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Mercedes-Benz
Operator's Manual
600 SEL
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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.
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• Please read this manual carefully before putting it aside. Then return it to your vehicle where it will be handy for
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operation of your Mercedes-Benz.
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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.
Owner’s Service and Warranty Policy
The Owner’s Service and Warranty Information Booklet contains detailed information about the warranties covering your
Mercedes-Benz, including:
• New Car Limited Warranty,
• Emission System Warranty,
• Emission Performance Warranty,
• 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:
1-800-222-0100 (in the USA) only
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 Owner's Service
and Warranty Policy Booklet. It is in your own interest that we can contact you should the need arise.
If you sell your Mercedes, please leave all owner's literature with the vehicle to make it available to the next owner.
If you bought this vehicle used, be sure to send in the "Notice of Purchase of Used Car" found in the Owner's
Service and Warranty Policy Booklet.
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.
Certain Mercedes-Benz models are available for delivery in Europe under our European Delivery Program.
For details, consult your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer or write to:
In the USA:
Mercedes-Benz USA,
LLC European Delivery Department
One Mercedes Drive
Montvale, NJ 07645
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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Check Regularly and Before a Long Trip
See Index
The First 1000 Miles (1500 km)
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 1500 km (1000 miles) at moderate vehicle and
engine-speeds.
During this period, avoid heavy loads (full throttle driving) and high RPM (no more than 2/3 of maximum
permissible speed in each gear as indicated on the speedometer).
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" or "2"only at moderate speeds (for hill driving).
After 1000 miles (1500 km) speeds may be gradually increased to the permissible maximum
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.
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Introduction
Product information
Operator's manual
Consumer Information
Problems with your vehicle
Reporting Safety Defects
Index
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6
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128
129
132
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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12
13
14
15
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Operation
Air Outlets
Automatic Climate Control
Rear Passenger Compartment:
Climate Control
Active Charcoal Filter
Car Keys
Infrared Remote Control
Central Locking System
Doors
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31
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Trunk
Power Windows and
Sliding/Pop-Up Roof
Power Closing Assist for
Doors and trunk Lid
Anti-Theft Alarm System
Power Seats, Front
Orthopedic Seat Backrest
Heated Seats
Armrest, Front
Power Seats, Rear
Armrest, Rear
Adjusting Front Passenger
Seat from Rear Seat
Head Restrains, Rear
Power Head Restrains, Rear
Adjustable Steering Wheel
Seat Belts and Supplemental
Restrain System (SRS)
Seat Belts
Emergency Tensioning
Retractor (ETR)
Airbags
Steering Lock
Combination Switch
Exterior Lamp Switch
Inside and Exterior
Rear View Mirrors
Sun Visors
32 Vanity Mirrors
Interior Lighting
33 Storage Compartments
in the Dashboard
34 Storage Compartments in the Door
35 Ashtrays
36 Lighter
39 Sliding Roof with Rear
40
Pop-Up Feature
41 Power Windows
42 Rear Window Defroster
43 Setting Clock
Antenna
43
42 Driving
44
45 Drinking and Driving
Parking Brake
46 Driving Off
46 Automatic Transmissions
Rear Fender Indicators
49 Cruise Control
50 Charge Indicator Lamp
55 Oil Pressure Gauge with Oil
Pressure Warning Lamp
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58 Low Engine Oil Level
Warning Lamp
59 Engine Oil Consumption
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62
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Fuel Consumption Gauge
Fuel Reserve Warning Lamp
Outside Temperature Indicator
Coolant Temperature Gauge
Low Engine Coolant Level
Warning Lamp
Low Windshield and Headlamp
Washer System Fluid Level
Warning Lamp
Exterior Lamp Failure Indicator Lamp
Seat Belt Warning Lamp
Brake Pad Wear Indicator lamp
Brake Warning Lamp
Antilock Brake System (ABS)
Acceleration Slip Control (ASR)
Driving with Snow Chains
Adaptive Damping System (ADS)
Emission Control
On Board Diagnostic System
(California models only)
Traveling Abroad
Winter Driving
Snow Chains
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Practical Hints
Hood
Checking Coolant Level
Adding Coolant
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89
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Checking Engine Oil Level
Checking Automatic
Transmission Fluid Level
Trunk Lamp
Spare Wheel, Lug Wrench
First Aid Kit
Vehicle Jack
Vehicle Tools
Storage Compartment below
Vehicle Tool Box
Wheels
Changing Wheels
Tire Inflation Pressure
Battery
Exterior Lamps
Fuses
Jump Starting
Towing the Vehicle
Cleaning and Care of the Vehicle
Testing Infrared Remote Control
Front Head Restrains
Rear Seat Cushion
Manual Closing of Trunk Lid
Manual Retraction of
Trunk Lid Handle
Replacing Wiper Blades
Manual Release of Fuel Filler Flap
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112
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Emergency Operation
of Sliding Roof
Spark Plugs
Layout of Poly-V-Belt drive
Roof Rack
Mercedes-Benz
Spare Parts Service
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Technical Data. Fuels,
Coolants, Lubricants etc.
Consumer Information
Identification Plates
Vehicle Data Card
Warranty Coverage
Technical Data
Fuels, Coolants, Lubricants etc.
Capacities
Engine Oils
Air Conditioner Refrigerant
Brake Fluid
Premium Unleaded Gasoline
Fuels Requirements
Gasoline Additives
Coolants
Service and Literature
Check regularly and before a long trip
At the Gas Station
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Instruments and Controls
For more detailed descriptions see Index.
1
2
3
Adjustable air outlet
Exterior lamp switch
Parking brake release
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Lock for telephone control unit compartment and
glove box
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4 Steering wheel adjustment switch
Glove box (illuminated with key in steering
lock position 2)
5 Combination switch
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Rear window defroster switch
6 Cruise control switch
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Switch for rear seat head restrains
7 Horn, airbag
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Active charcoal filter switch
8 Instrument cluster
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Hazard warning flasher switch
9 Steering lock with preglow / starter switch
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Automatic climate control
10 Adjustable air outlet
25
Radio
11 Heated air supply button – center air outlet
26
Snow chain switch
12 Non – heated /coolant air supply button -
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Ashtray with lighter
28
Adaptive damping system adjustment switch
center air outlet
13 Air volume control for left air outlet
29
Seat heater switch
14 Air volume control for left center air outlet
30
Mirror adjustment switch
15 Air volume control for right center air outlet
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Switch for rear window sunshade
16 Air volume control for right air outlet
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Power window switch
17 Telephone control unit compartment
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Loudspeaker front to rear fader control
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Instrument Cluster
Fuel gauge with reserve warning lamp (yellow). See Index.
Coolant temperature gauge. See Index.
Fuel consumption gauge. See Index.
Oil pressure gauge (bar) with warning lamp (red). See Index
Left turn signal indicator lamp (green)
Knob for instrument lamps and trip odometer Rotate knob
to vary intensity of instrument lamps.
7 Speedometer
8 ASR function indicator lamp (yellow). See Index
1
2
3
4
5
6
Trip odometer
Main odometer
Outside temperature indicator. See Index.
Right turn signal indicator lamp (green)
Knob for setting clock
(to adjust pull knob out). See Index.
14 Tachometer.
15 Red marking on tachometer: Excessive engine speed
16 Electric clock. See Index
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10
11
12
13
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Indicator Lamp Symbols
Function Indicator Lamp
High beam
ASR malfunction. See Index.
ABS malfunction
Warning Lamps
(should go out with the engine running unless)
Brake pads worn down. See Index.
Battery not being charged properly. See Index
Brake fluid low (except Canada).
Parking brake engaged. See Index.
Fluid level for windshield and headlamp washer
system low. See Index.
Coolant level low. See Index.
Brake fluid low (Canada only).
Parking brake engaged. See Index.
SRS malfunction. See Index.
Engine oil level low. See Index.
Fasten seat belts. See Index.
Exterior lamp failure. See Index.
Engine malfunction (California only). 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.
ADS 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 O2~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
Before Starting
Engage parking brake and move the
selector lever to position "P".
Turn key in steering lock to position 2.
The charge indicator lamp should
come on.
Cold Engine
Turn key in steering lock clockwise to
the stop. Do not depress accelerator.
Release key only when the engine is
firing regularly.
Hot Engine
Important!
Turn key in steering lock clockwise to
the stop. Do not depress accelerator.
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.
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 only when the vehicle has
stopped moving. The key can only be
removed with the selector lever in
position "P".
If the coolant temperature is very high
(e.g. after hard driving on mountain
roads), do not shut off the engine
immediately, but allow it to run for 1 - 2
minutes at increased idle speed with
selector lever in neutral or 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.
The 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
Warning!
Warning!
Power Assistance
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
The stop lamps will not come on
when applying the parking brake
only. Perform the procedure in the
previous paragraph only when the
road is clear of other traffic.
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.
Brakes
Caution!
When driving down long and steep
grades, relieve the load on the brakes
by shifting into "3", "2" or "B". This
helps prevent overheating of the brakes
and reduces brake pad wear. Do not
exceed engine speed limits (see Index).
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,
The condition of the parking brake
system is checked each trine the car is
in the shop for the required
maintenance.
Between maintenance checks, it is a
good practice to apply the parking
brake once or twice while driving at
approximately 30 mph (50 km/h) on a
dry straight road. Apply parking brake
lightly until a slight drag on the wheels
is felt. Keep applying the brake for
about 10 seconds while pulling the
release handle out before releasing the
parking brake completely. This practice
will keep the parking brake at
maximum efficiency
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
All checks and maintenance work on
the brake system should be carried out
by an authorized Mercedes-Benz
dealer.
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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.
Warning!
Do not allow your tires to wear down
too far. With less than 1/16 in (3 mm)
of tread, the adhesion properties on a
wet road are sharply reduced.
Brake pad wear or a leak in the system
may be the reason for low brake fluid
in the reservoir.
Depending upon the weather and/or
road surface (conditions), the tire
traction varies widely.
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, the braking
properties of the vehicle can be
degraded to an extent that safe
braking is substantially impaired.
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.
Specified tire pressures must be
maintained. This applies particularly if
the tires are subjected to high loads
(e.g. high speeds, heavy loads, high
ambient temperatures).
Warning!
Do not drive with a flat tire. A flat
tire affects the ability to steer or
brake the vehicle. You may lose
control of the 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, or tire blowout
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Aquaplaning
Depending on the depth of the water
layer on the road, aquaplaning may
occur, even at low speeds and with new
tires. Reduce vehicle speed, avoid track
grooves in the road and apply brakes
cautiously in the rain.
Tire Traction
The safe speed on a wet, snow covered
or icy road is always lower than on a dry
road.
You should pay particular attention to
the condition of the road whenever as the
outside temperatures are close to the
freezing point.
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 com pared with
summer tires. Stopping distance,
however, is still considerably greater
than when the road is wet or dry.
Parking
Warning!
To reduce the risk of personal injury
as a result of vehicle movement,
before turning off the engine and
leaving the vehicle always:
1. Keep right foot on brake pedal.
2. Firmly depress parking
brake pedal.
3. Move the selector lever to
position "P".
4. Slowly release brake pedal.
5. Turn front wheels towards
the road curb.
6. Turn the key to steering
lock position 0 and remove.
Warning!
Important!
If ice has formed on the road, fire
traction will be substantially reduced.
Under such weather conditions, drive,
steer and brake with extreme caution.
It is advisable to set the parking brake
whenever parking or leaving the
vehicle. In addition, move selector
lever to position "P".
When parking on hills, always set the
parking brake.
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Winter Driving Instructions
The most important rule for slippery or
icy roads is to drive sensibly and to
avoid abrupt ac celeration, braking and
steering maneuvers. Do not use the
cruise control system under such
conditions.
When the vehicle is in danger of
skidding, move selector lever to
position "N". Try to keep the vehicle
under control by corrective steering
action.
Road salts and chemicals can adversely
affect braking efficiency Increased
pedal force may
become necessary to produce the
normal brake effect. We therefore
recommend depressing the brake pedal
repeatedly when traveling on saltstrewn roads at length. This can bring
road salt impaired braking efficiency
back to normal. A prerequisite is,
however, that this is possible 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.
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Operation
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Air Outlets
1 Air volume control for left air
outlet, turn left open
2 Air volume control for left center
air outlet, turn left open
3 Air volume control for right center
outlet, turn left open
4 Air volume control for right air
outlet, turn left to open
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6
7
8
9
Left center air outlet, adjustable
Right center air outlet, adjustable
Side air outlet, left and right, adjustable
Heated air supply button – center
air outlet (red indicator)
Non – heated/cooled air supply
button – center air outlet (blue indicator)
Note:
Dust particles (down to a certain
Size) and pollen are filtered out
Before outside air enters the
passenger compartment through
the air distribution system.
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Right side passenger
compartment:
Automatic Climate Control
Left side passenger compartment
1
2
3
4
Temperature selector
Temperature display
Automatic mode
Air distribution buttons
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
Defrost
Residual engine heat utilization
Air recirculation
Air volume selector
Economy
Selection switch
Off
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13
14
15
Temperature selector
Temperature display
Automatic mode
Air distribution buttons
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The temperature selected with the
temperature selector is reached as
quickly as possible.
The temperature selector should be left
at the desired temperature setting.
With the center air outlets open and the
system in heating mode, switch the
outlets to non-heated/ cooled air by
pressing the blue button (indicator lamp
lights up).
With the center air outlets open and the
system in cooling mode, switch the
outlets to non-heated/ fresh air by
pressing the red button (indicator lamp
lights up).
The system will not heat or cool any
quicker by setting a higher or lower
temperature.
The automatic climate control only
operates with the engine running.
The automatic climate control removes
considerable moisture from the air
during operation in the cooling mode.
It is normal for water to drip on the
ground through ducts in the underbody
1, 12 Temperature Selector
Note:
The desired interior temperature can be
selected separately for the left and right
side of the passenger compartment.
If the Automatic Climate Control is in
the "Diagnosis Mode", turn key in
steering lock to position 0 to return it to
its normal operation.
A basic setting in the white field of the
selector is recommended, and can be
used for driving year round.
The selected temperature can be shown
in the display window (2) in either °F
or °C.
3, 14 Automatic Mode
This is the normal setting.
Air volume and distribution are
controlled automatically.
To select: Press
button
(indicator lamp lights up)
To change selection:
Press
or
button (indicator lamp of selected
button lights up). The indicator lamp
for
button goes out.
5 Defrost
Maximum heated and automatically
controlled amount of air is directed to
the windshield and side windows.
As the engine coolant temperature
increases, the air volume is automatically increased, thereby defrosting
as quickly as possible.
Open and direct air outlets (7) towards
the side windows.
Note:
Press
once again to return to
previous setting.
Defogging Windows
Switch off
, or switch on
(left and right side), or switch on
Note:
To quickly defog the inside of the
windshield, select the largest air
volume and air distribution button
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6 Residual Engine Heat
Utilization
The system will automatically
shut off
With the engine switched off, it is
possible to continue heating the interior
for a short while. The rear passenger
compartment air outlet must be closed.
Air volume and distribution are
controlled automatically.
• after approx. 30 minutes,
• if the engine coolant temperature
drops below 122°F (50°C),
• if the battery voltage drops.
To select:
Outside air is not supplied to the car's
interior.
Turn key in steering lock to position 1
or 0 or remove key.
Press
button (indicator lamp
lights up). This function selection will
not activate if the engine coolant
temperature is below 122°F (50°C) or
if the battery charge level is insufficient.
To cancel:
• Press
button
(indicator lamp goes out).
• Turn key in steering lock to
position 2.
7 Air Recirculation
This mode can be selected to prevent
annoying odors or dust from entering
the car's interior.
To select: Press
button
(indicator lamp lights up).
To cancel:
Press
button
(indicator lamp goes out
The system will automatically switch
from recirculated air to fresh air if
button
is pressed
• after approx. 5 minutes at
outside temperatures below
approx. 40°F(5°C),
• after approx. 20 minutes, at
outside temperatures above
approx. 40°F (5°C),
if button
is pressed
• after approx. 5 minutes.
Notes:
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.
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8
Air Volume Selector
11 Off
Important!
The air volume is automatically
regulated in
The fresh air supply to the car interior
is shut off.
AUTO = Normal setting
and all intermediate positions, except
when selecting
While driving, use this setting only
temporarily, otherwise the windshield
could fog up.
This vehicle is equipped with an air
conditioner system that uses HFC-134a
(ozone-friendly hydro-fluorocarbon) as
a refrigerant.
MIN
MAX
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= minimum air flow,
= maximum air flow.
Repairs should always be performed by
a qualified technician, and refrigerant
should be collected in a recovery
system for recycling.
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.
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4 Adjustable air outlet, left side
5 Adjustable air outlet, right side
6 Air distribution slide
7
Top position: air flow from air
outlets (5 and 6),
Bottom position: air flow from air
outlets beneath front seats.
Intermediate positions can be
selected for a mixed air flow.
Note:
Rear Passenger Compartment
Climate Control
1 Temperature selector, left side
2 Temperature selector, right side
A basic setting in the white field of the
selector is recommended.
3 Air volume selector
The air volume can be varied
continuously. The air flow is switched
off with selector in position "0".
The rear passenger climate control does
not operate with automatic climate
control in
mode or switched off
with button
Active Charcoal Filter
1 Switch on
2 Switch off
An active charcoal filter markedly
reduces bad odors and removes
pollutants from the air entering the
passenger compartment.
When pressing button
or
, the
filter is automatically switched off.
Note:
The active charcoal filter should be
switched off when windows fog up on
the inside, or if the passenger
compartment needs to be quickly
heated up or cooled down.
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Car Keys
Master Key
Included with your vehicle are:
• 2 Master keys with infrared
remote control,
• 1 Master key,
• 1 Valet key,
• 1 Flat key.
•
Master Key with Infrared
Remote Control
Warning!
The master key fits all locks on the car.
Valet Key
The valet key fits only the door locks
and the steering lock.
The master key fits all locks on the car.
The transmitter for the infrared remote
control is located in the key holder, the
receivers are located in the door
handles and next to the trunk lock.
We recommend that you carry the flat
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 will not fit the trunk lock
or storage compartments lock in the
dashboard.
Flat Key
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.
Obtaining Replacement Keys
Your vehicle is equipped with a theft
deterrent locking system requiring a
special key manufacturing process. For
security reasons, replacement keys can
only be obtained from your authorized
Mercedes-Benz dealer.
The flat key fits all locks on the car.
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Master Key in Key Holder
Infrared Remote Control
3 Receiver in door handle
1
1 Transmit button
Unlocking:
Releasing: press release button (1). The
key unfolds from the holder by itself.
Transmitter eye and battery
check
Storing: press release button (1) and
fold key back into holder.
The vehicle can be centrally locked and
unlocked, as well as the windows and
sliding roof closed with infrared remote
control.
Aim transmitter eye (2) at a receiver
(3) and press transmit button (1).
Distance to receiver max. 20 ft (6 m).
Release button for master key
The transmitter is located in the key
holder, the receivers are located in the
door handles and next to the trunk lock.
The green indicator lamps on the
receivers should blink. They stop
blinking when the vehicle is unlocked.
Note:
If the trunk was previously locked
separately, it will remain locked
(see Index).
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Notes:
If a door or the trunk is not properly
closed after you attempt to lock the car
by remote control, the red indicator
lamps will continue to blink (max. 10
seconds). Open the door or trunk lid,
close it properly, and lock the car
again.
4 Receiver next to trunk lock
Locking:
Aim transmitter eye (2) at a receiver (3)
and press transmit button (1). Distance
to receiver max. 20 ft (6 m).
The red indicator lamps on the
receivers should blink. They stop
blinking after approximately 3 seconds
when the vehicle is properly locked.
If the vehicle cannot be locked or
unlocked by pressing the transmit
button (1), 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
Closing Windows and Sliding/
Pop-Up Roof from Outside
Continue to press transmit button (1)
after locking car. The windows and
sliding/pop-up roof begin to close after
approx. 1 second.
Warning!
Never close the windows or sliding/
pop-up roof if there is the possibility
of anyone being harmed by the
closing procedure.
In case the closing procedure causes
potential danger, the closing
procedure can be immediately
reversed by turning the key to the
unlocking position (3) within 10
seconds, or releasing and pressing
the remote control button again until
the green indicator lamps at the
receivers blink. The sliding/ pop-up
roof and windows will open again.
The sliding/popup roof will only open
if it was not fully closed.
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Note:
If the side windows and sliding/ pop-up
roof cannot be opened or closed
automatically by using the key or by
pressing the transmit button of the
infrared remote control (e.g. after a
battery change), press down
side of
power window switch in center console
until the window is completely closed
and hold for additional 2 seconds.
Repeat procedure for each window.
The automatic opening and closing
procedure of the windows and sliding/
pop-up roof should now be restored.
Central Locking System
The entire vehicle may be locked or
unlocked by either using the master key
in the door or trunk locks, or central
locking switch located in driver's door.
The central locking system also locks or
unlocks the fuel filler flap.
Note:
If the fuel filler flap cannot be opened,
refer to Fuel Filler Flap, Manual
Release (see Index).
Doors
1
2
3
4
Opening - pull handle
Unlocking
Locking
Individual door from inside:
• Push lock button down to
lock.
• Pull lock button up to unlock.
5 Central locking switch
When you lock the car, all door lock
buttons should move down. If any one
stays up, the respective door is not
properly closed.
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You should then unlock the car, open
and recluse 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.
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.
The doors can only be locked with the
central locking switch, if the front
doors are closed.
The doors cannot be unlocked with the
central locking switch, if car was
previously locked from outside.
The entire car is unlocked with the
central locking switch, if a front door is
opened.
If the car has previously been locked
from the outside, only the door being
opened from the inside will unlock, the
remaining doors, the trunk lid and fuel
filler flap remain locked.
To unlock, turn key to position 2 or
pull up lock buttons.
Trunk
1
2
3
4
Neutral position - 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.
The trunk lid can be lowered by using
the recessed grips in the trunk lid liner,
and closed with the dirt-free retracting
handle.
If the trunk lid cannot be closed, refer
to Trunk Lid, Manual Closing (see
Index).
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 and the
sliding/pop-up roof begin to close
automatically after approximately 1
second.
Note:
If the closing procedure is interrupted,
it can only be continued by first turning
the key to the unlocked position (3) and
then again to the locking position (1).
To interrupt the closing procedure,
turn key to position 2.
Warning!
Door lock, left
and trunk lock
Power Windows and Sliding/
Pop-Up Roof
1 Closing
2 Interrupting
3 Opening
Never close the windows or sliding/
pop-up roof if there is the possibility
of anyone being harmed by the
closing procedure.
In case the closing procedure causes
potential danger, the closing
procedure can be immediately
reversed by turning the key to the
unlocking position (3) within 10
seconds. The sliding/pop-up roof
and windows will open again. The
sliding/pop-up roof will only open if
it was not fully closed.
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Power Closing Assist for Doors and
Trunk Lid
The doors and trunk lid close
automatically if:
• doors are pushed against the lock,
• trunk lid is lowered against the lock,
It is not necessary to slam doors or
trunk lid closed, a pneumatic powerassisted mechanism will latch doors
and trunk lid quietly and automatically
once the lid or door has been brought
to a close. When the pneumatic powerassisted mechanism has stopped, doors
and/or trunk can be reopened.
Note:
Warning!
If the trunk lid does not close, refer to
Trunk Lid, Manual Closing in Index.
To prevent possible personal injury,
always keep hands and fingers away
from the door or trunk opening
when closing a door or the trunk lid.
Be especially careful when small
children are around.
The pneumatic power closing assist
mechanism cannot be interrupted
once it has been engaged.
To prevent personal injury, never
activate the closing assist mechanism
by tampering with the door or trunk
lid latch.
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Anti-Theft Alarm System
The anti-theft alarm can be armed or
disarmed with any of your vehicles
keys or infrared remote control by
locking or unlocking either front door
or the trunk.
Operation
The alarm will last approximately 150
seconds in the form of blinking exterior
lamps. At the same time an additional
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:
Do not give the master key to an
unauthorized person. We recommend
that you carry the flat key safely with
you so that it is always handy. The flat
key has the same functions 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
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Seat and head restraint adjustment:
Warning!
A
B
C
D
E
Do not adjust the driver's seat while
driving. Adjusting the seat while
driving could cause the driver to
lose control of the vehicle.
Seat, fore/aft, up/down
Seat tilt
Seat cushion depth
Backrest tilt
Head restraint Adjust head restraint
to support the back of the head
approximately at ear level. The head
restraint inclination can also be
adjusted manually.
Note:
Power Seats, Front
The slide switches are located in each
front door.
Turn key in steering lock to position 1
or 2 (with the driver's or front
passenger's door open, the power seats
can also be operated with the key
removed or in steering lock position 0).
Your car is equipped with power
head restraints, do not try to raise or
lower them manually.
Never ride in a moving vehicle with
the seat back reclined. Sitting in an
excessively reclined position can be
dangerous. You could slide under
these at 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.
Never place hands under or near
any moving parts while a seat is
being adjusted.
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F Memory button
G Position buttons
Storing seat/head restraint/ steering
wheel/exterior and inside rear view
mirror positions in memory:
Recalling seat/head restraint/ steering
wheel/exterior and inside rear view
mirror positions stored in memory:
Three sets of seat/head restraint/
steering wheel/exterior and inside rear
view mirror positions may be
programmed into memory. After the
seat/head restraint/steering wheel/
exterior and inside rear view mirrors
are positioned, push memory button F,
release, and within 3 seconds push
position button "1". A second and third
set of positions for the same seat/ head
restraint/steering wheel/ exterior and
inside rear view mirrors can be
programmed into memory by pushing
first button "F" and then "2",
respectively "3".
To recall a seat/head restraint/ steering
wheel/exterior and inside rear view
mirror position, push and hold position
button "1", "2" or "3" until seat/head
restraint/ steering wheel/exterior and
inside rear view mirror movement has
stopped. The seat/head restraint/
steering wheel/exterior and inside rear
view mirror movement stops when the
position button is released.
Note:
See Index for instructions on
adjustment of steering wheel and
mirrors.
Caution!
Do not remove head restraints except
when mounting seat covers. For
removal and installation refer to Head
Restraints, Removal in Index.
Whenever restraints have been
removed be sure to reinstall them
before driving.
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Important!
Bring seat backrest to upright position
before recalling a stored seat/head
restraint/steering wheel/exterior and
inside rear view mirror position,
otherwise the front seats could get
forced against a rear seat and be
damaged.
Prior to operating the vehicle, the
driver should adjust the seat height for
proper vision as well as fore/aft
placement and seat back angle to insure
adequate control, reach, operation, and
comfort. The head restraint should also
be adjusted for proper height.
Both the inside and outside rear view
mirrors should be adjusted for adequate
rearward vision.
Fasten seat belts. Infants and small
children should be seated in a properly
secured restraint system that complies
with U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standard 213 and Canadian
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213.1.
All seat, head restraint, and rear view
mirror adjustments as well as fastening
of seat belts should be done before the
vehicle is put into motion.
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The amount of cushion height and
curvature may be adjusted after turning
the key in steering lock to position 2.
The seats have inflatable air cushions
built into the backrest to provide
additional lumbar and side support.
Top
Center
Bottom
can be selected together with
or
Orthopedic Seat Backrest
1 Height regulator
2 Pressure regulator
3 Side bolster adjustment
The amount of cushion height and
curvature may be adjusted after turning
the key in steering lock to position 2.
The inflation pressure of the air
cushion can be continuously varied
between position "0" = without
pressure, and position "5" = maximum
pressure, by changing the pressure
regulator (2) setting.
The side bolsters of the backrest can be
adjusted with push button (3):
•
•
pushing forward-increase side
support,
pushing backward-decrease side
support.
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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The front seat heaters can be switched
on with the key in steering lock
positions 1 or 2, the rear seat heaters
only in steering lock position 2.
Press switch to turn on heater:
1 Normal heating mode. One
indicator lamp in the switch
lights up.
2 Rapid heating mode. Both
indicator lamps in the switch
light up.
Heated Seats
The front seat heater switches are
located to the left and right side of the
center console ashtray.
The rear seat heater switches are
located in each rear door.
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.
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 both indicator lamps are on, press
lower half of switch.
If left on, the heater automatically
turns off after approximately 30
minutes of operation
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Warning!
The armrest does not suffice as a
child restraint system. In case of a
frontal collision a child can be
catapulted forward over the locked
armrest. Infants and small children
should always be seated in a
properly secured restraint system
that complies with U.S. Federal
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213
and Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213.1.
Armrest with Compartment for
Telephone Handset
(Front Seats)
1 Armrest folded down
2 Normal use (3 comfort positions)
3 Armrest folded up
Press button (4) to open cover.
Note:
The cover cannot be opened with
armrest raised above the top comfort
position.
Folding down:
Raise armrest past top comfort position
and push down.
Adjusting height:
Raise armrest to desired position
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Power Seats, Rear
The seats can be adjusted using the slide
switches located in either of the rear
doors.
Turn key in steering lock to position 1 or
2 (with the driver's or front passenger's
door open, the power seats can also be
operated with the key removed or in
steering lock position 0).
Seat Bench
Individual Seats
1 Backrest tilt
1 Backrest tilt
The seat cushion moves fore/aft
together with the inclination of the
backrest.
2 Seat tilt
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Adjusting Front Passenger Seat from
Rear Seat
The front passenger seat can be
adjusted from the rear seat using the
slide switches located in the right rear
door.
Turn key in steering lock to position 1
or 2 (with the driver's or front
passenger's door open, the power seats
can also be operated with the key
removed or in steering lock position 0).
Warning!
Armrest with Integrated Storage
Compartment (Rear Bench Seat)
Pull down the armrest by its strap.
Before storing the armrest in the
backrest, close its storage compartment
lid.
For the removal of the Rear Seat
Cushion, see Index.
Adjustments of the front passenger
seat from the rear seat should be
made only with caution and due
regard for the proper positioning of
the front passenger seat occupant.
1 Switch for front passenger seat
or rear seat selection.
Slide switch (1) forward to adjust front
passenger seat:
2 Seat, fore/aft
3 Backrest tilt
4 Head restraint down
Slide switch (1) rearward to adjust rear
seat (see previous page).
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Important!
For safety reasons, always drive with
the rear head restraints in the upright
position when the rear seats are
occupied.
Keep area around head restraints clear
of articles (e.g. clothing) to not obstruct
the folding operation of the head
restraints.
Switch on center console
Switches in rear doors
Power Head Restraints, Rear
Switch in center console:
Turn key in steering lock to position 1
or 2 (with the driver's or front
passenger's door open, the power head
restraints can also be operated with the
key removed or in steering lock
position 0).
Both head restraints together can be
placed in either upright and fold down
position.
Activate switch:
1 Place head restraint upright.
2 Fold head restraint backward
Switches in rear doors:
The head restraints can be placed
individually in either upright or folddown position.
Inclination of head restraints:
The head restraint inclination can
be adjusted manually.
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Adjustable Steering Wheel
Note:
Turn key in steering lock to position 1
or 2 (with the driver's or front
passenger's door open, the steering
wheel can also be operated with the key
removed or in steering lock position 0).
The steering wheel position can be
stored in memory together with the
seat/head restraint/exterior and inside
rear view mirror positions, see Index.
To lengthen or shorten the steering
column, push in or pull out switch (1).
To raise or lower steering wheel, push
switch (1) up or down.
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.
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Seat Belts and Supplemental
Restraint System (SRS)
Your vehicle is equipped with seat
belts for all seats, emergency
tensioning retractors for the front seats,
as well as airbags and knee bolsters for
driver and front passenger.
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.
Warning!
Seat Belt Warning System
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.
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!
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.
We strongly recommend their use
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For safety reasons, avoid adjusting the
seat or seat back into positions which
could affect the correct seat belt
position.
Unfastening of Seat Belts
Push the release button (3) in the belt
buckle (2).
Allow the retractor to completely
rewind the seat belt by guiding the
latch plate (1).
Notes:
1 Latch plate
2 Buckle
3 Release button
Fastening of Seat Belts
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.
Three-point seat belt:
Tighten the lap portion to a snug
fit by pulling shoulder portion up.
Rear center seat belt:
Tighten to a snug fit by feeding
belt toward retractor.
Adjust seat belt so that shoulder portion
is located as close as possible to the
middle of your shoulder. Do not twist
the belt.
The shoulder portion of the seat belt
must be pulled snug and checked for
snugness immediately after engaging it.
The height setting for the shoulder
portion of the front seat belts are
automatically adjusted by the fore/aft
movement of the front seat.
Seat moved to front: Belt outlet fully
lowered.
Seat moved to rear: Belt outlet fully
raised.
The rear seat belt buckles can be stored
in the space next to the rear armrest (to
the left and right of armrest). The rear
center seat belt should be latched and
stored under the armrest.
For cleaning and care of the seat belts,
see Cleaning and Care of the Vehicle
in Index.
Operation:
The inertia reel stops the belt from
unwinding during sudden vehicle stops
or when quickly pulling on the belt.
The locking function of the reel may be
checked by quickly pulling out the belt.
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Warning!
USE SEAT BELTS PROPERLY.
• Each occupant should wear their
seat belt at all times. Together
with the "SRS" (airbags, ETR's
and knee bolsters for driver and
front seat passenger), the seat
belt offers the best conditions for
protection of the body in case of
major frontal impact.
• Improperly positioned seat belts
do not provide maximum
protection and may cause serious
injuries in case of an accident.
• 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.
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.
• Each seat belt should never be
used for more than one person at
a time.
• Rear-facing child restraints must
not be used in the front seat with
a passenger side airbag. 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.
• 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.
USE CHILD RESTRAINTS
PROPERLY.
• Infants and small children must be
seated in an infant or child
restraint system, which is properly
secured
• According to accident statistics,
children are safer when properly
restrained in the rear seating
positions than in the front seating
positions.
• Children too big for child
restraint systems should ride in
rear seats using 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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Seat belt not fastened
• first threshold exceeded:
airbag activates, but not ETR
Driver and front passenger systems
operate independently from each other.
Emergency Tensioning
Retractor (ETR)
Supplemental Restraint System
(SRS)
The SRS uses two crash severity levels
(thresholds) to activate either the ETR
or airbag or both. Activation depends
on exceeding the thresholds and
fastening of the seat belt.
Seat belt fastened
• first threshold exceeded:
ETR activates
• second threshold exceeded:
airbag also activates
The seat belts for the front seats 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.
In cases of other frontal impacts,
roll-overs, certain side impacts, rear
collisions, or other accidents without
frontal forces, the emergency
tensioning retractors will not be
activated. The driver and passengers
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.
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.
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Airbags
The most effective occupant restraint
system yet developed for use in
production vehicles is the seat belt. In
some cases, however, the protective
effect of a seat belt can be further
enhanced by an airbag.
The driver airbag (1) is located in the
steering wheel hub. The passenger
airbag (2) is located in the dashboard
ahead of the passenger. In conjunction
with wearing the seat belts with
emergency tensioning retractors (4),
they provide increased protection for
the driver and passenger in certain
major frontal and front angled impacts.
The operational readiness of the airbag
system is verified by the indicator lamp
"SRS" (3) 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 coming on
again
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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 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.
Important!
The airbags are designed to activate
only in certain frontal and frontangled impacts (within the shaded
area shown in the illustration on
page 48). Only during these types of
impacts 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, certain side impacts, rear
collisions, or other accidents without
sufficient frontal forces, the airbag
will not be activated. The driver and
passengers will then be protected by
the fastened seat belts.
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Important!
Warning!
The "SRS" is designed to reduce the
potential of injury in certain frontal
and front-angled impacts which may
cause injuries, however, no system
available today can totally eliminate
injuries and fatalities.
It is very important for your safety
to always be in a properly seated
position and to wear your seat belt.
The activation of the "SRS"
temporarily releases a small amount
of dust from the air-bags. 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 MercedesBenz dealer at that time and replaced
when necessary.
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.
Since the airbag inflates with
considerable speed and force, a
proper seating position will keep you
in a safe distance from the airbag:
•
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.
• Adjust the passenger seat as far
as possible rearward from the
dashboard.
• Infants and small children should
only be seated in a rear seat and
be properly secured in a child
restraint system.
• Rear-facing child restraints must
not be used in a front seat with a
passenger side airbag.
Failure to follow these instructions
can result in severe injuries to you or
other occupants.
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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.
• Improper work on the system,
including incorrect installation
and removal, can lead to possible
injury through an uncontrolled
activation of the "SRS".
• 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.
• 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.
• Several airbag system components
at the steering wheel get hot after
the airbag has inflated. Don't try
to touch them.
• 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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Infant and Child Restraint
Systems
We recommend that all infants and
children be restrained at all times while
the vehicle is in motion.
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 a
lap belt or lap belt portion of a lapshoulder belt, and that complies with
U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle 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!
According to accident statistics,
children are safer when properly
restrained in the rear seating positions
than in the front seating positions.
Rear-facing child restraints must not
be used in the front passenger 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 ride in rear seats
using 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.
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.
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.
U.S.A. Models only:
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.
This vehicle can be equipped with
tether anchorages for a top tether strap.
Consult your authorized MercedesBenz dealer for installation of these
anchorages.
Since 1986 all U.S. child restraints
comply with U.S. regulations without
the use of a tether strap.
Canada Models only:
In compliance with Canadian Motor
Vehicle Safety Standard 210.1, child
restraint tether anchorage hardware is
attached to the tool kit located in the
trunk.
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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.)
2 Preglow and driving position.
3 Starting position.
Refer to Index for Starting and turning
off the engine.
Warning!
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".
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:
The following items can be operated
with the key in steering lock position 1:
wiper,
headlamp flasher,
lighter,
glove box lamp,
radio (also in position 0),
sliding roof,
rear window defroster,
power windows,
power seats, front,
heated seats, front,
adjustable steering wheel.
An audible warning will sound when
the driver's door is opened with the key
in steering lock position 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 strain 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 air volume control
should be set to "MIN"
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Press switch past resistance point:
Windshield washer, windshield
wiper; headlamp cleaning system
(only in exterior lamp switch
positions
or
Canada only:
also in position
when the engine
is running)
7 Windshield wiper
0
I
II
III
Combination Switch
1 Low beam (exterior lamp
switch position
)
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.
3 High beam flasher (high beam
available independent of
exterior lamp switch position)
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.
4 Turn signals, right
6
2 High beam (exterior lamp
switch position
)
5 Turn signals, left
Press switch briefly:
One wipe without washer water
(select only if window is wet)
Wiper off
Intermittent wiping
Normal wiper speed
Fast wiper speed
When coming to a stop or driving
slower than approx. 16 mph (25
km/h), the wiper speed
automatically switches to the next
lower setting.
In setting "I", the interval between
wipes is lengthened.
Upon accelerating again, the wiper
speed returns to the previous setting.
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
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.
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).
Emergency Operation of
Windshield Wiper
In case of windshield wiper malfunction
in switch positions I or III, turn
combination switch to wiper setting II.
Have the system checked at your
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as
soon as possible.
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.
Upon canceling the turn signal, the
hazard flasher will operate again.
Turn Signal Failure
If one of the turn signals fails, the turn
signal indicator system flashes and
sounds at a faster than normal rate. In
addition, the exterior lamp failure
indicator will come on.
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Exterior Lamp Switch
Canada only:
When the engine is running, the low
beam (includes parking lamps, side
marker lamps, tail lamps, license plate
lamps and instrument panel lamps) are
automatically switched on.
Note:
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 (also side
marker lamps, taillamps,
license plate lamps,
instrument panel lamps)
Canada only: When the
engine is running, the low
beam is additionally
switched 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.
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)
Note:
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.
The standing lamps cannot be operated
with the key in steering lock position 2.
With the key removed and a front door
open, an audible warning will sound 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 O •
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Exterior rear view mirror, left
Exterior rear view mirror, right
Inside and Exterior Rear View
Mirrors
The switch is located on the
center console.
Inside Rear View Mirror
Turn key in steering lock to position 2
(with either front door open, the mirror
can be operated with key removed or
in steering lock position 0 or 1).
The mirror is electrically adjustable.
Antiglare night position: Tilt the mirror
to the antiglare night position using the
lever at its lower edge.
Use your inside mirror to determine the
size and distance of objects seen in the
passenger side convex mirror.
Turn switch to position
.
To adjust, move the switch forward,
backward or to either side.
Exterior Rear View Mirrors
Turn key in steering lock to position 2
(with either front door open, the mirrors
can be operated with key removed or in
steering lock position 0 or 1).
Turn switch to select the mirror to be
adjusted.
To adjust, move the switch forward,
backward or to either side.
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Note:
The exterior mirrors have electrically
heated glass. The heater switches on
automatically, depending on outside
temperature.
If an exterior mirror housing is forcibly
pivoted from its normal position, it
must be repositioned by applying firm
pressure until it snaps into place.
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 are closer than they appear.
Check your inside rear view mirror
or glance over your shoulder before
changing lanes.
Exterior Rear View Mirror
Multiple Images
This vehicle is equipped with antifogging dual-pane side windows to
provide extra insulation against heat,
cold and noise. Because of the second
pane of glass, under certain light and
weather conditions a multiple image
may become noticeable, especially
when looking through the side
windows at an outside rear view
mirror.
Storing Mirror Positions in
Memory
The exterior and inside rear view
mirror positions are stored in memory
with the seat/head restraint/ steering
column position and can be’ recalled
when necessary, see Index.
Note:
If the inside rear view mirror was
adjusted separately, the originally
stored position remains in memory. To
recall position, press the desired
position button.
Folding the mirrors in:
Turn switch to point rearward. Press
switch rearward until the mirrors are
folded in.
Folding the mirrors out:
Turn switch to point rearward. Press
switch forward until the mirrors are
folded out.
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Sun Visors
Swing sun visors down to protect
against sun glare.
If sunlight enters through a side
window, disengage visor from inner
mounting and pivot to the side. From
this position, the visor can slide
forward and backward on its shaft.
Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
Front seats:
With the visor engaged in its inner
mounting, the lamp can be switched on
by opening the cover.
Rear seats:
Touch the cover to lower the mirror.
The lamp will switch on automatically.
Close the cover and the lamp will go
out.
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2 Interior Lamps
A
B
A Interior lamps switched off
B Interior lamps switched on
3 Rear Courtesy Lamps
A
Interior Lighting
1 Interior Lamps (Door contact)
A
B
B
A Courtesy lamps switched off
B Courtesy lamps switched on
Note:
The courtesy lamps cannot be
switched off as long as a rear door
is open.
4 Reading Lamps, Front
A Interior lamps are switched on,
and off delayed, when unlocking
or locking the vehicle, or when
opening either front door.
However, there will be no delay
when the key is in steering lock
position 2.
A
B Interior lamps switched off
A Reading lamp switched off
B Reading lamp switched on
5 Reading Lamps, Rear
The lamps are switched on and off
individually with a switch in the
respective lamp.
Entrance Lamps, Exit Lamps
The lamps are switched on and off by
the door contact switches.
B
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Telephone Control Unit
Compartment
To open: Press button
(2).
Glove Box
The glove box lid is equipped with a
container for coins and small accessories.
To open: Press button
(4).
Storage Compartments in the
Dashboard
1 Storage/eyeglasses
compartment
2 Button for storage/
eyeglasses compartment
3 Glove box
4 Button for glove box
5 Lock
Note:
The storage compartments may be
locked and unlocked by using the master
key in lock (5).
Locking:
Turn master key in lock (5) to the
right and remove.
Unlocking:
Turn master key back to vertical
position.
Storage Compartments in the Door
1 Door pocket
To open:
Fold down cover.
2 Compartment for
compact umbrella.
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in center console, front
in rear doors
Ashtrays
By touching the top of the cover
lightly, the ashtray opens
automatically.
To remove ashtray from center
console:
Push sliding knob (1) toward the
right to eject the insert.
To remove ashtray from rear door: Hold
left and right side of insert and pull up.
To install ashtray:
Install insert into ashtray frame
and push down to engage.
Lighter
Turn key in steering lock to
position 1 or 2.
Push in lighter (1); it will pop out
automatically when hot.
Warning!
Never touch the heating element or
sides of the lighter, hold at knob
only
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Glass Sliding Roof with Rear
Pop-Up Feature
An additional screen can be slid into
the roof opening to guard against sun
rays. When sliding the roof open, the
screen will also retract.
Warning!
When closing the sliding roof, be
sure that there is no danger of
anyone being harmed by the closing
procedure.
Sliding Roof with Rear Pop-Up
Feature
1
2
3
4
to slide roof open
to slide roof closed
to raise roof at rear
to lower roof at rear
Turn key in steering lock to position 1
or 2 (with either front door open, the
sliding/pop-up roof can be operated
with key removed or in steering lock
position 0).
The switch is illuminated when the
exterior lamps are switched on (except
standing lamps).
Notes:
The sliding roof can be opened or
closed manually should an electrical
malfunction occur, refer to Emergency
Operation in Index.
The sliding roof can also be closed
with the key or infrared remote control
while locking the vehicle doors (see
Central Locking System in Index).
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Note:
When closing window with switch
pressed past resistance point, and
upward movement of the window is
blocked during the closing procedure,
the window will stop during the last
few inches before closure and open
slightly.
in center console, front
Power Windows
Switches for:
1
2
3
4
5
6
left, front
left, rear
right, front
right, rear
safety switch
individual switches (rear doors)
If inadvertent operation of the rear
windows by switch (6) (for instance by
children) is to be prevented, slide
safety switch (5) to right, symbol
becomes visible.
in rear doors
Turn key in steering lock to
position 1 or 2.
Press switch in to resistance point:
to close
to open
Release switch when window is in
desired position.
Warning!
When closing the windows, be sure
that there is no danger of anyone
being harmed by the closing
procedure.
The automatic interrupt will not
operate if a window is being closed
by pressing the switch to its
resistance point and holding it there.
Press switch
or
past resistance point and release - window
opens or closes completely.
To interrupt procedure, briefly press
or
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The power windows can also be closed
with the key or infrared remote control
while locking the vehicle doors (see
Central Locking System in Index).
Note:
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.
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 can cause serious
personal injury.
Note:
If the side windows cannot be fully
opened or closed automatically by
pressing the button past the point of
resistance (e.g. after a vehicle battery
change), press down
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.
The defroster is automatically turned
off after a maximum of 20 minutes of
operation.
Heavy accumulation of snow and ice
should be removed before activating
the defroster.
Rear Window Defroster
The switch is located in the center
console.
Turn key in steering lock to
position 1 or 2.
When activating the rear window
defroster, the indicator lamp in the
switch will come on.
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.
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Adjusting clock one minute ahead or
back:
Pull out adjustment knob, briefly
turn to the right respectively left and
release knob.
Adjusting clock more than one minute
ahead or back: Pull out adjustment
knob, 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.
Antenna
The antenna extends when switching
on the radio and/or telephone.
Note:
To retract the antenna (e.g. when
entering a car wash) both radio and
telephone must be switched off.
Setting Clock
1 Knob for setting clock
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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.
Drinking and driving can be a very
dangerous combination. Even a small
amount of alcohol or drugs can affect
your reflexes, perceptions and
judgement.
Warm up the engine smoothly. Do not
place full load on the engine until the
operating temperature has been
reached.
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
anyone to drive after drinking.
When starting off on a slippery surface,
do not allow one driving wheel to spin
for an extended period.
Parking Brake
To engage, firmly depress parking brake
pedal. When the key is in steering lock
position 2, the brake warning lamp in
the instrument cluster should come on
brightly.
To release the parking brake, pull
handle on instrument panel. The brake
warning lamp in the instrument cluster
should go out.
A warning sounds, if you start to drive
without having released the parking
brake.
Also see Brake Warning Lamp Test in
Index.
Warning!
Keep driver's foot area clear at all
times. Objects stored in this area
may impair pedal movement.
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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 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 info gear when
the engine is idling normally and
when your right foot is firmly on the
brake pedal.
Accelerator position
Partial throttle = early up shifting
= normal acceleration
Full throttle = later up shifting =
rapid acceleration
Kick down (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
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 driving
position only when the engine is idling
and the service brake is applied. Do not
release
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With the key removed, the selector
lever is locked in position "P".
R Reverse gear.
Shift to reverse gear only with the
car stopped.
Selector Lever Positions
The automatic gear shifting
process can be adapted to specific
operating conditions using the
selector lever.
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".
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 in Index).
Important!
Coasting the vehicle, or driving for
any other reason with selector lever
in "N", can result in transmission
damage that is not covered by the
Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
D The transmission automatically up
shifts to 4th gear. Position "D"
provides optimum driving
characteristics under all normal
operating conditions.
3 Up shift to 3rd gear only. Suitable
for moderately steep hills.
2 Up shift to 2nd gear only. For
driving in mountainous regions.
Since the transmission does not
shift higher than 2nd gear, this gear
selection will allow use of the
engine's braking power downhill.
B 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).
Important!
With selector lever in position "D" or
"3", up shifting from 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 up shift and increased engine
noise might be perceived as a
malfunction. However, neither the
engine nor transmission are
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negatively affected by this mode of
operation.
The delayed up shift is effective with
vehicle speeds below 31 mph (50
km/h) at partial throttle and engine
temperatures below 95°F (35°C).
Do not exceed the vehicle speed limits
for individual gear selections, which
are indicated by marks (I, II, III etc.) on
the circumference of the speedometer.
Do not brake the vehicle by
downshifting to a lower gear (for
example from "D" to "3") unless the
speedometer needle is below the speed
limit mark of that particular gear range.
Over revving could result in serious
damage to the engine.
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
This applies particularly for position
"B".
To prevent the engine from laboring at
low RPMs, do not allow the engine
speed to drop too low on uphill
gradients.
Depending on the degree of the incline,
shift selector lever to a lower gear early
enough to maintain engine RPM within
the best torque range.
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 rock a car out of soft ground (mud
or snow), alternately shift from forward
to reverse, while applying slight partial
throttle.
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 an 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
downhill side of front wheel against
curb
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Rear Fender Indicators
Normally the vehicle is accelerated to
the desired speed with the accelerator.
When the reverse gear is selected, the
rear fender indicators will extend
upward from the rear corners of the
fenders.
Speed is set by briefly pushing the
lever to position 1 or 2. The accelerator
can be released.
The rear fender indicators retract
delayed when shifting out of reverse.
They retract immediately when turning
key in steering lock to position 0.
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.
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 0.6 mph (1 km/h)
increments. When the lever is released,
the newly set speed remains.
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.
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3 Canceling
To cancel the cruise control, briefly
push lever to position 3.
When you step on the brake or the
vehicle speed drops below approx.
25 mph (40 km/h), for example
when driving upgrade, the cruise
control will be canceled.
If the cruise control cancels by itself
and remains inoperative until the
engine is restarted, have the system
checked at your authorized
Mercedes-Benz dealer as soon as
possible.
4 Resume
If the lever is briefly pushed to
position 4 when driving at a speed
exceeding approx. 25 mph (40 km/h),
the vehicle resumes the speed which
was set prior to the cancellation of the
cruise control. The last memorized
speed is canceled when the key in the
steering lock 's turned to position
1 or 0
Note:
Warning!
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.
Only use the cruise control if the
traffic and weather conditions make
it advisable to travel at a steady
speed.
Caution!
When driving with the cruise control,
the transmission selector lever must not
be shifted to position "N" as otherwise
the engine will overrev.
• 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
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 come
while the engine is running, this
indicates a fault which must be repaired
at an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer
immediately.
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-Vbelt 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.
Oil Pressure Gauge with Oil
Pressure Warning Lamp
With the key in steering lock position
2, the oil pressure warning lamp comes
on and should go out when the engine
is running.
The oil pressure at idle speed may
drop if the engine is at operating
temperature. This will not jeopardize
the engine's operational reliability.
Pressure must, however, rise
immediately upon acceleration.
There is no need for concern should the
oil pressure warning lamp light up
briefly, (for example, in sharp turns or
hard braking) provided the lamp goes
out immediately. We recommend you
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.
Note:
If the oil pressure warning lamp does
not go out after starting the engine or
comes on while driving and the oil
pressure gauge needle drops to "0",
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.
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Low Engine Oil Level Warning
Lamp
With the key in steering lock position
2, the oil level warning lamp comes on
and should go out when the engine is
running.
If the warning lamp comes on with the
engine running and at operating
temperature, the engine oil level has
dropped to approximately the minimum
mark on the dipstick.
When this occurs, the warning lamp
will first come on intermittently and
then stay on if the oil level drops
further.
If no oil leaks are noted and there is no
loss in 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.
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.
Engine Oil Consumption
Engine oil consumption checks should
only be made after the break-in period.
During the break-in period, higher oil
consumption may be noticed and is
normal. Frequent driving at high
engine speeds results in increased
consumption.
Fuel Consumption Gauge
While driving, current fuel
consumption is indicated in miles per
gallon (mpg), or in Canada liters per
100 kilometers (1/100 km).
With the engine switched off, the
needle reads "0".
Due to system design, maximum
consumption is indicated at engine idle
speed.
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Fuel Reserve Warning Lamp
Warning!
Warning!
With the key in steering lock position
2, the fuel reserve warning lamps come
on and should go out when the engine
is running.
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.
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.
If the warning lamps do not go out
after starting the engine or if they come
on while driving, it indicates that the
fuel level is down to the reserve
quantity of approx. 3.3 gal (12.5 liters).
Outside Temperature Indicator
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.).
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 engine should not be operated with
the coolant temperature in the red zone.
Adaptation to ambient temperature
takes place in steps and depends on the
prevailing driving conditions (stopand-go or moderate, constant driving)
and amount of temperature change.
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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 when the engine is 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.
In cases of major or frequent minor
coolant loss, have the cooling system
checked at your authorized MercedesBenz dealer as soon as possible.
Note:
Do not drive without coolant in the
cooling system. The engine will
overheat causing major engine damage.
Monitor the coolant temperature gauge
while driving.
Warning!
Do not spill antifreeze on hot engine
parts. Antifreeze contains ethylene
glycol which may burn if it comes
into contact with hot engine parts.
You can be seriously burned.
Low Windshield and Headlamp
Washer System Fluid Level
Warning Lamp
With the key in steering lock position
2, the warning lamp comes on and
goes out when the engine is 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 next to the
radiator.
The fluid level can be checked visually
at the sight glass located next to the
reservoir filler cap
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Exterior Lamp Failure Indicator
Lamp
With the key in steering lock position
2, a dim indicator lamp comes on, and
goes out when the engine is running.
With the key in steering lock position 2
or with the engine running, a bright
illumination of this lamp indicates an
exterior lamp failure.
If an exterior lamp fails, the indicator
lamp will come on only when that lamp
is switched on.
If a brake or turn signal lamp fails, the
lamp failure indicator will come on
when applying the brake or actuating
the turn signal and stay on until the
engine is turned off.
Seat Belt Warning Lamp
Brake Pad Wear 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.
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.
After starting the engine, the warning
lamp blinks for a brief period to remind
the driver and passengers to fasten seat
belts before driving off.
If the indicator lamp lights up during
braking, this indicates that the front
wheel brake pads are worn down.
Have the brake system checked at your
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as
soon as possible.
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 Warning Lamp
Warning!
The brake warning lamp will come on
with the key in steering lock position 2
and should go out when the engine is
running.
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.
The brake warning lamp will come on:
• when there is insufficient brake
fluid in the reservoir (engine
running and parking brake
released)
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
key in steering lock to position 2. The
brake warning lamp comes on, and
should go out when the engine is
running.
• when the parking brake is set
(engine running).
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Antilock Brake System (ABS)
The ABS prevents the wheels from
locking up above a vehicle speed of
approximately 2 mph (3 km/h)
independent of road surface conditions.
It is necessary, however, that the
vehicle speed reaches at least 5 mph
(8 km/h) before commencing to brake.
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.
The ABS warning lamp in the
instrument cluster comes on with the
key in steering lock position 2 and
should go out when the engine is
running.
If the charging voltage falls below 10
volts, the warning lamp comes on and
the ABS is switched off. When the
voltage is above this value again, the
warning lamp should go out and the
ABS will be operational.
If the ABS warning 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.
Warning!
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.
Have the system checked at your
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as
soon as possible.
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Acceleration Slip Control (ASR)
The mode is canceled in memory
above 37 mph (60 km/h) and the
indicator lamp in the switch goes out,
To switch off: press lower half of
switch (the indicator lamp in the switch
goes out).
The acceleration slip control will engage
at all vehicle speeds, if one or both drive
wheels begin to lose traction and spin.
While engaged, the yellow function
indicator in the speedometer lights up.
Notes:
With the acceleration slip control 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.
As traction on the road surface increases,
the allowable engine torque also increases
again and the brake is no longer applied to
drive wheels.
With the key in steering lock position
2, the yellow function indicator lamp
and the yellow ASR warning lamp in
the instrument cluster come on. They
must go out when the engine is
running.
Snow chain switch
Driving with Snow Chains
When driving with snow chains,
press the upper half of the snow chain
switch, located on the instrument
panel (the indicator lamp in the
switch comes on).
This mode is effective at speeds up to
25 mph (40 km/h). It remains stored
in memory up to 37 mph (60 km/h)
and automatically engages again
when the vehicle speed drops below
25 mph (40 km/).
If the ASR warning lamp comes on
with the engine running, a malfunction
has been detected. Pressing the
accelerator pedal will require greater
effort. Only 2/3 of engine output is
available.
Have the acceleration slip control
checked at your authorized MercedesBenz dealer as soon as possible.
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Driving the vehicle with different
size tires will cause the wheels to rotate
at different speeds, therefore the
acceleration slip control will activate
(yellow ASR function indicator lamp in
instrument cluster comes on). For this
reason, all wheels, including the spare
wheel, must have the same tire size.
In winter operation, the maximum
effectiveness of the acceleration slip
control is only achieved with M + S
radial tires.
The brake pad wear warning lamp
indicates brake pad wear for the
front as well as the rear brakes.
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
acceleration slip control will
immediately be engaged and will apply
the rear wheel brakes.
Adaptive Damping System
(ADS)
Depending upon road surface
conditions, load, driving style, ADS
will automatically adjust the optimal
ride firmness.
The indicator lamp comes on with the
key in steering lock position 2 and goes
out when the engine is running.
If the indicator lamp stays on after the
engine is running or comes on while
driving, then the system has
detected a malfunction.
We recommend that you visit an
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as
soon as possible to have the system
checked-out.
Note:
If the battery was disconnected, the
indicator lamp will only go out after
the engine is started and the steering
wheel is turned from full left - to- full
right lock and returned to the center
position.
Adaptive Damping System
Adjustment
The switch is located in the center
console.
1 Firm damping 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 damping program. This setting
should be used for regular driving.
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Emission Control
Warning!
Certain systems of the engine serve to
keep the toxic components of the
exhaust gases within permissible limits
required by law.
Inhalation of exhaust gas is
hazardous to your health. All
exhaust gas contains carbon
monoxide, and inhaling it can cause
unconsciousness and lead to death.
These systems, of course, will function
properly only when maintained strictly
according to factory specifications.
Any adjustments on the engine should,
therefore, be carried out only by
qualified 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.
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.
On-Board Diagnostic System
(California models only)
The LH control unit monitors
emission control components that
either provide input signals to or
receive output signals from the control
unit. Malfunctions resulting from
interruptions or failure of any of these
components are indicated by the
"CHECK ENGINE" indicator lamp
in the instrument cluster and are
simultaneously stored in the LH control
unit.
If the "CHECK ENGINE" indicator
lamp comes on, have the system
checked at your authorized
Mercedes-Benz dealer as soon as
possible.
An on-board test connection with
pushbutton and light emitting diode
(LED) is located on the engine
compartment firewall, allowing the
accurate identification of system
malfunctions.
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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.
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 Capacities: Fuels,
Coolants, Lubricants etc. in 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).
Snow Chains
• 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.
Chains should only be used on the rear
wheels. Follow the manufacturer's
mounting instructions.
• 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.
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.
Note:
For tips on driving on slippery winter
roads, refer to Index.
In winter operation, the maximum
effectiveness of the acceleration slip
control is only achieved with M + S
radial tires.
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.
After driving a short distance, retighten
the mounted chains.
When driving with snow chains, press
the snow chain switch, refer
to Index.
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Practical Hints
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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. At the same time
handle (2) will extend out of the
radiator grill (it may be necessary to lift
the hood up slightly).
Pull handle (2) completely out of
radiator grill and open hood (do not
pull up on handle).
• with the engine running,
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).
• if the ignition is "on" and the
engine is turned manually.
Caution!
Caution!
To avoid damage to the windshield
wipers or hood, open the hood only
with wipers in the parked position.
If hood is not fully closed, repeat
closing procedure.
• while starting the engine,
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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 194°F
(90°C). Allow engine to cool-down
before removing cap. The coolant
reservoir contains hot fluid and is
under pressure.
Checking Coolant Level
To check the coolant level, the vehicle
must be parked on level ground and the
engine stopped.
Check coolant level only when coolant
is cold.
The coolant should reach the marking
inside the filler neck
The drain plugs for the cooling system
are located on the right side of the
engine block and at the bottom of the
radiator.
Anticorrosion/antifreeze, see
Coolants in Index.
• Using a rag, turn cap to first
notch to relieve excess pressure. If
opened immediately, scalding hot
fluid and steam will be blown out
under pressure, possibly causing
personal injury.
• 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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The best time to check the engine oil
level is when the oil is warm, such as
during a fuel stop.
With the vehicle on level ground, stop
the engine and wait a few minutes for
the oil to drain back to the oil pan.
Wipe the dipstick clean before
checking.
Add oil, if needed, only
to the upper mark
(max).
Do not overfill engine.
For viscosity and capacity, see
Capacities: Fuels, Coolants,
Lubricants etc. in Index.
For low engine oil level warning lamp,
see Index.
Checking Engine Oil Level
1 Oil dipstick
2 Oil filler cap
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Checking Automatic Transmission
Fluid Level
Dipstick locking lever
1 Release
2 Engage
When noticing fluid loss or gear shifting
malfunctions, we recommend to have
your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer
check the transmission fluid level.
The transmission fluid level should only
be checked with the engine idling,
parking brake engaged and selector lever
in position "P". The vehicle must be
parked on level ground.
The fluid level in the transmission is
dependent upon its temperature. The
maximum and minimum fluid level
marks on the dipstick are applicable
references only if the transmission fluid
level has reached its normal operating
temperature of 176° F (80°C).
Prior to the check, allow engine to idle
for approx. 1 to 2 minutes.
Extreme cleanliness must be observed!
To wipe the dipstick, use a clean, lintfree cloth.
If the transmission fluid cools down to
68 - 86° F (20 - 30°C), which is the
normal shop temperature range, then
the maximum fluid level will be
approximately 0.4 in (10 mm) below
the minimum mark on the dipstick. We
stress this point because a fluid change
is normally performed when the
transmission fluid has cooled down to
shop temperature.
To fill the transmission with fluid, pour it
through a fine-mesh filter into the
dipstick opening. Even the slightest
impurity may cause operational troubles.
The fluid level must not exceed the
dipstick maximum mark with the fluid
at operating temperature. Drain or
siphon off excess fluid, if required.
Measure fluid level with the dipstick
completely inserted and the locking lever
released (1).
Important!
Then push dipstick all the way in and
swing locking lever
downwards (2).
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Trunk Lamp
Spare Wheel, Lug Wrench
First Aid Kit
1
1
2
3
4
1
Switching off
Trunk floor
Strap
Luggage bowl
Lug wrench
Switch off (1) trunk lamp with car key
(at the same time the trunk lid handle
will retract). This prevents the vehicle
battery from being discharged if the
trunk is to remain open for along period
of time.
Roll back the floor mat. Lift the trunk
floor (1) and engage strap (2) in the
eyelet on the edge of the trunk lid.
To close the trunk lid by its handle,
first switch trunk lamp on.
To remove the spare tire, turn luggage
bowl (3) to the left and remove.
Opening lid
The first aid kit is stored in the shelf
below the rear window.
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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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.
Vehicle Jack
See illustration for proper storage of
jack.
Before storing the jack on the felt in the
spare wheel well, the jack arm (1) must
be lowered almost to the base (2) of the
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. Lower the
vehicle onto sufficient capacity jack
stands before working under the
vehicle.
Vehicle Tools, Storage Compartment
below Tool Box
1 Closing
2 Opening (to remove tool box,
to access storage compartment)
3 Opening (to open tool box)
To insert the tool box:
Position rear end of tool box, press
down its front end and slide handle to
position (1).
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Wheels
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.
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 Mercedes-Benz
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.
Tire Replacement
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 and type. For dimensions,
see "Technical Data".
We recommend that you break in new
tires for approx. 60 miles (100 km) at
moderate speed. It is imperative that the
wheel mounting bolts be retightened
after approx. 60-300 miles (100-500
km).
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 +
S tires is installed.
Tightening torque: 110 ft.lb. (150 Nm).
For rim and tire specifications, refer to
"Technical Data".
Warning!
Worn, old tires can cause accidents.
If the tire tread is badly worn, or if
the tires have sustained damage,
replace them.
When replacing rims, use only
genuine Mercedes-Benz wheel bolts
(identified by Mercedes star)
specified for the particular rim type.
Failure to do so can result in the bolts
loosening and possibly an accident.
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 a mileage of 3000 -6000 miles
(5000 - 10 000 km), 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.
Note:
Thoroughly clean the inner side of
the wheels any time you rotate the
wheels or wash the vehicle underside.
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 can cause tire
pressure loss and damage to the tire
beads. For this reason, check rims for
damage at regular intervals.
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The rim flanges must be checked for
wear before a tire is mounted. Remove
burrs, if any.
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. Lower the vehicle onto
sufficient capacity jack stands before
working under the vehicle.
Changing Wheels
Move vehicle to a level area which is a
safe distance from the roadway.
1.
Set parking brake and turn on
hazard warning flasher.
2.
Move selector lever to position "P"
and turn off engine.
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 behind
the wheel that is diagonally
opposite to the wheel being
changed.
4 Unfold wrench, loosen but do not
yet remove the wheel bolts.
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5 Remove the protective cover from
the jack support tube opening by
inserting a screwdriver in the
opening and prying it out. The tube
openings are located directly
behind the front wheel housings
and in front of the rear wheel
housings.
6. Insert jack arm fully into the
tube hole up to the stop. Place
jack on firm ground. Position
the jack so that it is always
vertical (plumb-line) as seen
from the side (see arrow), even
if the vehicle is parked on an
incline.
7. Jack up the vehicle until the
wheel is clear of the ground.
Never start engine while vehicle
is raised.
8
Unscrew wheel bolts completely.
Keep bolt threads protected from
dirt and sand. While removing the
last bolt, hold wheel against hub
to avoid paint damage on rim,
9
Remove wheel.
10 Screw the alignment bolt (1)
supplied in the tool kit into the
upper-most threaded hole
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11 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 to install
the last wheel bolt.
12 Lower car. Remove jack and
insert jack tube cover.
13 Unfold wrench and tighten the five
bolts evenly, following the sequence
illustrated above, until all bolts are
tight. Observe a tightening torque of
110 ft. lb. (150 Nm).
Before storing the jack, the jack arm
must be lowered almost to the base of
the jack.
14 Correct tire pressure.
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.
Important!
When installing new wheels the
mounting bolts must be retightened
after approx. 60 - 300 miles (100 to 500
km).
Warning!
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Tire Inflation Pressure
A table (see fuel filler flap) lists the tire
inflation pressures specified for
summer and winter tires as well as for
the varying operating conditions.
Important!
Tire pressure changes by approx. 1.5
psi (0.1 bar) per 18°F (10°C) of air
temperature change. Keep this in mind
when checking tire pressure inside a
garage - especially in the winter.
Example:
If garage temperature = approx. + 68°F
(+ 20°C) and ambient temperature =
approx. +32°F (0°C) then the adjusted
air pressure = specified air pressure + 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 under inflated 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 over inflate tires. Over
inflating 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
The maintenance-free battery is located
in the trunk under the right-hand wheel
well cover panel.
While the engine is running the battery
terminal clamps must not be loosened or
detached, otherwise the alternator and
other electronic components would be
damaged.
The service life of the battery is
dependent on its condition of charge.
The battery should always be
sufficiently charged to last an optimum
length of time.
Battery Recycling
Therefore, we recommend that you
have the battery charge checked
frequently if you use the vehicle mostly
for short distance trips, or if it is not
used for long periods of time.
Large 12 Volt storage batteries contain
lead, and smaller watch-type batteries
(such as in the Infrared Remote Control
Unit) may contain mercury.
Only charge a battery with a battery
charger after the battery has been
disconnected from the vehicle electrical
circuit.
Batteries contain materials that can
harm the environment with improper
disposal.
Recycling of batteries is the preferred
method of disposal.
Warning!
Never lean over batteries while
connecting, you might get injured.
Battery fluid contains sulfuric acid.
Do not allow this fluid to come in
contact with eyes, skin or clothing.
In case it does, immediately flush
affected area with water and seek
medical help.
A battery will also produce hydrogen
gas, which is flammable and
explosive. Keep flames or sparks
away from battery, avoid improper
connection of jumper cables,
smoking etc..
Many states require sellers of batteries
to accept old batteries for recycling.
When removing and connecting the
battery, always make sure that all
electrical consumers are off and the key
is in steering lock position 0.
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Exterior Lamps
Headlamp Assembly
When replacing bulbs, install only 12
volt bulbs with the specified watt
rating.
1 Headlamp horizontal adjustment
screw
6 Bulb socket for turn signal,
parking, side marker and standing
lamp bulb
2 Headlamp vertical adjustment screw
7 Electrical connector for high and
low beam headlamp bulb
3 Fog lamp adjustment screw
8 Electrical connector for fog lamp
4 Clamps for high and low beam
headlamp cover
9 Level for headlamp adjustment
5 Latch for turn signal, parking,
side marker and standing lamp
housing.
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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:
• touch or move it when hot,
• drop the bulb,
• scratch the bulb.
Replacing bulb:
Bulb for high and low beam HB2
(60/55 W) Bulb for fog lamp
YC(H3) (55 W)
Open cover above headlamp. Move
retaining clamps (4) aside and remove
cover. Pull off electrical connector (7)
respectively (8). Unhook clamping ring
and pull out bulb together with
clamping ring. Remove bulb.
Insert new bulb (seating properly in
cutouts of bulb socket), mount
clamping ring. Reinstall and push
electrical connector on securely.
Reinstall cover and fasten with
retaining clamps (4).
Turn Signal, Parking, Side
Marker and Standing Lamp
Adjusting headlamp:
(1157
Correct headlamp adjustment is
extremely important. To check and
readjust a headlamp do the following:
Replacing bulb:
1. Park unloaded vehicle on level
surface. Check with carpenter's
level.
2. Open cover above headlamp.
Move retaining clamps (4)
aside and remove cover.
3. Adjust vertical headlamp aim
with adjusting screw (2) until
the bubble in level (9) is in center
of the marking (bold line).
[215 W/32/3cp] bulb)
Squeeze latch (5) together and lift
complete lamp assembly out to front of
vehicle. Twist bulb socket (6)
counterclockwise and pull out. Push
bulb into socket, turn counterclockwise
and remove.
Insert new bulb in socket and twist
clockwise. Reinstall bulb socket.
Reinstall lamp assembly until properly
seated and fasten latch (5).
4. Reinstall cover and fasten with
retaining clamps (4).
Note:
Horizontal headlamp aim normally
needs readjustment only after repair to
the body or a headlamp unit.
Therefore, do not turn the horizontal
adjustment screw (1).
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Tail lamp Assemblies
1 Turn signal lamp
(21 W/32 cp bulb)
2 Stop, side marker lamp
(21/4 W/35/1.2cp bulb)
3 Tail, parking lamp (5 W bulb)
4 Tail, parking and standing lamp
(21/4 W/35/1.2cp bulb)
Driver's side: Tail, parking,
standing and rear fog lamp
(21/4 W/35/1.2 cp bulb)
5 Backup lamp
(21 W/32 cp bulb)
License Plate Lamps
(5 W bulb)
6 Trunk lamp (10 W bulb)
Loosen both securing screws (1),
remove lamp and take out bulb.
To replace bulbs:
Turn locking lever on lamp cover to
vertical position and swing open lamp
support. Push down on bulb to be
changed, twist counterclockwise and
remove.
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High Mounted Stop Lamp
(H2 [20W] bulb)
To replace the bulb, press tabs on both
sides (arrows) to release cover.
Turn bulb socket with bulb counterclockwise and pull out.
Press bulb down, turn counterclockwise
and remove.
Main fuse box in engine compartment
Fuses
Before replacing a blown fuse,
determine the cause of the short circuit.
Spare fuses are supplied inside the
main fuse box. Observe amperage and
color of fuse.
Auxiliary fuse box in trunk behind
right side cover
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.
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Jump Starting
Proceed as follows:
Important!
If the battery is discharged, the engine
should be started with jumper cables
and the (12 V) battery of another
vehicle.
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.
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.
The battery is located in the trunk
behind the right-hand cover panel.
Warning!
Failure to follow these directions
will cause damage to the electronic
components, and can lead to a
battery explosion and personal
injury.
Read all instructions before
proceeding.
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".
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. Make sure the cables are not
on or near pulleys, fans, or other
parts that will move when the engine
is started
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Important!
Warning!
Important!
5. Start engine of the vehicle with
the charged battery and run at
high idle. Then start engine of
the disabled vehicle in the
usual manner.
Never lean over batteries while
connecting or jump starting, you
might get injured.
A discharged battery can freeze at
approx. + 14°F (-10°C). In that case, it
must be thawed out before jumper
cables are used.
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.
Battery fluid contains sulfuric acid.
Do not allow this fluid to come in
contact with eyes, skin or clothing. In
case it does, immediately flush
affected area with water, and seek
medical help.
A battery will also produce hydrogen
gas, which is flammable and very
explosive. Keep flames or sparks
away from battery, avoid improper
connection of jumper cables,
smoking etc..
Jumper cable specifications:
• Minimum cable cross-section of
25 mm2 or approx. 2 AWG
• Maximum length of 11.5 ft
(3.5 m).
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The vehicle may be towed with all
wheels on the ground and the selector
lever in position "N" for distances up to
30 miles (50 km) and at a speed not to
exceed 30 mph (50 km/h).
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.
Towing the Vehicle
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.
Flap removal: Insert finger in recess of
flap and pull flap out.
Flap installation: Engage flap at bottom
and press in top securely
We recommend that the vehicle be
transported using flat bed equipment.
This method is preferable to other types
of towing.
Do not tow with sling-type equipment.
Towing with sling-type equipment over
bumpy roads will damage radiator and
supports.
Use wheel lift or flat bed equipment.
To signal turns while being towed with
hazard flasher in use, turn key in
steering lock to position 2 and activate
combination switch for left or right
turn signal in usual manner - only the
selected turn signal will operate.
Upon canceling the turn signal, the
hazard flasher will operate again.
Caution!
If the vehicle is towed with the front
axle raised, the key must not be in
steering lock position 2. Otherwise, the
acceleration slip control will
immediately be engaged and will apply
the rear wheel brakes.
Note:
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.
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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.
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.
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 rust proofing in
the body cavities which will last for the
lifetime of the vehicle. Post-production
treatment is neither necessary nor
recommended by Mercedes-Benz
because of the possibility of
incompatibility between materials used
in the production process and others
applied later.
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 MercedesBenz dealer.
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
Corrosion protection, such as MB
Anticorrosion Wax should be applied
to the engine compartment after every
engine cleaning. Before applying, all
control linkage bushings and joints
should be lubricated. The poly-V-belt
and all pulleys should be protected
from any wax.
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.
Before running the vehicle through an
automatic car wash, fold back
the outside mirrors to prevent them from
getting damaged. If the vehicle has been
run through an automatic car wash -in
particular one of the older installations rewipe the recessed sections in the tail
lamps (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.
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.
Plastic Parts, Headliner and
Rubber Parts
Tar Stains
Do not use oil or wax on these parts.
Quickly remove tar stains before they
dry and become more difficult to
remove. MB Tar Remover is
recommended.
Seat Belts
Window Cleaning
Use a window cleaning solution on very
dirty or oil-stained windows.
Wiper Blades
Clean the wiper blade rubber with a
clean cloth and detergent solution.
Replace blades twice a
The webbing must not be treated with
chemical cleaning agents. Use only
clear, lukewarm water and soap. Do
not dry the webbing at temperatures
above 176°F (80°C) or in direct
sunlight.
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 Selector
Lever
Wipe with a damp cloth and dry
thoroughly or clean with MB Leather
Cleaner.
Leather 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,
contact-discoloration 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.
Paintwork, Painted Body
Components
MB-Gloss Preserver 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..
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.).
Light Alloy Wheels
MB-Autoshampoo should be used for
regular cleaning of the light alloy
wheels.
If possible, clean wheels once a week
with MB-Autoshampoo, using a soft
sponge and an ample supply of
lukewarm water.
If the MB-Autoshampoo does not
satisfactorily clean the wheels, use MBProtective Agent for Light Alloy
Wheels for normal cleaning and MBCleaner for Light Alloy Wheels for
heavier dirt accumulation.
Follow instructions on container.
Ornamental Moldings
For regular cleaning and care of very
dirty chrome-plated parts, use a chrome
cleaner.
Automatic Antenna and Rear Fender
Indicators
For trouble-free operation of the
automatic antenna and rear fender
indicators, we recommend to clean
them periodically.
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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:
Slide release (3) laterally and pull off
battery cover (4). Change batteries.
When inserting new batteries, make
sure they are correctly installed.
Slide 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.
Synchronizing System:
The system may have to be resynchronized, if the transmitter is
without voltage for several minutes.
To synchronize system, aim transmitter
(2) at a receiver (5) and briefly press
transmit button (1). Within approx. 30
seconds, lock or unlock the car at a
door or the trunk using the master key.
The infrared remote control should
once again be operational.
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Installation:
Push button (1) up for approximately 5
seconds.
Insert the head restraint and push it
down to the stop.
Adjust head restraint to the desired
position.
Warning!
Front Head Restraints
Removal:
Push button (1) up to bring the head
restraint to its highest position.
Depress release button (2) beneath the
seatback covering material and pull
head restraint up sharply, holding it by
the left head restraint post (viewed in
driving direction).
Pull out head restraint completely with
both hands.
For your protection, drive only with
properly positioned head restraints.
Do not drive the vehicle without the
seat head restraints. Head restraints
are intended to help reduce injuries
during an accident.
For positioning of head restraints refer
to sections Power Seats, Front, and
Head Restraints, Rear in Index.
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Rear Seat Cushion
Manual Closing of Trunk Lid
Removal: Push in locking tabs (1) (on
left and right side of seat) and pull up
seat at the front.
The trunk lid can be closed manually
should a malfunction occur on the
power closing system.
Installation: Slide rear edge of cushion
under the backrest so that both wire
loops under the backrest engage at the
seat cushion. Push front of cushion
down until it locks in place
With the trunk lid open:
push sliding switch to position (1),
Manual Retraction of Trunk Lid
Handle
The trunk lid handle can be retracted
manually should a malfunction occur
with the automatic system.
Push sliding switch down (1) and to the
right (2).
press eye of latch in (2),
push sliding switch to position (3).
Close trunk lid.
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Replacing Wiper Blades
For safety reasons, remove key from
steering lock before replacing a wiper
blade, otherwise the motor can suddenly
turn on and cause injury.
Windshield Wiper Blades
Removal:
Pull wiper blade arms upward from the
rest position to their stop.
Replace wiper blades one at a time to
prevent the wiper arms from sliding back
to the rest position.
Fold wiper arm forward. Press safety
tab down (1), push wiper blade
downward (2) and remove.
Installation - driver's side:
Press safety tab of new wiper blade
down. Insert wiper blade between the
tabs (3) on the wiper arm and slide into
end of wiper arm. Then press safety tab
upward until it locks in place.
Installation - passenger side:
Fold wiper arm forward and slide wiper
blade into end of wiper arm until safety
tab locks in place.
Note:
Do not open engine hood with wiper
arms folded forward.
Headlamp Wiper Blades
Removal:
Fold wiper arm forward. Push pin (1)
and remove.
Installation:
Place wiper blade on wiper arm and
press in pin (1).
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Fold back access cover in left side
panel of trunk with a screwdriver.
Insert socket wrench (from tool kit)
through opening in panel and place on
the hex-drive of the electric motor.
Turn socket wrench (manually) to open
or close roof as desired.
To slide the roof closed or to raise the
roof at the rear: turn clockwise.
To slide the roof open or to lower the
roof at the rear: turn counterclockwise.
Manual Release of Fuel Filler Flap
The manual release knob is located
behind the right side trunk panel and
felt pad.
In case the central locking system does
not release the fuel filler flap, pull the
manual release knob while
simultaneously opening the fuel filler
flap.
Emergency Operation of Sliding
Roof
The sliding roof can be opened or
closed manually should an electrical
malfunction occur.
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Spark Plugs
Layout of Poly-V-belt Drive
Remove and install spark plugs only
with socket wrench from the vehicle
tool kit or a recommended spark plug
wrench.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Tightening torque: 15-22 ft.lb.
(20 - 30 Nm).
For approved spark plugs see
"Technical Data".
Automatic belt tensioner
Crankshaft
Air conditioning compressor
Fan
Air pump
Alternator
Idler pulley
Power steering pump
Coolant pump
Install the poly-V-belt by starting at the
belt tensioner (1) and proceed with the
other pulleys in numerical
order.
For dimensions of the poly-V-belt,
see Technical Data in Index.
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Roof Rack
Spare Parts Service
Use only those roof racks approved by
Mercedes-Benz to avoid damage to the
vehicle. Follow manufacturer's
installation instructions.
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.
Mount supports only between markings
on border of roof which are visible
when doors are opened.
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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Technical Data
117
1 Certification Tag
(left door pillar)
2 Identification Tag
(lower edge of windshield)
3 Vehicle Identification No.
(on cross member beneath
front passenger seat)
4 Engine No.
5 Body No. and Paintwork No.
6 Emission Control Tag
7 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 Mercedes-Benz
dealer will exchange or repair any
defective parts in accordance with the
terms of the following warranties:
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.
1.
2.
3.
4.
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.
New vehicle limited warranty
Emission systems warranty
Emission performance warranty
California emission control
systems warranty (State of
California only, unless purchased
optionally for diesel models).
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Technical Data
Model
600 SEL (140 057)1
Engine
Mode of operation
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4-stroke engine
gasoline injection
No. of cylinders
12
Bore
3.50 in ( 89.00 mm )
Stroke
3.16 in ( 80.20 mm)
Total piston displacement
365.4 cu.in (3449 cm³)
Compression ratio
10:1
Output acc.to SAE J 1349
402 hp/5200rpm
(300 kW/5200 rpm)
Maximum torque acc. To SAE J 1349 428 ft-lb/3800 rpm
(580 Nm/3800 rpm )
Maximum engine speed
6000 rpm
Firing order
1-12-5-8-3-10-6-7-2-114-9
Poly – V belts length
2585mm
Rims Tires
Rims
(light alloy rims)
Summer tires:
Radial-ply tires
Winter tires:
Radial-ply tires
235/60 R 16 100 H M+S
Electrical System
Alternator
Starter motor
Battery
14 V/120 A
12 V/1.8 kW
12 V/100Ah
Spark plugs
Electrode gap
1
7 ½ J x 16H2
235/60 ZR 16
Bosch F9 DCO
Beru 14 F-9 DUO
Champion S12 YCC
0.032 in (0.8mm)
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.
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Technical Data
Weights
Roof load max.
Trunk load max.
See certification tag
220 lb (100kg)
220 lb (100kg)
Main Dimensions
Overall vehicle length
Overall vehicle width
Overall height
Wheel base
Track, front
Track, rear
205.2 in (5213 mm)
74.3 in (1886)
58.6 in (1490)
123.6 in (3140 mm)
63.1 in (1603 mm)
62.0 in (1576 mm)
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Fuels , Coolants, Lubricants etc. - Capacities
Vehicle components and their respective lubricants must match.
Therefore use only brands tested and recommended by us.
Inquire at your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer.
Capacity
Fuels, coolants, lubricants etc.
Recommended engine oils
Engine with oil filter
10 US qt (10.0 l)
Automatic transmission
Initial fill: 9.1 US qt (8.6 l)
Fluid change: 8.1 US qt (7.7 l)
Automatic transmission fluid
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Rear axle
Capacity
1.5US qt (1.4l)
Fuels, coolants, lubricants etc.
Hypoid gear oil SAE 90,85 W 90
Hydraulic system for adaptive damping system
(ADS)
approx.2.1 US qt (2.0 l)
MB Hydraulic fluid
Power steering
approx. 1.4 US qt (1.3 l)
MB Power steering fluid
Accelerator control linkage
Hydraulic fluid
Brake system
approx. 0.5 US qt (0.5 l)
MB Brake fluid (DOT 4)
Windshield washer and headlamp cleaning
system
approx. 5.3 US qt (5.0 l)
MB Windshield washer
Concentrate “S”1
Cooling system
approx.21.1US qt (20.0 l)
MB Anticorrosion/antifreeze
Fuel tank including a reserve of
approx.26.4US gal (100 l)
approx. 3.3US gal (12.5 l)
Premium unleaded gasoline: Posted
Octane 91 (Avg. of 96 RON/86 MON)
Air conditioner system
1
R-134a refrigerant and special
lubricant (NeverR-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
Brake Fluid
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.
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.
Air Conditioner Refrigerant
Ozone-friendly HFC-134a refrigerant
and special lubricating oil is used in the
air conditioner system.
Never use R-12 (CFC) or damage to the
system will occur.
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.
Premium Unleaded Gasoline
Caution!
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 unleaded 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 91 min. It is an average of both
the Research (R) octane number and the
Motor (M) octane number: [(R + M)/2].
This is also known as ANTI-KNOCK
INDEX..
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.
Damage or malfunctions resulting from
poor fuel quality 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
40% anticorrosion/antifreeze (equals a
freeze protection to approx. -13°F
[-25°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.
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
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.)
Approx. freeze
-35 ° F
(-37 °C)
-49 °F
(-45°C)
Anticorrosion/
antifreeze
5.3 US qt (5.0 l)
6.3 US qt (6.0 l)
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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"
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.
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
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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 1-800424-9393 (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
131
ABS 73, 82
Acceleration slip control (ASR) 83
Active charcoal filter 27
Adaptive damping system (ADS)84
ADS 84, 123
Air conditioner refrigerant 124
Air outlets 22
Airbag 50
Alarm system 35
Antenna 68, 109
Anti-theft alarm system 35
Anticorrosion/antifreeze 86, 89, 123, 126
Antilock brake system (ABS) 82
Armrest, front 41
Armrest, rear 43
Ashtrays 64
ASR 80, 83-84, 86, 106
At the Gas Station 137
Automatic climate control 23
Automatic transmission 71
Automatic transmission fluid level,
checking 91
Battery 99
Battery not being charged
Charge indicator lamp 15, 76
Brake fluid 17,81, 107, 124
Brake pads worn
Brake pad wear indicator lamp
80
Brake warning lamp
Brake fluid low 81
Brake warning lamp test 81
Brakes 16, 18, 70, 72-73, 75, 84,
106
Capacities: Fuels, coolants,
lubricants etc. 122
Catalytic converter 14
Central locking system 31
Check regularly and before a long
trip 136
Child restraint 41, 48, 52, 54
Cleaning and care of the vehicle
107
Clock, setting 68
Combination switch 56
Consumer information 127
Coolant level low Adding
coolant 89
Low engine coolant level
warning lamp 79
Coolant level, checking 89
Coolant temperature gauge 78 79
Coolants 126
Cruise control 74
Drinking and driving 70
Driving instructions 16
Driving off 70
Emergency tensioning retractor
(ETR) 49
Emission control 85
Engine malfunction
"CHECK ENGINE" lamp 85
Engine oil consumption 77
Engine oil level low
Low engine oil level warning
lamp 90
Engine oil level, checking 90
Engine oils 122, 124
Engine overheating 78
Engine speed limit Overrevving 73
Exterior lamp failure indicator lamp 80
Exterior lamp switch 58
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First aid kit 92
Fuel
Fuel requirements 125
Gasoline additives 125
Premium unleaded gasoline 14, 123 124
Fuel consumption gauge 77
Fuel filler flap, manual release 114
Fuel reserve warning lamp 78
Fuses 103
Head restraints, front 36
Head restraints, rear 44
Head restraints, removal 111
Headlights 58
Heated seats 40
Hood 88
Identification plates 118
Indicator lamp symbols 13
Instrument cluster 12
Interior lighting 62
Jump starting 104
Keys, vehicle 28
Lamps, exterior Fog lamps 58
Head lamps 58, 80, 100
High mounted stop lamp 103
License plate lamp 58, 102
Taillamps 58, 102, 108
Layout of poly-V-belt drive 115
Lighter 64
Low engine oil Level warning
lamp 77
Maintenance 4, 8
Memory 37
Oil pressure gauge 15, 76
Orthopedic seat backrest 39
Outside temperature indicator 78
Parking brake 15-18, 70-73,
81, 91, 93, 95, 104
Power closing assist for doors and
trunk lid 34
Power seats, front 36
Power seats, rear 42
Power windows 66
Problems with your vehicle 128
Reading lamps 62
Rear fender indicators 74
Rear passenger compartment
climate control 27
Rear seat cushion 112
Hear view mirrors
Exterior rear view mirrors 59
Inside rear view mirror 37 -38, 45,
59 - 60
Rear window defroster 67
Remote control, infrared 29, 110
Replacing bulbs 101
Roadside assistance 5
Roof rack 116
133
Safety guidelines for the seat belt,
emergency tensioning retractor
and airbag 53
Seat belt warning lamp 80
Seat belts and warning system 46
Service literature 135
Sliding roof
Emergency operation 114
Sliding roof operation 65
Snow chains 83, 86
Spare parts service 116
Spare wheel 92
Spark plugs 115
SRS malfunction 50
Starting and turning off the engine 15
Steering lock 55
Steering wheel, adjustable 45
Storage compartments 63
Sun visors 61
Supplemental restraint system (SRS)
46,49
Technical data 120
Tire inflation pressure 98
Tires 17-18, 84, 86, 94, 98, 120,
127
Towing the vehicle 106
Traveling abroad 86
Trunk lamp 92
Trunk lid
Manual closing 112
Manual retraction of handle
112
Trunk, separately locked 32
Turn signals 56 - 57
Upholstery 109, 119
Vanity mirrors 61
Vehicle data card
Vehicle jack 93
Vehicle tools 93
Warranty coverage 119
Washing the car 108
Wheels
Alloy wheels 109
Rims and tires 94
Wheels, changing 95
Windshield/headlamp washer system
Fluid level low 79
Washer concentrate 57, 79, 123
Washer fluid mixing ratio 57
Winter driving 72, 86
Winter driving instructions 19
Wiper blades, replacing 113
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Service Literature
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.
Customers who are interested in ordering service literature for their
vehicles are advised to contact Mercedes-Benz distributors in the U.S. or
Canada at the following addresses, respectively
for U.S.A.:
Mercedes-Benz of North America Inc.
One Mercedes Drive P. O. Box 350
Montvale, New Jersey 07645
Att: Service and Parts Literature
Tel: (201)573-0600
for Canada:
Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.
849 Eglinton Ave., East
Toronto, Ont., Canada M4G 2L5
Att: Technical Publications
Tel: 416-425-3550
Telex: 065-24232
Warning!
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 Mercedes-Benz dealer.
The above companies will be happy to handle any such requests from
customers.
We consider this to be the best way to obtain accurate information for your
vehicle.
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Check Regularly and Before a Long Trip
1 Fuel Supply
To open the fuel filler when refilling the fuel
tank, turn fuel filler cap to the left and hold on to
it until possible pressure in tank has been
released, then remove cap.
2 Tire Inflation Pressure
Check at least every two weeks. For details see
Index.
3 Coolant Level
See Adding coolant in Index.
4 Windshield Washer System,
Headlamp Cleaning System
For refilling reservoir see Index.
5 Engine Oil Level
See Index.
6 Brake Fluid
See Index.
Vehicle Lighting: Check function and
cleanliness. For replacement of light bulbs, see
Index.
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What You Should Know at the Gas Station
• Fuel:
Use premium unleaded gasoline: Posted Octane Index 91
(Average of 96 RON/86 MON)
Fuel tank capacity approx. 26.4 US gal (100 l). This
includes approx. 3.3 US gal (12.5 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!
• Engine Oil:
Engine oil level check, see Index.
Fill quantity between upper and lower dipstick marking
level: 2.1 US qt (2.0 l).
Recommended engine oils, see Index.
• Automatic Transmission:
MB Automatic transmission fluid.
For level checks refer to Index.
Coolant:
For normal replenishing, use water (potable water
quality).
For further information (e.g. anticorrosion/ antifreeze), refer
to Index.
• Bulbs:
High and low beams: HB2 (60/55 W),
fog lamps: YC (H3) (55 W),
turn signal, standing, side marker and parking
lamps, front: 1157 (21/5 W/32/3 cp),
tail, parking, standing and driver's side
rear fog lamp: 21/4 W/35/1.2 cp,
turn signal lamps, rear: 21 W/32 cp,
tail and parking lamps: 5 W,
stop lamps: 21 W/32 cp,
high mounted stop lamp: H2 (20 W),
license plate lamps: 5 W.
• Tire Pressure:
For tire pressure, refer to tire pressure inside the fuel filler
flap.
• Air Conditioner:
R-134a refrigerant and special lubricant, refer to "Technical
Data" (also see Index)
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