Mercedes-Benz 1997 320 SL Operator`s manual

Mercedes-Benz
SL Operator's Manual
320 SL
500 SL
600 SL
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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 MercedesBenz 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.
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
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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 MercedesBenz 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:
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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).
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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.
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.
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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, NI 07645-0350
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 MercedesBenz 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.
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The First 1000 Miles (1500km)
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 1000 miles
(1500 km) at moderate vehicle and
engine speeds.
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 to select positions "3",
"2" or "1" only at moderate speeds (for
hill driving).
After 1000 miles (1500 km) speeds
may be gradually increased to the
permissible maximum.
Check Regularly and Before a Long
Trip
See Index
Maintenance
We strongly recommend that you have
your vehicle serviced by your
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer, in
accordance with the Maintenance
Booklet.
Failure to have the vehicle maintained
in accordance with the Maintenance
Booklet may result in vehicle damage
not covered by the Mercedes-Benz.
Limited Warranty.
Radio Transmitters
Warning!
Never operate radio transmitters
equipped with a built-in or attached
antenna (i.e. without the telephone
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.
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.
Refer to the radio transmitter operation
instructions regarding use of an
external antenna.
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Introduction
Product information
Operator's manual
Consumer Information
Problems with your vehicle
Reporting Safety Defects
Index
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4
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158
Instruments and controls
Instruments and controls
Instrument Cluster
Indicator Lamp Symbols
Catalytic Converter
Starting and Turning Off the Engine
Driving Instructions
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Operation
Automatic Climate Control
Basic settings – automatic mode
Defogging windows
Defrosting
Rear window defroster
Air recirculation
Car Keys
Start lock out
Infrared Remote Control
Central locking system
Doors
Trunk
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Central locking switch
Trunk
Power windows
Interior Central locking system
Antitheft Alarm System
Power seat
Backrest
Multicontour seat
Heated Seats
Armrest
Adjusting steering column
Seat belts and Supplemental restraint
system (SRS)
Emergency tensioning retractor (ETR)
Airbags
Child restraint
Steering Lock
Combination Switch
Exterior Lamp Switch
Exterior rear view mirrors
Inside rear view mirror
Night security illumination
Sun Visors
Vanity mirrors
Instrument Lamps
Display illumination
Trip Odometer
Clock
Garage door opener
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Storage Compartments (Eyeglasses
compartment) in dashboard
Door pockets
Rear Storage Compartments
Ashtray
Lighter
Interior Lighting
Roll Bar
Sunshade
Panorama roof (Hardtop)
Soft top
Wind Screen
Cellular telephone
Antenna
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Driving
Drinking and Driving
Parking Brake
Driving off
Automatic Transmission
Cruise Control
Charge Indicator Lamp
Engine oil pressure Gauge
Low Engine Oil Level Warning Lamp
Engine Oil Consumption
Fuel Consumption Gauge
Tachometer
Fuel reserve warning lamp
Outside temperature indicator
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Coolant temperature gauge
Low engine coolant level
warning lamp
Low windshield and
Headlamp washer system
Fluid level warning lamp
Roll Bar Warning Lamp
Seat Belt and Backrest Lock
Warning Lamp
Exterior Lamp Failure Indicator Lamp
Brake Pad Wear Indicator Lamp
Brake Warning Lamp
ABS (Antilock Brake System)
Acceleration Slip Control (ASR)
Electronic stability program (ESP)
Adaptive damping system (ADS)
Level control system
Emission Control
On-Board Diagnostic System
(California models only)
Winter Driving
Snow Chains
Traveling Abroad
Practical Hints
Hood
Checking Coolant Level
Adding Coolant
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Checking engine oil level
Checking Automatic
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Transmission Fluid Level
Trunk Lamp
First Aid Kit
88 Stowing things in vehicle
89 Vehicle Tools
Spare Wheel
89 Vehicle Jack
89 Wheels
90 Changing Wheels
90 Tire inflation Pressure
91 Battery
92 Exterior lamps
94 Fuses
96 Towing the Vehicle
97 Jump Starting
99 Manual Release of Fuel Filler Flap
Ski rack
99 Testing Infrared Remote Control
100 Raising soft top manually
100 MERCEDES-BENZ
100 Spare Parts Service
Layout of Poly-V-Belt Drive
Replacing Wiper Blades
Cleaning and Care of the Vehicle
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103
104 Technical Data. Fuels, Coolants,
Lubricants etc. Consumer
105 Information
105
106 Identification Plates
106 Vehicle Data Card
106 Warranty Coverage
106 Technical Data
SL 320
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SL 500
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SL 600
109 Fuels, Coolants, Lubricants etc.
112 Capacities
113 Engine Oils
114 Engine Oils additives
121 Air conditioner refrigerant
122 Brake Fluid
123 Premium Unleaded Gasoline
124 Fuel Requirements
124 Gasoline Additives
125 Coolants
126 Service and Literature
Check regularly and before a long trip
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Instruments and Controls
For more detailed descriptions see specified pages
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
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Adjustable air outlet
Level control switch and wheel change switch
Exterior lamp switch
Parking brake release
Hood lock release
Parking brake pedal
Combination switch
Cruise control
Horn
Airbag
Instrument cluster
Steering lock with ignition/starter switch
Adjustable air outlet
Heated air supply button - center air outlet
Non heated/cooled air supply button - center air outlet
Storage/eyeglasses compartment
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25
26
27
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30
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Air volume control for left air outlet
Air volume control for center air outlet
Air volume control for right air outlet
Automatic climate control
Audio
Indicator lamp for anti-theft alarm system
Central locking switch
Hazard warning flasher switch
Adaptive damping system adjustment switch
ASR or ESP control switch
Roll bar operation switch
Ashtray with lighter (to open press bottom of cover)
Soft/hardtop operation switch
Mirror adjustment switch
Seat heater switch
Power window switch
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Instrument Cluster
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2
3
4
5
6
7
Fuel gauge with reserve warning lamp (yellow). See Index.
Coolant temperature gauge. See Index.
Fuel consumption gauge. See Index.
Engine Oil pressure gauge (bar). See Index.
Left turn signal indicator lamp (green)
Knob for instrument lamps and trip odometer. See Index.
Speedometer
8 ESP warning lamp (yellow) or
ASR warning lamp (yellow). See Index.
9 Trip odometer. See Index.
10 Main odometer
11 Outside temperature indicator. See Index.
12 Right turn signal indicator lamp (green)
13 Knob for setting clock. See Index.
14 Tachometer. See Index.
15 Clock See Index.
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Indicator Lamp Symbols
Function Indicator Lamp
High beam
Warning Lamp
(should go out with the engine running unless)
ASR or ESP.
Adjust driving to road condition. See Index
Fluid level for windshield and headlamp washer system
low. See Index.
Coolant level low. See Index.
Engine oil level low. See Index.
Roll bar malfunction. See Index.
ABS malfunction. See Index.
ADS malfunction. See Index.
Exterior lamp failure. See Index.
Brake pads worn down. See Index.
Battery not being charged properly. See Index
Brake fluid low (except Canada).
Parking brake engaged. See Index.
Brake fluid low (Canada only).
Parking brake engaged. See Index.
SRS malfunction. See Index.
Fasten seat belts. Backrest not locked.
See Index.
Engine malfunction indicator lamp. If the lamp
comes on when the engine is running, it indicates a
malfunction of the fuel injection system or emission
control system. In either case, we recommend that
you have the malfunction checked as soon as
possible. See Index.
ESP malfunction. See Index.
ASR malfunction. See Index.
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Catalytic Converter
Caution!
Warning!
Your MERCEDES-BENZ is equipped
with monolithic type catalytic converters,
an important element in conjunction with
the oxygen sensor 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 Maintenance Booklet.
To prevent damage to the catalytic
converters, use only premium unleaded
gasoline in this vehicle.
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.
Any noticeable irregularities in engine
operation should be repaired promptly.
Otherwise, excessive unburned fuel
may reach the catalytic converter
causing it to overheat.
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Starting and Turning off the Engine
Hot Engine
Important!
Starter Lock-Out
Do not depress accelerator. Turn key in
steering lock clock-wise to the stop. If
the engine has not fired after approx. 4
seconds, depress accelerator and
continue cranking until the engine is
firing regularly. Release key and back
off accelerator.
Due to the installed starter non-repeat
feature, the key must be turned
completely to the left before attempting
to start the engine again.
Before Starting
Engage parking brake and ensure
gearshift lever is in neutral (selector
lever position "P" or "N" on automatic
transmissions).
Turn key in steering lock to position 2.
The charge indicator lamp should come
on.
Cold Engine
Do not depress accelerator.
Turn key in steering lock clock-wise to
the stop. Do not depress accelerator.
Release key only when the engine is
firing regularly.
At very high coolant temperatures the
engine starting time can be shortened if
the accelerator is depressed slowly at
the beginning of the starting process.
Turning Off
Turn the key in the steering lock to
position 0 to stop the engine.
The key can only be removed with the
selector lever in position "P".
Observe the oil pressure gauge
immediately after starting the engine.
In a very cold engine the oil pressure
will rise slowly after the engine has
started. Do not speed up the engine
before pressure is registered on the
pressure gauge. If you do not see the
gauge register oil pressure, stop the
engine and have it checked.
The battery charge indicator lamp
should go out as soon as the engine has
started.
In areas where temperatures frequently
drop below -4°F (-20°C) we
recommend that an engine block heater
be installed. Your authorized
Mercedes-Benz dealer will advise you
on this subject.
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Driving Instructions
Brakes
Warning!
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 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
or tire dealer for repairs.
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. Be sure to maintain a safe
distance from vehicles in front.
Power Assistance
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.
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 car in
sufficient time to avoid an accident.
The condition of the parking brake
system is checked each time the car is
in the shop for the required
maintenance.
All checks and maintenance work on
the brake system should be carried out
by an authorized Mercedes-Benz
dealer.
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.
Brake pad wear or a leak in the system
may be the reason for low brake fluid
in the reservoir.
Have the brake system inspected at an
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer
immediately.
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.
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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).
Caution!
When driving down long and steep
grades, relieve the load on the brakes
by shifting into "3", "2" or "1" (for
models SL 500 and SL 600). This helps
prevent overheating of the brakes and
reduces brake pad wear.
Warning!
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.
Tires
Tread wear indicators (TWI) are
required by law. These indicators are
located in six places on the tread
circumference and become visible at a
depth of approximately 1/16 in (2 mm),
at which point the tire is considered
worn and should be replaced.
The tread wear indicator appears as a
solid band across the tread.
Warning!
Do not allow your tires to wear
down too far. With less than 1/16 in
(1.5 mm) of tread, the adhesion
properties on a wet road are sharply
reduced.
Depending upon the weather and/or
road surface (conditions), the tire
traction varies widely.
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 car. 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. Avoid track grooves in the
road and apply brakes cautiously in the
rain.
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Tire Traction
Tire Speed Rating
Parking
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 as soon as the
prevailing temperatures fall close to the
freezing point.
Your vehicle is factory equipped with
"Z"-rated tires.
Warning!
Warning!
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.
Even when permitted by law, never
operate a vehicle at speeds greater
than the maximum speed rating of
the tires.
We recommend M + S 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 wet or dry.
Despite the tire rating, local speed
limits should be obeyed. Use prudent
driving speeds appropriate to
prevailing conditions.
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.
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 foot on brake pedal.
2. Firmly depress parking
brake pedal.
3. Engage first or reverse
gear (selector lever position "P"
in the case of automatic
transmissions).
4. Slowly release brake pedal.
5. Turn front wheels towards
the road curb.
6. Turn the key to steering
lock position 0 and remove.
Important!
It is advisable to set the parking brake
whenever parking or leaving the
vehicle. In addition, engage first or
reverse gear (selector lever position
"P").
When parking on hills, always set the
parking brake.
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Winter Driving Instructions
The most important rule for slippery or
icy roads is to drive sensibly and to
avoid abrupt acceleration, braking and
steering action. Do not use the cruise
control system under such conditions.
When the vehicle is in danger of
skidding, declutch, or in case of
automatic transmission 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 is
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.
Warning!
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.
To assure sufficient fresh air
ventilation, open a window slightly
on the side of the car that is out of
the wind.
Passenger Compartment
Warning!
Always fasten items being carried as
securely as possible.
In an accident, during hard braking
or sudden maneuvers, loose items
will be thrown around inside the
vehicle, and cause injury to vehicle
occupants unless the items are
securely fastened in the vehicle.
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Operation
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1.
Air volume control for left air
outlet, turn left to open
2.
Air volume control for center
air outlets, turn left to open
3.
Air volume control for right center
air outlet, turn left to open
4.
Center air outlets, adjustable
5.
Side air outlet, left and right,
adjustable
Push-buttons for center air outlets
Automatic Climate Control
The system is always at operational
readiness, except when manually
switched off.
The automatic climate control only
operates with the engine running.
The temperature selector should be left
at the desired temperature setting. The
temperature selected is reached as
quickly as possible.
6.
Heated air supply
7.
Non-heated/cooled air supply
Basic mode:
None of the push-buttons
(6 or 7) is pressed.
8.
Display and Controls
The system will not heat or cool any
quicker by setting a higher or lower
temperature.
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Basic Setting - Automatic Mode
Press
for automatic mode.
Simultaneously press both
and
for temperature
setting of 72°F.
Display and Controls
Press to activate, indicator lamp is on
while activated.
Automatic mode
Air recirculation
Rear window defroster
Raise temperature
Air is directed to foot area
and doors
Economy mode
Lower temperature
Air volume, manual
Defrost
Residual engine heat
utilization
Air volume and distribution are
controlled automatically.
This setting can be used all year
around.
Economy
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.
Press
button to activate.
Press
button once again to return
to previous setting.
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Special Settings
(use only for snort duration)
Defogging Windows
Switch off
button,
Press
button.
Press
button repeatedly
until air directly upwards.
Turn wheels (1 and 3) left to open left
and right air outlets (5).
Defrosting
Turn wheels (1 and 3) left to open left
and right air outlets (5).
Press
button. Maximum heated
and automatically controlled amount of
air is directed to the windshield and
side windows.
Press
button once again to return
to previous setting.
Rear Window Defroster
Turn key in steering lock to
position 2.
To select, press
button.
To cancel, press
button again.
Note:
Heavy accumulation of snow and ice
should be removed before activating
the defroster.
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.
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.
As soon as the battery has sufficient
voltage, the defroster automatically
turns itself back on.
Air Distribution
Press
button repeatedly until the
requested symbol is displayed
Air Volume
Press - or +side of rocker switch
until the requested blower
speed is attained, A choice of 7
blower speeds is available,
To switch the automatic climate
control off, press -side of rocker
switch
until symbol OFF is
displayed.
The fresh air supply to the car interior
is shut off.
While driving, use this setting only
temporarily, otherwise the windshield
could fog up.
To switch the automatic climate
control on again, press
,
, or + side of
,
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Air Recirculation
Residual Engine Heat Utilization
Dust Filter
This mode can be selected to
temporarily reduce the entry of
annoying odors or dust into the
vehicle's interior.
Outside air is not supplied to the
car's interior.
To select, press
button.
To cancel, press
button again.
The system will automatically
switch from recirculated air to fresh
air
With the engine switched off, it is
possible to continue heating the interior
for a short while.
Nearly all dust particles and pollen
are filtered out before outside air
enters the passenger compartment
through the air distribution system.
•
Press
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after approx. 5 minutes at
outside temperatures below
approx. 40°F (6°C),
after approx. 20 minutes, at
outside temperatures above
approx. 40°F (5°C),
after approx. 5 minutes, if button
is pressed.
If the windows should fog up from
the inside, switch from recirculated
air back to fresh air,
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.
Air volume and distribution are
controlled automatically.
To select:
Turn key in steering lock to position 1
or 0 or remove key. Close air outlet in
rear passenger compartment.
button.
This function selection will not activate
if the battery charge level is
insufficient.
To cancel: Press
button.
The system will automatically
shut off
•
•
•
if you turn key in steering lock to
position 2,
after approx. 30 minutes,
if the battery voltage drops.
Notes:
Do not obstruct the air flow by
placing objects on the air flowthrough exhaust slots below the
rear window.
Also keep the air intake grille in front
of windshield free of snow and debris.
Important!
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.
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Car Keys
Included with your vehicle are
•
•
•
Notes:
Do not give the master key to an
unauthorized person.
2 Master keys with infrared
remote control
1 Master key
1 Valet key
1 Flat key
Remote Control with
Folding Master Key
We recommend that you carry the fiat
key with you and keep it in a safe place
(e.g. your wallet) so that it is always
handy. Never leave the flat key in the
vehicle.
The valet key works only in the driver's
door |lock and the steering lock.
The valet key will not work in the
trunk and storage compartment locks.
The master key fits all locks on the car.
To release the key, press button (1).
The key unfolds from the holder by
itself.
The transmitter for the infrared remote
control is located in the key holder, the
receivers are located in the door
handless, and next to the trunk lock.
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.
Obtaining Replacement Keys
The flat key fits all locks on the car.
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 dealer.
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Start Lock-Out
Infrared Remote Control
Important!
The vehicle doors, trunk and fuel filler
flap can be centrally locked and
unlocked, as well as the windows and
sliding roof closed with infrared
remote control.
With vehicle centrally locked, the trunk
can also be opened by using the
infrared remote control. Aim
transmitter eye at receiver and press
transmit button twice.
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.
1.
2.
3.
Transmit button
Transmitter eye and lamp for
battery check
Key release button
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4.
Receiver, red indicator lamp
(locking) and green indicator
lamp (unlocking) in left door
handle,
5.
Receiver, red indicator lamp
(locking) and green indicator lamp
(unlocking) in right door handle.
6.
Receiver, red indicator lamp
(locking) and green indicator lamp
(unlocking) below trunk lock.
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Locking and Unlocking
Closing Windows from Outside
Note:
Aim transmitter eye (2) at a receiver
(4, 5, or 6) and press transmit button.
Continue to press transmit button after
locking car.
The windows begin to close after
approx. 2 seconds.
If the side windows cannot be closed
automatically by pressing the transmit
button of the infrared remote control
then it may be necessary to change the
batteries in the transmitter (if ok,
battery indicator lamp in transmitter
will light briefly when transmitting), or
to synchronize the system, see Remote
Control, Infrared in Index.
The red or green indicator lamp on the
receiver should blink, It stops blinking
when the vehicle is properly locked or
unlocked.
Notes:
If the trunk was previously locked
separately, it will remain locked (see
Index).
If the vehicle cannot be locked or
unlocked by pressing the transmit
button, then it may be necessary to
change the batteries in the transmitter
(if ok, battery indicator lamp in
transmitter will light briefly when
transmitting) or to synchronize the
system, see Remote Control, Infrared
in Index.
Warning!
Never close the windows If there is
the possibility of anyone being
harmed by the raising window.
In case the closing procedure causes
potential danger, the closing
procedure can be immediately
interrupted by releasing the transmit
button. However, the windows can
only be lowered using the power
window buttons inside the car.
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When you lock the car, both door lock
buttons should move down. If any one
stays up, the respective door is not
properly closed.
You should then unlock the car, open
and reclose this door, and lock the car
again. Each individual door can be
locked with door lock button - the
driver's door can only be locked when
it is closed.
Central Locking System
Doors
The entire vehicle may be locked or
unlocked by using either the master
key in driver's door or trunk lock, or
central locking switch located in center
console. The central locking system
also locks or unlocks the fuel filler
flap.
1.
Opening - pull handle
2.
Unlocking
3.
Locking
4.
Individual door from inside:
Note:
If the fuel filler flap cannot be opened,
refer to Fuel Filler Flap, Manual
Release (see Index).
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•
Push lock button down to lock.
Pull lock button up to unlock.
If the car 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 lid and fuel filler flap
remain locked.
Emergency Unlocking in Case of
Accident
The doors unlock automatically a short
time after the roll bar is deployed in an
accident (this is intended to aid rescue
and exit). However, the key in the
steering lock must be in steering lock
positions 1, 2 or returned to position 0,
but not removed.
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Notes:
In case of a malfunction in the central
locking system the doors and trunk can
be locked and unlocked individually.
To lock, turn key to position 3 or push
down lock buttons.
To unlock, turn key to position 2 or
pull up lock buttons.
Central locking switch
Trunk
1.
2.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Locking
Unlocking
The central locking switch is located
on the center console.
The doors can only be locked with
the central locking switch, if both
doors are closed.
The doors cannot be unlocked with
the central locking switch, if car
was previously locked from
outside.
If the car has previously been
locked with the central locking
switch, only the opened door is
unlocked.
Neutral posit/on - push to open
Unlocking
Locking (detent)
Separate locking of trunk remove key in this position.
When the trunk is separately locked, it
remains locked when unlocking any
door.
To deny any unauthorized person
access to the trunk, lock it separately.
Leave only the valet key with the
vehicle.
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When locking doors or trunk, turn key
in door lock or trunk lock to position 1
and hold. The windows begin to close
automatically after approximately 2
seconds.
To interrupt the closing procedure, turn
key to position 2.
Note:
If the closing procedure is interrupted,
it can only be continued by first turning
the key to the unlocked position (8)
and then again to the locking position
(1) and hold.
Warning!
Never close the windows if there is
the possibility of anyone being
harmed by the raising window.
Power Windows
1.
2.
3.
Closing
Interrupting
Opening
In case the closing procedure causes
potential danger, the closing
procedure can be immediately
interrupted by turning the key back
to the vertical position. However, the
windows can only be lowered using
the power window buttons inside the
car.
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•
rear storage compartments,
door pockets.
Integration with vehicle central
locking system
When locking or unlocking the vehicle
from the outside by using the master
key, the interior storage compartments
and door pockets are also locked or
unlocked (with lock in position 1).
Separate locking of storage
compartments
Interior Central Locking System
Locking:
1.
Turn master key to position 2 and
remove from lock. The storage
compartments remain locked –
even if the vehicle is unlocked from
the outside.
2.
3.
Initial position (integrated with
vehicle central locking system)
Separate locking of storage
compartments
Emergency operation
The following storage compartments
are part of the interior central locking
system:
•
•
eyeglasses compartment in the
dashboard,
console storage compartments,
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 eye
glasses 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 .
Unlocking:
Turn master key to position 1 and
remove from lock.
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.
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Anti Theft Alarm System
The anti-theft alarm can be
armed/disarmed with any of your
vehicle's keys or infrared remote
control by locking/unlocking either
door or the trunk.
A blinking lamp (1) indicates that the
alarm is armed.
1.
Indicator lamp in center console
The antitheft alarm is disarmed when
unlocking the driver door or the trunk
with any of your vehicle's keys or
infrared remote control.
Operation:
The alarm will last approximately 150
seconds in the form of blinking exterior
lamps. At the same time an alarm horn
will sound intermittently for 60
seconds, pause for 30 seconds, and
repeat for another 60 seconds.
The alarm will stay on even if the
activating element (a door, for
example) is immediately closed.
Note:
We recommend that you carry the flat
key safely with you so that it is always
handy. This key has the same function
as the master key.
Once the alarm system has been
armed, the exterior vehicle lamps will
flash and the horn will sound
intermittently when someone:
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
opens a door,
opens the trunk,
opens the hood,
removes the radio,
switches on or bridges the
ignition circuit,
steps on the brake pedal,
opens the storage compartment
between the front seats.
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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.
Note:
To prevent the backrest from touching
the soft top storage compartment cover
when the seat cushion is moved back,
the backrest will automatically move to
a more upright position.
Power Seats
The switches are located in each front
door.
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).
Adjusting
A.
B.
C.
Seat cushion
Backrest
Head restraint (with shoulder belt
height adjustment)
When reclining the backrest, the seat
cushion will automatically move
forward to prevent the backrest from
touching the soft top storage
compartment cover.
Warning!
When leaving the vehicle always
remove the key from the steering lock.
The power seats can also be operated
with the driver's or passenger door
open. Do not leave children
unattended in the vehicle.
Unsupervised use of vehicle
equipment may cause serious personal
injury.
Do not adjust the driver's seat while
driving. Adjusting the seat while
driving could cause the driver to lose
control of the vehicle.
Never ride in a moving vehicle with
the seat back 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 seat back and seat belts provide
the best restraint when the wearer is
in an upright position and belts are
properly positioned on the body.
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.
Never place hands under seat or near
any moving parts while a seat is being
adjusted.
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Using
the same position button, the
Adjusting
steering column position and rear view
mirror
positions
A Seat
cushionwill also be stored
together with the seat position.
B Backrest
Adjusting
steering column and mirrors
Head restraint
seeCIndex.
(with shoulder belt height
adjustment)
Storing Position in Memory
D Memory button
E Position buttons "1", "2"
and "3"
After the seat and head restraint are
positioned, push memory button D,
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".
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.
Note:
To prevent the backrest from touching
the soft top storage compartment cover
when the seat cushion is moved back,
the backrest will automatically move to
a more upright position. When
reclining the backrest, the seat cushion
will automatically move forward to
prevent the backrest from touching the
soft top storage compartment cover.
Recalling
Stored Positions
Warning!
Never ride in a moving vehicle with
Press
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or "3"in an
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In a normal
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provide the best restraint for the
wearer, as they are only then
properly located on the body.
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.
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Backrest
Folding forward:
Lift lever and fold forwards.
Folding back:
Fold backrest back until it audibly
locks in place.
Warning!
The seat belts provide protection
only with the backrest locked in
place and, therefore, must be locked
in place with the vehicle in motion.
Do not drive the car when the seatback 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.
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 dealer
immediately.
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Multicontour
Backrest
Seat (optional)
Folding forward:
and depth
fold forwards.
1. Lift
Seatlever
cushion
Folding back:
backrest
back until it audibly
2. Fold
Backrest
bottom
locks in place.
3. Warning!
Backrest center
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If both backrests are locked in place
thedown
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side support.
authorized MERCEDES-BENZ dealer
immediately.
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.
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Press switch to turn on heater:
Heated Seats
The seat heaters can be switched on
with the key in steering lock turned to
position 1 or 2.
1.
Normal heating mode. One
indicator lamp in the switch
lights up.
2.
Rapid heating mode. Both
indicator lamps in the switch
light up.
After approximately 5 minutes in
the rapid heating mode, the heater
automatically switches to normal
operation and only one indicator
lamp will stay on.
Turning off heater:
If one indicator lamp is on, press upper
half of switch.
If both indicator lamps are on, press
lower half of switch.
Note:
When in operation, the seat heater
consumes a large amount of power. It
is advisable not 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).
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.
If left on, the heater automatically turns
off after approximately 30 minutes of
operation.
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Storing Steering Column
Position in Memory
The steering column position is stored
in memory together with the seat/head
restraint/mirror position and can be
recalled when necessary, see Index.
Warning!
Do not adjust the steering wheel
while driving. Adjusting the steering
wheel while driving could cause the
driver to lose control of the vehicle.
Armrest
Adjusting Steering Column
To adjust: Press button (1) and slide
armrest forward or backward.
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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Seat Belts and Supplemental
Restraint System (SRS)
Your vehicle is equipped with lapshoulder seat belts, emergency
tensioning retractors for the seat belts,
driver airbag and knee bolster and
passenger airbag and knee bolster.
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 213.1. We strongly
recommend their use.
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.
Never ride in a moving vehicle with
the seat back 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 seat back and seat belts provide
the best restraint when the wearer is
in an upright position and belts are
properly positioned on the body.
Seat Belt Warning System
With the key in steering lock
position 2, an audible warning sounds
for a short time if the driver's seat belt
is not fastened.
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 passengers should
always wear seat belts.
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 can hit the interior
of the vehicle or be ejected from it.
You can be seriously injured or
killed.
In the same crash, the possibility for
injury or death is lessened with your
seat belt buckled.
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Press switch (4) to adjust seat belt 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.
1. Latch plate
2. Buckle
3. Release button
Fastening of Seat Belts
For safety reasons, avoid adjusting the
seat or seat back into positions which
could affect the correct seat belt
position.
Pull belt with latch plate (1) across
shoulder and lap. Push latch plate (1)
into buckle (2) until it clicks. The lap
belt should be positioned as low as
possible on your hips and not across
the abdomen. Do not twist the belt. A
twisted seat belt may cause injury.
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Operation:
Warning!
The inertia reel stops the belt from
unwinding during sudden vehicle stops
or when quickly pulling on the belt.
USE SEAT BELTS PROPERLY.
•
Each occupant should wear
their seat belt at all times,
because seat belts help re
duce the likelihood of and
potential severity of injuries
in accidents, including roll-overs.
"SRS" (driver airbag,
passenger airbag), "ETR"
(seat belt emergency tensioning
retractors), and knee bolsters
are designed to enhance the
protection offered to properly
belted occupants in certain
frontal impacts which exceed
preset deployment thresholds.
•
Improperly positioned seat
belts do not provide maximum
protection and may cause
serious injuries in case of an
accident.
The locking function of the reel may be
checked by quickly pulling on the belt.
Note:
For cleaning and care of the seat belts,
see Cleaning and Care of the Vehicle
in Index.
Unfastening of Seat Belts
Push in the red 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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•
Never wear the shoulder
belt under your arm, against
your 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 top much force
to the ribs, which could severely
injure internal organs such as
your liver or spleen.
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 could cause
serious injuries in a crash.
•
Each seat belt should never
be used for more than one
person at a time. Do not
fasten a seat belt around a
person and objects.
•
Belts should not be worn
twisted. In a crash, you
wouldn't have the full width
of the belt to take impact
forces. The twisted belt
against your body could
cause injuries.
•
Pregnant women should
also use a lap-shoulder belt.
The lap belt portion should
be positioned as low as
possible on the hips to
avoid any possible pressure
on the abdomen.
Warning!
USE CHILD RESTRAINTS
PROPERLY.
•
Infants and small children
must be seated in an infant
or child restraint system,
which is properly secured
by a lap belt or lap belt
portion of a lap-shoulder
belt. Children could be
endangered in an accident if
their child restraints are not
properly secured in the vehicle.
•
Rear-facing child restraints
must not be used in the
front seat. They could be
struck by the airbag when it
inflates in a crash. If this
happens, a child in the
restraint could be seriously
injured.
•
Children too big for child
restraint systems should
use regular seat belts.
Position shoulder belt across
chest and shoulder, not face or
neck. A booster seat may be
necessary to achieve proper belt
positioning.
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Supplemental Restraint System
(SRS)
Emergency Tensioning
Retractor (ETR)
The SRS uses two crash severity levels
(thresholds) to activate either the ETR
or airbag or both. Activation depends
on the direction and severity of the
impact, exceeding the thresholds and
fastening of the seat belt.
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.
Seat belt fastened
The emergency tensioning retractors
are designed to activate only when the
seat belts are fastened during frontal
and front-angled impacts exceeding the
first threshold of the SRS. 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.
•
•
first threshold exceeded:
ETR activates
second threshold exceeded:
airbag also activates
Seat belt not fastened
•
first threshold exceeded:
airbag activates, but not ETR
In cases of other frontal impacts, rollovers, certain side impacts, rear
collisions, or other accidents without
frontal 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.
For seat belt and emergency tensioning
retractor safety guidelines, see Safety
Guidelines in Index.
Driver and front passenger systems
operate independently from each other.
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Airbags
1. Driver airbag
2. Front passenger airbag
3. Side impact airbag
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.
The driver airbag is located in the
steering wheel hub. The passenger
airbag is located in the dashboard
ahead of the passenger.
The side impact airbags are located in
the doors. In conjunction with wearing
the seat belts with emergency
tensioning retractors, the airbags can
provide increased protection for the
driver and passenger in certain major
frontal and front-angled and side
impacts.
The operational readiness of the
airbag system is verified by the
indicator lamp "SRS" in the
instrument cluster. 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
corning on again.
The following system components are
monitored or undergo a self-check:
crash-sensor, airbag ignition circuits,
driver and passenger seat belt buckles.
Initially, when the key is turned from
steering lock position 0 to positions 1
or 2, malfunctions in the crash-sensor
are detected and indicated (the "SRS"
indicator lamp stays on longer than 4
seconds).
In the operational mode, after the
indicator lamp has gone out
following the initial check, interruptions and short circuits in the
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airbag ignition circuit and in the driver
and passenger seat belt buckle
harnesses, and low voltage in the entire
system are detected and indicated.
In the event a malfunction of the "SRS"
is indicated as outlined above, the
"SRS" may not be operational. We
strongly recommend that you visit an
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer
immediately to have the system
checked; otherwise the "SRS" may not
be activated when needed.
Front Airbags
The driver and passenger front "SRS"
airbags are designed to activate only in
certain frontal and front-angled
impacts.
The front passenger airbag deploys
only if the passenger seat is occupied.
Note:
Do not place heavy objects on front
passenger seat, otherwise the front
airbag may deploy.
Side Airbags
The side impact "SRS" airbags are
designed to activate only in certain side
impacts. Only the impacted side airbag
deploys.
The passenger side airbag deploys only
if the passenger seat is occupied.
Note:
Do not place heavy objects on front
passenger seat, otherwise the side
airbag may deploy.
Important!
The "SRS" airbags are designed to
activate only in certain frontal,
front-angled or side impacts. 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
should always wear the seat belts,
otherwise it is not possible for the
airbags to provide their intended
supplemental protection.
In cases of other frontal Impacts,
roll-overs, other side impacts, rear
collisions, or other accidents without
sufficient forces,
the airbag will not be activated.
The driver and passengers will
then be protected by the
fastened seat belts.
We caution you not to rely on the
presence of an airbag in order to
avoid wearing your seat
Belt
The "SRS" is designed to reduce the
potential of injury in certain frontal,
front-angled and side impacts which
may cause injuries, however, no
system available today can totally
eliminate injuries and fatalities.
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 service life of the airbags
extends to the date indicated on the
label located on the driver-side door
latch post. To provide continued
reliability after that date, they
should be inspected by an authorized
Mercedes-Benz dealer at that time
and replaced when necessary.
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Warning!
It is very important for your safety 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 seat back. Fasten your
seat belt and ensure that it is
properly positioned on the body.
For unobstructive inflation of side
airbags, keep door pocket lids
closed.
Since the airbag inflates with
considerable speed and force, a
proper seating position will keep you
in a safe distance from the airbag:
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Sit properly belted in an
upright position with your
back against the seat back.
•
•
Do not lean with your head
or chest close to the steering
wheel or dashboard.
Failure to follow these instructions
can result in severe injuries to you or
other occupants.
•
Adjust the driver seat as far
as possible rearward, still
permitting proper operation
of vehicle controls.
•
Adjust the passenger seat
as far as possible rearward
from the dashboard,
especially when a child
restraint is installed.
Infants and small children
should only be seated in an
infant or child restraint
which is properly secured
by the seat belt.
Rear-facing child restraints
must not be used in a front
seat.
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Safety Guidelines for the Seat Belt,
Emergency Tensioning Retractor
and Airbag
•
Warning!
•
•
Damaged 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
dealer.
Do not pass belts over sharp
edges.
•
Do not make any modification
that could change the
effectiveness of the belts.
•
The "SRS" is designed to
function on a one-time-only
basis. An airbag or emergency
tensioning retractor (ETR) that
was activated must be replaced.
No modifications of any kind
may be made to any components
or wiring of the "SRS". This
includes the installation of
additional trim material, badges
etc. over the steering wheel hub
or front passenger airbag cover
and installation of additional
electrical/electronic equipment
on or near "SRS" components
and wiring.
•
Several airbag system components at the steering wheel get
hot after the air-bag has inflated.
Don't try to touch them.
•
Improper work on the system,
including incorrect installation
and removal, can lead to possible
injury through an uncontrolled
activation of the "SRS".
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In addition, through improper
work there is the risk of
rendering the "SRS"
inoperative. Work on the "SRS"
must therefore only be
performed by an authorized
Mercedes-Benz dealer.
When scrapping the airbag unit
or emergency tensioning
retractor, it is mandatory to
follow our safety instructions.
These instructions are available
at your authorized MercedesBenz dealer.
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 Owner's
Manual.
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Infants and Child Restraint
Systems
We recommend that all infants and
children be restrained at all times while
the vehicle is in motion.
The passenger seat has a special seat
belt retractor for secure fastening of a
child restraint. To use, fasten child
restraint with seat belt: Follow child
restraint instructions for routing. Then
pull shoulder belt out completely. Slide
switch located on side of passenger seat
to position
. Let the belt retract. It
is now locked. Push down on child
restraint to take up any slack.
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 infant or child restraint
system, which is properly secured by
the lap-shoulder belt, and that complies
with U.S. Federal Motor Safety
Standard 213 and Canadian Motor
Vehicle Safety Standard 213.1.
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.
When using any infant or child
restraint system, be sure to carefully
read and follow all manufacturer's
instructions for installation and use.
Warning!
Rear-facing child restraints must not
be used in a front seat They could be
struck by the airbag when it inflates
in a crash. If this happens, a child in
the restraint could be seriously
injured.
Infants and small children should
never be held on the lap while the
vehicle is in motion. During an
accident they would be almost
impossible to hold, and could be
crushed between the adult and the
dashboard.
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.
Children too big for child restraint
systems should use regular seats
belts. Position the shoulder belt
across the chest and shoulder, not the
face or neck. A booster seat may be
necessary to achieve proper belt
positioning.
When the child restraint is not in use,
remove it from the car or secure it
with the seat belt to prevent the child
restraint from becoming a projectile
in the event of an accident.
U.S.A. Models only
Since 1986 all U.S. child restraints
comply with U.S. regulations without
the use of a tether strap.
Canada Models only
This vehicle can be equipped with
tether anchorages for a top tether strap.
Consult your authorized MercedesBenz dealer for installation of these
anchorages.
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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.)
Most electrical consumers can be
operated. For detailed information
see respective subjects.
2. Driving position.
3. Starting position.
Refer to Index for Starting and
turning off engine.
Steering Lock
0.
The key can be withdrawn in this
position only. The steering is
locked with the key removed from
the steering lock. The key can be
removed only with the selector
lever in position "P". After
removing the key or with the key
in steering lock position 0, the
selector lever is locked in position
"P".
Warning!
When leaving the vehicle always
remove the key from the steering
lock. Do not leave children
unattended in the vehicle.
Unsupervised use of vehicle
equipment may cause serious
personal injury.
Notes:
A warning will sound when the
driver's door is opened with the key in
steering lock positions 1 or 0.
With the engine at idle speed, the
charging rate of the alternator
(output) is limited.
It is therefore recommended to turn
off unnecessary electrical consumers
while driving in stop-and-go traffic.
This precaution helps to avoid
draining of the battery.
Unnecessary drain on the battery and
charging system may be minimized
by turning off the following power
consumers, for example: heated seats,
rear window defroster. In addition,
the automatic climate control blower
speed should be set to stage "1".
Caution!
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.
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6.
Press switch briefly:
One wipe without washer water
(select only if window is wet)
Press switch past resistance point:
Windshield washer, windshield
wiper;
headlamp cleaning system only in
exterior lamp switch positions
or
(except xenon
lamps).
Canada only: also in position
when the engine is running)
Combination Switch
1. Low beam (exterior lamp
switch position
)
2. High beam (exterior lamp
switch position
)
3. High beam flasher (high beam
available independent of
exterior lamp switch position)
4. Turn signals, right
5. Turn signals, left
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.
7.
Windshield wiper
Wiper off
I
Intermittent wiping
II Normal wiper speed
III Fast wiper speed
Note:
The windshield washer reservoir,
hoses and nozzles are automatically
heated.
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Windshield Washer Fluid Mixing
Ratio
For temperatures above freezing:
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).
Windshield Wiper Smears
Blocked Windshield Wiper
If the windshield wiper becomes
blocked (for example, due to snow),
switch off the wiper motor.
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).
Signaling Turns with Hazard
Flasher in Use
For example, when the vehicle is being
towed (key in steering lock turned to
position 2):
With hazard flasher on, activate
combination switch for left or right
turn signal - only the selected turn
signal will blink.
Emergency Operation of
Windshield Wiper
Upon canceling the turn signal, all four
turn signals will operate again.
In case of windshield wiper
malfunction, turn combination switch
to wiper setting II.
Turn Signal Failure
Have the system checked at your
authorized MERCEDES-BENZ dealer
as soon as possible.
If one of the turn signals fails, the turn
signal indicator system flashes and
sounds at a faster than normal rate.
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.
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Exterior Lamp Switch
Canada only:
When the engine is running, the low
beam (includes parking lamps, side
marker lamps, taillamps, license plate
lamps and instrument panel 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
to permit activation of
the high beam headlamps.
Off
Standing Lamps
Parking lamps (includes side
marker lamps, taillamps,
license plate lamps,
instrument panel lamps)
Canada only: When the
engine is running, the low
beam is additionally
switched on.
Parking lamps plus low
beam or high beam
headlamps (combination
switch pushed forward)
Standing lamps, right (turn
left one stop).
Standing lamps, left (turn
left two stops)
Fog lamps (pull out one
stop) with parking and/or
headlamps on
Rear fog lamp (pull out to
2nd detent) In addition to
fog lamps. Indicator lamp in
lamp switch comes on
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.
The standing lamps can only be
operated with the key in steering
lock position 0 or 1.
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.
Fog lamps will operate with the
parking lamps and the low or high
beam headlamps. Fog lamps should
only be used in conjunction with low
beam headlamps. Consult your state
Motor Vehicle Regulations regarding
allowable lamp operation.
Fog lamps are automatically
switched off when the exterior
lamp switch is turned to
position
.
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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.
Note:
The exterior mirrors have electrically
heated glass. The heater switches on
automatically, depending on outside
temperature.
Exterior Rear View Mirrors
The switch is located in the center
console.
Turn key in steering lock to position 2.
First select the mirror to be adjusted turn switch:
1 Left mirror
2 Right mirror
Storing Mirror Positions in
Memory
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 Index.
Inside Rear View Mirror
If the mirror housing is forcibly
pivoted from its normal position, it
must be repositioned by applying firm
pressure until it snaps into place.
Manually adjust the mirror.
Use your inside mirror to determine
the size and distance of objects seen in
the passenger convex mirror.
Warning!
Exercise care when using the
passenger-side mirror. The
passenger-side exterior mirror is
convex (outwardly curved surface
for a wider field of view). Objects in
mirror arc closer than they appear.
Check your inside rear view mirror
or glance over your shoulder before
changing lanes.
Antiglare Night Position
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.
To adjust, move the switch forward,
backward or to either side.
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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Night Security Illumination
When exiting the vehicle after driving
with the exterior lamps on, they switch
on again for added security for
approximately 30 seconds after closing
the last door. The lamp-on time period
can be changed at your Mercedes-Benz
dealer.
Sun Visors
Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
Swing sun visors down to protect
against sun glare.
With the visor engaged in its inner
mounting, the lamp can be switched on
by opening the cover.
If sunlight enters through a side
window, disengage visor from inner
mounting and pivot to the side.
Warning!
Do not use the vanity mirror while
driving.
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Instrument Lamps
Rotate adjusting knob (1) to vary
intensity of instrument lamps.
Display Illumination
Press adjusting knob to briefly
illuminate the display (with key
removed or in steering lock position 0
or 1).
With exterior lamps switched on the
display illumination becomes
automatically dim.
1.
Adjusting knob
Rotate adjusting knob clockwise to its
slop to override the dimmed
illumination.
Trip odometer
To reset:
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•
Press adjusting knob (1) once
(with key in steering lock
position 2).
Press adjusting knob (1) twice
(with key removed or in
lock position 0 or 1).
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.
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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.
When programming or operating
the remote control make sure there
is no possibility of anyone being
harmed by the moving door.
Note:
Garage Door Opener
1 Remote control transmitter
located on inside rear view mirror
2 Portable remote control transmitter
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 dealer or call
Mercedes-Benz Customer Assistance
Center (in the U.S.A. only) at 1-800
FOR MERCEDES.
Programming or reprogramming the
remote control:
1. Turn key in steering lock to
position 1 or 2.
2. Press and hold one button of
the remote control located on
the inside rear view mirror until
its control light begins to flash at
a rate of about once a second.
Continue holding down the
button.
Note:
The light blinks immediately if the
remote control is being programmed
for the first time, or if its memory
was previously erased, If you are
reprogramming a previously used
button, the light will flash after
about 20 seconds.
3. Hold end opposite to battery of
portable remote control against
the inside rear view mirror transmitter to be programmed. While
still holding down the button on
the transmitter on the inside rear
view mirror, press down the but
ton on your portable remote
control, until the inside rear view
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mirror remote control light starts to
flash rapidly. This means that the
integrated remote control has
accepted the frequency and code of
the portable transmitter.
Opening compartment (1): Press
button (2).
Note:
The storage compartments and door
pockets may be locked and unlocked
by using the master key in lock (3).
For interior central locking system
see Index.
4. If you wish, repeat the procedure for
each remaining button.
Operation of remote control:
1. Turn key in steering lock to
position 1 or 2.
2. Select and press the appropriate
button (I, 2or 3) to activate the
remote controlled device. The
remote control transmitter continues
to send the signal as long as the
button is pressed - up to 20 seconds.
Erasing the remote control
memory:
1. Turn key in steering lock to
position 1 or 2.
2. Simultaneousy holding down
buttons 1 and 3 for approximately
20 seconds, or until the control light
blinks rapidly, will erase the codes
of all three channels.
Locking:
Turn master key in lock (3) to the
right and remove.
Storage Compartment
(Eyeglasses Compartment) in
the Dashboard
1.
2.
3.
Storage compartment
(eyeglasses compartment)
Button for storage compartment
Lock
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.
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Console Storage Compartments
Door Pockets
To open front compartment
(cup holder);
Slide cover (1) back.
To open: Lift cover.
Opening cup holder: Press button (2).
Opening rear compartment: Press
button (3).
Warning!
Rear Storage Compartment
To open compartment:
Press button (1) and lift cover.
For unobstructsve inflation of side
airbags, keep door pocket lids closed.
The compartments can be locked and
unlocked with the central locking
system.
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Warning!
With the gear selector lever in
position "N", turn off the engine and
set the parking brake. Otherwise the
vehicle might move unintentionally.
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
Lighter
Ashtray with Lighter
1.
By touching the bottom of the cover
lightly, the ashtray opens automatically.
Prior to removing the ashtray insert
move gear selector lever to position
"N".
Turn key in steering lock to
position 1 or 2.
Push in lighter (1); it will pop out
automatically when hot.
Lighter
Warning!
Never touch the heating element or
sides of the lighter, hold at knob
only.
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Entrance Lamps, Exit Lamps
Entrance lamps are located in the
footwells under the dashboard.
Exit lamps are located in the door
pockets.
These lamps are switched on and off
by the door contact switches.
Note:
To prevent the vehicle battery from
being discharged, do not leave doors
open for a long period of time.
Interior Lighting
The switch is located above the inside
rear view mirror.
Interior Lamp
Reading Lamps
4.
5.
6.
Left reading lamp switched on,
Reading lamps switched off.
Right reading lamp switched on.
1. Interior lamps are switched on,
and off delayed, when unlocking or
locking the vehicle, or when
opening either door.
However, there will be no delay
when the key is in steering lock
position 2.
2. Interior lamps switched off.
3. Interior lamps switched on
continuously.
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Press switch
past resistance point
and release - window lowers to fully
open position, To interrupt procedure,
briefly press
or
.
Warning!
When leaving the vehicle, always
remove the key from the steering
lock. Do not leave children
unattended in the vehicle.
Unsupervised use of vehicle
equipment may cause serious
personal injury.
Power Windows
The switch is located in the center
console.
Turn key in steering lock to
position 2.
Press switch up to resistance point:
to close
to open
Release switch when window is in
desired position.
Note:
The power windows can also be closed
with the key or infrared remote control
while locking the vehicle doors or
trunk (see Central Locking System in
Index).
Important!
Do riot 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.
Synchronizing Power Windows
When opening a door after the power
supply' was interrupted (battery
disconnected or empty), the window
will open slightly, indicating that the
Express feature should be
resynchronized.
Press
side of power window
switch until the window is completely
closed and hold for additional 2
seconds. Repeat procedure for each
window.
The automatic full opening and closing
procedure of the windows should now
be restored.
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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.
Roll Bar
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.
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.
Warning!
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.
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
•
•
the outside temperature is
below +5°F(-15°C)
the soft top is closed and
pets are placed in the rear
storage area.
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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Note:
Important!
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.
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!
Have the system checked at your
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as
soon as possible.
Sunshade
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.
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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Panorama Roof
(Hardtop)
The removal or attachment of the
hardtop can be carried out by 2
persons.
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.
Removing Hardtop
1. Engage parking brake.
2. Open doors.
3. Disconnect plug (1) for rear
window defroster.
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.
The unlocking procedure begins after
approx. 2 seconds:
•
•
•
The roll bar lowers.
The indicator lamp in the
soft top switch lights up.
The hardtop unlocks.
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5. After the hardtop has unlocked
remove the key from the steering
lock and turn radio off to lower
antenna. The indicator lamp in the
soft top switch should go out.
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.
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.
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Attaching Hardtop
1.
Engage parking brake and turn
key in steering lock to position 2,
2.
Lower roll bar,
3.
Open doors or windows.
4. Turn radio 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.
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!
The raising or lowering
procedure of the soft top is not
completed if the indicator lamp
in the soft top switch:
•
•
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:
8. Connect plug (4) for rear window
defroster.
•
•
Turn key in steering lock
to position 2,
Slide soft/hardtop switch
forward.
Notes:
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.
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 Index), and
have the system checked at your
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as
soon as possible.
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.
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•
•
Soft Top
A minimum height clearance of 6.5 ft
(2 m) is required to lower or raise the
soft top.
•
•
The side windows lower
The roll bar lowers.
The indicator lamp in the soft
top switch lights up.
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.
Do not lower a frozen soft top until
thawed and dry. Doing so may result in
damage not covered by the MercedesBenz Limited Warranty.
•
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.
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.
The lowering or raising procedure is
immediately interrupted by releasing
the soft top switch.
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.
Warning!
Lowering 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).
1. Engage parking brake.
2. Turn key in steering lock to
position 2.
3. Slide soft top switch (1) back
and hold:
However, the side windows and
the roll bar can also be activated
using their respective switches.
Note:
A wet or frozen soft top must not
be folded until thawed and dry.
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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.
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.
Raising Soft Top
1. Engage parking brake.
2. Turn key in steering lock to
position 2.
3. Fold down sun visors.
•
The indicator lamp in the soft top
switch goes out -the closing
procedure is completed.
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.
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Warning!
The soft top is not locked:
• if the indicator lamp in the soft
top switch does not go out (key in
steering lock position 2),
• if the indicator lamp blinks when
starting to drive and an audible
warning sounds simultaneously.
Stop the vehicle and before
continuing to drive, lock the soft
top:
The key should be in steering lock
position 2.
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 soft top
frame, upper windshield area or soft
top storage compartment. Serious
personal injury may occur.
For safety reasons, the soft top cannot
be unlocked while driving.
However, if the soft top is not
completely locked, it can be locked
while driving by pushing the
soft/hardtop switch forward.
If the indicator lamp in the soft top
switch blinks while activating the
switch,
• the battery voltage may be
insufficient - start engine and
let run while activating switch,
• 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,
• and the power supply was
interrupted (battery disconnected
or empty), the soft top cannot be
fully raised or lowered.
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 Index.
To lower the soft top, first resynchronize the power windows.
See Index
If the indicator lamp continues to blink,
lock the soft top manually.
See Index.
Have the system checked at your
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as
soon as possible.
Note:
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.
Whenever possible, park vehicle in the
shade as continuous exposure to sun
rays can prematurely deteriorate the
soft top material.
Permanent creases in the plastic
window, caused by storage of the soft
top in the storage compartment, cannot
be avoided.
The soft top may become moldy if it is
kept in the storage compartment for an
extended period.
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.
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Wind Screen
Installation
1. Raise roll bar partially using
switch on center console.
2. Insert screen into roll bar by
positioning hook at bottom of
roll bar, on one side, then push
the opposite side in place.
3. Slide wind screen up into roll bar
(1), using care not to get the
attachment straps (2) caught.
4.
5.
Raise roll bar completely.
Wrap attachment straps around
roll bar and insert tabs into
latches (3).
6. Tighten straps (4).
7. Lower roll bar.
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Setting up
Removal
Push top of wind screen fully forward
against internal stop
1.
2.
Warning!
3.
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.
4.
Fold down top of wind screen.
Raise roll bar using switch on
center console.
Disconnect attachment strap
latches by squeezing latch.
Lower roll bar partially
5. Pull wind screen down out of roll
bar (5) and lift wind screen out on
one side and remove.
Storage
The wind screen can be stored in a
trunk mounted container.
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Antenna
Cellular Telephone
Warning!
The antenna extends when switching
on the radio and/or telephone.
The vehicle is prepared for the
installation of a cellular telephone. For
further information and installation
contact your authorized MercedesBenz dealer.
Some jurisdictions prohibit the
driver from using a cellular
telephone while driving a vehicle.
Therefore, for safety reasons, the
driver should not use the cellular
telephone while the vehicle is in
motion. Stop the vehicle in a safe
location before answering or placing
a call.
Note:
To retract the antenna (e.g. when
entering a car wash) both radio and
telephone must be switched off.
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Driving
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Drinking and Driving
Driving Off
Warning!
Test the brakes 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.
Drinking and driving can be a very
dangerous combination. Even a small
amount of alcohol or drugs can affect
your reflexes, perceptions and
judgment. The possibility of a serious
or even fatal accident is sharply
increased when you drink and drive.
Please don't drink and drive or allow
a friend to drive when he has been
drinking.
Warning!
Keep driver's foot area clear at all
times. Objects stored in this area
may impair pedal movement.
Parking Brake
To engage, depress parking brake
pedal. With the key in steering lock
position 2, the brake warning lamp in
the instrument cluster should come on
brightly (function check for lamp).
To release the parking brake, pull
handle on instrument panel. The brake
warning lamp in the instrument cluster
should go out (also see brake warning
lamp, page 88).
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Automatic Transmission
The automatic transmission
selects individual gears automatically, dependent upon
•
•
•
Selector lever position
Accelerator position
Vehicle speed
Important!
When parking the car and before
working on the vehicle with the engine
running, firmly depress the parking
brake pedal 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.
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.
Warning!
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 on the brake pedal,
the car could accelerate quickly
forward or in reverse. You could lose
control of the car 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.
Accelerator position
Partial throttle = early upshifting =
normal acceleration
Full throttle = later upshifting = rapid
acceleration
Kickdown (depressing the accelerator
beyond full throttle) = downshifting to
next lowest gear = maximum
acceleration. Once the desired speed is
attained, ease up on the accelerator the transmission shifts up again.
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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R
Reverse gear.
Shift to reverse gear only with the
car stopped.
N
Neutral.
No power is transmitted from the
engine to the rear 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 Winter driving
Instructions Index).
Selector Lever Positions
Important!
The automatic gear shifting process
can be adapted to specific operating
conditions using the selector lever.
Coasting the vehicle for an extended period of time with selector
lever in "N" can result in
transmission damage. That is not
covered by the MERCEDESBENZ Limited Warranty.
P
Parking lock.
The parking lock is an additional
safeguard to the parking brake
when parking the vehicle. Engage
only with the car stopped.
Note:
The key can be removed from the
steering lock only with the selector
lever in position "P". With the key
removed, the selector lever is
locked in position "P".
D
The transmission automatically
upshifts to 4th gear. Position "D"
provides optimum driving
characteristics under all normal
operating conditions.
4
Upshift to 4th gear only. Suitable
for performance driving. To shift
from position "D" to "4", push
selector lever to the left.
3
Upshift to 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.
2
Upshift to 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.
1
In this position, the engine's
braking effect is utilized by
shifting into 1st gear. Use this
position while descending very
steep or lengthy downgrades and
only at speeds below 40 mph (60
km/h).
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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.
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).
Depending on the degree of the
incline, shift selector lever to a lower
gear range early enough to maintain
engine RPM within the best torque
range.
Warning!
On slippery road surfaces, never
downshift in order to obtain
braking action. This could result in
rear wheel slip and reduced vehicle
control. Your vehicle's ABS will not
prevent this type of loss of control.
Maneuvering
To maneuver in tight areas, e.g. when
pulling into parking space, control the
car speed by gradually releasing the
brakes. Accelerate gently and never
abruptly step on the accelerator.
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 as long as the
vehicle speed exceeds the speed limit
of that gear.
To rock a car out of soft ground (mud
or snow), alternately shift from
forward to reverse, while applying
slight partial throttle.
To prevent the engine from laboring at
low RPMs, do not allow the engine
speed to drop too low on uphill
gradients.
Rocking a car free in this manner may
cause the ABS warning 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".
When stopping the car on an uphill
incline, do not hold it with the
accelerator, use the brake. This avoids
unnecessary transmission heat build up.
Warning!
Getting out of your car with the
selector lever not fully engaged in
position "P" is dangerous. When
parked on a steep incline, position
"P" alone may not prevent your
vehicle from moving, possibly hitting
people or objects.
Always set the parking brake in
addition to shifting to position "P".
When parked on an incline,
also turn front wheel against curb.
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S Standard mode
Press switch on symbol "S". Use
this mode for all regular driving.
The vehicle starts out in 1st
gear.
Program Mode Selector Switch
The transmission is provided with a
selector switch for Standard "S" and
Winter (snow and ice) "W" program
modes.
Warning!
Always be certain of the program
mode selected since the vehicle
driving characteristics change with
the selection of the program mode.
W Winter (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.
With hard acceleration the upshifts
occur at lower vehicle and engine
speeds than in the "S" program
mode.
Warning!
During stops use the brake,
especially on an incline, to prevent
the vehicle from rolling.
Emergency Operation
(Limp Home Mode)
If vehicle acceleration worsens, or the
transmission no longer shifts, the
transmission operates in Limp Home
Mode. In addition the "CHECK
ENGINE" malfunction indicator lamp
in the instrument cluster may come 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 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 dealer as
soon as possible
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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 be released.
The speed can be increased (e.g. for
passing) by using the accelerator. As
"soon as the accelerator is released, the
previously set speed will be resumed
automatically.
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.
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 control lever in the
appropriate direction for increases or
decreases in 1 km/h (0.6 mph)
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 or
clutch pedal or the vehicle speed
drops below approx. 35 km/h (22
mph), 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 dealer as soon
as possible.
4. Resume
If the lever is briefly pushed to
position 4 when driving at a speed
exceeding approx. 40 km/h (25
mph), 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.
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Note:
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 and
you may have to step on the brake
pedal to slow down. As soon as the
grade eases, the cruise controlled speed
will again be maintained as long as the
brakes were not previously applied, or
the lever may be used to resume the
previously set speed if the brakes were
applied.
Warning!
Caution!
Only use the cruise control if the
traffic and weather conditions make
it advisable to travel at a steady
speed.
When driving with the cruise control
engaged, the transmission selector
lever must not be shifted to position
"N" as otherwise the engine will
overrev, possibly causing engine
damage that is not covered by the
Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
• 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.
• 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.
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.
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Charge Indicator Lamp
Engine Oil Pressure Gauge
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 fault which
must be repaired at an authorized
MERCEDES-BENZ dealer
immediately.
The oil pressure at idle speed may drop
if the engine is at operating
temperature. This will not jeopardize
the engine's operational reliability.
If the charge indicator lamp comes on
while the engine is running, this may
indicate that the poly-V-belt has
broken. Should this condition occur,
the poly-V-belt must be replaced before
continuing to operate the vehicle.
Otherwise, the engine will overheat due
to an inoperative water pump which
may result in damage to the engine.
Do not continue to drive the vehicle
with the charge indicator lamp
illuminated. Doing so could result in
engine damage that is not covered by
the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
Pressure must, however, rise
immediately upon acceleration.
Note:
If the oil pressure gauge needle drops
to "0" with the engine running, then
damage to the engine may occur with
continued operation. Turn off engine
immediately and contact an authorized
Mercedes-Benz dealer. Do not operate
the car until the condition is repaired.
Low Engine Oil Level Warning
Lamp
With the key in steering lock position
2, the oil pressure warning lamp comes
on and goes out with the engine
running.
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 oil leaks are noted and there is
indicated engine oil pressure, 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 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 Index.
If the warning lamp comes on with the
engine running and at operating
temperature, the engine oil level has
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Engine Oil Consumption
Fuel Consumption Gauge
Tachometer
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.
While driving, instantaneous fuel
consumption is indicated in miles per
gallon (mpg), or in Canada liters per
100 kilometers (I/100 km).
Red marking on tachometer:
Excessive engine speed.
Avoid this engine speed, as it may
result in engine damage that is not
covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited
Warranty.
For engine protection, the fuel supply
is interrupted if the engine is operated
within the red marking.
With the engine switched off, the
needle reads "0".
Due to system design, maximum
consumption is indicated at idle speed.
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Fuel Reserve Warning Lamp
Warning!
Warning!
With the key in steering lock position
2, the fuel reserve warning lamp comes
on and goes out with the engine
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 approx. 2.6 gal (10 liters).
The outside temperature indicator is
not designed to serve as an IceWarning 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.
• 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. Turn off the engine and
get out of the car until it cools
down.
Outside Temperature Indicator
If the antifreeze mixture is effective to
-22°F (-30°C), the boiling point of the
coolant in the pressurized cooling
system of your vehicle is approx.
266°F (130°C).
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.).
Adaptation to ambient temperature
takes place in steps and depends on the
prevailing driving conditions (stop-andgo or moderate, constant driving) and
amount of temperature change.
Coolant Temperature Gauge
• 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 and
do not stand near the car until it
cools down.
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.
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Low Engine Coolant Level
Warning Lamp
With the key in steering lock position
2, the warning lamp comes on and goes
out with the engine running.
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 Index).
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.
In cases of major or frequent minor
coolant loss, have the cooling system
checked at your authorized
MERCEDES-BENZ dealer as soon as
possible.
Note:
Do not drive without coolant in the
cooling system. The engine can
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.
Low Windshield and Headlamp
Washer Fluid Level Warning Lamp
With the key in steering lock position
2, the warning lamp comes on and
goes out with the engine running.
If the warning lamp comes on with the
engine running, the level of the
reservoir has dropped to approx. 1/4 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 Index) at the next opportunity. The
reservoir for the windshield and
headlamp washer system is located in
the engine compartment.
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Roll Bar Warning Lamp
With the key in steering lock position
2, the 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 defective and may not
activate in an accident. In this case,
raise the roll bar manually (see
Index) before continuing to drive.
Have the roll bar system checked at
your authorized MERCEDES-BENZ
dealer as soon as possible.
Seat Belt and Backrest Lock
Warning Lamp
Exterior Lamp Failure Indicator
Lamp
With the key in steering lock position
2, the warning lamp comes on and an
audible warning sounds for a short
time if the driver's seat belt is not
fastened.
With the key in steering lock position
2, a dim indicator lamp comes on, and
goes out with the engine running.
If a backrest is not engaged in its lock,
an audible warning will sound
intermittently for up to approx. 20
seconds.
After starting the engine, the warning
lamp blinks for a brief period to
remind the driver and passenger to
fasten seat belts before driving off.
If the warning lamp does not go put
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 dealer as soon as
possible.
With the key in steering lock position 2
or with the engine running, a bright
illumination of this lamp indicates an
exterior lamp failure (except high
mounted stop lamp).
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 stay on until the engine
is turned off.
Note:
The indicator lamp will also come on if
an incorrect bulb is installed.
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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Brake Pad Wear Indicator Lamp
Brake Warning Lamp
Warning!
The brake pad wear indicator lamp in
the instrument cluster comes on when
the key in the steering lock is turned to
position 2 and goes out when the
engine is running.
The brake warning lamp will come on:
Driving with the brake warning
lamp on 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.
If the indicator lamp lights up during
braking, this indicates that the front
wheel brake pads are worn down
(vehicles equipped with ASR front
and/or rear wheel brake pads).
Have the brake system checked at your
authorized MERCEDES-BENZ dealer
as soon as possible.
•
when there is insufficient brake
fluid in the reservoir (engine
running and parking brake
released)
•
when the parking brake is set
(engine running)
When the minimum mark on the
reservoir is reached, have the brake
system checked for brake pad thickness
and leaks.
To test the brake warning lamp, turn
the key in steering lock to position 2.
The brake warning lamp comes on, and
should go out when the engine is
running.
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Antilock Brake System (ABS)
ABS Control
Warning!
Important!
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.
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.
Even the ABS cannot prevent the
natural laws of physics from acting
on the vehicle. 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 car must never be
exploited in a reckless or dangerous
manner which could jeopardize the
user's safety or the safety of others.
The ABS improves steering control of
the vehicle during braking maneuvers.
For maximum benefit, do not pump the
brake pedal, rather use firm, steady
brake pedal pressure.
The ABS prevents the wheels from
locking up above a vehicle speed of
approximately 5 mph (8 km/h)
independent of road surface conditions.
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.
On slippery road surfaces, the ABS
will respond even with only slight
brake pedal pressure. The pulsating
brake pedal can be an indication of
hazardous road conditions and
functions as a reminder to take extra
care while driving.
With the ABS malfunctioning, the
ASR or ESP, if vehicle so equipped,
are also switched off. Both malfunction
indicator lamps come on with the
engine running.
If the ABS malfunction Indicator lamp
does not go out or comes on while
driving, 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.
Have the system checked at your
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as
soon as possible.
Notes:
To alert following vehicles to slippery
road conditions you discover, operate
your hazard warning flashers as
appropriate.
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Acceleration Slip Regulation (ASR)
Important!
The acceleration slip regulation will
engage at all vehicle speeds, if one or
both drive wheels begin to lose traction
and spin due to excessive acceleration.
While engaged, the yellow warning
lamp in the speedometer flashes.
If the ASR warning lamp flashes, adapt
your speed and driving to the
prevailing road conditions.
With the acceleration slip regulation
engaged, the brake is applied to the
spinning drive wheel until it regains
sufficient traction. If both drive wheels
lose traction and spin, the brake is
applied to both drive wheels and
simultaneously, engine torque is
limited, to improve the vehicle's
driving stability.
As traction on the road surface
increases, the allowable engine torque
also increases again and the brake is no
longer applied to drive wheels.
Caution!
If the vehicle is towed with the front
axle raised (see Towing the vehicle in
Index), the engine must be shut off.
Otherwise, the acceleration slip
regulation will immediately be engaged
and will apply the rear wheel brakes.
Notes:
With the key in steering lock position
2, the yellow malfunction indicator
lamp in the instrument cluster and the
yellow ASR warning lamp in the
speedometer dial come on. They must
go out when the engine is running.
If the ASR malfunction indicator lamp
comes on with the engine running, a
malfunction has been detected.
Pressing the accelerator pedal will
require greater effort. Only partial
engine output is available.
Have the ASR checked at your
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as
soon as possible.
With the ABS malfunctioning, the
ASR is also switched off.
Driving the vehicle with varied size
tires will cause the wheels to rotate at
different speeds, therefore the
acceleration slip regulation may
activate (yellow ASR malfunction
indicator lamp in instrument cluster
comes on). For this reason, all wheels,
including the spare wheel, must have
the same tire size.
When testing the parking brake on a
brake test dynamometer, the engine
must be shut off. Otherwise, the
acceleration slip regulation will
immediately be engaged and will apply
the rear wheel brakes.
In winter operation, the maximum
effectiveness of the acceleration slip
regulation is only achieved with
Mercedes-Benz recommended M + S
radial-ply tires and/or snow chains.
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ASR Control Switch
To improve the vehicle's traction when
driving with snow chains, or starting
off in deep snow, sand or gravel, press
the upper half of the ASR switch. The
ASR warning lamp, located in the
speedometer dial, is continuously
illuminated.
With the ASR system switched off, the
engine torque reduction feature is
cancelled. Therefore, the enhanced
vehicle stability offered by ASR is
unavailable.
ASR control switch located in center
console
Adapt your speed and driving to the
prevailing road conditions.
A portion of the ASR system remains
active, even with the switch in the OFF
position.
The ASR 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.
To switch off: press lower half of the
switch (the ASR warning lamp in the
speedometer dial goes out).
Important!
If the ASR warning lamp flashes:
•
during take-off, apply as little
throttle as possible,
•
while driving, ease up on the
accelerator.
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).
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Electronic Stability Program
(ESP)
The ESP enhances directional control
and improves traction of the vehicle
under any driving condition.
Over/understeering of the vehicle is
counteracted by applying brakes to the
left or right side wheels. The ESP
warning lamp, located in the
speedometer dial, starts to flash.
Important!
If the ESP warning lamp flashes, adapt
your speed and driving to the
prevailing road conditions.
Caution!
If the vehicle is towed with the front
axle raised (see Towing the vehicle in
Index), the key must not be in steering
lock position 2. Otherwise, the
electronic stability program will
immediately be engaged and will apply
the rear wheel brakes.
Notes:
With the key in steering lock position
2, the yellow ESP and EPC
malfunction indicator lamps in the
instrument cluster and the yellow
warning lamp in the speedometer dial
come on. They must go out when the
engine is running.
If the ESP or EPC malfunction
indicator lamp comes on with the
engine running, a malfunction has been
detected. It is possible that now only
partial engine output is available.
Have the ESP checked at your
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as
soon as possible.
With the ABS malfunctioning, the ESP
is also switched off.
Driving the vehicle with varied size
tires will cause the wheels to rotate at
different speeds, therefore the
electronic stability program may
activate (yellow ESP malfunction
indicator lamp in instrument cluster
comes on). For this reason, all wheels,
including the spare wheel, must have
the same tire size.
When testing the parking brake on a
brake test dynamometer, the engine
must be shut off. Otherwise, the
electronic stability program will
immediately be engaged and will apply
the rear wheel brakes.
In winter operation, the maximum
effectiveness of the electronic stability
program is only achieved with
Mercedes-Benz recommended M + S
radial-ply tires and/or snow chains.
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ESP Control Switch
To improve the vehicle's traction when
driving with snow chains, or starting
off in deep snow, sand or gravel, press
the upper half of the ESP switch. The
ESP warning lamp, located in the
speedometer dial, is continuously
illuminated.
ESP control switch located in center
console
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.
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.
To switch off: press lower half of the
switch (the ESP warning lamp in the
speedometer dial goes out).
Important!
If the ESP warning lamp flashes:
•
during take-off, apply as little
throttle as possible,
•
while driving, ease up on the
accelerator.
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).
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Adaptive Damping System
(ADS)
Adaptive Damping System
Adjustment
Depending upon road surface
conditions, load, driving style, ADS
will automatically adjust the optimal
ride firmness.
The switch is located in the center
console.
The malfunction indicator lamp comes
on with the key in steering lock
position 2 and goes out when the
engine is 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.
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.
2. Soft dampening program.
This setting should be used for
regular driving.
We recommend that you visit an
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as
soon as possible to have the system
checked-out.
Note:
If the power supply was interrupted
(battery disconnected or empty), the
malfunction indicator lamp will light
up when the engine is running.
Turn the steering wheel from full left to
full right lock position. The light
should go out.
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Note:
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.
From Option 1, system returns to
Normal Level. Indicator lamp goes out.
Press lower half of switch twice:
Level Control System
The switch is located next to the
exterior lamp switch.
1.
2.
Level control switch
Wheel change switch
From Option 2, system returns to
Normal Level. Both indicator lamps go
out.
Normal Level
Level Control Switch Positions
Used for normal operation of the
vehicle.
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.
At speeds above approximately 60 mph
(95 km/h) the vehicle chassis is
lowered automatically by about one
half inch (15 mm).
Option 1
Level increases one half inch
(15 mm)
This setting may be used when road
surface conditions are rough.
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).
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 60
mph (95 km/h), the system switches
from Option 1 back to Normal Level.
The indicator lamp will go out.
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).
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Option 2
Level increases one inch (30 mm)
This setting may be used when road
surface conditions are very rough for
increased ground clearance.
Upon selection of Option 2 the vehicle
chassis is raised by 1 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 between approximately 15
mph (25 km/h) and 35 mph (60 km/h)
the vehicle chassis is lowered by one
half inch (15 mm).
At speeds between approximately 35
mph (60 km/h) and 60 mph (95 km/h)
the vehicle chassis is lowered to its
normal level.
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).
Wheel Change Switch (2)
Prior to changing a wheel, depress
wheel change switch with engine
running. The switch and ADS indicator
lamps light up. The presently selected
level option cannot be changed now.
After activating the safety switch stop
the engine.
Warning!
Do not drive the vehicle while the
wheel change switch is activated
since the vehicle suspension will not
function properly.
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.
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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Emission Control
Warning!
On-Board Diagnostic System
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.
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.
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.
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 MERCEDES-BENZ
technicians. Engine adjustments should
not be altered in any way. Moreover,
the specified service and maintenance
jobs must be carried out regularly
according to MERCEDES-BENZ
servicing requirements. For details
refer to the Maintenance Booklet.
If the "CHECK ENGINE" malfunction
indicator lamp comes on, have the
system checked at your authorized
Mercedes-Benz dealer as soon as
possible.
An on-board diagnostic connector
allows the accurate identification of
system malfunctions through the
readout of diagnostic trouble codes.
Connector location:
SL 320 - passenger compartment, near
the accelerator pedal. SL 500, SL 600 engine compartment, on firewall.
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Winter Driving
Have your car winterized at your
authorized MERCEDES-BENZ dealer
before the onset of winter.
• Change the engine oil if the engine
contains an oil which is not
approved for winter operation. For
viscosity (SAE class) and filling
quantity, see "Fuels, Coolants,
Lubricants, etc." see Index.
• Check engine coolant
anticorrosion/antifreeze
concentration.
• 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 Index).
S
• Test battery: Battery capacity drops
with decreasing ambient
temperature. A well charged battery
ensures that the engine can always
be started, even at low ambient
temperatures.
• Tires: We recommend M + S radial
tires on all four wheels for the
winter season. Observe permissible
maximum speed for M + S radial
tires and the legal speed limit.
Note:
In winter operation, the maximum
effectiveness of the electronic stability
program, of the acceleration slip
regulation or of the electronic traction
system can only be achieved with M +
S radial-ply tires and/or snow chains
recommended by Mercedes-Benz.
Snow Chains
Use only snow chains that are tested
and recommended by Mercedes-Benz.
Your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer
will be glad to advise you on this
subject.
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.
For tips on driving on slippery
winter roads, refer to Index.
Vehicles with Acceleration Slip
Regulation (ASR) or Electronic
Stability Program (ESP):
When driving with snow chains, press
the ASR control switch or the ESP
control switch, refer to Index.
Vehicles with
AMG Sport Package
Use of snow chains is not permissible
with tire sizes 245/40 ZR18 or 275/35
ZR18.
Traveling Abroad
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 dealer directory, you should
request pertinent information from
your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer.
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Practical Hints
101
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.
The engine is equipped with a
transistorized ignition system.
Because of the high voltage it is
dangerous to touch any components
(ignition coil, distributor, spark plug
sockets, ignition cables, diagnostic
socket) of the ignition system:
Hood
To open:
To unlock the hood, pull release lever
(1) under the driver's side of the
instrument panel.
Important!
To avoid damage to the windshield
wipers or hood, open the hood only
with wipers in the parked position.
Pull handle (2) out of radiator grill to
stop, and open hood. Do not lift hood
at louvers of grill! Make certain the
windshield wiper arm is not folded
forward.
To close:
Lower hood and let it drop into lock
from a height of approx. 1 ft (30 cm),
assisting with flat hands placed only on
edges of hood (3).
•
with the engine running,
•
while starting the engine,
•
if the ignition is "on" and the
engine is turned manually.
We recommend that you do not open
the hood, if you see flames or smoke
coming from the engine
compartment.
To avoid hood damage, if hood is
not fully closed, re-open and repeat
closing procedure.
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Example
Checking 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 (1) on
reservoir.
Warning!
Adding Coolant
• Use extreme caution when
opening the hood if there are any
signs of steam or coolant leaking
from the cooling system.
If coolant has to be added, a 50/50
mixture of water and MB
anticorrosion/antifreeze should be
added.
• Do not remove pressure cap on
coolant reservoir if engine
temperature is above 90°C
(194°F). Allow engine to cool
down before removing cap. The
coolant reservoir contains hot
fluid and is under pressure.
SL 320:
The drain plugs for the cooling
system are located on the right side
of the engine block and at the bottom
of the radiator.
• Using a rag, turn cap to first
notch to relieve excess pressure.
If opened immediately, hot
scalding fluid and steam will be
blown out under pressure,
possibly causing personal injury,
SL 500, 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 in Index.
• 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.
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SL 320
SL 500
Checking Engine Oil Level
The best time to check the engine
oil level is when the oil is warm, such
as during a fuel stop.
1. Oil dipstick
2. Oil filler cap
To check the engine oil level, park
vehicle on level ground, with engine at
normal operational temperature.
With the vehicle on level ground, stop
the engine and wait a few minutes for
the oil to drain back to the oil pan.
SL 600
Oil level must be between
the lower (min) and
upper(max) mark of the
dipstick
Do not overfill engine.
Excessive oil must be drained or
siphoned.
For low engine oil level warning lamp,
see Index.
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Automatic Transmission Fluid Level
Trunk Lamp
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.
1.
2.
If you notice fluid leaks or gear shifting
malfunctions, have your authorized
Mercedes-Benz dealer check the
transmission fluid level.
Switching off
Switching on
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.
When the trunk lid is closed, the
switch will reset and turn on the lamp
the next time the lid is opened.
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First Aid Kit
The first aid kit is located in the left trunk
well.
Stowing Things in the Vehicle
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. Do not
pile luggage or cargo higher than the
seat backs.
Spare Wheel
1. Trunk floor
2. Strap
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.
Vehicle Tools
The vehicle tools are located below the
jack.
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Vehicle Jack
1.
2.
3.
Jack arm
Jack base
Tool kit
See illustration for proper storage of
jack.
Before storing the jack, the jack arm
(1) must be lowered almost to the base
(2) of the jack.
Warning!
Wheels
The jack is designed exclusively for
jacking up the vehicle at the jack
tubes built into either side of the
vehicle. 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.
Replace rims or tires with the same
designation, manufacturer and type as
shown on the original part. See your
authorized MERCEDES-BENZ dealer
for further information.
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.
Warning!
Do not mix different tire construction types (i.e. radial, bias, and
bias-belted) on your car because
handling may be adversely affected
and may result in loss of control.
See your authorized MERCEDESBENZ dealer for information on tested
and recommended rims and tires for
summer and winter operation. They
can also offer advice concerning tire
service and purchase.
Note:
First remove the vehicle jack, then the
spare wheel; reinstall in reverse order.
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Tire Replacement
Warning!
Important!
Front tires should be replaced in sets.
Furthermore - in the event of tire
replacement - the spare wheel, if
possible, should be used on the rear
axle. Rims and tires must be of the
same size. For dimensions, see
"Technical Data".
Worn, old tires can cause accidents.
If the tire tread is badly worn, or if
the tires have sustained damage,
replace them.
Unidirectional snow tires must always
be mounted with arrow on tire sidewall
pointing in direction of vehicle forward
movement.
When replacing rims, use only
genuine MERCEDES-BENZ wheel
bolts (identified by Mercedes star)
specified for the rim type. Failure to
do so can result in the bolts loosening and possibly an accident
Note:
Thoroughly clean the inner side of the
wheels any time you rotate the wheels
or wash the vehicle underside.
We recommend that you break in new
tires for approx. 100 km (60 miles) at
moderate speed. It is imperative that
the wheel mounting bolts be
retightened after approx. 100 to 500 km
(60 -300 miles).
On new vehicles retightening is carried
out during the 1st inspection.
Retightening is also necessary
whenever wheels are fitted, e.g. when
the spare wheel is used for the first
time or when a set of wheels with M +
8 tires is installed.
Tightening torque: 110 Nm
(80 ft. lb.)".
For rim and tire specifications, refer to
“Technical Data”.
Rotating 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 at the scheduled maintenance
intervals, 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.
The use of retread tires is not
recommended. Retread tires may
adversely affect the handling
characteristics and safety of the
vehicle.
Dented or bent rims 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.
Check and correct tire inflation
pressure after rotating the wheels. For
Tire Inflation Pressure refer to Index
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Warning!
The jack is designed exclusively for
jacking up the vehicle at the jack
tubes built into either side of the
vehicle. 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.
Spare Wheel for
AMG Sport Package Version
The spare wheel rim size is
8 J x 16 H2.
In the case of a flat tire or breakdown,
you may temporarily use an 8 J x 16
H2 wheel rim, when observing
following instructions:
•
Do not exceed vehicle speed of
50 mph (80 km/h).
•
Drive to the nearest repair
facility.
For additional information, refer to
"Technical Data".
Changing Wheels
Warning!
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.
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 switch and
ADS indicator lamps light up.
4. Turn off engine.
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3.
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 be
hind the wheel that is diagonally
opposite to the wheel
being changed.
4. Using lug wrench, loosen but
do not yet remove the wheel
bolts.
5. Remove the protective cover from
the jack support tube opening by
inserting a screwdriver in the
opening and prying it out.
7. Jack up the vehicle until the
wheel is clear of the ground.
Never start engine while vehicle
is raised.
The tube openings are located
directly behind the front wheel
housings and in front of the rear
wheel housings.
8. 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.
6. Insert jack arm fully into the
tube hole up to the stop.
Position the jack so that it is
always vertical (plumb-line) as
seen from the side (see arrow),
even if the vehicle is parked on
an incline.
9. Remove wheel. Grip wheel from
sides. Keep hands from beneath
the wheels.
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of the jack. Store the spare wheel first
and then the vehicle jack.
Warning!
Always replace wheel bolts that are
damaged or rusted.
10. 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.
11. Lower car. Remove jack and
insert jack tube cover.
Before storing the jack, the jack arm
must be lowered almost to the base
Never apply oil or grease to wheel
bolts.
Damaged wheel hub threads should
be repaired immediately.
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).
Important!
13. Correct tire pressure.
When installing new wheels the
mounting bolts must be retightened
after approx. 60 - 300 miles (100-500
km).
14. Depress wheel change switch
for level control. The switch
and ADS indicator lamps will
go out.
12. Fold wrench together and tighten
the five bolts evenly, following the
sequence illustrated above, until all
bolts are tight.
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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Tire Inflation Pressure
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!
Tire pressure differs 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 + 3 psi (+ 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 corrected on
cold tires. Correct tire pressure in warm
tires only if pressure has dropped below the pressure listed in the table and
the respective operating conditions are
taken into consideration.
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 (including the spare tire) at
intervals of no more than 14 days are
therefore essential.
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.
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.
If a tire constantly loses air, it should
be inspected for damage
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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 if necessary.
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..
The maintenance-free battery is located
in the trunk under the right-hand wheel
well 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
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 and its vent tube must always
be securely installed when the car is in
operation.
While the engine is running the battery
terminal clamps must not be loosened
or detached, otherwise the generator
and other electronic components would
be damaged.
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.
Note:
After reconnecting the battery also
resynchronize the Express feature of
the power windows and the Adaptive
Damping System (ADS) (see Power
Windows and ADS in Index),
Battery Recycling
Batteries contain materials that can
harm the environment with
improper disposal.
Large 12 Volt storage batteries
contain lead.
Recycling of batteries is the
preferred method of disposal.
Many states require sellers of batteries
to accept old batteries for recycling.
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Exterior Lamps
Headlamp Assembly
Headlamp Adjustment
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
7. Clamping ring for high and low
beam headlamp bulb
4.
Squeeze latches for high and
low beam headlamp cover
Correct headlamp adjustment is
extremely important. Check and
readjust headlamps at regular intervals
and when a bulb has been replaced.
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Replacing Bulbs
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!
Halogen lamps contain pressurized
gas. A bulb can explode if you
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touch or move it when hot,
drop the bulb,
scratch the bulb.
Bulb for High and Low Beam
(Halogen type 9004)
Open hood.
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.
Turn Signal, Parking, Side
Marker and Standing Lamp
(2375 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
8.
Turn signal, parking, side
marker and standing lamp bulb
4.
Cover for low beam headlamp
9.
5.
Latch for cover (4)
Electrical connector for high
beam headlamp bulb
6.
Cover for high beam headlamp
7.
Latch for cover (6)
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Replacing Bulbs
Bulb for Low Beam (Xenon)
When replacing bulbs, install only 12
volt bulbs with the specified watt
rating.
Warning!
When replacing halogen bulbs do not
touch glass portion of bulb with bare
hands. Use plain paper or a clean cloth.
Warning!
Halogen lamps contain pressurized
gas. A bulb can explode if you
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touch or move it when hot,
drop the bulb,
scratch the bulb.
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.
Bulb for High Beam H1 (55 W)
Open hood.
Depress latch (7) and remove
cover (6).
Turn Signal, Parking, Side
Marker and Standing Lamp
(2375 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.
Pull off electrical connector (9).
Unhook clamping ring and remove
bulb.
Insert new bulb (seating properly in
cutouts of bulb socket), and mount
clamping ring. Reinstall and push
electrical connector on securely.
Reinstall bottom end of cover (6) and
push against top end of cover until
properly seated.
Check lamp for proper operation.
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Adjusting Headlamp
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.
1. Park vehicle on level surface
approximately 6 inches
(152 mm) from a vertical test
screen or wall. The centerline
of the vehicle must be at a 90°
angle to the test screen.
2. Using a "T" square and a
carpenter's level, align and
mark a vertical centerline (8) on
the test screen using the outer
reference point (low beam)
found on each headlamp lens.
As a check, the distance
between centerlines should be
49 5/8 inches (1260 mm).
3. Move vehicle on the level
surface 25 feet (7.6 m) straight
back from the wall.
4. Open hood
5. Turn key in steering lock to
position 2.
6. 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.
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7.
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.
8. The indicator (7) in the sight
glass should align with the "0"
mark after any horizontal
adjustment. If it does not, insert
and turn screw driver on
adjuster (3) until scale (7) is
centered on the"0" mark.
Graduations: 0.38° pitch.
9.
Reinstall access cover (4).
The left and right headlamps must
be adjusted individually.
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Taillamp Assemblies
To replace bulbs:
1.
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 to the left and
remove.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Side marker lamp
(10 W/6 cp bulb)
Turn signal lamp
(21/4 W/35/1.2 cp bulb)
Tail, parking and standing lamp
(21 W/32 cp bulb)
License Plate Lamps
(5 W bulb)
Loosen both securing screws (1),
remove lamp and take out bulb.
Driver's side:
Tail, parking, standing and rear
fog lamp (21/4W/35/1.2cp bulb)
Backup lamp
(21 W/32 cp bulb)
Stop lamp
(21 W/32 cp bulb)
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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.
After replacing a blown fuse, close fuse
box cover.
Fuses
In engine compartment:
In trunk on rear wall:
1.
2.
Main fuse box
Auxiliary fuse box
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All except Sport Package
Sport Package
Towing the Vehicle
Cover installation for all except Sport
Package version: Engage cover at
bottom and press in top securely.
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 removal for all except Sport
Package version: Insert finger in recess
of flap and pull flap but.
Cover removal for Sport Package
version: Pull cover away from bumper.
Cover installation for Sport Package
version: Engage cover end (right
arrow), end press cover end (left
arrow) securely.
We recommend that the vehicle be
transported using flat bed equipment.
This method is preferable to other
types of towing.
The vehicle may be towed with all of
the 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).
To positively avoid a possibility of
damage to the transmission, however,
we recommend to disconnect the drive
shaft at the rear axle drive flange on
any towing beyond a short tow to a
nearby garage.
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.
Important!
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.
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Warning!
Jump Starting
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 is necessary to brake
and steer the vehicle.
Warning!
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.
Upon canceling the turn signal, the
hazard warning flasher will operate
again.
Failure to follow these directions will
cause damage to the electronic
components, and can lead to a
battery explosion and personal
injury.
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..
If the battery is discharged, the engine
should be started with jumper cables
and the (12 V) battery of another
vehicle.
The battery is located in the trunk
behind the right-hand cover panel.
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
insulation.
2. On both vehicles:
• Turn off engine and all lights
and accessories, except hazard
flashers or work lights.
• Apply parking brake and shift
selector lever to position "P".
Read all instructions before
proceeding.
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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.
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.
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.
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. A frozen battery can
explode and cause personal injury.
Important!
Jumper cable specifications:
5.
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Start engine of the vehicle with
the charged battery arid run at
high idle". Make sure the jumper
cables are not near pulleys,
fans, or other parts that will
move when the engine is
started. Then start engine of the
disabled vehicle in the usual
manner.
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Minimum cable cross-section of
25 mm2 or approx. 2 AWG
Maximum length of 3500 mm
(11.5ft).
Manual Release of Fuel Filler Flap
In case of malfunction, the fuel filler
flap can be opened manually. Pull the
manual release knob (1) behind the
right trunk panel while simultaneously
opening the fuel filler flap.
Ski Rack
Use only our approved ski rack to
avoid damage to the vehicle. Follow
manufacturer's installation instructions.
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Testing Infrared Remote Control
Checking Batteries:
If the transmit button (1) is pressed
longer than 1 second, the battery
indicator lamp in the transmitter eye
(2) briefly illuminates -indicating that
the batteries are in order.
Change batteries if the indicator lamp
does not come on.
Changing Batteries:
Unfold key from holder by pressing
lock button (3). Pull off battery cover
(4).
Change batteries, inserting new ones
under contact spring (5) with plus (+)
side facing up.
Press battery cover onto housing until
locked in place.
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 System:
The system may have to be resynchronized, if the transmitter is
without voltage for several minutes.
To synchronize system, aim transmitter
eye (2) at inside rear view mirror
receiver and briefly press transmit
button (1) twice. Within approx. 30
seconds, insert key in steering lock and
turn it to position 2.
The infrared remote control should
once again be operational.
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Raising Soft Top Manually
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/ Allen-head
wrench in the vehicle tool kit is
required for this job.
1.
2.
3.
Open doors or lower windows.
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.
For safety reasons from
steering lock.
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.
4. Unlock left and right soft top
storage compartment locks: Place
open-end wrench on bolt between
roll bar and storage compartment
cover. Turn wrench towards rear
of car (1).
5. Pull soft top (3) together with soft
top bow (4) out of compartment.
6. Pull soft top bow (4) out of
compartment.
Open storage compartment cover
and place in upright position (2).
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7.
Place soft top frame (5) onto
windshield header.
8.
Place soft top bow (4) in its
vertical position.
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 car:
1.
2.
3.
Left lock to first notch
Right lock to second notch
Left lock to second notch.
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12. Lower soft top bow (4).The rear
section of the soft top cannot be
locked during manual operation.
Note:
Have the soft top operation checked at
your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer
as soon as possible.
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 towards front of
car (7).
Spare Parts Service
All authorized Mercedes-Benz dealers
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.
More than 300,000 different spare parts,
even for older models, are available.
Mercedes-Benz original spare parts are
subjected to the most stringent quality
inspections. Each part has been
specifically developed, manufactured
or selected for and adapted to
Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
Therefore, Mercedes-Benz original
spare parts should be installed.
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SL 320
SL 500
SL 600
Layout of Poly-V-Belt Drive
4.
Fan
8.
Power steering pump
1.
Automatic belt tensioner
5.
9.
Coolant pump
2.
Crankshaft
SL 500: Idler pulley
SL 600: Air pump
3.
Air conditioning compressor
6.
Generator (alternator)
7.
Idler pulley
For dimensions of the poly-V see
Technical Data in Index
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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.
Replacing Wiper Blades
For safety reasons, remove key
from steering lock before replacing
wiper blade, otherwise the motor can
suddenly turn on and cause injury.
Note:
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.
Make certain that the wiper blade is
properly installed. An improperly
installed blade may cause windshield
damage.
Headlamp Wiper Blades
(except xenon lamps)
Removal:
Fold wiper arm forward. Press safety
tab (1) down and remove wiper blade
at guide pin (2, arrow).
Installation:
Press safety tab (1) down and insert the
guide pin (2) into the wiper arm.
Release safety tab, the wiper blade
engages.
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Cleaning and Care of the Vehicle
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.
Never use fluids or solvents that are
not designed for cleaning your car.
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.
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, tree resins,
etc. should be removed immediately to
avoid paint damage. Frequent
washing, however, reduces and/or
eliminates the aggressiveness and
potency of the above adverse influences.
necessary nor recommended by
MERCEDES-BENZ because of the
possibility of incompatibility between
materials used in the production
process and others applied later.
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.
We have selected car-care products and
compiled recommendations which are
specially matched to our vehicles and
which always reflect the latest technology. You can obtain MB car-care
products at your authorized
MERCEDES-BENZ dealer.
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.
In doing so, do not neglect the
underside of the car. A prerequisite for
a thorough check is a washing of the
underbody followed by a thorough
inspection. Damaged areas need to be
reundercoated.
Your vehicle has been treated at the
factory with a wax-base rustproofing in
the body cavities which will fast for the
lifetime of the vehicle. Post-production
treatment is neither
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 dealer.
The following topics deal with the
cleaning and care of your vehicle and
give important "how-to" information as
well as references to recommended
MB car-care products.
Additional information can be found in
the booklet titled "Car Care".
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Engine Cleaning
Prior to cleaning the engine
compartment make sure to protect
electrical components and connectors
from the intrusion of water or 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 bushing should be
lubricated. The poly-V-belt and all
pulleys should be protected from any
wax.
Car Washing
Before washing your vehicle, remove
insect residues, MB Insect Remover is
recommended. Do not use hot water or
wash your car in direct sunlight. Use
only a mild car wash detergent, such as
MB Autoshampoo.
Thoroughly spray the car 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.
Rinse with clear water and thoroughly
wipe dry with a chamois. Do not allow
cleaning agents to dry on the finish.
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.
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.
Tar Stains
Quickly remove tar stains before they
dry and become more difficult to
remove. MB Tar Remover is
recommended.
Window Cleaning
Use a window cleaning solution on all
glass surfaces. MB Glass Cleaner is
recommended.
Wiper Blade
Clean the wiper blade rubber with a
clean cloth and detergent solution.
Replace blade twice a year; once
before and once after winter.
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.
Replace damaged wiper blades.
Seat Belts
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 (8Q°C) or in direct
sunlight.
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.
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Instrument Cluster
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.
Steering Wheel and Gear
Shift Lever
Wipe with a damp cloth and dry
thoroughly or clean with MB Leather
Cleaner.
Upholstery
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, contactdiscoloration will be prevented.
Wipe leather upholstery with a damp
cloth and dry thoroughly or clean with
MB Leather Cleaner. Exercise
particular care when cleaning
perforated leather as its underside
should not become wet.
Plastic Parts, Headliner
and Rubber Parts
Do not use oil or wax on these parts.
See separate subjects for additional
information.
Paintwork, Painted Body
Components
MB-Paint Protector and Sealer should
be applied when water drops on the
paint surface do not "bead up";
normally in 3 to 5 months depending
on climate and washing detergent used.
MB-Paint-Polish should be applied if
paint surface shows signs of dirt
embedding (i.e. loss of gloss).
MB-Fine Polishing Paste must be used
when the paint surface shows signs of
excessive fading/ chalking due to lack
of care etc..
Automatic Antenna
For trouble-free operation of the
automatic antenna, we recommend that
you clean the antenna mast
periodically.
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.
Do not apply any of these products or
wax if your car is parked in the sun or
if the hood is still hot.
Use the appropriate MB-Touch-Up
Stick for quick and provisional repairs
of minor paint damage (i.e. chips from
stones, car doors etc.).
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Soft Top
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.
Dry cleaning:
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.
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.
Wipe the rear window with a cloth
soaked with a mild, non-abrasive
detergent, rinse and rub dry.
Do not use sharp-edged instruments for
the removal of ice and snow.
Note:
Never run the vehicle through an
automatic car wash with the soft top in
place as you may damage the soft top
material.
Remove bird droppings immediately.
The organic acid damages the material
and causes the soft top to leak.
Ornamental Moldings
For regular cleaning and care of very
dirty chrome-plated parts, use a chrome
cleaner.
Wind Screen
Use only water or mild detergent to
clean the wind screen.
Hard Plastic Trim Items
In general, regular spraying or
cleansing with clear water is sufficient
to keep the top clean.
Pour MB Plastic Cleaner onto soft lintfree cloth and apply with light
pressure.
Wash the top only when heavily soiled.
Headliner
Caution!
Soft top:
Clean with soft bristle brush, or use a
dry-shampoo cleaner in case of
excessive dirt.
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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Technical Data
135
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Certification Tag
(left door pillar)
Identification Tag
(left window post)
Vehicle Identification No.
Engine No.
(SL 320 right front,
SL 600 right rear)
Body No. and Paint No.
Emission Control Tag
Information Tag
California version
Vacuum line routing for
emission control system
Identification Plates
When ordering spare parts,
please specify vehicle identification and engine numbers.
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Warranty Coverage
Your car is covered under the terms of
the "warranties" printed in the Owner's
Service and Warranty Policy Booklet
and your authorized MERCEDESBENZ dealer will exchange or repair
any defective parts in accordance with
the terms of the following warranties:
Loss of Owner's Service and
Warranty Policy
Should you lose your Owner's Service
and Warranty Policy Booklet, have
your authorized MERCEDES-BENZ
dealer arrange for a replacement. It will
be mailed to you.
1. New vehicle limited warranty
2. Emission systems warranty
Vehicle Data Card
The vehicle data card contains all
important data pertaining to the
vehicle. It should be kept in the
maintenance booklet where indicated,
and it is needed when obtaining
replacement or additional keys at your
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer.
3. Emission performance warranty
4. California emission control
systems warranty.
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Technical Data 320 SL
Model
Engine
Mode of operation
No. of cylinders
Bore
Stroke
Total piston displacement
Compression ratio
Output acc.to SAE J 1349
Maximum torque acc. to SAE J 1349
Maximum engine speed
Firing order
Poly – V belts length
1
²
SL 320 (129 063)1
104
4-stroke engine,
gasoline injection
6
89.90 mm (3.54 in)
84.00 mm (3.30 in)
3199 m³ (195.2 cu.in)
10
170 kW/5600rpm
(228 hp/5600 rpm)
315 Nm/3750 rpm
(232 ft-lb/3750 rpm)
6400 rpm
1-5-3-6-2-4
2205 mm
The quoted data apply only to the standard vehicle.
See an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer for the
corresponding data of all special bodies and special
equipment.
Must not be used with snow chains.
Rims – Tires (expect Sport Package)
Rims (light alloy rims)
8J x 16 H 2
34 mm (1.3 in)
Wheel offset
Summer tires:
Radial-ply tires
225/55 ZR 16
Winter tires:
Radial-ply tires
225/55 R 16 93 T M+S
225/55 R 16 93 H M+S
Rims - Summer Tires (Sport Package)
Rims
Front axle
AMG light alloy rims
8J x 18 H 2
Wheel offset
31 mm (1.2 in)
Rear axle
AMG light alloy rims
9J x 18 H 2
Wheel offset
35 mm (1.4 in)
Radial-ply tires
Front axle
Rear axle
245/40 ZR 18 ²
275/35 ZR 18 ²
Spare Wheel
Rims (light alloy)
Wheel offset
Summer tires:
8J x 16 H 2
34 mm (1.3 in)
Radial-ply tires
225/55 ZR 16
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Technical Data SL 320
Electrical System
Generator (alternator)
14 V/110 A
Weights
Hardtop load max.
See certification tag
30 kg (66 lb)
Starter motor
12 V/1.7KW
Trunk load max.
100 kg (220 lb)
Battery
12 V/100 Ah
Main Dimensions
Spark plugs
Bosch F 9 DCO
Beru 14 F-9 DUO
Champion C 12 YCC
0.032 in (0.8 mm)
Overall vehicle length
Overall vehicle width
4500 mm (177.2 in)
1812 mm (71.3 in)
Overall height
1303 mm (51.3 in)
Wheel base
Track, front
Track, rear
2515 mm (99.0 in)
1535 mm (60.4 in)
1523 mm (60.0 in)
Electrode gap
Tightening torque
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Technical Data SL 500
Model
Engine
Mode of operation
No. of cylinders
Bore
Stroke
Total piston displacement
Compression ratio
Output acc.to SAE J 1349
Maximum torque acc. to SAE J 1349
Maximum engine speed
Firing order
Poly – V belts length
1
²
SL 500 (129 067)1
119
4-stroke engine,
gasoline injection
8
96.50 mm (3.80 in)
85.00 mm (3.35 in)
4973 m³ (303.5 cu.in)
10
235 kW/5600rpm
(315 hp/5600 rpm)
470 Nm/3900 rpm
(347 ft-lb/3900 rpm)
6000 rpm
1-5-4-8-6-3-7-2
2510 mm
The quoted data apply only to the standard vehicle.
See an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer for the
corresponding data of all special bodies and special
equipment.
Must not be used with snow chains.
Rims – Tires (expect Sport Package)
Rims (light alloy rims)
8J x 16 H 2
34 mm (1.3 in)
Wheel offset
Summer tires:
Radial-ply tires
225/55 ZR 16
Winter tires:
Radial-ply tires
225/55 R 16 93 T M+S
225/55 R 16 93 H M+S
Rims - Summer Tires (Sport Package)
Rims
Front axle
AMG light alloy rims
8J x 18 H 2
Wheel offset
31 mm (1.2 in)
Rear axle
AMG light alloy rims
9J x 18 H 2
Wheel offset
35 mm (1.4 in)
Radial-ply tires
Front axle:
245/40 ZR 18 ²
Rear axle
275/35 ZR 18 ²
Spare Wheel
Rim light alloy
Wheel offset
Summer tire
Radial-ply tires
8J x 16 H 2
34 mm (1.33 in)
225/55 ZR 16
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Technical Data SL 500
Electrical System
Generator (alternator)
Starter motor
Battery
Spark plugs
Electrode gap
Tightening torque
14 V/143 A
12 V/1.8 KW
12 V/100 Ah
Bosch F 9 DCO
Beru 14 F-9 DUO
Champion C 12 YCC
0.032 in (0.8 mm)
15-22 ft. lb. (20-30 Nm)
Weights
See certification tag
Hardtop load max.
Trunk load max.
30 kg (66 lb)
100 kg (220 lb)
Main Dimensions
Overall vehicle length
Overall vehicle width
Overall height:
Wheel base
Track, front
Track, rear
4500 mm (177.2 in)
1812 mm ( 71.3 in)
1303 mm ( 51.3 in)
2515 mm ( 99.0 in)
1535 mm ( 60.4 in)
1523 mm ( 60.0 in)
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Technical Data SL 600
Model
Engine
Mode of operation
No. of cylinders
Bore
Stroke
Total piston displacement
Compression ratio
Output acc.to SAE J 1349
Maximum torque acc. to SAE J 1349
Maximum engine speed
Firing order
Poly – V - belts length
1
SL 600 (129 076)1
120
4-stroke engine,
gasoline injection
12
89.00 mm (3.50 in)
80.20 mm (3.16 in)
5987 m³ (365.4 cu.in)
10
290 kW/5200rpm
(389 hp/5200 rpm)
570 Nm/3800 rpm
(420 ft-lb/3800 rpm)
6000 rpm
1-12-5-8-3-10-6-7-211-4-9
2585 mm
The quoted data apply only to the standard vehicle.
See an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer for the
corresponding data of all special bodies and special
equipment.
² Must not be used with snow chains.
Rims – Tires (expect Sport Package)
Rims (light alloy rims)
8J x 16 H 2
34 mm (1.3 in)
Wheel offset
Summer tires:
Radial-ply tires
225/55 ZR 16
Winter tires:
Radial-ply tires
225/55 R 16 93 T M+S
225/55 R 16 93 H M+S
Rims - Summer Tires (Sport Package)
Rims
Front axle
AMG light alloy rims
8J x 18 H 2
Wheel offset
31 mm (1.2 in)
Rear axle
AMG light alloy rims
9J x 18 H 2
Rear axle
Spare Wheel
Rims (light alloy)
Wheel offset
Summer tire
Radial-ply tires
8J x 18 H 2
34 mm (1.2 in)
225/55 ZR 16
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Technical Data SL 600
Electrical System
Generator (alternator)
Starter motor
Battery
Spark plugs
Electrode gap
Tightening torque
14 V/143 A
12 V/2.2KW
12 V/100 Ah
Bosch F 9 DCO
Beru 14 F-9 DUO
Champion C 12 YCC
0.8 mm (0.032 in)
15-22ft.lb (20-30 Nm)
Weights
See certification tag
Hardtop load max.
Trunk load max.
30 kg ( 66 lb)
100 kg (220 lb)
Main Dimensions
Overall vehicle length
Overall vehicle width
Overall height
Wheel base
Track, front
Track, rear
4499 mm (177.1 in)
1812 mm ( 71.3 in)
1303 mm ( 51.3 in)
2515 mm ( 99.0 in)
1535 mm ( 60.4 in)
1523 mm ( 60.0 in)
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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 authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer.
Engine with oil filter
Automatic transmission
Rear axle
Hydraulic system for
Adaptive damping
System (ADS)
Power steering
Front wheel hubs
Model
SL 320
SL 500
SL 600
SL 320
SL 500
SL 600
SL 320
SL 500
SL 600
Capacity
7.0 l (7.4 US qt)
8.0 l (8.5 US qt)
10.0 l (10.7 US qt)
7.1 l (7.5 US pt)
9.4 l (9.9 US pt)
Fuels, coolants, lubricants etc.
Automatic transmission fluid
1.3 l (1.4 US qt)
1.4 l (1.5 US qt)
Hypoid gear oil SAE 90, SAE 85 W 901
approx. 4.5 l (4.8 US qt)
MB Hydraulic fluid
approx. 1.0 l (1.1 US qt)
approx. 60g (2.1 oz) each
MB Power steering fluid
High temperature roller bearing grease
Recommended engine oils
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Model
Fuel tank
including a reserve of
Air conditioner system
1
Fuels, coolants, lubricants etc.
Hydraulic fluid
Accelerator control
linkage
Brake system
Windshield washer and
headlamp cleaning system
Cooling system
Capacity
SL 320
SL 500
SL 500
approx. 0.5 US qt (0.5 I)
approx. 5.3 US qt (5.0 I)
MB Brake fluid (DOT 4)
MB Windshield washer concentrate "S"1
approx. 12.2 US qt (11.5 I)
approx. 16.4 US qt (15.5 I)
approx. 16.4 US qt (15.5 I)
approx. 21.1 US gal (80 I)
approx. 2.6 US gal (10 I)
MB Anticorrosion/antifreeze
Premium unleaded gasoline: Posted
Octane 91 (Average of 96 RON/86 MON)
R-134a refrigerant and special
lubricant(Never R-12)
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 Windshield/Headlamp Washer System in Index.
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Engine Oils
Air Conditioner Refrigerant
Premium Unleaded Gasoline
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 MercedesBenz dealer.
Ozone-friendly HFC-134a refrigerant
and special lubricating oil is used in the
air conditioner system.
Never use R-12 (CFG) or mineralbased lubricating oil, otherwise damage
to the system will occur.
Caution!
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.
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 dealer
will provide you with additional
information.
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:
•
have the fuel tank filled only
partially with unleaded regular
and fill up with premium un
leaded as soon as possible,
•
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,
•
do not exceed 2/3 of maximum
accelerator pedal position, if the
vehicle is fully loaded or operating
in mountainous terrain.
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Fuel Requirements
Use only Premium unleaded meeting
ASTM standard D 439:
The octane number (posted at the
pump) must be 91min. 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.
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%.
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.
These blends must also meet all other
fuel requirements such as resistance to
spark knock, boiling range, vapor
pressure etc..
Gasoline Additives
A major concern among engine
manufacturers is carbon build up
caused by gasoline. Mercedes-Benz
recommends to use only quality
gasoline containing additives that
prevent the build up of carbon deposits.
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.
Damages or malfunctions resulting
from poor fuel quality or from blending
specific fuel additives are not covered
by the Mercedes-Benz Limited
Warranty.
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Coolants
The engine coolant is a mixture of water
and anticorrosion/anti-freeze, which
provides:
•
•
•
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 approx. -22 °F (-30 °C) and
corrosion protection.
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]), the engine temperature will
increase due to the lower
heat transfer capability of the solution.
Therefore, do not use more than this
amount of anti-corrosion/antifreeze.
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).
The water in the cooling system must
meet minimum requirements, which are
usually satisfied by normal drinking
water. If you are not sure about the
water quality, consult your authorized
Mercedes-Benz dealer.
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.
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 dealer for
maintenance service.
Anticorrosion/antifreeze quantity
Model
SL 300
SL 500
SL 600
Approx.
freeze
-35 ° F
(-37 °C)
5.75 l
(6.1 US qt)
5.70 l
(7.9 US qt)
10.0 l
(10.6 US qt)
-49°F
(-45°C)
6.30 l
(6.7 US qt)
8.25 l
(8.7 US qt)
11.0 l
(11.6 US qt)
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Consumer Information
This has been prepared as required of all
manufacturers 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
Refer to the tire sidewall for the specific
tire grades for the tires with which this
vehicle is equipped.
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 (11/2) 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 "A", "B", "C"
The traction grades, from highest to
lowest, are "A", "B" and "C" and they
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 braking (straight
ahead) traction tests and does not
include cornering (turning) traction.
Temperature "A", "B", "C"
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.
Warning!
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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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 dealer to have the problem diagnosed and corrected if required. If the
matter is not handled to your satisfaction, please discuss the problem with the dealership
management, or if necessary contact the Owner Service Manager at the Mercedes-Benz
Regional Office nearest you (see Owner's Service and Warranty Information booklet for
addresses). You may also write directly to us at the following addresses:
In the U.S.A.:
Owner Service Department
Mercedes-Benz of North America Inc.
One Mercedes Drive
Montvale, NJ 07645-0350
In Canada:
Owner Service Department
Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.
849 Eglinton Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario, M4G 2L5
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For the U.S.A. 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 of North
America Inc..
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 dealer, or Mercedes-Benz of
North America 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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Index
153
ABS 81,91 -92,94
Acceleration slip control (ASR) 92
Adaptive damping system (ADS) 96
ADS 96,98,109, 111,113,144
Air conditioner refrigerant 146
Air distribution 24
Air volume 24
Airbag 46
Alarm system 34
Antenna 67-68,75,133
Anticorrosion/antifreeze 100,103,145,148
Antilock brake system (ABS) 91
Antitheft alarm system 34
Armrest 40
Ashtray 61
ASR 91-93,100
Automatic climate control
Air recirculation 23,25
Basic setting 23
Dust filter 25
Economy 23
Special setting
Defogging windows 24
Defrosting 24
Automatic transmission fluid level 105
Battery 113
Battery not being charged
Charge indicator lamp 15,85
Brake fluid 16,90,131,145-146
Brake pads worn
Brake pad wear indicator lamp
90
Brake warning lamp
Brake fluid low 90
Brake warning lamp test 90
Brakes 16-17,78,80-81,84,92, 94
Capacities: Fuels, coolants, lubricants
etc. 144
Catalytic converter 14
Cellular telephone 75
Central locking switch 31
Central locking system 30
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Child restraint 44,48,50
Cleaning and care of the vehicle 131
Clock, setting 57
Combination switch 52
Consumer information 149
Coolant level low
Adding coolant 103
Low engine coolant level
warning lamp 88
Coolant level, checking 103
Coolant temperature gauge 87-88
Coolants 148
Cruise control 83
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Display illumination 57
Doors 30
Drinking and driving 78
Driving instructions 16
Driving off 78
Electronic stability program (ESP) 94
Emergency tensioning retractor (ETR) 45
Emission control 99
Engine malfunction
"CHECK ENGINE" malfunction
indicator lamp 82,99
Engine oil consumption 86
Engine oil level low
Low engine oil level warning
lamp 104
Engine oil level, checking 104
Engine oil pressure gauge 15,85
Engine oils 144,146
Engine speed limit
Overrevving 81
ESP 91,94-95,100
Exterior lamp failure indicator lamp 89
Exterior lamp switch 54
First aid kit 106
Fuel
Gasoline additives 146-147
Premium unleaded gasoline
14,145-146
Fuel consumption gauge 86
Fuel filler flap, manual release 124
Fuel requirements 147
Fuel reserve warning lamp 87
Fuses 121
Garage door opener 58
Hardtop 66
Headlights 54
Heated seats 39
Hood 102
Identification plates 136
Indicator lamp symbols 13
Instrument cluster 12
Instrument lamps 57
Interior central locking system 33
Interior lighting 6
Jump starting 123
Keys, vehicle 26
Lamps, exterior
Fog lamps 54
Headlamps 54,89,114,119
High mounted stop lamp 89
License plate lamp 54,120
Standing lamps 54
Taillamps 54,120,132
Layout of poly-V-belt drive 129
Level control system 97
Lighter 61
Low engine oil Level warning lamp 85
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Maintenance 4,8 Memory
Recalling 36
Storing 36,40,55,107,111
Mirror, exterior, rear view 55
Mirror inside, rear view 55
Multicontour seat 38
Night security illumination 56
Outside temperature indicator 87
Panorama roof 66
Parking brake 15-16,18,61,66, 68, 70-71,
78-81,90,92,94, 107, 109,123
Power seats 35
Power windows
Opening and closing 63
Synchronizing remote control 125
Problems with your vehicle 150
Radio transmitters 8
Rear window defroster 24
Remote control, infrared 27,125
Replacing bulbs 115,117
Residual engine heat utilization 25
Roadside assistance 5
Roll bar 64
Roll bar warning lamp 89
Safety guidelines for the seat belt,
emergency tensioning retractor
and airbag 49
Seat belt arid backrest lock
warning lamp 89
Seat belts and warning system 41
Ski rack 124
Snow chains 100
Soft top 70,126,134
Spare parts service 128
Spare wheel 106
Special Settings 24
SRS malfunction 46
Start lock-out 27
Starting and turning off the engine
15
Steering column, adjusting 40
Steering lock 51
Storage compartments 60
Stowing things in the vehicle 106
Sun visors 56
Sunshade 65
Supplemental restraint system (SRS)
41,45
Tachometer 86
Technical data 138
Tire inflation pressure 112
Tires 16-18, 92-95, 100,107-108,
112,138,140,142,149
Towing the vehicle 122
Transmission 79
Trip odometer 57
Trunk 31
Trunk lamp 105
Trunk, separately locked 31
Turn signals 52-53
Vanity mirrors 56
Vehicle data card 137
Vehicle jack 107
Vehicle tools 106
Warranty coverage 137
Washing the car 132
Wheels
Alloy wheels 133
Rims and tires 107-108
Wheels, changing 109
Windscreen 73,134
Windshield/headlamp washer system
Fluid level low 88
Washer fluid mixing ratio 53
Winter driving 100
Winter driving instructions 19
Wiper blades, replacing 130
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Service and Literature
Warning!
Your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer has trained
technicians and original Mercedes-Benz parts to service
your vehicle properly. For expert advice and quality
service, see your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer.
If you are interested in obtaining service literature for
your vehicle please contact your authorized MercedesBenz, dealer.
We consider this to be the best way to obtain
accurate information for your vehicle.
To help avoid personal injury, be extremely careful
when performing any maintenance work or repairs,
improper or incomplete service 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 MercedesBenz dealer.
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Check Regularly and Before a Long Trip
The engine compartment of
model SL 500 is illustrated.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Fuel Supply:
Open flap by pushing near front
(arrow). Turn furl 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.
Tire Inflation Pressure:
Check at least every two weeks.
For details see Index.
Coolant Level:
See Index.
Windshield Washer System,
Headlamp Cleaning System:
See Index.
Engine Oil Level:
See Index.
Brake Fluid: See Index.
Vehicle Lighting: Check function
and cleanliness. For replacement of
light bulbs, see Index.
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Coolant:
For normal replenishing, use water (potable water
quality).
For further information (e.g. anticorrosion/antifreeze),
refer to Index.
•
Spark Plugs:
Approved spark plugs, refer to " Technical Data"
(also see Index).
•
Engine Oil:
Engine oil level check, see Index.
Quantity differential between upper and lower dipstick
marking level: 2.1 US qt (2.0 l).
Recommended engine oils, see Index.
Bulbs:
High and low beams: Halogen type 9004,
fog lamps: Halogen type H 1 (55 W),
tail, parking, standing and driver's side
rear fog lamp 21/4 W/ 35/ 1.2 cp,
turn signal, standing, side marker and parking
lamps, front 21/5 W/ 32P/3 cp,
turn signal lamps, rear 21W/ 32 cp,
stop lamps 21 W/ 32 cp,
license plate lamps 5 W.
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Automatic Transmission:
Automatic transmission fluid. For
level checks refer to Index.
Tire Pressure:
For tire pressure, refer to tire pressure inside the fuel filler
flap.
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Air Conditioner:
R-134a refrigerant and special lubricant
(in selected vehicles - see underhood label),
refer to "Technical Data" (also see Index).
What You Should Know at the Gas Station
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Fuel:
Use premium unleaded gasoline: Posted Octane index
91 (Average of 96 RON/86 MON).
Fuel tank capacity approx. 21.1 US gal (80 l). This
includes approx. 2.6 US gal (10 l) reserve.
Only fill fuel tank until the filler nozzle unit cuts out do not overfill.
Warning!
Gasoline vapor is highly flammable. It burns violently
and can cause serious injury. Whenever you are around
gasoline, extinquish all smoking materials. Never get
sparks, flame or smoking materials near gasoline!
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