SL Owners Manual - Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz
SL Owners Manual
300 SL
500 SL
600 SL
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Product information
Kindly observe the following in your own best interest:
We recommend using Mercedes-Benz original parts as well as conversion parts and accessories explicitly approved by us for
your vehicle model. We have tested these parts to determine their reliability, safety and their special suitability for MercedesBenz vehicles.
We are unable to make an assessment for other products and therefore cannot be held responsible for them, even if in individual cases
an official approval or authorization by governmental or other agencies should exist. Use of such parts and accessories could
adversely affect the safety, performance or reliability of your vehicle. Please do not use them. Mercedes-Benz original parts as well as
conversion parts and accessories approved by us are available at your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center where you will receive
comprehensive information, also on permissible technical modifications, and where proper installation will be performed.
Our company and staff congratulate you on the purchase of your new Mercedes-Benz.
Your selection of our product is a demonstration of your trust in our company name. Further, it exemplifies your desire to own an
automobile that will be as easy as possible to operate and provide years of service.
Your Mercedes-Benz represents the efforts of many skilled engineers and craftsmen. To ensure your pleasure of ownership, and
for your safety and that of your passengers, we ask you to make a small investment of your time:
• Please read this manual carefully before putting it aside. Then return it to your vehicle where it will be handy for
your reference.
• Please abide by the recommendations contained in this manual. They are designed to acquaint you with the
operation of your Mercedes-Benz.
• Please abide by the warnings and cautions contained in this manual. They are designed to help improve the safety
of the vehicle operator and occupants.
We extend our best wishes for many miles of safe, pleasurable driving.
DaimlerChrysler AG
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Operator's manual
This Operator's Manual contains a great deal of useful information. We urge you to read it carefully and familiarize yourself with the
vehicle before driving.
For your own safety and longer service life of the vehicle, we urge you to follow the instructions and warnings contained in this
manual. Ignoring them could result in damage to the vehicle or personal injury to you or others. Vehicle damage caused by failure to
follow instructions is not covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
Your vehicle may have some or all of the equipment described in this manual. Therefore, you may find explanations for optional
equipment not installed in your vehicle. If you have any questions about the operation of any equipment, your authorized MercedesBenz Center will be glad to demonstrate the proper procedures.
Service and warranty information
The Service and Warranty Information Booklet contains detailed information about the warranties covering your Mercedes-Benz,
including:
• New Car Limited Warranty,
• Emission System Warranty,
• Emission Performance Warranty,
• California, Massachusetts, and Vermont Emission Control System Warranty
(California, Massachusetts, and Vermont only),
• State Warranty Enforcement Laws (Lemon Laws).
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Important notice for California retail buyers of Mercedes-Benz automobiles
Under California law you may be entitled to a replacement of your vehicle or a refund of the purchase price, if Mercedes-Benz
USA,LLC or its authorized Mercedes-Benz Center fails to conform the vehicle to its express warranties after a reasonable number of
repair attempts during the period of one year or 12 000 miles from original delivery of the vehicle. A reasonable number of repair
attempts is presumed for a retail buyer (1) if the vehicle is out of service by reason of repair of substantial nonconformities for a
cumulative total of more than 30 calendar days or (2) the same substantial non-conformity has been subject to repair four or more
times and you have at least once directly notified us in writing of the need to repair the non-conformity and have given us an
opportunity to perform the repair ourselves. Notifications should be sent to the nearest Mercedes-Benz Regional Office listed
in the Service and Warranty Information Booklet.
Maintenance
The Service Booklet describes all the necessary maintenance work which should be performed at regular intervals.
Always have the Service Booklet with you when you take the vehicle to your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center for service.
The service advisor will record each service in the booklet for you.
Roadside assistance
The Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance Program provides factory trained technical help in the event of a breakdown. Calls to the
toll-free Roadside Assistance number:
1-800-FOR-MERCedes (in the USA)
1-800-387-0100 (in Canada)
will be answered by Mercedes-Benz Client Assistance Representatives 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
For additional information refer to the Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance Program brochure in your glove box.
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Change of address or ownership
If you change your address, be sure to send in the "Change of Address Notice" found in the Service and Warranty Information
Booklet, or simply call the Mercedes-Benz Client Assistance Center (in the USA) at 1-800-FOR-MERCedes, or Customer Service (in
Canada) at 1-800-387-0100. It is in your own interest that we can contact you should the need arise.
If you sell your Mercedes, please leave all literature with the vehicle to make it available to the next operator.
If you bought this vehicle used, be sure to send in the "Notice of Purchase of Used Car" found in the Service and Warranty
Information Booklet, or call the Mercedes-Benz Client Assistance Center (in the USA)
at 1-800-FOR-MERCedes, or Customer Service (in Canada) at 1-800-387-0100.
Operating your vehicle outside the USA or Canada
If you plan to operate your vehicle in foreign countries, please be aware that:
• Service facilities or replacement parts may not be readily available,
• unleaded gasoline for vehicles with catalytic converters may not be available; the use of leaded fuels will damage the catalysts,
• gasoline may have a considerably lower octane rating, and improper fuel can cause engine damage.
Certain Mercedes-Benz models are available for delivery in Europe under our European Delivery Program.
For details, consult your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center or write to:
In the USA:
Mercedes-Benz USA,
LLC European Delivery Department
One Mercedes Drive
Montvale, NI 07645-0350
In Canada:
Mercedes-Benz Canada, Inc.
European Delivery Department
849 Eglinton Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario M4G 2L5
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We continuously strive to improve our product, and ask for your understanding that we reserve the right to make changes in design
and equipment. Therefore, information, illustrations and descriptions in this Operator's Manual might differ from your vehicle.
Optional equipment is also described in this manual, including operating instructions wherever necessary. Since they are special-order
items, the descriptions and illustrations herein may vary slightly from the actual equipment of your vehicle.
If there are any equipment details that are not shown or described in this Operator's Manual, your authorized MercedesBenz Center will be glad to inform you of correct care and operating procedures.
The Operator's Manual and Service Booklet are important documents and should be kept with the vehicle.
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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).
Downshift at proper engine speed!
On vehicles with automatic transmission avoid accelerating by kickdown. It is not recommended to brake the vehicle by manually
shifting to a lower gear. We recommend to select positions "4" (for model 300 SL), "3" or "2" only at moderate speeds (for hill
driving).
After 1500 km (1000 miles) speeds may be gradually increased to the permissible maximum.
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Introduction
Product information
Operator's manual
Consumer Information
Problems with your vehicle
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4
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145
Reporting Safety Defects
Index
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145
Instruments and controls
Instruments and controls
Instrument Cluster
Indicator Lamp Symbols
Catalytic Converter
Starting and Turning Off the Engine
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12
13
14
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Driving Instructions
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Operation
Power Seats
Orthopedic Seat Backrest
Heated Seats
Armrest
Adjusting steering column
Seat belts and Supplemental
restraint system (SRS)
Seat belts
Emergency Tensioning Retractor
(ETR)
Airbags
Steering Lock
Combination Switch
Exterior Lamp Switch
Exterior Rear View Mirrors
Inside Rear View Mirror
Sun Visors
Setting Clock
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37
38
39
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40
Hardtop
Soft top
Wind Screen
Antenna
Cellular Telephone
40
44
Driving
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50
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54
55
56
57
57
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77
78
83
85
85
Storage Compartment (Eyeglasses
Compartment) in the Dashboard
Console Storage Compartments
Door Pockets
Rear Storage Compartments
Lighter
Interior Lighting
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Drinking and Driving
Parking Brake
Driving Off
Manual Transmission
Automatic Transmission
Cruise Control
Charge Indicator Lamp
Engine Oil Pressure Gauge with Oil
Pressure Warning Lamp
Low Engine Oil Level Warning Lamp
Engine Oil Consumption
Fuel Consumption Gauge
Fuel Reserve Warning Lamp
Outside Temperature Indicator
Coolant Temperature Gauge
Low Engine Coolant Level
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87
87
87
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59
59
59
60
Automatic Climate Control
Car keys
Infrared Remote Control
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26
27
Central locking system
29
Rear Window Defroster
61
Interior Central Locking System
32
Power Windows
62
Anti-Theft Alarm System
33
Roll Bar
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64
68
71
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73
86
Warning Lamp
Low Windshield and Head Lamp
Washer Fluid Level Warning Lamp
Roll Bar Warning Lamp
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88
Seat Belt and Backrest Lock
Warning Lamp
89
88
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Exterior Lamp Failure Indicator
Lamp
Brake Pad Wear Indicator Lamp
Brake Warning Lamp
Antilock Brake System (ABS)
Warning Lamp
Automatic Locking Differential
Acceleration Slip Control (ASR)
Adaptive Damping System (ADS)
Emission Control
On-Board Diagnostic System
Traveling Abroad
Winter Driving
Snow Chains
Practical Hints
Hood
Checking Coolant Level
Adding Coolant
Checking Engine Oil Level
Checking Automatic
Transmission Fluid Level
Spare Wheel
First Aid Kit
Trunk Lamp
Vehicle Jack
Vehicle Tools
89 Wheels
103
90 Changing Wheels
90 Tire Pressure
104
108
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92
92
94
95
Battery
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Spark Plugs
Fuses
Adjusting Headlamps
Replacing Bulbs
Jump Starting
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110
111
111
113
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96 Towing the Vehicle
96 Cleaning and Care of the Vehicle
Testing Infrared Remote Control
Locking Soft Top Manually
Locking Hardtop Manually
98 Ski Rack
99 Ashtray
99 Manual Release of Fuel Filler Flap
100 Replacing Wiper Blades
101 Layout of Poly-V-Belt Drive
102 MERCEDES-BENZ
102 Spare Parts Service
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103
103
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120
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125
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Technical Data. Fuels, Coolants,
Lubricants etc. Consumer
Information
Identification Plates
Warranty Coverage
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Technical Data
300SL
500SL
600 SL
Fuels, Coolants, Lubricants etc.
Capacities
Engine Oils
Air Conditioner Refrigerant
Brake Fluid
Premium Unleaded Gasoline
Fuel Requirements
Gasoline Additives
Coolants
Check regularly and before a long trip
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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
18
Automatic climate control
3
Parking brake release
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Radio
4
Hood lock release
20
Rear window defroster switch
5
Parking brake pedal
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Indicator lamp for Anti-theft alarm system
6
Combination switch
22
Hazard warning flasher switch
7
Cruise control
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Adaptive damping system adjustment switch
8
Horn, airbag
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Snow chain switch
9
Instrument cluster
25
Roll bar operation switch
10
Steering lock with ignition/starter switch
26
Compartment (to open press bottom of cover)
11
Adjustable air outlet
27
Mirror adjustment switch
12
Heated air supply button - center air outlet
28
Soft/hardtop operation switch
13
Non heated/cooled air supply button - center air outlet
29
Seat heater switch
14
Storage/eyeglasses compartment
30
Power window switch
15
Air volume control for left air outlet
31
Ashtray with lighter
16
Air volume control for center air outlet
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Instrument Cluster
1 Fuel gauge with reserve warning lamp (yellow). See Index.
9 Trip odometer
2 Coolant temperature gauge. See Index.
10 Main odometer
3 Fuel consumption gauge. See Index.
11 Outside temperature indicator. See Index.
4 Engine Oil pressure gauge (bar) with warning lamp (red). See Index.
12 Right turn signal indicator lamp (green)
5 Left turn signal indicator lamp (green)
13 Knob for setting clock (to adjust pull knob out).
See Index.
6 Knob for instrument lamps and trip odometer.
Rotate knob: To vary intensity of instrument lamps.
Depress knob: To reset trip odometer.
14 Tachometer
7 Speedometer
15 Red marking on tachometer: Excessive engine speed.
8 ASR function indicator lamp (yellow). See Index.
ASD function indicator lamp (yellow). See Index.
16 Electric clock
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Indicator Lamp Symbols
Function Indicator Lamp
High beam
Warning Lamp
ADS malfunction. See Index.
ABS malfunction. See Index.
(should go out with the engine running unless)
Battery not being charged properly. See Index.
Brake pads worn down. See Index.
Fluid level for windshield and headlamp washer
system low. See Index.
Brake fluid low (except Canada).
Parking brake engaged. See Index.
Coolant level low. See Index.
Brake fluid low (Canada only).
Parking brake engaged. See Index.
Engine oil level low. See Index.
SRS malfunction. See Index.
Exterior lamp failure. See Index.
Fasten seat belts. Backrest not locked.
See Index.
Roll bar malfunction. See Index.
Engine malfunction indicator lamp 300 SL, 500 SL
(California Version only), 600 SL (all).
If the lamp comes on when the engine is running, it
indicates a malfunction of the fuel injection system
or emission control system. In either case, we
recommend that you have the malfunction checked
as soon as possible. See Index.
ADS malfunction. See Index.
ASR malfunction. See Index.
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Catalytic Converter
Caution!
Warning!
Your MERCEDES-BENZ is equipped
with monolithic type catalytic converters,
an important element in conjunction with
the oxygen sensor to achieve substantial
control of the pollutants in the exhaust
emissions. Keep your vehicle in proper
operating condition by following our recommended maintenance instructions as
outlined in your Maintenance Booklet.
To prevent damage to the catalytic
converters, use only premium unleaded
gasoline in this vehicle.
As with any vehicle, do not idle, park
or operate this vehicle in areas where
combustible materials such as grass,
hay or leaves can come into contact
with the hot exhaust system, as these
materials could be ignited.
Any noticeable irregularities in engine
operation should be repaired promptly.
Otherwise, excessive unburned fuel
may reach the catalytic converter
causing it to overheat.
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Starting and Turning off the Engine
Hot Engine
Important!
Before Starting
Do not depress accelerator. Turn key in
steering lock clock-wise to the stop. If
the engine has not fired after approx. 4
seconds, depress accelerator and
continue cranking until the engine is
firing regularly. Release key and back
off accelerator.
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.
Due to the installed starter non-repeat
feature, the key must be turned
completely to the left before attempting
to start the engine again.
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 charge indicator lamp should go
out as soon as the engine has started.
In areas where temperatures frequently
drop below -13°F (-25°C) we
recommend that an engine block heater
be installed. Your authorized
Mercedes-Benz dealer will advise you
on this subject.
Engage parking brake and ensure
gearshift lever is in neutral (selector
lever position "P" or “N” on automatic
transmissions).
Turn key in steering lock to position 2.
The charge indicator lamp should come
on.
Cold Engine
Do not depress accelerator.
Turn key in steering lock clock-wise to
the stop. Do not depress accelerator.
Release key only when the engine is
firing regularly.
Turning Off
Turn the key in the steering lock to
position 0 to stop the engine.
Note:
Vehicles with automatic transmission:
the key can only be removed with the
selector lever in position "P".
If the coolant temperature is very high
(e.g. after hard driving on mountain
roads), do not shut off the engine
immediately, but allow it to run for 1-2
minutes at increased idle speed with
selector lever in neutral or position "P".
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Driving Instructions
Power Assistance
Warning!
When the engine is not running, the
brake and steering systems are
without power assistance. Under
these circumstances, a much greater
effort is necessary to stop or steer the
vehicle.
Brakes
Caution!
When driving down long and steep
grades, relieve the load on the brakes
by shifting into a lower gear (selector
lever position "3", "2" or "B" [for
models 500 SL and 600 SL] in the case
of automatic transmission). This helps
prevent overheating of the brakes and
reduces brake pad wear. Do not exceed
engine speed limits (see Index).
After hard braking, it is advisable to
drive on for some time, rather than
immediately parking, so the air stream
will cool down the brakes faster.
.
Warning!
Warning!
After driving in heavy rain for some
time without applying the brakes or
through water deep enough to wet
brake components, the first braking
action may be somewhat reduced
and increased pedal pressure may
be necessary. Be sure to maintain a
safe distance from vehicles in front.
The stop lamps will not come on
when applying the parking brake
only. Perform the procedure in the
previous paragraph only when the
road is clear of other traffic.
The condition of the parking brake
system is checked each time the car is
in the shop for the required
maintenance.
Between maintenance checks, it is a
good practice to apply the parking
brake once or twice while driving at
approximately 30 mph (50 km/h) on a
dry straight road. Apply parking brake
lightly while pulling the release handle
out until a slight drag on the wheels is
felt. Keep applying the brake for about
10 seconds while pulling the release
handle out before releasing the parking
brake completely. This practice will
keep the parking brake at maximum
efficiency.
Resting your foot on the brake pedal
will cause excessive and premature
wear of the brake pads.
It can also result in the brakes
overheating thereby significantly
reducing their effectiveness. It may
not be possible to stop the car in
sufficient time to avoid an accident.
All checks and maintenance work on
the brake system should be carried out
by an authorized Mercedes-Benz
dealer.
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If the parking brake is released and the
brake warning lamp in the instrument
cluster stays on, the brake fluid level in
the reservoir is too low.
Brake pad wear or a leak in the system
may be the reason for low brake fluid
in the reservoir.
Have the brake system inspected at an
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer
immediately.
Install only brake pads and brake fluid
recommended by Mercedes-Benz.
Warning!
Do not allow your tires to wear
down too far. With less than 1/8 in (3
mm) of tread, the adhesion
properties on a wet road are sharply
reduced.
Depending upon the weather and/or
road surface (conditions), the tire
traction varies widely.
Warning!
If other than recommended brake
pads are installed, the braking
properties of the vehicle can be
affected to an extent that safe
braking is substantially impaired.
Tires
Tread wear indicators (TWI) are
required by law. These indicators are
located in six places on the tread
circumference and become visible at a
depth of approximately 1/16 in (2 mm),
at which point the tire is considered
worn and should be replaced.
The tread wear indicator appears as a
solid band across the tread.
Specified tire pressures must be
maintained. This applies particularly if
the tires are subjected to high loads
(e.g. high speeds, heavy loads, high
ambient temperatures).
Warning!
Do not drive with a flat tire. A flat
tire affects the ability to steer or
brake the vehicle. You may lose
control of the car. Continued
driving with a flat tire or driving at
high speed with a flat tire will cause
excessive heat build-up and possibly
a fire
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Aquaplaning
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.
Depending on the depth of the water
layer on the road, aquaplaning may
occur, even at low speeds and with new
tires. Avoid track grooves in the road
and apply brakes cautiously in the rain.
Parking
Tire Traction
Warning!
The safe speed on a wet, snow covered
or icy road is always lower than on a
dry road.
You should pay particular attention to
the condition of the road as soon as the
prevailing temperatures fall close to the
freezing point.
To reduce the risk of personal injury
as a result of vehicle movement,
before turning off the engine and
leaving the vehicle always:
Warning!
3.
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.
1.
2.
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.
Clutch
Caution!
Resting your foot on the clutch pedal
will cause excessive and premature
wear of the clutch components.
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Winter Driving Instructions
The most important rule for slippery or
icy roads is to drive sensibly and to
avoid abrupt acceleration, braking and
steering action. Do not use the cruise
control system under such conditions.
When the vehicle is in danger of
skidding, declutch, or in case of
automatic transmission move selector
lever to position "N". Try to keep the
vehicle under control by corrective
steering action.
Road salts and chemicals can adversely
affect braking efficiency. Increased
pedal force may
become necessary to produce the
normal brake effect. We therefore
recommend depressing the brake pedal
periodically when traveling at length
on salt-strewn roads. This can bring
road salt impaired braking efficiency
back to normal. A prerequisite is,
however, that this is done without
endangering other drivers on the road.
If the vehicle is parked after being
driven on salt treated roads, the braking
efficiency should be tested as soon as
possible after driving is resumed while
observing the safety rules in the
previous paragraph.
Warning!
If the vehicle becomes stuck in snow,
make sure that snow is kept clear of
the exhaust pipe and from around
the vehicle with engine running.
Otherwise, deadly carbon monoxide
(CO) gases may enter vehicle
interior resulting in unconsciousness
and death.
To assure sufficient fresh air
ventilation, open a window slightly
on the side of the car that is out of
the wind.
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Operation
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7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
Automatic Climate Control
1. Temperature selector
2. Temperature indicator
3. Conversion switch
4. Function selection buttons
Normal setting
Defrost
Economy ( no cooling )
Residual engine heat
utilization
Air recirculation
Off
14.
Air volume control for center
air outlet, turn left to open
Center air outlet, adjustable
Heated air supply button
center air outlet (red indicator
lamp)
Non-heated/cooled air supply
button for center air outlet
(blue indicator lamp)
Air volume control for left air
outlet, turn left to open
Left air outlet, adjustable
Air volume control for right air
outlet, turn left to open
Right air outlet, adjustable
5. Fan speed buttons, 4 stages
6. Air distribution buttons
Air is directed to
windshield
Air is directed to
windshield, foot area
and doors
Air is directed to foot
area and doors
Air is directed only to
air outlets 8, 12 and
14 (open outlets)
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Notes:
The temperature selected with the
temperature selector is reached as
quickly as possible.
The temperature selector should be left
at the desired temperature setting.
With the center air outlet (8) open and
the system in heating mode, switch
outlet to warm air by pressing button 9
(red indicator lamp lights up), or to
non-heated/cooled air by pressing
button 10 (blue indicator lamp lights
up).
The system will not heat or cool any
quicker by setting a higher or lower
temperature.
The automatic climate control only
operates with the engine running.
Higher engine rpm results in higher
coolant compressor rpm, thereby
increasing cooling capacity.
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.
Outside air is drawn in through a filter.
Dust particles (up to a certain size) and
pollen are filtered out.
Important!
This vehicle is equipped with an air
conditioner system that uses HFC-134a
(ozone-friendly hydro-fluorocarbon) as
a refrigerant.
Repairs should always be performed
by a qualified technician, and
refrigerant should be collected in a
recovery system for recycling.
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Temperature Selector
Select the desired temperature with the
temperature selector.
A basic setting in the white field of the
selector is recommended.
The selected temperature is shown in
the indicator window 2. With
conversion switch 3, the selected
temperature can be displayed in either
°F or °C.
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4.
Function Selection Buttons
Normal Setting
Air volume and distribution are
controlled automatically.
To select:
Press
button
(indicator lamp lights up)
To change selection:
• Press
,
or
button
(indicator lamp of selected button
lights up). The indicator lamp for
button goes out.
• Press button 6 (indicator lamp
lights up). The indicator lamp for
button goes out.
Defrost
Economy
Maximum heated and automatically
controlled amount of air is directed to
the windshield and side windows.
As the engine coolant temperature
increases, a higher blower stage is
automatically engaged, thereby
defrosting as quickly as possible.
The function of this setting corresponds
to the normal setting. However, because
the air conditioning compressor will
not engage (fuel savings), it is not
possible to air condition in this setting.
Turn air volume controls 11 and 13 left
to open air outlets 12 and 14. Direct
airlets towards the side windows.
The center air outlets and the foot area
ducts are closed.
To select:
Press
button (indicator lamp
lights up).
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Residual Engine Heat
Utilization
With the engine switched off, it is
possible to continue heating the interior
for a short while.
Air volume and distribution are
controlled automatically.
To select:
Turn key in steering lock to position 1
or 0 or remove key.
Press
button (indicator lamp lights
up). This function selection will not
activate if the engine coolant
temperature is below 105°F (40°) or if
the battery charge is insufficient.
To cancel:
• Press
button
(indicator lamp goes out).
• Turn key in steering lock to
position 2.
The system will automatically shut off:
• after approx. 30 minutes,
• if the engine coolant temperature
drops below 105°F (40°),
• if the battery voltage drops.
Air Recirculation
Outside air is not supplied to the car’s
interior.
This mode can be selected to prevent
annoying odors or dust from entering
the car’s interior.
To select:
Press
button (indicator lamp
lights up).
To cancel:
Press
button
(indicator lamp goes out).
The system will automatically
switch from recirculated air to fresh
air if button
is pressed:
• after approx. 5 minutes at
outside temperatures below
approx. 40° (5°),
•
after approx. 30 minutes, at
outside temperatures above
approx. 40° (5°).
If button
is pressed:
• after approx. 5 minutes.
Note:
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.
Off
The fresh air supply to the car interior
is shut off. While driving, use this
setting only temporarily, otherwise the
windows could fog up.
Note:
Turning the key in steering lock to
position 2, the Automatic Climate
Control will return to mode that was
selected prior to switching off
manually (
indicator lamp lit up).
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Car Keys
Master Key
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 master key fits all locks on the car.
Warning!
Note:
Do not give the master key to an
unauthorized person.
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.
Included with your vehicle are
•
•
•
2 infrared remote control
with folding master key
1 Master key
1 Valet key
1 Flat key
Master Key with Infrared
Remote Control
Valet Key
Obtaining Replacement Keys
The master key fits all locks on the car.
The transmitter for the infrared remote
control is located in the key holder, the
receivers are located next to the door
locks and below the trunk lock.
The valet key fits only the door locks
and the steering lock.
The valet key will not work in the
trunk lock or storage compartment
eyeglasses compartment lock in the
dashboard.
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 via your authorized
MERCEDES-BENZ dealer.
Flat Key
The flat key fits all locks on the car.
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1. Release button for master key
Master Key in Key Holder
Releasing: press release button (1). The
key unfolds from the holder by itself.
Storing: press release button (1) and
fold key back into holder.
4. Transmit button
5. Transmitter eye and battery
check
3. Receiver in door handle
Infrared Remote Control
Aim transmitter eye (2) at a receiver
(3) and press transmit button (1).
Distance to receiver max. 20 ft (6 m).
The vehicle can be centrally locked and
unlocked with infrared remote control.
The transmitter is located in the key
holder, the receivers are located next
to the door locks and below the trunk
lock.
Unlocking:
The green indicator lamps on the
receivers should blink. They stop
blinking when the vehicle is unlocked.
Note:
If the trunk was previously locked
separately, it will remain locked
(see Index).
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3. Receiver under trunk lock
Locking:
Closing Windows from Outside
Aim transmitter eye (2) at a receiver
(3) and press transmit button (1).
Distance to receiver max. 20 ft (6 m).
The red indicator lamps on the
receivers should blink. They stop
blinking when the vehicle is locked.
Continue to press transmit button (1)
after locking car. Distance to receiver
max. 20 ft (6 m).
The windows begin to close after
approx. 1 second.
Notes:
If a door or the trunk is not properly
closed after you attempt to lock the
vehicle by remote control, the red
indicator lamps will continue to blink
(max. 10 seconds). Open the door or
trunk lid, close it properly, and lock the
car again.
If the vehicle cannot be locked or
unlocked by pressing the transmit
button (1), then it may be necessary to
change the batteries in the transmitter
(if ok, battery indicator lamp in
transmitter will light when
transmitting) or to synchronize the
system, see Testing Infrared Remote
Control in Index.
Warning!
Never close the windows if there is
the possibility of anyone being
harmed by the raising window.
In case the closing procedure causes
potential danger, the closing
procedure can be immediately
interrupted by releasing the transmit
button. However, the windows can
only be lowered using the power
window buttons inside the car.
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Locking - from inside
•
With the door closed - push the
lock lever down (5).
Unlocking - from outside
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•
At the driver's door - turn key
to the left (2).
At the passenger's door - turn
key to the right.
Unlocking - from inside
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Central Locking System
Locking and Unlocking of Doors
The entire vehicle may be locked or
unlocked by using the master key in
either door or in the trunk lock. The
central locking system also locks or
unlocks the fuel filler flap.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Opening - pull handle
Unlocking
Locking
Opening - pull handle
Locking
Unlocking
Locking - from outside
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•
With driver's door closed - turn
key to the right (3).
With passenger's door closed turn key to the left.
Push the lock lever up (6). The
doors and the trunk are unlocked if
previously locked from inside.
If previously locked from outside,
only that door will be unlocked
(theft deterrence).
Note:
The central locking system can only be
engaged at the passenger door if the
key is removed from the steering lock
or is inserted in the steering lock
without having been turned.
If a door is not properly closed, unlock
the car, open and reclose this door, and
lock the car again.
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Locking
Turn master key to position 3, turn
back to position 1 and remove.
Unlocking
Turn master key to position 2, turn
back to position 1 and remove.
If the trunk is unlocked, the doors and
fuel filler flap will also be unlocked.
After closing the trunk, the central
locking system must again be engaged
to relock the doors and fuel filler flap.
If the fuel filler flap cannot be opened,
refer to Manual Release of Fuel Filler
Flap in Index.
Separate Locking and Unlocking of
Trunk
Locking and Unlocking at Trunk
Lock
1.
2.
3.
4.
Neutral position - push to open
Unlocking
Locking (detent)
Separate locking of trunk remove key in this position.
If the trunk is to remain locked (e.g.
when leaving the car at a parking
garage or workshop), lock the trunk
separately. Turn master key to position
4 and remove in this position. Leave
only the valet key with the vehicle.
The trunk (and fuel filler flap) remain
locked - even if the central locking
system was engaged from outside and a
door is opened from inside of car (theft
deterrence).
To unlock turn master key to position
2, then back to position 1 and remove.
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Closing Windows from Outside
Warning!
Turn key in door lock or trunk lock to
the locking position 3 and hold. The
windows begin to close after approx. 1
second.
Never close the windows if there is
the possibility of anyone being
harmed by the raising window.
Note:
If the closing procedure is interrupted,
it can only be continued by first turning
the key to the unlocked position (2) and
then again to the locking position (3).
In case the closing procedure causes
potential danger, the closing
procedure can be immediately
interrupted by turning the key back
to the vertical position. However, the
windows can only be lowered using
the power window buttons inside the
car.
Emergency Unlocking in Case of
Accident
The doors unlock automatically a short
time after the roll bar is deployed in an
accident (this is intended to aid rescue
and exit). However, the key in the
steering lock must be in steering lock
positions 1, 2 or returned to position 0,
but not removed.
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• rear storage compartments,
• door pockets.
Integration with Vehicle Central
Locking System
When locking or unlocking the vehicle
from the outside by using the master
key, the interior storage compartments
and door pockets are also locked or
unlocked (with lock in position 1).
Separate Locking of Storage
Compartments
Interior Central Locking System
Locking:
1.
Turn master key to position 2 and
remove from lock. The storage
compartments remain locked -even if
the vehicle is unlocked from the
outside.
2.
3.
Initial position (integrated with
vehicle central locking system)
Separate locking of storage
compartments
Emergency operation
The following storage compartments
are part of the interior central locking
system:
• eyeglasses compartment in the
dashboard,
• console storage compartments,
Note:
If the interior storage compartments are
to remain locked (for example while in
a repair shop), leave only the valet key
with the vehicle.
When unlocking a door from the
inside, on a vehicle previously locked
from the outside, the storage
compartments still remain locked.
In case of a malfunction the eye
glasses compartment can still be
opened. To do so, turn the master
key to position 3, return it to position 1,
remove it from the lock and
press button
.
Unlocking:
Turn master key to position 1 and
remove from lock.
If the vehicle was locked from the
outside, the storage compartments
remain in the locked mode until the
vehicle is unlocked again from the
outside.
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Anti Theft Alarm System
•
The anti-theft alarm is automatically
armed after 10 seconds of locking
either door or the trunk with any of
your vehicle's keys or infrared remote
control.
•
A blinking lamp (1) indicates that the
alarm is armed. Now the engine
cannot be started.
1 Indicator lamp in center console
The anti-theft alarm is disarmed when
unlocking either door or the trunk
with any of your vehicle's keys or
infrared remote control.
Operation:
Once the alarm system has been
armed, the exterior vehicle lamps will
flash and the horn will sound
intermittently when someone:
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•
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•
•
opens the storage compartment
between the front seats,
opens the eyeglasses compartment
in the dashboard.
The alarm will last approximately 150
seconds in the form of blinking exterior
lamps. At the same time an alarm horn
will sound intermittently for 60
seconds, pause for 30 seconds, and
repeat for another 60 seconds.
The alarm will stay on even if the
activating element (a door, for
example) is immediately closed.
Note:
We recommend that you carry the flat
key safely with you so that it is always
handy. This key has the same function
as the master key.
opens a door,
opens the trunk,
opens the hood,
removes the radio,
switches on or bridges the
ignition circuit,
steps on the brake pedal,
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Adjust the head restraint so that the
upper portion of the shoulder belt is
located as close as possible to the
middle of the shoulder. The head
restraint can be tilted forward by hand.
Power Seats
The switches are located in each front
door.
Turn key in steering lock to position 1
or 2 (with either door open, the power
seats can also be operated with the key
removed or in steering lock position 0).
Adjusting
A.
B.
C.
Note:
To prevent the backrest from touching
the soft top storage compartment cover
when the seat cushion is moved back,
the backrest will automatically move to
a more upright position.
When reclining the backrest, the seat
cushion will automatically move
forward to prevent the backrest from
touching the soft top storage
compartment cover.
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 slide
under it, the belt would apply force
at the abdomen or neck. That could
cause serious or even fatal injuries.
The seat back and seat belts provide
the best restraint when the wearer is
in an upright position and belts are
properly positioned on the body.
The rear storage area should never
be occupied by passengers since the
vehicle is a 2 seater.
Furthermore, there is a risk of injury
in the rear by adjusting the power
assisted front seats.
Never place hands under seat or
near any moving parts while a seat is
being adjusted.
Seat cushion
Backrest
Head restraint (with shoulder belt
height adjustment)
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Using the same position button, the
steering column position and rear view
mirror positions will also be stored
together with the seat position.
Adjusting steering column and mirrors
see Index.
Recalling Stored Positions
Press position button "1", "2" or "3"
and hold until seat/head restraint/
steering wheel/mirror movement has
stopped.
Note:
For safety reasons, the seat/head
restraint/steering wheel/mirror
movement stops after releasing the
position button.
Storing Position in Memory
D Memory button
E Position buttons "1", "2"
and "3"
After the seat and head restraint are
positioned, push memory button D,
release, and within 3 seconds push
position button "1". Two additional
sets of positions may be stored into
memory using position buttons "2"
and "3".
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Backrest
Folding forward:
Lift lever and fold forwards.
Folding back:
Fold backrest back until it audibly
locks in place.
Warning!
The seat belts provide protection
only with the backrest locked in
place and, therefore, must be locked
in place with the vehicle in motion.
Do not drive the car when the seatback is not locked in place.
Note:
If the backrest and seat belt warning
lamp does not go out, but is instead lit
continuously, then a backrest is not
engaged in its lock.
Always provide sufficient room behind
the backrest and fold the backrest all
the way back until it can be heard
locking in place.
The warning lamp goes out as soon as
both backrests are locked in place.
If both backrests are locked in place
and the warning lamp does not go out,
have the system checked at your
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer
immediately.
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Some models may be equipped with
orthopedic seats. These seats have an
inflatable air cushion built into the
backrest to provide additional lumbar
support.
The pressure and height regulators are
located on the driver's seat on the left,
on the passenger's seat on the right.
The amount of cushion height and
curvature may be adjusted after turning
the key to steering lock position 2.
Orthopedic Seat Backrest
1.
2.
Pressure regulator
Height regulator
The inflation pressure of the air
cushion can be continuously varied
between position "0" = without
pressure, and position "4" = maximum
pressure, by changing the pressure
regulator (1) setting.
In addition, the cushion height may be
changed to five different settings
between position "a" = lowest setting,
and "e" = highest setting, by varying
the height regulator (2) adjustment.
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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Turning on heater: Press upper half of
switch = normal heating mode. One
indicator lamp in the switch lights up.
Press lower half of switch = 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.
Heated Seats
The seat heaters can be switched on
with the key in steering lock turned to
position 1 or 2.
Turning off heater:
If one indicator lamp is on, press
upper half of switch.
If both indicator lamps are on, press
lower half of switch.
Note:
When in operation, the seat heater
consumes a large amount of power. It
is advisable not to use the seat heater
longer than necessary.
The seat heaters may automatically
switch off if too many power
consumers are switched on at the same
time, or if the battery charge is low.
When this occurs, the indicator lamp in
the switch will blink (both indicator
lamps blink during rapid seat heating).
The seat heaters will switch on again
automatically as soon as sufficient
voltage is available.
If the blinking of the indicator lamps is
distracting to you, the seat heaters can
be switched off.
If left on, the heater automatically turns
off after approximately 30 minutes of
operation.
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Storing Steering Column
Position in Memory
The steering column position is stored
in memory together with the seat/head
restraint/mirror position and can be
recalled when necessary, see Index.
Armrest
Adjusting Steering Column
To adjust: Press button (1) and slide
armrest forward or backward.
Turn key in steering lock to position
1 or 2 (with either door open, the
steering column can be operated with
the key removed or in steering lock
position 0).
To extend or retract: Move switch (1)
in desired direction.
To raise or lower: Move switch (1) in
desired direction.
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Seat Belts and Supplemental
Restraint System (SRS)
Your vehicle is equipped with lapshoulder seat belts, emergency
tensioning retractors for the seat belts,
driver airbag and knee bolster and
passenger airbag and knee bolster.
Seat Belts
Important!
Laws in most states and all Canadian
provinces require seat belt use.
All states and provinces require use of
child restraints that comply with U.S.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
213 and Canadian Motor Vehicle
Safety Standard 213.1. We strongly
recommend their use.
Warning!
If you are ever in an accident, your
injuries can be considerably more
severe without your seat belt
properly buckled. Without your seat
belt buckled, you can hit the interior
of the vehicle or be ejected from it.
You can be seriously injured or
killed.
In the same crash, the possibility for
injury or death is lessened with your
seat belt buckled.
Never ride in a moving vehicle with
the seat back reclined. Sitting in an
excessively reclined position can be
dangerous. You could slide under the
seat belt in a collision. If you slide
under it, the belt would apply force
at the abdomen or neck. That could
cause serious or even fatal injuries.
The seat back and seat belts provide
the best restraint when the wearer is
in an upright position and belts are
properly positioned on the body.
The seat belts provide protection
only with the backrest locked in
place. If the seat belt warning lamp
does not go out, but is instead lit continuously, then a backrest is not
engaged in its lock.
Seat Belt Warning System
With the key in steering lock
position 2, an audible warning sounds
for a short time if the driver's seat belt
is not fastened.
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Press switch (4) to adjust seat belt so
that the shoulder portion is located as
close as possible to the middle of your
shoulder.
The shoulder portion of the seat belt
must be pulled snug and checked for
snugness immediately after engaging it
and during driving. Tighten the lap
portion to a snug fit by pulling
shoulder portion up.
1. Latch plate
2. Buckle
3. Release button
Fastening of Seat Belts
Pull belt with latch plate (1) across
shoulder and lap. Push latch plate (1)
into buckle (2) until it clicks. The lap
belt should be positioned as low as
possible on your hips and not across
the abdomen. Do not twist the belt. For
safety reasons, avoid adjusting the seat
or seat back into positions which could
affect the correct seat belt position
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Unfastening of Seat Belts
Push in the red button (3) in the belt
buckle (2).
Note:
For cleaning and care of the seat belts,
see Upholstery in Index.
Allow the retractor to completely
rewind the seat belt by guiding the
latch plate (1).
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 on the belt.
The emergency tensioning retract ors
tighten the fastened seat belts during
frontal and front-angled impacts
exceeding the first threshold of the
SRS (see Index).
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Warning!
USE SEAT BELTS PROPERLY.
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•
•
Each occupant should wear
their seat belt at all times.
Together with the "SRS", the
seat belt offers the best
conditions for protection of the
body in case of major frontal
impact.
Improperly positioned seat
belts do not provide maxi
mum protection and may
cause serious injuries in
case of an accident.
Never wear the shoulder
belt under your arm, against
your neck or off your shoulder.
In a crash, your body would
move too far forward. That
would increase the chance of
head and neck injuries. The belt
would also apply top much force
to the ribs, which could severely
injure internal organs such as
your liver or spleen.
•
Position the lap belt as low
as possible on your hips
and not across the
abdomen. If the belt is
positioned across your
abdomen, it could cause
serious injuries in a crash.
•
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.
USE CHILD RESTRAINTS
PROPERLY.
•
Infants and small children
must be seated in an infant
or child restraint system,
which is properly secured
by a lap belt or lap belt
portion of a lap-shoulder
belt. Children could be
endangered in an accident if
their child restraints are not
properly secured in the
vehicle.
•
Rear-facing child restraints
must not be used in the
front seat. They could be
struck by the airbag when it
inflates in a crash. If this
happens, a child in the
restraint could be seriously
injured.
•
Children too big for child
restraint systems should
use regular seat belts.
Position shoulder belt
across chest and shoulder,
not face or neck. A booster
seat may be necessary to
achieve proper belt
positioning.
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Supplemental Restraint System
(SRS)
Emergency Tensioning
Retractor (ETR)
The SRS uses two crash severity levels
(thresholds) to activate either the ETR
or airbag or both. Activation depends
on the direction and severity of the
impact, exceeding the thresholds and
fastening of the seat belt.
The seat belts are equipped with
emergency tensioning retractors. These
tensioning retractors are located in
each belt's inertia reel and become
operationally ready with the key in
steering lock position 1 or 2.
Seat belt fastened
The emergency tensioning retractors
are designed to activate only when the
seat belts are fastened during frontal
and front-angled impacts exceeding the
first threshold of the SRS. They
remove slack from the belts in such a
way that the seat belts fit more snugly
against the body, restricting its forward
movement as much as possible.
•
•
first threshold exceeded:
ETR activates
second threshold exceeded:
airbag also activates
Seat belt not fastened
•
first threshold exceeded:
airbag activates, but not ETR
In cases of other frontal impacts, rollovers, certain side impacts, rear
collisions, or other accidents without
frontal forces, the emergency
tensioning retractors will not be
activated. The driver and passenger
will then be protected by the fastened
seat belts and inertia reel in the usual
manner.
For seat belt and emergency tensioning
retractor safety guidelines, see Safety
Guidelines in Index.
Driver and front passenger systems
operate independently from each other.
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Airbags
The most effective occupant restraint
system yet developed for use in
production vehicles is the seat belt. In
some cases, however, the protective
effect of a seat belt can be further
enhanced by an airbag.
The driver airbag (1) is located in the
steering wheel hub. The passenger
airbag (2) is located in the dashboard
ahead of the passenger. In conjunction
with wearing the seat belts with
emergency tensioning retractors (4),
they provide increased protection for
the driver and passenger.
The operational readiness of the
airbag system is verified by the
indicator lamp "SRS" (3) in the
instrument cluster. If no fault is
detected, the lamp will go out after
approximately 4 seconds; after the
lamp goes out, the system continues
to monitor the components and
circuitry of the airbag system and
will indicate a malfunction by
coming on again.
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The following system components are
monitored or undergo a self-check:
crash-sensor, airbag ignition circuits,
driver and passenger seat belt buckles.
Initially, when the key is turned from
steering lock position 0 to positions 1
or 2, malfunctions in the crash-sensor
are detected and indicated (the "SRS"
indicator lamp stays on longer than 4
seconds).
In the operational mode, after the
indicator lamp has gone out following
the initial check, interruptions and
short circuits in the airbag ignition
circuit and in the driver and passenger
seat belt buckle harnesses, and low
voltage in the entire system are
detected and indicated.
In the event a malfunction of the
"SRS" is indicated as outlined above,
the "SRS" may not be operational. We
strongly recommend that you visit an
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer
immediately to have the system
checked; otherwise the "SRS" may not
be activated when needed.
Important!
Important!
The airbags are designed to activate
only in certain frontal and frontangled impacts. 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 airbags will not be
activated. The driver and passenger
will then be protected by the
fastened seat belts.
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.
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.
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Warning!
It is very important for your safety to
always be in a properly seated
position and to wear your seat belt.
For maximum protection in the event
of a collision always be in normal
seated position with your back
against the seat back. Fasten your
seat belt and ensure that it is
properly positioned on the body.
Since the airbag inflates with
considerable speed and force, a
proper seating position will
keep you in a safe distance from the
airbag:
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Sit properly belted in an
upright position with your back
against the seat back.
Do not lean with your head or
chest close to the steering wheel
or dashboard.
Adjust the passenger seat
as far as possible rearward from
the dashboard, especially when a
child restraint is installed.
•
•
Infants and small children
should only be seated in an
infant or child restraint
which is properly secured
by the seat belt.
Rear-facing child restraints
must not be used in a front seat.
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.
•
Several airbag system components at the steering wheel get
hot after the air-bag has inflated.
Don't try to touch them.
•
Improper work on the system,
including incorrect installation
and removal, can lead to possible
injury through an uncontrolled
activation of the "SRS".
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In addition, through improper
work there is the risk of
rendering the "SRS"
inoperative. Work on the "SRS"
must therefore only be
performed by an authorized
Mercedes-Benz dealer.
When scrapping the airbag unit
or emergency tensioning
retractor, it is mandatory to
follow our safety instructions.
These instructions are available
at your authorized MercedesBenz dealer.
When you sell the vehicle we strongly
urge you to give notice to the
subsequent owner that it is equipped
with an "SRS" by alerting him to the
applicable section in the Owner's
Manual.
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Infants and Child Restraint
Systems
We recommend that all infants and
children be restrained at all times while
the vehicle is in motion.
Important!
The use of infant or child restraints is
required by law in all 50 states and all
Canadian provinces.
Infants and small children should be
seated in an infant or child restraint
system, which is properly secured by
the lap 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.
Warning!
Rear-facing child restraints must not
be used in a front seat They could be
struck by the airbag when it inflates
in a crash. If this happens, a child in
the restraint could be seriously
injured.
Infants and small children should
never be held on the lap while the
vehicle is in motion. During an
accident they would be almost
impossible to hold, and could be
crushed between the adult and the
dashboard.
Infants and small children should
never share a seat belt with another
occupant During an accident, they
could be crushed between the
occupant and seat belt.
When the child restraint is not in use,
remove it from the car or secure it
with the seat belt to prevent the child
restraint from becoming a projectile
in the event of an accident.
U.S.A. Models only
Since 1986 all U.S. child restraints
comply with U.S. regulations without
the use of a tether strap.
Canada Models only
This vehicle can be equipped with
tether anchorages for a top tether strap.
Consult your authorized MercedesBenz dealer for installation of these
anchorages.
Children too big for child restraint
systems should use regular seats
belts. Position the shoulder belt
across the chest and shoulder, not
the face or neck. A booster seat may
be necessary to achieve proper belt
positioning.
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Steering Lock
0.
Steering is locked when the key
is withdrawn and the steering
lock is engaged.
The key can be withdrawn only
in position 0.
In models equipped with automatic transmission, the key can
be removed only with the
selector lever in position "P".
With the key removed, the
selector lever is locked in
position "P".
Warning!
Models with manual transmission:
Do not remove key from the
steering lock while the vehicle is in
motion as this will cause the
engagement of the steering lock,
thus rendering the vehicle
impossible to steer.
1.
2.
3.
Steering is unlocked.
(If necessary, move steering
wheel slightly and turn key
clockwise to position 1.)
Driving position.
Starting position.
Note:
Refer to Index for Starting and
turning off 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.
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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The following items can be operated
with the key in steering lock position 1:
Wiper,
windshield washer system,
headlamp cleaning system (only in
exterior lamp switch positions
or
),
headlamp flasher,
sound system (also in position 0),
lighter,
rear window defroster,
power seats,
heated seats,
steering column adjustment,
exterior and inside
rear view mirrors.
An audible warning sounds when the
driver's door is opened with the key in
steering lock positions 1 or 0.
With the engine at idle speed, the
charging rate of the alternator (output)
is limited.
Unnecessary drain on the battery and
charging system may be minimized by
turning off the following power
consumers, for example: heated seats,
rear window defroster. In addition, the
automatic climate control blower speed
should be set to stage "1".
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.
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Press switch past resistance point:
Windshield washer, windshield
wiper; headlamp cleaning system
(only in exterior lamp switch
positions
or
.
Canada only: also in position
when the engine is running)
7. Windshield wiper
Wiper off
I
Intermittent wiping
II Normal wiper speed
III Fast wiper speed
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.
6.
Press switch briefly:
One wipe without washer water
(select only if window is wet)
When conning to a stop or driving
slower than approx. 16 mph (25
km/h), the wiper speed
automatically switches to the next
lower setting.
In setting "I", the interval between
wipes is lengthened.
Upon accelerating again, the wiper
speed returns to the previous
setting.
Note:
The windshield washer reservoir,
hoses and nozzles are automatically
heated.
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Windshield Washer Fluid Mixing
Ratio
For temperatures above freezing:
MB Windshield Washer Concentrate
"S" and water 1 part "S" to 100 parts
water (40 ml "S" to 1 gallon water).
For temperature below freezing:
MB Windshield Washer Concentrate
"S" and commercially available
premixed windshield washer
solvent/antifreeze 1 part "S" to 100
parts solvent (40 ml "S" to 1 gallon
solvent).
Windshield Wiper Smears
If the windshield wiper smears the
windshield, even during rain, activate
the washer system as often as
necessary. The fluid in the washer
reservoir should be mixed in the correct
ratio.
Blocked Windshield Wiper
If the windshield wiper becomes
blocked (for example, due to snow),
switch off the wiper motor.
For safety reasons before removing ice
or snow, remove key from steering
lock. Remove blockage.
Activate combination switch again
(key in steering lock position 1).
Emergency Operation of
Windshield Wiper
In case of windshield wiper
malfunction, turn combination switch
to wiper setting II.
Have the system checked at your
authorized MERCEDES-BENZ dealer
as soon as possible.
Signaling Turns with Hazard
Flasher in Use
For example, when the vehicle is being
towed (key in steering lock turned to
position 2):
With hazard flasher on, activate
combination switch for left or right
turn signal - only the selected turn
signal will blink.
Upon canceling the turn signal, all four
turn signals 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
to permit activation of
the high beam headlamps.
Off
Standing Lamps
Parking lamps (includes side
marker lamps, taillamps,
license plate lamps,
instrument panel lamps)
Canada only: When the
engine is running, the low
beam is additionally
switched on.
Parking lamps plus low
beam or high beam
headlamps (combination
switch pushed forward)
Standing lamps, right (turn
left one stop).
Standing lamps, left (turn
left two stops)
Fog lamps (pull out one
stop) with parking and/or
headlamps on
Rear fog lamp (pull out to
2nd detent) In addition to
fog lamps. Indicator lamp in
lamp switch comes on
When the vehicle is parked on the
street the standing lamps (right or left
side parking lamps) can be turned on,
making the vehicle more visible to
passing vehicles.
The standing lamps can only be
operated with the key in steering
lock position 0 or 1.
Note:
With the key removed and a door open,
an audible warning will sound if the
vehicle's exterior lamps (except
standing lamps) are not switched off.
Fog lamps will operate with the
parking lamps and the low or high
beam headlamps. Fog lamps should
only be used in conjunction with low
beam headlamps. Consult your state
Motor Vehicle Regulations regarding
allowable lamp operation.
Fog lamps are automatically switched
off when the exterior lamp switch is
turned to position O.
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Note:
The exterior mirrors have electrically
heated glass. The heater switches on
automatically, depending on outside
temperature.
If the mirror housing is forcibly
pivoted from its normal position, it
must be repositioned by applying firm
pressure until it snaps into place.
Warning!
Exterior Rear View Mirrors
The switch is located in the center
console.
Turn key in steering lock to position 2.
First select the mirror to be adjusted turn switch:
1 Left mirror
2 Right mirror
To adjust, move the switch forward,
backward or to either side.
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.
Inside Rear View Mirror,
Electrically Adjustable
The switch is located in the center
console.
Turn key in steering lock to
position 2.
Turn the switch for the exterior rear
view mirror adjustment to its center
position and adjust by moving the
switch forward, backward or to either
side.
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Automatic adjustment
Storing Mirror Positions in
Memory
With the key in steering lock
position 2, the mirror reflection
brightness responds to changes in light
sensitivity.
The exterior and interior rear view
mirror positions are stored in memory
with the seat/head restraint/ steering
column position and can be recalled
when necessary, see Index.
Note:
If the inside rear view mirror was
adjusted separately, the originally
stored position remains in memory. To
recall position, press the desired
position button.
Day/Night Setting
Manual adjustment
Tilt the mirror to the daylight or
antiglare night position using the lever
at its lower edge.
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Setting Clock
Location of knob, see Instrument
Cluster in Index.
Adjusting clock ahead:
Pull out adjustment knob, turn to
the right and hold.
Adjusting clock back:
Pull out adjustment knob, turn to
the left and hold.
Sun Visors
Vanity mirror:
Swing sun visors down to protect
against sun glare.
With the visor engaged in its inner
mounting, the lamp can be switched on
by opening the cover.
If sunlight enters through a side
window, disengage visor from inner
mounting and pivot to the side. From
this position, the visor can slide
forward and backward on its shaft.
Adjusting clock one minute ahead
or back:
Pull out adjustment knob, briefly
turn to the left or right and release
knob.
Adjusting clock more than one minute
ahead or back: Pull out adjustment
knob, turn to the left or right and hold
until the desired time is set.
Adjusting speed: Within the first 2
seconds, the minute hand advances 8
minutes and advances another 8
minutes every additional second
thereafter.
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Opening compartment (1): Press
button (2).
Note:
The storage compartments and door
pockets may be locked and unlocked
by using the master key in lock (3).
For interior central locking system
see Index.
Locking:
Turn master key in lock (3) to the
right and remove.
Unlocking:
Turn master key back to vertical
position.
Storage Compartment
(Eyeglasses Compartment) in
the Dashboard
Caution!
1. Storage compartment
(eyeglasses compartment)
2. Button for storage compartment
3. Lock
Keep compartment lids closed. This
will prevent stored objects from being
thrown about and injuring vehicle
occupants during an accident.
Console Storage Compartments
To open front compartment
(cassette storage): Slide cover (1)
back.
Opening rear compartment: Press
button (2).
The compartments can be locked and
unlocked with the central locking
system.
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Door Pockets
Rear Storage Compartments
Lighter
To open: Lift cover.
To open compartment:
Press button (1) and lift cover.
1. Cover
2. Lighter
Turn key in steering lock to
position 1 or 2.
Slide cover (1) forward.
Push in lighter (2); it will pop out
automatically when hot.
Warning!
Never touch the heating element or
sides of the lighter, hold at knob
only.
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Entrance Lamps, Exit Lamps
Entrance lamps are located in the
footwells under the dashboard.
Exit lamps are located in the door
pockets.
These lamps are switched on and off
by the door contact switches.
Note:
To prevent the vehicle battery from
being discharged, do not leave doors
open for a long period of time.
Interior Lighting
Reading Lamps
The switch is located above the inside
rear view mirror.
4.
5.
6.
Interior Lamp
Left reading lamp switched on,
Reading lamps switched off.
Right reading lamp switched on.
1. Interior lamps are switched on,
and off delayed, when unlocking or
locking the vehicle, or when
opening either door.
However, there will be no delay
when the key is in steering lock
position 2.
2. Interior lamps switched off.
3. Interior lamps switched on
continuously.
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Rear Window Defroster
The switch is located in the center
console.
Turn key in steering lock to
position 1 or 2.
When activating the rear window
defroster, the indicator lamp in the
switch will come on.
If several power consumers are turned
on simultaneously, or the battery is
only partially charged, it is possible
that the defroster will automatically
turn itself off. When this happens, the
indicator lamp inside the switch starts
blinking. As soon as the battery has
sufficient voltage, the defroster
automatically turns itself back on.
Note:
The rear window defroster uses a large
amount of power. To keep the battery
drain to a minimum, turn off the
defroster as soon as the window is
clear. The defroster is automatically
turned off after a maximum of 20
minutes of operation. Heavy
accumulation of snow and ice should
be removed before activating the
defroster.
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Press switch up to resistance
point:
to close
to open
Release switch when window is in
desired position.
Press switch
past resistance point
and release - window lowers to fully
open position. To interrupt procedure,
briefly press
or
.
Power Windows
The switch is located in the center
console.
Turn key in steering lock to position 2.
Note:
If the vehicle is left with a door open
for a long period, the battery could
discharge.
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.
Roll Bar
The switch is located in the center
console.
Turn key in steering lock to position 2.
Press switch
Upper half = to raise
Lower half = to lower
The lowering or raising procedure is
immediately interrupted by releasing
the roll bar switch.
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If the roll bar was raised using the
switch, it will be automatically lowered
when activating the soft top switch.
The roll bar will be automatically
raised in an accident or in a potentially
dangerous driving situation. A ratchet
noise can be heard when the roll bar is
automatically raised.
The roll bar can be lowered again after
an automatic deployment by pressing
the upper half of the roll bar switch (for
at least 5 seconds) until the roll bar
drive mechanism audibly engages.
Then press the lower half of the switch
to lower the roll bar.
Warning!
This vehicle is a two occupant
vehicle. The rear storage area should
never be used by any persons.
Raising or lowering of the roll bar
could injure rear seated occupants.
Before operating the roll bar switch
make sure that the roll bar's path is
clear and no persons due to
inattention are injured by the
moving roll bar.
Note:
If the indicator lamps in the switch are
blinking or if the warning lamp in the
instrument cluster comes on, then a
malfunction has been detected.
For your own safety we recommend
to drive with the roll bar raised, if
In this case, drive only with the roll bar
raised until the defect has been
repaired. Raise the roll bar by pressing
the upper half of the roll bar switch.
The indicator lamps in the switch will
go out, however, the warning lamp in
the instrument cluster will stay on.
Have the system checked at your
authorized MERCEDES-BENZ dealer
as soon as possible.
•
the outside temperature is
below -15°C (5°F)
•
the soft top is closed and pets
are placed in the rear storage
area.
Items being transported in the area
behind the seats should be placed in
such a manner as not to affect the
movement of the roll bar when being
raised.
Important!
The roll bar is intended to be a safety
enhancement to the other features
designed into the vehicle. No system in
any vehicle can eliminate the
possibility of serious injury or fatality
in an accident. Properly fastened seat
belts and child restraints must be used!
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Hardtop
The removal or attachment of the
hardtop can be carried out by 2
persons.
Warning!
Do not place your hands between the
hardtop and the car body while the
hardtop is being locked or unlocked.
Serious personal injury may occur.
Removing Hardtop
1. Engage parking brake.
2. Open doors.
3. Disconnect plug (1) for rear
window defroster.
4. Within 10 seconds of turning
key in steering lock to position 2
(engine not running), slide soft top
switch (2) back and hold.
Please note, if soft top switch is
activated after 10 seconds have
expired, turn the key back to position 0
first before the hardtop removing
procedure can be started again at
step 4.
The unlocking procedure begins after
approx. 2 seconds:
•
•
•
The roll bar lowers.
The indicator lamp in the
soft top switch lights up.
The hardtop unlocks.
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5. After the hardtop has unlocked
remove the key from the steering
lock and turn radio off to lower
antenna. The indicator lamp in the
soft top switch should go out.
Important!
Removal of the key from the steering
lock is a safety measure ensuring that
the key cannot be turned to position 2
and the soft top switch is without
function should anybody push the
switch forward causing the roof
locking mechanism to work. If hands
are at that moment between roof and
car body they can be badly injured.
6. Lift the hardtop vertically from its
attachment points (3) and locating
points (4) and carefully remove to
the rear. Exercise caution when
maneuvering the top. To avoid
paint damage, the top's mounting
pins must not be allowed to contact
the body.
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Attaching Hardtop
1.
Engage parking brake and turn
key in steering lock to position 2,
2.
Lower roll bar,
3.
Open doors or windows.
4. Turn radio off to lower power
antenna, turn key in steering
lock to position 0 and remove.
5. From the rear of the vehicle, lift
the hardtop carefully over the
attachment points (1) and locating
points (2). First guide the rear pins
of the top vertically into the rear
attachment points, then lower the
roof onto the vehicle and locate the
front locking pins. Exercise
caution when maneuvering the top.
To avoid paint damage, the top's
mounting pins must not be allowed
to contact the body.
6. Turn key in steering lock to
position 2. The indicator lamp
in the soft top switch lights up.
7.
Slide soft top switch (3)
forward - the hardtop should lock
and the indicator lamp in the
switch should go out.
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Warning!
The hardtop is not locked:
if the indicator lamp in the soft top
switch does not go out (key in
steering lock position 2), if the
indicator lamp blinks when starting
to drive and an audible warning
sounds simultaneously.
Before continuing to drive,
lock the hardtop:
8. Connect plug (4) for rear window
defroster.
Turn key in steering lock to
position 2.
Slide soft/hardtop switch forward.
Note:
For safety reasons, the hardtop can
only be unlocked while the vehicle is
standing still, and within 10 seconds
after turning the key to steering lock
position 2 or beyond.
If the indicator lamp in the soft top
switch blinks while activating the
switch, the battery voltage may be
insufficient - start engine to charge
battery before shutting engine off and
attempting to unlock the roof again.
If the indicator lamp continues to
blink, lock the hardtop manually.
See Index.
Have the system checked at your
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as
soon as possible.
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• The side windows lower
• The roll bar lowers.
• The indicator lamp in the soft
top switch lights up.
• The soft top is lowered into the
soft top storage compartment.
• The storage compartment cover
closes and locks.
• The indicator lamp in the switch
goes out – the lowering
procedure is completed.
Soft Top
A minimum height clearance of 2
meters (6.5 ft) is required to lower or
raise the soft top.
Do not lower a frozen soft top until
thawed and dry.
The soft top must be dry before
lowering it into the storage compartment.
The soft top should not be lowered or
raised at outside temperatures below +
5°F (-15°C )
The lowering or raising procedure is
immediately interrupted by releasing
the soft top switch.
Warning!
Before operating the soft top switch
make sure that no persons due to
inattention are injured by the
moving parts (roll bar, soft top frame
and soft top lid).
storage compartment while the soft
top is being locked or unlocked.
Serious personal injury may occur.
Lowering Soft Top
1. Engage parking brake.
2. Turn key in steering lock to
position 2.
3. Slide soft top switch (1) back
and hold:
If the soft top switch is held or is
released and slid back again
within approx. 2 seconds, the side
windows will close. If the roll bar
was previously in the upright
position, it will return to that
position.
However, the side windows and
the roll bar can also be activated
using their respective switches.
Note:
A wet or frozen soft top must not
be folded until thawed and dry.
Hands must never be placed near the
roll bar, soft top frame, upper
windshield area or soft top
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4. Slide soft top switch (2) forward
and hold:
Raising Soft Top
1. Engage parking brake.
2. Turn key in steering lock to
position 2.
3. Fold down sun visors.
•
The side windows lower.
•
The roll bar lowers.
•
The indicator lamp in the soft top
switch lights up.
•
The soft top closes and locks.
•
The indicator lamp in the soft top
switch goes out -the closing
procedure is completed.
If the soft top switch is held or is
released and slid forward again within
approx. 2 seconds, the side windows
will close. If the roll bar was
previously in the upright position, it
will return to that position.
However, the side windows and the roll
bar can also be activated using their
respective switches.
Note:
If the soft top does not engage in the
windshield header attachment points,
then release the soft top switch. Reach
into the grip (3) and guide the pins into
their respective locks while pulling
down, slide soft top switch (2) forward
again.
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Warning!
The soft top is not locked:
• if the indicator lamp in the soft
top switch does not go out (key in
steering lock position 2),
• if the indicator lamp blinks when
starting to drive and an audible
warning sounds simultaneously.
Stop the vehicle and before
continuing to drive, lock the soft
top:
The key should be in steering lock
position 2.
Slide soft top switch forward. If the
soft top is not locked, it may fold
back or forward when driving.
During soft top operation, do not
place your hands near the soft top
frame, upper windshield area or soft
top storage compartment. Serious
personal injury may occur.
For safety reasons, the soft top cannot
be unlocked while driving.
However, if the soft top is not
completely locked, it can be locked
while driving by pushing the
soft/hardtop switch forward.
If the indicator lamp in the soft top
switch blinks while activating the
switch,
• the battery voltage may be
insufficient - start engine and
let run while activating switch,
• the system may be overloaded
(for example after lowering or
raising the soft top approx. 5
consecutive times) - after approx. 2
minutes the soft top switch may be
activated again.
Note:
If the roll bar was raised automatically,
the process of raising or lowering the
soft top will take somewhat longer, as
the roll bar must first be lowered.
Whenever possible, park vehicle in the
shade as continuous exposure to sun
rays can prematurely deteriorate the
soft top material.
The soft top may become moldy if it is
kept in the storage compartment for an
extended period.
Therefore, we recommend raising and
airing it thoroughly with the side
windows open (do not expose it to the
sun) at regular intervals during the wet
and cold seasons.
If the indicator lamp continues to
blink, lock the soft top manually.
See Index.
Have the system checked at your
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as
soon as possible.
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Wind Screen
Installation
1. Raise roll bar partially using
switch on center console.
2. Insert screen into roll bar by
positioning hook at bottom of
roll bar, on one side, then push
the opposite side in place.
3. Slide wind screen up into roll bar
(1), using care not to get the
attachment straps (2) caught.
4.
Raise roll bar completely.
5.
Wrap attachment straps around
roll bar and insert tabs into
latches (3).
6.
Tighten straps (4).
7.
Lower roll bar.
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Setting up
Removal
Push top of wind screen fully forward
against internal stop
1. Fold down top of wind screen.
2. Raise roll bar using switch on
center console.
3. Disconnect attachment strap
latches by squeezing latch.
4. Lower roll bar partially
Warning!
The rear storage area should never
be occupied by passengers since the
vehicle is a 2 seater. Furthermore,
with the wind screen in place there is
a risk of injury, should the roll bar
be deployed.
5. Pull wind screen down out of roll
bar (5) and lift wind screen out on
one side and remove.
Storage
The wind screen can be stored in a
trunk mounted container, obtainable at
your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer.
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Antenna
Cellular Telephone
Warning!
The antenna extends when switching
on the radio and/or telephone.
The vehicle is prepared for the
installation of a cellular telephone. For
further information and installation
contact your authorized MercedesBenz dealer.
Some jurisdictions prohibit the
driver from using a cellular
telephone while driving a vehicle.
Therefore, for safety reasons, the
driver should not use the cellular
telephone while the vehicle is in
motion. Stop the vehicle in a safe
location before answering or placing
a call
Note:
To retract the antenna (e.g. when
entering a car wash) both radio and
telephone must be switched off.
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Driving
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Drinking and Driving
Driving Off
Warning!
Test the brakes briefly after driving
off. Perform this procedure only when
the road is clear of other traffic.
Warm up the engine smoothly. Do not
place full load on the engine until the
operating temperature has been
reached.
Drinking and driving can be a very
dangerous combination. Even a small
amount of alcohol or drugs can affect
your reflexes, perceptions and
judgment. The possibility of a serious
or even fatal accident is sharply
increased when you drink and drive.
Please don't drink and drive or allow
a friend to drive when he has been
drinking.
Warning!
Keep driver's foot area clear at all
times. Objects stored in this area
may impair pedal movement.
Parking Brake
To engage, depress parking brake
pedal. With the key in steering lock
position 2, the brake warning lamp in
the instrument cluster should come on
brightly (function check for lamp).
To release the parking brake, pull
handle on instrument panel. The brake
warning lamp in the instrument cluster
should go out (also see brake warning
lamp, page 88).
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Manual Transmission
See illustration for gearshift lever
positions corresponding to the
individual gears.
Stop the vehicle completely before
shifting into reverse; to shift into
reverse, pull the shift lever up.
Do not exceed the maximum speed in
the individual gears. See line markings
on the speedometer
Important!
When vehicle is parked, always be sure
to engage first or reverse gear and
firmly set parking brake
Recommended Shift Points for
Manual Transmission
For good fuel economy, the
following shift points are recommended:
Shift
from 1st to 2nd at 15 mph
(24 km/h)
from 2nd to 3rd at 25 mph
(40 km/h)
from 3rd to 4th at 40 mph
(64 km/h)
from 4th to 5th at 45 mph
(72 km/h).
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Automatic Transmission
Driving
Accelerator position
The automatic transmission
selects individual gears automatically, dependent upon
The selector lever is automatically
locked while in position "P". To move
the selector lever out of position "P",
the service brake pedal must be firmly
depressed before the shift lock will
release.
Shift selector lever to the desired
position only when the engine is idling
normally and the service brake is
applied. Do not release the brake until
ready to drive. The vehicle may
otherwise start creeping when the
selector lever is in drive or reverse
position.
Partial throttle = early upshifting =
normal acceleration
•
•
•
Selector lever position
Accelerator position
Vehicle speed
Important!
When parking the car and before
working on the vehicle with the engine
running, firmly depress the parking
brake pedal and shift the selector lever
into "P".
Full throttle = later upshifting = rapid
acceleration
Kickdown (depressing the accelerator
beyond full throttle) = downshifting to
next lowest gear = maximum
acceleration. Once the desired speed is
attained, ease up on the accelerator the transmission shifts up again.
Warning!
It is dangerous to shift the
selector lever out of "P" or
"N" if the engine speed is higher
than idle speed. If your foot is not on
the brake pedal, the car could
accelerate quickly forward or in
reverse. You could lose control of the
car and hit someone or something.
Only shift into gear when the engine
is idling normally.
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R Reverse gear.
Shift to reverse gear only with the
car stopped.
N Neutral.
No power is transmitted from the
engine to the rear axle. When the
brakes are released, the vehicle can
be moved freely (pushed or towed).
Do not engage "N" while driving
except to coast when the vehicle is
in danger of skidding (e.g. on icy
roads, see page 19).
Selector Lever Positions 300 SL
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". With the key
removed, the selector lever is
locked in position "P".
Important!
Coasting the vehicle for an extended
period of time with selector lever in
"N" can result in transmission damage.
That is not covered by the
MERCEDES-BENZ Limited
Warranty.
D The transmission automatically
upshifts to 5th gear. Position "D"
provides optimum driving
characteristics under all normal
operating conditions.
3 Upshift to 4th gear only.
Suitable for performance driving.
4 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 as a
malfunction. However, neither the
engine nor transmission are negatively
affected by this mode of operation.
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Important!
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 over-revving the engine, the
selector lever cannot be moved to a
lower gear if 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 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 rolling, possibly hitting
people or objects. Always set the
parking brake in addition to shifting
to position "P".
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R
Reverse gear.
Shift to reverse gear only with the
car stopped.
N
Neutral.
No power is transmitted from the
engine to the rear axle. When the
brakes are released, the vehicle can
be moved freely (pushed or towed).
Do not engage "N" while driving
except to coast when the vehicle is
in danger of skidding (e.g. on icy
roads, see page 19).
Important!
Selector Lever Positions 500 SL,
600 SL
Coasting the vehicle for an extended period of time with selector
lever in "N" can result in
transmission damage. That is not
covered by the MERCEDESBENZ Limited Warranty.
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". With the key
removed, the selector lever is
locked in position "P".
D
The transmission automatically
upshifts to 4th gear. Position "D"
provides optimum driving
characteristics under all normal
operating conditions.
3
Upshift to 3rd gear only. Suitable
for moderately steep hills.
2
Upshift to 2nd gear only. For
driving in mountainous regions.
Since the transmission does not
shift higher than 2nd gear, this
gear selection will allow use of
the engine's braking power
downhill.
B
In this position, the engine's
braking effect is utilized by
shifting into 1st gear. Use this
position while descending very
steep or lengthy downgrades and
only at speeds below 40 mph (60
km/h).
Important!
With selector lever in position "D" or
"3", upshifting from 2nd to 3rd gear is
delayed depending on vehicle speed
and engine temperature. This allows
the catalytic converter to heat up more
quickly to operating temperatures.
During the brief warm-up period this
delayed upshift and increased engine
noise might be perceived as
malfunction. However, neither the
engine nor transmission are
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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.
Do not brake the vehicle by
downshifting to a lower gear (for
example from "D" to "3") unless the
speedometer needle is below the speed
limit mark of that particular gear range.
Overrewing could result in serious
damage to the engine.
Warning!
On slippery road surfaces, never
downshift in order to obtain braking
action. This could result in rear
wheel slip and reduced vehicle
control Your vehicle's ABS will not
prevent this type of loss of control.
This applies particularly for
position "B".
To prevent the engine from laboring at
low RPMs, do not allow the engine
speed to drop too low on uphill
gradients.
Depending on the degree of the incline,
shift selector lever to a lower gear
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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Normally the vehicle is accelerated to
the desired speed with the accelerator.
3.
Canceling
To cancel the cruise control,
briefly push lever to position 3.
When you step on the brake or
clutch pedal or the vehicle speed
drops below approx. 40 km/h (25
mph), for example when driving
upgrade, the cruise control will be
canceled. If the cruise control
cancels by itself and remains
inoperative until the engine is
restarted, have the system checked
at your authorized MERCEDESBENZ dealer as soon as possible.
4.
Resume
If the lever is briefly pushed to
position 4 when driving at a speed
exceeding approx. 40 km/h (25
mph), the vehicle resumes the
speed which was set prior to the
cancellation of the cruise control.
The last memorized speed is
canceled when the key in the
steering lock is turned to position 1
or 0.
Speed is set by briefly pushing the
lever to position 1 or 2. The accelerator
can be released.
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.
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.
If a set speed is to be increased or
decreased slightly, e.g. to adapt to the
traffic flow, hold lever in position 1 or
2 until the desired speed is reached, or
briefly tip the control lever in the
appropriate direction for increases or
decreases in 1 km/h (0.6 mph)
increments. When the lever is released,
the newly set speed remains.
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Note:
If the engine does not brake the vehicle
sufficiently while driving on a
downgrade, the speed you set on the
cruise control may be exceeded and
you may have to step on the brake
pedal to slow down. As soon as the
grade eases, the cruise controlled speed
will again be maintained as long as the
brakes were not previously applied, or
the lever may be used to resume the
previously set speed if the brakes were
applied.
Warning!
Caution!
Only use the cruise control if the
traffic and weather conditions make
it advisable to travel at a steady
speed.
In the case of manual transmissions,
the vehicle maximum speed in the
individual gears should not be
exceeded. See line markings on the
speedometer. In the case of automatic
transmissions, the selector lever must
not be shifted to position "N" when
driving with cruise control engaged as
otherwise the engine will overrev,
possibly causing serious engine
damage.
• The use of cruise control
can be dangerous on winding
roads or in heavy traffic
because conditions do not
allow safe driving at a
steady speed.
• The use of cruise control
can be dangerous on slippery
roads. Rapid changes
in tire adhesion can result
in wheel spin and loss of
control.
The "Resume" function should only
be operated if the driver is fully
aware of the previously set speed and
wishes to resume this particular
preset speed.
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Charge Indicator Lamp
Should the charge indicator lamp fail to
come on prior to starting when the key
is in steering lock position 2 or should
it fail to go out after starting or during
operation, this indicates a fault which
must be repaired at an authorized
MERCEDES-BENZ dealer
immediately.
If the charge indicator lamp comes on
while the engine is running, this may
indicate that the poly-V-belt has
broken. Should this condition occur,
the poly-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.
Engine Oil Pressure Gauge with
Oil Pressure Warning Lamp
With the key in steering lock position
2, the oil pressure warning lamp comes
on and goes out with the engine
running.
The oil pressure at idle speed may drop
if the engine is at operating
temperature. This will not jeopardize
the engine's operational reliability.
Pressure must, however, rise
immediately upon acceleration.
There is no need for concern should the
oil pressure warning lamp light up
briefly, (for example, in sharp turns or
hard braking) provided the lamp goes
out immediately. We recommend you
to drive to the nearest service station
where the engine oil should be topped
to the "full" mark on the dipstick with
an approved oil.
Note:
If the oil pressure warning lamp does
not go out after starting the engine or
comes on while driving and the oil
pressure gauge needle drops to "0",
then damage to the engine may occur
with continued operation. Turn off
engine immediately and contact an
authorized MERCEDES-BENZ dealer.
Do not operate the car until the
condition is repaired.
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Low Engine Oil Level Warning
Lamp
With the key in steering lock position
2, the oil pressure warning lamp comes
on and goes out with the engine
running.
If the warning lamp comes on with the
engine running and at operating
temperature, the engine oil level has
dropped to approximately the minimum
mark on the dipstick.
When this occurs, the warning lamp
will first come on intermittently and
then stay on if the oil level drops
further.
If no oil leaks are noted and there is
indicated engine oil pressure, continue
to drive to the nearest service station
where the engine oil should be topped
to the "full" mark on the dipstick with
an approved oil.
In addition to the warning lamp, the
engine oil level should be periodically
checked with the dipstick, for example
during a fuel stop, or before a long trip.
See page 98.
Engine Oil Consumption
Engine oil consumption checks should
only be made after the break-in period.
During the break-in period, higher oil
consumption may be noticed and is
normal. Frequent driving at high
engine speeds results in increased
consumption.
Fuel Consumption Gauge
While driving, instantaneous fuel
consumption is indicated in miles per
gallon (mpg), or in Canada liters per
100 kilometers (I/100 km).
With the engine switched off, the
needle reads "0".
Due to system design, maximum
consumption is indicated at idle speed.
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Fuel Reserve Warning Lamp
Warning!
Warning!
With the key in steering lock position
2, the fuel reserve warning lamp comes
on and goes out with the engine
running.
If the warning lamp does not go out
after starting the engine or if it comes
on while driving, it indicates that the
fuel level is down to the reserve
quantity of approx. 2.6 gal (10 liters).
The outside temperature indicator is
not designed to serve as an IceWarning Device and is therefore unsuitable for that purpose. Indicated
temperatures just above the freezing
point do not guarantee that the road
surface is free of ice.
• Driving when your engine is
badly overheated can cause some
fluids which may have leaked into
the engine compartment to catch
fire. You could be seriously
burned. Turn off the engine and
get out of the car until it cools
down.
Outside Temperature Indicator
If the antifreeze mixture is effective to
- 22°F (- 30° C), the boiling point of
the coolant in the pressurized cooling
system of your vehicle is approx.
266 °F (130 ° C).
The temperature sensor is located in
the front bumper area. Due to its
location, the sensor can be affected by
road or engine heat during idling or
slow driving. This means that the
accuracy of the displayed temperature
can only be verified by comparison to a
thermometer placed next to the sensor,
not by comparison to external displays
(e.g. bank signs, etc.).
Adaptation to ambient temperature
takes place in steps and depends on the
prevailing driving conditions (stopand-go or moderate, constant driving)
and amount of temperature change.
Coolant Temperature Gauge
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.
• 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.
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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).
In cases of major or frequent minor
coolant loss, have the cooling system
checked at your authorized
MERCEDES-BENZ dealer as soon as
possible.
Note:
Do not drive without coolant in the
cooling system. The engine can
overheat causing major engine damage.
Monitor the coolant temperature gauge
while driving.
Warning!
Roll Bar Warning Lamp
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.
With the key in steering lock position
2, the warning lamp comes on and goes
out with the engine running.
Low Windshield and Headlamp
Washer Fluid Level Warning Lamp
If the warning lamp does not go out
after starting the engine, or if it
comes on while driving, and the
indicator lamps in the roll bar switch
blink simultaneously, then the roll
bar system is defective and may not
activate in an accident. In this case,
raise the roll bar manually (see page
62) before continuing to drive.
With the key in steering lock position
2, the warning lamp comes on and goes
out with the engine running.
If the warning lamp comes on with the
engine running, the level of the
reservoir has dropped to approx. 1/4 of
the total volume. The reservoir should
be refilled with MB Windshield
Washer Concentrate "S" and water (or
commercially available premixed
windshield washer solvent/antifreeze,
depending on ambient temperature see Index) at the next opportunity. The
reservoir for the windshield and
headlamp washer system is located in
the engine compartment.
Warning!
Have the roll bar system checked at
your authorized MERCEDES-BENZ
dealer as soon as possible.
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Seat Belt and Backrest Lock
Warning Lamp
Exterior Lamp Failure Indicator
Lamp
With the key in steering lock position
2, the warning lamp comes on and an
audible warning sounds for a short time
if the driver's seat belt is not fastened.
With the key in steering lock position
2, a dim indicator lamp comes on and
goes out with the engine running.
If a backrest is not engaged in its lock,
an audible warning will sound
intermittently for up to approx. 20
seconds.
After starting the engine, the warning
lamp blinks for a brief period to remind
the driver and passenger to fasten seat
belts before driving off.
If the warning lamp does not go put
after blinking briefly, but is instead lit
continuously, then a backrest is not
engaged in its lock.
With the key in steering lock position
2 or with the engine running, a bright
illumination of this lamp indicates an
exterior lamp failure (except high
mounted stop lamp).
If an exterior lamp fails, the indicator lamp will come on only
when that lamp is switched on.
If a brake 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.
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.
The warning lamp goes out as soon as
the backrest is engaged in its lock.
If the backrest is locked and the
warning lamp does not go out, have the
system checked at your authorized
MERCEDES-BENZ dealer as soon as
possible.
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Brake Pad Wear Indicator Lamp
Brake Warning Lamp
Warning!
The brake pad wear indicator lamp in
the instrument cluster comes on when
the key in the steering lock is turned to
position 2 and goes out when the
engine is running.
The brake warning lamp will come on:
Driving with the brake warning
lamp on can result in an accident.
Have your brake system checked
immediately if the brake warning
lamp stays on. Don't add brake fluid
before checking the brake system.
Overfilling the brake fluid reservoir
can result in spilling brake fluid on
hot engine parts and the brake fluid
catching fire. You can be seriously
burned.
If the indicator lamp lights up during
braking, this indicates that the front
wheel brake pads are worn down
(vehicles equipped with ASR front
and/or rear wheel brake pads).
Have the brake system checked at your
authorized MERCEDES-BENZ dealer
as soon as possible.
•
when there is insufficient brake
fluid in the reservoir (engine
running and parking brake
released)
•
when the parking brake is set
(engine running)
When the minimum mark on the
reservoir is reached, have the brake
system checked for brake pad thickness
and leaks.
To test the brake warning lamp, turn
the key in steering lock to position 2.
The brake warning lamp comes on, and
should go out when the engine is
running.
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Antilock Brake System (ABS)
The ABS prevents the wheels from
locking up above a vehicle speed of
approximately 3 km/h (2 mph)
independent of road surface conditions.
It is necessary, however, that the
vehicle speed reaches at least 8 km/h (5
mph) before commencing to brake.
At the instant one of the wheels is
about to lock up, a slight pulsation can
be felt in the brake pedal, indicating
that the ABS is in the regulating mode.
On slippery road surfaces, the ABS
will respond even with only slight
brake pedal pressure. The pulsating
brake pedal can be an indication of
hazardous road conditions and
functions as a reminder to take extra
care while driving.
The ABS warning lamp in the
instrument cluster comes on with the
key in steering lock position 2 and
should go out 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.
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Automatic Locking Differential
(ASD)
The automatic locking differential
engages when there is a difference in
speed (slip) during acceleration
between the front and rear wheels of
over 1.2 mph (2 km/h) and the vehicle
speed is less than 15.6 mph (25 km/h).
It will disengage at speeds above 16.2
mph (26 km/h).
The yellow function indicator in the
speedometer comes on whenever there
is a difference in speed between the
front and rear wheels of over 1.2 mph
(2 km/h), warning of slippery road
conditions.
In steering lock position 2, the yellow
function indicator lamp and the yellow
ASD warning lamp in the instrument
cluster should come on and then must
go out with the engine running.
If the ASD warning lamp comes on
with the engine running, a malfunction
has been detected. We recommend that
you visit an authorized Mercedes-Benz
dealer as soon as possible to have the
ASD checked.
Caution!
If the vehicle is towed with the front
axle raised, the key must not be in
steering lock position 2. Otherwise, the
automatic locking differential control
will immediately be engaged, which
may cause loss of towing control.
Notes:
The automatic locking differential will
not engage at speeds above 15.5 mph
(25 km/h). However, above this speed,
a limited-slip effect of up to 35% is
always present.
When testing the parking brake on a
brake test dynamometer, turn off the
engine to avoid engaging the automatic
locking differential.
In winter operation, the maximum
efficiency of the automatic locking
differential can only be achieved with
Mercedes-Benz recommended M + S
radial-ply tires on all four wheels.
Acceleration Slip Control (ASR)
The acceleration slip control will
engage at all vehicle speeds, if one or
both drive wheels begin to lose traction
and spin due to
excessive acceleration. While engaged,
the yellow function indicator in the
speedometer lights up.
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, the key must not be in
steering lock position 2. Otherwise, the
acceleration slip control will
immediately be engaged and will apply
the rear wheel brakes.
Notes:
With the key in steering lock position
2, the yellow function indicator lamp
and the yellow ASR warning lamp in
the instrument cluster come on. They
must go out with the engine running
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This mode is effective at speeds up to
25 mph (40 km/h). It remains stored in
memory up to 37 mph (60 km/h) and
automatically engages again when the
vehicle speed drops below 25 mph (40
km/h).
If the ASR warning lamp comes on
with the engine running, a malfunction
has been detected. Pressing the
accelerator pedal will require greater
effort. Only partial engine output is
available.
Have the acceleration slip control
checked at your authorized MercedesBenz dealer as soon as possible.
Driving the vehicle with varied size
tires will cause the wheels to rotate at
different speeds, therefore the
acceleration slip control will activate
(yellow ASR function indicator lamp in
instrument cluster comes on). For this
reason, all wheels, including the spare
wheel, must have the same tire size.
In winter operation, the maximum
effectiveness of the acceleration slip
control can only be achieved with M +
S radial-ply tires recommended by
Mercedes-Benz.
On vehicles equipped with acceleration
slip control, the brake pad wear
warning lamp indicates brake pad wear
for the front as well as the rear brakes.
The mode is canceled in memory
above 37 mph (60 km/h) and the
indicator lamp in the switch goes out.
To switch off: press lower half of
switch (the indicator lamp in the switch
goes out).
Snow chain switch
Driving with Snow Chains
When driving with snow chains, press
the upper half of the snow chain
switch, located on the instrument panel
(the indicator lamp in the switch
comes on) to obtain maximum possible
traction.
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Adaptive Damping System
(ADS)
Depending upon road surface
conditions, load, driving style, ADS
will automatically adjust the optimal
ride firmness.
The indicator lamp comes on with the
key in steering lock position 2 and goes
out when the engine is running.
If the indicator lamp stays on after the
engine is running or comes on while
driving, then the system has detected a
malfunction.
We recommend that you visit an
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as
soon as possible to have the system
checked-out.
Note:
If the battery was disconnected, the
indicator lamp will only go out after
the engine is started and the steering
wheel is turned from full left to full
right lock and returned to the center
position.
Adaptive Damping System
Adjustment
The switch is located in the center
console.
1.
2.
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.
Soft dampening program.
This setting should be used for
regular driving.
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Emission Control
Warning!
Certain systems of the engine serve to
keep the toxic components of the
exhaust gases within permissible limits
required by law.
Inhalation of exhaust gas is
hazardous to your health. All
exhaust gas contains carbon
monoxide, and inhaling it can cause
unconsciousness and lead to death.
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.
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.
On Board Diagnostic System 300 SL,
500 SL (California version only);
600 SL (all)
The Continuous Fuel Injection (CFI)
control module respectively 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 CFI
respectively SFI control module.
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 with
pushbutton and light emitting diode
(LED) is located on the engine
compartment firewall, allowing the
accurate identification of system
malfunctions through the readout of
diagnostic trouble code.
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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 "Fuels, Coolants,
Lubricants, etc." see Index.
• Check engine coolant
anticorrosion/antifreeze
concentration.
S
• Additive for the windshield washer
and headlamp cleaning system: Add
MB Concentrate "S" to a premixed
windshield washer
solvent/antifreeze which is
formulated for below freezing
temperatures (see page 53).
• Test battery: Battery capacity drops
with decreasing ambient
temperature. A well charged battery
ensures that the engine can always
be started, even at low ambient
temperatures.
• Tires: We recommend M + S radial
tires on all four wheels for the
winter season. Observe permissible
maximum speed for M + S radial
tires and the legal speed limit.
Note:
In winter operation, the maximum
efficiency of the acceleration slip
control or of the automatic locking
differential is only achieved with M +
S radial tires.
Snow Chains
Use only snow chains that are tested
and recommended by MERCEDESBENZ. Your authorized MERCEDESBENZ dealer will be glad to advise you
on this subject.
Chains should only be used on the rear
wheels. Follow the manufacturer's
mounting instructions.
Snow chains should only be driven on
snow covered roads at speeds not to
exceed 50 km/h (30 mph). 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
Control (ASR):
When driving with snow chains, press
the snow chain switch, refer to Index.
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Practical Hints
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Warning!
To help prevent personal injury,
stay clear of moving parts when the
hood is open and the engine is
running. Be sure the hood is
properly closed before driving.
The engine is equipped with a
transistorized ignition system.
Because of the high voltage it is
dangerous to touch any components
(ignition coil, distributor, spark plug
sockets, ignition cables, diagnostic
socket) of the ignition system:
Hood
To open:
To unlock the hood, pull release lever
(1) under the driver's side of the
instrument panel.
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.
• with the engine running,
• while starting the engine,
• if the ignition is "on" and the
engine is turned manually.
To close:
Lower hood and let it drop into lock
from a height of approx. 1 ft (30 cm),
assisting with flat hands placed only on
edges of hood (3).
To avoid hood damage, if hood is
not fully closed, re-open and repeat
closing procedure.
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Example
Checking Coolant Level
The coolant level can be checked
visually at the transparent coolant
reservoir.
To check the coolant level, the vehicle
must be parked on level ground.
Check coolant level only when coolant
is cold:
The coolant should reach the rib in the
filler neck. Also see marking (1) on
reservoir.
Warning!
Adding Coolant
• Use extreme caution when
opening the hood if there are any
signs of steam or coolant leaking
from the cooling system.
If coolant has to be added, a 50/50
mixture of water and MB
anticorrosion/antifreeze should be
added.
• Do not remove pressure cap on
coolant reservoir if engine
temperature is above 90°C
(194°F). Allow engine to cool
down before removing cap. The
coolant reservoir contains hot
fluid and is under pressure.
300 SL:
• 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,
• Do not spill antifreeze on hot
engine parts. Antifreeze contains
ethylene glycol which may burn if
it comes into contact with hot
engine parts. You can be
seriously burned.
The drain plugs for the cooling system
are located on the right side of the
engine block and at the bottom of the
radiator.
500 SL, 600 SL:
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.
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300 SL
500 SL
Checking Engine Oil Level
The best time to check the engine
oil level is when the oil is warm, such
as during a fuel stop.
1. Oil dipstick
2. Oil filler cap
With the vehicle on level ground, stop
the engine and wait a few minutes for
the oil to drain back to the oil pan.
600 SL
Oil level must be between
the lower (min) and
upper(max) mark of the
dipstick
Do not overfill engine.
Excessive oil must be drained or
siphoned.
For low engine oil level warning lamp,
see Index.
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Measure fluid level with the
dipstick completely inserted and
the locking lever released (1).
Extreme cleanliness must be
observed! To wipe the dipstick,
use a clean, lint-free 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.
Example
Checking Automatic Transmission
Fluid Level
Dipstick locking lever
1. Release
2. Engage
The fluid level in the transmission
is dependent upon its temperature.
The maximum and minimum fluid
level marks on the dipstick are
applicable references only if the
transmission fluid level has
reached its normal operating
temperature of 176°F (80°C).
Important!
If the transmission fluid cools
down to 68 - 86° F (20 - 30°C),
which is the normal shop temperature range, then the maximum fluid
level will be approximately 0.4 in
(10 mm) below the minimum mark
on the dipstick. We stress this point
because a fluid change is normally
performed when the transmission
fluid has cooled down to shop
temperature.
The fluid level must not exceed the
dipstick maximum mark with the
fluid at operating temperature.
Drain or siphon excess fluid, if
required.
Then push dipstick all the way in
and swing locking lever
downwards (2).
Check transmission fluid level 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
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First Aid Kit
The first aid kit is located in the left
trunk well.
Trunk Lamp
Spare Wheel
To switch off: Using car key, slide
switch to the left. This prevents the
battery from being discharged if the
trunk is to remain open for an extended
period.
1. Trunk floor
2. Strap
When the trunk lid is closed, the switch
will reset and turn on the lamp the next
time the lid is opened.
Roll back the floor mat, lift the trunk
floor (1) and engage strap (2) in the
hooks on the upper edge of the trunk lid.
First remove the vehicle jack, then the
spare wheel; reinstall in reverse order.
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Vehicle Jack
1.
2.
3.
Jack arm
Jack base
Tool kit
See illustration for proper storage of
jack.
Before storing the jack, the jack arm
(1) must be lowered almost to the base
(2) of the jack.
Note:
First remove the vehicle jack, then the
spare wheel; reinstall in reverse order.
Warning!
Vehicle Tools
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.
The vehicle tools (3) are located below
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. Lower the
vehicle onto sufficient capacity
jackstands before working under the
vehicle.
Wheels
Replace rims or tires with the same
designation, manufacturer and type as
shown on the original part. See your
authorized MERCEDES-BENZ dealer
for further information.
Warning!
Do not mix different tire construction types (i.e. radial, bias, and
bias-belted) on your car because
handling may be adversely affected
and may result in loss of control.
See your authorized MERCEDESBENZ dealer for information on tested
and recommended rims and tires for
summer and winter operation. They
can also offer advice concerning tire
service and purchase.
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Tire Replacement
Warning!
Important!
Front tires should be replaced in sets.
Furthermore - in the event of tire
replacement - the spare wheel, if
possible, should be used on the rear
axle. Rims and tires must be of the
same size. For dimensions, see
"Technical Data".
Worn, old tires can cause accidents.
If the tire tread is badly worn, or if
the tires have sustained damage,
replace them.
Unidirectional snow tires must always
be mounted with arrow on tire sidewall
pointing in direction of vehicle forward
movement.
When replacing rims, use only
genuine MERCEDES-BENZ wheel
bolts (identified by Mercedes star)
specified for the rim type. Failure to
do so can result in the bolts loosening and possibly an accident
Note:
Thoroughly clean the inner side of the
wheels any time you rotate the wheels
or wash the vehicle underside.
We recommend that you break in new
tires for approx. 100 km (60 miles) at
moderate speed. It is imperative that
the wheel mounting bolts be
retightened after approx. 60 -300 miles
(100 to 500 km).
On new vehicles retightening is carried
out during the 1st inspection.
Retightening is also necessary
whenever wheels are fitted, e.g. when
the spare wheel is used for the first
time or when a set of wheels with M +
8 tires is installed.
Tightening torque: 80 ft. lb
(110 Nm).
For rim and tire specifications, refer to
“Technical Data”.
Rotating Wheels
The wheels can be rotated according to
the degree of tire wear while retaining
the same direction of travel.
Rotating, however, should be carried
out at a mileage of 3000-6000 miles
(5000-10000) 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.
The use of retread tires is not
recommended. Retread tires may
adversely affect the handling
characteristics and safety of the
vehicle.
Dented or bent rims cause tire pressure
loss and damage to the tire beads. For
this reason, check rims for damage at
regular intervals.
The rim flanges must be checked for
wear before a tire is mounted.
Remove burrs, if any.
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Warning!
Changing Wheels
The jack is designed exclusively for
jacking up the vehicle at the jack
tubes built into either side of the
vehicle. Use the jack only to lift the
vehicle during a wheel change. Never
get beneath the vehicle while it is
supported by the jack. Keep hands
and feet away from the area under
the lifted vehicle. Always firmly set
parking brake and block wheels
before raising vehicle with jack.
Move vehicle to a level area which is a
safe distance from the roadway.
Do not disengage parking brake
while the vehicle is raised. Be certain
that the jack is always vertical when
in use, especially on hills. Lower the
vehicle onto sufficient capacity
jackstands before working under the
vehicle.
1. Set parking brake and turn on
hazard warning flasher.
2. Select 1st or reverse gear in vehicles
with manual transmission or position
"P" in vehicles equipped with automatic transmission.
3. Prevent vehicle from rolling away by
blocking wheels with wheel chocks
or sizable wood block or stone (not
supplied with, vehicle). When
changing a wheel on a hill, place
chocks on the downhill side blocking
both wheels of the other axle. On a
level road, place one
chock in front of and one behind the
wheel that is diagonally opposite to
the wheel being changed.
4.
Unfold wrench, loosen but do not
remove the wheel bolts yet.
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5.
Remove the protective cover from
the jack support tube opening by
inserting a screwdriver in the
opening and prying it out.
The tube openings are located
directly behind the front wheel
housings and in front of the rear
wheel housings.
6.
Insert jack arm fully into the
tube hole up to the stop.
Position the jack so that it is
always vertical (plumb-line) as
seen from the side (see arrow),
even if the vehicle is parked on
an incline.
7.
Jack up the vehicle until the
wheel is clear of the ground.
8.
Unscrew wheel bolts completely.
Keep bolt threads
protected from dirt and sand.
While removing the last bolt, hold
wheel against hub to avoid paint
damage on rim.
9.
Remove wheel.
10. Screw the alignment bolt (1)
supplied in the tool kit into the
upper-most threaded hole.
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11.
Install spare wheel on wheel
hub. Insert wheel bolts and
tighten them slightly.
To avoid paint damage, place
wheel flat against hub and hold it
there while installing first wheel
bolt. Unscrew the alignment bolt
to install the last wheel bolt.
13. Fold wrench together and
tighten the five bolts evenly,
following the sequence
illustrated above, until all bolts
are tight.
14. Observe a tightening torque of 80
ft. lb (110 Nm).
15. Correct tire pressure.
12.
Lower car. Remove jack and
insert jack tube cover.
Important!
Before storing the jack, the jack arm
must be lowered almost to the base of
the jack. Store the spare wheel first and
then the vehicle jack.
Warning!
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.
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
Mercedes Benz recommended tires as
well as for the varying operating
conditions.
Important!
Tire pressure differs by approx. 1.5 psi
(0.1 bar) per 18°F (10°C) of air
temperature change. Keep this in mind
when checking tire pressure inside a
garage - especially in the winter.
Example:
If garage temperature =
approx. + 68 ° F (+ 20 ° C) and
ambient temperature =
approx. + 32° F (0°C) then the adjusted
air pressure = specified
air pressure + 3 psi (+ 0.2 bar).
Increased inflation pressures for heavy
loads produce favorable handling
characteristics with lighter loads and
are perfectly permissible. The ride of
the vehicle, however, will become
somewhat harder.
Tire temperature and pressure increase
with the vehicle speed. Tire pressure
should therefore only be corrected on
cold tires. Correct tire pressure in warm
tires only if pressure has dropped below the pressure listed in the table and
the respective operating conditions are
taken into consideration.
An underinflated tire due to a slow
leak (e.g. due to a nail in the tire) may
cause damage such as tread separation,
bulging etc.. Regular tire pressure
checks (including the spare tire) at
intervals of no more than 14 days are
therefore essential.
If a tire constantly loses air, it should
be inspected for damage
Warning!
Do not overinflate tires, overinflating
tires can result in sudden deflation
(blowout) because they are more
likely to become punctured or
damaged by road debris, potholes
etc.. Follow recommended inflation
pressures.
Do not overload the tires by
exceeding the specified vehicle
capacity weight (as indicated by the
label on the driver's door latch post).
Overloading the tires can overheat
them, possibly causing a blowout.
Tire pressures listed for light loads are
minimum values offering high driving
comfort.
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Battery
The maintenance-free battery is located
in the trunk behind the right-hand 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 recommend that you
have the battery charge checked
frequently if you use the vehicle
mostly for short distance trips, or if
it is not used for long periods of time.
Only charge a battery with a battery
charger after it has been disconnected
from the vehicle electrical circuit.
When removing and connecting the
battery, always make sure that all
electrical consumers are off and the
key is in steering lock position 0.
While the engine is running the battery
terminal clamps must not be loosened
or detached, otherwise the alternator
and other electronic components would
be damaged.
Battery Recycling
Batteries contain materials that can
harm the environment with
improper disposal.
Large 12 Volt storage batteries contain
lead, and smaller watch-type batteries
(such as in the Infrared Remote
Control Unit) may contain mercury.
Recycling of batteries is the
preferred method of disposal.
Warning!
Never lean over batteries while
connecting or jump starting, you
might get injured.
Battery fluid contains sulfuric acid.
Do not allow this fluid to come in
contact with eyes, skin or clothing.
In case it does, immediately flush
affected area with water and seek
medical help.
A battery will also produce hydrogen
gas, which is flammable and
explosive. Keep flames or sparks
away from battery, avoid improper
connection of jumper cables,
smoking, etc..
Many states require sellers of batteries
to accept old batteries for recycling.
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Spark Plugs
Remove and install spark plugs only
with socket wrench from the vehicle
tool kit.
Tightening torque: 15-22 ft. lb.
(20 - 30 Mm).
For approved spark plugs see
"Technical Data".
Fuses
In engine compartment:
1. Main fuse box
2. Auxiliary fuse box
In trunk on rear wall:
3. Auxiliary fuse box
Spare fuses are supplied inside the fuse
box. Observe amperage and color of
fuse.
Always use a new fuse for replacement. Never attempt to repair or
bridge a blown fuse.
After replacing a blown fuse, close fuse
box cover.
Before replacing a blown fuse,
determine the cause of the short circuit.
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Headlamp Adjustment
Headlamp Assembly
Correct headlamp adjustment is
extremely important. Check and
readjust headlamps at regular intervals
and when a bulb has been replaced.
1.
Replacing Bulbs
6.
Headlamp horizontal adjustment
screw
Electrical connector for high
and low beam headlamp bulb
7.
2.
Headlamp vertical adjustment
screw
Clamping ring for high and low
beam headlamp bulb
Warning!
Do not touch glass portion of bulb with
bare hands. Use plain paper or a clean
cloth.
3.
High and low beam headlamp
cover
Halogen lamps contain pressurized
gas. A bulb can explode if you:
4.
Install only 12 volt bulbs with the
specified watt rating.
Squeeze latches for high and
low beam headlamp cover
5.
Turn signal, parking, side
marker and standing lamp bulb
•
•
•
Touch or move it when hot
Drop the bulb.
Scratch the bulb
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Replacing bulbs:
Bulb for turn signal, parking, side
marker and standing lamp' (21/5
W/32/3cp):
Turn bulb socket (5) with bulb
counterclockwise and pull out. Push
bulb into socket, turn counterclockwise
and remove.
Bulb for high and low beam
(Halogen type 9004):
Squeeze latches (4) and remove cover
(3) upwards. Pull off electrical
connector (6). Turn clamping ring (7)
counterclockwise and pull out bulb
together with clamping ring. Remove
bulb.
Insert new bulb (flat side facing up),
mount clamping ring (7) (with tab
facing down) and turn clock-wise. Push
electrical connector on securely.
Taillamp Assemblies
To replace bulbs:
1.
Push the locking button (1) on the rear
of the lamp support inward and swing
open lamp support. Push down the bulb
to be changed, turn to the left and
remove.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Side marker lamp
(10 W/6 cp bulb)
Turn signal lamp
(21/4 W/35/1.2 cp bulb)
Tail, parking and standing lamp
(21 W/32 cp bulb)
Driver's side:
Tail, parking, standing and rear
fog lamp (21/4W/35/1.2cp bulb)
Backup lamp
(21 W/32 cp bulb)
Stop lamp
(21 W/32 cp bulb)
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Jump Starting
If the battery is discharged, the engine
can be started with jumper cables and
the (12V) battery of another vehicle.
The battery is located in the trunk
behind the right-hand cover panel.
Follow these steps exactly to avoid
injury:
Warning!
License Plate Lamps
(5 W bulb)
Loosen both securing screws (1),
remove lamp and take out bulb.
Failure to follow these directions can
lead to a battery explosion and
personal injury.
Read, all instructions before
proceeding.
1. Position the vehicle with the
charged battery so that the jumper
cables will reach, but never let the
vehicles touch. Make sure the
jumper cables do not have loose or
missing insulation.
2.
On both vehicles:
• Turn off engine and all lights
and accessories, except hazard
flashers or work lights.
• Apply parking brake and
shift selector lever to
position "P" (neutral for
manual transmission).
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
a grounded heavy metal bracket in
the engine compartment or on the
engine of the disabled vehicle.
Make sure the cables are not on or
near pulleys, fans, or other parts
that will move when the vehicle
with the charged battery is started.
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5. Start engine of the vehicle with
the charged battery and run at
high idle. Then start engine of
the disabled vehicle in the usual
manner.
6. After the engine has started,
remove jumper cables by
reversing the above installation
sequence exactly, starting with
the jumper cable connected to
a heavy metal bracket in the
disabled vehicle's engine
compartment. When removing
each clamp, make sure that it does
not touch any other metal while the
other end is still attached.
Important!
Warning!
A discharged battery can freeze at
approx. + 14°F (-10°C). In that case, it
must be thawed out before jumper
cables are used.
Never lean over batteries while
connecting or jump starting, you
might get injured.
Jumper cable specifications:
• Minimum cable cross-section of
25 mm2 or approx. 2 AWG
• Maximum length of 11.5 ft.
(3.5 m).
Battery fluid contains sulfurie acid.
Do not allow this fluid to come in
contact with eyes, skin or clothing. In
case it does, immediately flush
affected area with water, and seek
medical help.
A battery will also produce hydrogen
gas, which is flammable and very
explosive. Keep flames or sparks
away from battery, avoid improper
connection of jumper cables,
smoking, etc..
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Towing of Vehicle
The rear towing eye is located at the
right, below the bumper. The front
towing eye is located on the passenger
side behind a flap in the bumper panel.
Flap removal: Insert finger in recess of
flap and pull flap out.
Flap installation: Engage flap at bottom
and press in top securely.
The vehicle may be towed with all of
the wheels on the ground and the
selector lever in position "N" for
distances up to 30 miles (50 km) (or
gearshift lever in neutral position for
distances up to 75 miles [120 km]) and
at a speed not to exceed 30 mph (50
km/h).
To positively avoid a possibility of
damage to the transmission, however,
we recommend to disconnect the drive
shaft at the rear axle drive flange on
any towing beyond a short tow to a
nearby garage.
Do not tow with sling-type equipment.
Towing with sling-type equipment
over bumpy roads will damage radiator
and supports.
The use of wheel lift equipment will
damage engine oil pan.
Warning!
With the engine not running, there
is no power assistance for the
braking and steering systems. In
this case, it is important to keep in
mind that a considerably higher
degree of effort is necessary to
brake and steer the vehicle.
Note:
To signal turns while being towed
with hazard flasher in use, turn key in
steering lock to position 2 and activate
combination switch for left or right
turn signal in usual manner - only the
selected turn signal.
Upon canceling the turn signal, all
four turn signals will operate again.
Important!
When transporting vehicle on flat bed
equipment, the front end of the vehicle
must be loaded first. Additional
ramping may be required for loading to
protect bumper fascia.
We recommend that the vehicle be
transported using flat bed equipment.
This method is preferable to other types
of towing.
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Cleaning and Care of the Vehicle
Warning!
Many cleaning products can be
hazardous. Some are poisonous,
others are flammable. Always follow
the instructions on the particular
container. Always open your car's
doors or windows when cleaning the
inside.
Never use fluids or solvents that are
not designed for cleaning your car.
In operation, your vehicle is subjected
to varying external influences which, if
gone unchecked, can attack the paintwork as well as the underbody and
cause lasting damage.
Such damage is caused not only by
extreme and varying climatic
conditions, but also by air pollution,
road salt, tar, gravel and stone
chipping. Grease and oil, fuel, coolant,
brake fluid, bird droppings, tree resins,
etc. should be removed immediately to
avoid paint damage. Frequent
washing, however, reduces and/or
eliminates the aggressiveness and
potency of the above adverse influences.
necessary nor recommended by
MERCEDES-BENZ because of the
possibility of incompatibility between
materials used in the production
process and others applied later.
More frequent washings are necessary
to deal with unfavorable conditions; for
example, near the ocean, in industrial
areas (smoke, exhaust emissions), or
during winter operation.
We have selected car-care products and
compiled recommendations which are
specially matched to our vehicles and
which always reflect the latest technology. You can obtain MB car-care
products at your authorized
MERCEDES-BENZ dealer.
You should check your vehicle from
time to time for stone chipping or other
damage. Any damage should be
repaired as soon as possible to prevent
the start of corrosion.
In doing so, do not neglect the
underside of the car. A prerequisite for
a thorough check is a washing of the
underbody followed by a thorough
inspection. Damaged areas need to be
reundercoated.
Your vehicle has been treated at the
factory with a wax-base rustproofing in
the body cavities which will fast for the
lifetime of the vehicle. Post-production
treatment is neither
Scratches, corrosive deposits, corrosion
or damage due to negligent or incorrect
care cannot always be removed or
repaired with the car-care products recommended here. In such cases it is
best to seek aid at your authorized
MERCEDES-BENZ dealer.
The following topics deal with the
cleaning and care of your vehicle and
give important "how-to" information as
well as references to recommended
MB car-care products.
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Engine Cleaning
Corrosion protection, such as MB
Anticorrosion Wax should be applied
to the engine compartment after every
engine cleaning. Before applying, all
control linkage bushing should be
lubricated. The V-belt and all pulleys
should be protected from any wax.
Car Washing
Before washing your vehicle, remove
insect residues, MB Insect Remover is
recommended. Do not use hot water or
wash your car in direct sunlight. Use
only a mild car wash detergent, such as
MB Autoshampoo.
Thoroughly spray the car with a
diffused jet of water. Direct only a very
weak spray towards the ventilation
intake. Use plenty of water and rinse
the sponge and chamois frequently.
Rinse with clear water and thoroughly
wipe dry with a chamois. Do not allow
cleaning agents to dry on the finish.
If the vehicle has been run through an
automatic car wash -in particular one
of the older installations - rewipe the
recessed sections in the taillamps
(designed to prevent soiling) if
necessary. No solvents (fuels, thinners
etc.) must be used.
In the winter, thoroughly remove all
traces of road salt as soon as
possible.
When washing the underbody, do not
forget to clean the inner sides of the
wheels.
Tar Stains
Quickly remove tar stains before they
dry and become more difficult to
remove. MB Tar Remover is
recommended.
Window Cleaning
Use a window cleaning solution on
very dirty or oil-stained windows.
Headlamp Cleaning System
The condition of the wiper blades is
important for satisfactory cleaning of
the headlamp lenses. We therefore
recommend that the blades be
inspected regularly.
Replace damaged wiper blades.
Seat Belts
The webbing must not be treated with
chemical cleaning agents. Use only
clear, lukewarm water and soap. Do
not dry the webbing at temperatures
above 176°F (80°C) or in direct
sunlight.
Warning!
Do not bleach or dye seat belts as
this may severely weaken them. In a
crash they may not be able to
provide adequate protection.
Wiper Blade
Clean the wiper blade rubber with a
clean cloth and detergent solution.
Replace blade twice a year; once
before and once after winter.
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Instrument Cluster
Use a gentle dish-washing detergent or
mild detergent for delicate fabrics as a
washing solution. Wipe with a cloth
moistened in lukewarm solution. Do
not use scouring agents.
Steering Wheel and Gear
Shift Lever
Wipe with a damp cloth and dry
thoroughly or clean with MB Leather
Cleaner.
Upholstery
Using aftermarket seat covers or
wearing clothing that have the
tendency to give off coloring (e.g.
when wet etc.) may cause the
upholstery to become permanently
discolored. By lining the seats with a
proper intermediate cover, contactdiscoloration will be prevented.
Leather Upholstery
Wipe leather upholstery with a damp
cloth and dry thoroughly or clean with
MB Leather Cleaner. Exercise
particular care when cleaning
perforated leather as its underside
should not become wet.
Plastic Parts, Headliner
and Rubber Parts
Do not use oil or wax on these parts.
Paintwork, Painted Body
Components
MB-Paint Protector and Sealer should
be applied when water drops on the
paint surface do not "bead up";
normally in 3 to 5 months depending
on climate and washing detergent used.
MB-Paint-Polish should be applied if
paint surface shows signs of dirt
embedding (i.e. loss of gloss).
MB-Fine Polishing Paste must be used
when the paint surface shows signs of
excessive fading/ chalking due to lack
of care etc..
Do not apply any of these products or
wax if your car is parked in the sun or
if the hood is still hot.
Use the appropriate MB-Touch-Up
Stick for quick and provisional repairs
of minor paint damage (i.e. chips from
stones, car doors etc.).
Automatic Antenna
For trouble-free operation of the
automatic antenna, we recommend to
clean the antenna mast periodically.
Light Alloy Wheels
MB Autoshampoo should be used for
regular cleaning of the light alloy
wheels.
If possible, clean wheels once a week
with MB-Autoshampoo, using a soft
sponge and an ample supply of
lukewarm water.
If the MB-Autoshampoo does not
satisfactorily clean the wheels, use MB
Protective Agent for Light Alloy
Wheels for normal cleaning and MBCleaner for Light Alloy Wheels for
heavier dirt accumulation.
Follow instructions on container.
Ornamental Moldings
For regular cleaning and care of very
dirty chrome-plated parts, use a chrome
cleaner.
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Soft Top
Clean soft top with soft top raised and
locked. Lower the soft top into the
storage compartment only if the top is
completely dry. If the top is kept in the
storage compartment for a lengthy
period, raise it and air it out with the
windows down about every 4 months.
Dry cleaning:
Brush top (always from front to rear)
with a soft-bristled brush.
Wet cleaning:
Brush the dry top. Wash with a mild
detergent and an ample supply of
lukewarm water by wiping with a softbristled brush or sponge from front to
rear. Then rinse thoroughly with clear
water.
If only parts of the top have been
washed, wet the entire top and allow it
to air-dry before lowering it into the
storage compartment.
Wipe the rear window with a cloth
soaked with a mild, non-abrasive
detergent, rinse and rub dry.
Do not use sharp-edged instruments for
the removal of ice and snow.
Note:
Never run the vehicle through an
automatic car wash with the soft top in
place as you may damage the soft top
material.
Remove bird droppings immediately.
The organic acid damages the material
and causes the soft top to leak.
In general, regular spraying or
cleansing with clear water is sufficient
to keep the top clean.
Wash the top only when heavily soiled,
not every time the car is washed.
Caution!
Never use any gasoline, thinner, tar and
stain removers or similar organic
solvents to clean the soft top or plastic
windows.
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Testing Infrared Remote Control
Checking Batteries:
If the transmit button (1) is pressed
longer than 1 second, the battery
indicator lamp in the transmitter eye (2)
briefly illuminates -indicating that the
batteries are in order.
Change batteries if the indicator lamp
does not come on.
Changing Batteries:
Slide release (3) laterally and pull off
battery cover (4).
Change batteries
When inserting new batteries, make
sure they are correctly installed.
Slide battery cover onto housing until
locked in place.
Important!
Batteries contain materials that can
harm the environment if disposed of
improperly. Recycling of batteries is
the preferred method of disposal.
For disposal, please follow manufacturer's recommendation on battery
package.
Synchronizing System:
The system may have to be resynchronized, if the transmitter is
without voltage for several minutes.
To synchronize system, aim transmitter
(2) at a receiver (5) and briefly press
transmit button (1). Within approx. 30
seconds, lock or unlock the car at a
door or the trunk using the master key.
The infrared remote control should
once again be operational.
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Locking Soft Top Manually
In case of malfunction, the power soft
top can also be raised manually. This
procedure should be performed with
great care by 2 persons.
A combination open-end/ Allen-head
wrench in the vehicle tool kit is
required for this job.
1. Open doors or lower windows.
2. Lower roll bar with roll bar
switch. If the roll bar cannot be
lowered, the soft top can be
carefully guided over the roll
bar.
3. For safety reasons from
steering lock.
Warning!
Do not place your hands near the
roll bar, soft top frame, upper
windshield area or soft top storage
compartment while the soft top is
being locked. Serious personal injury may occur.
4. Unlock left and right soft top
storage compartment locks: Place
open-end wrench on bolt between
roll bar and storage compartment
cover. Turn wrench towards rear
of car (1).
5. Pull soft top (3) together with soft
top bow (4) out of compartment.
Open storage compartment cover
and place in upright position (2).
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6. Place soft top bow (4) in vertical
position and soft top frame (5) onto
windshield header.
7. Pivot sun visors to side.
Remove left and right caps (6).
8. Using Allen-head wrench, lock left
and right of soft top frame (5) to
windshield header - turn wrench in
3 stages towards center of car:
1. Left lock to first notch
2. Right lock to second notch
3. Left lock to second notch.
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9.
Close storage compartment cover
(2).
Lock left and right storage
compartment locks: Place openend wrench on bolt between roll
bar and storage compartment
cover. Turn wrench towards
front of car (7).
10. Fold soft top bow (4) down and
guide lock pins into locks.
11. Open left and right access covers
(8) in trunk by pushing up and
removing.
12. Place open-end wrench on lever
marked in red.
Press soft top bow (4) down and
lock with open-end wrench in 3
stages.
1. Left lock to first notch
2. Flight lock to second notch
3. Left lock to second notch.
Press the open-end wrench
down (9) only until the lock
audibly engages.
Have the power soft top chocked at
your authorized MERCEDES-BENZ
dealer as soon as possible.
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Locking Hardtop Manually
In case of malfunction, the hardtop
can also be locked manually.
A combination open-end/Allen-head
wrench in the vehicle tool kit is
required for this job.
1. Open left and right access
covers (1) in the trunk by
pushing up and removing.
2. Place open-end wrench on lever
marked in red.
Push the hard top down (2) and
using the open .end wrench,
lock the hard top in the following
sequence:
1.
2.
3.
Left lock to first notch
Right lock to second notch
Left lock to second notch
3.
Pivot sun visors to side.
Remove left and right caps (4).
Warning!
Do not place your hands between the
hardtop and the body while the
hardtop is being locked. Serious personal injury may occur.
Press the open-end wrench
down (3) only until the lock
audibly engages.
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4. Using Allen-head wrench, lock left
front and right front of hardtop to
windshield header -turn wrench in
3 stages towards center of car:
1. Left lock to first notch
2. Right lock to second notch
3. Left lock to second notch.
Have the hardtop checked at your
authorized MERCEDES-BENZ dealer
as soon as possible.
Ashtray
Removal:
Slide open cover, push the sliding knob
(1) to the left to eject the insert (2).
Installation:
Install insert into ashtray frame and
push down to engage.
Manual Release of Fuel Filler
Flap
In case of malfunction, the fuel filler
flap can be opened manually. Pull the
manual release knob (1) behind the
right trunk panel while simultaneously
opening the fuel filler flap.
Ski Rack
Use only our approved ski rack to
avoid damage to the vehicle. Follow
manufacturer's installation instructions.
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Windshield Wiper Blade
Removal:
Fold wiper arm forward. Press safety
tab down (1), push wiper blade
downward (2) and remove.
Installation:
Press down safety tab of new wiper
blade. Insert wiper blade between the
tabs (3) on the wiper arm. Then press
safety tab upward until it locks in
place.
Replacing Wiper Blades
Note:
Do not open engine hood with wiper
arm folded forward.
Headlamp Wiper Blades
For safety reasons, remove key
from steering lock before replacing
wiper blade, otherwise the motor can
suddenly turn on and cause injury.
Do not allow the wiper arm to contact
the windshield glass without a wiper
blade inserted. The glass may be
scratched or broken.
Removal:
Fold wiper arm forward. Press safety
tab (1) down and remove wiper blade
at guide pin (2, arrow).
Installation:
Press safety tab (1) down and insert
the guide pin (2) into the wiper arm.
Release safety tab, the wiper blade
engages.
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Spare Parts Service
All authorized MERCEDES-BENZ
dealers maintain a stock of original
spare parts required for maintenance
and repair work. In addition,
strategically located parts distribution
centers provide quick and reliable
parts service,
More than 300,000 different spare
parts, even for older models, are
available.
300 SL, 600 SL
500 SL
Layout of Poly-V-Belt Drive
7. Idler pulley
8. Power steering pump
9. Coolant pump
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Automatic belt tensioner
Crankshaft
Air conditioning compressor
Fan
Air pump
Alternator
For dimensions of the poly-V-belt see
Technical Data in Index.
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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1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Certification Tag
(left door pillar)
Identification Tag
(left window post)
Vehicle Identification No.
Engine No.
(300 SL right front,
600 SL right rear)
Body No. and Paint No.
Emission Control Tag
Information Tag
California version
Vacuum line routing for
emission control system
Identification Plates
When ordering spare parts,
please specify vehicle identification and engine numbers.
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Warranty Coverage
Your car is covered under the terms of
the "warranties" printed in the Owner's
Service and Warranty Policy Booklet
and your authorized MERCEDESBENZ dealer will exchange or repair
any defective parts in accordance with
the terms of the following warranties:
Loss of Owner's Service and
Warranty Policy
Should you lose your Owner's Service
and Warranty Policy Booklet, have
your authorized MERCEDES-BENZ
dealer arrange for a replacement. It will
be mailed to you.
1. New vehicle limited warranty
2. Emission systems warranty
3. Emission performance warranty
4. California emission control
systems warranty.
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Technical Data 300 SL
Model
Engine
Mode of operation
No. of cylinders
Bore
Stroke
Total piston displacement
Compression ratio
Output acc.to SAE J 1349
Maximum torque acc. to SAE J 1349
Maximum engine speed
Firing order
Poly – V belts length
1
300 SL (129 061)1
104
4-stroke engine,
gasoline injection
6
88.50 mm (3.48 in)
80.25 mm (3.16 in)
2960 m³ (180.6 cu.in)
10
170 kW/6300rpm
(228 hp/6300 rpm)
272 Nm/4600 rpm
(201 ft-lb/4600 rpm)
7000 rpm
1-5-3-6-2-4
2445 mm
Rims – Tires
Rims (light alloy rims)
Wheel offset
Summer tires:
Radial-ply tires
Winter tires:
Radial-ply tires
8J x 16 H 2
34 mm (1.3 in)
225/55 ZR 16
225/55 R 16 93 T M+S
225/55 R 16 93 H M+S
Electrical System
Alternator
Starter motor
Battery
Spark plugs
Electrode gap
14 V/100A
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)
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 300 SL
Weights
Hardtop load max.
Trunk load max.
See certification tag
30 kg (66 lb)
100 kg (220 lb)
Main Dimensions
Overall vehicle length
Overall vehicle width
Overall height:
Soft top
Hardtop
Wheel base
Track, front
Track, rear
4470 mm (176.0 in)
1812 mm ( 71.3 in)
1298 mm (
1288 mm (
2515 mm (
1535 mm (
1523 mm (
51.1 in)
50.7 in)
99.0 in)
60.4 in)
60.0 in)
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Technical Data 500 SL
Model
Engine
Mode of operation
No. of cylinders
Bore
Stroke
Total piston displacement
Compression ratio
Output acc.to SAE J 1349
Maximum torque acc. to SAE J 1349
Maximum engine speed
Firing order
Poly – V - belts length
1
500 SL (129 066)1
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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
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
2523mm
Rims – Tires
Rims (light alloy rims)
Wheel offset
Summer tires:
Radial-ply tires
Winter tires:
Radial-ply tires
8J x 16 H 2
34 mm (1.3 in)
225/55 ZR 16
225/55 R 16 93 T M+S
225/55 R 16 93 H M+S
Electrical System
Alternator
Starter motor
Battery
Spark plugs
Electrode gap
14 V/100A
12 V/1.7 kW
12 V/100 Ah
Bosch F 8 DCO
Beru 14 F-8 DUO
Champion C 10 YCC
0.8 mm (0.032 in)
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 500 SL
Weights
Hardtop load max.
Trunk load max.
See certification tag
30 kg ( 66 lb)
100 kg (220 lb)
Main Dimensions
Overall vehicle length
Overall vehicle width
Overall height:
Soft top
Hardtop
Wheel base
Track, front
Track, rear
4470 mm (176.0 in)
1812 mm ( 71.3 in)
1298 mm (
1288 mm (
2515 mm (
1532 mm (
1521 mm (
51.1 in)
50.7 in)
99.0 in)
60.4 in)
60.0 in)
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Technical Data 600 SL
Model
Engine
Mode of operation
No. of cylinders
Bore
Stroke
Total piston displacement
Compression ratio
Output acc.to SAE J 1349
Maximum torque acc. to SAE J 1349
Maximum engine speed
Firing order
Poly – V - belts length
1
600 SL (129 076)1
120
4-stroke engine,
gasoline injection
12
89.00 mm (3.50 in)
80.20 mm (3.16 in)
5987 m³ (365.4 cu.in)
10:1
290 kW/5200rpm
(389 hp/5200 rpm)
570 Nm/3800 rpm
(421 ft-lb/3800 rpm)
6000 rpm
1-12-5-8-3-10-6-7-211-4-9
2585mm
Rims – Tires
Rims (light alloy rims)
Wheel offset
Summer tires:
Radial-ply tires
Winter tires:
Radial-ply tires
8J x 16 H 2
34 mm (1.3 in)
225/55 ZR 16
225/55 R 16 93 T M+S
225/55 R 16 93 H M+S
Electrical System
Alternator
Starter motor
Battery
Spark plugs
14 V/110A
12 V/2.2 kW
12 V/100 Ah
Bosch F 9 DCO
Beru 14 F-9 DUO
Champion C 12 YCC
Electrode gap
0.8 mm (0.032 in)
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 600 SL
Weights
Hardtop load max.
Trunk load max.
See certification tag
30 kg ( 66 lb)
100 kg (220 lb)
Main Dimensions
Overall vehicle length
Overall vehicle width
Overall height:
Soft top
Hardtop
Wheel base
Track, front
Track, rear
4520 mm (178.0 in)
1812 mm ( 71.3 in)
1303 mm (
1293 mm (
2515 mm (
1535 mm (
1523 mm (
51.3 in)
50.9 in)
99.0 in)
60.4 in)
60.0 in)
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Fuels , Coolants, Lubricants etc. - Capacities
Vehicle components and their respective lubricants must match.
Therefore use only brands tested and recommended by us.
Inquire at your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer.
Engine with oil filter
Model
300 SL
500 SL
600 SL
Capacity
7.5 l (7.9 US qt)
8.0 l (8.5 US qt)
11.0 l (11.6 US qt)
Fuels, coolants, lubricants etc.
Recommended engine oils
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5-Speed
Automatic
transmission
Rear axle
Rear axle with automatic
locking differential (ASD)
Hydraulic system for
locking differential (ASD)
Hydraulic system for
adaptive damping system
(ASD)
Hydraulic system for
automatic locking
differential (ASD) and
adaptive damping system
(ASD)1
Model
300 SL
300 SL
300 SL
Capacity
1.6 l (1.7 US qt)
Initial fill: 7.1 l (7.5 US qt)
Fluid change: 6.0 l (6.3 US qt)
Initial fill: 8.6 l (9.1 US qt)
Fluid change: 7.7 l (8.1 US qt)
1.3 l (1.4 US qt)
1.3 l (1.4 US qt)
300 SL
approx. 2.0 l (2.1 US qt)
Hypoid gear oil SAE 90, SAE 85 W 90
Hypoid gear oil SAE 90 for limited slip
differential
MB Hydraulic fluid
approx. 4.5 l (4.8 US qt)
MB Hydraulic fluid
approx. 4.5 l (4.8 US qt)
MB Hydraulic fluid
500 SL
600 SL
300 SL
Fuels, coolants, lubricants etc.
MB Manual transmission fluid
MB Automatic transmission fluid
1 Common reservoir for automatic
locking differential and adaptive
damping system
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Power steering
Model
Capacity
approx. 1.1 US qt (1.0 l)
Fuels, coolants, lubricants etc.
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
Brake system and
clutch reservoir
Windshield washer and
headlamp cleaning
system
Cooling system
Fuel tank
including a reserve of
Air conditioner system
300 SL
500 SL
600 SL
approx. 0.5 US qt (0.5 l)
MB Brake fluid (DOT 4)
approx. 5.3 US qt (5.0 l)
MB Windshield washer
concentrate "S"1
approx. 12.2 US qt (11.5 l)
approx. 16.4 US qt (15.5 l)
approx. 21.1 US qt (20.0 l)
MB Anticorrosion/antifreeze
approx. 21.1 US gal (80 l)
approx. 2.6 US gal (10 l)
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)
1
Use MB Windshield Washer Concentrate “S” and water for temperatures above freezing or MB Windshield Washer Concentrate
“S” and commercially available premixed windshield washer solvent/antifreeze for temperatures below freezing. Follow suggested
mixing ratios, see Windshield/Headlamp Washer System in Index.
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Engine Oils
Brake Fluid
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.
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.
Caution!
The brake fluid must therefore be
replaced every two years, preferably
in the spring.
•
have the fuel tank filled only
partially with unleaded regular
and fill up with premium un
leaded as soon as possible,
•
avoid full throttle driving and
abrupt acceleration,
•
do not exceed an engine speed
of 3000 rpm, if the vehicle is
loaded with a light load such as
two persons and no luggage,
•
do not exceed 2/3 of maximum
accelerator pedal position, if the
vehicle is fully loaded or operating
in mountainous terrain.
Air Conditioner Refrigerant
Ozone-friendly HFC-134a refrigerant
and special lubricating oil is used in the
air conditioner system.
Never use R-12 (CFG) or mineralbased lubricating oil, otherwise damage
to the system will occur.
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:
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Fuel Requirements
Use only Premium unleaded meeting
ASTM standard D 439:
The octane number (posted at the
pump) must be 91min. It is an average
of both, the Research (R) octane
number and the Motor (M) octane
number: [(R + M)/2]. This is also
known as ANTI-KNOCK INDEX.
Unleaded gasoline containing
oxygenates such as Ethanol, IPA, IBA
and TBA can be used provided the
ratio of any one of these oxygenates to
gasoline does not exceed 10%, MTBE
not to exceed 15%.
The ratio of Methanol to gasoline must
not exceed 3% plus additional
cosolvents.
Using mixtures of Ethanol and
Methanol is not allowed. Gasohol,
which contains 10% Ethanol and 90%
unleaded gasoline, can be used.
These blends must also meet all other
fuel requirements such as resistance to
spark knock, boiling range, vapor
pressure etc..
Gasoline Additives
A major concern among engine
manufacturers is carbon build up
caused by gasoline. Mercedes-Benz
recommends to use only quality
gasoline containing additives that
prevent the build up of carbon deposits.
After an extended period of using fuels
without such additives, carbon deposits
can build up especially on the intake
valves and in the combustion area,
leading to engine performance
problems such as:
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warm-up hesitation,
unstable idle,
knocking/pinging,
misfire,
power loss.
Damages or malfunctions resulting
from poor fuel quality are not covered
by the Mercedes-Benz Limited
Warranty.
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Coolants
The engine coolant is a mixture of water
and anticorrosion/anti-freeze, which
provides:
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corrosion protection
freeze protection
boiling protection (by increasing
the boiling point).
The cooling system was filled at the
factory with a coolant providing freeze
protection to approx. -22 °F (-30 °C) and
corrosion protection.
The coolant solution must be used year
round to provide the necessary corrosion
protection and increase in the boil-over
protection. You should have it replaced
every 3 years.
To provide the important corrosion
protection, the solution must be at least
45% anticorrosion/antifreeze (equals a
freeze protection to approx. -22 °F
[-30 °C]). If you use a solution that is
more than 55% anticorrosion/antifreeze
(freeze protection to approx. -49 °F
[-45°C]), the engine temperature will
increase due to the lower heat transfer
capability of the solution.
Therefore, do not use more than this
amount of anti-corrosion/antifreeze.
If the coolant level is low, water and
MB anticorrosion/antifreeze should be
used to bring it up to the proper level
(have cooling system checked for signs
of leakage).
The water in the cooling system must
meet minimum requirements, which are
usually satisfied by normal drinking
water. If you are not sure about the
water quality, consult your authorized
Mercedes-Benz dealer.
Anticorrosion/antifreeze
Therefore the following product is
strongly recommended for use in your
car: Mercedes-Benz
Anticorrosion/Antifreeze Agent.
Before the start of the winter season (or
once a year in the hot southern regions),
you should have the anticorrosion/
antifreeze concentration checked. The
coolant is also regularly checked each
time you bring your vehicle to your
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer for
maintenance service.
Anticorrosion/antifreeze quantity
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.)
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Consumer Information
This has been prepared as required of all
manufacturers of passenger cars under
Title 49, Code of U.S. Federal
Regulations, Part 575 pursuant to the
"National Traffic and Motor Vehicle
Safety Act of 1966".
Uniform Tire Quality Grading
Refer to the tire sidewall for the specific
tire grades for the tires with which this
vehicle is equipped.
All passenger car tires must conform to
federal safety requirements in addition to
these grades.
Treadwear
The treadwear grade is a comparative
rating based on the wear rate of the tire
when tested under controlled conditions
on a specified government test course.
For example, a tire graded 150 would
wear one and one-half (11/2) times as
well on the government course as a tire
graded 100. The relative performance of
tires "depends upon the actual conditions
of their use, however,
and may depart significantly from the
norm due to variations in driving habits,
service practices and differences in road
characteristics and climate.
Traction "A", "B", "C"
The traction grades, from highest to
lowest, are "A", "B" and "C" and they
represent the tire's ability to stop on wet
pavement as measured under controlled
conditions on specified government test
surfaces of asphalt and concrete. A tire
marked "C" may have poor traction
performance.
Warning!
The traction grade assigned to this
tire is based on braking (straight
ahead) traction tests and does not
include cornering (turning) traction.
Temperature "A", "B", "C"
The temperature grades are "A" (the
highest). "B" and "C", representing the
tire's resistance to the generation of heat
and its ability .to dissipate heat when
tested under controlled conditions on a
specified indoor laboratory test wheel.
Sustained high temperature can cause
the material of the tire to degenerate
and reduce tire life, and excessive
temperature can lead to sudden tire failure. The grade "C" corresponds to a
level of performance which all
passenger car tires must meet under the
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
No. 109 Grades "B" and "A" represent
higher levels of performance on the
laboratory test wheel than the minimum
required by law.
Warning!
The temperature grade for this tire is
established for a tire that is properly
inflated and not overloaded.
Excessive speed, underinflation, or
excessive loading, either separately or
in combination, can cause excessive
heat build up and possible tire
failure.
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Problems with your Vehicle
If you should experience a problem with your vehicle, particularly one that you believe
may affect its safe operation, we urge you to immediately contact your authorized
Mercedes-Benz dealer to have the problem diagnosed and corrected if required. If the
matter is not handled to your satisfaction, please discuss the problem with the dealership
management, or if necessary contact the Owner Service Manager at the Mercedes-Benz
Regional Office nearest you (see Owner's Service and Warranty Information booklet for
addresses). You may also write directly to us at the following addresses:
In the U.S.A.:
Owner Service Department
Mercedes-Benz of North America Inc.
One Mercedes Drive
Montvale, NJ 07645-0350
In Canada:
Owner Service Department
Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.
849 Eglinton Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario, M4G 2L5
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For the U.S.A. only.
The following text is published as required of
manufacturers under Title 49, Code of U.S.
Federal Regulations, Part 575 pursuant to the
"National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety
Act of 1966".
Reporting Safety Defects
If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause
a crash or could cause injury or death, you should immediately
inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) in addition to notifying Mercedes-Benz of North
America Inc..
If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an
investigation, and if it finds that a safety defect exists in a
group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy campaign.
However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual
problems between you, your dealer, or Mercedes-Benz of
North America Inc..
To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free
at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in Washington, D.C. area) or write to:
NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C. 20590.
You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from
the Hotline.
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Index
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ABS 80, 82, 91
Acceleration slip control (ASR) 92
Adaptive damping system (ADS) 94
ADS 94, 139
Air conditioner refrigerant 142
Airbag 45
Alarm system 33
Antenna 65-66, 73, 118
Anti theft alarm system 33
Anticorrosion/antifreeze 96, 99, 140, 143
Anti lock brake system (ABS) 91
Armrest 39
ASD 92, 140
Ashtray 125
ASR 90, 92 - 93, 96
Automatic climate control 22
Automatic locking differential(ASD) 92
Automatic transmission 78
Automatic transmission fluid level,
checking 101
Battery 109
Battery not being charged Charge
indicator lamp 15,85
Brake fluid 17, 90, 116, 140-141
Brake pads worn
Brake pad wear indicator lamp 90
Brake warning lamp
Brake fluid low 90
Brake warning lamp test 90
Brakes 16, 18, 76, 79-82, 84, 92 93
Capacities: Fuels, coolants, lubricants
etc. 138
Catalytic converter 14
Cellular telephone 73
Central locking system 29
Check regularly and before a long trip
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Child restraint 43, 47, 49
Cleaning and care of the vehicle116
Clock, setting 57
Combination switch 52
Consumer information 144
Coolant level low Adding coolant
99
Low engine coolant level
warning lamp 88
Coolant level, checking 99
Coolant temperature
gauge 87 -88
Coolants 143
Cruise control 83
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Drinking and driving 76
Driving instructions 16
Driving off 76
Emergency tensioning
retractor (ETR) 44
Emission control 95
Engine malfunction "CHECK ENGINE"
malfunction indicator lamp 95
Engine oil consumption 86
Engine oil level low
Low engine oil level warning
lamp 100
Engine oil level, checking 100
Engine oil pressure gauge 15, 85
Engine oils 138, 141
Engine speed limit
Overrevving 80, 82
Exterior lamp failure indicator lamp 89
Exterior lamp switch 54
First aid kit 102
Fuel
Fuel requirements 142
Gasoline additives 142
Premium unleaded gasoline 14, 140141
Fuel consumption gauge 86
Fuel filler flap, manual release 125
Fuel reserve warning lamp 87
Fuses 110
Hardtop 64, 124
Headlights 54
Heated seats 38
Hood 98
Identification plates 130
Indicator lamp symbols 13
Instrument cluster 12
Interior central locking system 32
Interior lighting 60
Jump starting 113
Keys, vehicle 26
Lamps, exterior Fog lamps 54
Headlamps 54, 89, 111
High mounted stop lamp 89
License plate lamp 54, 113
Taillamps 54, 112, 117
Layout of poly-V-belt drive 127
Lighter 59
Low engine oil Level warning lamp 86
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Maintenance 4, 8
Manual transmission 77
Memory 35
Mirrors, adjusting 55
Orthopedic seat backrest 37
Outside temperature indicator 87
Parking brake 15 - 18, 64, 66, 68-69,
76-82, 90, 92, 101, 103, 105, 113
Power seats 34
Power windows 62
Problems with your vehicle 145
Rear view mirrors
Exterior rear view mirrors 55
Inside rear view mirror 55-56, 60
Rear window defroster 61
Remote control, infrared 27, 120
Replacing bulbs 111
Roadside assistance 5
Roll bar 62
Roll bar warning lamp 88
Safety guidelines for the seat belt,
emergency tensioning retractor
and airbag 48
Seat belt and backrest lock warning
lamp 89
Seat belts and warning system 40
Ski rack 125
Sliding roof
Emergency operation 32
Snow chains 93, 96
Soft top 68, 119, 121
Spare parts service 127
Spare wheel 102
Spark plugs 110
SRS malfunction 45
Starting and turning off the engine
15
Steering column, adjusting 39
Steering lock 50
Storage compartments 58
Sun visors 57
Supplemental restraint system (SRS)
40, 44
Technical data 132
Tire inflation pressure 108
Tires 17-18, 92-93, 96, 103-104, 108,
132, 134, 136, 144
Towing the vehicle 115
Trunk lamp 102
Trunk, separate locking and unlocking
30
Turn signals 52-53,115
Vanity mirror 57
Vehicle jack 103
Vehicle tools 103
Warranty coverage 132
Washing the car 117
Wheels
Alloy wheels 118
Rims and tires 103-104
Wheels, changing 105
Wind screen 71
Windshield/headlamp washer system
Fluid level low 88
Washer concentrate 53, 88,141
Washer fluid mixing ratio 53
Winter driving 96
Winter driving instructions 19
Wiper blades, replacing 126
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Service and Literature
Warning!
Your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer has trained
technicians and original Mercedes-Benz parts to service
your vehicle properly. For expert advice and quality
service, see your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer.
If you are interested in obtaining service literature for
your vehicle please contact your authorized MercedesBenz, dealer.
We consider this to be the best way to obtain
accurate information for your vehicle.
To help avoid personal injury, be extremely careful
when performing any maintenance work or repairs,
improper or incomplete service may damage the vehicle
or its equipment, which may in turn result in personal
injury.
If you have any question about carrying out some
service, turn to the advice of an authorized MercedesBenz dealer.
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Check Regularly and Before a Long Trip
The engine compartment of
model 500 SL is illustrated.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Fuel Supply: Turn fuel filler
cap to the left and hold on to
it until possible pressure in
tank has been released, then
remove cap.
Tire Inflation Pressure:
Check at least every two
weeks. For details see Index.
Coolant Level:
See Index.
Windshield Washer System,
Headlamp Cleaning
System:
See Index.
Engine Oil Level:
See Index.
Brake Fluid:
See Index.
Vehicle Lighting:
Check function and cleanliness.
For replacement of light bulbs, see
index.
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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!
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Coolant:
For normal replenishing, use water (potable water
quality).
For further information (e.g. anticorrosion/antifreeze),
refer to Index.
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Spark Plugs:
Approved spark plugs, refer to " Technical Data"
(also see Index).
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Bulbs:
High and low beams: Halogen type 9004,
fog lamps: Halogen type H 1 (55 W),
tail, parking, standing and driver's side
rear fog lamp 21/4 W/ 35/ 1.2 cp,
turn signal, standing, side marker and parking
lamps, front 21/5 W/ 32P/3 cp,
turn signal lamps, rear 21W/ 32 cp,
stop lamps 21 W/ 32 cp,
license plate lamps 5 W.
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Tire Pressure:
For tire pressure, refer to tire pressure inside the fuel filler
flap.
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Air Conditioner:
R-134a refrigerant and special lubricant
(in selected vehicles - see underhood label),
refer to "Technical Data" (also see Index).
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.
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