Mercedes Benz 2002 C Class Coupe Owners Manual

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C-Class Sportcoupé
Operator’s Manual
C 230 Kompressor
Our company and staff congratulate you on the purchase of your new Mercedes-Benz.
Your selection of our product is a demonstration of your trust in our company name. Further, it exemplifies your desire
to own an automobile that will be as easy as possible to operate and provide years of service.
Your Mercedes-Benz represents the efforts of many skilled engineers and craftsmen. To ensure your pleasure of
ownership, and for your safety and that of your passengers, we ask you to make a small investment of your time:
Please read this manual carefully before putting it aside. Then return it to your vehicle where it will be handy for
your reference.
Please abide by the recommendations contained in this manual. They are designed to acquaint you with the
operation of your Mercedes-Benz.
Please abide by the warnings and cautions contained in this manual. They are designed to help improve the safety
of the vehicle operator and occupants.
We extend our best wishes for many miles of safe, pleasurable driving.
DaimlerChrysler AG
1Contents
Introduction
Product information .......................... 7
Operator’s manual ............................. 8
Where to find it ................................ 13
Reporting Safety Defects ................ 15
Instruments and controls
Instruments and controls ............... 18
Door control panel ....................... 20
Overhead control panel............... 21
Dashboard ..................................... 22
Center console .............................. 24
Operation
Vehicle keys...................................... 28
Start lock-out..................................... 30
General notes on the
central locking system ............... 30
Central locking system ................... 31
Radio frequency and
infrared remote control ............... 31
Locking and unlocking................ 33
Choosing global or selective
mode on remote control.............. 33
Opening and closing windows
and sliding / pop-up roof
from outside ................................. 34
Panic button ................................. 35
Mechanical keys .......................... 35
Doors ................................................. 36
Central locking switch.................... 38
Automatic central locking.............. 40
Emergency unlocking
in case of accident...................... 40
Trunk.................................................. 41
Trunk lid emergency release ....... 43
Antitheft alarm system................... 44
Tow-away alarm ............................... 46
Easy-entry/exit feature .................. 47
Front seat adjustment..................... 48
Removal and installation of
front seat head restraints.......... 54
Front seat backrest
- locking and unlocking............. 56
Heated seats..................................... 58
Rear seat head restraints ............... 60
Seat belts and integrated
restraint system .......................... 62
Seat belts........................................... 62
Seat belt nonusage
warning system ........................... 63
BabySmartTM airbag
deactivation system .................... 69
Self-test BabySmartTM without
special child seat installed ........ 69
Supplemental Restraint
System (SRS)................................ 70
Emergency tensioning
retractor (ETR)............................. 71
Airbags .............................................. 72
Safety guidelines for the seat
belt, emergency tensioning
retractor and airbag.................... 80
Infant and child
restraint systems......................... 82
Steering wheel adjustment
(manual) ....................................... 87
Steering wheel adjustment
(electrical) .................................... 88
Rear view mirrors ............................ 89
Instrument cluster........................... 96
2Contents
Multifunction steering wheel,
multifunction display ............... 102
Trip and main odometer and
sub menu.................................... 106
Audio systems ................................ 108
Radio ............................................ 108
CD player ..................................... 109
Cassette player ........................... 110
Telephone......................................... 111
Navigation system........................... 116
Trip computer................................. 117
Malfunction/warning
message memory ....................... 119
Individual settings......................... 121
Setting the audio volume.............. 136
Coolant temperature gauge.......... 137
Flexible service system (FSS) ...... 138
Engine oil level indicator.............. 141
Engine oil consumption................ 142
Exterior lamp switch ..................... 143
Headlamp mode ............................. 144
Night security illumination ......... 146
Locator lighting.......................... 147
Headlamp cleaning system.......... 147
Combination switch ...................... 148
Hazard warning flasher switch.... 151
Climate control .............................. 152
Automatic climate control............ 160
Front center console storage
compartment ventilation.......... 171
Rear passenger compartment
adjustable air outlets ............... 172
Operation Audio and
telephone ................................... 173
Operating safety ............................ 173
Operating and display elements .. 174
Button and soft key operation ...... 176
Component malfunctions............. 195
Power windows .............................. 197
Sunshade for panorama
sliding/pop-up roof .................. 199
Panorama sliding/pop-up roof .... 200
Interior lighting............................. 203
Sun visors....................................... 205
Vanity mirrors................................ 205
Interior............................................. 206
Storage compartments
and armrests ..............................206
Glove box ..................................... 207
Cup holder ...................................... 210
Ashtrays .......................................... 211
Lighter ............................................. 213
Parcel net in front passenger
footwell ....................................... 214
Split folding rear seat bench........ 215
Luggage cover – removal
and installation ......................... 217
Loading instructions (vehicle
with enlarged cargo area)........ 218
Cellular telephone ......................... 219
Telephone, general ........................ 220
Garage door opener ....................... 221
Driving
Control and operation of
radio transmitters ..................... 226
The first 1 000 miles
(1 500 km) ................................. 227
3Contents
Maintenance ................................... 227
Tele Aid............................................ 228
Catalytic converter......................... 238
Emission control ............................ 239
Starter switch ................................. 240
Starting and turning off
the engine .................................. 242
Manual transmission .................... 244
Automatic transmission................ 246
Parking brake................................. 256
Driving instructions ...................... 257
Drive sensibly – Save Fuel........ 257
Drinking and driving................. 257
Pedals........................................... 257
Power assistance ........................ 258
Brakes .......................................... 258
Driving off ................................... 259
Parking ........................................ 260
Tires ............................................. 261
Snow chains ................................ 263
Winter driving instructions...... 264
Deep water .................................. 266
Passenger compartment............ 267
Traveling abroad......................... 267
Cruise control ................................ 268
Brake assist system (BAS)............ 271
Antilock brake system (ABS)....... 272
Electronic stability program
(ESP) ........................................... 274
What you should know
at the gas station ...................... 278
Check regularly and before
a long trip .................................. 280
Instrument cluster display
Malfunction and indicator
lamps in the instrument
cluster......................................... 282
On-board diagnostic system......... 283
Check engine malfunction
indicator lamp ............................ 283
Brake warning lamp.................. 284
Supplemental restraint
system (SRS) indicator lamp.... 285
Fuel reserve warning ................ 286
ABS malfunction indicator
lamp ............................................. 287
Electronic stability program
(ESP) — warning lamp ............... 288
Seat belt nonusage warning
lamp ............................................288
Malfunction and indicator
lamp in the center console ...... 289
AIRBAG OFF indicator lamp..... 289
Malfunction and warning
messages in the
multifunction display............... 290
DISPLAY DEFECTIVE ................ 291
BATTERY / ALTERNATOR........ 292
ANTILOCK BRAKE SYSTEM..... 293
BRAKE ASSIST ........................... 293
BRAKE PAD WEAR .................... 294
BRAKE FLUID............................. 294
PARKING BRAKE ....................... 295
SEAT BELT SYSTEM................... 295
ELEC. STABIL. PROG.
(Electronic stability program) .. 296
COOLANT (coolant level) .......... 297
COOLANT
(coolant temperature)................ 298
ENGINE OIL LEVEL ................... 299
4Contents
LIGHTING SYSTEM.................... 300
LIGHT SENSOR........................... 302
DOOR............................................ 302
TRUNK OPEN ............................. 303
HOOD ........................................... 303
TELEPHONE – FUNCTION........ 304
TELE AID ..................................... 304
WASHER FLUID.......................... 305
RESTRAINT SYSTEM................. 306
KEY............................................... 306
FUEL RESERVE .......................... 307
UNDERVOLTAGE........................ 307
STEERING WHEEL ADJUST...... 308
Practical hints
First aid kit...................................... 310
Stowing things in the vehicle ...... 311
Fuses................................................ 311
Hood................................................. 315
Automatic transmission
fluid level ................................... 317
Adding engine oil........................... 318
Coolant level ................................... 319
Adding coolant ............................ 319
Windshield and headlamp
washer system .......................... 320
Spare wheel, storage
compartment............................. 321
Vehicle tools and air pump .......... 322
Vehicle jack .................................... 323
Wheels ............................................ 324
Tire replacement........................ 324
Rotating wheels ......................... 325
Spare wheel.................................... 326
Changing wheels........................... 327
Inflating the collapsible
spare tire..................................... 333
Storing spare wheel in
wheel well................................... 334
Tire inflation pressure ................. 335
Battery............................................. 336
Jump starting.................................. 338
Towing the vehicle ........................ 341
Transmission selector lever,
manually unlocking .................. 344
Exterior lamps ............................... 345
Replacing bulbs ......................... 345
Changing batteries in the
electronic main key .................. 351
Synchronizing remote
control.......................................... 353
Emergency engine shut-down ..... 353
Fuel filler flap, manual release ... 354
Replacing wiper blade insert ....... 356
Roof rack ......................................... 357
Vehicle care
Cleaning and care of
the vehicle.................................. 360
Power washer.............................. 361
Tar stains..................................... 361
Paintwork, painted body
components................................. 361
Engine cleaning.......................... 362
Vehicle washing ......................... 362
Ornamental moldings................ 363
Headlamps, taillamps,
turn signal lenses ...................... 363
Window cleaning........................ 363
Wiper blade................................. 363
5Contents
Light alloy wheels ...................... 364
Instrument cluster ..................... 364
Steering wheel and
gear selector lever ......................364
Cup holder................................... 364
Seat belts ..................................... 365
Headliner and shelf below
rear window ................................ 365
Leather upholstery..................... 365
Hard plastic trim items ............. 365
Plastic and rubber parts............ 365
Technical data
Spare parts service ........................ 368
Warranty coverage......................... 368
Identification labels....................... 369
Layout of poly-V-belt drive............ 371
Technical data................................. 373
Fuels, coolants, lubricants etc. -
capacities ................................... 377
Engine oils ...................................... 379
Engine oil additives....................... 379
Air conditioner refrigerant........... 379
Brake fluid ...................................... 379
Premium unleaded gasoline........ 380
Fuel requirements......................... 380
Gasoline additives......................... 381
Coolants .......................................... 381
Consumer information ................. 383
Uniform tire quality grading ....... 383
Index
Index ............................................... 385
7Introduction
Product information
Kindly observe the following in your own best interest:
We recommend using Mercedes-Benz original parts as well as conversion parts and accessories
explicitly approved by us for your vehicle model.
We have tested these parts to determine their reliability, safety and their special
suitability for Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
We are unable to make an assessment for other products and therefore cannot be held responsible
for them, even if in individual cases an official approval or authorization by governmental or other
agencies should exist. Use of such parts and accessories could adversely affect the safety, performance
or reliability of your vehicle. Please do not use them.
Mercedes-Benz original parts as well as conversion parts and accessories approved by us are available
at your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center where you will receive comprehensive information, also on
permissible technical modifications, and where proper installation will be performed.
8Introduction
Operator’s manual
This Operator’s Manual contains a great deal of useful information. We urge you to read it carefully and familiarize
yourself with the vehicle before driving.
For your own safety and longer service life of the vehicle, we urge you to follow the instructions and warnings
contained in this manual. Ignoring them could result in damage to the vehicle or personal injury to you or others.
Vehicle damage caused by failure to follow instructions is not covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
Your vehicle may have some or all of the equipment described in this manual. Therefore, you may find explanations
for optional equipment not installed in your vehicle. If you have any questions about the operation of any equipment,
your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center will be glad to demonstrate the proper procedures.
Service and warranty information
The Service and Warranty Information Booklet contains detailed information about the warranties covering your
Mercedes-Benz, including:
New Car Limited Warranty,
Emission System Warranty,
Emission Performance Warranty,
California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont Emission Control System Warranty
(California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont only),
State Warranty Enforcement Laws (Lemon Laws).
9Introduction
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 lease
price, if Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC and/or its authorized repair or service facilities fail to fix one ore more substantial
defects or malfunctions in the vehicle that are covered by its express warranty after a reasonable number of repair
attempts. During the period of 18 months from original delivery of the vehicle or the accumulation of 18 000 miles on
the odometer of the vehicle, whichever occurs first, a reasonable number of repair attempts is presumed for a retail
buyer or lessee if one or more of the following occurs: (1) the same substantial defect or malfunction results in a
condition that is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury if the vehicle is driven, that defect or malfunction has
been subject to repair two or more times, and you have directly notified Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC in writing of the
need for its repair and have given us a direct opportunity to perform a repair ourselves, (2) the same substantial defect
or malfunction of a less serious nature than category (1) has been subject to repair four or more times and you have
directly notified us of the need for its repair and given us the opportunity to repair ourselves, or (3) the vehicle is out
of service by reason of repair of the same or different substantial defects or malfunctions for a cumulative total of
more than 30 calender days. Written notification should be sent to us, not a dealer, at Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC,
Customer Assistance Center, One Mercedes Drive, Montvale, NJ 07645-0350.
Maintenance
The Service Booklet describes all the necessary maintenance work which should be performed at regular intervals.
Always have the Service Booklet with you when you take the vehicle to your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center for
service. The service advisor will record each service in the booklet for you.
10Introduction
Roadside assistance
The Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance Program provides factory trained technical help in the event of a breakdown.
Calls to the toll-free Roadside Assistance number:
1-800-FOR-MERCedes (in the USA)
1-800-387-0100 (in Canada)
will be answered by Mercedes-Benz Customer Assistance Representatives 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
For additional information refer to the Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance Program brochure in your glove box.
Change of address or ownership
If you change your address, be sure to send in the “Change of Address Notice” found in the Service and Warranty
Information Booklet, or simply call the Mercedes-Benz Customer Assistance Center (in the USA) at
1-800-FOR-MERCedes, or Customer Service (in Canada) at 1-800-387-0100. It is in your own interest that we can
contact you should the need arise.
If you sell your Mercedes, please leave all literature with the vehicle to make it available to the next operator.
If you bought this vehicle used, be sure to send in the “Notice of Purchase of Used Car” found in the Service and
Warranty Information Booklet, or call the Mercedes-Benz Customer Assistance Center (in the USA) at
1-800-FOR-MERCedes, or Customer Service (in Canada) at 1-800-387-0100.
11Introduction
Operating your vehicle outside the USA or Canada
If you plan to operate your vehicle in foreign countries, please be aware that:
Service facilities or replacement parts may not be readily available,
unleaded gasoline for vehicles with catalytic converters may not be available; the use of leaded fuels will damage
the catalysts,
gasoline may have a considerably lower octane rating, and improper fuel can cause engine damage.
Certain Mercedes-Benz models are available for delivery in Europe under our European Delivery Program. For details,
consult your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center or write to:
In the USA: In Canada:
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
European Delivery Department
One Mercedes Drive
Montvale, NJ 07645-0350
Mercedes-Benz Canada, Inc.
European Delivery Department
849 Eglinton Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario M4G 2L5
12Introduction
We continuously strive to improve our product, and ask for your understanding that we reserve the right to make
changes in design and equipment. Therefore, information, illustrations and descriptions in this Operator’s Manual
might differ from your vehicle.
Optional equipment is also described in this manual, including operating instructions wherever necessary. Since they
are special-order items, the descriptions and illustrations herein may vary slightly from the actual equipment of your
vehicle.
If there are any equipment details that are not shown or described in this Operator’s Manual, your authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center will be glad to inform you of correct care and operating procedures.
The Operator’s Manual and Service Booklet are important documents and should be kept with the vehicle.
13Introduction
Where to find it
The Operator’s Manual is divided into eight sections:
Instruments and controls: An overview of all the controls that can be operated from the driver’s seat.
•Operation: Information on the vehicle’s equipment and its operation.
•Driving: Important information on driving.
Instrument cluster display: Displays and indicator lamps on the instrument cluster with brief instructions.
•Practical hints: Assistance and instructions in the event of an emergency.
Car care: Instructions on caring for your vehicle.
Technical data: All the important technical data for your vehicle as well as consumer information such as fuels,
coolants, lubricants etc. is contained here.
•Index: Key terms to help you find a topic quickly.
Other documents may also be supplied, depending on your vehicle’s equipment.
Explanation of color used:
Warning notices for the protection of yourself and
others appear on red background.
14Introduction
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 Center to
have the problem diagnosed and corrected if required. If the matter is not handled to your
satisfaction, please discuss the problem with the Mercedes-Benz Center management, or if
necessary contact us at the following addresses:
In the USA: Customer Assistance Center
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
One Mercedes Drive
Montvale, NJ 07645-0350
In Canada: Customer Relations Department
Mercedes-Benz Canada, Inc.
849 Eglinton Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario, M4G 2L5
15Introduction
For the USA only:
The following text is published as required of manufacturers under Title 49, Code of U.S. Federal Regulations,
Part 575 pursuant to the “National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966”.
Reporting Safety Defects
If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause a crash or could cause injury or
death, you should immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) in addition to notifying Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC.
If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation, and if it finds that a safety
defect exists in a group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy campaign. However, NHTSA
cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer, or Mercedes-Benz USA,
LLC.
To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-888-327-4236 or write
to: NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C. 20590. You can also obtain other
information about motor vehicle safety from the Hotline.
17Contents - Instruments and controls
Technical
data
Instruments
and controls Operation Driving Instrument
cluster display Practical hints Car care Index
Instruments and controls
Instruments and controls ............... 18
Door control panel ....................... 20
Overhead control panel............... 21
Dashboard ..................................... 22
Center console .............................. 24
18Instruments and controls
Technical
data
Instruments
and controls Operation Driving Instrument
cluster display Practical hints Car care Index
Instruments and controls
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19Instruments and controls
Technical
data
Instruments
and controls Operation Driving Instrument
cluster display Practical hints Car care Index
1Door control panel, see page 20
2Overhead control panel, see page 21
3Dashboard, see page 22
4Center console, see page 24
20Instruments and controls
Technical
data
Instruments
and controls Operation Driving Instrument
cluster display Practical hints Car care Index
Door control panel 1Door handle, pull to open, see page 36
2Memory function (optional), for storing seat,
steering wheel and exterior rear view mirror
settings, see page 93
3Front seat adjustment switch (optional), see page 48
4Steering wheel adjustment switch (optional),
see page 88
5Power window switch, see page 197
21Instruments and controls
Technical
data
Instruments
and controls Operation Driving Instrument
cluster display Practical hints Car care Index
Overhead control panel 1Interior lighting, see page 203
2Tele Aid (emergency call system), see page 228
3Panorama sliding/pop-up roof, see page 200
4Hands-free microphone for Tele Aid and optional
telephone with voice recognition system
5Rear view mirror, see page 89
6Garage door opener, see page 221
22Instruments and controls
Technical
data
Instruments
and controls Operation Driving Instrument
cluster display Practical hints Car care Index
Dashboard
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78
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10
11
12
13
14 15
23Instruments and controls
Technical
data
Instruments
and controls Operation Driving Instrument
cluster display Practical hints Car care Index
1Hood lock release, see page 315
2Parking brake pedal, see page 256
3Steering wheel adjustment (manual), see page 87
4Parking brake release, see page 256
5Exterior lamp switch, see page 143
6Combination switch, see page 148
7Exterior mirror adjustment switch, see page 90
8Headlamp washer button, see page 147
9Cruise control switch, see page 268
10 Multifunction steering wheel, see page 102
Horn (with electronic key in starter switch
position 1 or 2)
11 Instrument cluster, see page 96
12 Voice recognition system switch (optional), see
separate operating instructions
13 Starter switch, see page 240
14 Glove box lid release, see page 207
15 Glove box lock, see page 207
24Instruments and controls
Technical
data
Instruments
and controls Operation Driving Instrument
cluster display Practical hints Car care Index
Center console 1Left front seat heater switch, see page 58
2ESP (electronic stability program) control switch, ,
see page 274
3Hazard warning flasher switch, see page 151
4Central locking switch, see page 38
5Antitheft alarm system, see page 44
Switch for tow-away protection, see page 46
6Right front seat heater switch, see page 58
7AIRBAG OFF indicator lamp, see page 289
8COMAND system (optional), see separate
operating instructions, or
audio system, see page 173
9Climate control, see page 152
Automatic climate control, see page 160
Rear window defroster, see page 170
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7
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25Instruments and controls
Technical
data
Instruments
and controls Operation Driving Instrument
cluster display Practical hints Car care Index
10 Ashtray, see page 211
11 Automatic transmission, see page 246, or
Manual transmission, see page 244
12 Storage compartment, see page 208
13 Armrest, see page 208
Storage compartment, see page 213
26Contents - Operation
Technical
data
Instruments
and controls Operation Driving Instrument
cluster display Practical hints Car care Index
Operation
Vehicle keys...................................... 28
Start lock-out..................................... 30
General notes on the
central locking system ............... 30
Central locking system ................... 31
Radio frequency and
infrared remote control ............... 31
Locking and unlocking................ 33
Choosing global or selective
mode on remote control .............. 33
Opening and closing windows
and sliding / pop-up roof
from outside .................................. 34
Panic button.................................. 35
Mechanical keys........................... 35
Doors.................................................. 36
Central locking switch .................... 38
Automatic central locking .............. 40
Emergency unlocking
in case of accident ...................... 40
Trunk ................................................. 41
Trunk lid emergency release ........ 43
Antitheft alarm system ................... 44
Tow-away alarm ............................... 46
Easy-entry/exit feature .................. 47
Front seat adjustment..................... 48
Removal and installation of
front seat head restraints.......... 54
Front seat backrest
- locking and unlocking............. 56
Heated seats..................................... 58
Rear seat head restraints ............... 60
Seat belts and integrated
restraint system.......................... 62
Seat belts .......................................... 62
Seat belt nonusage
warning system........................... 63
BabySmartTM airbag
deactivation system.................... 69
Self-test BabySmartTM without
special child seat installed........ 69
Supplemental Restraint
System (SRS) ............................... 70
Emergency tensioning
retractor (ETR) ............................. 71
Airbags.............................................. 72
Safety guidelines for the seat
belt, emergency tensioning
retractor and airbag.................... 80
Infant and child
restraint systems......................... 82
Steering wheel adjustment
(manual) ....................................... 87
Steering wheel adjustment
(electrical) .................................... 88
Rear view mirrors ............................ 89
Instrument cluster........................... 96
Multifunction steering wheel,
multifunction display ............... 102
Trip and main odometer and
sub menu ................................... 106
Audio systems ................................ 108
Radio ............................................ 108
CD player..................................... 109
Cassette player ........................... 110
Telephone......................................... 111
Navigation system........................... 116
Trip computer................................. 117
Malfunction/warning
message memory ....................... 119
27Contents - Operation
Technical
data
Instruments
and controls Operation Driving Instrument
cluster display Practical hints Car care Index
Individual settings......................... 121
Setting the audio volume.............. 136
Coolant temperature gauge.......... 137
Flexible service system (FSS) ...... 138
Engine oil level indicator.............. 141
Engine oil consumption................ 142
Exterior lamp switch ..................... 143
Headlamp mode ............................. 144
Night security illumination.......... 146
Locator lighting .......................... 147
Headlamp cleaning system .......... 147
Combination switch....................... 148
Hazard warning flasher switch ... 151
Climate control............................... 152
Automatic climate control ............ 160
Front center console storage
compartment ventilation.......... 171
Rear passenger compartment
adjustable air outlets ............... 172
Operation Audio and
telephone ................................... 173
Operating safety ............................ 173
Operating and display elements .. 174
Button and soft key operation ...... 176
Component malfunctions............. 195
Power windows .............................. 197
Sunshade for panorama
sliding/pop-up roof .................. 199
Panorama sliding/pop-up roof .... 200
Interior lighting............................. 203
Sun visors....................................... 205
Vanity mirrors................................ 205
Interior ............................................ 206
Storage compartments
and armrests ..............................206
Glove box ..................................... 207
Cup holder ...................................... 210
Ashtrays .......................................... 211
Lighter ............................................. 213
Parcel net in front passenger
footwell ....................................... 214
Split folding rear seat bench........ 215
Luggage cover – removal
and installation ......................... 217
Loading instructions (vehicle
with enlarged cargo area)........ 218
Cellular telephone ......................... 219
Telephone, general ........................ 220
Garage door opener ....................... 221
28Central locking system
Technical
data
Instruments
and controls Operation Driving Instrument
cluster display Practical hints Car care Index
Vehicl e keys
Included with your vehicle are 2 electronic keys with
integrated radio frequency and infrared remote controls
plus removable mechanical key.
The locking tabs for the mechanical key portion of the
two electronic keys are a different color to help
distinguish it.
Warning!
When leaving the vehicle always remove the
electronic key from the starter switch, and lock
your vehicle. Do not leave children unattended in
the vehicle, or
with access to an unlocked vehicle. Unsupervised
use of vehicle equipment may cause serious
personal injury.
29Central locking system
Technical
data
Instruments
and controls Operation Driving Instrument
cluster display Practical hints Car care Index
Electronic key
The electronic key has an integrated radio frequency
and infrared remote control, plus removable mechanical
key.
The remote control (1) operates all locks on the vehicle.
The mechanical key (2) works only in the driver’s door,
trunk, and glove box lock.
When using the mechanical key (2) for lock operations,
it can be removed by sliding it out of the remote control.
To do so, move locking tab (3) to the right and slide the
mechanical key (2) in direction of arrow (4).
The remote control transmitter is located in the
electronic key.
The infrared receivers are located in the door handles.
Note:
Remove the mechanical key from the electronic key
when using valet parking service. To prevent access to
trunk or storage compartments lock them separately
and retain the mechanical key.
See page 41 for separate locking of trunk and page 207
for locking of glove box.
Obtaining replacement keys
Your vehicle is equipped with a theft deterrent locking
system requiring a special key manufacturing process.
For security reasons, replacement keys can only be
obtained from your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
30Central locking system
Technical
data
Instruments
and controls Operation Driving Instrument
cluster display Practical hints Car care Index
Start lock-out
Important!
Removing the electronic key from the starter switch
activates the start lock-out. The engine cannot be
started.
Inserting the electronic key in the starter switch
deactivates the start lock-out.
Note:
In case the engine cannot be started (vehicle’s battery is
in order), the system is not operational. Contact an
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center or call 1-800-FOR-
MERCedes (in the USA), or 1-800-387-0100 (in Canada).
General notes on the central locking system
If the electronic key is inserted in the starter switch, the
vehicle cannot be locked or unlocked with the remote
control.
If the vehicle cannot be locked or unlocked:
Aim transmitter eye at a receiver of either door
handle. Check the batteries of the electronic key, see
page 351, or synchronize the electronic key, see
page 353.
Use the mechanical key to unlock the vehicle. To
start engine, insert the electronic key in the starter
switch. There could be a slight delay until the
electronic key can be turned in the starter switch.
Important!
When unlocking the driver’s door with the mechanical
key, the exterior lamps will flash and the alarm will
sound.
To cancel the alarm, insert the electronic key in the
starter switch or press button Πor on the
electronic key.
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Radio frequency and infrared remote control
The electronic key has an integrated radio frequency
and infrared remote control.
Due to the extended operational range of the remote
control, it could be possible to unintentionally lock or
unlock the vehicle by pressing the transmit button. If
one of the transmit buttons is pressed, the battery check
lamp lights up briefly – indicating that the batteries are
in order. See page 351 for checking batteries.
The vehicle doors, trunk and fuel filler flap can be
centrally locked and unlocked via remote control.
Opening and closing the windows and panorama
sliding/pop-up roof can only be done with the infrared
portion of the remote control. Aim transmitter eye at a
receiver (6 or 7), press and hold transmit button Œ
or , seepage34.
If the electronic key is inserted in starter switch, the
vehicle cannot be locked or unlocked, and the trunk lid
cannot be opened with the remote control.
1Transmit button
Locking
ΠUnlocking
2Lamp for battery check (see page 351 for changing
batteries if it does not light up briefly)
3PANIC button
4Transmitter eye
5Locking tab for mechanical key
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Locking and unlocking with remote control
Unlocking:
Press transmit button Œ. All turn signal lamps blink
once to indicate that the vehicle is unlocked.
The remote control can be programmed for two kinds of
unlocking modes (see below):
Selective unlocking mode –
Press transmit button Œonce to unlock driver’s door
and fuel filler flap.
Press transmit button Πtwice to unlock all doors,
fuel filler flap, and trunk.
Global unlocking mode –
Press transmit button Œonce to unlock all doors,
fuel filler flap, and trunk.
Notes:
The presently active unlocking mode (selective or
global) can only be determined by unlocking the vehicle
with the remote control (see below for changing mode).
If within 40 seconds of unlocking with the remote
control, neither door or trunk is opened, the electronic
key is not inserted in the starter switch, or the central
locking switch is not activated, the vehicle will
automatically lock.
Locking:
Press transmit button once. All turn signal lamps
blink three times to indicate that the vehicle is locked. If
they do not blink three times, a door or trunk is not
properly closed.
Note:
If the vehicle cannot be locked or unlocked by pressing
the transmit button, then it may be necessary to change
the batteries in the electronic key (if ok, battery check
lamp in electronic key will light briefly when pressing
transmit button) or to synchronize the remote control,
see pages 351 and 353.
Choosing global or selective mode on remote control
Press and hold transmit buttons and Œ
simultaneously for five seconds to reprogram the
remote control. Battery check lamp will blink two times
indicating the completed mode change.
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Opening and closing windows and
panorama sliding/pop-up roof from outside
(summer opening/convenience feature)
Aim transmitter eye of remote control at the door
receiver.
Summer opening:
The panorama sliding/pop-up roof and all side windows
can be opened automatically.
Continue to press transmit button Πafter unlocking
the vehicle.
The windows and panorama sliding/ pop-up roof begin
to open after a short time.
To interrupt opening procedure, release transmit
button.
Convenience feature:
The panorama sliding/pop-up roof and the side
windows can be closed.
Continue to press transmit button after locking
the vehicle.
The windows and panorama sliding/ pop-up roof begin
to close after approximately 1 second.
To interrupt closing procedure, release transmit button.
Ensure that all side windows and the panorama
sliding/pop-up roof are properly closed before leaving
the vehicle.
Note:
If the windows and panorama sliding/pop-up roof
cannot be operated automatically by pressing the
transmit button of the remote control then it may be
necessary to change the batteries in the electronic key
(if ok, battery check lamp in electronic key will light
briefly when transmitting), or to synchronize the
remote control, see page 351 and 353.
Warning!
Never operate the windows or panorama sliding/
pop-up roof if there is the possibility of anyone
being harmed by the opening or closing procedure.
In case the procedure causes potential danger, the
procedure can be immediately halted by releasing
the remote control button. To reverse direction of
movement press Πfor opening or for
closing.
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Panic button
To activate press and hold button (1) for at least one
second. An audible alarm and blinking exterior lamps
will operate for approximately 3 minutes.
To deactivate press button (1) again, or insert electronic
key in starter switch.
Note:
For operation in the USA only: This device complies
with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Any unauthorized modification to this device could void
to the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
Mechanical keys
The mechanical keys work only in driver’s door, trunk,
and glove box locks.
Notes:
The mechanical key does not operate the central locking
system or antitheft alarm system.
The fuel filler flap cannot be locked or unlocked with
the mechanical key.
If the fuel filler flap cannot be opened, see page 354.
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Doors
1Opening – pull handle
2Unlocking driver’s door
3Locking driver’s door
Important!
The mechanical key does not operate the central locking
system or antitheft alarm system.
4Individual door from inside:
Push lock button down to lock.
5Individual door from inside:
Pull handle to unlock.
When you lock the driver’s door with the mechanical
key, the door lock button should move down.
Each individual door must be locked with the respective
door lock button – the driver’s door can only be locked
when it is closed.
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If the vehicle has previously been locked from the
outside, opening a door from the inside will trigger the
alarm. When opening a door while the central locking
system is in the:
selective unlocking mode, only that individual door
is unlocked. The remaining doors, the trunk and
fuel filler flap remain locked.
global unlocking mode, all doors, the trunk and fuel
filler flap are unlocked.
Notes:
In case of a malfunction in the central locking system
the doors can be locked and unlocked individually.
To lock, push down lock buttons or turn mechanical key
in driver’s door lock to position 3. In addition lock the
trunk.
To unlock, pull inside door handles or turn mechanical
key in driver’s door lock to position 2.
When unlocking the driver’s door with the mechanical
key, the exterior lamps will flash and the alarm will
sound.
To cancel the alarm, insert the electronic key in the
starter switch or press button Πor on the
electronic key.
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Central locking switch
1Locking
2Unlocking
The central locking switch is located in the center
console.
The doors and trunk can only be locked with the central
locking switch, if both doors are closed.
If the vehicle was previously locked with the central
locking switch, while in the selective remote control
mode, only the door opened from the inside is unlocked.
If the vehicle was previously locked with the central
locking switch, while in the global remote control mode,
the complete vehicle is unlocked when a door is opened
from the inside.
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Notes:
If the vehicle was previously locked with the remote
control, the doors and trunk cannot be unlocked with
the central locking switch.
The fuel filler flap cannot be locked or unlocked with
the central locking switch.
If the vehicle has previously been locked from the
outside, opening a door from the inside will trigger the
alarm. To cancel the alarm, insert the electronic key in
the starter switch or press button Πor on the
electronic key.
Warning!
When leaving the vehicle always remove the
electronic key from the starter switch, and lock
your vehicle. Do not leave children unattended in
the vehicle, or with access to an unlocked vehicle.
Unsupervised use of vehicle equipment may cause
serious personal injury.
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Automatic central locking
With the automatic central locking system activated, the
doors and trunk are locked at vehicle speeds of
approximately 9 mph (15 km/h) or more. The fuel filler
flap remains unlocked.
The automatic central locking function can be switched
on or off in the individual setting menu “VEHICLE” –
“AUTOMATIC DOOR LOCK”, see page 121.
Notes:
If doors are unlocked with the central locking switch
after activating the automatic central locking, and
neither door is opened, then the doors remain unlocked
even at vehicle speeds of approximately 9 mph
(15 km/h) or more.
If a door is opened from the inside at speeds of
approximately 9 mph (15 km/h) or less with the
automatic central locking activated, the door will again
be automatically locked at speeds of approximately
9 mph (15 km/h) or more.
If a door is opened from the inside, the complete vehicle
is unlocked, if the vehicle was previously centrally
unlocked using the remote control.
Important!
When towing the vehicle, or with the vehicle on a
dynamometer test stand, please, note the following:
With the automatic central locking activated and the
electronic key in starter switch position 2, the vehicle
doors will lock if the left front wheel as well as the right
rear wheel spin at vehicle speeds of approximately
9 mph (15 km/h) or more.
Emergency unlocking in case of accident
The doors unlock automatically a short time after an
accident in which an airbag or emergency tensioning
retractor deploys (this is intended to aid rescue and
exit).
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Trunk
The lock is located next to the recessed handle.
Notes:
In case of a malfunction in the central locking system
the trunk can be unlocked individually.
The mechanical key does not operate the central locking
system or antitheft alarm system.
When unlocking the trunk with the mechanical key, the
exterior lamps will flash and the alarm will sound.
To cancel the alarm, insert the electronic key in the
starter switch or press button Πor on the
electronic key.
If the fuel filler flap cannot be opened, see page 354.
0Neutral position
1Unlocking – turn mechanical key to position 1, hold
and pull handle to open
Important!
Do not place mechanical key inside trunk, since trunk is
locked again when closing the lid if the vehicle has been
previously centrally locked.
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Pull handle (arrow) to open the trunk lid.
The trunk lid can only be opened manually if the vehicle
was previously centrally unlocked.
Lower trunk lid using handle (1) and close it with hands
placed flat on trunk lid. Please remember to keep your
fingers out of the space between the lid and the vehicle.
Trunk lamp
The trunk lamp will switch off after approximately
10 minutes if the trunk lid is left open.
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Trunk lid emergency release
The emergency release button (1) is located in the trunk
lid.
Briefly press emergency release button (1).
The trunk unlocks and the trunk lid opens.
Important!
The emergency release button (1) does not open the
trunk lid, if the vehicle battery is discharged or
disconnected.
Illumination of the emergency release button (1):
The button will blink for 30 minutes after opening the
trunk.
The button will blink for 60 minutes after closing the
trunk.
Note:
When pressing the emergency release button (1) and
the vehicle was centrally locked, the exterior lamps will
flash and the alarm will sound.
To cancel the alarm, insert the electronic key in the
starter switch or press button Πor on the
electronic key.
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Antitheft alarm system (optional for Canada )
1Indicator lamp in switch located in center console
The antitheft alarm is automatically armed or disarmed
with the remote control by locking or unlocking the
vehicle.
The antitheft alarm is armed within approximately
10 seconds after locking the vehicle.
A blinking lamp (1) indicates that the alarm is armed.
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Operation:
Once the alarm system has been armed, the exterior
vehicle lamps will flash and an alarm will sound when
someone:
opens a door,
opens the trunk,
opens the hood,
attempts to raise the vehicle.
The alarm will last approximately 3 minutes in form of
flashing exterior lamps. At the same time an alarm will
sound for 30 seconds. The alarm will stay on even if the
activating element (a door, for example) is immediately
closed. If the alarm stays on for more than 20 seconds,
an emergency call is initiated automatically. See Tele
Aid on page 228.
Notes:
When you unlock the driver’s door with the mechanical
key, the exterior lamps will flash and the alarm will
sound.
To cancel the alarm, insert the electronic key in the
starter switch or press button Πor on the
electronic key.
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Tow-away alarm (optional for Canada)
The switch is located in the center console.
1Press to switch off tow-away alarm
2Indicator lamp
Once the alarm system has been armed, the exterior
vehicle lamps will flash and an alarm will sound when
someone attempts to raise the vehicle.
The alarm will last approximately 3 minutes in form of
flashing exterior lamps. At the same time an alarm will
sound for 30 seconds. The alarm will stay on even if the
vehicle is immediately lowered. To cancel the alarm,
insert the electronic key in the starter switch or press
button Πor on the electronic key.
If the alarm stays on for more than 20 seconds, an
emergency call is initiated automatically. See Tele Aid
on page 228.
To prevent triggering the tow-away alarm feature, switch
off the tow-away alarm before towing the vehicle, or
when parking on a surface subject to movement, such
as a ferry or auto train.
To do so, turn electronic key in starter switch to
position 0 or 1, or remove electronic key from starter
switch. Press tow-away alarm switch (1). The indicator
lamp (2) illuminates briefly.
Exit vehicle, and lock vehicle with the electronic key.
The tow-away alarm remains switched off until the
vehicle is locked again with the electronic key, at which
time it is automatically reactivated.
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Easy-entry/exit feature
(only vehicles with memory function)
With the easy-entry/exit feature activated the steering
wheel tilts upwards and the driver’s seat moves
rearwards, when removing the electronic key from the
starter switch or when opening the driver’s door and the
electronic key in starter switch position 0 or 1.
This allows easier entry into and exit from the vehicle
when the driver’s door is opened.
The easy-entry/exit feature can be switched on or off in
the individual setting menu “CONVENIENCE” –
“EASY-ENTRY FEATURE ACTIVATE”, see page 134.
When the electronic key is inserted in the starter switch
and the driver’s door is closed, the steering wheel and
the driver’s seat return to the last position set for it.
Warning!
You must ensure that no one can become trapped
or injured by the moving steering wheel when the
easy-entry/exit feature is activated and the
driver’s door is being opened or the electronic key
removed from the starter switch. Do not leave
children unattended in the vehicle, or with access
to an unlocked vehicle. Unsupervised use of vehicle
equipment may cause serious personal injury.
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Front seat adjustment
To operate the front power seat adjustment switches,
turn the electronic key in starter switch to position 1
or 2 (with respective door open, the power seats can
also be operated with the electronic key removed or in
starter switch position 0).
Warn ing!
Do not adjust the driver’s seat while driving.
Adjusting the seat while driving could cause the
driver to lose control of the vehicle.
Never ride in a moving vehicle with the seat back
reclined. Sitting in an excessively reclined position
can be dangerous. You could slide under the seat
belt in a collision. If you slide under it, the belt
would apply force at the abdomen or neck. That
could cause serious or fatal injuries. The seat back
and seat belts provide the best restraint when the
wearer is in an upright position and belts are
properly positioned on the body.
Never place hands under seat or near any moving
parts while a seat is being adjusted.
When leaving the vehicle always remove the
electronic key from the starter switch, and lock
your vehicle.
The power seats can also be operated with the
driver’s or front passenger door open. Do not leave
children unattended in the vehicle, or with access
to an unlocked vehicle. Unsupervised use of vehicle
equipment may cause serious personal injury.
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Power seat (optional)
The switches are located in each door.
We recommend to adjust the power seat in the following
order:
1Seat, up/down
Press the switch (up/down direction) until
comfortable seating position with still sufficient
headroom is reached.
2Seat adjustment, fore/aft
Press the switch (fore/aft direction) until a
comfortable seating position is reached that still
allows you to reach the accelerator/brake pedal
safely. The position should be as far rearward as
possible, consistent with ability to properly operate
controls.
3Seat cushion tilt
Press the switch in the direction of the arrow until
your legs are lightly supported.
4Backrest tilt
Press the switch in the direction of the arrow until
your arms are slightly angled when holding the
steering wheel.
5Head restraint
The height of the head restraint is adjusted
automatically with the seat so that the back of the
head is supported approximately at ear level. Adjust
the head restraint using the switch to support the
back of your head approximately at ear level.
For exterior rear view mirrors, see page 90;
inside rear view mirror, see page 89;
steering wheel adjustment, see page 88.
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Adjust the head restraint angle by hand. Push or pull
the head restraint in direction of arrow.
Storing seat positions:
(only vehicles with memory function)
The steering wheel and exterior rear view mirror
position are stored together with the seat position.
See page 93 for notes on the memory function. For
recalling a stored seat/head restraint/steering wheel/
and exterior rear view mirror position see page 94.
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Manual seat (standard) We recommend to adjust the seat in the following order:
1Fore/aft adjustment
Lift handle (1), slide seat to desired position and
allow handle to reengage. Check for proper
engagement before driving.
2Seat cushion tilt
Turn handwheel (2) forward or backward.
3Seat height adjustment
Pull handle (3) up to raise seat cushion.
Push handle (3) down to lower seat cushion.
4Backrest tilt
Turn handwheel (4) forward or backwards until
your arms are slightly angled when holding the
steering wheel.
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5Head restraint height
Raising:
Pull up on head restraint.
Lowering:
Push button (5) and push down on head restraint.
Adjust head restraint to support the back of the head
approximately at ear level. The head restraint
inclination can also be adjusted manually.
Head restraint inclination
Push or pull the head restraint in direction of arrow.
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Important!
Prior to operating the vehicle, the driver should adjust
the seat height for proper vision as well as fore/aft
placement and backrest angle to insure adequate
control, reach, operation, and comfort. The head
restraint should also be adjusted for proper height. See
also airbag section on page 72 for proper seat
positioning.
In addition, also adjust the steering wheel to ensure
adequate control, reach, operation, and comfort.
Both the inside and outside rear view mirrors should be
adjusted for adequate rearward vision.
Fasten seat belts. Infants and small children should be
seated in a properly secured restraint system that
complies with U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213 and Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213.
All seat, head restraint, steering wheel, and rear view
mirror adjustments as well as fastening of seat belts
should be done before the vehicle is put into motion.
Warning!
Children 12 years old and under must never ride in
the front seat, except in a Mercedes-Benz
authorized BabySmartTM compatible child seat,
which operates with the BabySmartTM system
installed in the vehicle to deactivate the passenger
side front airbag when it is properly installed.
Otherwise they will be struck by the airbag when it
inflates in a crash. If this happens, serious or fatal
injury can result.
According to accident statistics, children are safer
when properly restrained in the rear seating
positions than in the front seating positions.
Infants and small children must ride in back seats
and be seated in an appropriate infant or child
restraint system, which is properly secured with
the vehicle’s seat belt, fully in accordance with the
child seat manufacturer’s instructions.
A child’s risk of serious or fatal injuries is
significantly increased if the child restraints are
not properly secured in the vehicle and the child is
not properly secured in the child restraint.
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Removal and installation of front seat head
restraints
Power seat
Caution!
Do not remove head restraints except when mounting
seat covers. Whenever restraints have been removed be
sure to reinstall them before driving.
Note:
Tilt the backrest rearward for easier removal and
installation of the head restraints.
To remove:
Press switch (1) upwards and hold until the head
restraint is fully extended. Pull head restraint out.
To install:
Press switch (1) upwards and hold for about 5 seconds.
Press the head restraint down until it engages.
Adjust head restraint to the desired position.
Warning!
For your protection, drive only with properly
positioned head restraints.
Adjust head restraint to support the back of the
head approximately at ear level.
Do not drive the vehicle without the seat head
restraints. Head restraints are intended to help
reduce injuries during an accident.
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Manual seat
To remove:
Pull head restraint to its highest position. Push
button (1) and pull out head restraint completely.
To install:
Insert head restraint and push it down to the stop. Push
button (1) and adjust head restraint to the desired
position.
Warning!
For your protection, drive only with properly
positioned head restraints.
Adjust head restraint to support the back of the
head approximately at ear level.
Do not drive the vehicle without the seat head
restraints. Head restraints are intended to help
reduce injuries during an accident.
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Front seat backrest - locking and unlocking
1Release lever
Folding forward:
Lift release lever (1) and fold backrest forward, when
necessary, lower head restraint by pushing it.
Note:
Vehicles with power seat:
The seat will automatically slide forward and the head
restraints will move down.
Folding back:
Fold backrest back until it locks securely in place.
Adjust head restraint to support the back of the head
approximately at ear level, see page 52.
Note:
Vehicles with power seat:
The seat and head restraint return to their previous
positions.
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Warn ing!
When leaving the vehicle always remove the
electronic key from the steering lock, and lock your
vehicle.
The power seats can also be operated with the
driver’s or passenger door open. Do not leave
children unattended in the vehicle or with access
to an unlocked vehicle. Unsupervised use of vehicle
equipment may cause serious personal injury.
Never place hands under seat or near any moving
parts during a seat adjustment procedure.
Warning!
When raising backrest, observe that backrest is not
pushed against an occupant or object.
Vehicles with manual seat:
After folding backrest up, adjust head restraint to
support the back of the head approximately at ear
level.
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Heated seats (optional)
The front seat heaters can be switched on with the
electronic key in starter switch position 1 or 2.
The switch is located in the center console.
Press switch to turn on seat heater:
1Normal seat heating mode. One indicator lamp in
the switch lights up.
2Rapid seat heating mode. Both indicator lamps in
the switch light up. After approximately 5 minutes
in the rapid seat heating mode, the seat heater
automatically switches to normal operation and only
one indicator lamp will stay on.
Turning off seat heater:
If one indicator lamp is on, press upper half of switch.
If both indicator lamps are on, press lower half of
switch.
If left on, the seat heater automatically turns off after
approximately 30 minutes of operation.
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Note:
When in operation, the seat heater consumes a large
amount of electrical power. It is not advisable to use the
seat heater longer than necessary.
The seat heaters may automatically switch off if too
many power consumers are switched on at the same
time, or if the battery charge is low. When this occurs,
the indicator lamp in the switch will blink (both
indicator lamps blink during rapid seat heating mode).
The seat heaters will switch on again automatically as
soon as sufficient voltage is available.
If the blinking of the indicator lamps is distracting to
you, the seat heaters can be switched off.
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Rear seat head restraints
Folding head restraints back in the rear passenger
compartment:
Push lock button (1). The head restraints will fold
backward.
Place head restraints upright
Placing head restraints upright:
Pull the head restraint forward until it locks into
position.
Angle of head restraints:
Two different head restraint angle positions are
available.
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Head restraint height
Raising:
Pull up on head restraint.
If the head restraint is fully lowered, press button (2) to
pull up.
Lowering:
Push button (2) and push down on head restraint.
Adjust head restraint to support the back of the head
approximately at ear level. The head restraint
inclination can also be adjusted manually.
Important!
For safety reasons, always drive with the rear head
restraints in upright position when the rear seats are
occupied.
Keep the area around head restraints clear of articles
(e.g. clothing) to not obstruct the folding operation of
the head restraints.
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Seat belts and integrated restraint system
Your vehicle is equipped with seat belts for all seats,
emergency tensioning retractors for all seat belts, dual
front airbags, door mounted side impact airbags, and
head protective window curtain airbags. Their
protective functions are designed to complement one
another.
Seat belts
Important!
Laws in most states and all Canadian provinces require
seat belt use.
All states and provinces require use of child restraints
that comply with U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213 and Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213.
All child restraints systems are designed to be secured
in vehicle seats by lap belts or the lap belt portion of a
lap-shoulder belt.
For your safety and that of your passengers we strongly
recommend their use.
Warning!
Children 12 years old and under must never ride in
the front seat, except in a Mercedes-Benz
authorized BabySmartTM compatible child seat,
which operates with the BabySmartTM system
installed in the vehicle to deactivate the passenger
side front airbag when it is properly installed.
Otherwise they will be struck by the airbag when it
inflates in a crash. If this happens, serious or fatal
injury will result.
According to accident statistics, children are safer
when properly restrained in the rear seating
positions than in the front seating positions.
Infants and small children must ride in back seats
and be seated in an appropriate infant or child
restraint system, which is properly secured with
the vehicle’s seat belt, fully in accordance with the
child seat manufacturer’s instructions.
A child’s risk of serious or fatal injuries is
significantly increased if the child restraints are
not properly secured in the vehicle and the child is
not properly secured in the child restraint.
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Seat belt nonusage warning system
With the electronic key in starter switch position 2, a
warning sounds for a short time if the driver’s seat belt
is not fastened.
Automatic comfort-fit seat belt:
An automatic comfort-fit feature for driver and front
passenger seat belt is activated when the electronic key
in the starter switch is turned to position 1 or 2.
The retraction force of the inertia reel is reduced,
increasing the level of seat belt comfort.
Note:
For cleaning and care of the seat belts see page 365.
Warn ing!
Never ride in a moving vehicle with the backrest
reclined. Sitting in an excessively reclined position
can be dangerous. You could slide under the seat
belt in a collision. If you slide under it, the belt
would apply force at the abdomen or neck. That
could cause serious or even fatal injuries. The
backrest and seat belt provide the best restraint
when the wearer is in an upright position and the
belt is properly positioned on the body.
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Failure to wear and properly fasten and position
your seat belt greatly increases your risk of
injuries and their likely severity in an accident.
You and your passengers should always wear seat
belts.
If you are ever in an accident, your injuries can be
considerably more severe without your seat belt
properly buckled. Without your seat belt buckled,
you are much more likely to hit the interior of the
vehicle or be ejected from it. You can be seriously
injured or killed.
In the same crash, the possibility of injury or death
is lessened if you are wearing your seat belt.
Warning!
Never let more people ride in the vehicle than there
are seat belts available. Be sure everyone riding in
the vehicle is correctly restrained with a separate
seat belt.
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Fastening seat belts
1Latch plate
2Buckle
3Release button
Push latch plate (1) into buckle (2) until it clicks. Do not
twist the belt. A twisted seat belt may cause injury.
The lap belt should be positioned as low as possible on
your hips and not across the abdomen.
Tighten the lap portion to a snug fit by pulling shoulder
portion up.
The shoulder portion of the seat belt must be pulled
snug and checked for snugness immediately after
engaging it.
Adjust seat belt so that shoulder portion is located as
close as possible to the middle of your shoulder (it
should not touch the neck). For this purpose, you can
adjust the height of the belt outlet.
Warning!
Always fasten your seat belt before driving off.
Always make sure your passengers are properly
restrained – even those sitting in the rear.
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4Button for belt outlet height adjustment
To raise, slide belt outlet upward.
To lower, press button (4) and slide belt outlet
downward.
Operation of seat belts
The inertia reel stops the belt from unwinding during
sudden stops or when quickly pulling on the belt.
The locking function of the reel may be checked by
quickly pulling out the belt.
Adjust seat belt so that shoulder portion is located as
close as possible to the middle of your shoulder (it
should not touch the neck).
Caution!
For safety reasons, avoid adjusting the seat or seat back
into positions which could affect the correct seat belt
positioning.
Unfastening of seat belts
Press release button (3) in the belt buckle (2).
Allow the retractor to completely rewind the seat belt by
guiding the latch plate (1).
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USE SEAT BELTS PROPERLY.
Seat belts can only work when used properly.
Never wear seat belts in any other way than as
described in this section, as that could result
in serious injuries in case of an accident.
Each occupant should wear their seat belt at all
times, because seat belts help reduce the
likelihood of and potential severity of injuries
in accidents, including rollovers. The
integrated restraint system includes “SRS”
(driver airbag, front passenger airbag, side
impact airbags, head protection window
curtain airbags for side windows), “ETR” (seat
belt emergency tensioning retractors), and
front seat knee bolsters. The system is
designed to enhance the protection offered to
properly belted occupants in certain frontal
(front airbags) and side (side impact and
window curtain airbags) impacts which exceed
preset deployment thresholds.
Never wear the shoulder belt under your arm,
against your neck or off your shoulder. In a
crash, your body would move too far forward.
That would increase the chance of head and
neck injuries. The belt would also apply too
much force to the ribs or abdomen, which
could severely injure internal organs such as
your liver or spleen.
Never wear belts over rigid or breakable
objects in or on your clothing, such as
eyeglasses, pens, keys etc., as these might
cause injuries.
Position the lap belt as low as possible on your
hips and not across the abdomen. If the belt is
positioned across your abdomen, it could cause
serious injuries in a crash.
Each seat belt should never be used for more
than one person at a time. Do not fasten a seat
belt around a person and another person or
other objects.
Belts should not be worn twisted. In a crash,
you wouldn’t have the full width of the belt to
manage impact forces. The twisted belt against
your body could cause injuries.
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Pregnant women should also use a lap-
shoulder belt. The lap belt portion should be
positioned as low as possible on the hips to
avoid any possible pressure on the abdomen.
Never place your feet on the instrument panel
or on the seat. Always keep both feet on the
floor in front of the seat.
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USE CHILD RESTRAINTS PROPERLY.
Children 12 years old and under must never ride in
the front seat, except in a Mercedes-Benz
authorized BabySmartTM compatible child seat,
which operates with the BabySmartTM system
installed in the vehicle to deactivate the passenger
front airbag when it is properly installed.
Otherwise they will be struck by the airbag when it
inflates in a crash. If this happens, serious or fatal
injury will result.
According to accident statistics, children are safer
when properly restrained in the rear seating
positions than in the front seating positions.
Infants and small children must ride in the back
seats and be seated in an appropriate infant or
child restraint system, which is properly secured
with the vehicle’s seat belt, fully in accordance
with the child seat manufacturer’s instructions.
A child’s risk of serious or fatal injuries is
significantly increased if the child restraints are
not properly secured in the vehicle and the child is
not properly secured in the child restraint.
Children too big for child restraint systems must
ride in back seats using regular seat belts. Position
shoulder belt across chest and shoulder, not face or
neck. A booster seat may be necessary to achieve
proper belt positioning.
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BabySmartTM airbag deactivation system
Special BabySmartTM compatible child seats, designed
for use with the Mercedes-Benz system and available at
any authorized Mercedes-Benz Center are required for
use with the BabySmartTM airbag deactivation system.
With the special child seat properly installed, the
passenger front airbag will not deploy.
The ü indicator lamp located in the center console
will be illuminated, except with electronic key removed
or in starter switch position 0. The system does not
deactivate the door mounted side impact airbag.
Self-test BabySmartTM without special child seat
installed
After turning electronic key in starter switch to
position 1 or 2, the ü indicator lamp located in the
center console comes on for approximately 6 seconds
and then extinguishes.
If the indicator lamp should not come on or is
continuously lit, the system is not functioning. You must
see an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center before seating
any child on the front passenger seat. See page 289 for
notes on the ü indicator lamp.
BabySmartTM is a trademark of Siemens Automotive Corp.
Warning!
The BabySmartTM airbag deactivation system will
ONLY work with a special child seat designed to
operate with it. It will not work with child seats
which are not BabySmartTM compatible.
Never place anything between seat cushion and
child seat (e.g. pillow), since it reduces the
effectiveness of the deactivation system. The
bottom of the child seat must make full contact
with the passenger seat cushion. An incorrectly
mounted child seat could cause injuries to the
child in case of an accident instead of protecting
the child.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for
installation of special child seats.
The passenger front airbag will not deploy only if
the ü indicator lamp remains illuminated.
Please be sure to check the indicator every time
you use the special system child seat. Should the
light go out while the restraint is installed, please
check installation. If the light remains out, do not
use the BabySmartTM restraint to transport children
on the front passenger seat until the system has
been repaired.
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Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)
Airbags are intended as a supplement to seat belts.
Airbags alone cannot protect as well as airbags plus
seat belts in impacts for which the airbags were
designed to operate, and do not afford any protection
whatsoever in crashes for which the airbags are not
designed to deploy.
The SRS uses two crash severity levels (thresholds) to
activate either the emergency tensioning retractor (ETR)
or front airbag or both. Activation depends on the
direction and severity of the impact exceeding the
preset thresholds and whether the seat belt is fastened.
Seat belt fastened
first threshold exceeded: ETR activates
second threshold exceeded: airbag also activates
Seat belt not fastened
Front seats:
first threshold exceeded: airbag activates, not ETR
Rear seats:
first threshold exceeded: ETR activates
Driver and front passenger and rear seat systems
operate independently of each other.
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Emergency tensioning retractor (ETR)
The seat belts for the front and rear seats are equipped
with emergency tensioning retractors. These tensioning
retractors are located in each belt’s inertia reel and
become operationally ready with the electronic key in
starter switch position 1 or 2.
The emergency tensioning retractors are designed to
activate only when the seat belts are fastened during
frontal impacts exceeding the first threshold of the SRS
They remove slack from the belts in such a way that the
seat belts fit more snugly against the body restricting its
forward movement as much as possible.
In cases of other frontal impacts, angled impacts, roll-
overs, certain side impacts, or other accidents without
sufficient frontal or rear impact forces, the emergency
tensioning retractors will not be activated. The driver
and passengers will then be protected by the fastened
seat belts and inertia reel in the usual manner.
Note:
The front passenger ETR activates only if the front
passenger seat is occupied.
Heavy objects on the front passenger seat can appear to
the “SRS” to indicate the presence of an occupant in
that seat which causes the passenger front airbag to
deploy and the ETR to activate in a crash exceeding the
appropriate threshold.
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Airbags
Front airbags
1Driver airbag
2Front passenger airbag
The most effective occupant restraint system yet
developed for use in production vehicles is the seat belt.
In some cases, however, the protective effect of a seat
belt can be further enhanced by an airbag.
In conjunction with wearing the seat belts, the driver
and front passenger airbags can provide increased
protection for the driver and front passenger in certain
frontal impacts exceeding preset thresholds.
Side impact and head protection window curtain airbags
can provide increased protection to belted occupants on
the impacted side of the vehicle in side impacts
exceeding its preset threshold.
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The operational readiness of the airbag system is
verified by the indicator lamp “SRS” in the instrument
cluster when turning the electronic key in starter switch
to position 1. When turning the electronic key in starter
switch to position 2 the indicator lamp “SRS” in the
instrument cluster comes on. If no fault is detected, the
lamp will go out when the engine is running. After the
lamp goes out, the system continues to monitor the
components and circuitry of the airbag system and will
indicate a malfunction by coming on again. If the lamp
does not come on at all or if it fails to extinguish or if it
comes on thereafter, a malfunction in the system has
been detected.
The following system components are monitored or
undergo a self-check: crash-sensor(s), airbag ignition
circuits, front seat belt buckles, emergency tensioning
retractors, seat sensor.
Have the system checked at your authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center immediately.
In the operational mode, after the indicator lamp has
gone out following the initial check, interruptions or
short circuits in the airbag ignition circuit and in the
driver and front passenger seat belt buckle harnesses,
and low voltage in the entire system are detected and
indicated.
Note:
See page 285 for information on the supplemental
restraint system (SRS) indicator lamp.
Warning!
In the event a malfunction of the “SRS” is indicated
as outlined above, the “SRS” may not be
operational. For your safety, we strongly
recommend that you visit an authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center immediately to have the
system checked; otherwise the “SRS” may not be
activated when needed in an accident, which could
result in serious or fatal injury, or it might deploy
unexpectedly and unnecessarily which could also
result in injury.
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The driver and passenger front airbags are designed to
activate only in certain frontal impacts exceeding a
preset threshold. The front passenger airbag deploys
only if the front passenger seat is occupied and the
ü indicator lamp in the center console is not
illuminated.
Note:
Heavy objects on the front passenger seat can appear to
the “SRS” to indicate the presence of an occupant in
that seat which causes the passenger front airbag to
deploy in a crash exceeding the appropriate threshold.
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Side impact airbags, window curtain airbags
3Side impact airbags
4Window curtain airbags
Side impact airbags
The side impact airbags are designed to activate only in
certain side impacts exceeding a preset threshold. Only
the side impact airbags on the impacted side of the
vehicle deploy.
The side impact airbag for the front passenger deploys
only if the front passenger seat is occupied.
The side impact airbag for the right rear passenger
deploys only if a preset threshold is exceeded. The side
impact airbag for the left rear passenger deploys
together with the side impact airbag for the driver.
Side impact airbags operate best in conjunction with a
properly positioned and fastened seat belt.
Note:
Heavy objects on front passenger seat can cause the
front passenger side impact airbag to deploy in a crash.
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Window curtain airbag
The head protection window curtain airbags afford
greater protection against injuries to the head and
upper body. They fill up in the area between the A and
C pillars (see arrows) between the side windows and an
occupant’s head.
The window curtain airbags are designed to activate
only in certain side impacts exceeding a preset
threshold. Only the head protection window curtain
airbag on the impacted side of the vehicle deploys.
Important!
Airbags are designed to activate only in certain
frontal (front airbags) impacts, or side (side impact
and head protection window curtain airbags)
impacts which exceed preset thresholds.
Only during these types of impacts, if of sufficient
severity to meet the deployment thresholds, will
they provide their supplemental protection.
The driver and passenger should always wear their
seat belts, otherwise it is not possible for the airbags
to provide their supplemental protection.
In cases of other frontal impacts, angled impacts,
roll-overs, other side impacts, rear collisions, or
other accidents, the airbags will not be activated.
The driver and passengers will then be protected by
the fastened seat belts.
We caution you not to rely on the presence of the
airbags in order to avoid wearing your seat belt.
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Your vehicle was originally equipped with airbags
which are designed to activate in certain impacts
exceeding a preset threshold to reduce the potential
and severity of injury. It is important to your safety
and that of your passenger that you replace deployed
airbags and repair any malfunctioning airbags to
ensure the vehicle will continue to provide crash
protection for occupants.
Warn ing!
Airbags are designed to reduce the potential of
injury in certain frontal (front airbags) impacts, or
side (side impact and head protection window
curtain airbags) impacts which may cause
significant injuries, however, no system available
today can totally eliminate injuries and fatalities.
The activation of the “SRS” temporarily releases a
small amount of dust from the airbags. This dust,
however, is neither injurious to your health, nor
does it indicate a fire in the vehicle. The dust might
cause some temporary breathing difficulty for
people with asthma or other breathing trouble. To
avoid this, you may wish to get out of the vehicle as
soon as it is safe to do so. If you have any breathing
difficulty but cannot get out of the vehicle after the
airbag inflates, then get fresh air by opening a
window or door.
Warning!
To reduce the risk of injury when the front airbags
inflate, it is very important for the driver and front
passenger to always be in a properly seated
position and to wear your seat belt.
For maximum protection in the event of a collision
always be in normal seated position with your back
against the backrest. Fasten your seat belt and
ensure that it is properly positioned on your body.
Since the airbag inflates with considerable speed
and force, a proper seating and hands on steering
wheel position will help to keep you at a safe
distance from the airbag. Occupants who are
unbelted, out of position or too close to the airbag
can be seriously injured by an airbag as it inflates
with great force in the blink of an eye:
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Sit properly belted in an upright position with
your back against the backrest.
Adjust the driver seat as far as possible
rearward, still permitting proper operation of
vehicle controls. The distance from the center
of the driver’s breastbone to the center of the
airbag cover on the steering wheel must be at
least ten inches (25 cm) or more. You should be
able to accomplish this by a combination of
adjustments to the seat and steering wheel. If
you have any problems, please see your
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
Do not lean with your head or chest close to the
steering wheel or dashboard.
Keep hands on the outside of steering wheel
rim. Placing hands and arms inside the rim
can increase the risk and potential severity of
hand /arm injury when driver front airbag
inflates.
Adjust the front passenger seat as far as
possible rearward from the dashboard when
the seat is occupied.
Occupants, especially children, should never
lean their heads in the area of the door where
the side airbag inflates. This could result in
serious injuries or death should the airbag be
triggered.
Children 12 years old and under must never
ride in the front seat, except in a
Mercedes-Benz authorized Baby SmartTM
compatible child seat, which operates with the
BabySmartTM system installed in the vehicle to
deactivate the passenger side front airbag
when it is properly installed. Otherwise they
will be struck by the airbag when it inflates in
a crash. If this happens, serious or fatal injury
can result.
Failure to follow these instructions can result in
severe injuries to you or other occupants.
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Warn ing!
Accident research shows that the safest place for
children in an automobile is in the rear seat.
Should you choose to place a child 12 years old or
under in the front passenger seat of your vehicle,
you must properly use a BabySmartTM child
restraint which will turn off the passenger side
front airbag. BabySmartTM will not, however, turn
off the vehicle’s side impact airbag.
It should be noted that with respect to both front
and rear side impact airbags there is a possibility
for a side airbag related injury if occupants,
especially children, are not properly seated or
restrained when next to a side airbag which needs
to deploy rapidly in a side impact in order to do its
job.
Warning!
To help avoid the possibility of injury, please follow
these guidelines: (1) occupants, especially
children, should never place their bodies or lean
their heads in the area of the door or rear quarter
trim panels where the side airbag inflates. This
could result in serious injuries or death should the
side airbag be activated; (2) always sit upright,
properly use the seat belts and use an
appropriately sized infant or child restraint system
for all children 12 years old or under; and (3)
always wear seat belts properly.
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Safety guidelines for the seat belt, emergency
tensioning retractor and airbag
Warn ing!
If you believe that, even with the use of these
guidelines, it would be safer for your rear seat
occupants to have both rear door mounted side
airbags deactivated, then deactivation can be
accomplished upon your written election to do so at
your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center at an
additional cost. Please contact your local
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center or call our
Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-FOR-
MERCedes (1-800-367-6372) for details.
Warning!
Damaged seat belts or belts that were highly
stressed in an accident must be replaced and
their anchoring points must also be checked.
Use only belts installed or supplied by an
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
Airbags and “ETR’s” are designed to function
on a one-time-only basis. An airbag or
emergency tensioning retractor (ETR) that was
activated must be replaced.
No modifications of any kind may be made to
any components or wiring of the “SRS”. This
includes changing or removing any component
or part of the “SRS”, the installation of
additional trim material, badges etc. over the
steering wheel hub, front passenger airbag
cover, door trim panels, or door frame trims,
and installation of additional electrical/
electronic equipment on or near “SRS”
components and wiring. Keep area between
airbags and occupants free from objects (e.g.
packages, purses, umbrellas, etc).
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When you sell your vehicle we strongly urge you to give
notice to the subsequent owner that it is equipped with
an “SRS” by alerting them to the applicable section in
the Operator’s Manual.
Do not pass belts over sharp edges.
Do not make any modification that could
change the effectiveness of the belts.
Do not hang items such as coat hangers from
the coat hooks or handles over the door. These
items may turn into projectiles and cause head
and other injuries when curtain airbag is
deployed.
An airbag system component within the
steering wheel gets hot after the airbag has
inflated. Do not touch.
Improper work on the system, including
incorrect installation and removal, can lead to
possible injury through an unintended
activation of the “SRS”.
In addition, through improper work there is a
risk of rendering the “SRS” inoperative or
causing unintended airbag deployment. Work
on the “SRS” must therefore only be performed
by an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
For your protection and the protection of
others, when scrapping the airbag unit or
emergency tensioning retractor, our safety
instructions must be followed. These
instructions are available from your
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
Given the considerable deployment speed and
the textile structure of the airbags, there is the
possibility of abrasions or other injuries
resulting from airbag deployment.
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Infant and child restraint systems
We recommend all infants and children be properly
restrained at all times while the vehicle is in motion. All
lap-shoulder belts except the driver seat belt have
special seat belt retractors for secure fastening of child
restraints.
To activate, pull shoulder belt out completely and let it
retract. During the seat belt retraction a ratcheting
sound can be heard to indicate that the special seat belt
retractor is activated. The belt is now locked.
To deactivate, release seat belt buckle and let seat belt
retract completely. The seat belt can again be used in
the usual manner.
Note:
For child seats with mounting fittings for tether
anchorages refer to page 84 (installation of infant and
child restraint systems).
Important!
The use of infant or child restraints is required by law in
all 50 states and all Canadian provinces.
Infants and small children should be seated in an
appropriate infant or child restraint system properly
secured by a lap-shoulder belt, and that complies with
U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 and
Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213.
A statement by the child restraint manufacturer of
compliance with this standard can be found on the
instruction label on the restraint and in the instruction
manual provided with the restraint.
When using any infant or child restraint system, be sure
to carefully read and follow all manufacturer’s
instructions for installation and use.
Please read and observe warning labels affixed to the
inside of the vehicle and to infant or child restraints.
Warn ing!
Never release the seat belt buckle while vehicle is
in motion, since the special seat belt retractor will
be deactivated.
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Children 12 years old and under must never ride in
the front seat, except in a Mercedes-Benz
authorized BabySmartTM compatible child seat,
which operates with the BabySmartTM system
installed in the vehicle to deactivate the passenger
front airbag when it is properly installed.
Otherwise they will be struck by the airbag when it
inflates in a crash. If this happens, serious or fatal
injury can result.
According to accident statistics, children are safer
when properly restrained in the rear seating
positions than in the front seating positions.
Infants and small children must ride in back seats
and be seated in an appropriate infant or child
restraint system, which is properly secured with
the vehicle’s seat belt, fully in accordance with the
child seat manufacturer’s instructions.
Infants and small children should never share a
seat belt with another occupant. During an
accident, they could be crushed between the
occupant and seat belt.
Children too big for child restraint systems must
ride in back seats using regular seat belts. Position
shoulder belt across chest and shoulder, not face or
neck. A booster seat may be necessary to achieve
proper belt positioning for children from 41 lbs. to
the point where a lap/shoulder belt fits properly
without one.
When the child restraint is not in use, remove it
from the vehicle or secure it with the seat belt to
prevent the child restraint from becoming a
projectile in the event of an accident.
Do not leave children unattended in the vehicle;
even if the children are secured in a child restraint
system. Unsupervised children in a child restraint
system may use vehicle equipment and may cause
serious personal injury.
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Installation of infant and child restraint systems
The anchorage rings (1) are located on the back side of
rear backrests.
Prior to installing a tether strap, fold backrest forward
(page 215), guide tether strap through head restraints
and rear shelf. Be carefully that the tether strap is not
twisted.
Fold backrest back until it locks in place.
Fold up the anchorage rings (2).
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Always lock backrest in its upright position when
rear seat bench is occupied by passengers, or the
extended cargo area is not in use. Check for secure
locking by pushing and pulling on the backrest.
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To secure a tether strap to the anchorage, securely
fasten the hook (3), which is part of the tether strap, to
the anchorage ring (2). For safety, please make sure that
the hook has attached to the ring beyond the safety
catch, as illustrated.
Child seat mounts – “LATCH” type
This vehicle is provided with two “LATCH” (LOWER
Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) type mounts (at
each of the rear seats) for the installation of a “LATCH”
child seat having the matching mounting fittings. The
mounts can be folded back between the seat cushion
and the backrest.
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To install a “LATCH” type child seat, the mounts (1)
must be folded forward until they lock in place. To do so,
grip inner side of mounts and fold forward. Install child
seat according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
The child seat must be firmly attached in the right and
left side mounting fittings (1).
To fold mounts (1) back, press down button (2) on each
mount and return mount into its catch.
Non-“LATCH” type child seats may also be used and are
capable of being installed using the vehicle’s seat belt
system. Install child seat according to the
manufacturer’s instructions.
Warning!
The “LATCH” mounting fittings are intended for
children up to 22 kg (50 lbs) in weight.
Children too big for child restraint systems must
ride in back seats using regular seat belts. Position
shoulder belt across chest and shoulder, not face or
neck. A booster seat may be necessary to achieve
proper belt positioning for children from 41 lbs. to
the point where a lap/shoulder belt fits properly
without one.
Before installing the child seat, make sure the
mounting fittings (1) are folded out and locked in
place.
Install child seat according to manufacturer’s
instructions.
The child seat must be firmly attached in the right
and left side mounting fittings (1).
An incorrectly mounted child seat may come loose
during an accident.
Damaged or impact damaged child seats or child
seat mounting fittings must be replaced.
Do not leave children unattended in the vehicle,
even if the children are secured in a child restraint
system.
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Steering wheel adjustment (manual) Unlocking:
Pull handle (1) out to its stop.
Adjusting:
Move steering wheel to the desired position.
Locking:
Push handle (1) in until it engages.
Important!
Do not drive the vehicle until you have properly locked
the steering column.
See “STEERING WHEEL ADJUST” on page 308 for
malfunction and warning messages in the multifunction
display.
Warn ing!
Do not adjust the steering wheel while driving.
Adjusting the steering wheel while driving, or
driving without the adjustment locked could cause
the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
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Steering wheel adjustment (electrical)
(optional)
To adjust the steering wheel position, turn the electronic
key in starter switch to position 1 or 2. With the driver’s
door open, the steering wheel can also be operated with
the electronic key removed or in starter switch
position 0.
The switch is located on the driver’s door.
1Steering column, lengthen or shorten column
Move the switch to the front or rear.
2Steering column, height
Move the switch up or down.
Note:
The steering wheel adjustment can be stored together
with the seat and exterior mirror adjustment.
See page 93 for notes on the memory function.
Warn ing!
Do not adjust the steering wheel while driving.
Adjusting the steering wheel while driving could
cause the driver to lose the control of the vehicle.
When leaving the vehicle always remove the
electronic key from the starter switch and lock your
vehicle.
The steering wheel adjustment feature can also be
operated with the driver’s door open. Do not leave
children unattended in the vehicle, or with access
to an unlocked vehicle. Unsupervised use of vehicle
equipment may cause serious personal injury.
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Rear view mirrors
Inside rear view mirror
Manually adjust the mirror.
Inside rear view mirror, automatic antiglare
With the electronic key in starter switch position 2, the
mirror reflection brightness responds to changes in
light sensitivity.
With the gear selector lever in position “R”, or with the
interior light switched on, the mirror brightness does
not respond to changes in light sensitivity.
Note:
The automatic antiglare function does not react, if
incoming light is not aimed directly at sensors in the
mirror.
Warning!
In the case of an accident liquid electrolyte may
escape the mirror housing when the mirror glass
breaks.
Electrolyte has an irritating effect. Do not allow the
liquid come into contact with eyes, skin, clothing,
or respiratory system. In cases it does, immediately
flush affected area with water, and seek medical
help if necessary.
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Exterior rear view mirrors
The buttons are located above the exterior lamp switch.
The memory button (4) is located on the driver’s door.
Exterior rear view mirror adjustment
Turn the electronic key in starter switch to position 1
or 2.
Push button to select mirror to be adjusted:
Driver’s side – Push button (1).
Passenger side – Push button (2).
Push the adjustment button (3) up, down, left or right
according to the setting desired.
Notes:
The exterior rear view mirrors have electrically heated
glass. The heater switches on automatically, depending
on outside temperature.
If an exterior mirror housing is forcibly pivoted from its
normal position, it must be repositioned by applying
firm pressure until it snaps into place.
Storing rear view mirror positions in memory
(only vehicles with memory function)
The exterior rear view mirror positions are stored in
memory with the seat/steering wheel adjustment and
can be recalled when necessary. See page 93 for notes
on the memory function.
Warn ing!
Exercise care when using the passenger side
exterior mirror. The mirror surface is convex
(outwardly curved surface for a wider field of
view). Objects in mirror are closer than they
appear. Check your inside rear view mirror or
glance over your shoulder before changing lanes.
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Parking position exterior mirror
(only vehicles with memory function)
The passenger side exterior mirror can be adjusted and
programmed to assist the driver during parking
maneuvers (e.g. to observe the curb or other objects
close to the vehicle).
With the electronic key in starter switch position 2, and
the exterior rear view mirror switch in the passenger
side position, the passenger side mirror will be turned
downward when placing the gear selector lever in “R”
reverse.
Note:
For activating the mirror adjustment, see under
individual setting menu “CONVENIENCE” – “MIRROR
SETTING WHEN PARKING”, on page 134.
The passenger side mirror will return to its previous
position:
immediately at speeds above approx. 6 mph
(10 km/h) – independent of the engaged gear,
after 10 seconds when shifting gear selector lever
from “R” Reverse,
by pressing the driver’s side mirror button %.
To store passenger mirror parking position:
1. The vehicle must be stationary.
Turn the electronic key in starter switch to
position 1 or 2.
2. Select passenger side mirror & and adjust the
mirror to view the curb.
3. Push the memory button “M” (4).
4. Within 3 seconds push bottom of adjustment
button (3).
The mirror should not move.
Repeat the memory procedure if the mirror moves.
Note:
One stored parking position is available for each of the
two electronic keys.
This is only possible if you select “ON” in the menu,
“SETTINGS KEY-DEPENDENT”, see under individual
setting menu “CONVENIENCE” – “SETTINGS KEY-
DEPENDENT”, see page 134.
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Driver’s side exterior rear view mirror,
antiglare mode
With the electronic key in starter switch position 2, the
mirror reflection brightness responds to changes in
light sensitivity.
With the gear selector lever in position “R”, or with the
interior light switched on, the mirror brightness does
not respond to changes in light sensitivity.
Note:
The automatic antiglare function does not react, if
incoming light is not aimed directly at sensors in the
inside rear view mirror.
Important!
Electrolyte drops coming into contact with the vehicle
paint finish can only be completely removed while in
their liquid state, by applying plenty of water.
Warning!
In the case of an accident liquid electrolyte may
escape the mirror housing when the mirror glass
breaks.
Electrolyte has an irritating effect. Do not allow the
liquid come into contact with eyes, skin, clothing,
or respiratory system. In cases it does, immediately
flush affected area with water, and seek medical
help if necessary.
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Memory function (optional)
The memory and stored position buttons are located on
the doors.
1Memory button, used to store selected positions
which can be retrieved by pressing
2Stored position button
Turn to position “1”, “2”, or “3”
Together with the driver’s seat position you can store
the positions for steering wheel and exterior rear view
mirrors.
For the front passenger you can store the seat position.
Three stored positions for the driver’s seat are available
for each of the two electronic keys.
This is only possible if you select “ON” in the menu,
“SETTINGS KEY-DEPENDENT”, see under individual
setting menu “CONVENIENCE” – “SETTINGS KEY-
DEPENDENT”, see page 134.
Warning!
Do not activate the memory function while driving.
Activating the memory function while driving
could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
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Storing positions into memory:
With the electronic key in starter switch position 1 or 2
or with the relevant door open and the electronic key
inserted in the starter switch.
Adjust the seat to the desired position.
Driver’s seat:
You can also adjust the steering wheel and the exterior
mirrors electrically for the driver’s seat. See page 90 for
exterior rear view mirror adjustment and page 88 for
steering wheel adjustment.
Turn button (2) to selected memory position.
Push memory button (1), release and push the position
button (2) within 3 seconds.
Recalling positions from memory:
To recall a seat /steering wheel/exterior rear view
mirror position, turn button (2) to selected memory
position and press to recall.
The seat/ steering wheel/exterior rear view mirror
movement stops when the button is released.
Caution!
Do not operate the power seats using the memory
button if the backrest is in an excessively reclined
position. Doing so could cause damage to front or rear
seats.
First move backrest to an upright position.
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Important!
Prior to operating the vehicle, the driver should check
and adjust if necessary the seat height, seat position
fore and aft, and backrest angle to insure adequate
control, reach and comfort. The head restraint should
also be adjusted for proper height. See also airbag
section for proper seat positioning.
In addition, also adjust the steering wheel to ensure
adequate control, reach, operation and comfort. Both the
inside and outside rear view mirrors should be adjusted
for adequate rearward vision.
Fasten seat belts. Infants and small children should be
seated in a properly secured restraint system that
complies with U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213 and Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213.
All seat, head restraint, steering wheel, and rear view
mirror adjustments as well as fastening of seat belts
should be done before the vehicle is put into motion.
Warning!
Children 12 years old and under must never ride in
the front seat, except in a Mercedes-Benz
authorized BabySmartTM compatible child seat,
which operates with the BabySmartTM system
installed in the vehicle to deactivate the passenger
side front airbag when it is properly installed.
Otherwise they will be struck by the airbag when it
inflates in a crash. If this happens, serious or fatal
injury can result.
According to accident statistics, children are safer
when properly restrained in the rear seating
positions than in the front seating positions.
Infants and small children must ride in back seats
and be seated in an appropriate infant or child
restraint system, which is properly secured with
the vehicle’s seat belt, fully in accordance with the
child seat manufacturer’s instructions.
A child’s risk of serious or fatal injuries is
significantly increased if the child restraints are
not properly secured in the vehicle and the child is
not properly secured in the child restraint.
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1Knob for instrument cluster illumination,
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Reset knob for trip odometer, see page 101 and
individual settings, see page 121
2Tachometer
3Speedometer
4Left turn signal indicator lamp, see combination
switch on page 148
5Electronic stability program (ESP) warning lamp,
see page 288
6Indicator lamp without function. It illuminates with
the electronic key in starter switch position 2. It
should go out when the engine is running.
7Right turn signal indicator lamp, see combination
switch on page 148
8Indicator lamp without function. It illuminates with
the electronic key in starter switch position 2. It
should go out when the engine is running.
9Multifunction display, see page 102
Malfunction and warning messages in the
multifunction display, see page 290
10 Trip odometer, see page 101 and 106
11 Main odometer, see page 106
12 Display for program mode and gear range
indicators, page 249
13 Malfunction/warning message memory,
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14 Outside temperature indicator, see page 100
15 Digital clock
To set the time, see individual settings on page 121
16 Fuel gauge with reserve warning lamp, see page 286
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Indicator lamps in the instrument cluster
High beam, see page 148
ABS malfunction, see page 287
Brake fluid low (except Canada).
Parking brake engaged, see page 284
ESP. Adjust driving to road condition,
see page 288
Fasten seat belts, see page 288
SRS malfunction, see page 285
Engine malfunction indicator lamp. If the
malfunction indicator lamp comes on when
the engine is running, it indicates a
malfunction of the fuel management system,
emission control system, systems which
impact emissions, or the fuel cap is not
closed tight. In all cases, we recommend that
you have the malfunction checked as soon as
possible, see page 283
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Activating instrument cluster display
The instrument cluster is activated by:
Opening the door1.
Pressing button (1) on the instrument cluster1.
Turning the electronic key in starter switch to
position 1 or 2.
Switching on the exterior lamps.
Instrument cluster illumination
The instrument cluster illumination is dimmed or
brightened automatically to suit daylight lighting
conditions.
The instrument cluster illumination will also be
adjusted when the vehicle’s exterior lamps are switched
on.
1 The instrument cluster is activated for approximately 30 seconds.
Display illumination, changing basic settings for driving
at dusk or in darkness:
Rotate adjusting knob (1) clockwise – instrument lamp
intensity increases.
Rotate adjusting knob (1) counterclockwise –
instrument lamp intensity decreases.
Note:
It is not possible to select a basic brightness setting in
daylight – the intensity is adjusted automatically.
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Outside temperature indicator (14)
The temperature sensor is located in the front bumper
area. Due to its location, the sensor can be affected by
road or engine heat during idling or slow driving. This
means that the accuracy of the displayed temperature
can only be verified by comparison to a thermometer
placed next to the sensor, not by comparison to external
displays (e.g. bank signs etc.).
Adaption to ambient temperature takes place in steps
and depends on the prevailing driving conditions (stop-
and-go or moderate, constant driving) and amount of
temperature change.
Note:
The unit for the temperature indicator display can be set
in the individual setting menu “INSTRUMENT
CLUSTER” – “TEMP. INDICATOR” on page 121.
Warn ing!
The outside temperature indicator is not designed
to serve as an Ice-Warning Device and is therefore
unsuitable for that purpose. Indicated
temperatures just above the freezing point do not
guarantee that the road surface is free of ice.
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Trip odometer (10)
To reset to “0” miles/km:
Activate the instrument cluster if it is not already
activated, see page 99.
Press button è or ÿ on the multifunction
steering wheel repeatedly until the trip odometer
appears if it is not displayed. See page 106.
Press and hold button (1) on the instrument cluster, see
page 99.
Tachometer (2)
The red marking on the tachometer denotes excessive
engine speed.
Avoid this engine speed, as it may result in serious
engine damage that is not covered by the
Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
To help protect the engine, the fuel supply is interrupted
if the engine is operated within the red marking.
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Depending on your vehicle’s equipment, you may use
the buttons on the multifunction steering wheel to call
up, control and set the following systems in the
multifunction display:
1Trip odometer and main odometer, see page 101 and
page 106
Flexible service system (FSS), see page 138
Vehicle speed, see page 106
Coolant temperature gauge, see page 137
Engine oil level indicator, see page 141
2Audio systems, see page 108
Radio, seepage108
CD player, see page 109
Cassette player, see page 110
3Navigation system, see page 116
4Malfunction message memory, see page 119
5Individual settings, see page 121
6Trip computer, see page 117
After start
After reset
Fuel tank content
7Telephone, see page 111
Press the è or ÿ button repeatedly until the
required system is displayed.
The display advances by one system each time the
button is pressed.
You may call up additional displays within some of these
categories by pressing the j or k button.
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Note:
The displays in the multifunction display can be set to
German, English, French, Italian or Spanish language.
See the individual setting menu “INSTRUMENT
CLUSTER” – “TEXT” on page 121 for instructions on
changing the language setting.
The displays for the audio systems (radio, CD player,
cassette player) will appear in English, regardless of the
language selected.
Warn ing!
A driver’s attention to the road must always be his/
her primary focus when driving.
For your safety and the safety of others, selecting
features through the multifunction steering wheel
should only be done by the driver when traffic and
road conditions permit it to be done safely.
Bear in mind that at a speed of just 30 mph
(approximately 50 km/h), your vehicle is covering
a distance of approximately 50 feet (approximately
14 m) every second.
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1Multifunction display
2Multifunction steering wheel
Turn the electronic key in starter switch to position 1
or 2.
Press button:
3è for next system
4ÿ for previous system
5j for next display in system
6k for previous display in system
7æ to increase the volume, see page 136
8ç to decrease the volume, see page 136
9í to dial a telephone number, see page 111
10 ì to end a call
See page 111 for telephone and page 115 for
instructions on answering an incoming call.
11 Horn pad
Press the è or ÿ button repeatedly until the
required system is displayed.
The display advances by one system each time the
button is pressed.
You may call up additional displays in some systems by
pressing the j or k button.
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Trip and main odometer and sub menu
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1Trip odometer and main odometer
See page 101 for instructions on resetting the trip
odometer.
2Coolant temperature gauge, see page 137
3Vehicle speed if “SPEED DISP.” is selected in the
individual setting menu “INSTRUMENT CLUSTER” -
“SELECT DISPLAY”, refer to page 124
Outside temperature if “OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE”
is selected in the individual setting menu
“INSTRUMENT CLUSTER” - “SELECT DISPLAY”, see
page 124
4FSS (Flexible service system), see page 138
5Engine oil level indicator, see page 141
Press è or ÿ button repeatedly until the trip
odometer and main odometer display (1) appears.
Press the j or k button repeatedly until the
required display (2, 3, 4, 5, 1) appears.
Pressing the è or ÿ button displays the next or
previous system.
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Audio systems
Radio
1Audio system is switched off.
2The radio is switched on.
3Wave band setting and memory location number,
where appropriate.
4Station name setting or station frequency.
5This only appears when “MEMORY” rather than
“STATION SEARCH” has been selected in the setting
menu “VEHICLE” – “PRESS BUTTON IN AUDIO
MODE”, page 132.
The radio must be switched on.
Press the è or ÿ button repeatedly until
display (2) appears.
Press button j or k repeatedly until the required
station or frequency is displayed.
Use the j of k button to select a stored station or
station frequency. This depends on the selection made
in the setting menu “PRESS BUTTON IN AUDIO MODE”.
See individual settings, page 132.
Pressing the è or ÿ button displays the next or
previous system.
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CD player 1Radio system is switched off.
2The CD player is switched on.
3The number of the CD currently playing is displayed
if you are using a CD changer.
4Track number.
“TITLE” appears on vehicles with COMAND system.
“TRACK” appears on vehicles with audio system.
The radio must be switched on.
The CD player must be switched on.
Press the è or ÿ button repeatedly until
display (2) appears.
Press the j or k button repeatedly until the
required track number (4) is displayed.
Pressing the è or ÿ button displays the next or
previous system.
Note:
To select a CD from the magazine, press a number on
the audio system or the (optional) COMAND system key
pad located in the center dashboard.
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Cassette player 1Audio system is switched off.
2The cassette player is switched on.
3Side being played.
The radio must be switched on.
The cassette player must be switched on.
Press the è or ÿ button repeatedly until
display (2) appears.
Pressing the j button fast forward on to the next
track.
Pressing the k button rewinds the cassette to the
beginning of the current track.
Pressing the è or ÿ button displays the next or
previous system.
Notes:
To select the reverse side of the tape, press button below
track number on the audio system display, or enter
request on the (optional) COMAND system located in
the center dashboard.
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Telephone
Telephone book
1The telephone is switched off.
2The vehicle is currently outside the transmitter or
receiver range.
3The telephone is ready for use.
4Name selected from the telephone book.
5Number for the name selected. The dialing
commences.
6Dialing is completed. The name is displayed. The
display remains for the duration of the call.
7Duration of call
8Memory location number
9Signal strength (in top right corner):
Vehicles with audio system:
the higher the number, the stronger the signal
received from the net.
Vehicles with COMAND (in top left corner):
the higher the number of bars, the stronger the
signal received from the net.
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The telephone must be switched on.
Press the è or ÿ button repeatedly until the
display (3) appears. See the separate telephone
instructions manual.
Pressing j or k “browses” alphabetically forward
or backward through the telephone book, providing it
was previously downloaded. See telephone operator’s
manual for details concerning downloading. Pressing
button j or k for longer than a second “browses”
rapidly through the telephone book. The name selected
appears in the display.
Note:
Press the ì button if you do not wish to make a call.
The procedure is cancelled and display (4) appears.
Press the í button when the name you require
appears in the display (4). The telephone number (5) is
dialed.
The name will be displayed when dialing is completed.
Display (6) remains for the duration of the call.
Pressing the ì button hangs up and display (3)
appears.
Pressing the è or ÿ button displays the next or
previous system.
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Redialing 1The telephone is ready for use.
2Number or name stored in the redial memory.
3Number in the redial memory — redialing has
commenced.
4Dialing is completed and the name stored in the
telephone book is displayed or the number dialed
will remain displayed if no name has been store. The
display remains for the duration of the call.
5Signal strength:
Vehicles with audio system (in top right corner):
the higher the number, the stronger the signal
received from the net.
Vehicles with COMAND (in top left corner):
the higher the number of bars, the stronger the
signal received from the net.
6Memory location numbers — the 10 most recently
dialed numbers are stored.
L0, most recently dialed number,
L1 to L9, previously dialed numbers.
7Duration of call.
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The telephone must be switched on.
Press the è or ÿ button repeatedly until the
display (1) appears.
Pressing the í button activates the redial memory
and the most recently dialed number is displayed.
Pressing the j or k button “browses” forward or
backward through the redial memory. The number
selected appears in the display.
Note:
Press the ì button if you do not wish to make a call.
The procedure is cancelled and display (1) appears.
Press the í button when the required number or
name appears in the display (2).
The telephone number (3) is dialed.
Once dialing is complete the name (4) is displayed if the
name is stored in the telephone book; failing that the
number dialed will remain displayed. The display
remains for the duration of the call.
Pressing the ì button hangs up and display (1)
appears.
Pressing the è or ÿ button displays the next or
previous system.
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Incoming call
The telephone must be switched on.
1“CALL” — you are being called.
2Signal strength:
Vehicles with audio system (in top right corner):
the higher the number, the stronger the phone
signal received by the antenna.
Vehicles with COMAND (in top left corner):
the higher the number of bars, the stronger the
phone signal received by the antenna.
Press the í button to answer the call.
Press the ì button to hang up or if you do not wish
to answer the incoming call.
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Navigation system 1 The navigation system is switched off.
2The navigation system is switched on but no
destination has been specified.
3The navigation system is switched on and
destination guidance is active.
Press the è or ÿ button repeatedly until the
required system is displayed.
See the separate COMAND (Cockpit Management and
Data System) operator’s manual for notes on the
navigation system.
Pressing the è or ÿ button displays the next or
previous system.
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Trip computer 1 “AFTER START — short distance memory
2“AFTER RESET” — long distance memory
3Estimated range remaining
4Distance covered “AFTER START” or
“AFTER RESET”
5Elapsed time “AFTER START” or “AFTER RESET”
6Average speed “AFTER START” or “AFTER RESET”
7Average fuel consumption “AFTER START” or
“AFTER RESET”
Press the button è or ÿ repeatedly until the
display (1, 2 or 3) appears.
Press the j or k button until the “AFTER START”
short distance memory (1), the “AFTER RESET” long
distance memory (2) and estimated range remaining
indicator (3) appears.
Pressing the è or ÿ button displays the next or
previous system.
Note:
The display (1) always appears the next time the trip
computer is called up.
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To reset the short “AFTER START” (1) or long
“AFTER RESET” distance memory (2):
Call up the relevant display (1 or 2) using the j or
k button and press the reset knob on the instrument
cluster, see page 96, until the values are reset to “0”.
Note:
The “AFTER START” trip odometer reading is
automatically reset after four hours of electronic key not
being in starter switch position 1 or 2.
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Malfunction/warning message memory 1 There are no messages stored in the system.
2Number of messages stored in the system.
3There are messages stored in the system.
Press the è or ÿ button repeatedly until the
message memory (1 or 2) is displayed.
Press the j or k button if display (2) appears.
The stored messages will now be displayed in order.
See page 290 for malfunction and warning messages.
Display (2) will reappear after you have scanned all the
malfunction and warning messages.
Should any malfunction or warning messages be stored
while driving, they will reappear in the display (2) when
the electronic key is in starter switch position 0 or
removed from the starter switch.
The malfunction or warning messages will now be
displayed for approximately 5 seconds each.
Pressing the reset knob on the instrument cluster
(see page 96) displays the malfunction and warning
messages once more.
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The message memory will be cleared when the
electronic key is turned in the starter switch to
position 1 or 2. Should any subsequent faults occur,
they will be displayed in the message memory.
Pressing the è or ÿ button displays the next or
previous system.
Important!
Malfunction and warning messages are only indicated
for certain systems and displayed to a low level of detail.
The malfunction and warning messages are simply a
reminder with respect to the operation of certain
systems and do not replace the driver’s responsibility to
maintain the vehicle’s operating safety by having all
required maintenance and safety checks performed on
the vehicle and by bringing the vehicle to an authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center to address the malfunction and
warning messages. See page 290, for malfunction and
warning messages.
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Individual settings 1 Preliminary display of the individual settings.
2“SETTINGS” – the requested menu can be called up
in this options menu:
“INSTRUMENT CLUSTER”, see page 124.
“LIGHTING”, see page 128.
“VEHICLE”, see page 132.
“CONVENIENCE”, see page 134.
The four menus contain additional submenus.
Individual settings can be selected in these
submenus.
3See below for instructions on returning the setting
menus to the factory settings.
4Acknowledgment.
Note:
The displayed menu “SETTINGS” depends on the
equipment of the vehicle.
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Press the è or ÿ button repeatedly until the
individual setting preliminary display (1) appears.
Press the j or k button until the setting menu
“SETTINGS” (2) is displayed.
Pressing the æ or ç button controls the selection
marker in the setting menu.
“INSTRUMENT CLUSTER”, see page 124.
“LIGHTING”, see page 128.
“VEHICLE”, see page 132.
“CONVENIENCE”, see page 134
Pressing the è or ÿ button displays the next or
previous system.
Note:
These settings may only be performed with the
electronic key in starter switch position 1 or 2.
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To return menu “SETTINGS” (2) to its factory
setting:
Call up the individual setting preliminary
display (1) or display (2).
Press the reset knob on the instrument cluster
(see page 96) for approximately 3 seconds.
Display (3) will appear.
Press the reset knob on the instrument cluster once
more. The menu “SETTINGS” is reset to factory
settings, acknowledged by display (4).
The individual setting preliminary display (1) will
appear if you do not press the reset knob on the
instrument cluster within about 5 seconds. The
setting menus will not be reset.
Note:
For safety reasons, the individual setting “LIGHT
CIRCUIT HEADLAMP MODE” in menu “LIGHTING”
cannot be reset while driving, see page 131. If an
attempt is made, the message “LIGHTING” – “CANNOT
BE COMPLETELY RESET TO FACTORY SETTINGS
WHILE DRIVING” will be displayed.
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“INSTRUMENT CLUSTER”
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1Preliminary display of the individual settings
2“SETTINGS” – the individual setting menu
“INSTRUMENT CLUSTER” can be called up in this
options menu.
Pressing button æ or ç on the multifunction
steering wheel controls the selection marker.
3“SET TIME HOURS:1
4“SET TIME MINUTES”1
5“12/24 O‘CLOCK” – the unit set is displayed in the
instrument cluster display
6“TEMP. INDICATOR” – the unit set is displayed in
the outside temperature display, in the instrument
cluster and in the automatic air conditioner display.
7“DISPLAY VALUES IN” – the unit set is displayed in
the multifunction display (except speedometer).
8“TEXT” – sets the language used in the
multifunction display
1 Only vehicles without COMAND.
Vehicles with COMAND, see separate operator’s manual.
9“SELECT DISPLAY” – The selection “SPEED DISP.”
respectively “OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE” is
permanently displayed in the multifunction display.
“SPEED DISP.” can be used to display, for instance,
the present speed in km/h if the setting menu (7)
“DISPLAY VALUES IN” is set to indicate km.
10 See page 127 for instructions on returning the
individual setting menu “INSTRUMENT CLUSTER”
to the factory setting.
11 Acknowledgment.
Note:
Vehicles with COMAND:
For setting clock and speedometer units, see separate
COMAND operator’s manual.
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Press the è or ÿ button repeatedly until the
individual setting preliminary display (1) appears.
Press the j or k button until the setting menu
“SETTINGS” (2) is displayed.
Press button æ or ç until the individual setting
menu “INSTRUMENT CLUSTER” is selected by the
selection marker.
Press the j or k button until the required
display (3 to 9) is displayed.
Pressing the æ or ç button sets the time in
setting menus (3, 4) and controls the selection marker
in the setting menus (5 to 9).
The settings made are stored and applied immediately.
The individual setting preliminary display (1) will
appear again after you have run through all the setting
menus. Pressing the è or ÿ button displays the
next or previous system.
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To return menu “INSTRUMENT CLUSTER” (5 to 9) to
its factory setting:
Call up one of the setting menus(3 to 9).
Press the reset knob on the instrument cluster, see
page 96, for approximately 3 seconds. Display (10)
will appear.
Press the reset knob on the instrument cluster once
more. The individual setting menu “INSTRUMENT
CLUSTER” is reset to factory settings, acknowledged
by display (11).
The individual setting display “SETTINGS” (2) will
appear if you do not press the reset knob on the
instrument cluster within about 5 seconds. The
setting menus will not be reset.
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1Preliminary display of the individual settings
2“SETTINGS” – in this options menu you can call up
the individual setting menu “LIGHTING”.
Pressing button æ or ç on the multifunction
steering wheel controls the selection marker.
3“LIGHT CIRCUIT HEADLAMP MODE”1,2,
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4“LOCATOR LIGHTING”, see page 147.
5“HEADLAMPS DELAYED SWITCH-OFF”, see “Night
security illumination” on page 146.
6“INT. ILLUMINATION DELAYED SWITCH-OFF”, see
“Interior lighting” on page 203.
7Returning the individual setting menu “LIGHTING”
to the factory setting.
8Acknowledgment.
1Except Canada
2 For safety reasons, setting only possible while vehicle is standing
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Press the è or ÿ button repeatedly until the
individual setting menu preliminary display (1)
appears.
Press the j or k button until the individual
setting menu “SETTINGS” (2) is displayed.
Press button æ or ç until the menu “LIGHTING”
is selected by the selection marker.
Press the j or k button until the required
display (3 to 6) is displayed. Pressing the æ or ç
button controls the selection marker. The settings made
are stored and applied immediately.
The individual setting preliminary display (1) will
appear again after you have run through all the setting
menus. Pressing the è or ÿ button displays the
next or previous system.
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To return menu “LIGHTING” (3 to 6) to its factory
setting:
Call up menu (3 to 6).
Press the reset knob on the instrument cluster (see
page 96) in the instrument cluster for approximately
3 seconds. Display (7) will appear.
Press the reset knob on the instrument cluster once
more. The individual setting menu “LIGHTING” is
reset to factory settings, acknowledged by
display (8).
The individual setting display “SETTINGS” (2) will
appear if you do not press the reset knob on the
instrument cluster within about 5 seconds. The
setting menus will not be reset.
Note:
For safety reasons, the individual setting “LIGHT
CIRCUIT HEADLAMP MODE” in menu “LIGHTING”
cannot be reset while driving. If an attempt is made, the
message “LIGHTING” – “CANNOT BE COMPLETELY
RESET TO FACTORY SETTINGS WHILE DRIVING” will
be displayed.
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“VEHICLE” (audio and central locking system)
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1Preliminary display of the individual settings
2“SETTINGS” – in this options menu you can call up
the individual setting menu “VEHICLE”.
Pressing button æ or ç on the multifunction
steering wheel controls the selection marker.
3“PRESS BUTTON IN AUDIO MODE”
– radio adjustment “STATION SEARCH”: use
the j or k button to select a frequency.
– radio adjustment “MEMORY”: use the j
or k button to select a stored station (preset
memory).
4“AUTOMATIC DOOR LOCK”, see automatic central
locking on page 40.
5Returning the individual setting menu “VEHICLE”
to the factory setting.
6Acknowledgment.
Press the è or ÿ button repeatedly until the
individual setting preliminary display (1) appears.
Press the j or k button until the setting menu
“SETTINGS” (2) is displayed.
Press button æ or ç until the individual setting
menu “VEHICLE” is selected by the selection marker.
Press the j or k button until the required
display (3 to 4) is displayed. Pressing the æ or ç
button controls the selection marker. The settings made
are stored and applied immediately.
The individual setting preliminary display (1) will
appear again after you have run through all the setting
menus. Pressing the è or ÿ button displays the
next or previous system.
To return menu “VEHICLE” (3 and 4) to its factory
setting:
Call up menu (3 or 4).
Press the reset knob on the instrument cluster (see
page 96) in the instrument cluster for approximately
3 seconds. Display (5) will appear.
Press the reset knob on the instrument cluster once
more. The individual setting menu “VEHICLE” is
reset to factory settings, acknowledged by
display (6).
The individual setting display “SETTINGS” (2) will
appear if you do not press the knob for instrument
cluster illumination within about 5 seconds. The
setting menus will not be reset.
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“CONVENIENCE” (vehicles with memory function)
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1Preliminary display of the individual settings
2“SETTINGS” – in this options menu you can call up
the individual setting menu “CONVENIENCE”.
Pressing button æ or ç on the multifunction
steering wheel controls the selection marker.
3“EASY-ENTRY FEATURE ACTIVATE”, see page 47.
4 “SETTINGS KEY-DEPENDENT”
if setting “ON” is selected, all settings selected in
the individual setting can be stored key-dependent
in memory. Memory function, see page 93.
5“MIRROR SETTING WHEN PARKING” – the
passenger side exterior mirror can be adjusted and
programmed to assist the driver during parking
maneuvers, see page 91.
6Returning the individual setting
menu “CONVENIENCE” to the factory setting.
7Acknowledgment.
Press the è or ÿ button repeatedly until the
individual setting preliminary display (1) appears.
Press the j or k button until the setting menu
“SETTINGS” (2) is displayed.
Press button æ or ç until the individual setting
menu “CONVENIENCE” is selected by the selection
marker.
Press the j or k button until the required
display (3 to 5) is displayed. Pressing the æ or ç
button controls the selection marker. The settings made
are stored and applied immediately.
The individual setting preliminary display (1) will
appear again after you have run through all the setting
menus. Pressing the è or ÿ button displays the
next or previous system.
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To return menu “CONVENIENCE” (3 to 5) to its
factory setting:
Call up menu (3 to 5).
Press the reset knob on the instrument cluster, see
page 96, in the instrument cluster for approximately
3 seconds. Display (6) will appear.
Press the reset knob on the instrument cluster once
more. The individual setting menu
“CONVENIENCE” is reset to factory settings,
acknowledged by display (7).
The individual setting display “SETTINGS” (2) will
appear if you do not press the reset knob on the
instrument cluster within about 5 seconds. The
setting menus will not be reset.
Setting the audio volume
You can only adjust the volume of the system currently
in use.
Vehicles with COMAND system:
The volume setting for each system (audio, telephone,
navigation and voice recognition system) is stored
separately.
Setting button:
æ increases the volume.
ç reduces the volume.
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Coolant temperature gauge
Turn the electronic key in starter switch to position 1
or 2.
Call up the trip odometer and main odometer by
pressing button è or ÿ on the multifunction
steering wheel. See page 106.
Press button j or k until the coolant
temperature gauge appears.
During severe operating conditions and stop-and-go city
traffic, the coolant temperature may rise close to 120°C.
The engine should not be operated with the coolant
temperature above 120°C. Doing so may cause serious
engine damage which is not covered by the
Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
Note:
Excessive coolant temperatures trigger a warning in the
multifunction display. See page 298.
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Driving when your engine is badly overheated
can cause some fluids which may have leaked
into the engine compartment to catch fire. You
could be seriously burned.
Steam from an overheated engine can cause
serious burns and can occur just by opening
the engine hood. Stay away from the engine if
you see or hear steam coming from it.
Turn off the engine, get out of the vehicle and do
not stand near the vehicle until it cools down.
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Flexible service system (FSS)
(service indicator)
The FSS permits a flexible service schedule that is
directly related to the operating conditions of the
vehicle.
The symbol 9 or ½ appears together with a
message in the multifunction indicator prior to the next
suggested service.
Depending on operating conditions throughout the year,
the next service is calculated and displayed in days or
distance remaining.
The message is displayed for approximately 10 seconds
when turning the electronic key in starter switch to
position 2, or while driving when reaching the service
warning threshold.
The symbols and messages indicate the type of service
to be performed:
9Service A
½Service B
One of the following messages will appear in the display
(e.g. Service A):
“SERVICE A – IN xx DAYS”
“SERVICE A – IN xx MILES” (Canada: KM)
“SERVICE A – EXCEEDED BY xx DAYS”
“SERVICE A – EXCEEDED BY xx MILES” (Canada: KM)
“SERVICE A – DUE NOW”
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The next service due date is displayed either in days or
in miles, depending on your driving style.
Once the suggested service term has passed, the symbol
and message appear for approximately 30 seconds and
a signal sounds every time when turning the electronic
key in starter switch to position 2.
The service indicator disappears automatically after
30 seconds or if the knob for instrument cluster
illumination, see page 96, in the instrument cluster is
pressed.
Calling up service indicator manually:
Turn the electronic key in starter switch to position 1
or 2.
Call up the trip odometer and main odometer by
pressing button è or ÿ on the multifunction
steering wheel until the display appears. See page 106.
Press button j or k until the FSS indicator
appears.
The next or previous system is displayed by pressing
button è or ÿ.
Important!
The FSS indicator is not an engine oil level indicator.
See page 141 for engine oil level indicator.
Note:
When disconnecting vehicle battery for one or more
days at a time, such days will not be counted. Any such
days not counted by the FSS can be added by your
Mercedes-Benz Center.
The interval between services is determined by the type
of driving for which the vehicle is used. For example,
driving at extreme speeds, and cold starts combined
with short distance driving in which the engine does not
reach operating normal temperature, reduce the interval
between services.
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Following a completed A or B service the Mercedes-Benz
Center sets the counter mileage to 10 000 miles
(Canada: 15 000 km).
The counter can also be set by any individual. To do so:
Turn the electronic key in starter switch to position 1
or 2.
To call up the trip odometer and main odometer, press
button è or ÿ on the multifunction steering
wheel until the display appears. See page 106.
Press button j or k until the FSS indicator
appears.
Press the reset knob on the instrument cluster, see
page 96, for approximately 4 seconds.
The multifunction display will show the question:
“DO YOU WANT TO RESET SERVICE INTERVAL? –
CONFIRM BY PRESSING R”
Press the reset knob on the instrument cluster again for
approximately 4 seconds to reset the service indicator.
The new service indicator is displayed with the reset
distance of 10 000 miles (Canada 15 000 km).
If the FSS counter was inadvertently reset, have a
Mercedes-Benz Center correct it.
However you choose to set your reference numbers, the
scheduled services as posted in the Service Booklet
must be followed to properly care for your vehicle.
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