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Operator's Manual
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Product information
Kindly observe the following in your own best interest:
We recommend using Mercedes-Benz original parts as well as conversion parts and accessories explicitly approved by us for
your vehicle model. We have tested these parts to determine their reliability, safety and their special suitability for MercedesBenz vehicles.
We are unable to make an assessment for other products and therefore cannot be held responsible for them, even if in individual cases
an official approval or authorization by governmental or other agencies should exist. Use of such parts and accessories could
adversely affect the safety, performance or reliability of your vehicle. Please do not use them. Mercedes-Benz original parts as well as
conversion parts and accessories approved by us are available at your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center where you will receive
comprehensive information, also on permissible technical modifications, and where proper installation will be performed.
Our company and staff congratulate you on the purchase of your new Mercedes-Benz.
Your selection of our product is a demonstration of your trust in our company name. Further, it exemplifies your desire to own an
automobile that will be as easy as possible to operate and provide years of service.
Your Mercedes-Benz represents the efforts of many skilled engineers and craftsmen. To ensure your pleasure of ownership, and
for your safety and that of your passengers, we ask you to make a small investment of your time:
• Please read this manual carefully before putting it aside. Then return it to your vehicle where it will be handy for
your reference.
• Please abide by the recommendations contained in this manual. They are designed to acquaint you with the
operation of your Mercedes-Benz.
• Please abide by the warnings and cautions contained in this manual. They are designed to help improve the safety
of the vehicle operator and occupants.
We extend our best wishes for many miles of safe, pleasurable driving.
DaimlerChrysler AG
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Operator's manual
This Operator's Manual contains a great deal of useful information. We urge you to read it carefully and familiarize yourself with the
vehicle before driving.
For your own safety and longer service life of the vehicle, we urge you to follow the instructions and warnings contained in this
manual. Ignoring them could result in damage to the vehicle or personal injury to you or others. Vehicle damage caused by failure to
follow instructions is not covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
Your vehicle may have some or all of the equipment described in this manual. Therefore, you may find explanations for optional
equipment not installed in your vehicle. If you have any questions about the operation of any equipment, your authorized MercedesBenz Center will be glad to demonstrate the proper procedures.
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.
Radio Transmitters
Warning!
Never operate radio transmitters equipped with a built-in or attached antenna (i.e. without the telephone
connected to an external antenna) from inside the vehicle while the engine is running. Doing so could lead
to a malfunction of the vehicle's electronic system, possibly resulting in an accident and personal injury.
Radio transmitters, such as a portable telephone or a citicens band unit should only be used inside
the passenger compartment, if they are connected to a Mercedes-Benz approved antenna that is
installed on the outside of the vehicle.
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Introduction
Product information
Operator's manual
Consumer Information
Problems with your vehicle
Reporting Safety Defects
Index
2
4
143
144
144
148
Instruments and controls
Instruments and controls
Instrument Cluster
Indicator Lamp Symbols
Catalytic Converter
Starting and Turning Off the Engine
Driving Instructions
10
12
13
14
15
16
Operation
Automatic Climate Control
Basic Setting – Automatic Mode
Defogging Windows, Defrosting
Rear Window Defroster
Air circulation
Activated Charcoal Control
Rear passenger compartment
Adjustable Air outlet
Climate Control
Car keys
Infrared Remote Control
Doors
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24
24
24
25
26
27
27
28
29
31
Trunk
Power Window and Sliding/Pop-Up Roof
Power Closing Ass. f Door and Trunk lid
Anti-Theft Alarm System
Power Seats, Front
Lumbar Support
Multicontour Backrest
Heated Seats
Armrest, Front
Head Restraints, Rear
Power Head Restraints, Rear
Adjustable Steering Wheel
Seat belts and Supplemental
Restraint system (SRS)
Seat belts
Emergency tensioning retractor (ETR)
Airbag
Child Restraint
Steering lock
Combination Switch
Exterior Lamp Switch
Night Security Illumination
Inside Rear View Mirror
Exterior Rear View Mirror
Sun Visors
Vanity mirrors
Interior Lighting
Storage Compartments
Ashtrays
Lighter
Sliding roof with rear pop-up feature
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34
35
36
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39
39
40
43
43
44
45
Power Windows
Rear Window Sunshade
Trunk Lid Release switch
Shelf Below Rear Window
Instrument Lamps
Display Illumination
Trip Odometer
Clock
Antenna
Cellular telephone
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44
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50
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55
56
58
59
59
59
63
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62
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65
Drinking and driving
Parking Brake
Driving off
Automatic Transmission
Cruise Control
Charge Indicator Lamp
Engine Oil Pressure Gauge
Low Engine Oil Level Warning Lamp
Engine Oil Consumption
Fuel Consumption Gauge
Fuel Reserve Warning Lamp
Outside Temperature Indicator
Tachometer
Coolant Temperature Gauge
Low Engine Coolant Level
Warning Lamp
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68
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69
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70
Driving
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Low Windshield and Headlamp
Washer Fluid Level Warning Lamp
Exterior Lamp Failure Indicator Lamp
Seat Belt and Lock Warning Lamp
Brake Pad Wear Indicator Lamp
Brake Warning Lamp
ABS (Antilock Brake System)
Warning Lamp
Electronic Traction System (ETS)
Acceleration slip Regulation (ASR)
Electronic Stability Program
Adaptive damping system (ADS)
Emission Control
On-Board Diagnostic System
Traveling Abroad
Winter Driving
Snow Chains
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93
93
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94
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Practical Hints
Hood
Checking Coolant Level
Adding Coolant
Checking Engine Oil Level
Checking Automatic Trans. Fluid
Level
Spare Wheel
First Aid Kit
Stowing Things in the Vehicle
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97
97
98
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Vehicle Jack
Vehicle Tools
Storage compartment below vehicle
tool box
Wheels
Changing Wheels
Tire in Inflation Pressure
Technical Data. Fuels,
Coolants, Lubricants etc. Consumer
101 Information
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Identification Plates
101
102 Vehicle Data Card
103 Vehicle Coverage
106 Warranty Coverage
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Battery
Exterior Lamps
Fuses
Towing the Vehicle
Jump Starting
Cleaning and Care of the Vehicle
Testing Infrared Remote Control
Front Head Restraints
Manual Closing of Trunk Lid
Manual Release of Fuel Filler Flap
Replacing Wiper Blades
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108
114
115
116
118
122
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124
124
125
Technical Data S 320
S 420
S 500
Fuels, Coolants, Lubricants etc.
Capacities
Engine Oils
Engine Oils Additives
Air Conditioner Refrigerant
Brake Fluid
Premium Unleaded Gasoline
Fuel Requirements
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Emergency Operation of Sliding Roof
Roof Rack
Layout of Poly-V-Belt Drive
Rear Seat Cushion
MERCEDES-BENZ
Spare Part Service
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127
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Gasoline Additives
Coolants
Service and Literature
Check regularly and before a long trip
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142
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152
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100
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Instruments and Controls For more detailed descriptions see Index
1
Adjustable air outlet
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Air volume control for right air outlet
2
Exterior lamp switch
19
Storage/eyeglasses compartment
3
Parking brake release
20
Lock for storage/eyeglasses compartment and eye glove
4
Hood lock release
21
Glove box (illuminated with key in steering lock
position 1 or 2)
5
22
Switch for rear seat head restraints
6
Parking brake pedal
Steering wheel adjustment switch
23
Central locking switch, Indicator for anti-theft alarm
system
7
Combination switch
24
Hazard warning flasher switch
8
Cruise control
25
Trunk lid release switch
9
Horn, airbag
26
Automatic climate control
Power window defroster switch
Activated charcoal filter switch
10
Instrument cluster
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Radio
11
Steering lock with ignition/starter switch
28
ASR or ESP control switch
12
Adjustable air outlet
29
Ashtray with lighter
13
Heated air supply button - center air outlet
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14
Non heated/cooled air supply button - center air outlet
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Adaptive damping system adjustment switch
Seat heater switch
15
Air volume control for left air outlet
32
Mirror adjustment switch
16
Air volume control for left center air outlet
33
Power window sunshade
17
Air volume control for center air outlet
34
Switch for rear window sunshade
10
11
Instrument Cluster
1
Fuel gauge with reserve warning lamp (yellow). See Index
9
Trip odometer. See Index
2
Coolant temperature gauge. See Index
10
Main odometer. See Index
3
Fuel consumption gauge. See Index
11
Outside temperature indicator. See Index
4
Engine oil pressure gauge (bar). See Index
12
Right turn signal indicator lamp (green) See Index
5
Left turn signal indicator lamp (green). See Index
13
Knob for setting clock. See Index
6
Knob for instrument lamps and trip odometer. See Index
14
Tachometer. See Index
7
Speedometer See Index
15
Clock. See Index
8
ESP function indicator lamp (yellow).
ASR function indicator lamp (yellow).
ETS function indicator lamp (yellow). See Index
12
Indicator Lamp Symbols
Function Indicator Lamp
High beam
Warning Lamp
(should go out with the engine running unless)
Battery not being charged properly. See Index.
Exterior lamp failure. See Index.
ASR Adjust driving to road condition. See Index
ADS malfunction. See Index
Fluid level for windshield and headlamp washer
system low. See Index.
ESP malfunction. See Index
Coolant level low. See Index.
ASR malfunction. See Index
Engine oil level low. See Index.
ETS malfunction. See Index.
Brake pads worn down. See Index.
EPC malfunction. See Index
Brake fluid low (except Canada). Parking brake
engaged. See Index.
ABS malfunction. See Index.
Brake fluid low (Canada only). Parking brake
engaged. See Index.
SRS malfunction. See Index.
Fasten seat belts.
See Index.
Engine malfunction.
If the lamp comes on when the engine is running, it
indicates a malfunction of the 02-sensor on Federal
version vehicles, and fuel injection system or
emission control system on the California version
vehicles. In either case, we recommend that you
have the malfunction checked as soon as possible.
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
Cold Engine
Important!
Before Starting
Do not depress accelerator. Turn key
in steering lock clockwise to the
stop. Release key only when the
engine is firing regularly.
Due to the installed starter non-repeat
feature, the key must be turned
completely to the left before attempting
to start the engine again.
Hot Engine
Observe the oil pressure gauge
immediately after starting the engine.
In a very cold engine the oil pressure
will rise slowly after the engine has
started. Do not speed up the engine
before pressure is registered on the
pressure gauge. If you do not see the
gauge register oil pressure, stop the
engine and have it checked.
The battery charge indicator lamp
should go out as soon as the engine has
started.
Important!
The engine can only be started, if the
vehicle was unlocked from the outside.
Before Starting
Engage parking brake and ensure
selector lever is in position "P" or "N".
Turn key in steering lock to position 2.
The charge indicator lamp should come
on.
Note:
If transmit button of the remote control
is inadvertently pressed again prior to
starting the engine, the start lock-out is
activated. In this case press transmit
button again to deactivate the start
lockout.
Do not depress accelerator. Turn key in
steering lock clockwise to the stop. If
the engine has not fired after approx. 4
seconds, depress accelerator and
continue cranking until the engine is
firing regularly. Release key and back
off accelerator.
At very high coolant temperatures the
engine starting time can be shortened if
the accelerator is depressed slowly at
the beginning of the starting process.
Turning Off
Turn the key in the steering lock to
position 0 to stop the engine.
The key can only be removed with the
selector lever in position "P".
In areas where temperatures frequently
drop below -4°F (-20°C) we
recommend that an engine block heater
be installed. Your authorized
Mercedes-Benz dealer will advise you
on this subject.
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Driving Instructions
Brakes
Warning!
Warning!
If you feel a sudden significant
vibration or ride disturbance, or you
suspect that possible damage to your
vehicle has occurred, you should
turn on the hazard flashers, carefully
slow down, and drive with caution to
an area which is a safe distance from
the roadway.
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.
Inspect the tires and under the
vehicle for possible damage. If the
vehicle or tires appear unsafe, have it
towed to the nearest Mercedes-Benz
or tire dealer for repairs.
Resting your foot on the brake pedal
will cause excessive and premature
wear of the brake pads.
Power Assistance
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.
It can also result in the brakes
overheating thereby significantly
reducing their effectiveness. It may
not be possible to stop the car in
sufficient time to avoid an accident.
The condition of the parking brake
system is checked each time the car is
in the shop for the required
maintenance.
If the parking brake is released and the
brake warning lamp in the instrument
cluster stays on, the brake fluid level in
the reservoir is too low.
Brake pad wear or a leak in the system
may be the reason for low brake fluid
in the reservoir.
Have the brake system inspected at an
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer
immediately.
All checks and maintenance work on
the brake system should be carried out
by an authorized MERCEDES-BENZ
dealer.
Install only brake pads and brake fluid
recommended by Mercedes-Benz.
Warning!
If other than recommended brake
pads are installed, or other than
recommended brake fluid is used,
the braking properties of the vehicle
can be degraded to an extent that
safe braking is substantially
impaired.
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Caution!
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).
When driving down long and steep
grades, relieve the load on the brakes
by shifting into "3", "2" or "1" (model
S 320: "3" or "2"). This helps prevent
overheating of the brakes and reduces
brake pad wear.
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.
After hard braking, it is advisable to
drive on for some time, rather than
immediately parking, so the air stream
will cool down the brakes faster.
Tires
Tread wear indicators (TWI) are
required by law. These indicators are
located in six places on the tread
circumference and become visible at a
depth of approx. 2 mm (1/16 in), at
which point the tire is considered worn
and should be replaced.
The tread wear indicator appears as a
solid band across the tread.
Warning!
Do not allow your tires to wear down
too far. With less than 3 mm (1/8 in)
of tread, the adhesion properties on a
wet road are sharply reduced.
Depending upon the weather and/or
road surface (conditions), the tire
traction varies widely.
Aquaplaning
Depending on the depth of the water
layer on the road, aquaplaning may
occur, even at low speeds and with new
tires. Avoid track grooves in the road
arid apply brakes cautiously in the rain.
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Tire Traction
Tire Speed Rating
Parking
The safe speed on a wet, snow covered
or icy road is always lower than on a
dry road.
Your vehicle is factory equipped with
"H" -rated tires, which have a
European speed rating of 130 mph (210
km/h). An electronic speed limiter
prevents your vehicle from exceeding
the speed rating.
Warning!
Despite the tire rating, local speed
limits should be obeyed. Use prudent
driving speeds appropriate to
prevailing conditions.
1.
2.
You should pay particular attention to
the condition of the road as soon as the
prevailing temperatures fall close to the
freezing point.
Warning!
If ice has formed on the road, tire
traction will be substantially
reduced. Under such weather
conditions, drive, steer and brake
with extreme caution.
We recommend M + S radial-ply tires
for the winter season for all four
wheels to insure normal balanced
handling characteristics.
On packed snow, they can reduce your
stopping distance as compared with
summer tires. Stopping distance,
however, is still considerably greater
than when the road is wet or dry.
To reduce the risk of personal injury
as a result of vehicle movement,
before turning off the engine and
leaving the vehicle always:
3.
Warning!
Even when permitted by law, never
operate a vehicle at speeds greater
than the maximum speed rating of
the tires.
Exceeding the maximum speed for
which tires are rated can lead to
sudden tire failure causing loss of
vehicle control and resulting in
personal injury and possible death.
4.
5.
6.
Keep foot on brake pedal.
Firmly depress parking brake
pedal.
Engage first or reverse
gear (selector lever position "P"
in the case of automatic
transmissions).
Slowly release brake pedal.
Turn front wheels towards
the road curb,
Turn the key to steering
lock position 0 and remove.
Important!
It is advisable to set the parking brake
whenever parking or leaving the
vehicle. In addition, engage first or
reverse gear (selector lever position
"P").
When parking on hills, always set the
parking brake.
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Winter Driving Instructions
The most important rule for slippery or
icy roads is to drive sensibly and to
avoid abrupt acceleration, braking and
steering action. Do not use the cruise
control system under such conditions.
When the vehicle is in danger of
skidding, declutch, or in case of
automatic transmission move selector
lever to position "N". Try to keep the
vehicle under control by corrective
steering action.
Road salts and chemicals can adversely
affect braking efficiency. Increased
pedal force may become necessary to
produce the normal brake effect. We
therefore recommend depressing the
brake pedal repeatedly when traveling
on salt-strewn 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.
Passenger Compartment
Warning!
In an accident, during hard braking
or suden maneuvers, loose items will
be thrown around inside the vehicle,
and cause injury to vehicle occupants unless the items are securely
fastened in the vehicle.
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.
Warning!
Always fasten items being carried as
securely as possible.
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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1 Air volume control
for left air outlet,
turn left to open
2 Air volume control
for left center air outlet,
turn left to open
3 Air volume control
for right center air outlet,
turn left to open
4 Air volume control
for right air outlet,
turn left to open
5 Left center air outlet,
adjustable
6 Right center air outlet,
adjustable
7 Side air outlet,
left and right,
adjustable
Push-buttons for center air outlets
Automatic Climate Control
The system is always at operational
readiness, except when manually
switched off.
The automatic climate control only
operates with the engine running
The temperature selector should be left
at the desired temperature setting. The
temperature selected is reached as
quickly as possible.
8 Heated air supply
9 Non-heated/cooled air supply
Basic mode:
None of the push-buttons
(8 or 9) is pressed.
10 Display and Controls
The system will not heat or cool any
quicker by setting a higher or lower
temperature.
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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.
The desired interior temperature can
be selected separately for the left and
right side of the passenger
compartment.
Display and Controls
Press to activate, indicator lamp is on
while activated.
Important!
Activated charcoal filter
Rear window defroster
Air distribution, manual
Automatic mode
Raise temperature
Lower temperature
Defrost
Economy mode
Air volume, manual
Residual engine heat
utilization
This vehicle is equipped with an air
conditioner system that uses HFC134a (ozone-friendly hydrofluorocarbon) as a refrigerant. Repairs
should always be performed by a
qualified technician, and refrigerant
should be collected in a recovery
system for recycling.
Air recirculation
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Basic Setting - Automatic Mode
Press left and right
automatic mode.
for
Simultaneously press both
and
for temperature
setting of 72° F.
Special Settings
(use only for short duration)
Defogging Windows
Switch off
button.
Press left and right
buttons.
Press button repeatedly until air is
directed upward.
Air volume and distribution are
controlled automatically.
This setting can be used all year
around.
Economy
The function of this setting corresponds
to the automatic mode. However,
because the air conditioning compressor
will not engage (fuel savings), it is not
possible to air condition in this setting.
Press
button to activate.
Press
button once again to return
to previous setting.
Turn wheels (1 and 4) left to open left
and right air outlets (7). Adjust air
outlets upward.
Defrosting
Turn wheels (1 and 4) left to open left
and right air outlets (7). Adjust air
outlets upward
.
Press
button once again to return
to previous setting.
Press
button. Maximum heated
and automatically controlled amount
of air is directed to the windshield and
side windows.
Rear Window Defroster
Turn key in steering lock to
position 2.
To select, press
button.
To cancel, press
button
again.
Note:
Heavy accumulation of snow and ice
should be removed before activating
the defroster.
The rear window defroster uses a large
amount of power. To keep the battery
drain to a minimum, turn off the
defroster as soon as the window is
clear.
The defroster is automatically
turned off after a maximum of 12
minutes of operation.
If several power consumers are turned
on simultaneously, or the battery is
only partially charged, it is possible
that the defroster will automatically
turn itself off. When this happens, the
indicator lamp inside the switch starts
blinking.
As soon as the battery has sufficient
voltage, the defroster automatically
turns itself back on.
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Air Distribution
Air Recirculation
Dust Filter
Press
button repeatedly until
the requested symbol is displayed.
This mode can be selected to prevent
annoying odors or dust from entering
the car's interior. Outside air is not
supplied to the car's interior.
Dust particles (down to a certain size)
and pollen are filtered out before
outside air enters the passenger
compartment through the air
distribution system.
Air Volume
Press - or + side of rocker switch
until the requested blower speed is
attained. A choice of 7 blower speeds is
available.
To switch the automatic climate control
off, press - side of rocker switch
until symbol OFF is displayed.
The fresh air supply to the car interior
is shut off.
While driving, use this setting only
temporarily, otherwise the windshield
could fog up.
To switch the automatic climate control
on again, press
, or + side of
.
To select, press
To cancel, press
button.
button again.
The system will automatically switch
from recirculated air to fresh air
• after approx. 5 minutes at outside
temperatures below approx. 40°F
(5°C),
• after approx. 30 minutes, at outside
temperatures above approx. 40°F
(5°C),
• after approx. 5 minutes, if button
is pressed.
Notes:
Do not obstruct the air flow by placing
objects on the air flow-through exhaust
slots below the rear window.
Also keep the air intake grille in front
of windshield free of snow and
debris.
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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Activated Charcoal Filter
Notes:
Residual Engine Heat Utilization
To select, press
To cancel, press
The automatic air recirculation does
not function when selecting the
Economy mode
, or the outside
temperature is below 45°F (7°C).
With the engine switched off, it is
possible to continue heating the interior
for a short while.
The activated charcoal filter should be
switched off when windows fog up on
the inside, or if the passenger
compartment needs to be quickly
heated or cooled down.
To select:
button.
button again.
An activated charcoal filter markedly
reduces bad odors and removes
pollutants from the air entering the
passenger compartment.
The blower speed is slightly increased
to supply a constant volume of air.
The system switches automatically to
the air recirculation mode, if the carbon
monoxide (CO) or nitric oxide (NOX)
of the outside air
increases.
When pressing button
or
, the filter is also switched off.
Air volume and distribution are
controlled automatically.
Turn key in steering lock to position 1
or 0 or remove key. Close air outlet in
rear passenger compartment.
Press
button.
This function selection will not
activate if the battery charge level is
insufficient.
To cancel:
Press
button.
The system will automatically shut off
• if you turn key in steering lock
to position 2,
• after approx. 30 minutes,
• if the battery voltage drops.
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4 Adjustable air outlet, left side
5 Adjustable air outlet, right side
6 Air distribution slide
Top position: air flow from air
outlets (4 and 5).
Bottom position: air flow from air
outlets beneath front seats.
Intermediate positions can be
selected for a mixed air flow.
Note:
Rear Passenger Compartment
Adjustable Air Outlet
Rear Passenger Compartment
Climate Control
Vehicles without rear passenger
compartment climate control.
1 Temperature selector, left side
2 Temperature selector, right side
Slide switch (1) up to open outlet for
fresh/cooled air only.
A basic setting in the white field of the
selector is recommended.
The air outlet is adjustable.
3 Air volume selector
The rear passenger climate control
does not operate with automatic
climate control in
mode or
switched off with the air volume
control
.
The air volume can be varied
continuously. The air flow is switched
off with selector in position "0".
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Car Keys
Notes:
Included with your vehicle are
Do not give the master key to an
unauthorized person.
Master keys with infrared
remote control
• 1 Master key
• 1 Valet key
• 1 Flat key
•
The master key fits all locks on the car.
Infrared Remote Control with
Folding Master Key
Warning!
The valet key fits only the door locks
and the steering lock.
The master key fits all locks on the car.
To release the key, press button (1).
The key unfolds from the holder by
itself.
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 compartment eyeglasses
compartment lock in the
dashboard.
The transmitter for the infrared remote
control is located in the key holder, the
receiver is located on the inside rear
view mirror.
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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Infrared Remote Control
Starter Lock-Out Important!
Locking the vehicle activates the starter
lock-out.
The engine can only be started, if the
vehicle was unlocked from the outside.
Note:
If transmit button of the remote control
is inadvertently pressed again prior to
starting the engine, the start lock-out is
activated. In this case press transmit
button again to deactivate the start
lockout.
1
2
Transmit button
Transmitter eye and battery check
The vehicle doors, trunk and fuel
filler flap can be centrally locked and
unlocked, as well as the windows
and sliding roof closed with infrared
remote control.
With vehicle centrally locked, the
trunk can also be opened by using
the infrared remote control. Aim
transmitter eye at receiver and press
transmit button twice.
3 Receiver on inside rear view
mirror
4 Red indicator lamp
(locking)
5 Green indicator lamp
(unlocking)
The transmitter is located in the key
holder, the receiver is located on the
inside rear view mirror.
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Locking and Unlocking
Aim transmitter eye at receiver on
inside rear view mirror and press
transmit button. Distance to receiver
max. 20 ft (6 m).
Closing Windows and Sliding/
Pop-Up Roof from Outside
Continue to press transmit button (1)
after locking car. Distance to receiver
max. 10 ft. (3 m).
The red or green indicator lamp on the
receiver should blink. It stops blinking
when the vehicle is properly locked or
unlocked.
The windows and sliding/pop-up roof
begin to close after approx, 2 seconds.
Notes:
Never close the windows or sliding/
pop-up roof if there is the possibility
of anyone being harmed by the
closing procedure.
If the trunk was previously locked
separately, it will remain locked
(see Index).
If the green and red indicator lamps
simultaneously flash for approx. 30
seconds, or the vehicle cannot be
locked or unlocked by pressing the
transmit button, then it may be
necessary to change the batteries in the
transmitter (if ok, battery indicator
lamp in transmitter will light briefly
when transmitting) or to synchronize
the system, see Remote Control,
Infrared in Index.
Warning!
Note:
If the side windows and sliding/ popup roof cannot be closed automatically
by using the key or by pressing the
transmit button of the infrared remote
control (e.g. after a battery change),
press
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 closing procedure of the
windows and sliding/pop-up roof
should now be restored.
In case the closing procedure causes
potential danger, the closing
procedure can be immediately
reversed by releasing and pressing
the remote control button again until
the green indicator lamp at the
receiver blinks. 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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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 center
console. The central locking system
also locks or unlocks the fuel filler flap.
Starter Lock-Out
Important!
Locking the vehicle activates the starter
lock-out.
The engine can only be started, if the
vehicle was unlocked from the outside.
Note:
Note:
If the fuel filler flap cannot be opened,
refer to Fuel Filler Flap, Manual
Release (see Index).
If transmit button of the remote control
is inadvertently pressed again prior to
starting the engine, the start lock-out is
activated. In this case press transmit
button again to deactivate the start
lockout.
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.
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When you lock the car, all door lock
buttons should move down. If any one
stays up, the respective door is not
properly closed.
You should then unlock the car, open
and reclose this door, and lock the car
again. Each individual door can be
locked with door lock button - the
driver's door can only be locked when
it is closed.
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.
When opening a front door, the entire
car is unlocked, if it was previously
locked with the central locking switch.
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.
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.
To deny any unauthorized person
access to the trunk, lock it separately.
Leave only the valet key with the
vehicle.
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Important!
Warning!
Separately locking the trunk with a key
will activate the starter lockout, even if
a front door is left ajar. To be able to
start the engine, first close the door.
Next insert the key and turn it to the
unlocking position.
Never close the windows or siding/
pop-up roof if there is the possiblity
of anyone being harmed by the
closing procedure.
Notes:
In case of a malfunction in the central
locking system the doors and trunk can
be locked and unlocked individually.
To lock, turn key to position 3 or push
down lock buttons.
To unlock, turn key to position 2 or
pull up lock buttons.
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).
Power Windows and Sliding/
Pop-Up Roof
1 Closing
2 Interrupting
3 Opening
When locking doors or trunk, turn key
in driver door lock or trunk lock to
position 1 and hold. The windows
and the sliding/pop-up roof begin to
close automatically after
approximately 2 seconds.
To interrupt the closing procedure,
turn key to position 2.
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.
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)
and hold.
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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 is automatically
armed or disarmed with any of your
vehicle's keys or infrared remote
control by locking or unlocking either
front door or the trunk.
A blinking lamp (1) indicates that the
alarm is armed.
The anti-theft alarm is disarmed when
unlocking either front door or the trunk
with any of your vehicle's keys or
infrared remote control.
1 Indicator lamp in switch located in
center console
Operation:
The alarm will last approximately 150
seconds in the form of blinking
exterior lamps. At the same time an
alarm horn will sound intermittently
for 60 seconds, pause for 30 seconds,
and repeat for another 60 seconds.
The alarm will stay on even if the
activating element (a door, for
example) is immediately closed.
Note:
We recommend that you carry the flat
key safely with you so that it is always
handy. 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,
switches on or bridges the
ignition circuit,
• steps on the brake pedal.
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Power Seats, Front
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!
Do not adjust the driver's seat while
driving. Adjusting the seat while
driving could cause the driver to lose
control of the vehicle.
Never ride in a moving vehicle with
the seat back reclined. Sitting in an
excessively reclined position can be
dangerous. You could slide under the
seat belt in a collision. If you side
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 seat or near
any moving parts while a seat is
being adjusted.
Seat and head restraint adjustment:
A Seat, fore/aft, up/down
B Seat tilt
C Seat cushion depth
The slide switches are located in each
front door.
Warning!
When leaving the vehicle always
remove the key from the steering
lock.
The power seats can also be operated
with the driver's or front passenger
door open. Do not leave children
unattended in the vehicle.
Unsupervised use of vehicle
equipment may cause serious
personal injury.
D Backrest tilt
E 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:
Your car is equipped with power
head restraints, do not try to raise
or lower them manually.
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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 center section (2) can be selected
together with bottom section (1) or top
section (3).
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 (4) setting.
Lumbar Support
Multicontour Backrest
1
1
2
3
4
5
Pressure regulator
The seats have an inflatable air
cushion built into the backrest to
provide additional lumbar support.
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 (1) setting.
Bottom
Center
Top
Pressure regulator
Side bolster adjustment
Some models may be equipped with
orthopedic seats. These seats have
inflatable air cushions built into the
backrest to provide additional lumbar
and side support.
The side bolsters of the backrest can
be adjusted with push button (5):
• 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.
Heated Seats
2 Rapid heating mode. Both
indicator lamps in the switch
light up.
After approximately 5 minutes in
the rapid heating mode, the heater
automatically switches to normal
operation and only one indicator
lamp will stay on.
The front seat heater switches are
located to the left and right side of the
center console ashtray.
Turning off heater:
The rear seat heater switches are
located in each rear door.
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)
Press button (4) to open cover
1 Armrest folded down
2 Normal use
(3 comfort positions)
3 Armrest folded up
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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.
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.
Head Restraints, Rear
(Vehicles without rear power
seats)
Turn key in steering lock to
position 1 or 2.
Press symbol-side of rocker switch to
release the head restraints. The head
restraints will then fold backward for
increased visibility.
Placing head restraints upright:
Pull head restraint forward by its strap
until it locks in position.
Inclination of head restraints:
The head restraint inclination can be
adjusted manually.
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.
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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 or 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.
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.
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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).
Do not adjust the steering wheel
while driving. Adjusting the steering
wheel while driving could cause the
driver to lose control of the vehicle.
To raise or lower steering wheel, push
switch (1) up or down.
Warning!
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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.
We strongly recommend their use.
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, a warning sounds for a short time if
the driver's seat belt is not fastened.
Warning!
Failure to wear and properly fasten
and position your seat belt greatly
increases your risk of injuries and
their likely severity in an accident.
You and your passengers should
always wear seat belts.
If you are ever in an accident, your
injuries can be considerably more
severe without your seat belt
properly buckled. Without your seat
belt buckled, you can hit the interior
of the vehicle or be ejected from it.
You can be seriously injured or
killed.
In the same crash, the possibility for
injury or death is lessened with your
seat belt buckled.
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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).
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.
Notes:
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 Upholstery 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, because seat
belts help reduce the likelihood of
and potential severity of injuries
in accidents, including rollovers.
"SRS" (driver airbag, passenger
airbag), "ETR" (seat belt
emergency tensioning retractors),
and knee bolsters are designed
to enhance the protection offered
to properly belted occupants in
certain frontal impacts which
exceed preset deployment
thresholds.
•
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 too much force to the ribs
or abdomen, which could severely
injure internal organs such as
your liver or spleen.
• Position the lap belt as low as
possible on your hips and not
across the abdomen. If the belt is
positioned across your abdomen, it
could cause serious injuries in a
crash.
• Each seat belt should never be
used for more than one person at
a time. Do not fasten a seat belt
around a person and objects.
• Belts should not be worn twisted.
In a crash, you wouldn't have the
full width of the belt to take
impact forces. The twisted belt
against your body could cause
injuries.
•
Pregnant women should also use
a lap-shoulder belt. The lap belt
portion should be positioned as
low as possible on the hips to
avoid any possible pressure on the
abdomen.
• Improperly positioned seat belts
do not provide maximum
protection and may cause serious
injuries in case of an accident.
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Warning!
USE CHILD RESTRAINTS
PROPERLY
• Infants and small children must
be seated in an infant or child
restraint system, which is
properly secured by a lap belt or
lap belt portion of a lap-shoulder
belt. Children could been
dangered in an accident if their
child restraints are not properly
secured in the vehicle.
• Rear-facing child restraints must
not be used in the front seat.
They could be struck by the
airbag when it inflates in a crash.
If this happens, a child in the
restraint could be seriously or
fatally injured.
• 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.
• Adjust the front passenger seat as
far as possible rear ward from the
dashboard when a child restraint
is installed.
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
Seat belt not fastened
• first threshold exceeded: airbag
activates, but not ETR
Driver and front passenger systems
operate independently from each other
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Emergency Tensioning
Retractor (ETR)
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.
The emergency tensioning re
tractors 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.
In cases of other frontal impacts, rollovers, certain side impacts, rear
collisions, or other accidents without
frontal forces, the emergency
tensioning retractors will not be
activated. The driver and 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.
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),
the airbags can provide increased
protection for the driver and
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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.
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.
Both airbags may deploy, even if the
passenger seat is unoccupied.
Important!
The airbags are designed to activate
only in certain frontal and frontangled impacts (within the shaded
area shown in the illustration on
page 44). 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
frontal forces, the airbag will not be
activated. The driver and passengers
will then be protected by the fastened
seat belts.
We caution you not to rely on the
presence of an airbag in order to
avoid wearing your seat
belt.
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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.
For maximum protection in the
event of a collision always be in
normal seated position with your
back against the
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
MERCEDES-BENZ dealer at that
time and replaced when necessary.
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 and hands on steering
wheel 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.
• Adjust the driver seat as far as
possible rearward, still
permitting proper operation of
vehicle controls.
• Do not lean with your head or
chest close to the steering wheel
or dashboard.
• Keep hands on the outside of
steering wheel rim. Placing hands
and arms inside the rim can
increase the risk and potential
severity of hand/arm injury when
airbag inflates.
• Adjust the passenger seat as far
as possible rearward from the
dashboard, especially when a
child restraint is installed.
• Infants and small children should
only be seated in a rear seat and
be properly secured in a child
restraint system.
• Rear-facing child restraints must
not be used in a front seat.
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.
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.
• An airbag system component
within the steering wheel gets
hot after the airbag has inflated.
• Improper work on the system,
including incorrect installation
and removal, can lead to possible
injury through an uncontrolled
activation of the "SRS".
• In addition, through improper
work there is the risk of
rendering the "SRS" inoperative.
Work on the "SRS" must
therefore only be performed by
an authorized Mercedes-Benz
dealer.
• When scrapping the airbag
unit or emergency tensioning
retractor, it is mandatory
to follow our safety instruct
ions. These instructions are
available at your authorized
Mercedes-Benz 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.
Infant and Child Restraint
Systems
We recommend that all infants and
children be properly restrained at all
times while the vehicle is in motion.
All seats except driver seat have
special seat belt retractors for secure
fastening of child restraints. To use,
fasten child restraint with seat belt:
Follow child restraint instructions for
routing. Then pull belt out completely
and let it retract. The belt is now
locked. Push down on child restraint to
take up any slack.
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Important!
Warning!
The use of infant or child restraints is
required by law in all 50 states and all
Canadian provinces.
Rear-facing child restraints must not
be used in a front seat with a
passenger side airbag. They could be
struck by the airbag when if inflates
in a crash. If this happens, a child in
the restraint could be seriously
injured.
Infants and small children should be
seated in an infant or child restraint
system, which is properly secured by
the lap belt portion of the lap-shoulder
belt, and that complies with U.S.
Federal Motor Safety Standard 213 and
Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213.1. A statement by the
child restraint manufacturer of
compliance with this standard can be
found on the instruction label on the
restraint and in the instruction manual
provided with the restraint.
When using any infant or child
restraint system, be sure to carefully
read and follow all manufacturer's
instructions for installation and use.
Infants and small children should
never be hold on the lap while the
vehicle is in motion. During an
accident they would be almost impossible to hold, and could be crushed
between the adult and the dashboard.
Infants and small children should
never share a seat belt with another
occupant. During an accident, they
could be crushed between the
occupant and seat belt.
Children too big for child restraint
systems should use regular seat belts.
Position the shoulder belt across the
chest and shoulder, not the face or
neck. A booster seat may be
necessary to achieve proper belt
positioning.
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.
U.S.A. Models only:
Since 1986 all U.S. child restraints
comply with U.S. regulations without
the use of a tether strap.
Canada Models only:
This vehicle is provided with tether
anchorages for a top tether strap.
Consult your authorized MercedesBenz dealer for installation of these
anchorages. 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.)
Most electrical consumers can be
operated. For detailed information
see respective subjects.
2 Driving position.
3 Starting position.
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".
Refer to Index for Starting and turning
off the engine.
Warning!
When leaving the vehicle always
remove the key from the steering
lock. Do not leave children
unattended in the vehicle.
Unsupervised use of vehicle
equipment may cause serious
personal injury.
Notes:
A warning sounds 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".
Caution!
To prevent accelerated battery
discharge and a possible dead battery,
always remove the key from the
steering lock. Do not leave the key in
steering lock position 0.
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6 Press switch briefly:
One wipe without washer water
(select only if window is wet)Press
switch past resistance point:
Windshield washer, windshield
wiper; headlamp cleaning system
(only in exterior lamp switch
positions
or
Canada only:
also in position when the engine is
running)
Combination Switch
1 Low beam (exterior lamp
switch position
)
2 High beam (exterior lamp
switch position
)
3 High beam flasher (high beam
available independent of
exterior lamp switch position)
4 Turn signals, right
5 Turn signals, left
To signal minor directional changes,
such as changing lanes on a highway,
move combination switch to the point
of resistance only and hold it there.
To operate the turn signals
continuously, move the combination
switch past the point of resistance (up
or down). The switch is automatically
canceled when the steering wheel is
turned to a large enough degree.
7 Windshield wiper
0 Wiper off
I Intermittent wiping
II Normal wiper speed
III Fast wiper speed
Note:
The windshield washer reservoir,
hoses and nozzles are automatically
heated.
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Windshield Washer Fluid Mixing
Ratio
For temperatures above freezing:
MB Windshield Washer
Concentrate "S" and water
1 part "S" to 100 parts water
(40 ml "S" to 1 gallon water).
For temperature below freezing:
MB Windshield Washer Concentrate
"S" and commercially available
premixed windshield washer
solvent/antifreeze
1 part "S" to 100 parts solvent
(40 ml "S" to 1 gallon solvent).
Windshield Wiper Smears
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, 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
Warning Flasher in Use
For example, when the vehicle is being
towed (key in steering lock turned to
position 2): With hazard warning
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 warning 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, taillamps, license plate
lamps and instrument panel lamps) are
automatically switched on.
Note:
For nighttime driving the exterior lamp
switch should be turned to position ID
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
The standing lamps cannot be
operated with the key in steering lock
position 2.
Note:
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 are automatically switched
off when the exterior lamp, switch is
turned to position O .
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Night Security Illumination
Note:
When exiting the vehicle after driving
with the exterior lamps on, the
headlamps switch on for added security
for approximately 30 seconds after
closing the last door. The lamp-on time
period can be changed at your
Mercedes-Benz dealer.
The exterior mirrors have electrically
heated glass. The heater switches on
automatically, depending on outside
temperature.
Inside Rear View Mirror
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.
Manually adjust the mirror.
Warning!
Use your inside mirror to deter-mine
the size and distance of objects seen in
the passenger convex mirror.
Exterior rear view mirror, left
Antiglare Night Position
Exterior rear view mirror, right
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.
With the key in steering lock position
2, the mirror reflection brightness
responds to changes in light sensitivity.
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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Exterior Rear View Mirror
Multiple Images
Folding the mirrors out
Turn switch to point rearward. Press
switch forward until the mirrors are
folded out.
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 noticable, especially when
looking through the side windows at an
outside rear view mirror.
Important!
Do not fold mirrors out, forcing them
by hand. This will damage the
operating mechanism of the mirrors.
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.
Folding the mirrors in
Note:
Important!
If the inside rear view mirror was
adjusted separately, the originally
stored position remains in memory. To
recall position, press the desired
position button.
Before running the vehicle through an
automatic car wash, fold mirror in,
otherwise they may get damaged.
Turn switch to point rearward. Press
switch rearward until the mirrors are
folded in.
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Sun Visors
Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
Roar seats:
Swing sun visors down to protect
against sun glare.
Front seats:
Touch the cover to lower the mirror.
The lamp will switch on automatically.
If sunlight enters through a side
window, disengage visor from inner
mounting and pivot to the side.
With the visor engaged in its inner
mounting, the lamp can be switched
on by opening the cover.
Close the cover and the lamp will go
out.
Warning!
Do not use the vanity mirror while
driving.
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2 Interior Lamps
A
B
A Interior lamps switched off.
B Interior lamps switched on,
3
Rear Courtesy Lamps
A
B
A Courtesy lamps switched off.
B Courtesy lamps switched on.
Interior Lighting
Note:
1
The courtesy lamps cannot be
switched off as long as a rear door is
open.
Interior Lamps (Door contact)
A
B
A Interior lamps are switched on,
and off delayed, when unlocking
or locking the vehicle, or when
opening or closing either front
door. However, there will be no
delay when the key is in steering
lock position 2.
B Interior lamps switched off.
2
5
Reading Lamps, Rear
The lamps are switched on and off
individually with a switch in the
respective lamp.
Reading Lamps, Front
Entrance Lamps, Exit Lamps
A
The lamps are switched on and off by
the door contact switches.
B
A Reading lamp switched off.
B Reading lamp switched on.
Note:
To prevent the vehicle battery from
being discharged, do not leave doors
open for a long period of time.
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Storage/Eyeglasses 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).
Note:
Storage Compartments
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
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.
Storage Compartments in the Door
Rear Passenger Compartment
(Vehicles with individual seats)
Slide cover to
Unlocking:
Turn master key back to vertical
position.
6 Open,
Storage Compartment between
Rear Seats
Caution!
Lock only when compartment is fully
closed, otherwise the lock may get
damaged.
Keep compartment lids closed. This
will prevent stored objects from being
thrown about and injuring vehicle
occupants during an accident.
7 close.
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in center console, front
in rear doors
Lighter
Ashtrays
To remove ashtray from center
console:
Turn key in steering lock to position
1 or 2.
Push in lighter (1); it will pop out
automatically when hot.
By touching the top of the cover
lightly, the ashtray opens automatically.
Prior to removing the ashtray insert
move gear selector lever to position
"N"
Warning!
With the gear selector lever in
position "N", turn off the engine and
set the parking brake. Otherwise the
vehicle might move unintentionally.
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.
Warning!
Never touch the heating element or
sides of the lighter, hold at knob
only.
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Warning!
When closing the sliding roof, be
sure that there is no danger of
anyone being harmed by the closing
procedure.
Notes:
The sliding roof can be opened or
closed manually should an electrical
malfunction occur, refer to Emergency
Operation in Index.
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 steering lock position 1 or 2.
The switch is illuminated when the
exterior lamps are switched on
(except standing lamps).
The sliding roof can also be closed
with the key or infrared remote control
while locking the vehicle doors or
trunk (see Central Locking System in
Index).
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.
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Express Opening and Closing
Press switch
or
past resistance
point and release - window opens or
closes completely.
To interrupt procedure, briefly
press
or
If the 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
in rear doors
Power Windows
Turn key in steering lock to
position 1 or 2.
Switches for:
1
2
3
4
5
6
left, front
left, rear
right, front
right, rear
safety switch
individual switches (rear doors)
Press switch in to resistance point:
to close
to open
Release switch when window is in
desired position.
When pressing and holding the switch
to close the window, and upward
movement of the window is blocked
during the last few inches before
closure, it will stop but not open
slightly.
Blocking of Rear Door Window
Operation
If no operation of the rear windows by
switch (6) (for instance by children) is
desired, slide safety switch (5) to right,
symbol
becomes visible.
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Warning!
When closing the windows, be sure
that there is no danger of anyone
being harmed by the closing
procedure.
In case of obstruction, the automatic
reversal will not operate if a window
is being closed by pressing the switch
to its resistance point and holding it
there, or when using a key or the
remote control.
The closing procedure can be
immediately reversed by either
pressing the switch
, turning the
key to the unlocking position, or
releasing and pressing the transmit
button, and holding it.
The power windows can also be closed
with the key or infrared remote control
while locking the vehicle doors or
trunk (see Central Locking System in
Index).
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.
Synchronizing Power Windows
If the power supply was interrupted
(battery disconnected or empty), the
windows cannot be opened or closed
by the Express feature.
To resynchronize the Express feature,
press
side of power window
switch until the window is completely
closed and hold for additional 2
seconds. Repeat procedure for each
window.
The automatic full opening and closing
procedure of the windows should now
be restored.
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inside rear view mirror and press
transmit button twice.
Note:
The trunk lid cannot be released by the
switch when previously locked with the
key. To open, refer to Trunk,
separately locked (in Index).
Shelf below Rear Window
Warning!
Rear Window Defroster
Trunk Lid Release Switch
The switch is located in the center
console.
The switch is located in the center
console.
The switches are located on the center
console and between the single rear
seats.
To open the trunk, the vehicle must
be parked and unlocked.
Press symbol side of switch.
When activating the rear window
defroster, the indicator lamp in the
switch will come on.
With vehicle centrally locked, the
trunk can also be opened by using
the infrared remote control. Aim
transmitter eye at receiver next to
trunk lid lock and press transmit
button twice.
The shelf below the rear window
should not be used to carry objects.
This will prevent such objects from
being thrown about and injuring
vehicle occupants during an accident
or sudden maneuver.
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Instrument Lamps
Rotate adjusting knob (1) to vary
intensity of instrument lamps.
Display Illumination
Press adjusting knob to briefly
illuminate the display (with key
removed or in steering lock position 0
or 1).
1 Adjusting knob
With exterior lamps switched on the
display illumination becomes
automatically dim.
Rotate adjusting knob clockwise to its
stop to override the dimmed
illumination.
Trip odometer
To reset:
• Press adjusting knob (1) once
(with key in steering lock
position 2).
• Press adjusting knob (1) twice
(with key removed or in
steering lock position 0 or 1).
Clock
Adjusting clock one minute ahead or
back:
Pull out adjustment knob (2), briefly
turn to the right respectively left and
release knob.
Adjusting clock more than one minute
ahead or back: Pull out adjustment
knob (2), turn to the right respectively
left and hold until the desired time is
set. Within the first 2 seconds, the
minute hand advances 8 minutes and
advances another 8 minutes every
additional second thereafter
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Antenna
Cellular Telephone
Warning!
The antenna extends when switching
on the telephone.
The vehicle is prepared for the
installation of a cellular telephone. For
further information and installation
contact your authorized MercedesBenz dealer.
Some jurisdictions prohibit the
driver from using a cellular
telephone while driving a vehicle.
Whether or not prohibited by law,
for safety reasons, the driver should
not use the cellular telephone while
the vehicle is in motion. Stop the
vehicle in a safe location before
answering or placing a call.
Note:
To retract the antenna (e.g. when
entering a car wash) the telephone
must be switched off.
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Driving
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Drinking and Driving
Driving Off
Warning!
Drinking and driving can be a very
dangerous combination. Even a small
amount of alcohol or drugs can affect
your reflexes, perceptions and
judgement.
Test the brakes briefly after driving off.
Perform this procedure only when the
road is clear of other traffic.
Warm up the engine smoothly. Do not
place full load on the engine until the
operating temperature has been reached.
The possibility of a serious or even
fatal accident is sharply increased
when you drink and drive.
Warning!
Keep driver's foot area clear at all
times. Objects stored in this area may
impair pedal movement.
Please don't drink and drive or allow
anyone to drive after drinking.
Parking Brake
To engage, 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.
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Automatic Transmission
The automatic transmission
selects individual gears automatically, dependent upon
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Selector lever position
Accelerator position
Vehicle speed
Important!
When parking the car or before
working on the vehicle with the
engine running, firmly depress the
parking brake pedal and shift the
selector lever into "P".
Driving
The selector lever is automatically
locked while in position "P". To
move the selector lever out of position
"P", the service brake pedal must be
firmly depressed before the shift lock
will release.
ready to drive. The vehicle may
otherwise start creeping when the
selector lever is in drive or reverse
position.
Accelerator position
Warning!
Full throttle = later upshifting
= rapid acceleration
It is dangerous to shift the selector
lever out of "P" or "N" if the engine
speed is higher than idle speed. If
your foot is not on the brake pedal,
the car could accelerate quickly
forward or in reverse. You could lose
control of the car and hit someone or
something. Only shift into gear when
the engine is idling normally and
when your right foot is firmly on the
brake pedal.
Partial throttle = early upshifting
= normal acceleration
Kickdown (depressing the accelerator
beyond full throttle) = downshifting
to next lowest gear = maximum
acceleration. Once the desired speed
is attained, ease up on the accelerator
- the transmission shifts up again.
Important!
After selecting any driving position
from "N" or "P", wait a moment to
allow the gear to fully engage before
accelerating, especially when the
engine is cold.
Shift selector lever to the desired
driving position only when the engine
is idling and the service brake is
applied. Do not release the brake until
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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 S 320
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 conditions. 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
upshifts to 5th gear. Position "D"
provides optimum driving
characteristics under all normal
operating.
4 Upshift to 4th gear only. Suitable
for performance driving.
3 Upshift to 3rd gear only. Suitable
for moderately steep hills. Since the
transmission does not shift higher
than 3rd gear, this gear selection
will allow use of the engine's braking power downhill.
2 Upshift to 2nd gear only. For
driving in mountainous regions or
under extreme operating conditions.
This gear selection will allow use
of the engine's braking power when
descending steep grades.
Important!
With selector lever in position "D",
"4" or "3", upshifting from 1st to 2nd
to 3rd gear is delayed depending on
vehicle speed and engine temperature.
This allows the catalytic converter to
heat up more quickly to operating
temperatures.
During the brief warm-up period this
delayed upshift and increased engine
noise might be perceived
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as a malfunction. However, neither the
engine nor transmission are negatively
affected by this mode of operation.
The delayed upshift is effective with
vehicle speeds below 31 mph (50
km/h) at partial throttle and engine
temperatures below 95°F (35°C).
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.
To avoid overrevving the engine when
the selector lever is moved to a lower
driving range, the transmission will not
shift to a lower gear as long as the
vehicle speed exceeds the speed limit
of that gear.
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.
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
range 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 a steep incline, position
"P" alone may not prevent your
vehicle from moving, possibly hitting
people or objects.
Always set the parking brake in
addition to shifting to position "P".
When parked on an incline, also turn
front wheel against curb.
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selector lever in position "P".
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
S 420, S 500
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
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
upshifts to 4th gear. Position "D"
provides optimum driving
characteristics under all normal
operating conditions.
4 Upshift to 4th gear only. Suitable for
performance driving. To shift from
position "D" to "4", push selector
lever to the left.
3 Upshift to 3rd gear only. Suitable for
moderately steep hills. Since the
transmission does not shift higher
than 3rd gear, this gear selection
will allow use of the engine's braking power downhill.
2 Upshift to 2nd gear only. For driving
in mountainous regions or under
extreme operating conditions. This
gear selection will allow use of the
engine's braking power when
descending steep grades.
1 In this position, the engine's braking
effect is utilized by shifting into 1st
gear. Use this position while
descending very steep or lengthy
downgrades and only at speeds
below 40 mph (60 km/h).
Important!
With selector lever in position "D" or
"3", upshifting from 2nd to 3rd gear is
delayed depending on vehicle speed
and
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engine temperature. This allows the
catalytic converter to heat up more
quickly to operating temperatures.
During the brief warm-up period this
delayed upshift and increased engine
noise might be perceived as a
malfunction. However, neither the
engine nor transmission are negatively
affected by this mode of operation.
The delayed upshift is effective with
vehicle speeds below 31 mph (50
km/h) at partial throttle and engine
temperatures below 95°F (35°C).
To avoid overrevving the engine when
the selector lever is moved to a lower
driving range, the transmission will not
shift to a lower gear as long as the
vehicle speed exceeds the speed limit
of that gear.
To 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
range 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 a steep incline, position
"P" alone may not prevent your
vehicle from moving, possibly hitting
people or objects.
Always set the parking brake in
addition to shifting to position "P".
When parked on an incline, also turn
front wheel against curb.
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S Standard mode
Press switch on symbol "S". Use
this mode for all regular driving.
The vehicle starts out in 1st
gear.
W Winter (snow and ice) mode
Press switch on symbol "W". The
vehicle starts out in 2nd gear,
except with selector lever in 1st
gear, or with accelerator pedal in
kick-down position.
Program Mode Selector Switch
The transmission is provided with a
selector switch for Standard "S" and
Winter (snow and ice) "W" program
modes.
The "W" mode helps to improve
traction and driving stability of the
vehicle.
With hard acceleration the upshifts
occur at lower vehicle and engine
speeds than in the "S" program
mode.
Warning!
Warning!
Always be certain of the program
mode selected since the vehicle
driving characteristics change with
the selection of the program mode.
During stops use the brake,
especially on an incline, to
prevent the vehicle from rolling.
Emergency Operation
(Limp Home Mode)
If vehicle acceleration worsens, or the
transmission no longer shifts, the
transmission operates in Limp Home
Mode. In addition the "CHECK
ENGINE" malfunction indicator lamp in
the instrument cluster may come on.
In this mode only the 2nd gear or
reverse gear can be activated.
To engage 2nd gear or reverse:
1. Stop the vehicle.
2. Move selector lever to
position "P".
3. Turn off the engine.
4. Wait 10 seconds.
5. Restart the engine.
6. Move selector lever to
position "D" (for 2nd gear), or
move selector lever to position "R"
(for reverse gear).
Have the transmission checked at your
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as
soon as possible.
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Normally the vehicle is accelerated to
the desired speed with the accelerator.
3
To cancel the cruise control,
briefly push lever to position 3.
When you step on the brake or the
vehicle speed drops below approx.
22 mph (35 km/h), for example
when driving upgrade, the cruise
control will be canceled.
Speed is set by briefly pushing the
lever to position 1 or 2. The accelerator
can be released.
The speed can be increased (e.g. for
passing) by using the accelerator. As
soon as the accelerator is released, the
previously set speed will be resumed
automatically.
Cruise Control
Any given speed above approximately
25 mph (40 km/h) can be maintained
with the cruise control by operating the
lever.
1 Accelerate and set:
Lift lever briefly to set speed. Hold
lever up to accelerate.
2 Decelerate and set:
Depress lever briefly to set speed.
Hold lever down to decelerate.
If a set speed is to be increased or
decreased slightly, e.g. to adapt to the
traffic flow, hold lever in position 1 or
2 until the desired speed is reached, or
briefly tip the control lever in the
appropriate direction for increases or
decreases in 0.6 mph (1 km/h)
increments. When the lever is released,
the newly set speed remains.
Canceling
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. 22 mph (35
km/h), the vehicle resumes the
speed which was set prior to the
cancellation of the cruise control.
The last memorized speed is
canceled when the key in the
steering lock is turned to position 1
or 0.
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Note:
Warning!
Charge Indicator Lamp
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.
Should the charge indicator lamp fail to
come on prior to starting when the key
is in steering lock position 2 or should
it fail to go out after starting or during
operation, this indicates a fault which
must be repaired at an authorized
MERCEDES-BENZ dealer
immediately.
Caution!
When driving with the cruise control,
the transmission selector lever must not
be shifted to position "N" as otherwise
the engine will overrev, possibly
causing engine damage that is not
covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited
Warranty.
• The use of cruise control
can be dangerous on winding
roads or in heavy traffic
because conditions do not
allow safe driving at a
steady speed.
• The use of cruise control
can be dangerous on slippery
roads. Rapid changes
in tire adhesion can result
in wheel spin and loss of
control.
The "Resume" function should only
be operated if the driver is fully
aware of the previously set speed and
wishes to resume this particular
preset speed.
If the charge indicator lamp comes on
while the engine is running, this may
indicate that the poly-V-belt has
broken. Should this condition occur,
the poly-V-belt must be replaced
before continuing to operate the
vehicle. Otherwise, the engine will
overheat due to an inoperative water
pump which may result in damage to
the engine.
Do not continue to drive the vehicle
with the charge indicator lamp
illuminated. Doing so could result in
engine damage that is not covered by the
Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
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Engine Oil Pressure Gauge
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.
Note:
If the oil pressure gauge needle drops
to "0" with the engine running, then
damage to the engine may occur with
continued operation. Turn off engine
immediately and contact an authorized
Mercedes-Benz dealer. Do not operate
the car until the condition is repaired.
Low Engine Oil Level Warning
Lamp
With the key in steering lock position
2, the oil 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.
may be noticed and is normal.
Frequent driving at high engine speeds
results in increased consumption.
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.
While driving, current fuel
consumption is indicated in miles per
gallon (mpg), or in Canada liters per
100 kilometers (1/100 km).
The low engine oil level warning light
should not be ignored. Extended
driving with the light illuminated could
result in engine damage that is not
covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited
Warranty.
In addition to the warning lamp, the
engine oil level should be periodically
checked with the dipstick, for example
during a fuel stop, or before a long trip
(see Index).
Engine Oil Consumption
Engine oil consumption checks should
only be made after the break-in period.
During the break-in period, higher oil
consumption
Fuel Consumption Gauge
With the engine switched off, the
needle reads "0".
Due to system design, minimum
consumption is indicated at engine
idle speed.
Fuel Reserve Warning Lamps
With the key in steering lock position
2, the fuel reserve warning lamps
come on and should go out when the
engine is running.
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).
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Outside Temperature Indicator
Tachometer
Warning!
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.).
Red marking on tachometer:
Excessive engine speed.
Avoid this engine speed, as it may
result in engine damage that is not
covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited
Warranty.
• 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.
Adaptation to ambient temperature
takes place in steps and depends on the
prevailing driving conditions (stop-andgo or moderate, constant driving) and
amount of temperature change.
Coolant Temperature Gauge
Warning!
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.
For engine protection, the fuel supply
is interrupted if the engine is operated
within the red marking.
If the antifreeze mixture is effective to
- 30°C (- 22°F), the boiling point of the
coolant in the pressurized cooling
system of your vehicle is approx.
130°C (266 °F).
• 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.
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.
The engine should not be operated with
the coolant temperature in the red zone.
Doing so may cause serious engine
damage which is not covered by the
Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
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Low Engine Coolant Level
Warning Lamp
With the key in steering lock position
2, the warning lamp comes on and goes
out with the engine running.
If the warning lamp does not go out
after starting the engine, or if it comes
on while driving, then the coolant level
has dropped below the required level. If
no leaks are noticeable and the engine
temperature does not increase, continue
to drive to the nearest service station
and have coolant added to the coolant
system (see Index).
The low engine coolant level warning
light should not be ignored. Extended
driving with the light illuminated may
cause serious engine damage not
covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited
Warranty.
In cases of major or frequent minor
coolant loss, have the cooling system
checked at your authorized MercedesBenz dealer as soon as possible.
Low Windshield and Headlamp
Washer System Fluid Level
Note:
With the key in steering lock position
2, the warning lamp comes on and goes
out with the engine running.
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.
Warning Lamp
If the warning lamp comes on with the
engine running, the level of the
reservoir has dropped to approx. 1/4 pf
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.
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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 improves steering control of
the vehicle during braking maneuvers.
For maximum benefit, do not pump the
brake pedal, rather use firm, steady
brake pedal pressure.
The ABS prevents the wheels from
locking up above a vehicle speed of
approximately 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 function.
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 with the engine 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.
Have the system checked at your
authorized MERCEDES-BENZ dealer
as soon as possible.
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.
Note:
To alert following vehicles to slippery
road conditions you discover, operate
your hazard warning flashers as
appropriate.
With the ABS malfunctioning, the
ETS, ASR or ESP are also switched
off. Both malfunction indicator lamps
come on with the key in steering lock
position 2.
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Electronic Traction System
(ETS)
The ETS improves vehicle traction,
especially under slippery road
conditions. It engages at vehicle speeds
up to approximately 24 mph (40 km/h),
and applies the brakes to the spinning
drive wheel. At approximately 50 mph
(80 km/h), the ETS switches off.
The ETS warning lamp, located in the
speedometer dial, starts to flash at any
vehicle speed, as soon as the tires lose
traction and the wheels begin to spin.
Important!
If the ETS warning lamp flashes:
• during take-off, apply as little
throttle as possible,
• while driving, ease up on the
accelerator.
Adapt your speed and driving to the
prevailing road conditions.
With the key in steering lock position
2, the yellow ETS malfunction
indicator lamp in the instrument cluster
and the ETS warning lamp in the
speedometer dial come on. They must
go out when the engine is running.
If the ETS malfunction indicator lamp
comes on with the engine running, a
malfunction has been detected.
Have the ETS checked at your
authorized Mercedes -Benz dealer as
soon as possible.
With the ABS malfunctioning, the ETS
is also switched off.
Caution!
If the vehicle is towed with the front
axle raised (see Towing the vehicle in
Index), or when testing the parking
brake on a brake test dynamometer, the
key must not be in steering lock
position 2. Otherwise, the electronic
traction system will immediately be
engaged and will apply the rear wheel
brakes.
Notes:
If the ETS malfunction indicator lamp
comes on while the ETS warning lamp
flashes, the electronic traction system
is being switched off temporarily to
prevent overheating of the drive wheel
brakes.
In winter operation, the maximum
effectiveness of the electronic traction
system is only achieved with
Mercedes-Benz recommended M + S
radial-ply tires and/or snow chains.
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Acceleration Slip Control (ASR)
Important!
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.
If the ASR warning lamp flashes, adapt
your speed and driving to the
prevailing road conditions.
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.
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 regulation will
immediately be engaged and will apply
the rear wheel brakes.
Notes:
With the key in steering lock position
2, the yellow malfunction indicator
lamp in the instrument cluster and the
yellow ASR warning lamp in the
speedometer dial come on. They must
go out when the engine is running.
If the ASR malfunction indicator lamp
comes on with the engine running, a
malfunction has been detected.
Pressing the accelerator pedal will
require greater effort. Only partial
engine output is available.
Have the ASR checked at your
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as
soon as possible.
With the ABS malfunctioning, the
ASR is also switched off.
Driving the vehicle with varied size
tires will cause the wheels to rotate at
different speeds, therefore the
acceleration slip regulation may
activate (yellow ASR malfunction
indicator lamp in instrument cluster
comes on). For this reason, all wheels,
including the spare wheel, must have
the same tire size.
When testing the parking brake on a
brake test dynamometer, the key must
not be in steering lock position 2.
Otherwise, the acceleration slip
regulation will immediately be engaged
and will apply the rear wheel brakes.
In winter operation, the maximum
effectiveness of the acceleration slip
regulation is only achieved with
Mercedes-Benz recommended M + S
radial-ply tires and/or snow chains.
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ASR Control Switch
To improve the vehicle's traction when
driving with snow chains, or starting
off in deep snow, sand or gravel, press
the upper half of the ASR switch. The
ASR warning lamp, located in the
speedometer dial, is continuously
illuminated.
With the ASR system switched off, the
engine torque reduction feature is
cancelled. Therefore, the enhanced
vehicle stability offered by ASR is
unavailable.
ASR control switch located in center
console
Adapt your speed and driving to the
prevailing road conditions.
The ASR warning lamp, located in the
speedometer dial, starts to flash at any
vehicle speed as soon as the tires lose
traction and the wheels begin to spin.
To switch off: press lower half of the
switch (the ASR warning lamp in the
speedometer dial goes out).
Important!
If the ASR warning lamp flashes:
• during take-off, apply as little
throttle as possible,
• while driving, ease up on the
accelerator.
A portion of the ASR system remains
active, even with the switch in the OFT
position.
If one drive wheel loses traction and
begins to spin, the brake is applied
until the wheel regains sufficient
traction. The traction control engages
at vehicle speeds up to approximately
24 mph (40 km/h), and switches off at
50 mph (80 km/h).
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Electronic Stability Program
(ESP)
The ESP enhances directional control
and improves traction of the vehicle
under any driving condition.
Over/understeering of the vehicle is
counteracted by applying brakes to the
left or right side wheels. The ESP
warning lamp, located in the
speedometer dial, starts to flash.
Important!
If the ESP warning lamp flashes, adapt
your speed and driving to the
prevailing road conditions.
Caution!
If the vehicle is towed with the front
axle raised (see Towing the vehicle in
Index), the engine must be shut off.
Otherwise, the electronic stability
program will immediately be engaged
and will apply the rear wheel brakes.
Notes:
With the key in steering lock position
2, the yellow ESP and EPC
malfunction indicator lamps in the
instrument cluster and the yellow
warning lamp in the speedometer dial
come on. They must go out when the
engine is running.
If the ESP or EPC malfunction
indicator lamp comes on with the
engine running, a malfunction has been
detected. It is possible that now only
partial engine output is available.
Have the ESP checked at your
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as
soon as possible.
With the ABS malfunctioning, the ESP
is also switched off.
Driving the vehicle with varied size
tires will cause the wheels to rotate at
different speeds, therefore the
electronic stability program may
activate (yellow ESP malfunction
indicator lamp in instrument cluster
comes on). For this reason, all wheels,
including the spare wheel, must have
the same tire size.
When testing the parking brake on a
brake test dynamometer, the engine
must be shut off. Otherwise, the
electronic stability program will
immediately be engaged and will apply
the rear wheel brakes.
In winter operation, the maximum
effectiveness of the electronic stability
program is only achieved with
Mercedes-Benz recommended M + S
radial-ply tires and/or snow chains.
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ESP Control Switch
To improve the vehicle's traction when
driving with snow chains, or starting
off in deep snow, sand or gravel, press
the upper half of the ESP switch. The
ESP warning lamp, located in the
speedometer dial, is continuously
illuminated.
With the ESP system switched off, the
engine torque reduction feature is
cancelled. Therefore, the enhanced
vehicle stability offered by ESP is
unavailable.
ESP control switch located in center
console
Adapt your speed and driving to the
prevailing road conditions.
The ESP warning lamp, located in the
speedometer dial, starts to flash at any
vehicle speed as soon as the tires lose
traction and the wheels begin to spin.
To switch off: press lower half of the
switch (the ESP warning lamp in the
speedometer dial goes out).
Important!
If the ESP warning lamp flashes:
• during take-off, apply as little
throttle as possible,
• while driving, ease up on the
accelerator.
A portion of the ESP system remains
active, even with the switch in the OFF
position.
If one drive wheel loses traction and
begins to spin, the brake is applied
until the wheel regains sufficient
traction. The traction control engages
at vehicle speeds up to approximately
24 mph (40 km/h), and switches off at
50 mph (80 km/h).
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Adaptive Damping System
(ADS)
Adaptive Damping System
Adjustment
Depending upon road surface
conditions, load, driving style, ADS
will automatically adjust the
optimal ride firmness.
The switch is located in the center
console.
1
Firm dampening program.
This setting should be used for
sporty driving.
During the setting for sporty
driving the indicator lamp in the
switch lights up.
2
Soft dampening program.
This setting should be used for
regular driving.
The malfunction indicator lamp
comes on with the key in steering
lock position 2 and goes out when the
engine is running.
If the malfunction indicator lamp stays
on after the engine is running or
comes on while driving, then the
system has detected a malfunction.
We recommend that you visit an
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as
soon as possible to have the system
checked out.
Note:
If the power supply was interrupted
(battery disconnected or empty), the
malfunction indicator lamp will light
up when the engine is running.
Turn the steering wheel from full left
to full right lock position. The light
should go out.
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Emission Control
Warning!
On-Board Diagnostic System
Certain systems of the engine serve to
keep certain 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.
The Sequential Multiport Fuel
Injection (SFI) control module
monitors emission control components
that either provide input signals to or
receive output signals from the control
module. Malfunctions resulting from
interruptions or failure of any of these
components are indicated by the
"CHECK ENGINE" malfunction
indicator lamp in the instrument cluster
and are simultaneously stored in the
SFI control unit.
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.
If the "CHECK ENGINE" malfunction
indicator lamp comes on, have the
system checked at your authorized
Mercedes-Benz dealer as soon as
possible.
An on-board diagnostic connector
allows the accurate identification of
system malfunctions through the
readout of diagnostic trouble codes.
Connector location:
S 320 - passenger compartment, near
the parking brake pedal.
S 420, S 500 - engine compartment, on
firewall.
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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.
Note:
In winter operation, the maximum
effectiveness of the electronic stability
program, of the acceleration slip
regulation or of the electronic traction
system can only be achieved with M +
S radial-ply tires and/or snow chains
recommended by Mercedes-Benz.
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.
Snow chains should only be driven on
snow covered roads at speeds not to
exceed 30 mph (50 km/h). Remove
chains as soon as possible when
driving on roads without snow.
For tips on driving on slippery
winter roads, refer to Index.
Vehicles with Acceleration Slip
Regulation (ASR) or Electronic
Stability Program (ESP):
When driving with snow chains,
press the ASR control switch or the
ESP control switch, refer to Index.
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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 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).
Caution!
To avoid damage to the windshield
wipers or hood, open the hood only
with wipers in the parked position.
Pull handle (2) out of radiator grill to
stop and open hood. Do not lift hood at
louvers of grill! Make certain the
windshield wiper arm is not folded
forward.
•
•
•
To close:
We recommend that you do not open
the hood, if you see flames or smoke
coming from the engine
compartment.
Lower hood and let it drop into lock
from a height of approx. 30 cm (1 ft).
Do not press down on hood with hands.
with the engine running,
while starting the engine,
if the ignition is "on" and
the engine is turned
manually.
To avoid hood damage, if hood is not
fully closed, repeat closing procedure.
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Warning!
• Use extreme caution when opening
the hood if there are any signs of
steam or coolant leaking from the
cooling system.
• Do not remove pressure cap on
coolant reservoir if engine
temperature is above 90°C
(194°F). Allow engine to cool down
before removing cap. The coolant
reservoir contains hot fluid and is
under pressure.
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 top of the
tab inside the filler neck.
• Using a rag, turn cap to first notch
to relieve excess pressure. If
opened immediately, hot scalding
fluid and steam will be blown out
under pressure, possibly causing
personal injury,
Adding Coolant.
If coolant has to be added, a 50/50
mixture of water and MB
anticorrosion / antifreeze should be
added.
S 320:
The drain plugs for the cooling system
are located on the right side of the
engine block and" at the bottom of the
radiator.
S 500, S 600:
The drain plugs for the cooling system
are located on the right and left sides
of the engine block and at the bottom
of the radiator.
Anticorrosion/antifreeze, see
Coolants in Index
• Do not spill antifreeze on hot
engine parts. Antifreeze contains
ethylene glycol which may burn if
it comes into contact with hot
engine parts. You can be seriously
burned.
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Oil level must be between
the lower (min) and
upper(max) mark of the
dipstick
Do not overfill engine. Excessive oil
must be drained or siphoned.
For low engine oil level warning lamp,
see Index.
S 320
S 420, S 500
Checking Engine Oil Level
Check engine oil level approximately
5 minutes after stopping the engine,
allowing for the oil to return to the oil
pan.
1 Oil dipstick
2 Oil filler cap
To check the engine oil level, park
vehicle on level ground, with engine at
normal operational temperature.
Wipe oil dipstick clean prior to
checking the engine oil level.
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Model S 320:
Dipstick locking lever
1 Break seal
2 Release
3 Engage
Checking Automatic Transmission
Fluid Level
When noticing fluid loss or gear shifting
malfunctions, have your authorized
Mercedes-Benz dealer check the
transmission fluid level.
Models S 420, S 500:
The transmission has a permanent fill
of automatic transmission fluid.
Regular automatic transmission fluid
level checks and changes are not
required. For this reason the dipstick is
omitted.
Regular automatic transmission fluid
level checks are not required. For this
reason the dipstick opening is sealed.
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.
Prior to the check, allow engine to idle
for approx. 1 to 2 minutes.
To pull dipstick from tube, break seal
by moving plastic pin (1) sideways.
Then open cap by releasing locking
lever (2).
Measure fluid level with the dipstick
completely inserted and the locking
lever released (2).
Extreme cleanliness must be observed!
To wipe the dipstick, use a clean, lintfree cloth.
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 level of the transmission fluid is
dependent upon its temperature. Two
sets of maximum and minimum fluid
level marks on the dipstick are
applicable references only if the
transmission fluid has either reached its
normal operating temperature of 176°F
(80°C), or its temperature is 86°F
(30°C).
Important!
The fluid level must not exceed the
dipstick maximum mark. Drain or
siphon excess fluid, if required.
Then push dipstick all the way in and
swing locking lever downward (3).
Note:
Damage to transmission caused by
contamination of transmission fluid or
overfilling of transmission may result
in serious transmission damage which
is not covered by the Mercedes-Benz
Limited Warranty.
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Stowing Things in the Vehicle
Warning!
To help avoid personal injury during
a collision or sudden maneuver,
exercise care when stowing things.
Put luggage or cargo in the trunk if
possible. Do not pile luggage or cargo
higher than the seat backs. Do not
place anything on the shelf below the
rear window.
Spare Wheel, Lug Wrench
1
2
3
4
Trunk floor
Strap
Luggage bowl
Lug wrench
First Aid Kit
1 Opening lid
The first aid kit is stored in the shelf
below the rear window.
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 remove the spare tire, turn luggage
bowl (3) to the left and remove.
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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
1 Jack arm
2 Jack base
See illustration for proper storage of
jack.
Before storing the jack on the felt in
the spare wheel well, the jack arm
must be lowered almost to the base 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. Always
lower the vehicle onto sufficient
capacity jackstands before working
under the vehicle.
Vehicle Tools, Storage
Compartment below Tool Box
1 Lock tool box lid
2 Unlock tool box lid
To open the storage compartment: Lift
out tool box.
To insert the tool box: Position
rear end of tool box, press down
its front end.
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Wheels
Tire Replacement
Warning!
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.
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".
Worn, old tires can cause accidents.
If the fire tread is badly worn, or if
the tires have sustained damage,
replace them.
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.
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
approximately 60-300 miles (100-500
km) 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".
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.
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Important!
Warning!
Changing Wheels
Unidirectional snow tires must always
be mounted with arrow on tire sidewall
pointing in direction of vehicle forward
movement.
The jack is designed exclusively for
jacking up the vehicle at the jack
tubes built into either side of the
vehicle. To help avoid personal
injury, use the jack only to lift the
vehicle during a wheel change. Never
get beneath the vehicle while it is
supported by the jack. Keep hands
and feet away from the area under
the lifted vehicle. Always firmly set
parking brake and block wheels
before raising vehicle with jack.
Move vehicle to a level area which is a
safe distance from the roadway.
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. The rim
flanges must be checked for wear
before a tire is mounted. Remove burrs,
if any. Check and correct tire inflation
pressure after rotating the wheels. For
Tire Inflation Pressure refer to Index.
Do not disengage parking brake
while the vehicle is raised. Be certain
that the jack is always vertical when
in use, especially on hills. Always try
to use the jack on level surface. Be
sure that the jack arm is fully
inserted in the jack tube. Always
lower the vehicle onto sufficient
capacity jackstands before working
under the vehicle.
1. Set parking brake and turn on
hazard warning flasher.
2. Move selector lever to position
"P" and turn off engine. Prevent
vehicle from rolling away by
blocking wheels with wheel chocks
(not supplied with vehicle) or
sizable wood block or stone. When
changing a wheel on a hill, place
chocks on the downhill side
blocking both wheels of the other
axle. On a level road, place one
chock in front of and one be hind
the wheel that is diagonally
opposite to the wheel being
changed.
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6. Remove lug wrench (1) and
extension (2) from tool kit and
assemble. Loosen but do not
yet remove the wheel bolts.
7. Remove the protective cover from
the jack support tube opening by
inserting a screw driver 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 (plumbline) 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 upper-most wheel bolt
and install alignment bolt (1)
supplied in the tool kit. Remove
the remaining bolts. Keep bolt
threads protected from dirt and
sand.
9. Remove wheel. Grip wheel from the
sides. Keep hands from beneath the
wheels.
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Warning!
Always replace wheel bolts that are
damaged or rusted.
Never apply oil or grease to wheel
bolts.
Damaged wheel hub threads should
be repaired immediately.
10. Clean contact surfaces of
wheel and wheel hub. Install
spare wheel on wheel hub.
Insert wheel bolts and tighten
them slightly.
To avoid paint damage, place
wheel flat against hub and hold it
there while installing first wheel
bolt.
Unscrew the alignment bolt (1) to
install the last wheel bolt.
11. Lower car. Remove jack and
insert jack tube cover.
Before storing the jack, the jack arm
must be lowered almost to the base of
the jack
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.
12. Using the wrench, 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).
13. Correct tire pressure.
Important!
When installing new wheels the
mounting bolts must be retightened
after approx. 60 - 300 miles (100 to
500 km).
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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 differs by approx. 0.1 bar
(1.5 psi) per 10°C (18°F) of air
temperature change. Keep this in mind
when checking tire pressure inside a
garage especially in the winter.
Example:
If garage temperature = approx. + 20°C
( + 68°F) and ambient temperature =
approx. 0°C ( + 32°F) then the adjusted
air pressure = specified air pressure +
0.2 bar (+ 3 psi).
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.
Warning!
Do not overinflate tires,
Overinflating tires can result in
sudden deflation (blow-out) 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 blow-out.
An underinflated tire due to a slow
leak (e.g. due to a nail in the tire) may
cause damage such as tread separation,
bulging, etc.. Regular tire pressure
checks (including the spare tire) at
intervals of no more than 14 days are
therefore essential.
If a tire constantly loses air, it should
be inspected for damage.
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Battery
Warning!
Failure to follow these instructions
can result in severe injury or death.
Never lean over batteries while
connecting, you might get injured.
Battery fluid contains sulfuric acid.
Do not allow this fluid to come in
contact with eyes, skin or clothing. In
case it does, immediately flush
affected area with water and seek
medical help if necessary.
A battery will also produce hydrogen
gas, which is flammable and
explosive. Keep flames or sparks
away from battery, avoid improper
connection of jumper cables,
smoking etc..
The maintenance-free battery is located
in the trunk under the right-hand wheel
well cover panel.
The service life of the battery is
dependent on its condition of charge.
The battery should always
be kept sufficiently charged, in order to
last an optimum length of time.
Therefore, we strongly recommend
that you have the battery charge
checked frequently, and corrected if
necessary, especially if you use the
vehicle less than approximately 200
miles (300 km) per month, mostly for
short distance trips, or if it is not
used for long periods of time.
Only charge a battery with a battery
charger after the battery has been
disconnected from the vehicle
electrical circuit.
Always disconnect the battery negative
lead first and connect last.
When removing and connecting the
battery, always make sure that all
electrical consumers are off and the
key is in steering lock position 0. The
battery and its vent tube must always
be securely installed when the car is in
operation.
While the engine is running the battery
terminal clamps must not be loosened
or detached, otherwise the generator
and other electronic components would
be damaged.
Note:
After reconnecting the battery also
resynchronize the Express feature of
the power windows and the Adaptive
Damping System (ADS) (see Power
Windows and ADS in Index).
Battery Recycling
Batteries contain materials that can
harm the environment with improper
disposal.
Large 12 Volt storage batteries
contain lead.
Recycling of batteries is the preferred
method of disposal.
Many states require sellers of
batteries to accept old batteries for
recycling.
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Exterior Lamps
Headlamp Assembly
When replacing bulbs, install only 12
volt bulbs with the specified watt
rating
1 Cover for low beam headlamp
bulb and fog lamp
2 Latch for cover (1)
3 Cover for high beam headlamp
and level for vertical adjustment
4 Latch for cover (3)
5 Headlamp vertical adjustment
screw
6 Headlamp horizontal adjustment
screw
7 Scale for horizontal
adjustment
8 Electrical connector for low
beam headlamp bulb
9 Electrical connector for
fog lamp bulb
10 Electrical connector for high beam
headlamp bulb
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Replacing bulb:
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.
Bulb for Low Beam H7 (55 W)
Bulb for Fog Lamp H1 (55 W)
Open hood.
Depress latch (2) and remove
cover (1).
Pull off electrical connector (8) or (9).
Unhook clamping ring (arrow) and
remove bulb.
Insert new bulb (seating properly in
cutouts of bulb socket), and mount
clamping ring. Reinstall and push
electrical connector on securely.
Reinstall bottom end of cover (1) and
push against top end of cover until
properly seated.
Bulb for high beam H1 (55 W)
Open hood.
Depress latch (4) and remove cover (3).
Pull off electrical connector (10).
Unhook clamping ring (arrow) and
remove bulb.
Insert new bulb (seating properly in
cutouts of bulb socket), and mount
clamping ring. Reinstall and push
electrical connector on securely.
Reinstall bottom end of cover (3) and
push against top end of cover until
properly seated.
Check lamp for proper operation.
Check lamp for proper operation.
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Turn Signal, Parking, Side Marker
and Standing Lamp
(2357 NA [28.5/8.3 W/30/2.2 cp]
bulb)
Open hood.
Squeeze latch (1) together and lift
complete lamp assembly out to front
of vehicle. Twist bulb socket (2)
counterclockwise and pull out.
Push bulb into socket, turn
counterclockwise and remove.
1 Latch for turn signal, parking,
side marker and standing lamp
assembly
2 Bulb socket for turn signal, parking,
side marker and standing lamp
3 Tab
4 Guide
Insert new bulb in socket, push in and
twist clockwise. Reinstall bulb socket.
Reinstall lamp assembly by sliding
tabs (3) into guides (4) until properly
seated.
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Adjusting Headlamp
Correct headlamp adjustment is
extremely important. To check and
readjust a headlamp do the following:
• Horizontal aim will change and
must be corrected as described
below, whenever a vertical
adjustment is made.
• Adjustments to low beam
simultaneously aim the high beam
and fog lamp.
• Vehicle should have a normal
trunk load.
1. Park vehicle on level surface
approximately 6 inches (152 mm)
from a vertical test screen or wall.
The centerline of the vehicle must be
at a 90° angle to the test screen.
2. Using a "T" square and a carpenter's
level, align and mark a vertical
centerline (10) on the test screen
using the outer reference point (low
beam) found on each headlamp lens.
As a check, the distance between
centerlines should be 52 3/8 inches
(1328 mm).
3. Move vehicle on the level surface
25 feet (7.6 m) straight back from
the wall.
4. Open hood, depress latch (1) and
remove access cover (2) from the
headlamp.
5. Vertical headlamp aim (low beams
on):
Turn adjusting screw (3) (counterclockwise to adjust headlamp
downward, clockwise upward) until
bubble in the level (4) is centered on
the "0" mark.
Graduations: 0.18° pitch.
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6. Horizontal headlamp aim
(low beams on):
Turn adjusting screw (5) (Right
front headlamp: counterclockwise
to adjust to the left, clockwise to
the right; left front headlamp:
counterclockwise to adjust to the
right, clockwise to the left.) until
the headlamps (low beam)
illuminate the test screen as
shown. The vertex of the angle
formed in each beam image
should align with the vertical
centerline (10) of each lamp.
The left and right headlamps must
be adjusted individually.
7. The indicator (6 and 8) in the
sight glass should align with
the "0" mark after any horizontal
adjustment. If it does not, slide the
"0" mark on the scale (7 and 9)
until it aligns with the indicator (6
and 8).
Graduations: 0.38° pitch.
8. Reinstall access cover (2).
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Taillamp Assemblies
1 Turn signal lamp
(21 W/32 cp bulb)
2 Stop, side marker lamp
(21/4 W/35/1.2 cp bulb)
3 Tail, parking, standing lamp
(5 W bulb)
4 Driver's side: Rear fog lamp
(21 W/32 cp bulb)
5 Backup lamp
(21 W/32 cp bulb)
6 Trunk lamp (10 W bulb)
7 Cover
License Plate Lamps
(5 W bulb)
To replace bulbs:
Loosen both securing screws (1),
remove lamp and take out bulb.
Open trunk lid. Swing cover (7)
aside. Twist bulb socket counterclockwise and pull out. Push bulb
into socket, turn counterclockwise and
remove.
Insert new bulb in socket, push in and
twist clockwise. Reinstall bulb socket.
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High Mounted Stop Lamp
(H2 [20 W] 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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Towing the Vehicle
Caution!
Warning!
Vehicles with Acceleration Slip
Regulation (ASR) or Electronic
Stability Program (ESP)
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.
If the vehicle is towed with the front
axle raised, the engine must be shut
off. Otherwise, the ASR or ESP will
immediately be engaged and will apply
the rear wheel brakes.
Vehicles with Electronic Traction
System (ETS)
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.
If the vehicle is towed with the front
axle raised, the engine must be shut
off. Otherwise, the ETS will
immediately be engaged which may
cause loss of towing control.
Flap removal: Insert finger in recess of
flap and pull flap out.
Flap installation: Engage flap at
bottom and press in top securely.
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We recommend that the vehicle be
transported using flat bed equipment.
This method is preferable to other types
of towing.
The vehicle may be towed with all
wheels on the ground and the selector
lever in position "N" for distances up to
30 miles (50 km) and at a speed not to
exceed 30 mph (50 km/h).
To positively avoid a possibility of
damage to the transmission, however,
we recommend to disconnect the drive
shaft at the rear axle drive flange on
any towing beyond a short tow to a
nearby garage.
Do not tow with sling-type equipment.
Towing with sling-type equipment over
bumpy roads will damage radiator and
supports.
Use wheel lift, dolly, or flat bed
equipment, with key in steering lock
turned to position 0.
Note:
Jump Starting
To signal turns while being towed
with hazard warning flasher in use,
turn key in steering lock to position 2
and activate combination switch for
left or right turn signal in usual
manner - only the selected turn
signal will operate.
Warning!
Upon canceling the turn signal, the
hazard flasher will operate again.
Never lean over batteries while
connecting or jump starting, you
might get injured.
Failure to follow these directions will
cause damage to the electronic
components, and can lead to a
battery explosion and personal
injury.
Battery fluid contains sulfuric acid.
Do not allow this fluid to come in
contact with eyes, skin or clothing. In
case it does, immediately flush
affected area with water, and seek
medical help if necessary.
A battery will also produce hydrogen
gas, which is flammable and very
explosive. Keep flames or sparks
away from battery, avoid improper
connection of jumper cables,
smoking etc..
Read all instructions before
proceeding.
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If the battery is discharged, the engine
should be started with jumper cables
and the (12 V) battery of another
vehicle.
Important!
3.
Clamp one end of the first
jumper cable to the positive (+)
terminal of the discharged battery
and the other end to the positive
(+) terminal of the charged
battery. Make sure the cable
clamps do not touch any other
metal parts.
4.
Clamp one end of the second
jumper cable to the grounded
negative (-) terminal of the
charged battery and the final
connection to the negative (-)
terminal of the discharged battery.
The battery is located in the trunk
behind the right-hand cover panel.
Proceed as follows:
1. Position the vehicle with the
charged battery so that the
jumper cables will reach, but
never let the vehicles touch.
Make sure the jumper cables
do not have loose or missing
insulation.
2. On both vehicles:
• Turn off engine and all lights
and accessories, except
hazard warning flashers or
work lights.
• Apply parking brake and
shift selector lever to
position "P".
Important!
5.
Start engine of the vehicle with
the charged battery and run at
high idle. Make sure the cables
are not on or near pulleys, fans,
or other parts that will move
when the engine is started.
Then start engine of the
disabled vehicle in the usual
manner.
6.
After the engine has started,
remove jumper cables by exactly
reversing the above installation
sequence, starting with the last
connection made first. When
removing each clamp, make sure
that it does not touch any other
metal while the other end is still
attached.
Important!
A discharged battery can freeze at
approx. + 14°F (-10°C). In that case, it
must be thawed out before jumper
cables are used. A frozen battery can
explode and cause personal injury.
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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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.
!n 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 in-fluences.
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
re-undercoated.
Your vehicle has been treated at the
factory with a wax-base rustproofing in
the body cavities which will last for the
lifetime of the vehicle. Post-production
treatment is neither necessary nor
recommended by Mercedes-Benz
because of the possibility of
incompatibility between materials used
in the production process and others
applied later.
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
Prior to cleaning the engine
compartment make sure to protect
electrical components and connectors
from the intrusion of water or cleaning
agents.
Corrosion protection, such as MB
Anticorrosion Wax should be applied
to the engine compartment after every
engine cleaning. Before applying, all
control linkage 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 taillamps
(designed to prevent soiling) if
necessary. No solvents (fuels, thinners
etc.) must be used.
In the winter, thoroughly remove all
traces of road salt as soon as possible.
When washing the underbody, do not
forget to clean the inner sides of the
wheels.
Tar Stains
Quickly remove tar stains before they
dry and become more difficult to
remove. MB Tar Remover is
recommended.
Window Cleaning
Use a window cleaning solution on
all glass surfaces. MB Glass Cleaner
is recommended.
Wiper Blades
Clean the wiper blade rubber with a
clean cloth and detergent solution.
Replace blades twice a year; once
before and once after winter.
Headlamp Cleaning System
The condition of the wiper blades is
important for satisfactory cleaning of
the headlamp lenses. We therefore
recommend that the blades be
inspected regularly.
Replace damaged wiper blades.
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Plastic Parts, Headliner and
Rubber Parts
Do not use oil or wax on these
parts. See separate subject for
additional information.
Seat Belts
The webbing must not be treated with
chemical cleaning agents. Use only
clear, lukewarm water and soap. Do not
dry the webbing at temperatures above
176°F (80°C) or in direct sunlight.
Instrument Cluster
Leather Upholstery
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.
Using aftermarket seat covers or
wearing clothing that have the
tendency to give off coloring (e.g.
when wet etc.) may cause the
upholstery to become permanently
discolored. By lining the seats with a
proper intermediate cover, contactdiscoloration will be prevented.
Steering Wheel and Gear
Selector Lever
Wipe with a damp cloth and dry
thoroughly or clean with MB Leather
Cleaner.
Warning!
Hard Plastic Trim Items
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.
Pour MB Plastic Cleaner onto soft lintfree cloth and apply with light
pressure.
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.
Headliner and
Shelf below Rear Window
Clean with soft bristle brush, or use a
dry-shampoo cleaner in case of
excessive dirt.
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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..
Light Alloy Wheels
Ornamental Moldings
MB-Autoshampoo should be used for
regular cleaning of the light alloy
wheels.
For regular cleaning and care of very
dirty chrome-plated parts, use a chrome
cleaner.
If possible, clean wheels once a week
with MB-Autoshampoo, using a soft
sponge and an ample supply of
lukewarm water.
Automatic Antenna
If the MB-Autoshampoo does not
satisfactorily clean the wheels, use MB
Protective Agent for Light Alloy
Wheels for normal cleaning and MBCleaner for Light Alloy Wheels for
heavier dirt accumulation.
Do not apply any of these products or
wax if your car is parked in the sun or
if the hood is still hot.
Follow instructions on container.
Use the appropriate MB-Touch-Up
Stick for quick and provisional repairs
of minor paint damage (i.e. chips from
stones, car doors etc.).
Use only acid-free cleaning materials.
The acid could lead to corrosion.
For trouble-free operation of the
automatic antenna and rear fender
indicators, we recommend that you
clean them periodically.
Note:
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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
Change batteries, inserting new ones
under contact spring (5) with plus ( + )
side facing up.
Press battery cover onto housing until
locked in place.
Important!
Batteries contain materials that can
harm the environment if disposed of
improperly. Recycling of batteries is
the preferred method of disposal. For
disposal, please follow manufacturer's
recommendation on battery package.
Replacement battery: Lithium,
type CR 2025 or equivalent.
Synchronizing System:
The system may have to be resynchronized, if the transmitter is
without voltage for several minutes.
To synchronize system, aim transmitter
eye (2) at inside rear view mirror
receiver and briefly press transmit
button (1) twice. Within approx. 30
seconds, insert key in steering lock and
turn it to position 2.
The infrared remote control should
once again be operational.
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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!
For your protection, drive only with
properly positioned head restraints.
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.
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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Manual Closing of Trunk Lid
The trunk l id can be closed manually
should a malfunction occur on the
power closing system.
With the trunk lid open:
push sliding switch to position (1),
press eye of latch in (2),
push sliding switch to position (3).
Close trunk lid.
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.
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Note:
Do not open engine hood with wiper
arms folded forward.
Do not allow wiper arms to contact the
windshield glass without wiper blades
inserted. The glass may be scratched or
broken.
Make certain that the wiper blade is
properly installed. An improperly
installed blade may cause windshield
damage.
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.
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Assemble the lug wrench and extension
(from tool kit). Insert extension
through opening in panel and place on
the hex-drive of the electric motor.
Turn lug 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.
Headlamp Wiper Blades
Removal:
Fold wiper arm forward. Push pin (1)
and remove wiper blade.
Emergency Operation of Sliding
Roof
The sliding roof can be opened or
closed manually should an electrical
malfunction occur.
Installation:
Place wiper blade on wiper arm and
press in pin (1).
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Roof Flack
S 320
S 420, S 500
Use only those roof racks approved
by Mercedes-Benz to avoid damage
to the vehicle. Follow manufacturer's
installation instructions.
Layout of Poly-V-belt Drive
6
7
8
9
Mount supports only between
markings on border of roof which are
visible when doors are opened.
1
2
3
4
5
Automatic belt tensioner
Crankshaft
Air conditioning compressor
Fan
Air pump
Generator (alternator)
Idler pulley
Power steering pump
Coolant pump
For dimensions of the poly-V-belt, see
Technical Data in Index.
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Rear Seat Cushion
Spare Parts Service
Removal: Push in locking tabs (1) (on left
and right side of seat) and pull up seat at
the front.
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.
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.
Caution!
Watch out for sharp edges when
removing or installing the rear seat
cushion, and make sure that it is
securely locked in place again, to
prevent personal injury.
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
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Identification Plates
When ordering spare parts, please specify
vehicle identification and engine numbers.
1 Vehicle Identification No.
2 Certification Tag
3 Identification Tag
(lower edge of windshield)
4 Engine No.
(S 320 only: front right)
5 Body No. and Paintwork No.
6 Emission Control Tag
7 Information Tag
California version
Vacuum line routing for
emission control system
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Warranty Coverage
Your car is covered under the terms of
the "warranties" printed in the Owner's
Service and Warranty Policy Booklet
and your authorized MERCEDESBENZ dealer will exchange or repair
any defective parts in accordance with
the terms of the following warranties:
Loss of Owner's Service and
Warranty Policy
Should you lose your Owner's Service
and Warranty Policy Booklet, have
your authorized MERCEDES-BENZ
dealer arrange for a replacement. It will
be mailed to you.
1. New vehicle limited warranty
2. Emission systems warranty
Vehicle Data Card
3. Emission performance warranty
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.
4. California emission control
systems warranty
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Technical Data S 320
Model
Model
Engine
Mode of operation
No. of cylinders
Bore
Stroke
Total piston displacement
Compression ratio
Output acc.to SAE J 1349
Maximum torque acc. to SAE J 1349
Maximum engine speed
Firing order
Poly – V belts length
1
1
S 320 (140 032)
S 320 (140 033)1
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4-stroke engine,
gasoline injection
6
89.90 mm (3.54 in)
84.00 mm (3.30 in)
3199 m³ (195.2 cu.in)
10:1
170 kW/5600rpm
(228 hp/5600 rpm)
315 Nm/3750 rpm
(232 ft-lb/3750 rpm)
6400 rpm
1-5-3-6-2-4
2225 mm
Rims – Tires
Rims (light alloy rims)
Wheel offset
Summer tires:
Radial-ply tires
Winter tires:
Radial-ply tires
7 1/² J x 16 H 2
51 mm (2.0 in)
225/60 R 16 V
225/60 R 16 98 H M+S
Electrical System
Generator (alternator)
Starter motor
Battery
Spark plugs
Electrode gap
Tightening torque
14 V/115 A
12 V/1.7 kW
12 V/100 Ah
Bosch F 9 DCO
Beru 14 F-9 DUO
Champion C 12 YCC
0.8 mm (0.032 in)
15-22 ft.lb. (20-30 Nm)
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 S 320
Weights
Roof load max.
Trunk load max.
See certification tag
100 kg (220 lb)
100 kg (220 lb)
Main Dimensions
Model
Overall vehicle length
Overall vehicle width
Overall height:
Wheel base
Track, front
Track, rear
S 320
(140.032)
5213 mm (201.3 in)
1886 mm ( 74.3 in)
1483 mm ( 58.4 in)
3140 mm (123.6 in)
1606 mm ( 63.2 in)
1579 mm ( 62.2 in)
Main Dimensions
Model
Overall vehicle length
Overall vehicle width
Overall height:
Wheel base
Track, front
Track, rear
S 320
(140.033)
5213 mm (205.2 in)
1886 mm ( 74.3 in)
1483 mm ( 58.4 in)
3140 mm (123.6 in)
1606 mm ( 63.2 in)
1579 mm ( 62.2 in)
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Technical Data S 420
Model
Engine
Mode of operation
No. of cylinders
Bore
Stroke
Total piston displacement
Compression ratio
Output acc.to SAE J 1349
Maximum torque acc. to SAE J 1349
Maximum engine speed
Firing order
Poly – V - belts length
S 400 (140 043)
Rims – Tires
Rims (light alloy rims)
Wheel offset
Summer tires:
Radial-ply tires
Winter tires:
Radial-ply tires
1
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4-stroke engine,
gasoline injection
8
92.00 mm (3.62 in)
78.90 mm (3.11 in)
4196 m³ (256.1 cu.in)
11:1
205 kW/5700rpm
(275 hp/5700 rpm)
400 Nm/3900 rpm
(295 ft-lb/3900 rpm)
6000 rpm
1-5-4-8-6-3-7-2
2460 mm
7 1/² J x 16 H 2
51 mm (2.0 in)
235/60 ZR 16
235/60 R16 100H M+S
Electrical System
Generator (alternator)
Starter motor
Battery
Spark plugs
Electrode gap
Tightening torque
1
14 V/120A
12 V/1.8 kW
12 V/100 Ah
Bosch F 9 DCO
Beru 14 F-9 DUO
Champion C 12 YCC
0.8 mm (0.032 in)
15-22 ft.lb. (20-30 Nm)
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 S 420
Weights
Roof load max.
Trunk load max.
See certification tag
100 kg (220 lb)
100 kg (220 lb)
Main Dimensions
Overall vehicle length
Overall vehicle width
Overall height:
Wheel base
Track, front
Track, rear
5213 mm (205.2 in)
1886 mm ( 74.3 in)
1495 mm ( 58.9 in)
3140 mm (123.6 in)
1603 mm ( 63.1 in)
1576 mm ( 62.0 in)
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Technical Data S 500
Model
Engine
Mode of operation
No. of cylinders
Bore
Stroke
Total piston displacement
Compression ratio
Output acc.to SAE J 1349
Maximum torque acc. to SAE J 1349
Maximum engine speed
Firing order
Poly – V - belts length
S 500 (140 051)
Rims – Tires
Rims (light alloy rims)
Wheel offset
Summer tires:
Radial-ply tires
Winter tires:
Radial-ply tires
1
119
4-stroke engine,
gasoline injection
8
96.50 mm (3.80 in)
85.00 mm (3.35 in)
4973 m³ (305.5 cu.in)
10:1
235 kW/5600rpm
(315 hp/5600 rpm)
470 Nm/3900 rpm
(347 ft-lb/3900 rpm)
6000 rpm
1-5-4-8-6-3-7-2
2460 mm
7 1/² J x 16 H 2
51 mm (2.0 in)
235/60 ZR 16
235/60R16 100H M+S
Electrical System
Generator (alternator)
Starter motor
Battery
Spark plugs
Electrode gap
Tightening torque
1
14 V/143A
12 V/1.8 kW
12 V/100 Ah
Bosch F 9 DCO
Beru 14 F-9 DUO
Champion C 10 YCC
0.8 mm (0.032 in)
15-22 ft.lb. (20-30 Nm)
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 S 500
Weights
Roof load max.
Trunk load max.
See certification tag
100 kg (220 lb)
100 kg (220 lb)
Main Dimensions
Overall vehicle length
Overall vehicle width
Overall height:
Wheel base
Track, front
Track, rear
5213 mm (205.2 in)
1886 mm ( 74.3 in)
1482mm ( 58.3in)
3140 mm (123.6 in)
1606 mm ( 63.2 in)
1579 mm ( 62.2 in)
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Fuels , Coolants, Lubricants etc. - Capacities
Vehicle components and their respective lubricants must match.
Therefore use only brands tested and recommended by us.
Inquire at your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer.
Model
Engine with oil filter
S 320
S 420
S 500
7.0 l (7.4 US qt)
8.0 l (8.5 US qt)
S 320
Initial fill: 7.1 l (7.5 US qt)
Fluid change: 6.0 l (US qt 6.3)
Initial fill: 9.4 l (9.9 US qt)
Automatic transmission
S 420
S 500
Rear axle
S 320
S 420
S 500
Hydraulic system for
adaptive damping system
(ADS)
Capacity
1.3 l (1.4 US qt)
1.4 l (1.5 US qt)
approx. 2.1 US qt (2.0 l)
Fuels, coolants, lubricants etc.
Recommended engine oils
Automatic transmission fluid
Hypoid gear oil SAE 90, 85 W 90
MB Hydraulic fluid
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Model
Capacity
Fuels, coolants, lubricants etc.
Power steering
approx. 1.4 US qt (1.3 l)
MB Power steering fluid
Front wheel hubs
approx. 2.1 oz (60 g) each
High temperature roller bearing grease
Hydraulic fluid
Accelerator control linkage
Brake system
approx. 0.7 US qt (0.7 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
Fuel tank
including a reserve of
Air conditioner system
1
S 320
approx. 15.3 US qt (14.5 l)
S 420
S 500
approx. 16.4 US qt (15.5 l)
approx. 26.4 US gal (100 l)
approx. 3.3 US gal (12.5 l)
MB Anticorrosion/antifreeze
Premium unleaded gasoline: Posted
Octane 91 (Average of 96 RON/86 MON)
R-134a refrigerant and special
lubricant(Never R-12)
(selected vehicles - see underhood label)
Use MB Windshield Washer Concentrate “S” and water for temperatures above freezing or MB Windshield Washer
Concentrate “S” and commercially available premixed windshield washer solvent/antifreeze for temperatures below
freezing. Follow suggested mixing ratios, see Windshield/Headlamp Washer System in Index.
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Engine Oils
Air Conditioner Refrigerant
Premium Unleaded Gasoline
Engine oils are specifically tested for
their suitability in our engines.
Therefore, use only engine oils
recommended by Mercedes-Benz.
Information on recommended brands is
available at your authorized MercedesBenz dealer.
Ozone-friendly HFC-134a refrigerant
and special lubricating oil is used in the
air conditioner system.
Never use R-12 (CFC) or mineralbased lubricating oil, otherwise damage
to the system will occur.
Caution!
Please follow maintenance booklet
recommendations for scheduled oil
changes. Failure to do so could result in
engine damage not covered by the
Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty
Engine Oil Additives
Do not blend oil additives with engine
oil. They may be harmful to the engine
operation.
Damage or malfunctions resulting from
blending oil additives are not covered
by the Mercedes-Benz Limited
Warranty.
Brake Fluid
During vehicle operation, the boiling
point of the brake fluid is continuously
reduced through the absorption of
moisture from the atmosphere. Under
extremely hard operating conditions,
this moisture content can lead to the
formation of bubbles in the system thus
reducing the system's efficiency.
The brake fluid must therefore be
replaced every two years, preferably
in the spring.
It is recommended to use only brake
fluid approved by Mercedes-Benz.
Your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer
will provide you with additional
information.
To maintain the engine's durability and
performance, premium unleaded
gasoline must be used. If premium
unleaded is not available and low
octane fuel is used, follow these
precautions:
•
have the fuel tank filled only
partially with unleaded regular
and fill up with premium un
leaded as soon as possible,
•
avoid full throttle driving and
abrupt acceleration,
•
do not exceed an engine speed
of 3000 rpm, if the vehicle is
loaded with a light load such as
two persons and no luggage,
•
do not exceed 2/s of maximum
accelerator pedal position, if the
vehicle is fully loaded or operating
in mountainous terrain.
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Fuel Requirements
Use only Premium unleaded meeting
ASTM standard D 439:
The octane number (posted at the
pump) must be 91min. It is an average
of both, the Research (R) octane
number and the Motor (M) octane
number: [(R + M)/2]. This is also
known as ANTI-KNOCK INDEX.
Unleaded gasoline containing
oxygenates such as Ethanol, I PA, IBA
and TBA can be used provided the ratio
of any one of these oxygenates to
gasoline does not exceed 10%, MTBE
not to exceed 15%.
The ratio of Methanol to gasoline must
not exceed 3% plus additional
cosolvents.
Using mixtures of Ethanol and
Methanol is not allowed. Gasohol,
which contains 10% Ethanol and 90%
unleaded gasoline, can be used.
These blends must also meet all other
fuel requirements such as resistance to
spark knock, boiling range, vapor
pressure etc..
Gasoline Additives
A major concern among engine
manufacturers is carbon build up
caused by gasoline. Mercedes-Benz
recommends to use only quality
gasoline containing additives that
prevent the build up of carbon deposits.
After an extended period of using fuels
without such additives, carbon deposits
can build up especially on the intake
valves and in the combustion area,
leading to engine performance
problems such as:
•
•
•
•
•
warm-up hesitation,
unstable idle,
knocking/pinging,
misfire,
power loss.
Do not blend other specific fuel
additives with fuel. They only result in
unnecessary cost, and may be harmful
to the engine operation.
Damage or malfunctions resulting
from poor fuel quality or from
blending specific fuel additives are not
covered by the Mercedes-Benz
Limited Warranty.
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Coolants
The engine coolant is a mixture of water
and anticorrosion/anti-freeze, which
provides:
•
•
•
corrosion protection
freeze protection
boiling protection (by increasing
the boiling point).
The cooling system was filled at the
factory with a coolant providing freeze
protection to approx. -22 °F (-30 °C) and
corrosion protection.
The coolant solution must be used year
round to provide the necessary corrosion
protection and increase in the boil-over
protection. You should have it replaced
every 3 years.
To provide the important corrosion
protection, the solution must be at least
45% anticorrosion/antifreeze (equals a
freeze protection to approx. -22 °F
[-30 °C]). If you use a solution that is
more than 55% anticorrosion/antifreeze
(freeze protection to approx. -49 °F
[-45°C]), the engine temperature will
increase due to the lower
Heat transfer capability of the solution.
Therefore, do not use more than this
amount of anti-corrosion/antifreeze.
If the coolant level is low, water and
MB anticorrosion/antifreeze should be
used to bring it up to the proper level
(have cooling system checked for signs
of leakage).
The water in the cooling system must
meet minimum requirements, which are
usually satisfied by normal drinking
water. If you are not sure about the
water quality, consult your authorized
Mercedes-Benz dealer.
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
Anticorrosion/antifreeze quantity
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.)
Model
S 320
S 420
S 500
Approx.
freeze
-35 °F
(-37 °C)
7.7 US qt
(7.25 l)
8.2 US qt
(7.75 l)
-49 °F
(-45 °C)
8.5 US qt
(8.00 l)
9.0 US qt
(8.50 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"
The temperature grades are "A" (the
highest). "B" and "C", representing the
tire's resistance to the generation of heat
and its ability .to dissipate heat when
tested under controlled conditions on a
specified indoor laboratory test wheel.
Sustained high temperature can cause
the material of the tire to degenerate
and reduce tire life, and excessive
temperature can lead to sudden tire failure. The grade "C" corresponds to a
level of performance which all
passenger car tires must meet under the
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
No. 109 Grades "B" and "A" represent
higher levels of performance on the
laboratory test wheel than the minimum
required by law.
Warning!
The temperature grade for this tire is
established for a tire that is properly
inflated and not overloaded.
Excessive speed, underinflation, or
excessive loading, either separately or
in combination, can cause excessive
heat build up and possible tire
failure.
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Problems with your Vehicle
If you should experience a problem with your vehicle, particularly one that you believe
may affect its safe operation, we urge you to immediately contact your authorized
Mercedes-Benz dealer to have the problem diagnosed and corrected if required. If the
matter is not handled to your satisfaction, please discuss the problem with the dealership
management, or if necessary contact the Owner Service Manager at the Mercedes-Benz
Regional Office nearest you (see Owner's Service and Warranty Information booklet for
addresses). You may also write directly to us at the following addresses:
In the U.S.A.:
Owner Service Department
Mercedes-Benz of North America Inc.
One Mercedes Drive
Montvale, NJ 07645-0350
In Canada:
Owner Service Department
Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.
849 Eglinton Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario, M4G 2L5
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For the U.S.A. only.
The following text is published as required of manufacturers
under Title 49, Code of U.S. Federal Regulations, Part 575
pursuant to the "National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety
Act of 1966".
Reporting Safety Defects
If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause a crash or could
cause injury or death, you should immediately inform the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying MercedesBenz of North America Inc..
If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation, and if it
finds that a safety defect exists in a group of vehicles, it may order a recall
and remedy campaign. However, NHTSA cannot become involved in
individual problems between you, your dealer, or Mercedes-Benz of North
America Inc..
To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-800-4249393 (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:
147
ABS 75, 77, 86 - 88, 90
Acceleration slip control (ASR) 88
Adaptive damping system (ADS)
92
ADS 92, 107, 138
Air conditioner refrigerant 140
Air distribution 25
Air volume 25
Airbag 50
Alarm system 35
Antenna 70, 121
Anti-theft alarm system 35
Anticorrosion/antifreeze 94, 97,
139, 142
Antilock brake system (ABS) 86
Armrest, front 41
Armrest, rear 43
Ashtrays 64
ASR 86, 88-89, 94, 115
Automatic climate control
Activated charcoal filter 23, 26
Air recirculation 23, 25 - 26
Basic setting 24
Dust filter 25
Economy 23 - 24, 26
Special setting
Defogging windows 24
Automatic transmission 73
Automatic transmission fluid level,
checking 99
Battery 107
Battery not being charged
Charge indicator lamp 15,80
Brake fluid 16,85,118,139-140
Brake pads worn
Brake pad wear indicator lamp
84
Brake warning lamp
Brake fluid low 85
Brake warning lamp test 85
Brakes 16 - 17, 72, 74 - 77, 80,
87-88, 90, 115
Capacities: Fuels, coolants,
lubricants etc. 138
Catalytic converter 14
Cellular telephone 70
Central locking system 31
Check regularly and before a long
trip 152
Child restraint 41, 49, 52-54
Cleaning and care of the vehicle 118
Clock, setting 69
Combination switch 56
Consumer information 143
Coolant level low
Adding coolant 97
Low engine coolant level
warning lamp 83
Coolant level, checking 97
Coolant temperature gauge 82-83
Coolants 142
Cruise control 79
Defrosting 24
Display illumination 69
Doors 31
Drinking and driving 72
Driving instructions 16
Driving off 72
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Electronic stability program (ESP) 90
Electronic traction system (ETS) 87
Emergency tensioning retractor
(ETR) 49
Emission control 93
Engine malfunction "CHECK ENGINE"
malfunction indicator lamp 78, 93
Engine oil consumption 81
Engine oil level low
Low engine oil level warning lamp 98
Engine oil level, checking 98
Engine oil pressure gauge 15, 81
Engine oils 138, 140
Engine overheating 82
Engine speed limit
Overrevving 75, 77
ESP 86, 90-91, 94, 115
ETS 86-87, 115
Exterior lamp failure indicator
lamp 84
Exterior lamp switch 58
First aid kit 100
Fuel
Gasoline additives 141
Premium unleaded gasoline 14,
139-140
Fuel consumption gauge 81
Fuel filler flap, manual release 124
Fuel requirements 141
Fuel reserve warning lamp 81
Fuses 114
Lamps, exterior Fog lamps 57
Headlamps 29, 31, 57, 84, 108, 112
High mounted stop lamp 114
License plate lamp 57, 113
Standing lamps 57, 65
Tailamps 57, 113, 119
Layout of poly-V-belt drive 127
Lighter 64
Low engine oil Level warning lamp 81
Lumbar support 38
Head restraints, front 36
Head restraints, rear 43 - 44
Head restraints, removal 123
Headlights 58
Heated seats 40 Hood 96
Maintenance 4, 8
Memory
Recalling 37-38
Storing 37, 43, 60, 101, 105
Mirror, inside, rear view 59
Mirrors, adjusting 59
Mirrors, exterior, rear view 59
Multicontour backrest 39
Identification plates 130
Indicator lamp symbols 13
Instrument cluster 12
Instrument lamps 69
Interior lighting 62
Jump starting 116
Night security illumination 59
Outside temperature indicator 82
Keys, vehicle 28
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Parking brake 15-16, 18, 64, 72-77, 85,
87-88, 90, 93, 99, 101, 103, 117
Power closing assist for doors and
trunk lid 34
Power seats, front 36
Power seats, rear 42
Power windows
Opening and closing 66 - 67
Synchronizing remote control
122
Problems with your vehicle 144
Radio transmitters 8
Reading lamps 62
Rear passenger compartment
adjustable air outlet 27
Rear passenger compartment
climate control 27
Rear seat cushion 128
Rear window defroster 24
Rear window sunshade 68
Remote control, infrared 29, 122
Replacing bulbs 109
Residual engine heat utilization 26
Roadside assistance 5
Roof rack 127
Safety guidelines for the seat belt,
emergency tensioning retractor
and airbag 53
Seat belt warning lamp 84
Seat belts and warning system 46
Shelf below rear window 68
Sliding roof Emergency operation
126
Sliding roof operation 65
Snow chains 94
Spare parts service 128
Spare wheel 100
Special settings 24
SRS malfunction 51
Start lock-out 15, 29, 31
Starting and turning off the engine
15
Steering lock 55
Steering wheel, adjustable 45
Storage compartments 63
Stowing things in the vehicle 100
Sun visors 61
Supplemental restraint system
(SRS) 46, 49
Tachometer 82
Technical data 132
Tire inflation pressure 106
Tires 16-18, 87-91, 94,
102-103, 106, 132, 134, 136,
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Towing the vehicle 115
Traveling abroad 94
Trip odometer 69
Trunk 32
Trunk lid
Manual closing 124
Release switch 68
Trunk, separately locked 32
Turn signals 56-57
Vanity mirrors 61
Vehicle data card
Vehicle jack 101
Vehicle tools 101
Warranty coverage 131
Washing the car 119
Wheels
Alloy wheels 121
Rims and tires 102
Wheels, changing 103
Windshield/headlamp washer system
Fluid level low 83
Washer concentrate 139
Washer fluid mixing ratio 57
Winter driving 94
Winter driving instructions 19
Wiper blades, replacing 125
150
Service and Literature
Warning!
Your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer has trained
technicians and original Mercedes-Benz parts to service
your vehicle properly. For expert advice and quality service,
see your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer.
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 are interested in obtaining service literature for your
vehicle, please contact your authorized Mercedes-Benz
dealer.
We consider this to be the best way to obtain
accurate information for your vehicle.
If you have any question about carrying out some
service, turn to the advice of an authorized
MERCEDES-BENZ dealer.
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Check Regularly and Before a Long Trip
The engine compartment of
model S 500 is illustrated.
1 Fuel Supply
To add fuel turn cap to the left
and hold on to it until possible
pressure in tank has been
released, then remove cap.
Failure to do so could result in
personal injury.
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. 21.1 US gal (80 l). This
includes approx .2.6 US gal (10 l) reserve.
Only fill fuel tank until the filler nozzle unit cuts out do not overfill.
Warning!
Gasoline vapor is highly flammable. It burns
violently and can cause serious injury. Whenever
you are around gasoline, extinquish all smoking
materials. Never get sparks, flame or smoking
materials near gasoline!
• Engine Oil:
Engine oil level check, see Index. Quantity differential
between upper and lower dipstick marking level: 2.1 US
qt (2.0 l). Recommended engine oils, see Index.
• Automatic Transmission:
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.
• Spark Plugs:
Approved spark plugs, refer to " Technical Data"
(also see Index).
• Bulbs:
High and low beams: Halogen type 9004,
fog lamps: Halogen type H 1 (55 W),
tail, parking, standing and driver's side
rear fog lamp 21/4 W/ 35/ 1.2 cp,
turn signal, standing, side marker and parking
lamps, front 21/5 W/ 32P/3 cp,
turn signal lamps, rear 21W/ 32 cp,
stop lamps 21 W/ 32 cp,
license plate lamps 5 W.
• Tire Pressure:
For tire pressure, refer to tire pressure inside the fuel filler
flap.
• Air Conditioner:
R-134a refrigerant and special lubricant (in selected
vehicles - see underhood label), refer to "Technical Data"
(also see Index).
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