...................................................... 270
Illuminated vanity mirror .............................................123
Indicator lamps in the instrument cluster .......... 76, 204
Infant and Child Restraint Systems
SRS indicator lamp .................................................. 206
Infant and child restraint systems ................................67
Instrument cluster ........................................................... 74
Display illumination ...................................................77
Indicator lamps ............................................................ 76
Instrument lamps ........................................................77
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Leather upholstery ........................................................ 267
Level control system ...................................................... 196
Lighter ............................................................................. 131
Locking the vehicle .......................................................... 31
Malfunction and indicator lamps ...........................204
Instruments and controls ............................................... 18
Interior
General notes ............................................................. 124
Interior central locking system ...................................125
Integration with vehicle central locking system . 126
Separate locking of storage compartments ........... 126
Interior lamps ................................................................. 120
Interior lighting ............................................................. 120
M
Maintenance ...................................................................154
Malfunction lamps in the instrument cluster .......... 204
Multicontour seats ...........................................................49
J
N
Jump starting ..................................................................238
Night security illumination ............................................85
K
O
Keys .................................................................................... 28
Flat key .........................................................................29
Master key ....................................................................28
Valet key .......................................................................29
Odometer display field ....................................................82
On-board diagnostic system ........................................ 204
Opening the trunk ...........................................................32
Outside temperature indicator .......................................78
L
Layout of poly-V-belt drive ............................................ 271
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P
Panic button ...................................................................... 33
Parcel net in passenger footwell .................................128
Parking ............................................................................ 178
Parking brake ................................................................. 175
Brake warning lamp .................................................204
Passenger airbag indicator lamp ................................. 213
Power assistance ............................................................ 177
Power sunshade ............................................................. 122
Power windows ................................................................116
Express opening ........................................................117
Opening with key ........................................................ 41
Problems with your vehicle ........................................... 14
Product information .......................................................... 7
R
Radio, telephone and two-way radio ........................... 153
Rain sensor .......................................................................87
Raising soft top manually .............................................253
Reading lamps ................................................................120
Rear storage compartment ...........................................129
Rear view mirrors ............................................................ 71
Exterior .........................................................................72
Inside ............................................................................ 71
Remote control .................................................................28
Changing batteries ...................................................251
Synchronizing .......................................................... 252
Replacement keys
Obtaining ......................................................................29
Replacing wiper blade insert ...................................... 257
Roll bar ............................................................................ 118
Roll bar warning lamp ................................................... 212
S
Safety guidelines for the seat belt, emergency
tensioning retractor and airbag ................................66
Seat belt nonusage warning system .............................53
Seat belts ...........................................................................52
Fastening ......................................................................54
Unfastening ..................................................................56
Warning lamp ........................................................... 206
Seat belts and integrated restraint system ..................52
Seats ...................................................................................44
Seat heater ...................................................................50
Snow chains .................................................................... 181
Soft top .............................................................................143
Lowering .....................................................................144
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Technical data ................................................................ 272
Electrical system ...................................................... 275
Main dimensions ..................................................... 275
Rims – Tires .............................................................. 273
Weights ...................................................................... 275
Tele Aid ............................................................................ 155
Information ................................................................ 159
Initiating an emergency call ................................... 157
Roadside Assistance .................................................158
Telephone, general ......................................................... 132
Telephones and two-way radio .....................................153
The first 1 000 miles (1 500 km) ................................154
Tires
Driving instructions .................................................179
Inflation pressure .................................................... 234
Replacement ............................................................. 226
Speed rating ............................................................... 181
Traction ....................................................................... 180
Tow-away alarm ................................................................43
Tow-away protection ........................................................43
Towing the vehicle ........................................................ 240
Trip odometer ...................................................................79
Trunk .................................................................................39
Trunk lamp .................................................................... 259
Trunk lid release switch .................................................40
Raising ........................................................................ 145
Spare parts service ........................................................269
Spare wheel ....................................................................228
SRS (Supplemental restraint system) ........................... 59
Indicator lamp ...........................................................206
Start lock-out ....................................................................34
Malfunction lamp ........................................................77
Starting and turning off the engine ............................ 167
Steering column
Adjusting ...................................................................... 70
Steering lock ................................................................... 165
Storage compartment (eyeglasses compartment)
in the dashboard .......................................................124
Stowing things in the vehicle ...................................... 215
Sun visors .......................................................................123
Sunshade, electrical ......................................................122
Sunshade, manual ......................................................... 121
Supplemental restraint system (SRS) ........................... 59
Synchronizing power windows .....................................117
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Tachometer .......................................................................79
Taillamp assemblies ......................................................249
Technical .........................................................................272
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Unlocking the vehicle ..................................................... 31
V
Vehicle jack ..................................................................... 217
Vehicle tools .................................................................... 216
W
Warranty coverage .........................................................269
What you should know at the gas station ..................200
Wheels ............................................................................ 226
Changing ................................................................... 230
Rotating ..................................................................... 227
Spare wheel ............................................................... 228
Tire replacement ...................................................... 226
Where to find it ................................................................ 13
Wind screen ....................................................................148
Installation .................................................................148
Removal ......................................................................150
Setting up ...................................................................150
Windshield and headlamp washer system
Check level ................................................................ 202
Fluid mixing ratio .................................................... 225
Low fluid level warning lamp .................................. 210
Windshield washer fluid mixing ratio ..........................88
Wiper blade, replacing insert ..................................... 257
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Service and Literature
Your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center has trained technicians and original Mercedes-Benz parts to service your
vehicle properly. For expert advice and quality service, see your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
If your are interested in obtaining service literature for your vehicle, please contact your authorized Mercedes-Benz
Center. We consider this the best way for you to obtain accurate information for your vehicle.
For further information you can find us on the Mercedes-Benz web-site
www.mbusa.com
Warning!
To help avoid personal injury, be extremely careful when performing any service work or repairs. Improper
or incomplete service or the use of incorrect or inappropriate parts or materials may damage the vehicle or its
equipment, which may in turn result in personal injury.
If you have any question about carrying out some service, turn to the advice of an authorized Mercedes-Benz
Center.
We reserve the right to modify the technical details of the vehicle as given in the data and illustrations of this
Operator’s Manual. Reprinting, translation and copying, even of excerpts, is not permitted without our prior
authorization in writing.
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