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E-class E 300

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your authorized Mercedes- Benz dealer will be glad to demonstrate the proper procedures. Therefore. For your own safety and longer service life of the vehicle. 4 . Your vehicle may have some or all of the equipment described in this manual. we urge you to follow the instructions and warnings contained in this manual. including: • New Car Limited Warranty. you may find explanations for optional equipment not installed in your 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 nonconformity 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 per- form the repair ourselves. Owner's Service and Warranty Information The Owner's Service and Warranty Information Booklet contains detailed information about the warranties covering your Mercedes- Benz. We urge you to read it carefully and familiarize yourself with the vehicle before driving.Introduction This Owner's Manual contains a great deal of useful information. Ignoring them could result in damage to the vehicle or personal injury to you or others. if Mercedes-Benz of North America. • Emission System Warranty. Inc. • Emission Performance Warranty. Vehicle damage caused by failure to follow instructions is not covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty. Notifications should be sent to the nearest Mercedes-Benz Regional Office listed in the Owner's Service and Warranty Information Booklet. 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. or its authorized dealer 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. • State Warranty Enforcement Laws (Lemon Laws). If you have any questions about the operation of any equipment. • California and Massachusetts Emission Control System Warranty (California and Massachusetts only).

Roadside Assistance The Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance Program provides factory trained technical help in the event of a breakdown. 5 .) 1-800-387-0100 (in Canada) will be answered by Mercedes-Benz Customer Assistance Representatives 24 hours a day. or call the Mercedes-Benz Customer Assistance Center (in the U. only) at 1-800-FOR-MERCedes. The service advisor will record each service in the booklet for you. Change of Address or Ownership If you change your address. If you bought this vehicle used.Maintenance The Service Booklet describes all the necessary maintenance work which should be performed at regular intervals.S. Always have the Service Booklet with you when you take the vehicle to your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer for service. be sure to send in the "Change of Address Notice" found in the Owner's Service and Warranty Information booklet. only) at 1-800-FOR-MERCedes. or simply call the Mercedes-Benz Customer Assistance Center (in the U. please leave all owner's literature with the vehicle to make it available to the next owner.S. be sure to send in the "Notice of Purchase of Used Car" found in the Owner's Service and Warranty Information booklet. Calls to the toll-free Roadside Assistance number: 1-800-FOR MERCedes (in the U. 365 days a year.S. For additional information refer to the Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance Program brochure in your glove box.A. It is in your own interest that we can contact you should the need arise. If you sell your Mercedes.A.A.

The Owner's Manual and Service Booklet are important documents and should be kept with the vehicle. your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer will be glad to inform you of correct care and operating procedures. Since they are special-order items. Inc. • unleaded gasoline for vehicles with catalytic converters may not be available. 6 . Optional equipment is also described in this manual. Certain Mercedes-Benz models are available for delivery in Europe under our European Delivery Program. European Delivery Department 849 Eglinton Avenue East Toronto. Inc. For details. and ask for your understanding that we reserve the right to make changes in design and equipment. including operating instructions wherever necessary. European Delivery Department One Mercedes Drive Montvale. • gasoline may have a considerably lower octane rating. Ontario M4G 2L5 We continuously strive to improve our product. or Canada If you plan to operate your vehicle in foreign countries.A. and improper fuel can cause engine damage.S. information. consult your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer or write to: Mercedes-Benz of North America. Therefore.Operating Your Vehicle Outside the U. please be aware that: • service facilities or replacement parts may not be readily available. illustrations and descriptions in this Owner's Manual might differ from your vehicle. the use of leaded fuels will damage the catalysts. If there are any equipment details that are not shown or described in this Owner's Manual. the descriptions and illustrations herein may vary slightly from the actual equipment of your vehicle. NJ 07645 In Canada write to: Mercedes-Benz Canada.

the more satisfied you will be with its performance later on. Refer to the radio transmitter operation instructions regarding use of an external antenna. After 1000 miles (1500 km) speeds may be gradually increased to the permissible maximum. without being connected to an external antenna) from inside the vehicle while the engine is running. avoid heavy loads (full throttle driving) and excessive engine speeds. During this period. the remaining distance or days are displayed in the multifunction indicator. Doing so could lead to a malfunction of the vehicle's electronic system. We strongly recommend that you have your vehicle serviced by your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer. Avoid accelerating by kickdown. in accordance with the Service Booklet. "2" or "1" only at moderate speeds (for hill driving). Radio transmitters. 7 . Maintenance Approximately 30 days or 2 000 miles (2 000 km) prior to the next recommended service. Failure to have the vehicle maintained in accordance with the Service Booklet may result in vehicle damage not covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty. such as a portable telephone or a citizens band unit should only be used inside the vehicle if they are connected to an antenna that is installed on the outside of the vehicle. Radio Transmitters Warning! Never operate radio transmitters equipped with a built-in or attached antenna (i. It is not recommended to brake the vehicle by manually shifting to a lower gear. We recommend that you select positions "3". Therefore. possibly resulting in an accident and personal injury.e.The First 1000 Miles (1500 km) The more cautiously you treat your vehicle during the break-in period. See Flexible Service System (FSS) in Index. Check Regularly and Before a Long Trip See page 148. drive your vehicle during the first 1000 miles (1500 km) at moderate vehicle and engine speeds.

Rear 43 Display Illumination 67 Operation Cargo Tie-Down Hooks 43 Trip Odometer 67 Shelf below Rear Window 43 Clock 67 Automatic Climate Control 24 Seat belts and Supplemental Restraint Garage Door Opener 68 Basic Setting – Automatic Mode 25 system (SRS) 44 Cellular telephone 69 Defogging Windows 26 Seat belts 44 Defrosting 26 Emergency tensioning retractor (ETR) 48 Driving Rear Window Defroster 26 Airbag 49 Air Recirculation 27 Child Restraint 52 Drinking and driving 72 Activated Charcoal Filter 27 Steering Lock 54 Parking Brake 72 8 . Front 38 Cup Holder 63 Catalytic Converter 15 Multicontour Seat 40 Sliding Roof with Rear Pop-Up Feature 64 Starting and Turning Off Heated Seats 41 Power Windows 65 Gasoline Engine 16 Adjusting Steering Wheel 42 Trunk Release Switch 66 Diesel Engine 17 Arm Rest. Rear Bench 42 Rear Window Sunshade 66 Driving Instructions 18 First Aid Kit 42 Instrument Lamps 67 Head Restraints.Introduction Front Center Console Combination Switch 55 Compartment Ventilation 28 Split Rear Seat 58 Product information 2 Rear Passenger Compartment Headlamp Cleaning System 56 Operator's manual 4 Adjustable Air Outlet 28 Exterior Lamp Switch 57 Consumer Information 140 Car keys 29 Night Security Illumination 58 Problems with your vehicle 141 Start Lock-out 30 Inside Rear View Mirror 58 Reporting Safety Defects 142 Infrared Remote Control 30 Exterior Rear View Mirror 59 Index 144 Central Locking System 33 Ashtrays 60 Doors 33 Lighter 61 Instruments and controls Central Locking Switch 34 Sun Visors 61 Trunk 35 Illuminated Vanity mirrors 61 Instruments and controls 10 Power Window and Sliding/Pop-Up Roof 36 Interior Lighting 62 Instrument Cluster 12 Anti-Theft Alarm System 37 Storage Compartments 63 Indicator Lamp Symbols 13 Power Seats.

Fluid Level 96 Warranty Coverage 127 Low Engine Oil Level Warning Lamp 80 Trunk Lamp 97 Technical Data Engine Oil Consumption 80 Spare Wheel. Language Selection 79 Checking Coolant Level 95 Consumer Information Multiple Malfunctions 79 Adding Coolant 95 Temporarily Switching off 79 Checking Engine Oil Level 96 Identification Plates 126 Defective 79 Bleeding of Diesel Fuel System 96 Vehicle Data Card 127 Charge Indicator Lamp 79 Automatic Trans. Coolants. Vehicle Tools.Driving off 72 Traveling Abroad 92 MERCEDES-BENZ Spare Part Service 123 Automatic Transmission 73 Layout of Poly-V-Belt Drive 124 Cruise Control 77 Practical Hints Parking Assist (Parktronic) 91 Technical Data. E 300 Diesel 128 Fuel Oil Consumption 80 Storage Compartment 97 E 320 130 Tachometer 80 Vehicle Jack 98 E 420 132 Outside Temperature Indicator 81 Wheels 98 Fuels. Multifunction Indicator Hood 94 Coolants. 134 Coolant Temperature Gauge 81 Changing Wheels 100 Capacities 134 Low Engine Coolant Level Tire in Inflation Pressure 103 Engine Oils 136 Warning Lamp 82 Exterior Lamps 104 Engine Oils Additives 136 Low Windshield and Headlamp Battery 109 Air Conditioner Refrigerant 136 Washer Fluid Level Warning Lamp 82 Fuses 111 Brake Fluid 136 Exterior Lamp Failure Indicator Lamp 83 Jump Starting 112 Vehicle with Gasoline Engine Brake Pad Wear Indicator Lamp 83 Towing the Vehicle 113 Premium Unleaded Brake Warning 83 Cleaning and Care of the Vehicle 115 Gasoline 137 Antilock Brake System (ABS) 84 Testing Infrared Remote Control 119 Fuel Requirements 137 Electronic Traction System (ETS) 85 Front Head Restraint 120 Gasoline Additives 137 Acceleration Stability Program (ASR) 86 Rear Seat Cushion 121 Vehicle with Diesel Engine Electronic Stability program (ESP) 88 Emergency Operation of Diesel Fuels 138 Emission Control 90 Sliding/Pop-Up Roof 121 Coolants 139 On-Board Diagnostic System 90 Replacing Wiper Blades Insert 122 Service and Literature 147 Winter Driving 91 Manual Release of Fuel Filler Flap 123 Check Regularly Before a Long Trip 148 Snow Chains 92 Roof Rack 123 9 . Fuels. Lubricants etc. Lubricants etc.

1 Exterior lamp switch 14 Central locking switch Indicator lamp for antitheft alarm system 2 Parking brake release 15 Right front seat heater switch 3 Parking brake pedal 16 Glove box (illuminated with key in steering lock position 1 or 2) 4 Hood lock release 17 Automatic climate control.Instruments and Controls For more detailed descriptions see Index For adjustment of air outlets. refer to Automatic Climate Control (see Index). airbag 20 Ashtray with lighter 8 Instrument cluster 21 ASR or ESP control switch 9 Gasoline engine: Steering lock with ignition/starter switch 22 Left power window switch group 9 Diesel engine: Steering lock with preglow/starter switch 23 Right power window switch group 10 Left front seat heater switch 24 Trunk lid release switch 11 Headlamp washer switch 25 Mirror adjustment switch 12 Switch for rear head restraints 26 Switch for rear window sunshade 13 Hazard warning flasher switch 10 . Rear window defroster switch Activated charcoal filter switch 5 Combination switch 18 Radio 6 Cruise control switch 19 Storage/eyeglasses compartment 7 Horn.

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See Index 12 Trip odometer. See Index 11 Outside temperature indicator. See Index or 11-14 Malfunction indicator 12 . See Index 13 Main odometer. See Index 14 Clock. See Index 5 Left turn signal indicator lamp (green) 6 Speedometer 7 Right turn signal indicator lamp (green) 8 Tachometer. See Index 10 Push button for resetting multifunction indicator. See Index 9 Push buttons for setting clock. See Index 2 Push button for resetting trip odometer. See Index 4 Fuel gauge with reserve warning lamp (yellow). See Index 3 Coolant temperature gauge.Instrument Cluster 1 Push buttons for intensity of instrument lamps.

See Index Refer to Multifunction Indicator in the Index for temporarily switching off a Warning Symbol and its message. See Index Take key. Coolant level low. See Index Notes: Battery not being charged properly. Exterior lamp failure. See Index and clock. Brake pads worn down. low. Engine oil level low. Push reset button (R) for subsequent messages. See Index French. 13 . Remove electronic key from steering lock. Exterior lamps are on. Fluid level for windshield and headlamp washer system Warning message selection is available in the English. See Multifunction Indicator in Index See Multifunction Indicator in Index Multifunction indicator for several messages. German. symbols and messages are displayed in sequence. See Index In the case of more than one malfunction. or Spanish language. odometers. See Index. Display defective. Italian. See Index A warning sounds at the beginning of each message. the appropriate warning symbol appears.Multifunction Indicator Indicator Lamp Symbols Symbols and Warnings in the Multifunction Indicator If a malfunction occurs. supplemented by a message in the field normally occupied by the displays for outside temperature.

See Index Brake fluid low (Canada only). See Index ABS malfunction. and Warnings in the Multifunction Indicator Fasten seat belts. SRS malfunction.Additional Lamp Symbols in the Instrument Function Indicator Lamps in the Instrument Cluster Cluster. ASR. it indicates a malfunction of the 02-sensor on Federal version vehicles. In either case. Preglow (Diesel engine only). ETS malfunction. High beam Brake fluid low (except Canada). See Index. 14 . and fuel injection system or emission control system on the California version vehicles. ESP or ETS. we recommend that you have the malfunction checked as soon as possible. See Index Engine malfunction. See Index Adjust driving to road condition. See Index. See Parking brake engaged. See Index ESP malfunction. See Index ASR malfunction. If the lamp comes on when the engine is running.

as these the exhaust emissions. materials could be ignited and cause a vehicle in proper operating condition Otherwise. an converters. park monolithic type catalytic converters. by following our recommended may reach the catalytic converter maintenance instructions as outlined in causing it to overheat. the oxygen sensors to achieve hay or leaves can come into contact substantial control of the pollutants in Any noticeable irregularities in engine with the hot exhaust system. Keep your operation should be repaired promptly. excessive unburned fuel vehicle fire.Catalytic Converter Caution! Warning! Your Mercedes-Benz is equipped with To prevent damage to the catalytic As with any vehicle. start a fire. combustible materials such as grass. use only premium unleaded or operate this vehicle in areas where important element in conjunction with gasoline in this vehicle. do not idle. which could your Service Booklet. 15 .

The electronic key can only be removed with your foot off the brake pedal and the selector lever in position "P". If feature. firing regularly. Release key only when the engine is the beginning of the starting process. the accelerator is depressed slowly at on this subject. Release key and back In areas where temperatures frequently off accelerator. firing regularly Turning Off Turn the electronic key in the steering lock to position 0 to stop the engine. drop below -4°F (-20°C) we Cold Engine recommend that an engine block heater At very high coolant temperatures the be installed. Turn electronic key in steering continue cranking until the engine is lock to position 2. Turn key in Due to the installed starter non-repeat steering lock clockwise to the stop. depress accelerator and attempting to start the engine again. or "N". Your authorized Do not depress accelerator.Starting and Turning Off the Engine Hot Engine Important! Before Starting Do not depress accelerator. the electronic key must be Ensure that parking brake is engaged the engine has not fired after approx. 16 . Turn key in engine starting time can be shortened if Mercedes-Benz dealer will advise you steering lock clockwise to the stop. 4 turned completely to the left before and that selector lever is in position "P" seconds.

Refer Do not depress accelerator. heater to provide reliable starting at temperatures below 0°F(-18°C). The key can only be removed with the possible date. Turn key in to Winter Driving in Index. If the engine is very cold. the Cold Engine position 0 only when the vehicle has preglow system is defective and should stopped moving.Starting and Turning Off Diesel Hot Engine Important! Engine Turn key in steering lock clockwise to Due to the installed starter non-repeat Before Starting the stop and start engine immediately feature. be repaired at your authorized Turn key to steering lock position 2. 17 . When the selector lever in position "P". preglow indicator lamp goes out. Turning off Turn key in steering lock to position 2. If the preglow indicator lamp fails to Turn the key in the steering lock to light up. The preglow process starts. steering lock clockwise to the stop. it is possible that it will fail to start on subsequent attempts. Mercedes-Benz dealer at the earliest Preglow indicator lamp should come on. but limit it to maximum 20 seconds. completely to the left before attempting Engage parking brake and ensure to start the engine again. the key must be turned without depressing the accelerator. Release key only when the engine is firing regularly. Do not interrupt the starting process. or lights up while driving. the The engine is equipped with a block engine is ready for starting. selector lever is in position "P" or "N".

you should brake components. turn on the hazard warning flashers. It may Benz. have it wear of the brake pads. action may be somewhat reduced carefully slow down. If you feel a sudden significant After driving in heavy rain for some vibration or ride disturbance. or you time without applying the brakes or Brake pad wear or a leak in the system suspect that possible damage to your through water deep enough to wet may be the reason for low brake fluid vehicle has occurred. towed to the nearest Mercedes-Benz or tire dealer for repairs. the brake fluid level in the reservoir is too low. the first braking in the reservoir. It can also result in the brakes Install only brake pads and brake overheating thereby significantly fluid recommended by Mercedes- Power Assistance reducing their effectiveness. distance from vehicles in front. an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer. Be sure to maintain a safe authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer distance from the roadway. Under vehicle is in the shop for the required recommended brake fluid is used. the braking properties of the vehicle effort is necessary to stop or steer the can be degraded to an extent that vehicle. not be possible to stop the vehicle in Warning! sufficient time to avoid an accident. If the will cause excessive and premature brake system should be carried out by vehicle or tires appear unsafe. Inspect the tires and under the Resting your foot on the brake pedal All checks and service work on the vehicle for possible damage. these circumstances. immediately. the The condition of the parking brake If other than recommended brake brake and steering systems are system is checked each time the pads are installed. and drive with and increased pedal pressure may be Have the brake system inspected at an caution to an area which is a safe necessary. or other than without power assistance. a much greater service. safe braking is substantially impaired. Warning! When the engine is not running.Driving Instructions Brakes If the parking brake is released and the brake warning lamp in the instrument Warning! Warning! cluster stays on. 18 . This could result in an accident.

A flat After hard braking. traction varies widely. at which point the tire is properties on a wet road are sharply occur.g. avoid replaced. This helps prevent overheating of the brakes and Warning! reduces brake pad wear. even at low speeds and with considered worn and should be reduced. relieve the load on the brakes (e. Continued will cool down the brakes faster. aquaplaning may (1. As tread depth approaches Depending on the depth of the water tread depth of approximately 1/16 in 1 /16 in (1.5 mm). Reduce vehicle speed. 19 . This applies particularly if When driving down long and steep the tires are subjected to high loads grades. heavy loads. it is advisable to tire affects the ability to steer or drive on for some time. These indicators are Aquaplaning located in six places on the tread Do not allow your tires to wear down circumference and become visible at a too far.5 mm). You may lose immediately parking. the tire solid band across the tread. so the air stream control of the vehicle. Do not drive with a flat tire. the adhesion layer on the road. The tread wear indicator appears as a road surface (conditions). driving with a flat tire or driving at high speed with a flat tire will cause Tires excessive heat build-up and possibly a fire. high by shifting into a lower gear to use the ambient temperatures). new tires. engine's braking power. rather than brake the vehicle. Tread wear indicators (TWI) are Warning! required by law.Caution! Specified tire pressures must be maintained. track grooves in the road and apply Depending upon the weather and/or brakes cautiously in the rain. high speeds.

When parking on hills. Stopping distance. reduced. tires for the winter season for all four the tires. is not snow or ice covered. Turn front wheels towards the conditions. never 6. drive. speed limiter prevents your vehicle from 3. traction will be substantially 4. Slowly release brake pedal. Firmly depress parking brake Warning! Models E 320. Turn the electronic key to operate a vehicle at speeds greater steering lock position 0 and We recommend M+S rated radial-ply than the maximum speed rating of remove. position "P". tire exceeding the speed rating. You should pay particular attention to Despite the tire rating. 2. which have a European road.Tire Traction Tire Speed Rating Parking The safe speed on a wet. snow covered Your vehicle is factory equipped with Warning! or icy road is always lower than on a dry "H"-rated tires. tires. steer and brake road curb. conditions. however. they can reduce your stopping which tires are rated can lead to It is advisable to set the parking brake distance as compared with summer sudden tire failure causing loss of whenever parking or leaving the vehicle. move selector lever to considerably greater than when the road personal injury and possible death. Under such weather Warning! 5. On packed Exceeding the maximum speed for snow. E 420: An electronic pedal. wheels to insure normal balanced Important! handling characteristics. Even when permitted by law. To reduce the risk of personal injury as a result of vehicle movement. 20 . always set the parking brake. position "P". Use prudent driving leaving the vehicle always: outside temperatures are close to the speeds appropriate to prevailing freezing point. is still vehicle control and resulting in In addition. 1. Keep right foot on brake pedal. Move the selector lever to If ice has formed on the road. speed rating of 130 mph (210 km/h). with extreme caution. local speed limits before turning off the engine and the condition of the road whenever the should be obeyed.

will be thrown around inside the skidding. We To assure sufficient fresh air therefore recommend depressing the ventilation. Otherwise. action. securely fastened in the vehicle. Try to keep the vehicle the exhaust pipe and from around occupants unless the items are under control by corrective steering the vehicle with engine running. A prerequisite is. securely as possible. cruise control system under such conditions. open a window slightly brake pedal periodically when traveling on the side of the vehicle not facing at length on salt-strewn roads. during hard braking or sudden maneuvers.Winter Driving Instructions If the vehicle is parked after being Passenger Compartment driven on salt treated roads. bring road salt impaired braking efficiency back to normal. Warning! In an accident. pedal force may become necessary to produce the normal brake effect. that this be done without endangering other drivers on the road. Do not use the previous paragraph. 21 . braking and observing the safety rules in the Always fasten items being carried as steering maneuvers. This can the wind. however. the braking The most important rule for slippery or efficiency should be tested as soon as Warning! icy roads is to drive sensibly and to possible after driving is resumed while avoid abrupt acceleration. and cause injury to vehicle position "N". Increased death. loose items When the vehicle is in danger of If the vehicle becomes stuck in snow. move selector lever to make sure that snow is kept clear of vehicle. deadly carbon monoxide (CO) gases may enter vehicle interior Road salts and chemicals can adversely resulting in unconsciousness and affect braking efficiency.

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1 Air volume control for center air outlets. switched off. The system will not heat or cool any The automatic climate control only quicker by setting a higher or lower operates with the engine running. To open air outlets: Turn wheel to position . adjustable 6 Side defroster outlets 7 Display and Controls The automatic climate control removes considerable moisture from the air during operation in the cooling mode. adjustable 5 Side air outlet. 24 . The desired interior temperature can be selected separately for the left and right side of the passenger compartment. 2 Air volume control for side air outlet. It is normal for water to drip on the ground through ducts in the underbody. 3 To open defroster outlets: Turn wheel to position 4 Center air outlet. The The system is always at operational temperature selected is reached as readiness. temperature. except when manually quickly as possible. Automatic Climate Control The temperature selector should be left at the desired temperature setting. turn wheel up to open.

Rear window defroster indicator lamp is on while activated. Display and Controls This setting can be used all year Activated charcoal filter around. Air volume and distribution are controlled automatically. Simultaneously press both and buttons for temperature setting of 72°F. Economy Air distribution. Air recirculation Press button once again to return to previous setting. Economy mode because the air conditioning Raise temperature compressor will not engage (fuel Air volume. Press the desired button to activate. Basic Setting . Press button to activate. manual The function of this setting corresponds Automatic mode to the automatic mode. manual savings). Residual engine heat Defrost utilization. However. it is not possible to air Lower temperature condition in this setting. 25 .Automatic Mode Press left and right button for automatic mode.

use this setting only side windows. 26 . Press button repeatedly until the To cancel. the could fog up. off. window is clear. or the battery is air is directed to the windshield and only partially charged. press -side of rocker switch Defrosting turn off the defroster as soon as the until symbol OFF is displayed. it is possible While driving. press button. The fresh air supply to the car interior button. turned off after a maximum of 12 Adjust air outlets upward. indicator lamp inside the switch starts blinking. To To switch the automatic climate control keep the battery drain to a minimum. Press left and right buttons. turns itself back on. automatically controlled amount of on simultaneously. or +side of Press button once again to return voltage. Maximum heated and If several power consumers are turned is shut off. When this happens. that the defroster will automatically temporarily. Turn wheels (2) to position to The rear window defroster consumes a open left and right air outlets (5). press . A choice of 7 blower speeds is available. Heavy accumulation of snow and ice Press . Switch off button. To switch the automatic climate control As soon as the battery has sufficient on again.or +side of rocker switch should be removed before activating until the requested blower the defroster. Press button repeatedly until air is Note: Air Volume directed upward. Press minutes of operation. Turn wheels (2) to position to The defroster is automatically open left and right air outlets (5). requested symbol is displayed. To select. press button again. the defroster automatically to previous setting. speed is attained.Special Settings Rear Window Defroster Air Distribution (use only for short duration) Turn electronic key in steering lock to Defogging Windows position 2. otherwise the windshield turn itself off. . large amount of electrical power.

40°F windshield free of snow and debris. press button. The system switches automatically to • after approx. switching to the inside. press button again. monoxide (CO) or nitric oxide (NO of (5°C). 5 minutes. • after approx. if button is pressed.Air Recirculation Dust Filter Activated Charcoal Filter This mode can be selected to temporarily Nearly all dust particles and pollen are To select. compartment needs to be quickly heated or cooled down. 27 . passenger compartment. dust into the vehicle's interior. An activated charcoal filter markedly interior. reduces bad odors and re moves Note: pollutants from the air entering the To select. press button. at outside temperatures above approx. Notes: If the windows should fog up from the The automatic air recirculation does not inside. reduce the entry of annoying odors or filtered out before outside air enters the To cancel. to supply a contant volume of air. To cancel. switch from recirculated air back function when selecting the Economy to fresh air. if the carbon temperatures below approx. the outside air increases. 5 minutes at outside Also keep the air intake grille in front of the air recirculation mode. passenger compartment through the air Outside air is not supplied to the car's distribution system. the system 45°F (7°C). automatically engages the recirculated The activated charcoal filter should be air mode thereby increasing the cooling switched oft when windows fog up on capacity performance. mode ‚ or the outside temperature is below At high outside temperatures. the filter is also switched oft. or if the passenger partially fresh air within 20 minutes. • after approx. Do not obstruct the air flow by keeping The system will automatically switch the air intake grille in front of The blower speed is slightly increased from recirculated air to fresh air windshield free of snow and debris. 40°F When pressing button or ‚ (5°C). press button again. 30 minutes.

This function selection will not activate Rear Passenger Compartment if the battery charge level is insufficient. it is possible to continue heating the interior The front center console compartment for a short while. The air temperature is about the same Adjustable Air Outlet than that of the dashboard air outlets. When storing • after approx. • air outlets in the dashboard and rear passenger compartment. due to its confined space. controlled automatically. cannot be regulated separately. (HFC: ozone-friendly Also. Air volume and distribution are To open: Push lever down. To select: The air volume is dependent on the setting of the Turn electronic key in steering lock to position 1 or 0 or remove key. close the air outlet while conditioner system that uses R-134a heating the passenger compartment. Repairs should always be performed by a qualified technician. It To cancel: Press button. hydrofluorocarbon) as a refrigerant. rotate wheel (1) upward. • if you turn electronic key in The compartment can get very warm Important! steering lock to position 2.Residual Engine Heat Utilization Front Center Console Compartment Ventilation With the engine switched off. do not obstruct the air outlet. To open air outlet. To close: Push lever up. has its own air outlet. 30 minutes. compartment. The system will automatically shut off Note: The air outlet is adjustable. and refrigerant should be collected in a recovery system for recycling. heat sensitive objects in the This vehicle is equipped with an air • if the battery voltage drops. • air volume control • air distribution control Press button. 28 .

personal injury. and next to the trunk lock. can only be obtained from your receivers are located on the inside rear view mirror. your wallet) so that it is always handy. the security reasons. To release the key. replacement keys The flat key fits all locks on the car. Never leave the flat key in the Infrared Remote Control with Folding vehicle. Obtaining Replacement Keys The key unfolds from the holder by itself. We recommend that you carry the flat • 1 Valet key.Car Keys The valet key works only in the front Notes: passenger door lock and the steering Included with your vehicle are: lock. Your vehicle is equipped with a theft deterrent locking system requiring a The transmitter for the infrared remote special key manufacturing process. Master Key Warning! When leaving the vehicle always The valet key will not work in the trunk remove the key from the steering and storage compartments locks. press button (1).g. For control is located in the key holder. Unsupervised use of vehicle equipment may cause serious The master key fits all locks on the car. 29 . lock. Do not give the master key to an unauthorized person. (e. • 2 Infrared remote controls with folding master keys. Do not leave children unattended in the vehicle. authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer. in the driver's door handle. key with you and keep it in a safe place • 1 Flat key.

Aim transmitter eye at receiver and press transmit button twice. as well as the windows and lock activates the start lock-out. 1 Transmit button 2 Transmitter eye and battery check 3 Key release button 30 .Starter Lock-Out Infrared Remote Control Important! The vehicle doors. trunk and fuel filler flap can be centrally locked and Removing the key from the steering unlocked. can also be opened by using the infrared remote control. control. the trunk position 2 deactivates the start lock-out. The sliding roof closed with infrared remote engine cannot be started. Turning the key in the steering lock to With vehicle centrally locked.

4 Receiver on inside rear view 7 Receiver. red indicator lamp mirror (locking) and green indicator lamp (locking) and green indicator lamp 5 Red indicator lamp (unlocking) in driver's door handle. (unlocking) next to trunk lock. (locking) 6 Green indicator lamp (unlocking) 31 . red indicator lamp 8 Receiver.

Locking and Unlocking Closing Windows and Sliding/ Pop- Note:
Up Roof from Outside
Aim transmitter eye (2) at a If the side windows and sliding/ pop-
receiver (4, 7 or 8) and press Continue to press transmit button after up roof cannot be closed automatically
transmit button. locking car. by pressing the transmit button of the
infrared remote control then it may be
The red or green indicator lamp on the The windows and sliding/pop-up roof necessary to change the batteries in the
receiver should blink. It stops blinking begin to close after approx. 2 seconds. transmitter (if ok, battery indicator
when the vehicle is properly locked or lamp in transmitter will light briefly
unlocked. Warning! when transmitting), or to synchronize
the system, see Remote Control,
Notes: Never close the windows or Infrared in Index.
sliding/ppp-up roof if there is the
If the trunk was previously locked possibility of anyone being harmed
separately, it will remain locked (see by the closing procedure.
Index).
In case the closing procedure causes
If the vehicle cannot be locked or potential danger, the closing
unlocked by pressing the transmit procedure can be immediately
button, then it may be necessary to reversed by releasing and pressing
change the batteries in the transmitter the remote control button again until
(if ok, battery indicator lamp in the green indicator lamp at the
transmitter will light briefly when receiver blinks. The sliding/pop-up
transmitting) or to synchronize the roof and windows will open again.
system, see Remote Control, Infrared in The sliding/pop-up roof will only
Index. open if it was not fully closed.

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When you lock the car, all door lock
buttons should move down. If any one
stays up, the respective door is not
properly closed.
You should then unlock the car, open
and reclose this door, and lock the car
again. Each individual door can be
locked with door lock button - the
driver's door can only be locked when it
is closed.

If the car has previously been locked
from the outside, only the door being
opened from the inside will unlock, and
Central Locking System Doors the alarm will come on. The remaining
doors, the trunk lid and fuel filler flap
The entire vehicle may be locked or 1 Opening - pull handle remain locked.
unlocked by either using the master key 2 Unlocking
in the door or trunk locks, or central 3 Locking
locking switch located in center 4 Individual door from inside:
console. The central locking system also
locks or unlocks the fuel filler flap. • Push lock button down to lock.
• Pull lock button up to unlock.
Note:

If the fuel filler flap cannot be opened,
refer to Fuel Filler Flap, Manual
Release (see Index).

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Central locking switch The doors cannot be unlocked with the
central locking switch, if car was
1 Locking previously locked with the remote
2 Unlocking control.
The central locking switch is located on If the car has previously been locked
the center console. with the central locking switch, only the
opened door is unlocked.
The doors can only be locked with the
central locking switch, if the front doors
are closed.

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To deny any unauthorized person access to the trunk. turn key to position 2 or pull up lock buttons. Manual Release (see Index). To lock. 2 Unlocking 3 Locking (detent) 4 Separate locking of trunk - remove key in this position. Trunk Lower trunk lid using handle (5) or recessed grip (6). lock it separately. To unlock. Notes: In case of a malfunction in the central locking system the doors and trunk can be locked and unlocked individually. it remains locked when unlocking any door. When the trunk is separately locked. turn key to position 3 or push down lock buttons. 35 . refer to Fuel Filler Flap. and close it with grip 1 Neutral position .push to open molding (7). If the fuel filler flap cannot be opened. Leave only the valet key with the vehicle.

To interrupt the closing procedure. When locking doors or trunk. The sliding/pop-up roof and windows will open again. the closing procedure can be immediately reversed by turning the key to the unlocking position (3) within 10 seconds. The Never close the windows or windows begin to close automatically sliding/ppp-up roof if there is the after approximately 1 second. Roof Note: 1 Opening 2 Interrupting If the closing procedure is interrupted. turn mechanical key to position 2. The sliding/pop-up roof will only open if Power Windows and Sliding/Pop-Up it was not fully closed. possiblity of anyone being harmed by the closing procedure. 36 . it 3 Closing can only be continued by first turning the key to the unlocked position (3) and then again to the locking position (1) and hold. In case the closing procedure causes potential danger. turn Warning! mechanical key in door lock or trunk lock to position 3 and hold.

• opens the hood. • steps on the brake pedal. for example) is immediately unlocking the driver's door or the closed. • opens the trunk. trunk. Antitheft Alarm System The alarm will last approximately 21/2 minutes in the form of flashing exterior The antitheft alarm is automatically lamps. Never leave the electronic 1 Indicator lamp in switch located in vehicle's keys or infrared remote reserve key in the vehicle. center console control Operation: Once the alarm system has been armed. Note: A blinking lamp (1) indicates that the alarm is armed. 37 . At the same time an alarm will armed or disarmed with the remote sound for 30 seconds. The alarm will control or any of your vehicle's stay on even if the activating element mechanical keys by locking or (a door.g. We recommend that you carry the electronic reserve key plus mechanical The antitheft alarm is disarmed key with you and keep it in a safe place when unlocking the front passenger (e. the exterior vehicle lamps will flash and an alarm will sound when someone: • opens a door. your wallet) so that it is always door or the trunk with any of your handy. • switches on or bridges the ignition circuit.

Power Seats. The backrest and seat belt provide The head restraint angle can also be the best restraint when the wearer is Warning! adjusted manually. 38 . the head seat belt in a collision. do not try to being adjusted. driving could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Front Turn electronic key in steering lock to position 1 or 2 (with the driver's or Warning! passenger's door open. The power seats can also be operated raise or lower them manually. in an upright position and the belt is properly positioned on the body. You could slide under the During seat adjustment. 1 Seat. cause serious or even fatal injuries. That could The slide switches are located in each approximately at ear level. When leaving the vehicle always Note: remove the electronic key from the Never place hands under seat or near steering lock. Do not leave children unattended in the vehicle or with access to an unlocked vehicle. Your vehicle is equipped with any moving parts while a seat is power head restraints. up/down 2 Seat. Sitting in an 4 Backrest tilt excessively reclined position can be 5 Head restraint dangerous. the belt would apply force support the back of the head at the abdomen or neck. If you slide restraint is automatically adjusted to under it. fore/aft Never ride in a moving vehicle with 3 Seat cushion tilt the backrest reclined. Adjusting the seat while position 0). Unsupervised use of vehicle equipment may cause serious personal injury. front door. the power seats can also be operated with the electronic Do not adjust the driver's seat while key removed or in steering lock driving. with the driver's or passenger door open.

rear view mirror movement has Front. A The head restraint should also be second and third set of positions for the adjusted for proper height. Three sets of seat/head restraint and Important! exterior rear view mirror positions may Prior to operating the vehicle. 39 . "2" or "3" when mounting seat covers. Whenever restraints 6 Memory button stopped. see Index. Recalling Caution! To recall a seat/head restraint and exterior rear view mirror position. After the should adjust the seat height for proper seat/head restraint and exterior rear vision as well as fore/aft placement and view mirrors are positioned. release. move the seat completely adjustment of mirrors. For Memory Storing and Recalling until seat/head restraint and exterior removal refer to Head Restraints. reach. respectively (battery disconnected or empty). and comfort. forward and the head restraint fully down. operation. power seats and head restraints are no longer adjusted automatically.Synchronizing Head Restraints rear view mirrors can be programmed into memory by pushing first memory If the power supply was interrupted button (6) and then "2". Note: To resynchronize the adjustment See Index for instructions on feature. stops when the position button is Storing released. push Do not remove head restraints except and hold position button "1". the "3". 3 seconds push position button "1". the driver be programmed into memory. and within control. push seat back angle to insure adequate memory button (6). See also same seat/head restraint and exterior airbag section for proper seat positioning. The seat/head restraint and have been removed be sure to reinstall 7 Position buttons exterior rear view mirror movement them before driving.

done before the vehicle is put into 2 Backrest bottom and automatically adjusts the cushion motion. steering wheel. These seats have movable seat cushions. Some models may be equipped with multicontour seats. and inflatable air cushions built into the backrest to provide additional lumbar and side support. amount of backrest cushion height and curvature can be continuously varied Both the inside and outside rear view with regulators (1. 40 . 2 and 3) after mirrors should be adjusted for adequate turning the electronic key in steering rearward vision. Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213.head restraint should also be adjusted The seat cushion movement and for proper height. the last well as fastening of seat belts should be 1 Seat cushion depth cushion setting is retained in memory. Multicontour Seat (optional) and rear view mirror adjustments as If the engine is turned off. All seat.S. lock to position 2. • press down rearward end - decrease side support. head restraint. 3 Backrest center to this setting when the engine is 4 Side bolster adjustment restarted. Federal Motor Vehicle • press down forward end - Safety Standard 213 and Canadian increase side support. Infants and small The side bolsters of the backrest can be children should be seated in a properly adjusted with rocker switch (4): secured restraint system that complies with U. Fasten seat belts.

power. If the blinking of the indicator lamps is distracting to you. If one indicator lamp is on. The seat heaters will The front seat heater switches are the rapid seat heating mode. same time. the seat heater automatically turns off after approximately 30 minutes of operation. Press switch to turn on seat heater: The seat heaters may automatically 1 Normal seat heating mode. or if the battery charge is 2 Rapid seat heating mode. Both low. When this occurs. If left on. to normal operation and only one indicator lamp will stay on. One switch off if too many power indicator lamp in the switch consumers are switched on at the lights up. press upper half of switch. seat heater automatically switches as sufficient voltage is available. press lower half of switch. It is not advisable to use the seat heater longer than necessary. the switch on again automatically as soon located in the center console. 41 . the indicator indicator lamps in the switch lamp in the switch will blink (both light up. indicator lamps blink during rapid seat After approximately 5 minutes in heating mode). Heated Seats (optional) Note: The front seat heaters can be When in operation. the seat heater switched on with the electronic key in consumes a large amount of electrical steering lock positions 1 or 2. If both indicator lamps are on. the seat heaters can Turning off seat heater: be switched off.

front passenger's door open. Rear Bench Cup Holder in Rear Bench Armrest Turn electronic key in steering lock to Pull down the armrest by its top. To raise or lower steering wheel. Note: The steering wheel position can be stored in memory together with the seat/head restraint and exterior rear view mirror positions. 42 . Adjusting the steering wheel while driving could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle Adjustable Steering Wheel Armrest. push switch up or down. Warning! Do not adjust the steering wheel while driving. Briefly press drawer (1) and pull out to position 1 or 2 (with the driver's or its detent. see Index. Press button (1) and pull drawer out to its final stop. push switch foreward or backward. To lengthen or shorten the steering column. the steering wheel can also be operated First Aid Kit in Rear Bench Armrest with the electronic key removed or in steering lock position 0).

g. The head adjusted manually. 43 . Cargo Tie-Down Hooks Inside the trunk are four cargo tie-down hooks. Keep area around head restraints clear of articles (e. This will prevent such objects from Head Restraints. clothing) to not obstruct the folding operation of the head restraints. restraints will then fold backward for increased visibility. Rear Placing head restraints upright: being thrown about and injuring Pull head restraint forward until it locks in vehicle occupants during an accident Folding head restraints backward (with position. or sudden maneuver. always drive with the rear head restraints in the upright position when the rear seats are occupied. Shelf below Rear Window Warning! The shelf below the rear window should not be used to carry objects. engine running): Inclination of head restraints: Press symbol-side of rocker switch to The head restraint inclination can be release the head restraints. Secure cargo by applying even load on all four hooks. Important! For safety reasons.

Without your seat 213 and Canadian Motor Vehicle belt buckled. likely to hit the interior of the vehicle or be ejected from it. 44 . provinces require seat belt use. belts. your All states and provinces require use of injuries can be considerably more child restraints that comply with U.S. severe without your seat belt Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard properly buckled. the possibility for injury or death is lessened with your seat belt buckled. a warning sounds for a belts for all seats. If you slide airbags and knee bolsters for driver and under it. You and your passengers should Laws in most states and all Canadian always wear seat belts. In the same crash. You could slide under the fastened. Sitting in an lock position 2. properly positioned on the body. emergency excessively reclined position can be short time if the driver's seat belt is not tensioning retractors for the front seat dangerous. Failure to wear and properly fasten Seat Belts The backrest and seat belt provide and position your seat belt greatly the best restraint when the wearer is increases your risk of injuries and Important! in an upright position and the belt is their likely severity in an accident. That could cause serious or even fatal injuries. You can be We strongly recommend their use seriously injured or killed. the belt would apply force Warning! front passenger. as well as front and side impact seat belt in a collision. you are much more Safety Standard 213. at the abdomen or neck.Seat Belts and Supplemental Warning! Seat Belt Warning System Restraint System (SRS) Never ride in a moving vehicle with With the electronic key in steering Your vehicle is equipped with seat the backrest reclined. If you are ever in an accident.

you can adjust the belt Note: as possible on your hips and not across height. avoid adjusting Push latch plate (1) into buckle (2) until Adjust seat belt so that shoulder the seat or seat back into positions it clicks. should not touch the neck). adjustment it. Slide belt outlet upward. For this The lap belt should be positioned as low purpose. see Cleaning and Care of the Vehicle in Index. to the middle of your shoulder (it belt position. 45 .Fastening of Seat Belts Tighten the lap portion to a snug fit by Raising: pulling shoulder portion up. A twisted portion is located as close as possible which could affect the correct seat seat belt may cause injury. Do not twist the belt. For safety reasons. Five positions are available the abdomen For cleaning and care of the seat belts. 1 Latch plate 2 Buckle The shoulder portion of the seat belt Lowering: 3 Release button must be pulled snug and checked for Press button (4) and slide belt outlet 4 Button for belt outlet height snugness immediately after engaging downward.

you wouldn't Push the release button (3) in the belt certain frontal impacts which have the full width of the belt to buckle (2). That would increase checked by quickly pulling out the belt. used for more than one person "ETR" (seat belt emergency at a time. In a crash. the seat belt by guiding the latch plate belts do not provide maximum • Pregnant women should also use (1). low as possible on the hips to • Never wear the shoulder belt avoid any possible pressure on The inertia reel stops the belt from under your arm. • Each occupant should wear • Position the lap belt as low as their seat belt at all times. unwinding during sudden vehicle stops neck or off your shoulder. Warning! apply too much force to the ribs or abdomen. crash. exceed preset deployment take impact forces. Unfastening of Seat Belts enhance the protection offered • Belts should not be worn to properly belted occupants in twisted. possible on your hips and not because seat belts help reduce across the abdomen. The belt would also 46 . side impact airbags). abdomen. belt against your body could Allow the retractor to completely rewind • Improperly positioned seat cause injuries. which could USE SEAT BELTS PROPERLY. and knee belt around a person and bolsters are designed to objects. it could cause serious including rollovers. "SRS" injuries in a crash. In a or when quickly pulling on the belt. The lap belt serious injuries in case of an portion should be positioned as Operation: accident. If the belt is the likelihood of and potential positioned across your severity of injuries in accidents. (driver airbag. the chance of head and neck injuries. your body would move too The locking function of the reel may be far forward. against your the abdomen. The twisted thresholds. severely injure internal organs such as your liver or spleen. protection and may cause a lap-shoulder belt. front passenger • Each seat belt should never be airbag. Do not fasten a seat tensioning retractors).

Warning! • According to accident statistics, Supplemental Restraint System
children are safer when properly (SRS)
USE CHILD RESTRAINTS restrained in the rear seating
PROPERLY. positions than in the front seating The term SRS means that airbags are
positions. intended as a supplement to seat belts.
• Infants and small children must • Children too big for child restraint Airbags alone cannot protect as well as
be seated in an infant or child systems should ride in rear seats airbags plus seat belts in impacts for
restraint system, which is using regular seat belts. Position which the air-bags were designed to
properly secured by a lap belt or shoulder belt across chest and operate, and do not afford any
lap belt portion of a lap-shoulder shoulder, not face or neck. A protection whatsoever in crashes for
belt. Children could be en- booster seat may be necessary to which the system is not designed to
dangered in an accident if their achieve proper belt positioning. deploy.
child restraints are not properly • Adjust the front passenger seat as The SRS uses two crash severity levels
secured in the vehicle. far as possible rear ward from the (thresholds) to activate either the
• Rear-facing child restraints must dashboard when a child restraint Emergency Tensioning Retractor
not be used in the front seat. is installed. (ETR) or airbag or both. Activation
They could be struck by the depends on the direction and severity
airbag when it inflates in a crash. of the impact, exceeding the thresholds
If this happens, a child in the and fastening of the seat belt.
restraint could be seriously or
fatally injured. Seat belt fastened

• first threshold exceeded:
ETR activates
• second threshold exceeded:
airbag also activates
Seat belt not fastened
• first threshold exceeded:
airbag activates, but not ETR

Driver and front passenger systems
operate independently of each other.

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Emergency Tensioning The emergency tensioning retractors In cases of other frontal impacts,
Retractor (ETR) are designed to activate only when the angled impacts, roll-overs, certain side
seat belts are fastened during frontal impacts, or other accidents without
The seat belts for the front seats are impacts exceeding the first threshold of sufficient frontal or rear impact forces,
equipped with emergency tensioning the SRS and in rear impacts exceeding the emergency tensioning retractors
retractors. These tensioning retractors a preset security level. They remove will not be activated. The driver and
are located in each belt's inertia reel slack from the belts in such a way that passengers will then be protected by
and become operationally ready with the seat belts fit more snugly against the fastened seat belts and inertia reel
the electronic key in steering lock the body restricting its forward in the usual manner.
position 1 or 2. movement as much as possible.
For seat belt and emergency tensioning
retractor safety guidelines see Safety
Guidelines in Index.

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Airbags The side impact airbags are located in of the airbag system and will indicate a
the doors. In conjunction with wearing malfunction by coming on again.
1 Driver airbag the seat belts with emergency
2 Front passenger airbag tensioning retractors, the airbags can The following system components are
3 Side impact airbag provide increased protection for the monitored or undergo a self-check:
driver and front passenger in certain crash-sensor(s), airbag ignition circuits,
The most effective occupant restraint major frontal (for front airbags), and front seat belt buckles, emergency
system yet developed for use in side impacts (for side impact airbags). tensioning retractors, seat sensor.
production vehicles is the seat belt. In
some cases, however, the protective The operational readiness of the airbag Initially, when the electronic key is
effect of a seat belt can be further system is verified by the indicator lamp turned from steering lock position 0 to
enhanced by an airbag. "SRS" in the instrument cluster when positions 1 or 2, malfunctions in the
turning the electronic key in steering crash-sensor are detected and
The driver airbag is located in the lock to position 1 or 2. If no fault is indicated (the "SRS" indicator lamp
steering wheel hub. The passenger front detected, the lamp will go out after stays on longer than 4 seconds).
airbag is located in the dashboard ahead approximately 4 seconds; after the lamp
of the front passenger goes out, the system continues to In the operational mode, after the
monitor the components and circuitry indicator lamp has gone out following
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checked. otherwise the "SRS" may not passenger seat. The front passenger airbag deploys deployment thresholds. roll. To provide continued Do not place heavy objects on front airbags to provide their intended reliability after that date. no system available today can totally Front Airbags Important! eliminate injuries and fatalities. The driver and passenger extends to the date indicated on the Note: should always wear the seat belts. We presence of an airbag in order to strongly recommend that you visit an Note: avoid wearing your seat belt. Mercedes-Benz dealer at that time In cases of other frontal impacts. if the seat is occupied. rear 50 . airbag may deploy. In the event a malfunction of the "SRS" The passenger side airbag deploys is indicated as outlined above. or other accidents without circuits in the airbag ignition circuit sufficient forces. during these types of impacts. We caution you not to rely on the "SRS" may not be operational. will they only if the passenger seat is occupied. Only however. they passenger seat. and low voltage designed to activate only in certain side in the entire system are detected and impacts. otherwise the front supplemental protection. the airbag will not and in the driver and passenger seat The side impact "SRS" airbags are be activated. This dust. should be inspected by an authorized airbag may deploy. be protected by the fastened seat belts. may cause injuries. belt buckle harnesses. interruptions or short Side Impact Airbags collisions. however. certain frontal and front-angled front-angled or side impacts. other side impacts. Only the impacted side airbag The driver and passengers will then indicated. label located on the driver-side door otherwise it is not possible for the latch post. if of health. the only. provide their supplemental The service life of the airbags protection. otherwise the side front-angled and side impacts which be activated when needed. of dust from the air-bags. and replaced when necessary. The activation of the "SRS" The driver and front passenger "SRS" The "SRS" airbags are designed to temporarily releases a small amount airbags are designed to activate only in activate only in certain frontal. deploys. authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer The "SRS" is designed to reduce the immediately to have the system Do not place heavy objects on front potential of injury in certain frontal. is neither injurious to your impacts.the initial check. nor does it indicate a fire in sufficient severity to meet the the vehicle. overs.

Placing Failure to follow these instructions hands and arms inside the rim can result in severe injuries to you or Since the airbag inflates with can increase the risk and other occupants. possible rearward. Fasten your seat belt or dashboard.Warning! • Sit properly belted in an upright • Adjust the passenger seat as far position with your back against as possible rearward from the It is very important for your safety to the backrest. a potential severity of hand/arm proper seating and hands on steering injury when the driver front wheel position will help to keep you in airbag inflates. not be used in a front seat. seated position with your back against chest close to the steering wheel • Rear-facing child restraints must the backrest. a safe distance from the airbag: 51 . restraint which is properly of a collision always be in normal • Do not lean with your head or secured. steering wheel rim. position and to wear your seat belt. and ensure that it is properly • Keep hands on the outside of positioned on the body. considerable speed and force. dashboard. especially when a always be in a properly seated • Adjust the driver seat as far as child restraint is installed. still • Infants and small children should permitting proper operation of only be seated in an infant or child For maximum protection in the event vehicle controls.

To was activated must be replaced. times while the vehicle is in motion. • Improper work on the system. it is mandatory to etc. Infant and Child Restraint including incorrect installation Systems • Do not make any modification and removal. Work on the "SRS" fasten a child restraint use this seat must therefore only be belt: • No modifications of any kind performed by an authorized may be made to any components Mercedes-Benz dealer. inoperative. 52 . urge you to give notice to the checked. • The "SRS" is designed to function on a one-time-only • In addition. over the steering wheel hub. Manual. Use only belts installed subsequent owner that it is equipped or supplied by an authorized • An airbag system component with an "SRS" by alerting him to the Mercedes-Benz dealer. Push down on child restraint to take up any slack. This • When scrapping the airbag unit Emergency Tensioning Retractor includes the installation of or emergency tensioning and Airbag additional trim material. • Do not pass belts over sharp edges. badges retractor. Then pull shoulder belt out completely and let it retract. or wiring of the "SRS". uncontrolled children be properly restrained at all activation of the "SRS".Safety Guidelines for the Seat Belt. through improper All lap-shoulder belts except driver basis. An airbag or emergency work there is the risk of seat have special seat belt retractors for tensioning retractor (ETR) that rendering the "SRS" secure fastening of child restraints. The belt is now locked. or These instructions are available front door trim panels. within the steering wheel gets applicable section in the Owner's hot after the airbag has inflated. Follow child restraint instructions for routing. Warning! front passenger airbag cover. highly stressed in an accident electrical/electronic equipment must be replaced and their on or near "SRS" components When you sell the vehicle we strongly anchoring points must also be and wiring. can lead to that could change the effectiveness possible injury through an We recommend that all infants and of the belts. follow our safety instructions. and at your authorized Mercedes- • Damaged belts or belts that were installation of additional Benz dealer.

Important! Warning! Children too big for child restraint
systems should ride in rear seats
The use of infant or child restraints is According to accident statistics, using regular seat belts. Position
required by law in all 50 states and all children are safer when properly shoulder belt across chest and
Canadian provinces. restrained in the rear seating shoulder, not face or neck. A
positions than in the front seating booster seat may be necessary to
Infants and small children should be positions. achieve proper belt positioning.
seated in an appropriate infant or child
restraint system properly secured by a Rear-facing child restraints must not When the child restraint is not in use,
lap-shoulder belt, and that complies be used in the front passenger seat. remove it from the car or secure it
with U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety They could be struck by the airbag with the seat belt to prevent the child
Standard 213 and Canadian Motor when it inflates in a crash. If this hap- restraint from becoming a projectile
Vehicle Safety Standard 213. A pens, a child in the restraint could be in the event of an accident.
statement by the child restraint seriously or fatally injured.
manufacturer of compliance with this U.S.A. Models only:
standard can be found on the Infants and small children should
instruction label on the restraint and in never be held on the lap while the Since 1986 all U.S. child restraints
the instruction manual provided with vehicle is in motion. During an comply with U.S. regulations without
the restraint. accident they would be almost the use of a tether strap.
impossible to hold, and could be
When using any infant or child restraint crushed between the adult and the Canada Models only:
system, be sure to carefully read and dashboard.
follow all manufacturer's instructions This vehicle is provided with tether
for installation and use. Infants and small children should anchorages for a top tether strap.
never share a seat belt with another Consult your authorized Mercedes-
occupant. During an accident, they Benz dealer for installation of these
could be crushed between the anchorages.
occupant and seat belt.
In compliance with Canadian Motor
Vehicle Safety Standard 210.1, child
restraint tether anchorage hardware is
attached to the tool kit located in the
trunk.
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1 Steering is unlocked. Notes:
(If necessary, move steering wheel
slightly to allow the electronic key to A warning sounds when the driver's door
be turned clockwise to position 1.) is opened with the electronic key in
Most electrical consumers can be steering lock position 1 or 0.
operated. For detailed information
see respective subjects. With the engine at idle speed, the
2 Driving position. charging rate of the alternator (output) is
3 Starting position. limited.

Refer to Index for Starting and turning It is therefore recommended to turn off
off the engine. unnecessary electrical consumers while
driving in stop-and-go traffic. This
Warning! precaution helps to avoid draining of the
battery.
Steering Lock When leaving the vehicle always
remove the electronic key from the Unnecessary strain on the battery and
0 The electronic key can be steering lock, and lock the vehicle. charging system may be minimized by
withdrawn in this position only. The Do not leave children unattended in turning off the following power
steering is locked with the electronic the vehicle, or with access to an consumers, for example: Heated seats,
key removed from the steering lock. unlocked vehicle. Unsupervised use rear window defroster.
If necessary, move steering wheel of vehicle equipment may cause
slightly to allow the locking serious personal injury. Caution!
mechanism to engage. The electronic
key can be removed only with the Important! To prevent accelerated battery
selector lever in position "P" and your discharge and a possible dead battery,
foot off the brake pedal. After If the electronic key is left in the steering always remove the electronic key from
removing the electronic key or with lock position 0 for an extended period of the steering lock. Do not leave the
the electronic key in steering lock time, it can no longer be turned in the electronic key in steering lock position 0.
position 0, the selector lever is locked lock. In this case, remove electronic key
in position "P". from steering lock and reinsert.

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6 Control for windshield
wiper/washer system:
Push briefly for single wipe
without adding washer fluid (use
only when windshield is wet)
Push past detent and hold
to activate wiper and washer
7 Windshield wiper
0 Wiper off
I Intermittent wiping
(optional rain sensor:
One initial wipe, pauses between
wipes are automatically
controlled by a rain sensor
monitoring the wetness of the
Combination Switch To signal minor directional changes, windshield.)
such as changing lanes on a highway, II Normal wiper speed
1 Low beam (exterior lamp move combination switch to the point III Fast wiper speed
switch position ) of resistance only and hold it there.
Note:
2 High beam (exterior lamp To operate the turn signals
switch position ) continuously, move the combination The windshield washer reservoir,
switch past the point of resistance (up hoses and nozzles are automatically
3 High beam flasher (high beam or down). The switch is automatically heated.
available independent of canceled when the steering wheel is
exterior lamp switch position) turned to a large enough degree.
4 Turn signals, right

5 Turn signals, left

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If one of the turn signals fails. Remove blockage. 56 . MB Windshield Washer Concentrate switch off the wiper. The fluid in the washer "S" and water reservoir should be mixed in the correct ratio. "S" and commercially available premixed windshield washer solvent/ For safety reasons before removing antifreeze ice or snow. activate the washer system as often as MB Windshield Washer Concentrate necessary. due to snow). steering lock position 2. even during rain. the turn signal indicator system flashes and sounds at a faster than normal rate. Activate combination switch again The headlamp washer can be (electronic key in steering lock activated with the electronic key in position 1). Turn Signal Failure Briefly press symbol side of switch. (optional) 1 part "S" to 100 parts solvent (40 ml "S" to 1 gallon solvent). remove electronic key Headlamp Cleaning System from steering lock.Windshield and Headlamp Washer Windshield Wiper Smears Fluid Mixing Ratio If the windshield wiper smears the For temperatures above freezing: windshield. 1 part "S" to 100 parts water (40 ml "S" to 1 gallon water). Blocked Windshield Wiper For temperature below freezing: If the windshield wiper becomes blocked (for example.

right OFF LIGHTS" in the multifunction (turn left one stop) indicator appears if the vehicle's Exterior Lamp Switch exterior lamps (except standing lamps) Standing lamps. headlamps. a warning forward) sounds and the message "SWITCH Standing lamps. Canada only: When the engine is running and the Front fog lamps (pull out one stop) with Fog lamps will operate with the selector lever is in a driving position. Off Standing Lamps Parking lamps (also side marker lamps. taillamps and be used in conjunction with low beam license plate lamps) are automatically indicator lamp in lamp switch comes on. with the electronic key in steering lock Parking lamps plus low position 2. When the vehicle is parked on the taillamps. When shifting from a driving position to position "N" or "P". parking lamps and/or the low beam the low beam (includes parking lamps. parking lamps and/or low beam headlamps on. beam Note: or high beam headlamps With the electronic key removed and (combination switch pushed the driver's door open. Province Motor Vehicle Regulations Rear fog lamp (pull out to 2nd detent) in regarding allowable lamp operation. lamps) Canada only: making the vehicle more visible to When the engine is running. Yellow indicator lamp in off when the exterior lamp switch is For nighttime driving the exterior lamp lamp switch comes on. turned to position switch should be turned to position to permit activation of the high beam headlamps. 57 . Fog lamps should only side marker lamps. the low beam is additionally The standing lamps cannot be operated switched on. license plate street the standing lamps (right or left lamps. Consult your State or switched on. Green headlamps on. left (turn left two stops) are not switched off. instrument panel side parking lamps) can be turned on. Fog lamps are automatically switched switches off (2 seconds delay). the low beam addition to fog lamps. passing vehicles.

passenger side convex mirror. the last door. or with the interior lamp switched on. With the electronic key in steering lock with the exterior lamps on. 58 . the mirror reflection on again for added illumination for Use your inside mirror to determine the brightness responds to changes in light approximately 30 seconds after closing size and distance of objects seen in the sensitivity. the mirror brightness does not respond to changes in light sensitivity. they switch position 2.Night Security Illumination Inside Rear View Mirror Antiglare Night Position When exiting the vehicle after driving Manually adjust the mirror. With gear selector lever in position "R".

or with the interior lamp switched on. see Index. it sensitivity. the driver's side mirror brightness If an exterior mirror housing is forcibly does not respond to changes in light pivoted from its normal position. "R". recalled when necessary. the driver's side mirror reflection brightness responds to The exterior mirrors have electrically changes in light sensitivity. mirror are closer than they appear. changing lanes. 59 . Warning! Storing Mirror Positions in Exercise care when using the Memory passenger-side mirror. Check your inside rear view mirror Turn electronic key in steering lock to or glance over your shoulder before position 2. The heater switches on automatically. First select the mirror to be adjusted . toggle the switch forward.press button: Left mirror Right mirror To adjust. depending on outside With gear selector lever in position temperature. With the electronic key in steering lock Note: position 2. heated glass. The Exterior Rear View Mirrors passenger-side exterior mirror is The exterior rear view mirror positions convex (outwardly curved surface are stored in memory with the The switch is located on the center for a wider field of view). backward or to either side. Objects in seat/head restraint position and can be console. must be repositioned by applying firm pressure until it snaps into place.

Prior to removing the ashtray insert. Warning! With the gear selector lever in position “N". lightly. Front Install insert into ashtray frame and push To remove ashtray: down to engage. turn off the engine and set the parking brake. Ashtrays Rear Doors To install ashtray: Center Console. Push left and right sides down and By touching the bottom of the cover pull out the ashtray. To remove ashtray: Push sliding knob (1) toward the right to eject the insert. To install ashtray: Install top of ashtray. move the gear selector lever to position "N". the ashtray opens automatically. push bottom part in to engage 60 . Otherwise the vehicle might move unintentionally.

Lighter Sun Visors Illuminated Vanity Mirrors Turn electronic key in steering lock to Swing sun visors down to protect With the visor engaged in its inner position 1 or 2. The lamp goes out automatically after approximately 5 minutes. against sun glare. it will pop out opening the cover. the lamp is switched on by Push in lighter (1). mounting. Warning! Warning! pivot it to the side. If sunlight enters through a side window. they are extremely hot. Note: The lighter socket can be used to accommodate electrical accessories up to maximum 85 W. disengage visor from inner mounting. 61 . Do not use the vanity mirror while Never touch the heating element or driving. sides of the lighter. automatically when hot. hold at knob only.

62 . 6 Reading lamp on. the interior lamps switch off after approximately 5 minutes. when To prevent the vehicle battery from unlocking or locking the vehicle. there will be no (soft fade) approximately 5 minutes. Exit Lamps in Doors 1 Rear passenger compartment lamp on. 5 Interior and reading lamps off. 4 Interior and reading lamp on.Interior Lighting Entrance Lamps. The lamps are switched on and off by 2 Door contact on. or being discharged. delay when the key is in steering lock position 2. Note: If a door remains open. even when opening a door. the door contact switches. Interior lamps are switched on when opening a door. interior lamps go out after However. and off (soft fade) delayed. with doors open all when opening or closing a door. Note: Interior lamps are switched on. 3 Door contact off. Interior lamps remain switched off.

To open compartment under Push button (7) down until cup holder 2 Locking: Turn mechanical key to armrest: engages. 3 Opening: Pull on handle. Storage Compartments above Keep compartment lids closed. The cup Glove Box holder opens automatically. 63 . Close cover (6). cover opens automatically. Lift lid with handle (5). To close: Caution! Lower lid until it engages in lock. This Ashtray in Center Console Cup Holder in Center Console will prevent stored objects from being thrown about and injuring vehicle To open: Touch bottom of cover To open cover: occupants during an accident slightly. The automatically. The cover opens Touch top of cover (6) slightly. To store cup holder: to vertical position and remove. the right and remove. To open compartment in armrest: Lift 1 Unlocking: Turn mechanical key lid with handle (4).Storage Compartments and Storage Compartments in Center To open cup holder: Cup Holder Console Briefly press button (7).

Emergency Operation in Index. position 1 or 2. Warning! When closing the sliding/ pop-up roof. Sliding/Pop-Up Roof (optional) The switch is illuminated when the The sliding/pop-up roof can also be exterior lamps are switched on closed with the mechanical key or 1 to slide roof open (except standing lamps). 4 to lower roof at rear the roof opening to guard against sun rays. refer to Sliding Roof. be sure that there is no danger of anyone being harmed by the closing procedure. Notes: The sliding/pop-up roof can be opened or closed manually should an electrical malfunction occur. the Turn electronic key in steering lock to screen will also retract. infrared remote control while locking 2 to slide roof closed the vehicle doors or trunk (see 3 to raise roof at rear An additional screen can be slid into Central Locking System in Index). When sliding the roof open. 64 .

briefly press or . Power Windows In rear doors When leaving the vehicle. be sure that there is no danger of anyone being harmed by the closing procedure. slide safety switch (5) to right. 3 right. To interrupt procedure. front The power windows can also be closed 4 right. Unsupervised use of to open vehicle equipment can cause serious Switches for: to close personal injury. position 1 or 2. rear Express Opening and Closing with the key or infrared remote control 5 safety switch while locking the vehicle doors or trunk 6 individual switches (rear doors) Press switch or past re. front Release switch when window is in Note: 2 left. rear desired position. 65 . Power window switches located on Press switch in to resistance point: Do not leave children unattended in center console the vehicle. sistance point and release . always remove the key from the steering lock. (see Central Locking System in Index). Blocking of Rear Door Window Operation If no operation of the rear windows by switch (6) (for instance by children) is desired. 1 left. symbol becomes visible.window Turn electronic key in steering lock to opens or closes completely. Warning! When closing the windows.

66 . With vehicle centrally locked. the vehicle must be The switch is located on the center parked and unlocked. Aim transmitter eye at a receiver and press transmit button twice. The sunshade should always be either fully raised or fully lowered. Press symbol console. Trunk Lid Release Switch Rear Window Sunshade The switch is located in the center 1 Raising console. refer to Trunk. the trunk can also be opened by using the infrared remote control. side of switch. Turn key in steering lock to position 1 or 2. 2 Lowering To open the trunk. To open. separately locked (in Index). Note: The trunk lid cannot be released by the switch when previously locked with the key.

• Press button O twice and hold Minute: Press button m briefly. m or R. 67 . The • Press and hold button O display flashes to indicate that the (with display illuminated). FSS indicator and clock is illuminated briefly when opening the driver door. Display Illumination The display for temperature. To briefly illuminate the display (with electronic key removed or in steering lock position 0 or 1). press button O. Clock Press + or . +. (display illuminated): To reset: Press button m or h briefly. (with display not illuminated). multifunction indicator. clock can be adjusted. h. Minutes: Press and hold button m. Instrument Lamps -. Hour: Press button h briefly.button to vary intensity of Trip Odometer Adjusting clock instrument lamps. The display illumination brightness responds automatically according to changes in the surrounding light sensitivity. Hours: Press and hold button h . odometer.

the door moves up or down. Notes: Note: Garage Door Opener Certain types of garage door openers The light blinks immediately if the 1 Remote control transmitter are incompatible with the integrated remote control is being located on inside rear view opener. 1. When programming a garage door 2. 3. the light transmitter Mercedes-Benz Customer Assistance will flash after about 20 seconds. press down the button on your portable remote 68 . button. or if mirror difficulties with programming the its memory was previously erased. only) at 1 -800- FOR-MERCedes. While still holding down the button on the transmitter on the inside rear view mirror. Center (in the U. contact your authorized If you are reprogramming a 2 Portable remote control Mercedes-Benz dealer or call previously used button. Turn electronic key in steering Warning! lock to position 1 or 2. The visor remote control is capable of Programming or reprogramming the operating up to three separately remote control: controlled objects. transmitter. If you should experience programmed for the first time. Press and hold one button of opener.S. possibility of anyone being harmed Continue holding down the by the moving door. the remote control located on the inside rear view mirror until When programming or operating the its control light begins to flash at remote control make sure there is no a rate of about once a second.A. Hold end opposite to battery of portable remote control against the inside rear view mirror trans- mitter to be programmed.

will erase the Operation of remote control: codes of all three channels. This means that the The vehicle is prepared for the integrated remote control has accepted 1. Stop the remote controlled device. Select and press the appropriate not use the cellular telephone while button (1. until the inside rear view Erasing the remote control Cellular Telephone mirror remote control light starts to memory: flash rapidly. or until the control Warning! light blinks rapidly. Some jurisdictions prohibit the driver from using a cellular 1. the driver should 2. Turn electronic key in steering installation of a cellular telephone. lock to position 1 or 2. continues to send the signal as long as the button is pressed .up to 20 seconds. Turn electronic key in steering telephone while driving a vehicle. If you wish. 20 seconds. contact your authorized Mercedes- 2. For the frequency and code of the portable lock to position 1 or 2. for safety reasons. 2 or 3) to activate the the vehicle is in motion. 69 . 4. further information and installation transmitter. Whether or not prohibited by law.control. The vehicle in a safe location before remote control transmitter answering or placing a call. repeat the procedure buttons 1 and 3 for approximately for each remaining button. Simultaneousy holding down Benz dealer.

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if you start to drive without having released the parking brake. place full load on the engine until the operating temperature has been The possibility of a serious or even reached. When starting off on a slippery surface. Even a small of other traffic. firmly depress parking brake pedal. To release the parking brake. Perform this Drinking and driving can be a very procedure only when the road is clear dangerous combination. Also see Brake Warning Lamp in Index 72 . Do not judgement. Parking Brake Warning! To engage. cluster should come on brightly. do not allow one drive wheel to spin for Please don't drink and drive or allow an extended period. the brake times. perceptions and Warm up the engine smoothly.Drinking and Driving Driving Off Warning! Apply the service brakes to test them briefly after driving off. pull handle on instrument panel. A warning sounds. Objects stored in this area warning lamp in the instrument may impair pedal movement. fatal accident is sharply increased when you drink and drive. anyone to drive after drinking. The brake warning lamp in the instrument cluster should go out. When the electronic key Keep driver's foot area clear at all is in steering lock position 2. amount of alcohol or drugs can affect your reflexes.

The Accelerator Position vehicle may otherwise start creeping The automatic transmission selects when the selector lever is in drive or Partial throttle = early upshifting = individual gears automatically. working on the vehicle with the engine hit someone or something. Important! pedal.Automatic Transmission the brake until ready to drive. allow the gear to fully engage before the service brake pedal must be firmly accelerating. especially when the depressed before the shift lock will engine is cold. normal acceleration dependent upon: Warning! Full throttle = later upshifting = rapid • Selector lever position acceleration • Program mode selector It is dangerous to shift the selector • Accelerator position lever out of "P" or "N" if the enqine Kickdown (depressing the accelerator • Vehicle speed speed is higher than idle speed. firmly depress the parking into gear when the engine is idling brake pedal and shift the selector lever normally and when your right foot is into "P". To move from "N" or "P". the vehicle could accelerate Once the desired speed is attained. ease quickly forward or in reverse. release. Shift selector lever to the desired position only when the engine is idling normally and the service brake is applied.the transmission When parking the car or before could lose control of the vehicle and shifts up again. Only shift running. You up on the accelerator . reverse position. If beyond full throttle) = downshifting to your foot is not firmly on the brake a lower gear = maximum acceleration. wait a moment to the selector lever out of position "P". Do not release 73 . firmly on the brake pedal. Driving Important! The selector lever is automatically After selecting any driving position locked while in position "P".

or driving effect is utilized by shifting into 1st for any other reason with selector gear. N Neutral. Coasting the vehicle. With operating conditions. This the electronic key removed. For driving except to coast when the driving in mountainous regions or vehicle is in danger of skidding under extreme operating conditions. (e. upshifting from 1st to 2nd to 3rd the foot off the brake pedal and the characteristics under all normal gear is delayed depending on vehicle selector lever in position "P". lever in "N" can result in descending very steep or lengthy The parking position is to be used transmission damage that is not downgrades and only at speeds when parking the vehicle. The automatic gear shifting process can Important! be adapted to specific operating 1 In this position. speed and engine temperature. the engine's braking power when descending steep grades. the vehicle engine's braking power downhill. "P". To shift from position "D" to "4". on icy roads. Use this position while P Parking position. "4" from the steering lock only with "D" provides optimum driving or "3". R Reverse gear. Suitable for performance driving.g. Suitable for moderately steep hills. only with the vehicle stopped. the allows the catalytic converter to 74 . push selector lever to the left. Limited Warranty. Do not engage "N" while 2 Upshift through 2nd gear only. Shift to reverse gear only with the vehicle stopped. When the selection will allow use of the brakes are released. this gear engine to the drive axle. Since the transmission does not shift No power is transmitted from the higher than 3rd gear. selector lever is locked in position 4 Upshift through 4th gear only. see Winter This gear selection will allow use of Selector Lever Positions driving Instructions in Index). Position With selector lever in position "D". 3 Upshift through 3rd gear only. Engage covered by the Mercedes-Benz below 40 mph (60 km/h). can be moved freely (pushed or towed). Note: Important! D The transmission automatically The electronic key can be removed upshifts through 5th gear. the engine's braking conditions using the selector lever.

do not allow the engine may cause the ABS malfunction hitting people or objects.heat up more quickly to operating Warning! Stopping temperatures.g.g. of that gear. Warning! the selector lever is moved to a lower driving range. e. Maneuvering The delayed upshift is effective with When stopping the vehicle on an uphill vehicle speeds below 31 mph (50 To maneuver in tight areas. However. During the brief warm-up period this downshift in order to obtain braking leave the transmission in gear and hold delayed upshift and increased engine action. speed to drop too low on uphill indicator lamp to come on. within the best torque range. possibly low RPMs. use the brake. shift selector lever to a lower gear range When parked on an incline. Turn off and gradients. brakes. This could result in drive vehicle with the service brake. Accelerate gently and never To avoid overrevving the engine when abruptly step on the accelerator. neither the control. engine nor transmission are negatively prevent this type of loss of control. restart the engine to clear the Always set the parking brake in malfunction indication. also turn early enough to maintain engine RPM front wheel against curb. the transmission will not To rock a vehicle out of soft ground Getting out of your car with the shift to a lower gear as long as the (mud or snow). On slippery road surfaces. while applying slight position "P" is dangerous. addition to shifting to position "P". vehicle speed by gradually releasing the unnecessary transmission heat build up. at traffic lights. do not hold it with the km/h) at partial throttle and engine pulling into a parking space. noise might be perceived as a wheel slip and reduced vehicle malfunction. partial throttle. Your vehicle's ABS will not For longer stops with the engine idling. This avoids temperatures below 95°F (35°C). Also. never For brief stops. when gradient. shift into "N" or "P" and hold the affected by this mode of operation. alternately shift from selector lever not fully engaged in vehicle speed exceeds the speed limit forward to reverse. vehicle with the service brake. position "P" alone may not prevent your To prevent the engine from laboring at Rocking a vehicle free in this manner vehicle from moving. control the accelerator. 75 . Depending on the degree of the incline. e. when parked on an incline.

S Standard mode Emergency Operation (Limp Home Mode) Press switch on symbol "S". 3. or Warning! move selector lever to Warning! position "R" (for reverse gear). position "D" (for 2nd gear). especially Have the transmission checked at your characteristics change with the on an incline. Program Mode Selector Switch The "W" mode helps to improve 2. Turn off the engine. 1. or with accelerator pedal in kick-down To engage 2nd gear or reverse: position. with selector lever in 1 st gear. Winter/Wet (snow and ice) "W" With hard acceleration the upshifts 5. If vehicle acceleration worsens. or the transmission no longer shifts. 76 . Press switch on symbol "W". from rolling. except reverse gear can be activated. selector switch for Standard "S" and 4. Move selector lever to speeds than in the "S" program mode. Always be certain of the program mode selected since the vehicle driving During stops use the brake. program modes. The transmission is provided with a vehicle. the The vehicle starts out in 1st transmission operates in Limp Home gear. occur at lower vehicle and engine 6. to prevent the vehicle authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as selection of the program mode. Stop the vehicle. Use this mode for all regular driving. The In this mode only the 2nd gear or vehicle starts out in 2nd gear. soon as possible. Restart the engine. Move selector lever to traction and driving stability of the position "P". Wait 10 seconds. In addition the "CHECK ENGINE" malfunction indicator lamp in W Winter/Wet (snow and ice) mode the instrument cluster may come on. Mode.

6 mph (1 km/h) increments. briefly tip the lever in the appropriate Any given speed above approximately 25 direction for increases or decreases in 4 Resume mph (40 km/h) can be maintained with the 0. Hold speed which was set prior to the lever up to accelerate. previously set speed will be resumed automatically. the cruise control will be canceled. Hold lever down to decelerate 77 . 25 mph (40 1 Accelerate and set: km/h). The accelerator can be released. cancellation of the cruise control. position 1 or 0. to adapt to the checked at your authorized traffic flow. hold lever in position 1 or 2 Mercedes-Benz dealer as soon as Cruise Control until the desired speed is reached. briefly Speed is set by briefly pushing the lever push lever to position 3. The last memorized speed is 2 Decelerate and set: canceled when the electronic key in Depress lever briefly to set the steering lock is turned to speed. exceeding approx.g. If the cruise control cancels by itself and remains inoperative until the If a set speed is to be increased or engine is restarted. lever is released. 25 mph (40 km/h). When you step on the brake pedal or the vehicle speed drops below The speed can be increased (e.g. for passing) by using the accelerator. To cancel the cruise control. After example when driving upgrade. Normally the vehicle is accelerated to 3 Canceling the desired speed with the accelerator. e. the vehicle resumes the Lift lever briefly to set speed. for approx. have the system decreased slightly. the newly set speed position 4 when driving at a speed remains. the the accelerator is released. to position 1 or 2. When the If the lever is briefly pushed to cruise control by operating the lever. or possible.

78 . brakes were applied. As soon as the grade eases.Notes: Important! Warning! If the engine does not brake the vehicle Moving gear selector lever to position Only use the cruise control if the sufficiently while driving on a downgrade. or the lever may be used to re. • 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 cruise • The use of cruise control can be controlled speed will again be maintained dangerous on winding roads or as long as the brakes were not previously in heavy traffic because applied. step on the brake pedal to slow down. 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. conditions do not allow safe sume the previously set speed if the driving at a steady speed. "N" switches the cruise control off. traffic and weather conditions make the speed you set on the cruise control it advisable to travel at a steady may be exceeded and you may have to speed.

Benz dealer immediately. push reset button indicates a fault which must be in the English. Brake. Push reset button (R) in the instrument cluster for subsequent messages. and overheat due to an inoperative water Display Defective cannot be switched pump which may result in damage to Press button O until the requested off.Multifunction Indicator Temporarily Switching Off Charge Indicator Language Selection To temporarily switch off the When the symbol and message appear multifunction indicator warning while the engine is running. Otherwise. simultaneously press reset steering lock is turned again to position broken. Doing so could result in appears. language appears. (R) in the instrument cluster. Italian. Defective Do not continue to drive the vehicle Turn the electronic key in steering lock with the charge indicator symbol to position 0. The multifunction indicator display is With the electronic key in steering lock inoperative until the electronic key in It may indicate that the poly-V-belt has position 2. 79 . When the message "Display Defective" displayed. the poly-V-belt must be replaced Multifunction Indicator (R). Should this condition occur. and possibly other covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited warnings cannot be shown. repaired at an authorized Mercedes- or Spanish language. this Warning message selection is available symbol and message. this indicates that the system serious engine damage that is not Multiple Malfunctions is not operational. Exterior Lights. the engine will selected language appears on the screen. this indicates that several Have the vehicle electronic system malfunction messages are stored in checked at your authorized Mercedes- memory. When the multiple malfunction symbol appears. German. buttons for Trip Odometer (O) and 0 or 2. French. until the presently The symbols and messages for Parking vehicle. Seat Belts. the engine. Benz dealer as soon as possible. Warranty. located in before continuing to operate the the instrument cluster.

normal. liters). Frequent driving at high engine result in serious engine damage that is speeds results in increased consumption. as it may minimum mark on the dipstick. Extended driving with the symbol displayed could result in serious engine damage that is not covered by the Mercedes- Benz Limited Warranty. For engine protection. continue to after starting the engine. it indicates that the where the engine oil should be topped fuel level is down to the reserve to the "full" mark on the dipstick with quantity of approximately: 2. not covered by the Mercedes-Benz When this occurs. the engine oil During the break-in period. for example during a fuel stop. or before a long trip (see Index). operating temperature. In addition to the warning symbol. come on intermittently and then stay on Fuel Reserve Warning if the oil level drops further. higher oil level has dropped to approximately the consumption may be noticed and is Avoid this engine speed. or if it comes within the red marking. The low engine oil level warning should not be ignored. the warning will first Limited Warranty.6 gal (10 an approved oil.Low Engine Oil Level Warning Engine Oil Consumption Tachometer When the symbol and message appear Engine oil consumption checks should Red marking on tachometer: while the engine is running and at only be made after the break-in period. the engine oil level should be periodically checked with the dipstick or via the multifunction indicator. Excessive engine speed. 80 . the fuel supply When the symbol and message appear is interrupted if the engine is operated If no oil leaks are noted. drive to the nearest service station on while driving.

Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty. vehicle and do not stand near the vehicle until it cools down. get out of the amount of temperature change. Warning! The outside temperature indicator is not designed to serve as an Ice- Warning Device and is therefore un- suitable for that purpose. the boiling point of the badly overheated can cause the sensor can be affected by road or coolant in the pressurized cooling some fluids which may have engine heat during idling or slow system of your vehicle is approx. Indicated temperatures just above the freezing point do not guarantee that the road surface is free of ice. Due to its location. marking. stop-and-go city traffic. Stay away Adaptation to ambient temperature takes The engine should not be operated with from the engine if you see or place in steps and depends on the the coolant temperature in the red zone. prevailing driving conditions (stop-and. 81 . constant driving) and damage which is not covered by the Turn off the engine. You the displayed temperature can only be could be seriously burned.g. Doing so may cause serious engine go or moderate. This means that the accuracy of 266°F (130°C). compartment to catch fire. bank signs etc. leaked into the engine driving.Outside Temperature Indicator Coolant Temperature Gauge Warning! The temperature sensor is located in the If the antifreeze mixture is effective to • Driving when your engine is front bumper area. verified by comparison to a During severe operating conditions and thermometer placed next to the sensor. the coolant • Steam from an overheated not by comparison to external displays temperature may rise close to the red engine can cause serious burns (e. hear steam coming from it.). -22°F (-30°C). and can occur just by opening the engine hood.

Antifreeze contains ethylene depending on ambient temperature - The low engine coolant level warning glycol which may burn if it comes see Index) at the next opportunity. of the total volume. parts. while the engine is running. then the coolant level overheat causing major engine damage. covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty. Do not spill antifreeze on hot engine windshield washer solvent/antifreeze. continue should be refilled with MB Windshield to drive to the nearest service station Warning! Washer Concentrate "S" and water (or and have coolant added to the coolant commercially available premixed system (see Index). 1/3 no leaks are noticeable and the engine while driving. Extended into contact with hot engine parts. The reservoir temperature does not increase. If Monitor the coolant temperature gauge the reservoir has dropped to approx. the level of has dropped below the required level. The should not be ignored.Low Engine Coolant Level Note: Low Windshield and Headlamp Warning Washer System Fluid Level Warning Do not drive without coolant in the When the symbol and message appear cooling system. 82 . The engine will When the symbol and message appear while driving. In cases of major or frequent minor coolant loss. headlamp washer systems is located in cause serious engine damage not the engine compartment. have the cooling system checked at your authorized Mercedes- Benz dealer as soon as possible. reservoir for the windshield and driving with the symbol displayed may You can be seriously burned.

Note: If you find that the minimum mark on the brake fluid reservoir is reached. taillamps.Exterior Lamp Failure Indicator Brake Pad Wear Indicator Brake Warning When the symbol and message appear When the symbol and message appear When the brake warning lamp and after starting the engine.g. the indicator authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as the reservoir (engine running symbol will come on only when that soon as possible. • the parking brake is set (engine running). You can be seriously burned.) brake fluid before checking the be certain to connect into the fuse before brake system. If a brake lamp fails. Overfilling the brake the failure indicator monitoring unit in fluid reservoir can result in spilling order to avoid damaging the system. Don't add installed (e. or low beam headlamp. Have the brake system checked at your • there is insufficient brake fluid in If an exterior lamp fails. 83 . stop lamp. or if it comes on during braking. this means: failure in the parking lamp. brake fluid on hot engine parts and the brake fluid catching fire. running. Have your brake system checked immediately if the brake If additional lighting equipment is warning lamp stays on. have the brake system checked for brake pad thickness and leaks. Driving with the brake warning lamp illuminated can result in an Note: accident. auxiliary headlamps etc. this symbol indicates a brake pads are worn down. this indicates that the message appear while the engine is while driving. and parking brake released). or lamp is switched on. the lamp failure indicator will come on when applying Warning! the brake and stays on until the engine is turned off.

In this case. indicator lamps come on with the engine To alert following vehicles to slippery Keep firm and steady pressure on the running. following purpose for ABS and significantly lamp symbol and warning in the another vehicle too closely. steady brake pedal pressure. Both malfunction that the ABS is in the regulating mode. about to lock up. including those resulting from Pumping the brake pedal defeats the When the ABS malfunction indicator excessive speed in turns. exploited in a reckless or dangerous independent of road surface conditions. if vehicle so equipped. engine is running. the BAS. ABS cannot prevent accidents. Only a safe. use firm. At the instant one of the wheels is With the ABS malfunctioning. The should go out and the ABS should be pulsating brake pedal can be an operational. are Note: be felt in the brake pedal. volts. operate brake pedal while experiencing the your hazard warning flashers as pulsation. indication of hazardous road conditions Have the system checked at your and functions as a reminder to take authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as extra care while driving. The capabilities of an ABS locking up above a vehicle speed of switched off. a slight pulsation can ASR or ESP. The ABS improves steering control of electronic key in steering lock position 2 nor can it increase the traction made the vehicle during braking maneuvers. but without antilock assistance. 84 .Antilock Brake System (ABS) ABS Control Warning! Important! The ABS malfunction indicator lamp in ABS cannot prevent the natural laws the instrument cluster comes on with the of physics from acting on the vehicle. the brake equipped vehicle must never be approximately 5 mph (8 km/h) system functions in the usual manner. the ABS will comes on and the ABS is switched off. and should go out with the engine available by the road conditions. rather running. indicating also switched off. instrument cluster come on while the aquaplaning. road conditions you discover. respond even with light brake pedal When the voltage is above this value pressure because of the increased again. The Do not pump the brake pedal. or reduces braking effectiveness. the malfunction indicator lamp likelihood of locking wheels. manner which could jeopardize the user's safety or the safety of others. soon as possible. it indicates that the and skillful driver can prevent The ABS prevents the wheels from ABS has detected a malfunction and has accidents. the malfunction indicator lamp On slippery road surfaces. attentive. If the charging voltage falls below 10 appropriate.

the drive wheel. the and applies the brakes to the spinning system is being switched off engine must be shut off. ease up on the accelerator. Adapt your speed and driving to the prevailing road conditions.Electronic Traction System (ETS) ETS Control Caution! The ETS improves vehicle traction. the drive wheel brakes. Otherwise. • while driving. In winter operation. or when testing the parking up to approximately 24 mph (40 km/h). speedometer dial. with the Index). the electronic traction brake on a brake test dynamometer. engine running. Mercedes-Benz recommended M+S radial-ply tires and/or snow chains. is also switched off. the ETS switches off. the ETS throttle as possible. immediately be engaged and will apply The ETS warning lamp. At approximately 50 mph temporarily to prevent overheating of electronic traction system will (80 km/h). apply as little With the ABS malfunctioning. If the yellow ETS malfunction If the vehicle is towed with the front especially under slippery road indicator lamp comes on while the ETS axle raised (see Towing the vehicle in conditions. It engages at vehicle speeds warning symbol flashes. the maximum Important! Have the ETS checked at your effectiveness of the electronic traction authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as system is only achieved with If the ETS warning lamp flashes: soon as possible. as soon as the tires lose comes on with the engine running. located in the the rear wheel brakes. 85 . starts to flash at any If the ETS malfunction indicator lamp vehicle speed. • during take-off. malfunction has been detected. a Note: traction and the wheels begin to spin.

The acceleration slip regulation will If the ASR warning lamp flashes.Acceleration Slip Regulation (ASR) Important! With the ABS malfunctioning. If both drive wheels regulation will immediately be engaged When testing the parking brake on a lose traction and spin. Mercedes-Benz recommended M+S radial-ply tires and/or snow chains. Have the ASR checked at your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as soon as possible. the simultaneously. engine output is available. spinning drive wheel until it regains Otherwise. engine torque is Notes: acceleration slip regulation will limited. the engine applied to both drive wheels and must be shut off. if one or your speed and driving to the Driving the vehicle with varied size both drive wheels begin to lose traction prevailing road conditions. comes on with the engine running. Otherwise. adapt engage at all vehicle speeds. the allowable engine torque Pressing the accelerator pedal will effectiveness of the acceleration slip also increases again and the brake is no require greater effort. to improve the vehicle's immediately be engaged and will apply driving stability. For this With the acceleration slip regulation axle raised (see Towing the vehicle in reason. including the spare engaged. the brake is applied to the Index). the yellow warning Caution! acceleration slip regulation may lamp in the speedometer flashes. activate (yellow ASR warning lamp in If the vehicle is towed with the front instrument cluster comes on). Only partial regulation is only achieved with longer applied to drive wheels. the maximum increases. If the ASR malfunction indicator lamp the rear wheel brakes. therefore the While engaged. the engine must be shut off. must have the same tire size. a As traction on the road surface malfunction has been detected. 86 . tires will cause the wheels to rotate at and spin due to excessive acceleration. brake test dynamometer. all wheels. wheel. the acceleration slip sufficient traction. the ASR is also switched off. the brake is and will apply the rear wheel brakes. different speeds. In winter operation.

is continuously Important! illuminated. A portion of the ASR system remains active. and switches off at 50 mph (80 km/h). the If the ASR warning lamp flashes: engine torque reduction feature is cancelled. located in the speedometer dial. the brake is applied until the wheel regains sufficient traction. sand or gravel. console unavailable. the enhanced • during take-off. ease up on the accelerator. ASR Control Switch The ASR warning lamp. press half of the switch (the ASR warning the upper half of the ASR switch. The traction control engages at vehicle speeds up to approximately 24 mph (40 km/h). Adapt your speed and driving to the prevailing road conditions. The lamp in the speedometer dial goes out). • while driving. To improve the vehicle's traction when To return to the enhanced vehicle driving with snow chains. or starting stability offered by ASR: press lower off in deep snow. 87 . apply as little ASR control switch located in center vehicle stability offered by ASR is throttle as possible. Therefore. With the ASR system switched off. starts to flash at any ASR control switch located on center vehicle speed as soon as the tires lose console traction and the wheels begin to spin. If one drive wheel loses traction and begins to spin. located in the speedometer dial. even with the switch in the OFF position. ASR warning lamp.

Otherwise. all wheels. the ESP is apply the rear wheel brakes. must have the same tire size. tires and/or snow chains.Electronic Stability Program Notes: Driving the vehicle with varied size (ESP) Model E 420 (optional) tires will cause the wheels to rotate at If the ESP malfunction indicator lamp different speeds. Over/understeering of the vehicle is counteracted by applying brakes to the Have the ESP checked at your When testing the parking brake on a appropriate wheel to create a authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as brake test dynamometer. 88 . Caution! If the vehicle is towed with the front axle raised (see Towing the vehicle in Index). adapt achieved with Mercedes-Benz your speed and driving to the recommended M+S rated radial-ply prevailing road conditions. soon as possible. the ESP will immediately be engaged and will apply the rear wheel brakes. including the spare output is available. wheel. It is speedometer dial comes on). Important! In winter operation. a activate (yellow ESP warning lamp in and reduces driving wheel spin of the malfunction has been detected. the engine counterpointing vehicle movement. With the ABS malfunctioning. also switched off. possible that now only partial engine reason. the engine must be shut off (electronic key in steering lock position 0 or 1). the ESP The ESP warning lamp. For this vehicle under any driving condition. the maximum effectiveness of the ESP is only If the ESP warning lamp flashes. must be shut off. starts to flash. located in the will immediately be engaged and will speedometer dial. Otherwise. therefore the ESP may The ESP enhances directional control comes on with the engine running.

the upper half of the ESP switch. ease up on the console accelerator. located in the To improve the vehicle's traction when speedometer dial. the enhanced vehicle stability offered by ESP is If the ESP warning lamp flashes: unavailable. the engine torque reduction feature is Important! cancelled. half of the switch (the ESP warning lamp in the speedometer dial goes out). and switches off at 50 mph (80 km/h). If one drive wheel loses traction and begins to spin. ESP control switch located on center prevailing road conditions. the brake is applied until the wheel regains sufficient traction. With the ESP system switched off. • during take-off. apply as little Adapt your speed and driving to the throttle as possible. press traction and the wheels begin to spin. The traction control engages at vehicle speeds up to approximately 24 mph (40 km/h). A portion of the ESP system remains active. or starling vehicle speed as soon as the tires lose off in deep snow. is continuously stability offered by ESP: press lower illuminated. even with the switch in the OFF position. 89 . sand or gravel. located in the To return to the enhanced vehicle speedometer dial. The ESP warning lamp. Therefore. ESP Control Switch The ESP warning lamp. starts to flash at any driving with snow chains. • while driving.

system malfunctions through the Only partial engine output is available. If you think "CHECK ENGINE" malfunction therefore. drive only If the "CHECK ENGINE" malfunction must be carried out regularly according with at least one window fully open. have the to Mercedes-Benz servicing system checked at your authorized requirements. immediately. will function module. readout of diagnostic trouble codes. the engine is running. monoxide. Malfunctions resulting from properly only when maintained strictly Do not run the engine in confined interruptions or failure of any of these according to factory specifications. Vehicles with Diesel engine An on-board diagnostic connector is When the "CHECK ENGINE" mal. areas (such as a garage) which are components are indicated by the Any adjustments on the engine should. be carried out only by that exhaust gas fumes are entering indicator lamp in the instrument cluster qualified Mercedes-Benz authorized the vehicle while driving. Engine adjustments cause determined and corrected diagnostic module. and inhaling it can cause that either provide input signals to or unconsciousness and lead to death.Emission Control Warning! Vehicles with gasoline engine Certain systems of the engine serve to Inhalation of exhaust gas is The Sequential Multiport Fuel keep the toxic components of the hazardous to your health. should not be altered in any way. Have the system checked at your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as soon as possible. If you must drive Moreover. 90 . possible. For details refer to the On-Board Diagnostic System Mercedes-Benz dealer as soon as Service Booklet. indicator lamp comes on. All Injection (SFI) control module exhaust gases within permissible limits exhaust gas contains carbon monitors emission control components required by law. have the and are simultaneously stored in the dealer technicians. not properly ventilated. of course. the specified service jobs under these conditions. receive output signals from the control These systems. located in the passenger compartment function indicator lamp comes on while near to the parking brake pedal. this indicates a allowing the accurate identification of malfunction in the fuel injection system.

engine can be started. The electrical cable • Change the engine oil if the engine may be installed free-of-charge at contains an oil which is not • Tires: We recommend M+S rated your authorized Mercedes-Benz approved for winter operation. Index). Lubricants etc. even at low The engine is equipped with a ambient temperatures. legal speed limit. in M+S rated radial-ply tires and the for 12 months from date of vehicle Index. refer to Index. Coolants. • Check engine coolant anticorrosion/ Note: antifreeze concentration.Winter Driving • Test battery: Battery capacity Vehicles with diesel engine – drops with decreasing ambient Have your vehicle winterized at your temperature. For radial-ply tires on all four wheels dealer by using the coupon in the viscosity (SAE/CCMC class) and for the winter season. the maximum • Additive for the windshield washer effectiveness of the acceleration slip and headlamp cleaning system: Add regulation or of the electronic traction MB Concentrate "S" to a premixed system can only be achieved with M+S windshield washer solvent/ radial-ply tires and/or snow chains antifreeze which is formulated for recommended by Mercedes-Benz. The coupon is valid Fuels. authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer battery helps to ensure that the • Engine block heater: before the onset of winter. 91 . A well charged • For diesel fuels. Observe "Owner's Service and Warranty filling quantity. In winter operation. below freezing temperatures (see Snow chains maximize performance. block heater. see Capacities: permissible maximum speed for Policy" booklet. delivery.

mounting instructions. Snow chains should only be driven on Vehicles with Sport Package snow covered roads at speeds not to exceed 30 mph (50 km/h). Follow the manufacturer's control switch. refer to Index. wheels. 92 . of your dealer directory. press request pertinent information from Chains should only be used on the rear the ASR control switch or the ESP your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer. refer to Index. driving on roads without snow. you should When driving with snow chains. there is a widely-spread and recommended by Mercedes-Benz.Snow Chains For tips on driving on slippery winter Traveling Abroad roads. Vehicles with Acceleration Slip Mercedes-Benz service network at Your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer Regulation (ASR) or Electronic your disposal. Use only snow chains that are tested Abroad. Remove Use of snow chains in not permissible chains as soon as possible when with tire size 235/45 ZR 17. If you plan to travel into will be glad to advise you on this Stability Program (ESP): areas which are not listed in the index subject.

Practical Hints 93 .

Warning! Vehicles with gasoline engine: The engine is equipped with a transistorized ignition system. • while starting the engine. Warning! To help prevent personal injury. (ignition coils. ignition cables. edges of hood (3). At the same time Lower hood and let it drop into lock • with the engine running. handle (2) will extend out of the from a height of approx. Hood Pull handle (2) completely out of Because of the high voltage it is radiator grill and open hood (do not dangerous to touch any components To open: pull upon handle). When closing hood. Caution! To avoid hood damage. is turned manually. (30 cm). repeat closing procedure. stay clear of moving parts when the hood is open and the engine is running. 1 ft. spark plug sockets. open the hood only with fully close it. radiator grill (it may be necessary to lift assisting with hands placed flat on • if ignition is "on" and the engine the hood up slightly). wiper in the parked position. Be sure the hood is properly closed before driving. pull release lever To close: of the ignition system (1) under the driver's side of the instrument panel. if hood is not fully closed. To avoid damage to the windshield Do not push down on hood to attempt to wiper or hood. 94 . use extreme caution not to catch hands or fingers. diagnostic socket) To unlock the hood.

a 50/50 In order to avoid possible serious mixture of water and MB burns or injury: anticorrosion/antifreeze should be added. scalding hot fluid and steam will be blown out under pressure. If opened immediately. • Use extreme caution when opening the hood if there are any The drain plugs for the cooling system signs of steam or coolant leaking are located on the right side of the from the cooling system. under pressure. • Do not spill antifreeze on hot engine parts. Adding Coolant Warning! If coolant has to be added. Allow engine to cool down before To check the coolant level. approximately 1/2 turn to relieve excess pressure. Check coolant level only when coolant • Using a rag. • Do not remove pressure cap on coolant reservoir if engine Checking Coolant Level temperature is above 194°F (90°C). see Coolants in Index. 95 . the vehicle removing cap. Anticorrosion/antifreeze. slowly open cap is cold. indicates that the coolant is overheated. Antifreeze contains etnylene glycol which may burn if it comes into contact with hot engine parts. or if the engine block and at the bottom of the coolant temperature gauge radiator. The coolant must be parked on level ground and reservoir contains hot fluid and is the engine stopped.

level checks and changes are not required. 2 Oil filler cap Fill quantity between upper and lower When noticing fluid loss or gear dipstick marking level is approximately shifting malfunctions. allowing for the oil to return to the oil Automatic Transmission Fluid Level pan. The transmission has a permanent fill Oil level must be between of automatic transmission fluid. Excessive oil must be drained or siphoned. park vehicle on level ground.1 US qt (2. For this reason the dipstick is 1 Oil dipstick omitted. the lower (min) and upper Regular automatic transmission fluid Checking Engine Oil Level (max) mark of the dipstick. see Index. 96 . the fuel multifunction indicator in the instrument system has to be purged of air after cluster. Only release key Check engine oil level approximately 5 after engine fires evenly. authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer check the transmission fluid level. To check the engine oil level. It could cause damage to engine and catalytic converter not covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty. have your 2. with engine at Turn the key in steering lock fully to the normal operational temperature.0 l). refilling the tank. The engine oil level can be checked by Bleeding of Diesel Fuel System either the oil dipstick or via the If the engine ran out of fuel. right and crank engine (for up to 40 seconds maximum). Do not overfill the engine. minutes after stopping the engine. For Low engine oil level warning.

time the lid is opened. Do When the trunk lid is closed. Stowing Things in the Vehicle Warning! Trunk Lamp Spare Wheel. 4 Vehicle tools cargo higher than the seat backs. To store spare tire: Place spare tire in wheel well and secure it with luggage bowl. Note: Always lower trunk floor before closing trunk lid. upper edge of the trunk. Do not pile luggage or vehicle battery from being discharged. 97 . the trunk lamp can be 1 Trunk floor exercise care when stowing things. period of time. Vehicle Tools. the switch not place anything on the shelf below will reset and turn on the lamp next Lift trunk floor and engage handle in the rear window. Turn luggage bowl clockwise to its stop. To remove spare tire: Turn luggage bowl counterclockwise and remove. Storage Compartment To help avoid personal injury during If the trunk is to remain open for a long a collision or sudden maneuver. switched off by pulling out the plunger 2 Handle Put luggage or cargo in the trunk if in the switch (arrow). This prevents the 3 Luggage bowl possible.

They The vehicle jack is stored behind the sure that the jack arm is fully can also offer advice concerning tire spare wheel. Before storing the jack in the spare wheel well. first remove vehicle tools and under the vehicle. Never get beneath the vehicle while it is Warning! supported by the jack. bias. Always firmly set types (i. lower the vehicle onto sufficient See illustration for proper storage of jack. manufacturer and type as tubes built into either side of the shown on the original part. vehicle during a wheel change. the jack arm must be lowered almost to the base of the jack. Always try recommended rims and tires for to use the jack on level surface. use the jack only to lift the further information. 98 . Be summer and winter operation. adversely affected and may result in loss of control. To help avoid personal authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer for injury. Then open clamp and remove vehicle jack. especially on hills. Be certain See your authorized Mercedes-Benz 1 Jack arm that the jack is always vertical when dealer for information on tested and 2 Jack base in use. Keep hands and feet away from the area under Do not mix different tire construction the lifted vehicle. radial. Always service and purchase. See your vehicle. Vehicle Jack Do not disengage parking brake while the vehicle is raised. Warning! Wheels The jack is designed exclusively for Replace rims or tires with the same jacking up the vehicle at the jack designation. and bias-belted) parking brake and block wheels on your car because handling may be before raising vehicle with jack. spare wheel.e. capacity jackstands before working To remove. inserted in the jack tube.

check rims for out at the scheduled service intervals. however. Worn. should be used on the rear axle. possible. Retread tires may It is imperative that the wheel mounting adversely affect the handling bolts be retightened after approximately The wheels can be rotated according to characteristics and safety of the vehicle.g. genuine Mercedes-Benz wheel bolts see "Technical Data". driving properties deteriorate. Failure to do so can result in wheels any time you rotate the wheels We recommend that you break in new the bolts loosening and possibly an or wash the vehicle underside. pointing in direction of vehicle forward model E 420 with Sport Package). movement. specified for the particular rim Thoroughly clean the inner side of the type. (110 Nm). refer to becomes visible. use only Notes: correct size and type. tires for approx. moderate speed. and tread center wear on rear wheels) if any. Rotating. damage at regular intervals. For rim and tire specifications. Remove burrs. or if mounted with arrow on tire sidewall replacement . 60 miles (100 km) at accident. Rims and tires must be of the When replacing rims. For dimensions. when the spare the same direction of travel. The use of retread tires is not Rotating Wheels recommended. e.in the event of tire If the tire tread is badly worn. Dented or bent rims can cause tire wheel is used for the first time or when a pressure loss and damage to the tire set of wheels with M+S tires is installed. Unidirectional tires must always be Furthermore . 99 . pattern (shoulder wear on front wheels before a tire is mounted. The rim Tightening torque: before the characteristic tire wear flanges must be checked for wear 80 ft. if replace them. as otherwise the "Technical Data". For this reason.Tire Replacement Warning! Important! Front tires should be replaced in sets. 60-300 miles (100-500 km) whenever the degree of tire wear while retaining wheels are fitted. old tires can cause accidents. For Tire Inflation Pressure refer to Index. should be carried beads. Check and ensure proper tire inflation pressure after rotating the wheels.the spare wheel (except the tires have sustained damage.lb.

wheel that is diagonally opposite to the wheel being changed. Keep hands following restrictions: and feet away from the area under the lifted vehicle. On a before working under the vehicle. place chocks on jack tube. Always firmly set • Do not exceed vehicle speed of parking brake and block wheels 50 mph (80 km/h). • Drive to the nearest repair facility. 100 . tubes built into either side of the vehicle. "Technical Data". place one chock in 1. Never get 2 instead of the 8 J x 16 H 2 wheel rim beneath the vehicle while it is on the rear axle. In the case of a flat tire or breakdown. When changing a the jack arm is fully inserted in the wheel on a hill. Always try to use vehicle) or sizable wood block the jack on level surface. not yet remove the wheel bolts. To help avoid personal injury. Set parking brake and turn on front of and one behind the hazard warning flasher. loosen but do "P" and turn off engine. Be sure that Changing Wheels or stone. Do not disengage parking brake while 3. Be certain that For additional information. before raising vehicle with jack. level road. wheels of the other axle. Move selector lever to position 4. wheel chocks (not supplied with especially on hills.Warning! Spare Wheel for Sport Package The jack is designed exclusively for The spare wheel rim size is 71/2 Jx16 H jacking up the vehicle at the jack 2 with tire size 215/55 R 16 93 H. 2. use the jack only to lift the vehicle you may temporarily use a 71/2 J x 16 H during a wheel change. Prevent vehicle from rolling the vehicle is raised. refer to away by blocking wheels with the jack is always vertical when in use. Using the wrench. when observing the supported by the jack. Always lower the vehicle Move vehicle to a level area which is a the downhill side blocking both onto sufficient capacity jackstands safe distance from the roadway.

(plumb-line) as seen from the threads protected from dirt and side (see arrow). directly behind the front wheel 9. 101 .5. Insert jack arm fully into the tube 8. Never start engine while vehicle is raised. Grip wheel from housings and in front of the rear 7. Unscrew upper-most wheel bolt the jack support tube opening by hole up to the stop. Keep hands from wheel housings. Keep bolt prying it out. Remove wheel. Jack up the vehicle until the the sides. beneath the wheels. Remove the protective cover from 6. Position the jack supplied in the tool kit. Remove in the tool kit) in the opening and so that it is always vertical the remaining bolts. wheel is clear of the ground. even if the sand. The tube openings are located vehicle is parked on an incline. Place jack and install alignment bolt (1) inserting the screwdriver (supplied on firm ground.

300 miles (100 to 10. them slightly. the jack arm use the correct mounting bolts. Important! When installing new wheels the mounting bolts must be retightened after approx. Incorrect mounting bolts or 11. Be sure to Before storing the jack. tighten the five bolts evenly. Ensure proper tire pressure. Lower car. Using the wrench. To avoid paint damage. Install spare wheel on wheel hub. 60 . there while installing first wheel bolt.lb. install the last wheel bolt. Always replace wheel bolts that are Insert wheel bolts and tighten damaged or rusted. wheel and wheel hub. until all bolts are tight. 102 . Damaged wheel hub threads should Unscrew the alignment bolt (1) to be repaired immediately. 13. must be lowered almost to the base of the jack. place Never apply oil or grease to wheel wheel flat against hub and hold it bolts. (110 Nm). Remove jack and improperly tightened mounting bolts insert jack tube cover. This could cause an accident. can cause the wheel to come off. 12. following the sequence illustrated. Clean contact surfaces of Warning! 500 km). Observe a tightening torque of 80 ft.

Increased inflation pressures for heavy loads produce favorable handling characteristics with lighter loads and are perfectly permissible.. due to a nail in the tire) may Overloading the tires can overheat cause damage such as tread them.2 bar). Tire sudden deflation (blowout) because well as for the varying operating pressure should therefore only be they are more likely to become conditions. +32°F (0°C) then the adjusted air pressure = specified air pressure +3 If a tire constantly loses air. it should psi (+0. potholes etc. possibly causing a blowout..5 operating conditions are taken into Do not overload the tires by psi (0.Tire Inflation Pressure The ride of the vehicle. A table (see fuel filler flap) lists the tire Do not overinflate tires. Follow recom- Important! has dropped below the pressure listed mended inflation pressures. approx. in the table and the respective Tire pressure changes by approx. Tire pressures listed for light loads are minimum values offering high driving comfort. Regular tire pressure checks (including the spare If garage temperature = approx. 103 . corrected on cold tires. garage . Keep this in mind capacity weight (as indicated by the when checking tire pressure inside a An underinflated tire due to a slow label on the driver's door latch post). Correct tire punctured or damaged by road pressure in warm tires only if pressure debris. Example: separation. exceeding the specified vehicle temperature change.especially in the winter. leak (e. will Warning! become somewhat harder. bulging etc. however. be inspected for damage. 1.1 bar) per 18°F (10°C) of air consideration. +68°F tire) at intervals of no more than 14 (+20°C) and ambient temperature = days are therefore essential. inflation pressures specified for Tire temperature and pressure Overinflating tires can result in Mercedes-Benz recommended tires as increase with the vehicle speed.g.

Check and screw readjust headlamps at regular intervals and when a bulb has been replaced. 104 . 3 Clamps for headlamp cover 4 Bulb socket for turn signal lamp 5 Electrical connector for low beam headlamp bulb 6 Electrical connector for high beam headlamp bulb Xenon lamp (optional) ignition module for low beam 7 Bulb socket for parking and standing lamp 8 Level for headlamp vertical adjustment Exterior Lamps Headlamp Assembly Headlamp Adjustment 1 Headlamp horizontal adjustment screw Correct headlamp adjustment is 2 Headlamp vertical adjustment extremely important.

Reinstall cover • touch or move it when hot. mount clamping Parking and Standing Lamp gas. Open hood. Twist bulb socket (4) counterclockwise Move retaining clamps (3) aside and and pull out. Insert new bulb (seating properly in Halogen lamps contain pressurized cutouts of bulb socket). Use plain paper or a clean cloth. Push bulb into socket. Reinstall lamp assembly until properly Warning! seated.9/5 W/32/4 cp bulb) When replacing bulbs. it is dangerous to replace the bulb or repair the lamp and its Insert new bulb in socket. Wear eye and hand protection. Reinstall bulb socket. Pull off electrical turn counterclockwise and remove. Because of high voltage in Xenon turn counterclockwise and remove. you have such work done by a Reinstall lamp assembly until properly qualified technician. Reinstall bulb socket. seated. • scratch the bulb. push in and hands. When replacing halogen bulbs do not remove cover. Warning! Twist bulb socket (7) counterclockwise and pull out. rating. clamping ring. We recommend that twist clockwise. lamps. Xenon (optional) Rotate cover (3) counterclockwise and Bulb for Low Beam remove. Remove bulb. and fasten with retaining clamps (3).Replacing Bulb: Bulbs for Low or High Beam Turn Signal Lamp H7 (55 W) 1156 NA (26. ring and pull out bulb together with twist clockwise. push in and components. Reinstall and push electrical H 6W (6 W bulb) connector on securely. • drop the bulb. install only 12 volt bulbs with the specified watt Open hood. touch glass portion of bulb with bare connector (5) or (6). 105 . Push bulb into socket. A bulb can explode if you: ring. Unhook clamping Insert new bulb in socket. Open hood.

Move vehicle on the level surface 25 feet (7. align and mark a vertical simultaneously aim the high beam. Vertical headlamp aim (low beams on): Turn adjusting screw (2) (coun- terclockwise to adjust headlamp downward. Using a "T" square and a carpenter's • Low beam adjustments level. To check and the vehicle must be at a 90° angle to readjust a headlamp.6 m) straight back from the wall. Open hood. through 7. centerlines should be 491/4 inches (1250 mm). centerline (8) on the test screen using • Vehicle should have a normal trunk the outer reference point (low beam) load. • Vertical aim adjustments change As a check. Graduations: 0. 3.18° pitch. Adjusting Headlamp 1. 5. the distance between horizontal aim. follow steps 1 the test screen. clockwise upward) until bubble in the level (8) is centered on the "O" mark. The centerline of extremely important. as found on each headlamp lens. Park vehicle on level surface approx. Please note: 2. 6 inches (152 mm) from a vertical Correct headlamp adjustment is test screen or wall. 4. 106 .

6. The vertex of the angle snaps in place. The left and right headlamps must be adjusted individually 107 . The "O" on the indicator wheel (low beams on): (9) should align with projection Turn adjusting screw (1) (10). Horizontal headlamp aim 7. with a small (counterclockwise to adjust to screwdriver. pry indicator wheel the left. clockwise to the right) up and rotate so that the "O" until the headlamps (low beam) aligns with projection (1). Push illuminate the test screen as down indicator wheel until it shown. centerline (11) of each lamp. If it does not. formed in each beam image should align with the vertical Graduations: 0.38° pitch.

Twist bulb socket twist clockwise. parking and side marker lamp counterclockwise and remove. turn 3 Tail. Push bulb into socket. push in and twist clockweise. 1 Turn signal lamp (21 W/32 cp bulb) remove trunk handle with lamps and (21 W/32 cp bulb) take out bulb. (21 W/32 cp bulb) 5 Backup lamp Loosen three securing screws (1). and close cover 108 . push in and Swing cover aside. Insert new bulb in socket. Reinstall bulb socket. tail and parking lamp Twist bulb socket counterclockwise and (21/4 W/35/1.2 cp bulb) pull out. counterclockwise and pull out. Reinstall bulb socket. 2 Stop. turn counterclockwise and remove.Taillamp Assemblies 4 Driver's side: License Plate Lamps Rear fog lamp (5 W/4 cp bulb) Open trunk lid. (5 W/4 cp bulb) Insert new bulb in socket. Push bulb into socket.

avoid improper connection of jumper cables. skin or clothing. Side Marker Lamp. in order to last an optimum Remove lamp from bumper and take out explosive. The service life of the battery is dependent on its condition of charge. battery was factory installed. gas. A replacement battery for the car must not Battery fluid contains sulfuric acid. leak acid when upside down for at least Do not allow this fluid to come in 15 minutes.. which is flammable and charged. Your authorized Mercedes- contact with eyes. Keep flames or sparks length of time. the chance for acid leakage which could cause severe burns during a crash or Never lean over batteries while rollover. a special acid leakage resistant connecting. away from battery. Battery Important! Warning! Battery replacement information: Failure to follow these The maintenance-free battery is located instructions can result in severe under the rear seat cushion. immediately flush battery. bulb. The From inside wheel house (arrow) reach A battery will also produce hydrogen battery should always be kept sufficiently behind side marker lamp and press tab. To minimize injury or death. Benz dealer can provide such a special In case it does. Front affected area with water and seek (5 W/4 cp bulb) medical help if necessary. smoking etc. 109 . you might get injured.

and Electronic stability lead first and connect last. its filler caps. The battery. Always disconnect the battery negative windows. otherwise the generator Batteries contain materials that can necessary.Therefore. During removal and installation always protect the disconnected battery positive (+) terminal with the cover attached to the battery. we strongly recommend While the engine is running the battery Battery Recycling that you have the battery charge terminal clamps must not be loosened checked frequently. Head restraints. When removing and connecting the battery. always make sure that all electrical consumers are off and the key is in steering lock position 0. After reconnecting the battery also Only charge a battery with a battery resynchronize the front seats. or if it is not used Notes: Large 12 Volt storage batteries contain for long periods of time. especially if you use the and other electronic components would harm the environment with improper vehicle less than approximately 200 be damaged. the Express feature of preferred method of disposal. 110 . disconnected from the vehicle electrical the power windows. miles (300 km) per month. program in Index). and the Electronic circuit. and corrected if or detached. Stability Program (ESP) (see Power Many states require sellers of batteries seats. disposal. front seat Recycling of batteries is the charger after the battery has been head restraints. mostly for short distance trips. the vent tube and the opposite plug must always be securely installed when the car is in operation. front. Power to accept old batteries for recycling. lead.

Observe amperage and remove it. pry off the vehicle tools. open door. release clamp (arrow). To gain access to the main fuse To gain access. bench. Always use a new fuse for replacement. remove rear seat box (1). 111 . A special fuse puller is supplied with engage right end of cover and To gain access. Spare fuses are supplied inside the lift the fuse box cover up and main fuse box. See Index.Fuses 1 Main fuse box in engine 2 Auxiliary fuse box below rear compartment seat bench Before replacing a blown fuse. cover and remove. determine the cause of the short circuit. 3 Auxiliary fuse box to left of color of fuse. secure with clamp. Exterior lamp switch To close the main fuse box. Never attempt to repair or bridge a blown fuse.

except other end to the positive (+) A battery will also produce hydrogen hazard warning flashers or terminal of the charged battery. jumper cable to the grounded negative (-) terminal of the charged Read all instructions before battery and the final connection to proceeding. Make sure the jumper cables do Battery fluid contains sulfuric acid. skin or clothing.. On both vehicles: 3. the engine should be started with jumper cables and Warning! the (12 V) battery of another vehicle. and seek cable to the positive (+) terminal of medical help if necessary. immediately flush 2. 1. away from battery. 4. and can lead to a battery explosion and severe injury Proceed as follows: or death. you jumper cables will reach. which is flammable and very work lights. components. Important! contact with eyes. 112 . Position the vehicle with the Never lean over batteries while charged battery so that the connecting or jump starting. not have loose or missing Do not allow this fluid to come in insulation. Keep flames or sparks • Apply parking brake and shift touch any other metal parts.Jump Starting If the battery is discharged. gas. avoid improper selector lever to position "P". Clamp one end of the second smoking etc. but might get injured. Make sure the cable clamps do not explosive. • Turn off engine and all lights the discharged battery and the and accessories. connection of jumper cables. the negative (-) terminal of the discharged battery. Clamp one end of the first jumper affected area with water. Failure to follow these directions will Jump start the car by using the battery cause damage to the electronic terminals located under hood. In case it does. never let the vehicles touch.

113 . however. Important! Towing with sling-type equipment over Flap removal: bumpy roads will damage radiator and A discharged battery can freeze at supports. A frozen battery can equipment. 25 mm2 or approx. damage to the transmission.5 m). 6. 2 AWG • Maximum length of 11. it Insert finger in recess of flap and pull must be thawed out before jumper flap out. Do not tow with sling-type equipment. approx. (3. The disabled vehicle in the usual electronic key must be in steering lock manner. below the bumper. The vehicle may be towed with all or other parts that move when wheels on the ground and the selector the engine is started. high idle. Make sure the cables are not on or near pulleys. 5. Flap installation: steering lock turned to position 0. or flat bed cables are used. Start engine of the exceed 30 mph (50 km/h). position 2. In that case. towing eye is located on the passenger side behind a flap in the bumper panel. The front nearby garage. fans. with electronic key in explode and cause personal injury. dolly. When removing each shaft at the rear axle drive flange on clamp. Allow the lever in position "N" for distances up to discharged battery to charge a 30 miles (50 km) and at a speed not to few minutes. other end is still attached.5ft. Use wheel lift. +14°F (-10°C). After the engine has started.Important! We recommend that the vehicle be transported using flat bed equipment. starting with the last connection Towing the Vehicle we recommend to disconnect the drive made first. remove jumper cables by exactly reversing To positively avoid a possibility of the above installation sequence. make sure that it does not The rear towing eye is located at the any towing beyond a short tow to a touch any other metal while the right. Jumper cable specifications: Engage flap at bottom and press in top • Minimum cable cross-section of securely. Start engine of the vehicle with This method is preferable to other types the charged battery and run at of towing.

114 .Warning! Caution! Caution! With the engine not running. Upon canceling the turn signal. it is important to keep in mind that a If the vehicle is towed with the front If the vehicle is towed with one axle considerably higher degree of effort axle raised. In this case. Otherwise. the ETS will immediately be immediately be engaged and will apply engaged and will apply the brakes Note: the rear wheel brakes. there is Vehicles with Acceleration Slip Vehicles with Electronic Traction no power assistance for the braking Regulation (ASR) System (ETS) and steering systems. turn electronic key in steering lock to position 2 and activate combination switch for left or right turn signal in usual manner . vehicle.only the selected turn signal will operate. 0 or 1). the hazard warning flasher will operate again. the engine must be shut off raised. the ASR will Otherwise. the engine must be shut off is necessary to brake and steer the (electronic key in steering lock position (key in steering lock position 0 or 1). To signal turns while being towed with hazard warning flasher in use.

in the body cavities which will last for Mercedes-Benz approved car-care brake fluid. tree the lifetime of the vehicle. fuel. bird droppings. can attack the paint. Some are poisonous. Your vehicle has been treated at the and give important "how-to" road salt. in industrial compiled recommendations which are the instructions on the particular areas (smoke. resins etc. Always open your car's during winter operation. or specially matched to our vehicles and container. to deal with unfavorable conditions. Never use fluids or solvents that are damage. insects. You can obtain Mercedes- inside. for We have selected car-care products and others are flammable. In such cases it is work as well as the underbody and for a thorough check is a washing of best to seek aid at your authorized cause lasting damage. Grease and oil. your vehicle is subjected care cannot always be removed or to varying external influences which. exhaust emissions). the underbody followed by a thorough Mercedes-Benz dealer. A prerequisite recommended here. underside of the vehicle. materials used in the production process and others applied later. Always follow example. necessary nor recommended by Additional information can be found in the booklet titled "Car Care". but also by air pollution. products. The following topics deal with the extreme and varying climatic cleaning and care of your vehicle conditions. if In doing so. corrosive deposits. do not neglect the repaired with the car-care products gone unchecked. coolant. gravel and stone factory with a wax-base rust-proofing information as well as references to chipping. Any damage should be not designed for cleaning your car. near the ocean. You should check your vehicle from Benz approved car-care products at time to time for stone chipping or other your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer. inspection. 115 . Many cleaning products can be More frequent washings are necessary hazardous. Damaged areas need to be Such damage is caused not only by re-undercoated. repaired as soon as possible to prevent Scratches. corrosion the start of corrosion. tar. should be removed production treatment is neither immediately to avoid paint damage.Cleaning and Care of the Vehicle Frequent washing reduces and/or Mercedes-Benz because of the eliminates the aggressiveness and possibility of incompatibility between Warning! potency of the above adverse influences. which always reflect the latest doors or windows when cleaning the technology. Post. or damage due to negligent or incorrect In operation.

such as MB If the vehicle has been run through an Anticorrosion Wax should be applied to automatic car wash . Use only a mild car forget to clean the inner sides of the wash detergent. Benz approved Car Shampoo. thoroughly remove all wipe dirty lenses with a dry cloth or Car Washing traces of road salt as soon as possible. strong force or use a hard cloth when any wax. Headlamps. once before and once after winter. cleaning agents to dry on the finish. An automotive glass electrical components and connectors Rinse with clear water and thoroughly cleaner is recommended. Tar Stains Wiper Blade Thoroughly spray the car with a diffused jet of water. with plenty of water. Taillamps. never apply and all pulleys should be protected from etc. sponge. such as Mercedes. Do not attempt to In the winter. from the intrusion of water and cleaning wipe dry with a chamois. dry and become more difficult to clean cloth and detergent solution. all recessed sections in the taillamps Shampoo. A tar remover is recommended.Engine Cleaning ventilation intake. cleaning the lenses. wheels. Do not allow agents. thinners To prevent scratches.) must be used. Direct only a very Quickly remove tar stains before they Clean the wiper blade rubber with a weak spray towards the. Before applying. The poly-V-belt necessary. Replace blade twice a year. Use a window cleaning solution on all compartment make sure to protect glass surfaces. control linkage bushings and joints (designed to prevent soiling) if should be lubricated. No solvents (fuels. do not Plastic and Rubber Parts in direct sunlight. remove. 116 . Use plenty of water Window Cleaning and rinse the sponge and chamois Prior to cleaning the engine frequently. such as the engine compartment after every of the older installations -rewipe the Mercedes-Benz approved Car engine cleaning.in particular one Use a mild car wash detergent. Do not use hot water or wash your car When washing the underbody. Do not use oil or wax on these parts. Turn Signal Lenses Corrosion protection.

Care onto soft lint-free cloth and apply Wipe with a damp cloth and dry with light pressure. In a washing solution. 117 . not use scouring agents. when wet etc. dry the webbing at temperatures above excessive dirt. Wipe with a cloth Leather Upholstery Wipe leather crash they may not be able to moistened in lukewarm solution. lukewarm water and soap. Do not dry-shampoo cleaner in case of tendency to give off coloring (e. contact- Use a gentle dishwashing detergent or discoloration will be prevented. Benz approved Interior Care onto soft lint-free cloth and apply with light pressure. Use only Clean with soft bristle brush. upholstery to become permanently Instrument Cluster discolored. By lining the seats with a Warning! proper intermediate cover.g. Do not bleach or dye seat belts as this mild detergent for delicate fabrics as a may severely weaken them.Seat Belts Headliner and Upholstery Shelf below Rear Window The webbing must not be treated with Using aftermarket seat covers or chemical cleaning agents. or use a wearing clothing that have the clear. thoroughly or clean with Mercedes- Benz approved Leather Care. Exercise Hard Plastic Trim Items Steering Wheel and Gear particular care when cleaning Selector Lever perforated leather as its underside Pour Mercedes-Benz approved Interior should not become wet. MB Tex Upholstery Pour Mercedes- Benz approved Leather Care. thoroughly or clean with Mercedes. Do upholstery with a damp cloth and dry provide adequate protection.) may cause the 176°F (80°C) or in direct sunlight.

chips from stones.). car doors etc. using a soft bristle brush and a Mercedes-Benz approved Paint Cleaner strong spray of water. clean wheels once a week on climate and washing detergent used. Note: Do not apply any of these products or wax if your car is parked in the sun or Use only acid-free cleaning materials. the paint surface do not "bead up". of gloss). The acid could lead to corrosion. depending If possible. if the hood is still hot. with Mercedes-Benz approved Wheel Care. cleaner. should be applied if paint surface shows signs of dirt embedding (i. loss Follow instructions on container. normally in 3 to 5 months.Paintwork. use a chrome should be applied when water drops on the light alloy wheels. Use the appropriate MB-Touch-Up Stick for quick and provisional repairs of minor paint damage (i.e.e. Painted Body Light Alloy Wheels Ornamental Moldings Components Mercedes-Benz approved Wheel Care For regular cleaning and care of very Mercedes-Benz approved Paint Care should be used for regular cleaning of dirty chrome-plated parts. 118 .

indicator lamp in the transmitter eye locked in place. type CR 2025 or equivalent. aim transmitter the batteries are in order. (2) briefly illuminates -indicating that To synchronize system. insert key in steering lock and improperly. harm the environment if disposed of seconds. Replacement battery: Lithium. once again be operational. battery cover (4). Changing Batteries: the preferred method of disposal. if the transmitter is longer than 1 second.Testing Infrared Remote Control Change batteries. please follow manufacturer's The infrared remote control should Slide release (3) laterally and pull off recommendation on battery package. 30 does not come on. Within approx. inserting new ones Synchronizing System: Checking Batteries: under contact spring (5) with plus ( + ) side facing up. the battery Press battery cover onto housing until without voltage for several minutes. Recycling of batteries is turn it to position 2. For disposal. Important! eye (2) at inside rear view mirror receiver and briefly press transmit Change batteries if the indicator lamp Batteries contain materials that can button (1) twice. 119 . The system may have to be re- If the transmit button (1) is pressed synchronized.

properly positioned head restraints. Rear in Index. Restraints. and Head during an accident. Insert the head restraint and push it Adjust head restraint to support the down to the stop. drive only with seconds. 120 . Pull out head restraint completely with both hands. Adjust head restraint to the desired position. back of the head approximately at ear level. Front seat head restraint. removal Removal: Push button (1) up to bring the power adjustable head restraint to its highest position. Do not drive the vehicle without the seat head restraints.Front Head Restraints Installation: Warning! Push button (1) of the power adjustable head restraint up for approximately 5 For your protection. Head restraints For positioning of head restraints refer are intended to help reduce injuries to sections Power Seats.

Caution! 1. counterclockwise. through openings in seat cushion. personal injury. between the sun visors. and make sure that it is vehicle) and insert it through securely locked in place again.Rear Seat Cushion Emergency Operation of To slide the roof closed or to raise the Sliding/Pop-Up Roof roof at the rear: turn crank clockwise. 121 . Pry off lens (1) by using a screw Watch out for sharp edges when driver. Obtain crank (2) (supplied with cushion. to prevent hole. Slide rear edge of cushion under the backrest The sliding/pop-up roof drive is located as far as it will go. and push front of behind the lens of the left interior lamp cushion down until it locks in place. Removal: Pull locking tabs up (on left and right side of seat) and lift seat at the The sliding/pop-up roof can be opened To slide the roof open or to lower the front. removing or installing the rear seat 2. or closed manually should an electrical roof at the rear: turn crank Installation: Guide seat belt buckles malfunction occur.

and slide into end of blade insert out of the retainer claws. wiper arm. Place wiper blade on firm support. Press safety tab upward until it locks in place. 122 . Press safety Slide (direction of arrow) wiper blade properly installed. windshield damage. The glass may be scratched or broken. Do not allow the wiper arm to contact the windshield glass without a wiper blade inserted. An improperly tab down (1). Insert wiper blade between tabs (3) on Slide (direction of arrow) the wiper the wiper arm. Notes: Do not open engine hood with wiper arm folded forward. engaged.Replacing Wiper Blade Insert For safety reasons. remove electronic key from steering lock before replacing the wiper blade. Removal: Installation: Make certain that the wiper blade is Fold wiper arm forward. push wiper blade insert into retainer claws until tabs are installed wiper blade may cause downward (2) and remove. otherwise the motor can suddenly turn on and cause injury.

manual release knob while Mount supports only between markings simultaneously opening the fuel filler on border of roof which are visible when flap. Follow manufacturer's In case the central locking system does installation instructions. Therefore. pull the spare parts should be installed. More than 300. In addition. Mercedes-Benz original not release the fuel filler flap. vehicle. 123 . Mercedes-Benz original spare parts are subjected to the most stringent quality Manual Release of Fuel Filler Flap Roof Rack inspections. Spare Parts Service All authorized Mercedes-Benz dealers maintain a stock of original spare parts required for maintenance and repair work. Each part has been specifically developed. are available.000 different spare parts. for other Mercedes-Benz models. strategically located parts distribution centers provide quick and reliable parts service. Mercedes-Benz to avoid damage to the Mercedes-Benz vehicles. manufactured The manual release knob is located Use only those roof racks approved by or selected for and adapted to behind the right side trunk panel. doors are opened.

124 .E 300 DIESEL E 320 E420 Layout of Poly-V-belt Drive 4 Fan 9 Model E 300 DIESEL: Coolant 5 Idler pulley pump. E 420: 1 Automatic belt tensioner 6 Generator (alternator) Coolant pump 2 Crankshaft 7 Idler pulley 3 Air conditioning compressor 8 Power steering pump For dimensions of the poly-V-belt. see Technical Data in Index. fan Models E 320.

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please specify vehicle identification and engine numbers.Identification Labels When ordering spare parts. (VIN) 3 VIN. visible (lower edge of windshield) 4 Engine No. 1 Certification Label 2 Vehicle Identification No. and Paintwork No. E 300 Diesel. 6 Emission Control Label 7 Information Label California version Vacuum line routing for emission control system 126 . E 320 (E 420 only: front right) 5 Body No.

127 . The vehicle data card contains all important data pertaining to the vehicle. New vehicle limited warranty 2. It should be kept in the service booklet where indicated. Emission systems warranty 3. Information Booklet and your have your authorized Mercedes-Benz authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer will dealer arrange for a replacement. and it is needed when obtaining replacement or additional keys at your authorized Mercedes- Benz dealer. Warranty Coverage Loss of Owner's Service and Warranty Information Booklet Your vehicle is covered under the terms of the "warranties" printed in the Should you lose your Owner's Service Owner's Service and Warranty and Warranty Information Booklet. It exchange or repair any defective parts will be mailed to you. Emission performance warranty 4. in accordance with the terms of the following warranties: 1. California and Massachusetts Vehicle Data Card emission control systems warranty.

Technical Data Rims – Tires Model E 300 DIESEL (210 020)1 Rims (light alloy rims) 7 1/² J x 16 H 2 Wheel offset 41 mm (1.31 in) Electrical System Total piston displacement 2996 m³ (182.00 mm (3.6 in) Engine 606 All season tires: Mode of operation Diesel 4-stroke Radial-ply tires 215/55 R 16 93 H Winter tires: No. See an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer for the corresponding data of all special bodies and special equipment.in) Compression ratio 22 Generator (alternator) 14 V/90 A Output acc.43 in) Stroke 84.to SAE J 1349 100 kW/5000 rpm Starter motor 12 V/2.00 mm (3. of cylinders 6 Radial-ply tires 215/55 R 16 93 H M+S Bore 87.8 cu.2 kW (134 hp/5000 rpm) Battery 12 V/100 Ah Maximum torque acc. to SAE J 1349 210 Nm/2600 rpm (155 ft-lb/2600 rpm) Maximum engine speed 5450 rpm Firing order 1-5-3-6-2-4 Poly – V belts length 2140 mm 1 The quoted data apply only to the standard vehicle. 128 .

100 kg ( 220 lb) Overall vehicle width 1799 mm ( 70.Technical Data Main Dimensions Weights See certification tag Roof load max. front 1529 mm ( 60.9 in) 129 .4 in) Trunk load max. 100 kg (220 lb) Overall vehicle length 4810 mm (189.7 in) Wheel base 2833 mm (111. rear 1521 mm ( 59.5 in) Track.8 in) Overall height: 1439 mm ( 56.2 in) Track.

Technical Data E 300 Diesel Rims – Tires 1 Model E 320 (210 055) Rims (light alloy rims) 7 1/² J x 16 H 2 Wheel offset 41 mm (1. of cylinders 6 Radial-ply tires 215/55 R 16 93 H M+S Bore 89.30 in) Electrical System Total piston displacement 3199 m³ (195.to SAE J 1349 162 kW/5500 rpm Starter motor 12 V/1.2 cu. Radial-ply tires 215/55 R 16 99 H gasoline injection Winter tires: No.0 mm (0. 130 .54 in) Stroke 84. See an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer for the corresponding data of all special bodies and special equipment. to SAE J 1349 315 Nm/3850 rpm Spark plugs Bosch F 8 DPER (232 ft-lb/3850 rpm) Beru 14 F-8 DPER Maximum engine speed 6400 rpm Electrode gap 1.00 mm (3.6 in) Engine 104 All season tires: Mode of operation 4-stroke engine.039 in) Firing order 1-5-3-6-2-4 Tightening torque 15-22 ft.in) Compression ratio 10 Generator (alternator) 14 V/90 A Output acc.90 mm (3.7 kW (217 hp/5500 rpm) Battery 12 V/100 Ah Maximum torque acc. (20-30 Nm) Poly – V belts length 2445 mm 1 The quoted data apply only to the standard vehicle.lb.

2 in) Track.Technical Data E 320 Main Dimensions Weights See certification tag Roof load max.7 in) Wheel base 2833 mm (111.8 in) Overall height: 1439 mm ( 56.4 in) Trunk load max. front 1529 mm ( 60.5 in) Track. 100 kg ( 220 lb) Overall vehicle width 1799 mm ( 70. 100 kg (220 lb) Overall vehicle length 4810 mm (189.9 in) 131 . rear 1521 mm ( 59.

90 mm (3. See Summer tires: an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer for the corresponding Radial-ply tires 215/55 R 16 93 H data of all special bodies and special equipment.62 in) Stroke 78.Technical Data Rims – Tires (expect Sport Package) 1 Model E 420 (210 072) Rims (light alloy rims) 7 1/² J x 16 H 2 Wheel offset 41 mm (1. 2 Must not be used with snow chains.to SAE J 1349 205 kW/5700 rpm Wheel offset 35 mm (14 in) (275 hp/5700 rpm) Summer tires: Maximum torque acc.6 in) Engine 119 All season tires: Mode of operation 4-stroke engine.in) Rims Compression ratio 10 AMG light alloy rims 7 1/² J x 17 H 2 Output acc. to SAE J 1349 400 Nm/3900 rpm Radial-ply tires 235/45 R ZR 17 ² (295 ft-lb/3900 rpm) Maximum engine speed 6000 rpm Spare Wheel Firing order 1-5-4-8-6-7-2 Rims Poly – V belts length 2510 mm (light alloy rims) 7 1/² J x 16 H 2 Wheel offset 41 mm (1. 132 .00 mm (3.1 cu. Radial-ply tires 215/55 R 16 99 H gasoline injection Winter tires: No.6 in) 1 The quoted data apply only to the standard vehicle. of cylinders 8 Radial-ply tires 215/55 R 16 93 H M+S Bore 92.11 in) Rims and Summer Tires (Sport Package) Total piston displacement 4196 m³ (256.

2 in) Track.4 in) Electrode gap 1. rear 1521 mm ( 59.8 kW Battery 12 V/100 Ah Main Dimensions Spark plugs Bosch F 8 DPER Beru 14 F-8 DPER Overall vehicle length 4810 mm (189. (20-30 Nm) Overall height: 1439 mm ( 56.0 mm (0. 100 kg ( 220 lb) Starter motor 12 V/1.9 in) 133 .lb.8 in) Tightening torque 15-22 ft.Technical Data E 420 Electrical System Weights See certification tag Roof load max.5 in) Track. 100 kg (220 lb) Generator (alternator) 14 V/115A Trunk load max.039 in) Overall vehicle width 1799 mm ( 70.7 in) Wheel base 2833 mm (111. front 1529 mm ( 60.

0 1) E 300 Diesel 7. Model Capacity Fuels. Coolants. 85 W 90 E 420 Power steering approx. coolants. Therefore use only brands tested and recommended by us.7 US qt (7.4 US qt (7.3 1) Hypoid gear oil SAE 90.1 US qt (1.0 l) MB Power steering fluid Front wheel hubs approx.5 US qt (7.2 US qt (1.0 1) Recommended engine oils Engine with oil filter E 320 E 420 8. or inquire at your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer.5 US qt (8.4 US qt (1. 2.1 1) Automatic transmission E 320 7.4 1) E 300 Diesel 1.Fuels.1 1) Rear axle E 320 1.9 US qt (9. Lubricants etc. Please refer to the Factory Approved Service Products pamphlet.3 1) Automatic transmission fluid E 420 9.1 oz (60g) each High temperature roller bearing grease 134 . E 300 Diesel 7. 1. – Capacities Vehicle components and their respective lubricants must match. lubricants etc.

01) and 2-D Fuel tank including a E 320 approx.0 US qt (9.1 US gal (80. of 96 RON/86 MON) Air conditioner system R-134a refrigerant and special lubricant (Never R-12) 1 Use MB Windshield Washer Concentrate "S" and water for temperatures above freezing or MB Windshield Washer Concentrate "S" and commercially available premixed windshield washer solvent/antifreeze for temperatures below freezing.1 US gal (80.9 US qt (1 .8 l) MB Windshield washer concentrate "S"1 E 300 Diesel approx. 21. 0. 1 .4 US qt (15. see Windshield!Headlamp Washer System in Index. 135 . 1 6. 21. Follow suggested mixing ratios.5 1) MB Windshield washer concentrate "S"1 system Headlamp washer system approx.6 US gal (10.0 l) Diesel fuels ace. Accelerator control Hydraulic fluid linkage Brake system approx.8 US qt (5. 5. 1 0. Model Capacity Fuels.5 1) MB Brake fluid (DOT 4) Windshield washer approx.5 l) E 300 Diesel approx. coolants. 2.5 l) MB Anticorrosion/antifreeze Cooling system E 320 E 420 approx.0 l) Premium unleaded gasoline: Posted reserve of E 420 approx. to ASTM D 975 grades 1-D approx. lubricants etc.5 US qt (0. 2.01) Octane 91 (Avg.6 US gal (10.

136 . PAG lubricating oil is used in the air point of the brake fluid is continuously Therefore. operation. It is recommended to use only brake Engine Oil Additives fluid approved by Mercedes-Benz. reduced through the absorption of recommended by Mercedes-Benz. extremely hard operating conditions. the boiling their suitability in our engines.Engine Oils Air Conditioner Refrigerant Brake Fluid Engine oils are specifically tested for R-134a (HFC) refrigerant and special During vehicle operation. formation of bubbles in the system thus reducing the system's efficiency. moisture from the atmosphere. Under Information on recommended brands is Never use R-12 (CFC) or mineral. Failure to do so could result in replaced every two years. They may be harmful to the engine information. otherwise damage this moisture content can lead to the Benz dealer. use only engine oils conditioner system. Please follow Service Booklet recommendations for scheduled oil The brake fluid must therefore be changes. based lubricating oil. preferably engine damage not covered by the in the spring. to the system will occur. Your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer Do not blend oil additives with engine will provide you with additional oil. available at your authorized Mercedes. Damage or malfunctions resulting from blending oil additives are not covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty. Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.

ratio of any one of these oxygenates to • avoid full throttle driving and abrupt gasoline does not exceed 10%. boiling range. gasoline must be used. 137 . • unstable idle. They only result in vehicle is fully loaded or operating in Methanol is not allowed. IBA leading to engine performance premium unleaded as soon as and TBA can be used provided the problems such as: possible. if the Using mixtures of Ethanol and additives with fuel. • do not exceed an engine speed of • knocking/pinging. MTBE • warm-up hesitation. if the vehicle is loaded with The ratio of Methanol to gasoline must • misfire. and may be harmful mountainous terrain. If premium number and the Motor (M) octane unleaded is not available and low octane number: [(R+M)/2]. a light load such as two persons and not exceed 3% plus additional • power loss.Vehicles with Gasoline Engine Fuel Requirements Gasoline Additives Premium Unleaded Gasoline Use only Premium unleaded meeting A major concern among engine ASTM standard D 439: manufacturers is carbon build up Caution! caused by gasoline. It is an average gasoline containing additives that performance. premium unleaded of both the Research (R) octane prevent the build up of carbon deposits. • do not exceed 2/3 of maximum Do not blend other specific fuel accelerator pedal position. unleaded gasoline. carbon deposits can build up especially on the intake • have the fuel tank filled only partially Unleaded gasoline containing valves and in the combustion area. Mercedes-Benz The octane number (posted at the recommends the use of only quality To maintain the engine's durability and pump) must be 91 min.. no luggage. Gasohol. vapor by the Mercedes-Benz Limited pressure etc. I PA. acceleration. without such additives. unnecessary cost. Warranty. not to exceed 15%. This is also known After an extended period of using fuels fuel is used. can be used. which contains 10% Ethanol and 90% to the engine operation. with unleaded regular and fill up with oxygenates such as Ethanol. follow these precautions: as ANTI-KNOCK INDEX. cosolvents. Damage or malfunctions resulting from These blends must also meet all other poor fuel quality or from blending fuel requirements such as resistance to specific fuel additives are not covered spark knock. 3000 rpm.

The following table can be used as a For this reason the vehicle comes reference. It permits a gasoline be mixed with diesel fuel. 1 diesel fuel only. fuel tank. insufficient due to paraffin separation. They only result in to the "Engine Oil Change and Oil Filter Engine power may drop according to unnecessary cost. 1 Mixing only to be done within the cars' even at low temperatures. additives are not covered by the No. the proportion of kerosene. troublefree engine operation to a Ambient temperature temperature of approximately +14°F (. Adding of kerosene to Use only commercially available Products pamphlet) may be added. reason.Vehicles with Diesel Engine If not available. 1 diesel fuel is not recommended vehicular diesel fuels No. The fuel becomes necessary. 2 diesel fuel may become Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty. 138 . Do not blend other specific fuel content exceeding 0. a certain quantity of Even in extreme climatic conditions. Marine diesel fuel. +14°F to -4°F (-10°C to -20°C) Always follow basic safety rules 10°C) when using No. 2 Diesel Fuel: 50% An explosion or fire can result. near an open flame or during the cold season. (ASTM D 975 No. 2 or No. Kerosene has to be filled in If diesel fuels are used with a sulphur before the diesel fuel. No. No. 2 diesel fuel mix diesel fuel and kerosene when of a lowered cloud point is marketed Ambient temperature smoking. The mixing ratios preheater only works with the vehicles shown refer to the total mixture. No.5% by weight. refer additives with fuel. 2-D or No. Do not fill the fuel tank or To avoid malfunctions. No. Under no circumstances should interior heater operating. At temperatures below +14°F (-10°C) Kerosene: 50% use winterized or No. 1-D). if adding of kerosene Warning! equipped with a fuel preheater. Damage or heating oil or the like must not be used. and may be harmful Service" section. 2 diesel fuel. Diesel Fuels kerosene or fuel flow improver (refer the maximum mixture ratio should not to MB Factory Approved Service exceed 50%. keep percentage of kerosene malfunctions resulting from poor fuel added to the minimum necessitated by quality or from blending specific fuel At very low temperatures the fluidity of the ambient temperature. For this to the engine operation. 2 Diesel Fuel: 70% when working with any combustible Kerosene: 30% material. below -4°F (-20°C) while the vehicle's engine is running.

25 l) (freeze protection to approx. The coolant is also regularly The water in the cooling system must checked each time you bring your The cooling system was filled at the meet minimum requirements. If you are not sure about the (-30°C) and corrosion protection. which provides: If the coolant level is low. consult your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer. you should have the • boiling protection (by increasing of leakage). protection to approximately -22°F water.5 US qt more than 55% anticorrosion/antifreeze will result in a significantly shortened (4.50 l) 139 . used to bring it up to the proper level (or once a year in the hot southern • freeze protection. If you use a solution that is such anticorrosion/ antifreeze coolant E 420 5.75 l) (5. aluminum parts. (have cooling system checked for signs regions).) |-45°C]). Antifreeze Agent. -49°F service life. Therefore. checked. The coolant solution must be used year round to provide the necessary Anticorrosion/antifreeze Anticorrosion/antifreeze quantity corrosion protection and increase in the boil-over protection. anticorrosion/antifreeze concentration the boiling point). You should have Your vehicle contains a number of it replaced every 3 years.0 US qt 5.75 l) (8. (Failure to use |-30°C]).0 US qt increase due to the lower heat transfer (7. car: Mercedes-Benz Anti corrosion/ water and anticorrosion/antifreeze. -22°F the aluminum parts. water and MB anticorrosion/antifreeze should be Before the start of the winter season • corrosion protection. the solution must be at least antifreeze coolant used in such engines E 300 Diesel -35 °F -49 °F 45% anticorrosion/antifreeze (equals a be specifically formulated to protect E 320 (-37 °C) (-45 °C) freeze protection to approx.Coolants capability of the solution.2 US qt 9. water quality. The use of aluminum Model Approx. which vehicle to your authorized Mercedes- factory with a coolant providing freeze are usually satisfied by normal drinking Benz dealer for service. components in motor vehicle engines freeze protection To provide the important corrosion necessitates that anticorrosion/ protection. do Therefore the following product is not use more than this amount of strongly recommended for use in your The engine coolant is a mixture of anticorrosion/ antifreeze. the engine temperature will 8.

Part 575 pursuant to the Traction lead to sudden tire failure. or peak traction can cause excessive heat build up when tested under controlled conditions characteristics. concrete. however. representing the of tires depends upon the actual tire's resistance to the generation of conditions of their use. of the tire to degenerate and reduce tire under Title 49. The traction grades. A. rating based on the wear rate of the tire hydroplaning. and C. and does not underinflation.Consumer Information from the norm due to variations in controlled conditions on a specified driving habits. The relative performance highest). from highest to which all passenger car tires must meet lowest. or excessive loading. Warning! All passenger car tires must conform to federal safety requirements in addition Warning! The temperature grade for this tire to these grades.S. are AA. which this vehicle is equipped. and heat and its ability to dissipate heat may depart significantly when tested under 140 . and possible tire failure. Sustained This has been prepared as required of differences in road characteristics and high temperature can cause the material all manufacturers of passenger cars climate. Excessive speed. a tire graded 150 would Temperature wear one and one-half (11/2) times as well on the government course as a tire The temperature grades are A (the graded 100. B. braking traction tests. The grade C "National Traffic and Motor Vehicle corresponds to a level of performance Safety Act of 1966". The treadwear grade is a comparative include acceleration. is established for a tire that is The traction grade assigned to this properly inflated and not Treadwear tire is based on straight-ahead overloaded. and excessive temperature can Regulations.109. Code of U. B. either separately or in combination. on a specified government test course. Those under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Uniform Tire Quality Grading grades represent the tire's ability to stop Standard No. and C. For example. Grades B and A on wet pavement as measured under represent higher levels of performance Refer to the tire sidewall for the controlled conditions on specified on the laboratory test wheel than the specific tire grades for the tires with government test surfaces of asphalt and minimum required by law. A tire marked C may have poor traction performance. cornering. service practices and indoor laboratory test wheel. Federal life.

M4G 2L5 141 .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.A.: Customer Assistance Center Mercedes-Benz of North America Inc.S. Ontario. If the matter is not handled to your satisfaction. please discuss the problem with the dealership management. NJ 07645-0350 In Canada: Customer Relations Department Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. 849 Eglinton Avenue East Toronto. One Mercedes Drive Montvale. or if necessary contact us at the following addresses: In the U.

For the U. However. You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from the Hotline.C.S.. Reporting Safety Defects If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause a crash or could cause injury or death. it may open an investigation. it may order a recall and remedy campaign. your dealer. If NHTSA receives similar complaints. 20590. you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-800- 424-9393 (or 366-0123 in Washington. Department of Transportation. U. Code of U.S. To contact NHTSA.C. only. 142 . you should immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying Mercedes-Benz of North America Inc. area) or write to: NHTSA.. Part 575 pursuant to the "National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966". Federal Regulations. D. or Mercedes-Benz of North America Inc. D.A. The following text is published as required of manufacturers under Title 49. and if it finds that a safety defect exists in a group of vehicles.S. Washington. NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you.

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114 Coolant level.86-87.74-75. 135. 27 Cellular telephone 69 indicator lamp 76. 90 Air recirculation 25. 88-89 Adding coolant 95 ETS 84-85. setting 67 Engine oils 134.114 Emergency tensioning retractor (ETR) Ashtrays 60 48 ASR 84. 95. 88 Battery 109 Diesel fuel system. rear bench 42 86.139 Brake warning lamp Antilock brake system (ABS) 84 Brake fluid low 83 Electronic stability program (ESP) 88 Antitheft alarm system 37 Brakes 18-19. 27 trip 150 Low engine oil level warning Special setting Child restraint 47. 27 Central locking switch 34 Engine oil additives 136 Basic setting 25 Central locking system 33 Engine oil consumption 80 Dust filter 27 Check regularly and before a long Engine oil level low Economy 25. bleeding 96 Acceleration slip regulation (ASR) 86 Battery charge indicator 79 Display illumination 67 Air conditioner refrigerant 136 Battery not being charged Doors 33 Air distribution 26 Charge indicator lamp 79 Drinking and driving 72 Air volume 26 Airbag 49 Brake fluid 18. 85.88.78. 83. 136 Automatic transmission fluid level 96 Combination switch 55 Engine overheating 81 Consumer information 141 Engine speed limit Overrevving 75 Coolant level low ESP 84. checking 96 Defrosting 26 Clock. Emission control 90 ASR Control Switch 87 lubricants etc. 63 144 .51-53 lamp 96 Defogging windows 26 Cleaning and care of the vehicle 115 Engine oil level.ABS 75. 84-86.92. Electronic traction system (ETS) 85 Armrest.72.115.114 Capacities: Fuels. checking 95 Exterior lamp failure indicator 83 Coolant temperature gauge 81-82 Exterior lamp switch 57 Coolants 139 Cruise control 77 Cup holder 42.135-136 Driving instructions 18 Alarm system 37 Brake pad wear indicator 83 Driving off 72 Anticorrosion/antifreeze 91. 134 Engine malfunction Automatic climate control Catalytic converter 15 "CHECK ENGINE" malfunction Activated charcoal filter 25. coolants.

exterior. 102 Remote control. adjusting 106 Parking brake 16-18. rear 43 Recalling 39 Rear window sunshade 66 Head restraints. 116 85-86.39.20. 104. Diesel fuels 91. 100.107. 64 Power windows 135. 119 Headlamp cleaning system 56 Mirror.108. 83. 7 Rear seat cushion 121 Head restraints.108 Power seats. front 38 Memory Rear window defroster 26 Head restraints. exterior Outside temperature indicator 81 Fuel Fog lamps 57 Diesel fuel additives 138 Headlamp.137 Taillamps 57. removal 120 Storing 28.First aid kit 42 Keys. manual release 123 Layout of poly-V-belt drive 124 Synchronizing remote control 119 Fuel requirements 138 Lighter 61 Problems with your vehicle 141 Fuel reserve warning lamp 80 Locking and unlocking 32 Fuses 111 Low engine coolant level warning 82 Radio transmitters 7 Low engine oil level warning 80 Rear passenger compartment Garage door opener 68 adjustable air outlet 28 Maintenance 4. 112 Gasoline additives 137 License plate lamp 57. 88. 72-75.60. 138 Headlamps 57. rear view 58 Residual engine heat utilization 28 Heated seats 41 Mirrors. front 38 Premium unleaded gasoline 15.59. rear view 59 Replacing bulbs 105 Headlights 57 Mirror. 83. Standing lamps 57.98. inside. 116 Opening and closing 65 Fuel filler flap. 135. adjusting 59 Roadside assistance 5 Hood 94 Malfunction indicator 13 Roof rack 123 Multicontour seat 40 Identification plates 126 Multifunction indicator Indicator lamp symbols 13 Defective 79 Instrument cluster 12 Language selection 79 Instrument lamps 67 Multiple malfunctions 79 Interior lighting 62 Jump starting 112 145 . 90. vehicle 29 Night security illumination 58 Front center console compartment ventilation 28 Lamps. infrared 30. 98.

132. 140 Washing the car 116 Emergency operation 121 Towing the vehicle 113 Wheels Sliding roof operation 64 Transmission 73 Alloy wheels 118 Sliding/pop-up roof 36 Traveling abroad 92 Rims and tires 98-99 Snow chains 92 Trip odometer 67 Wheels. 47 146 . 90.90-91 gasoline engine 16.Safety guidelines for the seat belt.98-99. replacing 122 diesel engine 17. separately locked 35 Winter driving 91 Start lock-out 30 Turn signals 55-56 Winter driving instructions 21 Starting and turning off Wiper blade insert. 128. 54. changing 100 Spare parts service 123 Trunk 35 Windshield/headlamp washer system Spare wheel 97 Trunk lamp 97 Fluid level low 82 Special Settings 26 Trunk lid Release switch 65-66 Washer fluid mixing ratio 56 SRS malfunction 49 Trunk. Warranty coverage 127 Sliding roof 103. 94 Steering lock 54 Steering wheel. adjustable 42 Storage compartments 63 Stowing things in the vehicle 97 Sun visors 61 Supplemental restraint system (SRS) 44.91. Tachometer 80 Vanity mirrors 61 emergency tensioning retractor and Technical data 129 Vehicle data card 128 airbag 52 Temporarily switching off 79 Vehicle jack 98 Seat belts and warning system 44 Tie down hooks 43 Vehicle tools 97 Shelf below rear window 43 Tire inflation pressure 103 Side marker lamp 109 Tires 18-20. 130.54.85-89.

Improper or your vehicle properly. If you are interested in obtaining service literature for your which may in turn result in personal injury. be extremely careful when technicians and original Mercedes-Benz parts to service performing any service work or repairs.Service and Literature Warning! Your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer has trained To help avoid personal injury. see your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer. For expert advice and quality incomplete service or the use of incorrect or inappropriate service. We consider this to be the best way for you to obtain accurate information for your vehicle. turn to the advice of an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer. If you have any question about carrying out some service. please contact your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer. 147 . vehicle. parts or materials may damage the vehicle or its equipment.

see Lamps. Failure to remove slowly could Auxiliary tank connected to windshield washer result in personal injury. Turn fuel cap to the For refilling reservoir see Index left and hold on to it until possible pressure in tank has been 2 Headlamp Cleaning System released. checking in Index. Gasoline is highly flammable and poisonous.Check Regularly and Before a Long Trip E 320 shown • Fuel Supply 1 Windshield Washer System Open flap by pushing near front (arrow). then remove cap. Whenever you are See Engine oil level. reservoir. flame or smoking materials near gasoline! Vehicle Lighting: Check function and cleanliness. See Brake fluid in Index. around gasoline. Never allow sparks. It burns 4 Engine Oil Level violently and can cause serious injury. 5 Brake Fluid extinguish all smoking materials. 148 . Warning! 3 Coolant Level See Adding coolant in Index. Open filler caps on both reservoirs during refilling. For replacement of light bulbs. exterior in Index. avoid inhaling fumes and skin contact.

High and low beams: H7 (55 W). Xenon (optional) fog lamps: H1 (55 W). (26. To prevent fuel vapors from escaping into open air. turn includes approx.What You Should Know at the Gas Station • Spark Plugs: • Fuel: Approved spark plugs. side marker 91 (Average of 96 RON/86 MON). license plate lamps: 5 W/4 cp. see Index. refer to tire pressure label inside the fuel Recommended engine oils. 149 . This stop. tail.9/5 W/32/4 cp). turn signal lamps.1 US gal (8. Fuel tank capacity approx. • Coolant: • Air Conditioner: For normal replenishing. For further information (e.g. anticorrosion/ antifreeze). rear: 21 W/24 cp. • Bulbs: fully insert filler nozzle unit. refer to "Technical Data". see Index. 2. front: 11 56 NA cause the "Check Engine" lamp to illuminate. lamps. and side marker lamps: 21/4 W. signal lamps. Use premium unleaded gasoline: Posted Octane Index parking and standing lamps. side: W Y 5 W. low beam: do not top up or overfill. refer to Index. • Tire Pressure: Fill quantity between upper and lower dipstick marking level: 2. rear fog lamp. Only fill fuel tank until the filler nozzle unit cuts out . 16. Engine oil level check. "Technical Data" (also see Index). driver's side: 21 W/32 cp. backup • Engine Oil: lamps: 21 W/32 cp.0 l). For tire pressure.0 l) reserve. refer to quality). Leaving the engine running and the fuel cap open can turn signal lamps.1 US qt (2. front: H6 W. front: 5 W/4 cp. filler flap. parking. tail and parking lamp: 5 W/4 cp. use water (potable water R-134a refrigerant and special PAG lubricant.0 l).4 US gal (62.